Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
When I first started getting in to craft beer in the 2000’s, Racer 5 was talked about with reverence. I remember putting together trades just to get my hands on a fresh 22oz bottle and treated it like liquid gold. This beer is crystal malt driven, balanced by Columbus and Cascade hops, the blueprint for a West Coast style IPA. Piney, floral, classic. There’s a reason this beer is a 99/100 on Ratebeer, it is a classic that is still drinking beautifully. But steer clear if you are looking for a hazy, juicy New England style IPA, this definitely ain’t it. 7.5% abv, four packs of 16oz cans.