Originally Posted by ghwk
Not sure if it is available outside Ca but Racer 5 IPA is kick ass on a hot day or with spicy food.
Just wanted to say that yes, it is available outside of CA. I don't know in exactly how many states Bear Republic is available, but it most certainly IS next door in AZ.
Racer 5 is one of our (my company's - a local distributor) better moving IPA's. It is not a super-strong IPA, not ridiculously hoppy like some of them can be. So being on the more mild side (for an IPA), it's good for people just getting into the category. Now I'm not saying that experienced IPA drinkers won't enjoy it! But for people wanting to give it a go, Racer 5 is a pretty good choice to start with.
Personally, I just can't get into IPA's. And believe me, I would LOVE to love IPA's! Tucson is a very IPA-leaning craft beer town. That category has really blown up here over the past few years. My life would be a lot easier, and full of more choices, if I liked IPA's. I've tried a couple dozen and I just can't get into them. That hoppy, bitter flavor just doesn't do it for me, no matter how much I wish it did.