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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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6,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,337
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 524 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

zdeck37, May 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jkane101, May 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Perfect 5 for Racer 5.

Pours an orange amber as an IPA should. 5/5

Smells like hops, some sweet grassy tones, and I fingered the beer, lace is minimum. 5/5 for IPA smell. Not over hopped. Just PERFECT !!!

mouthfull is fizzy, carbonated, full breadth, and solid yet lightweight. It's a great beer 5/5

Taste is absolutely balanced. I've drank overly hopped IPA's, and this one is not overly hopped. It's strong hop presence is there. Much like cascade hops used strongly in the near end of the boiling process. The taste is piney, a light malt, bitter-sweet, and after taste is bitter hops, slightly acidic in a good way, leaving the lips slippery with a nice malt surface. When a little more warm I get a black pepper after taste. It has some nice complexity for an IPA 5/5

Overall I bought this beer at Trader Joe's a pint for 3.99$ One glass in and I'm buzzing good yet not over whelmed, or wanting to take a dive on the couch for a nap. The price and quality of this beer make it another game winner. I have tasted much more expensive IPA's and this matches or defeats them. I am not at all an IPA lover, but the occassional IPA drinker, and WOW I am impressed. I would suggest and buy this beer for friends and family who understand a little about beers, and could appreciate the price point, quality, and solid IPA Bear Republic produces with this liquid pleasure.

Thank you for reading my review.
Relax, have a home brew, and prosit !

CodyOebel, May 29, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Racer has a nice straw/hay color and pours to a white, cloudy (almost creamy) head. As the head falls, it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy/cloudy, but as it is bottle conditioned, this is to be expected.

S: Racer has a big nose. Up front there is sweet fruit and citrus (oranges and a touch of grapefruit) with a touch of pine there as well.

T: Sweet malt and a blast of hops, bitter on the tongue but not overly. There is plenty of citrus and lots of juicy fruit. Racer finishes long and dry and begs another sample! Excellent balance and highly drinkable.

M: Full and round, smooth.

O: An awesome beer! A beautiful nose, sweet, fruity and a touch piney. It tastes fantastic, sweet and malty, hoppy, juicy, bitter and long. What impresses me the most is how balanced the beer is.

mtomlins, May 29, 2013
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TastefulNudity, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

RXUYDC, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jet812, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Boonedog, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Lewdie, May 27, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +6.4%

The color has a rich orange color and lots of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice juicy citrus, grapefruit and malt sweetness.

The flavor has a hoppy freshness with grapefruit, orange, pine, and then it finish with a bitter dry finish.

The body and malt backbone stand out for this beer. It's very well crafted with its drinkability. The refreshing grapefruit just keeps wanting you to drink more and more.

I'm re-reviewing this because I didn't care for this beer at all. Having this for the second time fresh on tap, this was fantastic.

dar482, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,337 ratings.