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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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6,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,764
Reviews: 2,220
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 229
Gots: 715 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

12oz bottle (no date) poured into a milkshake pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold amber color. Thin white head upon pouring which died back to a very thin skin across the top. Delicate strands and islands of lacing noted.

Smell: Not a strong smelling beer at first, but with a good swirl I got a perfect citrus smell (nice blend of grapefruit, orange, and lemon) and as the foam died back I got some pine and another nice hit, stronger, of grapefruit.

Taste: Citrus grapefruit and orange at first, but not super tart, then a quick malt middle (very quick - couldn't pick out any distinct malt flavors) and then a citrus and piney bitter finish. A hoppy beer, but not excessively bitter. The citrus hop flavors slowly build up over time in the mouth, lingering longer and longer with each sip, but not becoming too much.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but very smooth and slick. Some stickiness to the teeth but not a lot.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a good beer, but I wonder if this one sat on the shelf too long and some of the hop aroma and taste has been lost based upon other reviews I've read about this beer. A solid AIPA, but not as flavorful as I thought it would be. Very balanced though, with distinct hop flavors. I found this beer to be more of a slow sipper rather than something very drinkable that I wanted to reach for another when I was done. One was enough, but glad I tried it.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from a bomber bottle into a Delirium snifter glass.

Very hazy, light orange color with a tenacious tan head.

Smell is a little musty, hints of malt, hops, citrus, and slight pine.

Initial bitterness is followed by a pine sweetness, some citrus notes, some warming alcohol.

Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, buttery consistency, some astringency.

Overall, the musty smell threw me off, while the hops don't provide the complex flavor I came to love in such IPA's as Lagunitas or Alesmith.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A good IPA that tends just a little to the sweet side of a well balanced IPA.

A: golden clear with large amount of head with great retention and lacing
S: little floral, little earthy
T/M: little bit of a few things with not too much of any: sweetness of honey, some papaya (maybe bubble gum), subdued lemon and grass ending bitterness, slightly dry ending.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a plastic hotel water cup. Dark golden hue, quickly dissapating head that left lacing on the sides of the cup, with a medium mouthfeel and aggressive carbonation. Pine dominates the nose with some herbal cattiness noted. Taste is of pine and citrus, herbal pungency, caramel and toffee; beginning and ending with the pine, pine, piney goodness of chinook hops. I prefer a more citrusy hop profile but this is a different and welcome IPA that I'd like to have again.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,764 ratings.