Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ghost Runners 5K IPA


Beer Name: 5K IPA
Brewery: Ghost Runners Brewery (Vancouver, WA)
ABV: 6.4%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Total Wine & More (Vancouver, WA)
Price: $5.49 for 22 oz bottle

Date Bottled: September 6, 2016
Date Bought: December 10, 2016
Date Opened: December 20, 2016
When brewed/released? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 95





What's on the Bottle: "In creating every Ghost Runners Brewery beer, we carefully select the finest ingredients with the richest flavors and deepest aromas, and then labor over them until the notes, tastes, and visuals are just right."

What's on the Website: "Dedicated to all those who put their toes to the start line and never look back. A bold bitter Northwest IPA with notes of pine, orange and grapefruit. The perfect beer after a workout of any kind." Read more here!

Where distributed: Ghost Runners Brewery only ships to select counties in Oregon and Washington. See if Ghost Runners distributes to your area!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): First pour was clear golden. There was sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so the last pour was very hazy/cloudy. Off-white head and some lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Mostly tropical and fruity. Getting citrus, grapefruit, berries, and complementing sweet malt. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward. Piney with mostly citrus and grapefruit flavors. Controlled bitterness. Definitely a fan. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Only slightly dry on the tongue for me. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent IPA. It's been a while since I've reviewed a beer that is brewed closer to where I'm at (most of my reviews lately have come from breweries much further from here). Still, this one is right up my alley, with all that citrus and grapefruit engulfing my mouth. I don't always get out to the Minnehaha neighborhood in Vancouver, WA, but now I know Ghost Runners exists and has a quality IPA. It also looks like their Pre-HOPtaine Double IPA uses a lot of Mosaic hops, so that too will be on my list. A great buy at $5.49 per bomber. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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