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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,927 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,927
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 166
Gots: 375 | 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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Appearance
Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation with a lot of yeast sediment floating about.

Nose
Orange citrus, grapefruit, caramel and bread dough. Hints of clove, potpourri and cinnamon.

Taste
Candied orange, grapefruit juice and tangerine. Lighter notes of lemon and bready malts. Grapefruit zest and pine resin hit hard in the back. There does seem to be touches of cinnamon and clove somewhere in there as well.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, silky, bitter and dry.

Overall
For whatever reason the bitterness and spiciness are giving me cinnamon and clove flavors that simply are not there, but overall this remains a very classic tasting American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:56:14 | More by justintcoons
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-24-2013 15:17:52 | More by MinorThreat
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-24-2013 02:40:33 | More by Jamison85
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-24-2013 01:11:47 | More by HeyJim
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TCJosh

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-23-2013 21:09:26 | More by TCJosh
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sluggo013

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

03-23-2013 21:08:21 | More by sluggo013
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2013 03:47:28 | More by Cubatobaco
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ESeab

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-23-2013 01:17:36 | More by ESeab
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-23-2013 00:38:33 | More by djaeon
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Brew42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-22-2013 21:37:35 | More by Brew42
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ScottO

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-22-2013 04:32:59 | More by ScottO
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Beer_Belly

California

2/5  rDev -52.4%

03-21-2013 21:01:47 | More by Beer_Belly
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JackieAnton

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-21-2013 18:05:28 | More by JackieAnton
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Heavy-G

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-21-2013 17:21:21 | More by Heavy-G
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-21-2013 03:27:29 | More by charlesjwinkler
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at piggyback bbq-whitefish, mt
A: pure golden straw color with a slight cloudiness. Head is huge and white. Already can tell this is heavily carbonated.
S: big floral hops , scents of sweet citrus. Alittle bit of bread too on the nose
T: big hoppiness huge hoppiness. Great fruit-citrus, tart grapefruit. Light malt and a still alittle herbalness. Straightforward huge IPA
M: huge carbobation, really hop bitter and dry
O: great gargantuan IPA, I understand why its won awards. Good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 02:53:53 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (1 pint 6 oz) with no apparent bottled on date present. Have enjoyed the other two beers I have tried from Bear Republic, and I am looking forward to this one as well. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields about a quarter inch of quickly dissolving head on top of a beautiful orange copper colored body with plenty of bubbles flowing to the top and a nice bunch of sediment twirling around. Thin ring of wispy lacing. Second pour yields about two fingers of thin bubbly off-white head, and tons of sediment!

S - Oranges. Grapefruit. Lemongrass. Pine needles. Slight toasty malts. Has a bitter hop presence, but it is definitely not overly dominant. Smells like a well-balanced beer so far.

T - Bitter hop profile, but again, not overly dominant, which is pretty amazing considering the four different hops that were put into this thing. Bit of spicy hop bitterness, but also a smooth clean lemon / green apple zest. Might seem a bit tame for those of us who like extreme amounts of hops, but I find this beer to be well balanced. Fruity sweetness, with just a tad of alcohol presence. Lingering sweetness of pear, green apple, mango.

M - Sweet, sugary, and resinous. Smooth and clean.

Overall, remarkably well-balanced and hides it's high 7.00% abv well for an IPA. Might not satisfy those overly intense hopheads, and it might not be breaking any spectacular new ground, but it is a worthy addition to the realm of IPA's.

Bear Republic Racer 5 India Pale Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 02:27:00 | More by mfnmbvp
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thornburyslasher

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-21-2013 02:12:57 | More by thornburyslasher
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rankandfile

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-21-2013 02:03:30 | More by rankandfile
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-21-2013 00:17:15 | More by cw577enfield
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wizmasta

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-20-2013 23:57:12 | More by wizmasta
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LiquorsInc

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-20-2013 18:50:42 | More by LiquorsInc
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fiver29

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-20-2013 12:59:33 | More by fiver29
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WizzardOfHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-19-2013 07:26:09 | More by WizzardOfHops
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DiscLizard

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-19-2013 05:21:04 | More by DiscLizard
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,927 ratings.