Common Ales: Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA

Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA bottle next to a glass, in kitchen

This has a very nice pine nose to it, and a solid head that lingers. Good signs, as it means it’s easier to get a whiff of it as I drink.

The first thing that comes after that upon sipping is the malt sweetness, not to caramel-y or sweet but it’s there. Only there long enough to make its presence known: this is an IPA after all. The hop bitterness pulls up shortly after and is definitely on the more dank side of things.

But it isn’t overpowering. This is a solid beer-I wouldn’t say it’s balanced. The hop profile is still far stronger than the malts to really give it that.

But it is good and it has a hit of nostalgia to it, if you remember drinking IPAs in the 90s, before they went overboard.

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