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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,040 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,040
Reviews: 2,172
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 406 | 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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polopaul20

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-05-2013 19:46:48 | More by polopaul20
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dante23x

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-05-2013 16:26:30 | More by dante23x
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

04-05-2013 08:50:26 | More by zestar
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kojevergas

Texas

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/21/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded silver pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some great beers from this brewery before, and this has a great reputation - plus it's fresh.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger vibrant beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. About what I'd expect from a good beer in the style, though the colour could be fuller and more vibrant. Light even lacing as the head recedes. Excited to try this. No overt flaws in the appearance.

Sm: Lovely varied floral hop notes. Hop oil. Nectary hops. Pale malts. Grassy character. Light pine. The oily hop character (Columbus) is dominant - just what I want from a good IPA. Well hopped and balanced. Pleasant, fresh, appealing. This is exactly what an IPA should smell like. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Very inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Great stuff. Oily hop notes mix well with lighter nectary hop notes and moderate floral hop character. The body is simple flavorful pale malts, lending it a refreshing taste. It lacks the citrusy gush I want it to have, but it's well constructed and damn well balanced across the board, with hardly any hop bitterness coming through at all. What little hop bitterness there is comes through just a bit on the climax and in the third act; it's not perfect balance but it's impressive. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. Lightly grassy, highlighting the pale malts. Love the hop choices here - especially columbus. I'd like to see what amarillo does to the flavour profile. Beautifully balanced, beautifully executed. A tasty IPA with good depth of flavour, complexity, and subtlety. This is how you brew an IPA.

Mf: Soft, smooth, oily, a bit nectary, and wet. Refreshing. Lightly crisp. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Perfect carbonation. Very well executed, evoking care and effort.

Dr: Damn drinkable. I'll definitely be getting more of this and will happily buy it by the six pack. If I bought beer I'd already tried on a regular basis, this would be right up there - or probably above - Lagunitas as my IPA mainstay. Up there with Sculpin in terms of quality and availability. Bravo, Bear Republic. I'm beating myself up over waiting so long to review it. This is how an IPA ought to be: balanced and flavorful, with subtlety and complexity. Very well done.

B+

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 04:01:08 | More by kojevergas
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-04-2013 02:56:23 | More by akttr
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dbert21

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

04-04-2013 01:20:06 | More by dbert21
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halfshell

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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J10Jordan

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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BltByKrmn

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Seakyden

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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olivermonster

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

04-02-2013 23:56:10 | More by olivermonster
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Cattlehound

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's from the west coast! A great balance of malts and hops hide the booziness in this beer, which is why my wife calls them "eraser 5's" 3-5 pints and see you later! Wow what a drinkable beer, beautiful dark amber color and great flavor!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 23:32:14 | More by Cattlehound
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Beer21

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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gio540

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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jpatton0127

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,040 ratings.