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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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6,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,616
Reviews: 2,200
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 213
Gots: 623 | FT: 8
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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Photo of BeRanger
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a Darkhorse Pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color with about one finger of white head. A little bit of lacing and spotting.

S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, caramel slight smell of malts and pine.

T: Very smooth taste, citrus flavors up front with a creamy sweet finish. No real pine or hop flavors pull through. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable Pale Ale - has a ton of drinkability and very affordable. This is my first beer from Bear Republic, so the bar is now set high. I'll certainly be picking up more of these for casual drinking.

BeRanger, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of googam
4/5  rDev -4.5%

googam, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of garyford
3/5  rDev -28.4%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the shop. Pours a clear golden color with white fluffy head and lots of bubbles. Aroma is a nice mix of big big pine notes with sweet citrus and bready malts to back. Flavor follows with a good bit of light citrus on top of pine bitter. Strong malt backing, but manages to highlight the beautiful west coast hops. This is extremely drinkable, with medium high carbonation. Awesome brew, and a top level single IPA.

BMMillsy, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
5/5  rDev +19.3%

weaselchew, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -4.5%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite a relatively low alcohol percentage for an IPA, Racer 5 has a very bold taste that has just the right amount of hops to make for a bitter, complex and well balanced IPA.

The aroma is very hop forward and compliments the taste very well. A very enjoyable drink.

JohnnyMc, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of peensteen
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Five Napkin Burger Hells Kitchen

Orangey-amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, dense and lots of lace. Smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit, mange, tangerine, lots of citrus, some malt backbone, subtle notes of pine as well here. Taste is all citrus and fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, tons of bitter hop, light sweet malts keep this from crossing the line of being over the top hoppy, light pine in the finish but gets overtaken by clean smooth citrus. Light-med carbonation, incredibly oily, medium body, slick all over the palate. This might be the best IPA I have ever had, if its not the best it has to be like top 2 anyway, no doubt about it I will drink this again and frequently.

peensteen, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Acforster2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Acforster2, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Hopman1985
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Hopman1985, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jpd026
5/5  rDev +19.3%

jpd026, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Mark5252, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of smokejr
5/5  rDev +19.3%

smokejr, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -4.5%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of jcomp21
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing IPA. Makes me smile.

A- Great pillowy white head... like a creamy cloud. The beer is a nice golden amber hue, clear as a bell with nice tiny bubbles bubbling up from the bottom.

S- Pinaeapple and Mango... the sweet citrus fruits, and just a bitttt of pine.

T- More pine in the taste but very balanced malt character with the pineapple hop character. As it warms you get a bit more buiscut flavor and the pine comes out more.

M- Very smooth and creamy on the front end and dries up quickly on the back of the tongue beckoning you back for more!

Overall, love this beer in my top 3 IPA's for sure.

see you on the next one.

jcomp21, Feb 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

dinojrbtom, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of felixljr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

felixljr, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of jimelee108
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jimelee108, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of HOMEPL8
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

HOMEPL8, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

lizfig, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BJasny
5/5  rDev +19.3%

BJasny, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of zahara15
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

zahara15, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +19.3%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Hoolihan, Feb 09, 2012
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,616 ratings.