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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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6,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,052
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 175
Gots: 411 | 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 laintringulis:
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color with moderate thick white head and large amount of lacing throughout drinking.

Smell: very floral, light spiciness, citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts. Smells very juicy with a pleasant pine resin overtone.

Taste: Initial strong caramel malt and vague honey flavor. Moderate pine hops with citrus dry finish. The orange is a strong player in this brew. There is a new balance between the fruitiness and the pine hops. Distinct floral and earthy tones.

Medium bodied, very heavy on the malt in a pleasant way. The alcohol is well used. Very easy to drink. Sessionable. I wish I could have this more often. It would be part of my standard line up.

I've also had this from the bottle and it is equally good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 03:30:41 | More by laintringulis
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,052 ratings.