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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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6,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,787
Reviews: 2,224
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 232
Gots: 731 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful orange body with a two finger foamy head. The clarity is amazing.

Smell: Floral hops, sweet malts, and something that resembles pineapple is noticed right away. A citrus aroma is more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet malts and bitter hops are balanced well but it does lack the complexity found in other IPAs. The hops are too subdued for an American IPA. The alcohol is hidden well.

Mouth feel: It feels soft and creamy with a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is more subdued than would be expected from the appearance.

Overall: A well balanced brew. Unfortunately, the smell is more complex than the taste. This beer is perfect if you want an IPA but not an all out hop bomb. Normally, an American style IPA should have a stronger hop bite. Otherwise, there are no complaints.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Golden yellow with small amounts of sediment. One finger head that quickly fizzes away.

S: Delicious citrus smells.

T: Piney upfront balanced with citrus and a hint of malt flavors.

M: Light carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Excellent drinkability. Refreshing and flavorful.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Hazy burnt orange, small head with little retention, a little lacing

S- Lots of citrus notes up front followed by a little biscuity malt. Mostly hops though.

T- Tastes as citrusy as it smells. Lots of hops with a bitter dry finish. Great taste.

M- Really coats the mouth in hoppy oils. Slick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to back it up.

O- Great example of a west coast IPA. I could drink this everyday and it left me wanting another, too bad I got it as a single in a mixed 6 pack :(

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,787 ratings.