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

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on 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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