Bear Republic "Racer 5" IPA, California 12oz
Beer Advocate score: 94 points. Racer 5 is one of the top beers among Sonoma County wine country's cellar rats, a crisp, hoppy IPA that refreshes. Just ask for "Racer." Bear Republic Brewing is located in the thick of the wine tasting rooms and restaurants of Healdsburg, California. According to Richard Norgrove, Bear Republic's brewer: "This is a hoppy IPA. Did I say hops? Your brewer is a hop head! This is a full bodied beer using American grains. The goal was to create a base for showing off the unique floral qualities of two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. Columbus is a new hybrid High Alpha Acid hop used mostly for bittering, but used heavily as an aromatic in this strong brew. Cascade is the balance that ties the malt and bittering hops together. It is a true specialty ale and is our brewer's statement on this style."