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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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6,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,228
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 481 | 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%

04-02-2012 04:34:51 | More by squarebottle
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

02-16-2012 20:36:00 | More by usery
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

12-21-2011 23:00:21 | More by splitmelt
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

04-07-2012 01:02:19 | More by beerhawk41
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

10-07-2012 17:21:08 | More by MW1321
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1/5  rDev -76.1%

10-14-2012 02:46:22 | More by Vig
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1.2/5  rDev -71.4%

08-16-2014 03:54:44 | More by Bm1881
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1.75/5  rDev -58.2%

12-05-2013 20:27:10 | More by NonicPanic
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

11-11-2012 06:41:39 | More by RobertColianni
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

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.

09-08-2010 07:03:16 | More by supra429
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

04-01-2012 04:40:12 | More by rah1734bones
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

08-25-2012 01:01:11 | More by Gillisland
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

04-14-2012 05:02:24 | More by Invictys
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

03-21-2013 21:01:47 | More by Beer_Belly
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2/5  rDev -52.3%

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2/5  rDev -52.3%

08-31-2013 20:47:25 | More by thebeeler
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2.15/5  rDev -48.7%

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

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 --

02-14-2011 10:13:30 | More by MrHirschybar
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2.24/5  rDev -46.5%

08-18-2014 22:59:01 | More by JohnBradSC
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2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

12-05-2012 04:05:40 | More by TheMcTwaten
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2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

07-19-2014 04:57:04 | More by Poondagoon
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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%

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.

10-14-2009 03:41:07 | More by confer
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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%

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.

03-30-2008 03:28:16 | More by FACSman
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2.42/5  rDev -42.2%

Serving: A 12oz glass at Frisco Burrito (a great pub) in Columbia, Maryland.

Appearance: It looked like any other pale ale except I've seen Industrial Light Lagers with a better head.

Aroma: It had that great IPA aroma screaming: "Hey, Hop Head, can you take it." OTOH once you got passed the hops, it said vegetables.

Taste: Disappointing. It tasted like an overhopped pale ale without a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between thinner and thinnest

Overall: It was the thinest IPA I have ever tasted.

02-05-2008 06:13:52 | More by RDAdams
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2.48/5  rDev -40.8%

Not much to say for this beer. It's a typical West Coast IPA drowned in hops. All the usual notes - pine, citrus, some sweetness. Good carbonation. Nice looking beer. I probably won't have another one for a couple years. Not nearly enough flavor balance. Give me a Dogfish 90 minute. Or a Pliny.

09-06-2008 04:46:11 | More by waltonc
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,228 ratings.