Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA is a staple beer in my home. I like that it comes in 12 oz bottles. I try to keep my beer consumption low on a weeknight so this is a perfect selection. I don’t really like drinking beer from pint glasses. My glass of choice is a tulip. I like being able to hold the glass by the base.
Pours sunny tangerine, slightly hazy from suspended yeast, with medium carbonation and fine, off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Tiny bubbles continue to rise to the surface. Nice lacing on the glass. I get tropical and citrus notes on the nose with some subtle pine and sweet maltiness in the background. I love the way Racer 5 smells! Racer 5 is 7% ABV and is beautifully hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.
Citrus and floral up front on the taste but not overpowering and bitter. I also get a little pineapple. The finish is a little malty but still has the hoppy bitterness I love. Admittedly I am a hop head but I do not find Racer 5 to be a huge hop bomb. There is a nice balance to this beer that makes it incredibly easy to drink. Just remember that it is 7% — It does not taste like it so it can sneak up on you.
Bear Republic Brewing Company is a true family owned and operated brewery in Healdsburg, California. The Norgrove family are just plain, good people with two generations at the helm and a third that, I suspect, will be active as soon as they are of age! Their barrel-aged program is off the hook so if you ever have an opportunity to try something from it, jump at the chance. They are very limited in availability so mostly only accessible in Northern CA at the brewery and special events. I am hoping I luck into one or two this coming week when I am up there. You can check them out at the website link below.
If you find yourself in Sonoma County be sure to visit Bear Republic in Healdsburg.
Cheers to Great Beer!