Friday, July 28, 2017

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (2017 re-review)


3.5
ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2017

 
BBD: 8/21/17

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Moderately strong orange and lemon citrus (though I suspect the lemon character may be oxidation). Slight candy/floral character, too. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Rusty copper-orange hue (9-11 SRM). Large creamy beige head. Retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-strong orange and lemon citrus (lemon flavor very likely due to oxidations). Some floral hop flavor as well. Bitterness doesn’t seem as strong as advertised (75 IBUs) - could be due to age. Malt base creates for a general sweetness, but nothing specific. Slight lingering citrus pith and faint astringency. No alcohol presence. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Surprisingly smooth creamy texture. No alcohol warmth for 7.5% ABV; but doesn’t feel like such a big beer. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: When fresh this can be world class, but a typical bottle is just plain good. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 35/50 
 NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/08/bear-republic-racer-5-india-pale-ale.html