Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Racer 5 is one of those "If you love IPA then you have to try this one" IPA's. I don't generally go for trends. Especially, trendy beer. In fact, when I try a new beer, I prefer to no as little about it as possible and I never read other peoples reviews in advance. I like to formulate my own opinion without any preconceived notions.
That being said, I do love India Pale Ales.
Ow! Ow! Owie!
I'll try it! I'll try it!
No need to twist my arm. Sheesh!
Racer 5 (7% ABV) brewed by Bear Republic pours clear pale gold with a thick white head. It looks beautifully satiny in the glass.
The aroma was wonderful. Every time I took a sip I thought to myself, "Wow! This smells great!". The smell is richly pine with a twist of citrus and an undercurrent of sweet malt. Wonderful.
The taste is at first a blast of tart citrus. This is backed up by a not too sweet caramel, so yeasty breadiness and a hint of pine. A good balance of flavors that meld the bitterness of the hops with malty goodness. The finish is somewhat dry and bittersweet.
The mouthfeel is mediumish with a nice tingle of effervescence.
Racer 5 was not a disappointment. There's nothing in-your-face or "big" about it. It's tasty, refreshing and quite lovely. A rep well deserved!
Overall: very good!