beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Sampled on 7/23/2010. This IPA pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white foamy head, with excellent retention and long lasting lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, floral and spicy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The hops are floral and earthy. Nice rye spiciness. A touch of orange and orange peel. A very nice IPA. Somewhat different tasting, it is most definitely an IPA, yet it is NOT a hop bomb. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and spicy. ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle: Solid, savory, well balanced, truly IPA. Food Pairing: Deep dish pizza. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours a brownish orange with a off white head. Aroma is rye, hops, grains, malt, caramel. Flavor is bitter earthy hops, rye, grains, touch of caramel and spices. Not too sweet, and just the right amount of bitterness. Easy to drink and well balanced. Good drinkable Rye IPA. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle. Glowing amber color/ viscous white head. Nice floral, pine sol hop, spicy sweet malt aromas. soft medium body. Good floral hop flavors with sweet n spicy pale malt, rye malt flavors. Clean bitter finish. bhensonb (15208) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bomber. Pours copper with a foamy light beige head. Aroma is rather rye with some floral hop. Medium body with mild carbonation. It really is rye, mildly roasted. The hop does seem highly floral. Might be a touch of citrus. It’s very bitter, and maybe some of that is from the malt. It’s pretty tasty, and stands apart from "normal" IPAs.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
22 oz bottle from Holiday, which I fear wasn’t as fresh as it shoulda been, unfortunately. Nobody else mentioned floaties. Nose is mild hop and high citrus. Taste is less hoppy and more floral citrus. I’ll have to try again another time and rerate. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - APR 26, 2010
Nice dull orange pour, huge lingering head. Abit sweet, not as hoppy as I expected, some spice, pepper there, slight resin, but a little tame for me, its good, just wish it was hopped more. Decent. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a two finger off white head. Aroma is spicy and floral with some citrus and light malt. Flavor is citrusy and floral with some fresh fruits, spice, and a smooth bitterness. Light bodied, well carbonated, refreshing. mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - APR 4, 2010
Clear light amber. Aroma-floral hops, malty, sweet. Taste- spicy, sweet, citrus and floral hops, tangy. Finishes sweet and fruity, slightly peppery, not much bitterness. dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bought a coupla bottles of this at Vendome in Fullerton, CA. The brewery is probably less than four miles from this store, as the crow flies.
It’s a very crisp and refreshing IPA.
Humans can supposedly discern IBU differences within a +/- 5 IBU range, but I would not have guessed this beer clocks in at 85 IBUs, as the brewery marketing copy claims. I’m sure my palate isn’t as good as many, and my hop tolerance has changed quite a bit over the years, but I just don’t think it’s really 85 IBUs. Maybe 50?
That’s not to say it is not an IPA. Pliny the Elder clocks in at around 100 IBUs, and it doesn’t taste like 100 to me either, so I could be completely full of it.
I like this beer. I paid $4 for a 22-oz bottle, and it’s not bad. I don’t think I’ll be jonesing for it like I jones for Pliny, but I can’t get Pliny whenever I want it, so I’m always on the lookout for decent, more easily obtained IPAs. This is right up there with Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, and Port. It’s a decent IPA.
An aside, addressed to the rating below: I used to avoid Racer 5, after having a bad bottle, but now it’s part of the rotation, too. Just be careful out there, and make sure the IPA you’re buying is fresh and properly stored.