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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: 232
Gots: 719 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a white 2-finger head that slowly dissipates into a frothy lace that leaves a nice trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with slight hints of pine and citrus in the background.

T: Smooth and hoppy and very bitter. Citrus and pine on the palate followed by a biscuit flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA. Very hoppy and bitter yet smooth and tasty.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 02/20/2012.

A: Pours a chunky golden straw with not much head. Yeasty sediment appears to be in stasis floating in the glass. A few bubbles but carbonation appears minimal.

S: Earthy hop notes with a sweet malt backbone. Imagine this is better a little fresher. Some fruity hops in there too.

T: Lots of hop overtones make up the front of this beer. Evens out with the sweet malty characteristics. Good balance between the two.

M: A little syrupy with the sweet malts, low carbonation. Lingering finish.

Overall a decent IPA that I need to try fresher or on tap. Hops are quick to fade and I think thats the case with this bottle.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a slightly cloudy gold, with a 1/2" of white foamy head. Decent carbonation keeps the bubble floating up from the bottom.

Has a spicy, citrus aroma, with hints of honey, straw and grass.

Lemon pith, pepper spice, and hints of pine combine for a tasty bitter start. White pine flavor increases toward the finish, with a nicely hopped conclusion that leaves the tongue dry.

Medium bodied, the feel is clean, relatively crisp and refreshing, with enough hops to produce a bit of tingle on the tongue and gums.

One of my favorites, Racer 5 is a solid, go-to IPA like Two-Hearted, 60 Minute, White Rajah, or Commodore Perry. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out on a classic.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A- golden-orance color with a fluffy one-finger+ head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing. It's a bit less hazy than most of its kind.

S- pine and citrus, very mild aroma for this style.

T-some sweet maltiness followed by citrus hop bitterness. Nice balance.

M-good body and carbonation, yet light and drinkable. Easy on the palate.

O-very solid American IPA, quite drinkable as well at 7%.

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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%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Golden-yellow. White head. Good looking IPA.

S: Strong American hops. Dry citrus stands out. Mellow malt.

T: Balanced American hops. Heavy on pine and citrus. Good malt at the back.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Smooth. Easy to drink.

O: Awesome IPA. One of the standards for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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 6,769 ratings.