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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,029 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,029
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 173
Gots: 403 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed with American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. There's a trophy in every glass.

2009 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – GOLD
2009 Colorado State Fair – Best of Show
2006 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
2005 Great American Beer Festival® American-Style Strong Pale Ale – SILVER
1999 Great American Beer Festival® India Pale Ale - GOLD

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002)
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Gilgemesh

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Currently on tap in my dining room.

A brief sniff of this elixir is like plunging your head into a box of oranges and lemons. There is the faint odor of a few grapefruits down at the bottom. When you pull your head back you can sense the delicate odors of fresh cut wildflowers. The warm amber liquid, accented by a slight haze, is asking, no, screaming for you to take a taste. As the tender bubbles of carbonation play across your palate you are again reminded of fresh citrus fruits. Then a warmth passes across your tongue, like being curled up in a velvet blanket. This is followed by a tangy, pungent finish that completes the experience and invites you into the next. There will be no speed racing through this pint.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 01:26:16 | More by Gilgemesh
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$8.60 plus deposit for a 650 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station. This liquor store advertises a selection of over 200 bomber of craft beer, and yes, it is a pretty good selection. I was already in the mood for IPA when I noticed their helpful list of top-rated IPAs that they carry. Based on the list, I picked out this one and a few others.

This beer pours a murky amber with one finger of head. The aroma is fairly mild, fruity and sweet, with a bit of orange, but not heavy on citrus or pine, like many IPAs. It's maybe a bit floral. Overall, on the milder side.

Upon tasting, it seems to me that it's on the low end for IBUs for an IPA. I want more hops! How many IBUs is this? Not enough. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. I see that the alcohol content is 7%, and after drinking half a bottle, I feel that, but it doesn't taste like it.

I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I mean, it's certainly not BAD, but I can't see why it's rated so highly. I guess maybe I should just stick with Fat Tug. To be fair, I'd probably like this beer more had I not known it was so highly rated. If I wasn't expecting the next best West Coast IPA, I'd probably be considerably less disappointed. (That said, Fat Tug is still way better.)

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,029 ratings.