Strong, citrus aroma, very hoppy, fruity, sharp, piney.

Beautiful golden orange hazy look with 2+ finger head with a normal pour. Fluffy head, tons of intricate lacing down the glass as I drink.

Bitter hops hit you in the first sip and the lack of large amounts of malt presence really allow the hops to dominate this beer. At least while its cold, the beer leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel is good, quite drinkable, even at 7%. Easy to drink and the carbonation sparkles on my mouth just enough to make me want to go back for another sip. My burps taste like hops.

There is barely enough malt presence to balance the hops leading me to say this is a drinkable IPA. Not my favorite, and definitely not the most drinkable, but well loved by many and I can see why. (Gold medal winner this year at the GABF in Denver.) Not crazy, but the hops definitely control this one. A good beer to reach for if that’s what you’re looking for and a beer I will never turn down. I supplied a six pack of this and Redhook ESB a few weeks ago at my daughters’ birthday party (for the adults of course). It was amazing how fast the two “craft” offerings got gobbled up, by what I thought was a non-beer drinking crowd. Could it be that people are just bored with Miller Lite, or that the flashy labels of the craft brews attracts newcomers? In either case, I was happy to see my sister in law reach for a Racer 5, and I was happy to pour it into a glass for her.

ABV: 7.0%

Grade: B+