12 oz. Bottle of Racer 5 IPA, an American IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co. Served in an IPA Glass.

The Racer 5 IPA is an American IPA brewed by the Bear Republic Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Appearance

The IPA pours a slightly hazy golden orange hue and is topped by a thick cap of dense, off-white foam that shows excellent retention. Residue and lace clutch the sides while an effervescent stream of bubbles continuously rise in the glass.

Aroma

The aroma mixes tropical fruit with a soft scent of baked bread.

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Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of toasted bread that transitions to a modest bite of citrus and pine. Mellow notes of tropical fruit and honey round out the finish. Biscuit ties the palate together.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body and matching carbonation. The finish is dry with a less-than-moderate astringency.

Label art for the Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Label art for the Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Overall

Its appearance is superb, the aroma is pleasant, and its feel is spot on. The palate is absolutely wonderful. Yes, there are IBUs aplenty but the balance of this brew is terrific. High marks all around. The Racer 5 IPA is an excellent representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Bear Republic recommends the following food pairings with their Racer 5 IPA: aged cheddar, spicy foods, poultry, and seafood.

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