This beer might be a fish out of water -- the very popular American IPA is brewed in the heart of wine country -- but it’s certainly one of the best in its class. Racer 5 is pale gold with a rocky, milky white head. The aroma is an abundant bouquet of grapefruit skin, flowery, and peppery scents. Exceptionally balanced yet aggressively bitter, the flavor rushes the tongue with a powerful hit of bready malt sweetness and dry grains that quickly pilots into the hops’ grapefruit and pine flavors. This brew typifies the American IPA style, complete with a medium body and long-lasting hop flavors.