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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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6,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,050
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 407 | FT: 7
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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Photo of riversider76

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden,with a thin white head.Excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is piney hops,and sweet fruits. Body is medium with some carbonation.Taste is really somthing! Sweet up front,with a grapefruit finish. Without a dobut, one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:10:21 | More by riversider76
Photo of eberkman


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous honey-hued amber poured out of a 12-oz bottle resplendent with Bear Republic's trademark D.C.-comic-style lettering. Produces a firm, sticky head that barely reduces, leaving ample lacing in the glass when swirled. You get a bit of yeast when you pour the last few drops. A crapload of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle. How am I going to clean this one out as I save bottles for our next homebrew batch?

Big Cascade hop aroma -- pretty much a grapefruit party with some piney and floral notes as well. A slight sweetness to the smell reveals some malt presence, previewing the potential for a complex, well-balanced beer.

The taste is something to behold -- a big sweet honeystung malt up front giving way to ample citrusy (read = grapefruit. I'm detecting no lemon, lime, orange, tangerine or pomelo here. This is some serious grapefruity goodness) hops and a strong bitterness in the finish that seems to live on for an eternity (or at least until the next sip). Honestly, this is a HUGE beer for a standard American IPA. Almost encroaching on DIPA territory, but not quite.

Mouthfeel is slightly slick but with a tingly fizz on the top of the tongue. Not heavy, but certainly has its presence.

Interesting enough to session -- as much as any other West Coast IPA. Which means give me a couple before I move over to something else. Because, let's face it. You don't drink an IPA all night. In any event, it reminds me a little of Stone with its level of balance.

Better than I hoped for -- I'd like to have more of these. Think of it as a big glass of ruby-red grapefruit juice that'll give you a nice buzz. Which is a wonderful thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:39:41 | More by eberkman
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Finnman for sending this on a recent trade!

Pours a wonderfull orange, huge foamy white head that sticks around, nice!

Aroma of amarillo, cascade and Kent Golding hops, a solid malt aroma also present. But mostly hop oriented.

Flavor is a wonderfully well blanaced USA IPA. Hop biterness is firm yet invinting. Malt backbone suits the hop profile very well.


Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 22:27:48 | More by bloberglawp
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, bright tangerine orange with a creamy 1 finger macro-bubbly head that was moderately lasting leaving a spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: a huge sweet pink grapefruity aroma which was smooth and well rounded by nature.

T: sweet/bitter pungent grapefruit that was semi-dry with some dry floral. The hoppiness was very well rounded, grapefruity, and fresh, with a semi-dry floral finish with hints of lemon and sweet citrus, which was incredibly smooth and refined and not at all rough or coarse like others per style. What I really enjoyed was the balance between the bittering/flavor/aroma hopping. The beer had a great strong aroma to start things off. The palate was dominated by the sweet citrusy hop flavor that was very smooth with the bittering hops coming through in the finish, leaving a nice citrusy floral fade on the tongue.

M: medium fullness with a very dry pungent grapefruit and floral hopping and lacing coming through upon warming.

D: Overall great drinkability, even if your not a big hophead. Refreshing, huge citrusy hopping that was very smooth and bitter/sweet, citrusy and dry. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 18:05:23 | More by beerthulhu
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a glowing, hazy, pale orange color with a dense and compact white head with decent lacing. Light spicy orange aroma. Tasty with spices, orange & other citrus, and a mild bitter hop aftertaste. Light- to medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation. A light, enjoyable, and very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2008 07:26:21 | More by mithrascruor
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just had this for lunch at Frisco Grill in Columbia, MD. It was my first Bear Republic beer and I'm happy that I got it. It poured a slightly hazy dark orange color, with about a half inch of head that decided not to stick around for too long. Very spicey and fruity in the nose. when I took the first sip, the spiciness was almost overwhelming. The spiciness evolved into a simple bitter and finished nice and sweet. The beer was very crisp and sharp on the tounge. I could see myself having a couple of these before switching to something else. It was a very nice change of pace, though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 03:48:48 | More by jeremy13586
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an awesome IPA!!! As all of Bear Republics' beers they are beatiful when poured even gently it produces a fantastic head, thet lingers and leaves a sticky lace around the glass. 5 is generously hopped, but very drinkable for such a big beer. The aroma is great, flavor is right on, looks great, there is little to flaw here just a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 15:14:40 | More by InandOutBeerGuys
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this 22ox bottle in a liquor store across from the Lake Tahoe Vacation Resorts in Lake Tahoe, CA.

Great orange hazy/straw color - with great head retention and tight bubbles. Smell of spicy hops and balance of sweet malt, simple balance. Expected flavor for an AIPA soft hops upfront and rounded mouthfeel. Hops linger but not for long. I could almost drink this all night, a first for me from Bear Republic - I was very excited about finding this on my trip.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 05:03:35 | More by brandoneast
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. Awesome retention and sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Visually appealing to say the least.

Clean and fresh citrus hop aroma with a toasted maltiness lying in the background. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange really shine.

Big juicy citrus kicks things off. Nice slap of hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon all come through. Hops are balanced well by the toasted grain and biscuity maltiness. Alcohol barely shows up at all. Flavors meld very well and the beer is nicely balanced. Very smooth flavors. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and lemon zest.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, and a little creamy. Not too crisp, but not heavy either. Great drinkability - could definitely stick with this one for a while. Possibly my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 16:35:56 | More by Lupe
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden amber color, with some orange mixed in. Huge fluffy off white head, excellent retention, leaving tons of sticky lace.

Aroma has some toasted malt, but is mostly orange and tangerine citrus.

Flavor has enough malt to balance things out, but is dominated by the citrus hop notes. Finish has pretty standard grapefruit bitterness, which is moderate and lasts into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Good balance. Almost a little bit on the chewy or oily side in terms of mouthfeel. Almost leaning towards being slightly full bodied...I wouldn't call it crisp, which I generally prefer in a basic IPA. Pretty much a good standard IPA, though. I don't know that anything makes it stand out against other examples....except it has a much bigger head and a lot more lace most I've tried. Certainly a session candidate.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 02:10:09 | More by briman
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's 3:51 PM on Saturday March 15, 2008. Tonight I'll be going out to The Hobbit with Niki, Dylan, and Deb. Right now I'm watching the UCLA game. Here is the review:

Appearance: An amber color with perfect coloration all the way through. The head poured smoothely. Definitely an inviting beer.

Smell: Ahhh the smell of lovely hops. Dank/Resiny smell. Almost like walking up to a buddha plant and sniffing!

Taste: To me it tastes extremely hoppy. Tastes a little nutty at the aftertaste. The hops definitely shine through and give you a great euphoric feeling with every sip.

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely smooth and easy to drink. After one sip, you just wanna keep on sipping!

Drinkability: What can I say... this is an amazing beer. Highly recommended!


Right now it's UCLA 28 Stanford 24 with 3:33 left in the first half.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 23:56:01 | More by Vansmack
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lighter amber body with an off white head... mellows out but lasts for a while... gives way to nice lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and piney hops... classic western ipa scents... some sweet malts come through...

T: Nice interplay between citric and piney hops... as expected the beer takes on a grapefruit slant... slightly bitter and has a nice sweet malt base to keep things reasonable... nice crisp piney finish

M: Crisp. Represhing. Invigorating carbonation and bitterness.

D: Very, very solid... well balanced and hoppy enough to satisfy us hop heads but still accessible...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:56:20 | More by callmemickey
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thick white head that thins and stays.  Lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is of citrus and pine. Not overly strong, but certainly pleasant.

The taste is of citrus and pine.  A nice Pacific NW hop profile.  Cascade hops certainly not meager here, giving it a grapefruity taste, though there is also a piney bitterness as well.  The bitterness has plenty of sweet grain backing to tie things together and smooth it out.  Alcohol is well-hidden in sharpness, but adds a roundedness to it.  Balanced despite an assertive hop presence.  Finishes bitter with a peek of sweetness.

At first, I was going to say it's not quite full-bodied, but then I remembered this is an IPA, not a DIPA, which this almost reaches.  It is full-bodied enough, though, and quite chewy.  A long finish translates to a lingering aftertaste.

Smooth and complex, this is a great American IPA!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:26:31 | More by jwc215
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to sample this beer in the past so I was pleased to see this brewery come to SC.
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful amber brew with moderate carbonation and decent head. Clear as glass once it settled down.

S. Piney hops with a decent malt presence. Not overpowering, but crisp orange lemon hops.

T. Great taste. Not an extreme IPA but very pleasing none the less. Hops are bitter but just a hint of the malt in the finish.

M. Very thin and clean in the finish. Carbonation just right.

D. Definitely an IPA for when you want more than one!! Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 01:09:33 | More by MarkSCCOT
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an amber color with nice big frothy head that leaves a nice amount of lacing as it slowly fades

S: smell is mainly of sweet hops. slight smell of alcohol and oranges

T: nice bitter citrus up front with a nice alcohol warming in the back of the throat. as it warms the caramel and orange flavors come out.

M: quite carbonated but helps leave with a dryer finish. quite oily on the palate.

D: enjoyable and not too hard to drink, high alcohol makes less sessionable

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 02:48:54 | More by dsigmon
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

tasted on 3/7/08 while watching Night at the Museum. Wasn't in the fridge too long so i didn't have to let it warm up at all.

appearance: slight hazy orange brown color. great head from the pour - thick and foamy. dissipated quickly.

smell: sweet malty hop nose. nothing that makes the hair on your arm stand up - but pleasant smell. hints of orange citrus as well.

taste: good flavor. most of the hops are in the nose. soft flavor, a little citrus on the tongue, sweet malty taste. flavor glides across the entire mouth. a little lingering hop flavor on the roof of the mouth.

mouthfeel - soft and enjoying. drinkability is great. i could see having quite a number of these in one sitting.

another great product from bear republic.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 21:38:24 | More by Hophead101
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All and all, this was an above average American IPA. Nice golden orangey hue, with a thick 2" head. Steady stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass, as well as a lot of yeast residue in the bottle.

The smell was fresh and toasty.. slightly bitter, but I could definitely detect a fair amount of hops. The taste was a little on the bitter side for me. I expected more hoppiness than bitterness, but unfortunately this was the case.

A good beer, but honestly, I could not tell a bit of a difference between this and the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Worth trying however, when you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:23:53 | More by alysmith4
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Bear Republic beer. Picked up a 22 oz. bomber from Specs in Austin, Texas and brought back in my checked luggage.

Poured into my SA Boston Lager glass.

Nice, clear, golden color with a respectable head. Hoppy, resiny smell, just the way I like it.

Taste is piney up front, a little sweet honey and flowers on the swallow. Very nice.

A little harsh on the carbonation, but not too bad.

Very drinkable. A 22 oz. bomber is no problem at all to polish off.

Would buy regularly if it was available in my neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 02:32:09 | More by kcillini77
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up around Christmastime as a reward for me getting through my first semester back to school. I never had a bad beer from Bear Republic and this has held true to that rule. However, those expection a hop explosion or wallop from this will be disappointed. This is more along the line of a Pale Ale along the lines of Sierra Nevada, but disregarding that, this is one of the better brews that I've had in a long time!

This poured a beautiful goldenrod with a thick head and the smell of west coast hops to it. There's lacing to this, but it's not anything to write home about. Once this hit my mouth, that's where the real strength of this beer came out. There's a very strong pine and resin base to this, with some lemon/citrus and buttery undertones to this. Unlike Sierra Nevada, this isn't floral and there's not resin here. It's thinner, lighter, and less metallic than Chico's hallmark of West Coast beers but nevertheless, this is very solid and enjoyable. There isn't much of an aftertaste here either, but the pine and metallic notes subtly linger!

The 7.00% ABV are about the closest that this beer will get to being an IPA. This isn't overpowering, but it's about as solid as this style gets and was quite a sight to behold as the tiny bubbles and clarity combined to form a near perfect image of what a beer should look like. Bear Republc's hit another homer with this beer, even though I still wish it was classified as a style more appropriate to it's taste. Nevertheless, like SN, Stone, and Anchor, this is another reason why I'm grateful for beers from the Golden State being available in this neck of the woods. My big bottle is nearly empty now and my soul is all the better for it. Long live Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 09:31:04 | More by JerzDevl2000
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a sticky looking white head.

Smells great. Piney hops, wet bread, caramel and alcohol. Great combination. The hop aroma is very strong and welcoming.

Really nice piney hop flavor. Warming alcohol. Carmel and toffee malt flavors are there, but subdued by the over-the-top hops. Really nice. Lingering oily hop flavor and malty sweetness on the lips is really nice.

Full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Substantial.

I could get into real trouble with this beer because the taste begs me to have another. Just what I'd hoped for and one of the better AIPAs I've had. Ruination, DFH 60 and 90 Minute fans would like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 23:17:54 | More by budsboy
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a hazy gold with a big soapy white head that sticks all around the glass. Good looking IPA. Aroma is strong in the hop oils, some citrus and pine sap in there with a touch of brown sugar. Taste was a bit of a letdown. The hops are there and there's a bitter aftertaste but none of the flavors really jump out. There doesn't seem to be enough malt to offset what is essentially a hop concoction. Beer has a nice bitter aftertaste but it also slightly watery.

I'm a bit disappointed with this brew, I was hoping for a big-hop experience, but i though it paled in comparison to their Hop Rod and XP, both of which were superior. Not a bad brew you should turn down, but there are many better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 08:56:26 | More by saintwarrick
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to AndySR15 for the trade on this one!

Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of creamy white head that left sheets of lacing on the walls of my imperial pint glass. The smell of this beer hit me as I was pouring it. Big scents of citrus fruit and an earthy grassy scent that both equally vie for your attention. A slight bit of sweet malt is also trying to make itself known on the nose as well. The flavor profile is a duel battle between the sweet caramel malt and the citrus and pine flavor of the hops. Neither flavor dominates each other and this flavor profile is well crafted and well made. The mothfeel is a bit thin, but overall it is medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. The drink ability on this beer is impressive, and it leaves me wanting Bear Republic in Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:09:50 | More by TheodorHerzl
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold color with large bubbles of carbonation rising to the surface to support a ecru thin head. Leaves plenty of sticky gobs of lacing no doubt due to the hops.

Soft hints of grapefruit and flowers hit the nose. Doesn't smack you in the face like other IPAs.

Reserved hop bill compared to other American versions of the same style. Very balanced with bitter citrus and bready almost caramel like biscuits. Finishes with a sticky bitter aftertaste. Doesn't blow me away, but instead comes off as beautifully balanced. A welcome respite from the overly hopped versions I've grown too used to.

Mouthfeel comes off as smooth, but I'm reaching out for a slight amount more carbonation or perhaps finer carbonation. I'm nitpicking though. Drinkability is very high given the balance. No hint of the alcohol in the nose or taste. While this will not blow you away it won't offend either. Can serve as a great introduction to IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 21:19:09 | More by Jmamay22
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost clear (just a tad haze) orange amber. I then sloshed around the dregs and to my surprise a good viscous clump of yeasty goodness pours into my glass. I really love a good bottle-conditioned IPA! I suppose there are two sides to this debate, and i'm on the side that likes the yeasty dregs.

Head retention is stellar. After 15 minutes (was cooking dinner) i came back to see a consistant, though thin, head still remaining.

Aroma is mild at fridge temperature. Earthy floral hops. Dried leaves, hay, grapefruit, pear, melon there too. Got stronger after the 15 minute warming-up hiatus.

Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. A bit toned down compared to some other west coast ipa's. Not too strong with resin/sticky hops. Great balance!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:43:46 | More by SurlyDuff
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy yellow/orange with a huge rocky head. The aroma is fresh and green - big hop nose. The taste is bitter and citrus like with a balancing sweetness. It is intense but not harsh. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy. Overall, a great drinking IPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:16:26 | More by barefootbrewer
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,050 ratings.