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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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6,769 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,769
Reviews: 2,222
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 231
Gots: 718 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: standard but solid 355mL brown bottle, funky if plain old-school label.

Appearance: golden amber with a slight hint of orange, a bit hazy. The head is impressive - only 1.5 fingers deep, but heavy and creamy. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: as expected, a heavily hopped aroma. A good mix of citric, pine and floral hops.

Taste: follows the aroma. The citric, pine and floral hops are absolutely present, but also have some bread malts to back it up. Better than the usual American IPA - more complex.

Aftertaste: the heavy hops linger a bit too much for my palate, but I can at least recognise that it has been magnificently combined. A steady bitterness travels through, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-heavy body, light-to-moderate carbonation. I'm glad the carbonation hasn't been over-done like some American IPAs.

Overall: one of the best American IPAs I have had, by a fair old margin. It is heavily hopped per the style, but it doesn't make the usual mistakes of over-carbonation and no malt to back up. Really, a lovely brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

This is one of my favorite IPAs. I never turn down a chance to drink it. It’s delicious, hoppy, bitter, fruity, floral, and is always a great way to spend a few minutes, a couple of dollars, and the end of a day.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is definitely an underrated beer! I rarely give all 5's but this deserves it! It is a very well balanced IPA that has a good malt backbone to back it up. It does have a big hop forward taste that lingers a few minutes after the gulps. Best part is when I'm done I can still taste this beast in my burps :) OUTSTANDING BREW!

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out of a bottle into a snifter.

a - hazy, golden hue with a half inch head. retention is decent and there's lovely lacing down the glass as it goes down

s - hoppy. first hit is piney resin followed by grapfruit, tangerine, and whiff of sweet tropical fruits. some light and sweet malt is present. overall, nose is not strong, but pleasantly light and airy.

t - again, piney hops and ripe clementines in the foreground with hints of mango and peach. the malt provides a subdued honey, bready background. whoa, this is a sweet ipa! the bitterness is subdued, and there is a very light feel to it - almost as if it's a summer version.

m - is on the thin side with limited carbonation. def wish there was some more carbonation and bitterness to make the mouthfeel more substantial. ehh, one may call it thin, another would call it sessionable.

this is a very pleasant beer. def not a hop bomb, but it's still enjoyable. by far the most sessionable ipa i've ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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