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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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6,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,766
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 229
Gots: 716 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity.

The mouthfeel was light, which aids to the drinkability of this great beer. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

This beer's been around for a while and anyone who sips a pint will surely hope that it stays for some time to come. An American classic.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Pop from the carbonation when I cracked this beer.

Racer 5 poured a hazy orange/golden. Lots of carbonation coming up from everywhere on this one. Two finger dense eggshell head sits up top and doesn't want to budge. This is a lively beer. The head lingers throughout and leaves sticky white lacing.

Smells very good. I drank the Red Rocket last night and there was all kinds of unexpected smells. The same thing with Racer 5. The first thing that comes to mind is oatmeal. Then the hops come around. There's citrus, orange rind along with a small touch of grapefruit. Just smells really fresh and refreshing.

The taste is excellent. There's a very solid caramel malt upfront that falls back when the hops hit but stays as a nice balancing point throughout. The hops come in as a refreshing and crisp citrus bite. This is some good stuff.

The mouthfeel is close to perfect. Medium bodied with a really nice carbonation that pushes through and tickles the tongue.

I could easily drink these all night long and I would if I would have bought more than just one of these bombers.

Racer 5 is an excellent IPA. I'm very impressed. This beer is so smooth and easy to drink. It hides the alcohol so well you can't even tell it's there. One of my new favorite IPAs.

Reviewed: 10/14/06

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Poured this into a wine glass that I use for most of my beer tasting so I can get my nose in it and swirl it a little. I just finished a Three Floyds Alpha King so I could get a good comparison. The head was about medium, off white and seemed to quickly disappear. The color is on the golden side, as opposed to amber or otherwise. The smeill is grapefruit with some solid bitterness at the back. It tastes like it smells except the sweetness of the malt prevents that bittier aftertaste. This is one of the best IPA's I have tasted that has that malt on the back. A lot of IPA's (Harpoon, Decadent) over do that sweetness for my palette. I would buy this again, but this a once and a while beer. For the price I'm better off some of the better IPA six packs.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,766 ratings.