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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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6,780 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,780
Reviews: 2,224
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 233
Gots: 726 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft outside at Baltimore harbor

Appearance: pale straw, cloudy, glistening

Smell: hops and sweetness came through

Taste: strong hops up front, but also nutty and sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: excellent full bodied

Overall: great hoppy IPA on the sweeter side that pairs well with sunshine and might work with creamy pasta too

Photo of C_Reid_S
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This *used* to be my favorite beer. Like cars, women, and cheese . . . tastes changes in growth, acquired; this used to be the one.

A good cheap six pack, these days... I get it for most friends, I know enjoyment to prevail, typically.

I feel like this is a true Brown Beer, something you can pull off the shelf, pour into a glass, and piss out knowing itwas't'n joyed.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,780 ratings.