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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,944 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,944
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 382 | 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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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
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--Dom--

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-19-2013 04:25:08 | More by --Dom--
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass

A - somewhat foggy translucent light copper color. Thick dense white head, even an aggressive pour produces only an inch or so of head. Nice.

S - light profile of citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. Some light malty notes.

T - grapefruit bomb. Grapefruit peel, orange peel, pithy citrus. Light malty backbone. Smooth finish. Very solid.

M - nice, creamy, super easy drinking.

O - good IPA. The grapefruit profile is not quite my thing, almost too mild of a profile for the overriding bitterness if the grapefruit. I would definitely order this again though.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:39:17 | More by Beerandboards
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Cobrito

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A popular but in my mind mediocre West Coast IPA. In some cases, like with BR's Hop Rod Rye, balanced is good in that the ingredients all contribute to a nice, complex brew. In Racer 5's case, it has been balanced into insipidness. Not nearly enough hop complexity for hop-heads, and there is an odd brackish taste at the front end of the palate as well. Very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:10:16 | More by Cobrito
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-19-2013 00:25:03 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-18-2013 20:07:38 | More by brycevolk
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Mattco

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2013 17:34:20 | More by Mattco
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-18-2013 06:22:16 | More by Rollzroyce21
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chaint

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2013 00:50:52 | More by chaint
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,944 ratings.