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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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6,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,050
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 407 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-31-2013 02:19:28 | More by gnikola
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. Awesome retention and sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Visually appealing to say the least.

Clean and fresh citrus hop aroma with a toasted maltiness lying in the background. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange really shine.

Big juicy citrus kicks things off. Nice slap of hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon all come through. Hops are balanced well by the toasted grain and biscuity maltiness. Alcohol barely shows up at all. Flavors meld very well and the beer is nicely balanced. Very smooth flavors. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and lemon zest.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, and a little creamy. Not too crisp, but not heavy either. Great drinkability - could definitely stick with this one for a while. Possibly my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 16:35:56 | More by Lupe
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Boasts a big white fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace along the sides of the glass and leaves big, chunky islands floating on top of a deep, hazy orange-golden colored brew. great looking IPA.

Big citrus nose, grapefruit, oranges, piney.

Tastes of pink grapefruit, sweet mild tangerine and some piney hops - balanced with some sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Excellent balance here.

Full/meduim mouthfeel that is smooth as butter.

Wow. This is a great American IPA. Really what a great brew. Looking forward to finishing up this six pack and then getting some more for the hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:24:57 | More by ujsplace
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-23-2013 15:09:00 | More by sonofliberty2
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-15-2012 00:47:59 | More by chasmandocharles
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-23-2013 01:45:40 | More by VaporDome
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-02-2013 04:13:15 | More by BRD14
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2013 19:39:46 | More by Cvescalante
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-19-2013 20:02:31 | More by fellowrs
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with floaties. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Clean, fresh citrus hop aroma. Light alcohol and toasted malt lay underneath the hops.

T&M: Crisp, smooth up front with a medium body. Mostly citrus, semi-sweet with a mild piney hop taste. Semi-rough carbonation and hop bitterness on the fade.

Very good IPA. Probably not at the top of my favorites, but high quality nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:26:57 | More by cdizinno
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Racer 5 pours a deep golden color with hints of red along the edges. A nice thick foamy off-white head that built up to 3 fingers and stayed there for quite a while. Quite clear in my pint glass.
smell: The aroma seemed to leap out at me. It had a wonderful hop bouquet. It was piney, floral and citrusy.
As expected, the first sip or two was bitter with a drying effect on the end.
Taste: the blend of malts, hops and yeast gave this beer a nice crisp taste. Bear Republic put in a generous amount of Columbus and Cascade hops into this beer but held back from going too far with the IBUs. I could pick up an underlying sweetness of the malts when not inhaling as I sipped. But just as soon as I breathe in, the hop sensation nearly masks the sweetness of the grains.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy with a full bodied texture.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 21:06:40 | More by boudreaux
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange - nice fluffy head - white that lingers around a while.

S: Smell is pine hops and floral. A bit of malt

T: Love the taste - hops up front, malt comes through, more bitter in the finish - just a fantastic AIPA.

M: Medium - goes down smooth with little fiz to keep me from gulping this down when i feel the urge

D: High - have had this one before but finally decided to grab a single to add it to my reviews. Great offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:27:01 | More by beerman207
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-08-2013 23:20:01 | More by JHendu
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-25-2013 05:26:55 | More by JoeLacy
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-10-2012 21:41:57 | More by MidwestBA
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into shaker.

This beer pours a nice darkish, murky yellow and has a very nice rocky white head. Its smells of the typical piney, fruit hops with little noticable sweetness. Taste is excellent with hops up front and a touch of malt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium body with a nice creaminess to it. Very drinkable and the ABV is at a good point. This beer is delicious and extremely well balanced. I am glad that it comes in bombers and 6 packs!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 14:41:07 | More by OakedCanuck
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 03:23:53 | More by jsnoek
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-26-2014 04:32:35 | More by DeFaz
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-12-2013 06:16:27 | More by Xandrose
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

10-21-2013 18:58:17 | More by cherche
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of orange with a little haze to it. Nice 1 finger head with great retention and good lacing. Smell is strong of hops but there is a definite malt presence as well, a bit of caramel. Taste is good, however I have to say I was expecting more hops. Hops are there but I think I noticed the malt a little more, especially as the beer warmed. Leaves an oily bitterness as it goes down and slight warming effect from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:41:37 | More by bunnyhustle
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased Single Bottle from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI

A - Golden light brown. Excellent Clarity almost pours as if it is a light beer. A thin layer of white head. Good patchy lacing on the way down.

S - Powerful aroma of citrus notes and nice hops. Floral and clean.

T - Big punch of hop that sits and lasts on your palette. A clean citrus finish.

O - I Love this "aggressive" style American IPA. Hop hop hop hop!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:55:38 | More by andrewjraab
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-02-2012 21:17:56 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-02-2013 04:15:53 | More by yuenglingade
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3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A ~ The definition of toffee with a creamy carbonated, yet lacking head. Looks like an EIPA.

S ~ Heavy tree resins & bark with heavy burnt citrus. Hints of chili pepper spice & malt.

T ~ LOTS of tree resin with a heavy biscuit-malt backbone. Touch of grapefruit & honestly picking up vanilla & cocoa somehow. There's mango, orange peel, & spicy hops, as well. Booze.

M ~ Crisp & bitter, but it seems like it should have a higher ABV for the taste, as it is very "hot." I had to pour out the last 1/4, I just was not feeling the balance on this one. Too Resinous for a non-imperial IPA in my opinion.

D ~ It was poorly toeing the line between hop-bomb & malt balance. Boozy and very spicy, I was turned off but what they were going for with this one. As resinous as a IIPA without the cleverly masked ABV. Wouldn't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:38:17 | More by chocosushi
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,050 ratings.