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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,026 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,026
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 172
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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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden pour with a radiant orange glow. There are chunks of ingredient floating in suspension. White head fizzled up and rolled away. Sparse lacing drapes the glass.

The nose holds juicy lemon citrus and grass notes atop some really pleasant pale malt tones. Just a hint of caramel.

The flavor is delightfully light and fairly crisp in terms of the malt base. The citrus and grassiness flourish before the dry and bitter end resets the palate. There is a freshness that works very well without being vegetal or offputting.

The mouthfeel is light and works well with the flavor profile.

Overall, this is another great west coast ipa. The golden colour and lightness of the body as well as the fresh and dancing hoppiness exemplify this variation. Brews at this point in the spectrum allow enthusiasts to experience some dynamics within a style that can take on some interesting variances in characteristics, but often gets pegged as mundane. From the golden end, where this delicious treat marks its territory, to deep copper and all points in between, the ipa style can still raise an eyebrow. This is a very enjoyable brew. Glad to see it on the shelf in Michigan now!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:26:15 | More by SupaCelt
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,026 ratings.