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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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6,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,897
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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Ratings: 6,897 | Reviews: 2,236
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tonight I am comparing this beer vs. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid vs. Great Divide Hercules in my search for the perfect IPA.

poured from a bottle into a lager glass, it's honey colored with a nice head. Very un-hopped aroma compared to the other two beers, but the flavor is very balanced: it has a subtle hop flavor with just the right amount of malt. Very easy to drink, in fact, you need to be careful not to drink too quickly because this is not a low alcohol beverage.

of the 3 beers I'm tasting tonght, this is the most balanced, but least IPA-like: the hop flavor is so subtle.

I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, but I will definitely be drinking Racer 5 again!

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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bear Republic Racer 5 was a flat out excellent IPA. It poured a great golden color with a nice white head and plenty of citrusy hops in the aroma. It was a perfectly balanced IPA with plenty of citrus hops and a slight hint of pine bitterness to keep it interesting. It has to be one of the top IPAs for me. There is not much else to say about the Racer 5 other than it is Fantastic.

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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  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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not locate the yellow-ink bottle date, but this was purchased nearly three months ago and got lost amongst others, so the hop profile is likely weaker than a fresher batch.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Semi-clear dark gold/light amber with a finger thick white head which dissipated quickly to heavy surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Moderate floral/pine.

t: Medium strength pine hops over a light malt base. Somewhat bitter aftertaste lingers at the back of the tongue but not bothersomely so. Improves in tastiness near the end.

m: Lighter than many IPAs without being watery, which is one of this brew's strong points as a drink for warm summer weather. Not so warm now where this reviewer is, so that is not as impressive as it might have been.

o: Despite the age of the sample bottle tested, this is a tasty and refreshing middle level IPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Racer 5 is an aggressive styled India Pale Ale. Handmade from a brewery whose motto is "Bigger is Better". This golden, well hopped, bottle-conditioned ale demands your attention. Try the next generation of I.P.A. Racer 5...Go..Go.."

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale golden eggshell white head of a whipped creamy consistency over a golden amber body. There is moderate accelerated carbonation and medium flecked sediment for a subtle haze. Retention is good, lacing is thin and drooped, spotty in places. Overall it's a pretty solid-looking IPA. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of big citrus and floral hops. Orange peel, lemon pith and lesser grapefruit forward, great values of hop aroma as well as perceivable bitterness. Malt body is pale with a very clean caramel, providing a mellow sweetness to pair. The balance is very bright, very few perceivable imperfections and alcohol is well tucked away. Potency is medium/high. It's a really fantastic smelling IPA, great big happy hop notes that are definitive for a west-coast style IPA. 4.5

(Taste) Malt profile gives a bit more notice to the flavor, with a very clean, modestly sweet caramel pinch. There's very little toasting of the grain, clean and to-the point but the sweetness comes through more in the flavor. The strength of the hops tones down a note or two in the flavor, a little less citrus brightness but a remaining big flavor, with a more refined citrus and floral balance, still lots of juicy full hop flavors. Very clean, incredibly drinkable and with a welcome humble bitterness that pairs ideally with the spot-on flavors of this IPA. Nothing is over the top here. It may not be the most in-your-face showcase of west coast hop flavor and bitterness, but this does a great job at balancing the flavors and promoting drinkability. There's no question to whether I'm going to be able to finish this bomber by myself as this is an incredibly quaffable beer. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean and smooth with a very faintly dry finish. Carbonation adds a bit of froth and creaminess to the texture, nothing stings the tongue here. Body is medium for an India Pale Ale, just shy of medium overall. Alcohol profile is low. There may be some scoffers at Bear Republic for not going the spritely and sharp carbonation route, as it may have enhanced the citrus somewhat, but the enjoyment lies in the balance of this beer. 4

(Overall) Apart from competing west-coast IPAs this beer has some unique qualities that make it stand out. I draw attention mostly to the use of a simple, yet flavorful clean caramel malt build, a smooth, quaffable texture against other IPAs and a great balance of hop flavor and bitterness that amicably showcases the juiciness of these flavorful citrus and subtle floral hop notes. A deserving champion amongst thousands of India Pale Ale contenders, and a beer that I don't regret picking out from California. I do, in fact regret grabbing only one. 4.25

Bear Republic Brewing Company's
Racer 5 India Pale Ale

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer, it is absolutely the best beer ever brewed. It has the perfect balance of hops and bitterness. It is smooth and smells amazing. Color is an amber golden. Smell has definite hop presence and just a bit of citrus. Pour it a glass and let it breath for a few before tasting perfection.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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