Friday, April 25, 2008

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Appearance: You can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel through this yellow copperish hue.

Smell: West coast hops that smells like a beauty. Sweet malt touch in the nose with herbal piney hops.

Taste: Hops are definitely sitting in the drivers seat but balances out smoothly as it goes down your throat. What a marvelous taste that doesn't go away.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth like a babies' butt (damn I hate reviewing beers; I just like drinking them) with the perfect amount of carbonation. Keep it coming down my throat.

Drinkability: Want to taste this off the tap. Overall great example of what an IPA should be. Definitely would drink it again and again and again. 7% abv

1 comment:

Jimmy said...

Picked up a fresh 12 pack at Julio Liquors in Westborough, MA (AWESOME BEER STORE - CHECK IT OUT!!!) and this is my last one.

Appearance: Bright navel sunset orange hue that starts with a finger of head and retreats to a faint cover. Looks clear, tad bits of carbonation and semi-inviting

Smell: I get such a high when I smell hops! "Ahhhhhhh" were my first words with mouth dropped wide open. Piney west coast hops mixed with a dank lemon rind and sweet malts remind me of my cologne spray

Taste: Can't keep my lips off the glass! Pure hop love (not overpowering and killing like a DIPA). Fits the IPA style well and I taste pine needles with a light honey touch.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonation is surprisingly overpowering on the tongue. As it wanders in the palate, I notice some citrus hop characteristics like a cross between a lemon and orange

Drinkability: I don't know what the bottle date is but you can just tell its fresh and you know how I love fresh hops! A must pick up for regular IPA fans out there if its fresh. Wish I had more! 7%abv seems high for an IPA but I can drink it all day withouth reinforcements :) 9.5/10