rajendra82 (1078) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Many thanks to BA TexIndy for this bomber of Racer 5 from our recent trade. The pour was clear pale, and the head atop was large and retained well, as is typically the case with IPAs. The smell was quite strongly hoppy for a single IPA. The alluring smell of grapefruit and apricot just begged me to take the first sip. As I did it, a spicy and generously bitter taste tingled my tongue as the ample carbonation amplified it. Following this was the malt, but it was not candy sweet like some other beers of this strength, but more caramelized, drippy, and soft. The aftertaste was salty and citric. The hop oils coated every part of the tongue after each swallow, leaving a long drawn out tingly aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium full and quenching. One of the most pleasing beers to drink if you are ever drawn towards hops like I am. All I can say is the following:Beer5000 (6456) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2007
I pledge allegiance to the checkered flag of Racer 5 and to the Bear Republic for which it stands, one brewer underdog, independent, with deliciousness and hops for all.
22oz bottle. Golden body with an off-white head. Very nice floral, citrus hoppy aroma. Flavor is hoppy, grapefruit, sweet malty and very harmonic. Refreshing and tasteful, summer in a bottle. rocbyter (2119) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Resin and cirtus hop aroma. Orange color with a tan head. Lots of lacing. Bitter begining turn to citrus in the finish. oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
Poured from a bomber courtesy of Hogtown Harry. Pours a beautiful golden classic IPA colour with a nice thick white creamy head. Smell is very floral. Smell reminds of Stone IPA. Taste is very balanced with a fantastic hoppy sweet malt backbone. Very flavourful and aromatic. Everything one could want in an IPA. Medium carbonation and extremely quaffable. I could drink this every day. A wonderful classic west coast IPA. Aurelius (5295) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Delicious vanilla/caramel aroma. Hazy tea color, clilngy foam head. Super smooth. Sweet, not over-bittered, vanilla, great balance. Medium mouth, slightly briny. A clinic on AIPA. Max’s, Fells Point, Baltimore. On tap.
Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
On draught at 69 Taps in Akron. The beer is a dark golden amber color with a medium thin light beige head with good retention. Patches of lace. The nose is floral hops, with touches of sweet malt and pine. Medium body with a floral, hoppy character balanced by a fair amount of sweet caramel malt. Touches of citrus here and there too. The finish lightly dry, and is moderately hoppy initially, then offset by sweet malt. Overall this is a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2007
This is a fantastic IPA. Ton’s of hops that give off a spectrum of pine, citrus and flowery notes. The bitterness is spot on. The ABV on this one is getting up there and hidden well. I’ll have to check out the rest of Bear Republics line up. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Pours somewhat cloudy orange-gold a good whitish lasting head and nice lacing. Smell is very nice and slightly sweet smelling and big floral hops. Taste up front is smooth, clean, refreshing, and hoppy, but not overly so. Finish is with a fair amount of bitterness, but nicely tolerable. As it warms up slightly, it comes together better and is definitely more balanced and a touch sweeter and less bitter. Overall a great IPA, and I don’t think I’ve ever downed 22 oz. of any IPA and actually wanted more before. cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Copper lite/hazy with nice thick head. Floral hoppy pine with pineapple and cedar on the nose. Syrupy but hoppy punch; smooth and sweet flowar/sugars to taste as well. Hoppy and malty but well balanced and quite pleasing. A nice IPA Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2007
Draught at Gingerman NYC. Hazy golden orange colour. Small head, but one that really clings to the glass. Round potent hop aroma. Smooth texture. Low carbonation level. Somewhat metallic hop flavours. Long-lasting hop aftertaste. Really nicely balanced without ever going overboard in any respect. Clearly a malt presence, but the hops balances most of the sweetness.