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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,835 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,835
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 248
Gots: 775 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A good IPA that tends just a little to the sweet side of a well balanced IPA.

A: golden clear with large amount of head with great retention and lacing
S: little floral, little earthy
T/M: little bit of a few things with not too much of any: sweetness of honey, some papaya (maybe bubble gum), subdued lemon and grass ending bitterness, slightly dry ending.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a plastic hotel water cup. Dark golden hue, quickly dissapating head that left lacing on the sides of the cup, with a medium mouthfeel and aggressive carbonation. Pine dominates the nose with some herbal cattiness noted. Taste is of pine and citrus, herbal pungency, caramel and toffee; beginning and ending with the pine, pine, piney goodness of chinook hops. I prefer a more citrusy hop profile but this is a different and welcome IPA that I'd like to have again.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner. It has 1/8" head which quickly reduces to thin lacing. It has a cloudy golden color, perhaps unfiltered, which i don't mind. Aroma is rich hops and pine. Flavor is rich, complex, balanced. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and tingly--I like it. This is an outstanding IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

To end IPA weekend...
Amber color with an one finger head with low retention.
Nice grapefruit aroma with notes of pine and resin and slightly toasted malts on the background.
Elegantly bitter (although it has a good 75 IBUs) and fruity taste, predominant citric flavor with notes of grapefruit, flowers and pine. But still quite malty. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation, 7% ABV is well hidden.
Very well crafted. A very pleasant and balanced IPA, relatively delicate and flavorful, but that knows how to bite. Gods’ juice.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,835 ratings.