Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Racer 5 India Pale Ale

Brewery: Bear Republic Brewing Company
Style: IPA
ABV: 7%
Country: USA, California

Bright amber color and clear. Bottle conditioned so yeast and other particulate is visible. Nice head, about a finger thick which left plenty of lace and rings going down.

Aroma is sticky sweet with a lush wave of grapefruit and pineapple with a little bit of earthiness to it. Tons of dry-hopping going on here, very pleasant to smell.

Sweet malty taste. Plenty of citrus notes from the aroma are present while sipping. Body is nice and velvety. Some creamy banana-like flavors show up in the middle. Light carbonation keeps this pleasant to swirl around. Finish is a pleasing dry bitterness. Goes down nice and easy. This is on the stronger end of the IPA spectrum and is close to becoming an Imperial IPA. Flavors are nice and balanced that is a bit more sweet than bitter. This is a fantastic beer that I'll certainly need to drink more of. A

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