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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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6,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,045
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 407 | 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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Reviews by TaySuth:
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light, hazy amber color with a nice white head that slowly recedes into a ring, leaving behind some great lacing.

Smell: Great hop aroma with grapefruit, orange, and a hint of apple. Very nice malt aroma just beneath the cloud of hops. Very inviting.

Taste: Very well balanced taste. Citrus hops blend with sweet malt and just the right amount of bitterness. Very smooth finish. Great taste.

Mouthfeel: A heavy body for an IPA but it works well with the carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a top IPA. Great beer that is absolutely worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:32:48 | More by TaySuth
More User Reviews:
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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Great head stand.

S:Floral hop aroma with grapefruit, apricot, some mild pine and citrus. The malt filters through the hop aroma with a pilsner and wheat like aroma.

T: Nice hop flavor with apricot, pine and some lemon zest. A malt peeks through with a light caramel, orange and sweet bread character. There is a tinge of alcohol but not overpowering. The floral hop fills the nose as you drink, then a flash of malt sweetness followed by a delayed bitterness that is very much balanced to the hop aroma. Not a powerful bitterness but smooth. The finish is dry with a lingering citrusy bitterness.

M: Medium body, a little slick on the palate with a moderate carbonation. The 7.5% abv gives a pleasant warming late in the finish.

O: A very well done IPA. Smooth balanced bitterness and hop aroma. Surprisingly less bitterness in the finish for an IPA. Nice clean malt profile. A complex and highly drinkable beer. It's an IPA in the beginning but more like an APA in the finish. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 23:48:10 | More by slusk
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-28-2014 21:04:46 | More by Weekiwachee
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-28-2014 20:59:17 | More by bowzer4birdie
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-28-2014 20:47:57 | More by DrMindbender
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-28-2014 01:58:05 | More by Csparks33
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Half finger white head sitting on a hazy, unfiltered looking brew. Fine sediment, light/fine carbonation, body appears medium – lacing is moderate and retention is good.

S: Sweet and resinous simultaneously, strong presence of grapefruit with undertones of pineapple and mango. Somewhat of an astringent aroma that is clean as well as mildly dry. Light agitation coaxes out a sterile lemon zest with notes of pine.

T: Clean taste, lemon and grape fruit provide a crisp astringency. Pine needle presents toward the middle mouth and dominates the resinous feel. The middle mouth packs a lot of citrus zest and is drier than I expected. Sweetness arises on the palate as the beer warms, letting on mild notes of mango, honey, and muddled mint leaf. Quite bitter, but well balanced, even a bit tart. The finish has hints of coriander and ginger; hop florals and freshly cut grass.

M: Medium to light body, fine carbonation, good balance between juicy and dry – aftertaste has a coriander soapiness and is again rather dry. Pretty decent drinkability

O: If I did a blind tasting of this, I would think it’s a solid IPA. That being said, I had heard some pretty high praise of this beer and I don’t know that I completely vibe with that. Good drinkability, good full flavor, but I was looking for a juicier palate. Overall, I like this beer, and I like it better warmer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 01:41:45 | More by ZagZagg
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-27-2014 21:48:31 | More by satisfied1013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-26-2014 23:39:19 | More by tsp247
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$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.)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2014 05:49:57 | More by souvenirs
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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