Racer 500

California
United States
Racer 500, Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Brewed to celebrate the greatest auto race, this American IPA takes the victory lap on a chassis of Amarillo, Citra and Galaxy for a tropical citrus hop boost with a dry malt finish. There’s a trophy in every glass!

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
60
Hops: 
Amarillo, Citra, Galaxy
Malts: 
Two Row, White Wheat
Judges Review 
Brad Darnell's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Racer 500 by Bear Republic is an “Indy Pale Ale” and is being evaluated as an IPA (2015 BJCP Category 21A) offering according to BJCP guidelines. For this style expect a hoppy and bitter beer with balanced malt character. These are bolder than American Pale Ales and present a hop-forward balance, a clean fermentation profile and a dry finish. The malt, while present and balancing, allows the myriad hop varieties and their diverse character to shine through.

Fragrant, fresh pithy grapefruit and tangerine hop aromas emanate from the glass at initial pour and leave little room for the slightly fruity hop character and light, grainy-sweet malt. This sample pours hazy golden straw with a medium-sized, bubbly white head, receding to a thin film shortly. Crisp, light grainy malt supports the moderate hop bitterness. The hop flavor is piney, resiny and lightly herbal. Hop bitterness dominates into the aftertaste and leaves a dry finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Further decomposition yields slight grassy and resin hop aromas, definitely secondary to the volatile citrus hop notes at the start. Within the flavor, orange notes alongside slight fruity, hop-derived esters enter late, particularly as the palate adjusts to the hop bitterness. The hops contribute to a lengthy dryness. Light alcohol warmth awakes the belly.

Brewery Introduction

Located in the heart of Wine Country, on the corner of Healdsburg’s historic downtown square, Bear Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning food and world class, handcrafted ales.

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