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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
93
outstanding

6,346 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,346
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 529 | FT: 9
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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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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1.04/5  rDev -75.2%

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1.2/5  rDev -71.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -58.2%

NonicPanic, Dec 05, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

RobertColianni, Nov 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is my moral duty to let you guys know that racer 5 recipe has changed. Do not waste your time with this beer. It is not longer an "A" grade beer. All the reports you see here are BS by people who dont know what they are talking about. It is disgusting and nothing compared to what it was prior to april 14th batch. I am here to tell you DO NOT BUY so they can make the old one.

I'm not lying.

I demand the old racer 5 come back!

My review

The beer is dry and lighter than before. Is lacking body.

The beer is now clear and not hazy

The aromatic hops are way weaker now and smells falt. Before it had cirtus and even orange aroma.

Please do not support this companies.

supra429, Sep 08, 2010
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

rah1734bones, Apr 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

Gillisland, Aug 25, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

Invictys, Apr 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

Beer_Belly, Mar 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

thebeeler, Aug 31, 2013
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2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz bottle into 8oz beer glass and 4 oz beer glass - split
2/11/11

A - one glass nice clear amber color / 2nd glass murky orange amber color with tons of sediment and floaters - no shaking or hard pour -

S - Very nice citrus smell, no hop bitterness or maltiness present at all

T - Light hop bitterness with very light citrus after taste - this tasted like leftover hop water -

M - Very light mouthfeel - little to no carbonation -

D - Tried this at BevMo on tasting day a while back and don't remember it being bad - actually bought the 12oz single that day to try at home - maybe this is an old bottle, bad cap, faded out? Didn't see a date on the bottle on the look I gave it - kept it as I like to keep the labels -
I'll change the review if I get the opportunity to try this again at home from a bottle in the future --

MrHirschybar, Feb 14, 2011
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2.24/5  rDev -46.5%

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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Still do not have a taste for these overly hoppy IPAs. I like the look, nice gold with lots of floaties from the bottle conditioning. The piney aroma is not overbearing. The taste gets better as you go but I am still not a fan of chewing pine needles. I would never buy any of these, but will drink one occasionally when offered in a trade.

confer, Oct 14, 2009
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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark honey color with a decent head, slight haze. Head was quick to dissapate.

S - Rather astringent smell with little hop flower detecable.

T - Like an overhopped pale ale, not a very good IPA. No complexity to the hop character, just unpleasant bitterness.

M - Thin for an IPA, light carbonation.

D - I didn't want to finish my 22 oz. bottle.

I was really looking forward to this beer as I have heard many good things about the brewery. I was very disappointed.

FACSman, Mar 30, 2008
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,346 ratings.