Monday, August 31, 2009

62. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

Racer 5 is our second beer from Bear Republic in Healdsburg, CA.

Racer 5 IPA has a floral hoppy nose, a burnt straw color, and a light ivory head. This beer is hops start to finish. While there is a slight malt start, it is pretty much straight into hops, with some more hops on the side. Besides the hop bitterness, the middle has floral and resin flavors, and the end has some resin and vegetal flavors to accompany the lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit spicy; medium carbonation with very fine bubbles. Overall, an enjoyable and refreshingly hoppy beer—good fer drinkin’.

From Bear Republic’s website: “This hoppy IPA is a full bodied beer using American grains. The malt base shows off the unique floral qualities of two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. It is a true California IPA and is our brewer's statement on the style. Racer 5 is one of America's most medal winning IPAs. There's a trophy in every glass.”

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 75
OG: 1.070


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