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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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6,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,840
Reviews: 2,233
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 251
Gots: 780 | FT: 10
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Let's see if this stuff was worth Bear Republic taking legal action against Central City over their own excellent Red Racer line. Pours out a bright golden hue with suspended particles, with a creamy off-white head that retains to a mid-sized cap.

Bright mandarin, grapefruit and lemon citrus character on the nose, some tropical fruit esters, and some dry biscuity grain.

Puckering grapefruit and piney hops up front in the flavour, with an extra underlying bitterness to it all. Mild bready malt in the background does its best to add some backbone, finishing with spicy, astringent grapefruit pith hops that linger on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slippery texture, with an assertive amount of carbonation.

The bottle conditioning adds a nice extra element to the hops, not so much the malt, some decent layers of depth to the hops here. A tasty American IPA that is worth seeking out, but boo on Bear Republic for their legal action against Central City, their Red Racer IPA still does laps around Racer 5.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A "full pour" at the brewery.

Appearance - A little bit hazy/opaque. Not much head. Good (but not great) lace. Surprisingly pale.

Smell - Big hop hit! Orange peel.

Taste - Hoppy (obviously). Citrus. Tart. Clean.

Mouth - Wow! Tingly.

Overall - A bit much for me. I wouldn't call it balanced. This ale is so crisp it reminded me of Listerine.

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3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pour is cloudy, light amber with a thin, quickly-dissipating head. The nose is very faint for an IPA. I get some lemon, grapefruit, and toast.

The beer is light-bodied for an IPA, yet has a fairly firm mouthfeel. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but there's not much of a hop smack to it. It has little balancing sweetness and little in the way of hops beyond a brief opening bitterness. The finish is rather bland.

An average IPA I won't buy again. There are far too many IPAs out there that are worlds beyond this one. This was my first beer from this respected brewer, but this won't stop me from trying a few others.

5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an NB globe. Bottled on 4/12/12.

A: Off-white single-finger head. Body is a light hue of golden...seems lighter than most IPAs but maybe it’s just because it’s pretty darn clear.

S: Predominantly citrus and some nice tropical fruit. Some alcohol comes through.

T: More tropical fruit on the palate than in the nose. Citrus is less than I expected from the aroma but still a big part of the overall profile. More sweet at points than many IPAs. There’s a grain aftertaste that is more than I’m used to (or would prefer).

M: Decent amount of alcohol burn in the dry finish. Not the most drinkable IPA you can buy. Body is medium, texture is pretty dry and carbonation pretty standard.

O: I prefer IPAs that produce tropical fruit flavors. Although this isn’t the fruitiest example of the style, it’s still delicious.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,840 ratings.