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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,359 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,359
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 532 | 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:
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this on-tap at the 2002 Oregon Brewer's Festival in Portland. I visited the brewery the next year and this year I brought a bottle back from San Diego to share with two friends in Florida.

As I remembered, this is a good IPA. It's a real West Coast styled IPA: nice and hoppy. My friend and homebrew partner Alec said he tasted blueberry in this brew! I can't say I tasted the same but there are complex flavors in this brew.

Bear Republic is a great little brewery and brewpub. If you live in their small distribution area I'm guessing you've already tried their brews. Too bad the rest of us can't enjoy their good beer.

Shaw, Oct 25, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving- on tap in home kegerator

A- golden in color, looks rich and full of flavor, good example of the style.

S- HOPS,HOPS very piney

T- bitter with a chewing on pine needles taste, strong hop profile for a single ipa

m- a little thick due to the higher than average abv, but good, coats your mouth.

D- dangerous, the abv will catch up to you. taste is session beer abv is not.

one of the best beers i have had on tap at home.

JWD, Dec 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy blood orange hued amber with tons of visible carbonation. Large pillow like head that has amazing retention.

Smells heavily of pink grapefruit and fresh citrus peel. The malts are subtle and pushed to the back, what I can pick up is sweet like toffee. Smells very fresh and good.

Taste is sweet and bready and lightly toasted on the front, the malt profile is awesome. Then the hops rear their head, big west coaster here. Grapefruit peel with no pithy bitterness yet, the flavor then morphs into a light pine resin that supports an ample amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too syrupy. Light-medium bodied and super refreshing.

Drinkability is fantastic! Big IPA, 7%, tastes great. What else can you honestly ask for. Wish I had year round access to this bad boy.

BDLbrewster, Jul 15, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

cwelsh55, May 11, 2013
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,359 ratings.