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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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6,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,342
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 528 | 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:
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 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

man on man i've had some good beers past week. this one is no exception. pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a marginal head, and some decent lacing. the smell is darn good has a wonderful spicy and piney hop aroma. the taste is also very very good, its surprisingly smooth for a dIPA but has enough bitterness and alcohol warmness to make it unique. a real treat of a beer, glad to try it, and hope to have again.

1fastz28, Feb 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

AlMarzo, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Chris77McGrath, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

tylerstravis, Apr 01, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a bright gold tinged with reddish hues , a solid finger of off-white head and great retention. Smell was more subtle than I expected, sweet malt, orange and grapefruit hops. The taste of this is excellent--nice pine needle hoppiness upfront, a smooth sweet malt balancing perfecting, and an assault of citrus and grapefruit hops leaving a long hoppy finish. Medium bodied with a slick juicy hop-coating feel--feels just like an IPA should. Another very well balanced IPA from the west coast that I could drink all night long.

cubedbee, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours golden amber from a 22-oz. bomber with a nice frothy head that quickly dissipates from about an inch to a quarter-inch.

Aroma is citrus zest with an earthy hoppiness. A peachy sweetness creeps in as well.

The taste and mouthfeel are great on this one. I get orange pith with peach nectar and a creamy bready-ness with a slight alcohol fizzle at the end. Aftertaste of grapefruit. The hops are profound, but not overbearing or too bright. A nice balance of bitterness and malty sweetness.

The drinkability is a no-brainer. Smooth and spicy at once, I could go for a couple of these 22-ouncers in an evening. Perhaps this is because I've been all about Double IPAs lately and a regular old IPA would just seem like water. I don't think so, though, because this one is quite bold -- indeed, plenty strong -- but still very easy to quaff.

This one's going on the "get again" list.

orfeu, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of gfreed
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%

On a hot night this is a nice thing to drink. Very piney aroma; leathery smell with a very sharp edge. There's even the smell you get when you pull a strip of scotch tape from the roll-- something you will remember from your grammar-school days, I'm sure. Very tight flavor, full of little pins from the abundant carbonation. It starts out resinous and loaded with pine needles, but mellows into a peachy taste when it warms up. I couldn't drink such a thing in the winter but it's welcome in August.

gfreed, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.00 %

Had this with a buddy in Puerto Rico during a visit in 1/2010. There is a budding craft distribution market starting up in PR, and it was nice to see this on the island.

This brew surprised me as a very approachable IPA for non hopheads. It has a very solid malty backbone with noticeable hops for support in IPA fashion. It reminded me a full body amber with the hop schedule dialed up to IPA status. Malty sweet without being cloying. I enjoyed this brew much more than I expected.

unclejimbay, Feb 01, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

csurowiec, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Profchaos20, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

dextermcgurk, Jul 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

pathead, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Lurkerson, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

corysmith01, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

ccurrid, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Satan70, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

lilnicky068, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

UncleAddie, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jhartley, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,342 ratings.