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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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6,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,585
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 209
Gots: 599 | FT: 8
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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Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light golden with a one-finger white head that quickly fades to a nice cap. Subtle citrus aroma. Grapefruit bitterness hits the tongue first. Pine and sweet malt follow. Nicely balanced. Finishes hoppy bitter but not over the top like other West Coast IPAs. Body on the light side with slight carbonation. An extremely well crafted IPA. Matter of fact, its my favorite West Coast IPA to date!

JohnG190, Jun 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

beerbtl, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Twal, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Jsher, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

DerekMorgan, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jkd03c, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

drrone, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

None77, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Lukebell15, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

canalsurfer, Jun 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Chingringo, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

sjones5045, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

BillHilly, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Dogzbone, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

derekrick420, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue with a perfect head and generous lacing.

Smell: Subtle. I can make out some citrus, pine and malt.

Taste: Pine and citrus, hints of spice. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, with just the right amount of bitterness at the end.

The Verdict: Very good. One of the smoothest, well balanced IPAs I've had. Definitely a West Coast style. Plenty of hops without being a hop bomb.

TheMarkE, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had hype behind the name. Got a bomber and was let down... Average IPA with a nice balance but if a beer is hyped and I get my hopes up and they are shattered by a par beer... I weap. It had some fruity notes to it with a balance of malt in there... Drank a Stone cail-belgi after and enjoyed that about 3 x more.

SDbrewerJake, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Dagsy, Jun 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Speakone, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Commons Ground Food Coop, Urbana, IL
Date: None on bottle, bought 6/8/13
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Bear Republic's Racer 5 is a classic American IPA that's complex enough to stand the test of time and mass appeal. Easily drinkable for those with an interest in hops, the hop-derived citrus and bitterness pairs well with the yeast-produced fruity esters and residual sweetness and breadiness from the malts. An easy go-to IPA that many others have emulated.

Pours a 1cm tall mass of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which has average retention of about one minute. The head falls to a thin ring around the glass and a light haze of residue atop the body. Lacing is good, The body of the beer is a fairly bright orange color with copper undertones, light bringing out very bright, orange-yellow hues in the primarily transparent (30-40% opacity) body. Carbonation is visible streaming up from the center of the glass.

Aroma is of substantial citurs note, primarily grapefruit, but also slight orange, and a noticeable sweetness contributed by the malts. Modest peppery character with a light bready component fill out the backside of the hoppy citrus scents. Solid for an IPA.

Front of palate is of pale malt and caramel malt sweetness with notes of grapefruit juice and hints of pine resin. Mid-palate is of substantial hop bitterness and spiciness with balancing fruity esters in the way of grapefruit and orange, with moderating caramel malt and slight breadiness from the pale malt and yeast. Back of palate is of hop bitterness, black pepper, slight ethanol, modest grapefruit and orange. Aftertaste is of substantial bitterness with a lingering grapefruit and pine bite with a hint of caramel malt.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a gently foamy, smooth mouthfeel. Closes dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate.

falloutsnow, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Swift989, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Hellmeh, Jun 20, 2013
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,585 ratings.