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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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6,829 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,829
Reviews: 2,229
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 246
Gots: 771 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow. I just found my favorite beer.

A gentleman at the liquor store recommended this pale ale. Mentioned that it had hints of fruity flavor.

I found it crisp, just the right amount of hoppiness, and hints of fruits ... perhaps providing a bit of sweetness to an otherwise bitter beer.

Update: 5/27/14. I think my pallette has evolved. I still like this beer, but it is definitely no longer my favorite. I find that there is a subtle metal after taste ... I notice that in a lot of the IPA's ... not sure what causes it.

Since my first evaluation, I would probably prefer the Lagunitas IPA over the Racer 5. But both are very good beers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours medium pale, not really pale, and not amber either. The head is slight, and doesn't retain for long.

S: Do I detect cotton candy? I smell a nice bouquet of flowers, and some sweetness.

T: The hop bitterness is nice, with a lot of the West Coast trademarks abounding: pine sap, citrus, bubblegum (!) but this beer tastes strangely hot for a 7%. For example, I recently had a Port Mongo (8.5%) and the alcohol levels were far better hidden than here. This beer is also rather biscuit forward, which I feel pairs better in the sweeter English style, rather than in the hoppy West Coast style.

M: Very hoppy, pretty dry.

O: This beer is somewhat of a surprise: a highly regarded hoppy IPA, and bottle conditioned to boot (I like that), but the have had quite a bit better as well.

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Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Ripe citrus, some tropical fruit, pine.

T: Citrus, pine, herbal, spice, light malt body.

M: Crisp, nice lingering bitterness.

O: Tasty IPA, with a great nose. I'll be buying this again.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,829 ratings.