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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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6,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,767
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 230
Gots: 717 | 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:
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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Photo of Alextricity
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice, somewhat hazy amber color. Head doesn't live too long, but there's still a good bit of lacing left behind.

Smell: What a bouquet. A lot of grapefruity aromas, but then some other hops in there as well. There's also some other sort of fruit I can't quite pinpoint... almost smells like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles in a way. I'm not sure where I'm getting that.

Taste/Feel: Just so damn impressive. It's an IPA that's more interesting than most, in my opinion. It drinks like a pale ale, but it hits you with the bitterness you'd expect from an IPA. The finish is pale ale-like in that you get the malts... but at the same time, you get the grapefruity flavors. The carbonation is about medium, and the feel is pretty middle-of-the-road. Fits this beer very well, making it super thirst quenching.

Boy am I glad I picked this one up. Something about it just sucks me in... it's a wonderfully constructed IPA that also has a lot of APA in it as well. May well be my favorite IPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Megahertz
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle carefully decanted into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottled on 08/20/12.

A - Crystal clear golden with a large, tightly packed, foamy white head. Gorgeous.

S - Massive citrusy grapefruit. Hard to get past.

T - Bready malt and slight caramel with massive fruity hop flavors. Transitions into a hop bitterness that is the very picture of clean. Bone. Dry. Finish.

M - Light body with medium to low carbonation. Only thing I can stick it for. Probably varies from batch to batch.

O - I want more. This is the photograph of an american IPA. Classic example of the style.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,767 ratings.