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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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6,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,895
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 256
Gots: 803 | FT: 10
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an apple cider amber, a tad on the lighter side. A thin head off the pour that fades to leave only a halo. Some moderate IPA lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Bright citrus hops; lemon, orange and a dash of grapefuit. Very floral, which hints at a more pronounced sweetness.

T: Piney (not much citrus) hop uppercut (hoppercut) bats lead, but are quickly toned down by a floral center and some subtle malts, but then the hoppercut rages again on in the linger.

M: Great mouthfeel. Well balanced--not too syrupy, but it lets you know it's there. This is why this is on tap at most fine (and not so fine) NorCal establishments--it's tasty and very drinkable, but be careful, bc it is still 7%. Has a dry fresh hop finish.

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I really like this flavorful and drinkable IPA.

The beer has a nice honey color and pure white head that fades quickly to lace on your glass. The nose doesn't bowl you over with only a bit of hops and a bit of sweet malt, but the overall balance of the beer is outstanding. The complex hop bitterness is balanced by a strong malt backbone.

Racer 5 is like a good taco it's simple and complex and delicious and I could have 3 or 4 a day.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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