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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,591 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,591
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 209
Gots: 603 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jonw39, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Mjmoon15, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

TXhomebrewer, Dec 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served with at a good temperature with a nice off white head. Color is a clear honey amber. Aroma is hop, malt, cookie dough. Flavor is similar to nose; hop on top, a little caramel below. Finish is perfect for style. Finish is like flavor.there are huge optons here

drpimento, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Company.
Score: 84

2011 vintage bottle pouted in a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color with two and half fingers of white foamy head that slowly settles into a thin foggy layer a few minutes later. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Fresh citrus and pine. Some tangerine, light apple juice. Some earthy resign. Some floral hops and faint sour notes if you swirl. 3.5/5

Taste: Instantly gives me cotton mouth. That was unexpected, but interesting...Getting apples up front with some orange peel. Surprisingly grassy. Touch of sweet grapefruit. Some sugary-maltiness and bitter hops. Malty and slightly skunky-sweet on the mid-palate before turning dry and bitter in the finish. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a bit creamy for an IPA. Gave me cotton mouth, which was an unexpected twist that made the citrusy-hops bitterness linger well. Finishes very dry and bitter. 4/5

Overall: I do not see the hype behind this beer. Maybe it just was not fresh, as I got mine as part of a make your own mix-a-six at Riley's.

Recommendation: Worth a try, but does not stand out as a worthy sixer-buy. Not too hops-forward, so casual beer drinkers should enjoy. The mouthfeel is very unique.

Pairings: Caramel-toffee candies.

Cost: $4.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle, or $9.99 for a six pack.

jegross2, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

BPudd, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

benjbrunner, Dec 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color - respectable head with good lacing and hops suspended throughout the beer ... guess the crud on the bottom of the bottle got in there ... oh well. Decent hop aromas, but nothing overwhelming. Hops certainly come out in the taste - somewhat floral ... a little grapefruit as well. Medium in body with a creamy texture and a lingering hop finish. Very nice. This ranks right up there with some of the more costly IPAs I've had.

brendaniel, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

CarolinaKev, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

jak, Dec 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

CSQ1111, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

JeremyDrinksBeer, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

cletusdog, Dec 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BMart, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

TKHawn61, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Maltus, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

RobertTheRogue, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

amosher13, Dec 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Yabev15, Dec 08, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,591 ratings.