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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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6,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,477
Reviews: 2,192
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 208
Gots: 565 | 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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer almost looks like an unfiltered Belgian white, except it is a little more translucent. Slight orange tinge with a small white head
S: Could not smell too much besides the decent dose of hops
T: Almost exactly how I want an IPA to taste. Not overly bitter, not overly hoppy, with the right amount of malts to keep it tasting like a normal IPA. Smooth and extremely drinkable, especially for a 7.5% abv. Nice biscuit-y flavor that is mellow but hoppy enough at the same time. One of the most perfect balances of malts and hops in any IPA I have had
M: Crisp, but not too much of a bite. Very smooth
O: One of my favorite IPA's and one of the most drinkable Indian Pale Ales there is. Everyone should try it at least once

CarlosRuizsChauffeur, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of ZagZagg
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Half finger white head sitting on a hazy, unfiltered looking brew. Fine sediment, light/fine carbonation, body appears medium – lacing is moderate and retention is good.

S: Sweet and resinous simultaneously, strong presence of grapefruit with undertones of pineapple and mango. Somewhat of an astringent aroma that is clean as well as mildly dry. Light agitation coaxes out a sterile lemon zest with notes of pine.

T: Clean taste, lemon and grape fruit provide a crisp astringency. Pine needle presents toward the middle mouth and dominates the resinous feel. The middle mouth packs a lot of citrus zest and is drier than I expected. Sweetness arises on the palate as the beer warms, letting on mild notes of mango, honey, and muddled mint leaf. Quite bitter, but well balanced, even a bit tart. The finish has hints of coriander and ginger; hop florals and freshly cut grass.

M: Medium to light body, fine carbonation, good balance between juicy and dry – aftertaste has a coriander soapiness and is again rather dry. Pretty decent drinkability

O: If I did a blind tasting of this, I would think it’s a solid IPA. That being said, I had heard some pretty high praise of this beer and I don’t know that I completely vibe with that. Good drinkability, good full flavor, but I was looking for a juicier palate. Overall, I like this beer, and I like it better warmer.

ZagZagg, Jul 28, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best by 05/23/2015?? - poured into a tulip pint)

L: ragged mess of bubbly suds atop a mildly-hazy, yellow-amber liquid

S: corn flakes with strawberries... orange-flavored lip stick... subtle hint of fresh pale malt between the lines... mild undercurrent of lemon and a flower patch at the bottom

T: spicy, hoppy hops with lemon zest, a peck of freshly-chopped garlic, followed by a softly-screaming rush of cleansing, medicinal alcohol in the finish... speaking of which, the finish leaves a nice, clean-swept dryness... maybe a hint of sweetness around the edges, but the soft sizzle of grassy, woody bitterness keeps its transmission scrambled... the pale malt, with just a hint of light crystal, does eventually built a nest in the mid-front of the palate, with a perfumy booze washing each sip away

F: clean, with a bit of lean muscle on the body... approaching medium-bodied... like a fistful of hops packed into the glass - medium-volume astringency from the tannins

O: I could see this going well with spicy, peanut-y Thai food - nice match of flavors... very much a quintessential, typical N Cali IPA... too easy to drink

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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