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Beer #53 – February 22, 2010: Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA

February 22, 2010

Beer: Racer 5 IPA

Brewery: Bear Republic Brewery, Healdsburg, California

Style: IPA (India Pale Ale)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 7.0 % ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A tasty, balanced sweet, tangy and bitter IPA.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden hue with a medium cream-colored head.

Aroma: A pungent pine forest.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy body with tiny bubbles of carbonation to lighten the thickness.

Taste: Starts with a sweet taste of clover honey on a doughy bun, followed by a zesty pine sap and creamsicle middle.  Tannins begin to build with the flavor of grapefruit pits, and a mildly acidic bite.  A lingering bitter finish makes me thirst for more, repeating the cycle of sweet into tangy into bitter and back to sweet again.

Pairing: The sweetness, bitterness and acidity would pair nicely with the wasabi bite of a spicy tuna roll.

Trivia: Bear Republic is a brewery in the heart of Northern California’s wine country: Sonoma County.  While beer in wine country might be seen as a contradiction, a great palate can appreciate both.  For my adventures in Southern California’s wine country, click here and here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2010 7:32 pm

    Just stumbled across your blog, awesome idea. Are you actually drinking one beer per day? Anyway, the Racer 5 is my all time favorite IPA. The aroma is unreal. I could just sit and SMELL this beer for an hour…drinking it ain’t bad either though 🙂


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