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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

6,267 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,267
Reviews: 2,183
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 191
Gots: 491 | 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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sjverla

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Nose: Giant citrus hops straight off. They really dominate. Mild esters. Malt is nearly undetectable.

Appearance: Gently hazy amber-gold. About a half-inch of creamy head departs casually and sticks to the glass.

Taste: Lots of it. A little bit of toffee at first, then hops. Fruity and light like berries at the front, then dark, dank, bitter grass down the back and sides. A little grainy like whole-wheat bread.

Overal: A perfect beer for a hophead. The grapefruit bitterness lingers especially well.

12-01-2011 02:09:38 | More by sjverla
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Gurrett

New York

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-30-2011 19:01:24 | More by Gurrett
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-30-2011 05:47:28 | More by jh1982
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kenzak

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-30-2011 04:37:29 | More by kenzak
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Dizbro21

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-30-2011 02:55:58 | More by Dizbro21
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acharpster01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-29-2011 15:49:25 | More by acharpster01
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onedogtwodog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-29-2011 01:40:37 | More by onedogtwodog
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-29-2011 01:24:34 | More by DeutschesBier
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2011 13:28:52 | More by chcfan
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MareInfinitus

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2011 07:58:17 | More by MareInfinitus
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-28-2011 06:52:22 | More by twelveinches
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Sheepdog

Arizona

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 04:45:03 | More by Sheepdog
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 04:44:47 | More by tbeq00
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lalaghetto

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 02:59:31 | More by lalaghetto
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anyhoodle

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2011 02:26:12 | More by anyhoodle
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from bomber bottle into the The Queens pint glass. Bought at Binnys.

Cloudy light copper haze with 2 finger head, noticeable yeast present from bottle conditioning. Been wanting to try beer republic.

Aroma, smells big upfront like Magnum or warrior type of hops. Sweet caramel and bready malt. Not as centennial as the Michigan beers. Floral slight citrus. Aroma is more subtle, a bit refined, not as pungent but I love the hops used.

Taste is very piney, also with citrus but not as big upfront. Instead the hop flavor is more lasting on the backend. I can taste centennial or cascade? A bit syrupy with Carmel. It's very balanced with malt and hops.

Mouth feel is smooth, soft but can use more carbonation. Very easy to drink and goes down very easy for its 7% Abv. Bottle conditioning ?

Great beer, very soft and easy to drink, elegant like and less pungent. I really enjoyed it but I am more taken by the Michigan and 3 Floyds style that hits harder with aroma and hops taste. I think the bottle conditioning mellowed and subtle the edges on this beer and it works. I reccommend trying it.

11-28-2011 02:18:15 | More by Durtdiggler
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Tenente

Maryland

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-28-2011 02:16:40 | More by Tenente
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rhino54

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-27-2011 19:35:27 | More by rhino54
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Arrived at my table nicely poured into a Founders pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber with a slight haze. There was a full finger of good looking head. The head settled to a dusting. There was nice lacing down the pint.

S) Nice fresh pine and citrus fruits.

T) A good malt/hop balance. There is a little fresh squeezed OJ flavor, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness evens out really well with the other flavors present.

M) A medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth drinker with a clean finish. Nice aftertaste.

O) Well done.... This is a fine IPA. I would gladly recommend. I hope it tastes this good out of the bottle, because I will likely be looking to buy a six pack.

11-27-2011 14:11:53 | More by RoamingGnome
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girllovesbier

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-27-2011 06:27:13 | More by girllovesbier
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-27-2011 03:22:16 | More by brandoman63
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-27-2011 01:04:13 | More by pudoo
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Appearance - very uninviting appearance. Less than 1 finger head that quickly disappears. A scary, murky/cloudy light orange color.

Smell - Very pleasant citrus hop presence. Love that smell.

Taste - piney and somewhat bitter. Lots of hops frying the palet. Ok, but too much imbalance of hop fry vs. lack of flavors to balance the bitter hops.

A good mouthfeel.

Overall - this beer is ok but a little too unbalanced hops for my taste. They need to find the flavor balance to the hop bitterness to make this a better crafted beer.

11-27-2011 01:03:51 | More by bubseymour
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Jstark5150

California

5/5  rDev +19.3%

11-26-2011 18:57:18 | More by Jstark5150
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AApparel

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-26-2011 18:48:37 | More by AApparel
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,267 ratings.