This was a beer that I’ve read a lot of great things about and have been waiting to try. Earlier last week, I tried the Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic and wasn’t floored. It was a solid beer, but not jaw-dropping amazing. This was also purchased in a bomber.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: This brew won gold at the Great American Beer Festival for American-Style Strong Pale Ale.
Random: I tried to figure out why the brew was called Racer 5, but there is no real information on the website. The website is actually pretty lame. But, if they make good beer, that doesn’t matter.
This poured with a three finger white head that was quite thick. The body of the brew was golden and cloudy with visible carbonation. On the nose, I got lots of pine and grapefruit. I kept saying that it smelled like “fresh hops.” It had one of the best noses on a brew that I’ve ever encountered. If the taste on this brew was anything like the nose, I was to be in for a treat. On the taste, I get exactly what I smelled on the nose. This brew was heaping with notes of fresh pine and grapefruit with a hint of honey. This was a little thicker than the Flying Fish, but not cloying. This is very hoppy, but not oppressive. The finish was quick with some bitterness. This is an awesome beer. I kept saying that it was fantastic while I was drinking it. I would have this again in a second. So yummy!
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0