Monday, August 13, 2012

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA ....

Tonight I will have a beer from a brewery I haven't tried yet: Bear Republic Brewing Company.  It is a Racer 5 India Pale Ale.  7% ABV is listed on the twelve ounce bottle.  Their web site shows 75+ IBUs.

Racer 5 poured with a small, off-white head.  Beer color is golden, and there is a fair amount of fine sediment in the glass.  The aroma has some grapefruity citrus and maybe a little pine, but is not overly sharp.  The taste has more pronounced grapefruit and pine, which give it a nice dry, bitterness on the back of the tongue.  Enough malt to balance things out, but the hops are still predominant.  A little caramel sweetness.  Medium to full bodied.  The aftertaste leaves the dry bitterness on the back of the tongue.  This is a smooth, flavorful IPA that I would definitely drink again.   

Bear Republic Brewing Company
Cloverdale, California

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