Charbay R5 Whiskey

Other Whiskey

Charbay // California, USA

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    88
  • Avg. Rating

    2.73
    2 out of 5 stars
    ( 15 )

R5 is the wacky idea of Charbay Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic, who distills Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA into a whiskey. The label is a bit misleading, as it's not a "hop flavored" whiskey, but one that is actually made FROM hops in the form of the IPA! It's double-distilled for 10 days in the family's alembic stills in St. Helena, CA, then aged 28 months in French oak.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    49.5
  • Other Whiskey
    A spirit distilled from a mash of grain(s) at less than 95% ABV, bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The product must have characteristics, taste, and aroma generally attributed to whiskey
  • Cask Type
    french oak

Tasting Notes

"Are you the sort of person who orders a beer back with their whiskey? Now you can enjoy both flavors in one glass! The hoppiness is very present, with a sweet molasses and slight dill weed finish that is probably due to the influence of the French oak on the hoppy beer. The whiskey's maltiness kicks in at the mid palate, providing a decent cereal foundation. For beer enthusiasts who need an entry into whiskey, this is a great choice."

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