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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,222 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,222
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 479 | 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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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2012 20:09:31 | More by bumchilly25
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SFC21

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-10-2012 03:26:52 | More by SFC21
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-09-2012 00:09:43 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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stafford2

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-08-2012 18:47:33 | More by stafford2
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danjohn1234

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-08-2012 17:04:34 | More by danjohn1234
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znichols

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -5%

A- Blazing bright gold color with sticky white head which dissipates into the beer fairly quick. Lotsa bubbles. Moderate lacing. Decent lookin' IPA.

S- I smell cascade hops. subtle grapefruit and lemon with hints of soft pine. a little bit of herbalness, caramel malt, and booze round out the aroma. Pretty nice nose here.

T- Great grapefruit flavor. Not as much pine as expected. Some soft grassy notes with a lingering maltyness that never really matches the hops. Minimal boozyness. This is a quintessential American IPA, very clean with plenty of citrus flavors and a tolerable but firm bitterness.

M- The mouthfeel is very nice and slick with a somewhat oily quality. Moderate carbonation.

O- This enters my book of exemplary American IPA's. Sticks to the book with fairly large grapefruit and lemon flavor and aroma. The subtle grassyness and malt lingers on the back end. Very enjoyable but nothing that'll blow you away.

05-08-2012 02:11:55 | More by znichols
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ebin

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-08-2012 00:47:45 | More by ebin
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

interesting on the hand pump but i prefer the regular bootle version. thats ok.

light amber, pale look. aromas of floral hops, taste follows, better than the smell. lots and lots of floral hops, nicely malted for balance.
very refreshing, drinkable.

recommended.

05-07-2012 12:43:03 | More by B33R501
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justinlaz

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-07-2012 05:37:13 | More by justinlaz
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%

A- Orangy copper body with a one finger head. Good amount of lacing on the glass! Not too carbonated.

S- Hops! Piney hop smell. A little orange zest. Nothing was pungent about the smell.

T- Piney hops. The hops in the brewing process include Cascade and Centennial, so being piney in taste is no surprise. The hop bitterness is at 75+ IBUs according to Bear Republic's site. Also the beer has a peppery spice. The hop bitterness hits hard initially. As soon as that hop bitterness comes along, it fades! The finish is not bitter at all. Quite frankly, it finishes dry, leaving your mouth wanting more. Exceptional for an IPA!

M- Bear Republic describes the beer as being full-bodied, but I think it's defiantly a medium body and feel. Not too heavy, but nothing that allows the beer to be gulped!

Overall this was a wonderful IPA. I normally shy away from IPA's because they can be almost too intense with the hop bitterness, but this beer got out of the way quick enough for the bitterness to be pleasant. I would drink this IPA anytime I'm in the mood for a hoppy beer.

05-07-2012 05:09:05 | More by ThomasMetal75
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sullaspiaggia

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-06-2012 20:26:00 | More by sullaspiaggia
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Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-06-2012 13:11:38 | More by Nordicsk8er
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Kevin79

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +19.3%

05-05-2012 23:24:31 | More by Kevin79
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

05-05-2012 22:18:01 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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ElGato33

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-05-2012 17:01:15 | More by ElGato33
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-05-2012 01:09:23 | More by Brewsed
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-05-2012 00:13:05 | More by tenacioustomato
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dorf

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-04-2012 02:59:01 | More by dorf
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a nice golden with a 2 finger white head. Spiderwebs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice sweetness and lots of citrus

T- sweet caramel, orange, pineapple, good amount of citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly slick feel and effervescence at the finish.

O- very good ipa. Nice amount of citrus, sweetness and bitterness. Aka very well balanced.

05-04-2012 02:14:33 | More by kawilliams81
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-04-2012 01:14:26 | More by tbeer40
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sevenarts

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5%

A: Pale, slightly cloudy golden color. Small bubbly head and very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a hint of grapefruit and citrus.

T/M: The hops come through much stronger in the taste, with some bitter citrusy hops up front, followed by a bit of refreshing malty sweetness, leading directly into renewed and stronger piney bitterness on the followthrough.

O: Pretty much a textbook American IPA, very nice and straightforward.

05-03-2012 22:58:58 | More by sevenarts
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Jared2287


4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-03-2012 14:06:21 | More by Jared2287
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kmoore149

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.4%

05-03-2012 02:53:10 | More by kmoore149
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thatdavegy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

05-03-2012 01:35:05 | More by thatdavegy
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-02-2012 23:46:50 | More by olympicgatorade
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,222 ratings.