Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday Beer Review: Racer 5 India Pale Ale (Bear Republic)


I tend to focus on local breweries, partly to promote local favorites and partly because there are so many of them, but I decided to cast my eye (or, rather, my taste buds) farther afield for my next couple of reviews.

Appearance: Definitely on the lighter side for an IPA with a light golden color. It’s slightly hazy, which is to be expected from a bottle conditioned ale. Thin white head and nice hints of creaminess on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Clean fruity and sweet with hops dominant (naturally). Suggestions of honey, citrus, and fresh cut grass. Very fresh!

Mouthfeel: Medium viscosity and slightly lingering bitterness at the back of the cheeks. Leaves an overall sweet and dry impression.

Taste: Hops is dominant, as it should be, with strong citrus notes and a slight suggestion of resin. The aftertaste is well balanced, bitter but not harsh.

Drinkability: This is a lovely and well balanced IPA with everything in harmony. Enough hops to give it a bite but not so much as to make it undrinkable. One of the better IPAs I’ve ever had.

9.0/10

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