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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,258 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,258
Reviews: 2,182
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 192
Gots: 489 | 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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Gregvg

Ohio

5/5  rDev +19.3%

05-16-2013 18:29:02 | More by Gregvg
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deekyn

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

05-16-2013 04:16:22 | More by deekyn
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into snifter glass. It presented a light amber color with a quarter inch thick white head. Did not dissipate quickly. Moderate lacings around the glass.

Aroma: It smelled primarily pine and mango immediately after pouring. I covered the glass and just swirled lightly. The smell of pine greatly amplified! Also some notes of pineapple.

Taste: Tangy at first, I tasted pine, citrus, orange rind, and some subtle spiciness. It started out sweet and finished with some bitterness. This beer was not overpowering and is very easy drinking. While the beer start to reach room temperature (I can't drink a bomber that fast) it became a bit more mellow and maybe tad bit lighter on the flavor. Best to drink chilled.

Overall a great beer. I think I had my expectations a little too high considering the ratings it received on BA. However I'm glad to try this. Each IPA is often different in its own way, just like this one is different. This is worth trying BUT if it's not distributed to your state, there are plenty of other IPA's just as good if not better. If you do have one, pop open the bottle, relax, and enjoy!

05-16-2013 02:53:50 | More by Benish
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indybearsfan

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-16-2013 02:43:13 | More by indybearsfan
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Fourbees

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2013 02:39:41 | More by Fourbees
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theyreshining

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2013 01:25:04 | More by theyreshining
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Sgbrown78

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-16-2013 00:51:53 | More by Sgbrown78
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-16-2013 00:39:42 | More by cp45
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inanity

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.3%

05-15-2013 23:48:38 | More by inanity
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gfap61

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-15-2013 20:06:03 | More by gfap61
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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-15-2013 06:14:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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RickS95

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +1%

22 ounce bomber

A bit lighter than I expected and clearer than I thought it would be. Apricot colored pour with a smallish head. Still enough goodness that light doesn't shine right through, but lacking in head. Slight, thin lace.

Very pleasant West Coast smell. Lots of citrus, peach and pineapple, and a bit of pine. Fairly classic for the style.

Taste follows the lead of the smell with peach, pineapple and pine having a party. A biscuit backdrop.

A quick shot of sweet followed by acidic citrus and bitter hops. Medium bodied, the fairly moderate alcohol is muted by everything else going on. A bitter, citric, oily finish.

I'm really happy with this. We don't get Bear Republic anywhere near home and this didn't disappoint my excitement. An easy drinker for the style, good taste and nice alcohol. A very solid American IPA.

05-15-2013 03:16:34 | More by RickS95
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MPSTARR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-15-2013 00:01:44 | More by MPSTARR
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johnnydicfore

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-14-2013 21:37:45 | More by johnnydicfore
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Ethan-UF

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-14-2013 18:54:48 | More by Ethan-UF
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Bustersuess

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-14-2013 18:29:44 | More by Bustersuess
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Rob315

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-14-2013 18:13:47 | More by Rob315
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-14-2013 17:53:48 | More by Quackus
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Laklimell

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-14-2013 05:08:56 | More by Laklimell
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-14-2013 04:52:33 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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dczernic

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-14-2013 03:33:14 | More by dczernic
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ninaturner

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-14-2013 02:56:20 | More by ninaturner
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profholt82

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-14-2013 01:46:59 | More by profholt82
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ananddullabh

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-14-2013 01:30:48 | More by ananddullabh
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Screper

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-13-2013 23:50:55 | More by Screper
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,258 ratings.