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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,463 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,463
Reviews: 2,192
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 206
Gots: 563 | 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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Ratings: 6,463 | Reviews: 2,192 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, decent initial head, fades quickly, a bit of lacing.

Sweet malt and floral hops in the smell.

Light sweet malt background, pine twang, slight grapefruit finish. Fairly classic, but nothing particularly unique that I tasted.

Medium-smooth mouthfeel.

A good example of the style, but nothing on this really stood out for me. Good but not great.

Strix, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

astrobomb, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

TheParchedOne, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

rpjordan, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

RooftopGourmet, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Nuggetnectarfan, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

InfernoBoss, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Rckmo10, Jan 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

sonomaroma, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jakesingleton, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ghostly haze to a light orange color. White thin head. Not much for head retention, although it could be the glass. This beer smells great. Piney hop resin upfront. Some sweet malt. Hops are piny and almost pineapple in flavor. Aftertaste is citrus hops and malt. Really soft and clean. Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. Soft bitterness that doesn't linger, and considering the ABV very smooth beer. Thickness is suiting. Highly flavorful and surprisingly drinkable.

mlazzaro, Jan 04, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply glows in the tulip. Transparency reveals sediment floating within. Not expected, but not an issue either. Smells quite good. Piney and tropical. Mmmm, quite good. Pine and bitter to start, which cascades downward to a clean, yet resinous finish. Very smooth. The hops are there, certainly, but they're deftly kept at bay by a sweet maltiness. This is very good. Reminiscent of PtE. Should have bought more of it.

Like It? Very Much So

wrycon, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

dabeers1013, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

JimmyTango, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

CB2maltygoodness, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

beerinNV, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

grantino9, Jan 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap served at right temperature. Clear crisp color with hopping nose. The hop flavor was very up front but died quickly on the tongue. Very refreshing IPA enjoyed looking over the Sonoma coast on a surprisingly clear January day undoubtedly enhanced the drinking experience!

marshrat63, Jan 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Deetz, Jan 03, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). $5.99. Served in my faithful $2 Goodwill snifter. I can't find any freshness date.

A- clear golden yellow w/ 1.5 finger white head. Fair amount of pretty white lacing. Nice lookin brew.

S- floral hops. Admittedly my sniffer isn't as refined as most reviewers' but I'm just not getting much.

T- pretty good hop barrage after a little bit of biscuity malt. I'm not getting much depth. It's quite tasty but maybe this is an older bottle?

M- medium to light body. Faint carbonation. It could use a liytle more carbonation.

O- pretty good but there are plenty other widely availabe IPAs that will keep me from seeking this out. I'm glad to try it (& will again, most likely) but I fear my review may have suffered from drinking an older bottle. I'd like to try some fresh sete if I ever male that beer trek out west...  

ThickNStout, Jan 03, 2012
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,463 ratings.