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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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6,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,360
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 532 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Vasko5m, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

LaPlaya, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

VonZipper, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

CBPAS, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Groulxsome
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Santa Barbara Whole Foods, poured into a glass at my house in Toronto, Ontario. From notes.

A: A cloudy copper with a little orange. It's pretty pale overall.

S: Subtly citrusy, slightly smells like honey and syrup. Some tropical fruit with a little pleasant sourness.

T: Malty with floral and honey notes. A lasting bitter with a nice little sour to accent the taste.

M: Really smooth and soft with a medium body. It's dry and really invites you to drink it more.

O: It's a subtle but wonderful IPA. This is the kind of IPA I'd like to drink all day. It's not too overwhelming, but when you care to look for the flavour it's there.

Groulxsome, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

theholdsteady, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kjb32812, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Sailracer, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ABO2012, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

BobRedman, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mwhite444, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

augie, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pugs78, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22Oz Poured into pint glass. hazy pale yellow orange with almost no head and no bubbles. smells flowery, citrusy, and hoppy. Yummmm. Tastes is very good, citrus and floral hops, alcohol, hop bitterness stays on the tongue long after swallowing. the mouthfeel is light. carbonation is too low for me, thats the only complaint i have about this one but it is still very drinkable. Overall a very tastey beer

Beermazter310, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Lightly cloudy, very minimal internal carbonation, copper orange, tiny foamy head

S: Not incredibly fragrant, citrus fruits, hops, star fruit, all very light but simultaneously present

T: Light and delicious in flavor, definite citrus, pineapple, some green apple, perfect balance

M: Incredibly smooth, almost water-like in viscosity, easy to drink, refreshing, aftertaste is moderate, a bit lingering and drying however

O: A nice and smooth ipa, not incredibly flavorful and fragrant however, but refreshing all the same

MatthewWilde, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BlackBelt5112203, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light, hazy amber color with a nice white head that slowly recedes into a ring, leaving behind some great lacing.

Smell: Great hop aroma with grapefruit, orange, and a hint of apple. Very nice malt aroma just beneath the cloud of hops. Very inviting.

Taste: Very well balanced taste. Citrus hops blend with sweet malt and just the right amount of bitterness. Very smooth finish. Great taste.

Mouthfeel: A heavy body for an IPA but it works well with the carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a top IPA. Great beer that is absolutely worth buying again.

TaySuth, Mar 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

MisledTitan, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

GeoffreyM, Mar 20, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought online from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a nice golden yellow colour. Slightly off white head poured big thick and foamy. Tons of carbonation rushes to the surface maintaining a thick rocky covering throughout... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Juicy and maybe slightly tropical fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, pineapple), light pine, light palm sugar / caramel sweetness, sea salt, light toasted malt, fresh cut wet grass, light herbal notes, quite floral (lillies maybe ?), white pepper...

Taste - Nice juicy floral hop bitterness perfectly balanced by some light caramel maltiness, light floral honey sweetness, good fruitiness (oranges, grapefruit, light pineapple, apricot), herbal notes, perfumey, sea salt traces, faint soapy hints...

M&D - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Light / medium bodied... supremely quaffable..

Overall - An exquisite IPA and quite possibly the best i've had... My first Bear Republic brew and it lives up to the hype... highly recommended...

mdagnew, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

bastu, Mar 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

dominic4beer, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

creez, Mar 20, 2012
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,360 ratings.