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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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6,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,776
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 233
Gots: 720 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a crystal-clear amber topped by a full billowy head. Lots of lacing left behind too - a gorgeous beer. Citrus scents of mango and maybe some orange are very pleasing to the nose. Taste is all hops - juicy and bitter. Mostly citrus flavor, although pine and floral tastes are noticeable. Mouthfeel is the one weak area of this beer - it's a bit thin. A solidly good and enjoyable IPA.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a tall pint glass

A- Head quickly disappears and lingers as big white bubbles. A beautiful cloudy marigold/ straw brew. Many many many small bubbles move up through the brew constantly, adding to the cloudiness.

S- Very citrusy but light.

T- Nice mellow hops come on mellow and finish with extra bitterness. The alcohol is covered very well; even the lingering aftertaste is only hop bitterness, not booze. The complexity isn't appreciated until the beer warms a bit, and after sips. The subtleties of the beer are masterful- dried grass, straw. Not overly fruity or citrusy like many IPAs.

M- Malt bill is great. Racer 5 is easy to drink, and even refreshing, but deceptively so.:it finishes quite dry and is great in big sips.

O- Wonderful straightforward non-extreme IPA. Good for someone who loves hops but not sweetness. 7% ABV; just barely sessionable. It's the third BR beer i've tried after Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket. All three were awesome and I will certainly be on the lookout for any new BR in Michigan.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't heard of this brewery and decided to try their IPA.

Aroma-A very nice hop balance with a distinct mango/pineapple fragrance.

Pour-Had a good head built off nice and light.

Taste-Had a wonderful taste of hops balanced to my liking. It began with a small bite of hops but through the middle balanced out and finished with another good bite. It thought this was a very well brewed IPA.

Overall I will probably buy this again, Thanks Bear Republic!

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,776 ratings.