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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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6,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,900
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 256
Gots: 809 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 6,900 | Reviews: 2,236
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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.

A: Clear golden color with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a minute. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops and caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and moderate to high bitterness. Citrus hops and toasted malt flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

O: I liked this IPA but liked the Dogfish Head better.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice honey-golden color with a 3-finger light tan head consisting of large and small bubbles. Lacing on the glass is exceptional, some floating particulates in the beer, though that could have been from improper cleaning of my glass.

S: Not as aromatic that I expected. Big pine notes on the nose though, almost all pine. I get a tad of light citrus (oranges) before the pine, but the pine dominates.

T: Again, it's all pine. Its as if I took a fistful of pine needles and pinecones and squeezed the essence of them into my mouth. There is a slight caramel/toasty flavor to it, but again, it's practically all pine.

M: Feels thin, with moderate carbonation. It doesn't foam up in your mouth.

D: I had a 22oz and it was plenty for one sitting, I think 1 22oz or 2 12oz would be my limit, the alcohol really comes through you can feel it before you're half way done.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a slightly orangey honey gold color with a HUGE foamy off white head. The nose offered grapefruit, spice, yeast, green hops. The taste is mostly yeast to me, backed by malt, then with lots of oily hop resin bringing up the rear. Has a slightly crisp mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable, hiding the 7% very well.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

veddy veddy goood!!!

this is one yummy IPAl. i would love to put a pony keg of this in my fridgetater! poured from a bottle and was happy with all the usual...head, carbonation, lace, color, etc

if you like IPA, i highly recomend you search for this like your long lost pup! hell i would rather have a supply of these rather than any mangy k9!

suckem up and movem out!!!


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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, lightly hazed, with a large yellowish-white head. Ample, piney C-hop aroma. Flavor is aggressive and hop-forward, as promised, without being harsh or bitter. Pretty well balanced, with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Just a little bit to the left of fully and dangerously drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA I've ever had in every respect.

Slightly cloudy honey color with a bit of particulate floating about. The head is a finger thick even now; it lasts and leaves thick sticky lacing.

Great hop citrusy hop aroma with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malt.

Almost indescribable taste. The malt carries the hop flavor with a great smoothness. The hops are sweet all the way to the end where there's a tiny, tiny bitter note at the end. Beautiful.

Smooth mouthfeel, that's the best way to say it. Such low carbonation that you'd think it was from a cask. That's a good thing. Actually, it's a wonderful thing.

I bought one bottle of this on my honeymoon in August, so it may have been even better when the hops were fresher. I will buy and trade for this beer every chance I get.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; dated 4/22/10 (packaged)

Lighter orange-copper color with tons of sediment, and an ivory-white head which is thin but sturdy.

Bright citric hoppiness and sweet maltiness to the nose.

Sweet, citric, spicy, hoppy, piny. Notes of orange & grapefruit meld with a distinct herbal character (basil/cannabis leaf). Great flavor.

Nice body; full, quenching, bitter.

Very good IPA; not quite up there for me as the best West Coast IPA (or best offering from BR) but still a solid go-to option for a citric hop blast.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Racer has a nice straw/hay color and pours to a white, cloudy (almost creamy) head. As the head falls, it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy/cloudy, but as it is bottle conditioned, this is to be expected.

S: Racer has a big nose. Up front there is sweet fruit and citrus (oranges and a touch of grapefruit) with a touch of pine there as well.

T: Sweet malt and a blast of hops, bitter on the tongue but not overly. There is plenty of citrus and lots of juicy fruit. Racer finishes long and dry and begs another sample! Excellent balance and highly drinkable.

M: Full and round, smooth.

O: An awesome beer! A beautiful nose, sweet, fruity and a touch piney. It tastes fantastic, sweet and malty, hoppy, juicy, bitter and long. What impresses me the most is how balanced the beer is.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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