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Bear Republic Brewing Company Racer 5 IPA (365 Day 286)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

I can’t get enough American craft beer, that should be obvious. American IPAs are probably my favorite style, once again a layup. My favorite style within the style is the west coast ipas. They have a much more forward hop profile that is usually centered around citrus and pine hops along with some newer strands that bring out tropical, grapefruit, and floral.

Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Company is the glass slipper that fits the foot perfectly. Racer 5 pours with a huge, frothy head as most big IPAs do which ends up leaving a lot of lacing in the glass. The aroma and taste are built on a caramel malt backbone that is gracefully pushed upon by floral, pine, and citrus hops: the trifecta of hops. Bitterness hits the back of the mouth, lingering.

Quite a solid offering that scratches the west coast IPA itch nicely. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.3

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Oak Aged Yeti Lead Three Reviews

Friday, April 30th, 2010

An evening of web site discussion goes so much better when it is accompanied by some good American craft beer. Last night, Rich and I had the honor of having three really good beers; not all the same style, but equally all good in their own right.

The last beer, Oak Aged Yeti by Great Divide Brewing Company, was my favorite by the slimmest of margins over Night Stalker by Goose Island Beer Co. and Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co.. The Yeti was from ’08, obviously having a chance to age, while the Night Stalker is only a couple of months, at most, old, leaving it with a bit of alcohol on the taste. I am sure with some aging it will be an outstanding beer as it isn’t that far off today.

Oak Aged Yeti is a complex brew that has everything you want in a big stout and then throws in nice subtlety of vanilla, from the oak, to send the senses into a frenzy of happiness. I have a bottle of Espresso Yeti and Chocolate Yeti in the cellar, I am now looking forward to both of those more than I was before. Now the question is how long they will last.

On a completely separate note: I am one review on the site away from 400. You see how hard Rich and I work at these Thursday night web site meetings. Truth in the numbers. Enjoy!

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