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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,947 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,947
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 383 | 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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durkle


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-05-2012 21:13:24 | More by durkle
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +19%

03-05-2012 07:51:39 | More by Rocketman8911
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GR3


4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-05-2012 04:28:03 | More by GR3
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2012 00:53:13 | More by DrFunkenstein
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mcdmusic

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-04-2012 23:37:33 | More by mcdmusic
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Hendral

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-04-2012 21:36:09 | More by Hendral
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mrelizabeth

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-04-2012 21:22:15 | More by mrelizabeth
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Ted

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-04-2012 21:15:24 | More by Ted
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-04-2012 19:39:32 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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hpthebull

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-04-2012 05:31:20 | More by hpthebull
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-03-2012 20:46:15 | More by Hanzo
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Giovacchini

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- orange-ish/amber color with a thin white head.

S- hop aromas, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, guava.

T- Nice hoppiness up front with a mild caramel maltiness. Citrusy hop flavors. Tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit.

M- this beer has a bitter dry mouthfeel with a mild booziness along with good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer and it's not to expensive. I live in Sonoma CA and I have a wide variety of local IPA's to choose from. My go to IPA's are RR's but I got to Racer 5 when I want more bang for my buck. This is a solid IPA and although it's not the best IPA there will always be a spot in my fridge for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:54:59 | More by Giovacchini
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tsulli

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-03-2012 02:05:30 | More by tsulli
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A steady pour yields a half finger of off white head. Decent retention and the attempt of lacing to cling to the glass are noted. When the head does fade, it leaves a ring around the top and some dusting. The body is a light gold/yellow orange color. There doesn't seem to be any carbonation rising to the top but little specks can be seen suspended in the beer.

Fresh floral and piney hops attack your nose immediately. There is a malt backbone in there, but you must sift to find it.

The flavor is simple yet enjoyable: Hops, mainly pine with some floral and grapefruit backup, and a biscuity malt with a hint of spice.

Easy going. Medium bodied. Very dry on the end. Good.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 22:06:30 | More by CFHMagnet
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doho95fu

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-01-2012 20:24:31 | More by doho95fu
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-01-2012 20:03:17 | More by Archemedies
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Mark-S

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-01-2012 19:03:49 | More by Mark-S
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b2611

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-01-2012 00:32:56 | More by b2611
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danieelol

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Racer 5 pours a crisp golden mango with impressive head and lacing.

Nose is light malt and hop aromas, peach and mango and some alcohol.

Taste is very dry and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and soapy, with resin.

Medium body and carb.

Not quite as all-out as WCIPA but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 13:31:47 | More by danieelol
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa! can smell the hops right when I crack the lid on this one. Pours a bright crystal clear golden color with orange hues and a bright white head. Super resinous hops intrude upon the nostrils with pungent grapefruit and citrus. Floral hops lay beneath with some malty undertones.

Huge slick malt body upfront sets up the tongue for the wave of flavor that's about to roll over the tongue. Citrus sweetness up front followed by huge grapefruit tartness.

Finishes with a floral bouquet of hops that snap any residual sweetness in half leaving you with a crisp dry finish. Super complex and layered beer with a mildly tannic aftertaste. The huge body thins out slowly as it travels along the tongue into a pop of satisfaction in the back of the month (thats what she said?) Not your everyday IPA but definitely delicious. Something I'd go for in the bomber rather than the 6. Slaps the taste buds around.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:32:12 | More by jtierney89
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle , no freshness date, fingers crossed.

A: Nice Amber/orange, on the lighter side in appearance for style. Thing white head, dissipated rather quickly. Not totally clear, a hint of cloudiness. Some lacing but nothing overly impressive.

S: Definitely a citrus hop aroma. Very tropical in scent, mango/pineapple and lemon. Some honey sweetness too. Pungent.

T: Hits you with some grapefruit/pineapple/piney hop flavor up front. Then slightly lemon/lime/mandarin. Then a nice honey/caramel malt sweetness smooths over the palate. Very sweet and bitter at same time. Finish is mix of Pine/Citrus/floral and dry.

M: Seems well carbonated. Actually has a hint of booziness in finish, suprsing for ABV but not unpleasant. Soft on palate, a bit oily.

O: This is what you want when you buy an IPA. Awesome hop extraction, well rounded bouquet of flavors. West coast classic. A tad over hyped IMO but certainly a heavy hitter in the category.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:49:24 | More by BigCheese
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-29-2012 01:13:48 | More by jaidenjb
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-28-2012 23:11:06 | More by Tumble
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jscottku21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-28-2012 14:10:54 | More by jscottku21
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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-28-2012 06:53:03 | More by durrrr
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,947 ratings.