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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,227 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,227
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 481 | 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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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-05-2013 22:10:00 | More by Segelstrom
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lernerlift

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-05-2013 21:55:25 | More by lernerlift
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-05-2013 20:54:30 | More by jaxon53
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-05-2013 16:00:01 | More by AdamP
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BKLRIBS

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-05-2013 00:10:03 | More by BKLRIBS
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catfan2000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-04-2013 21:27:00 | More by catfan2000
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rcbuckman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-04-2013 21:06:50 | More by rcbuckman
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CoolEthan

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

05-04-2013 19:41:10 | More by CoolEthan
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Hefewiseman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-04-2013 19:08:41 | More by Hefewiseman
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

05-04-2013 08:24:33 | More by MastaShonuf
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abeaulieu

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

05-04-2013 04:19:05 | More by abeaulieu
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brudz2134

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-04-2013 04:15:55 | More by brudz2134
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tigermaniac72

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-03-2013 19:14:13 | More by tigermaniac72
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-03-2013 18:44:50 | More by CTJman
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-03-2013 18:14:54 | More by KevinmusPrime
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%

This one has eluded me for a long time, mainly because I couldn't find a fresh bottle. Finally got one last week, looking forward to finally trying this one. Pours almost a completely opaque, bright amber and light copper color. Big eggshell head builds up nice and foamy-like, leaving lots of chunky lace on the glass nearly all the way down. Awesome looking IPA.

The nose is quiet at first, but I believe I served this one to myself a little too cold. Once it warmed up, the aroma came out strong; big-time citric hops immediately send your senses into a frenzy. Plentiful grapefruit and dense orange peel, thick layers of pine needles, with a light perfume-like characteristic that lingers about. The citrus is sweet, mildly bitter, and potent; the hops are humongous in character - sticky, oily, and brash... this is one goddamn wet and hoppy IPA. Not quite reaching "dank" status, but the piney hops have a largely resinous aroma.

Malt? Not too much. It's certainly underplayed on the nose, but that's to be expected. I take one sip and I'm strapped in for the hop-coaster. Big, wet, pine-encrusted hops glide across my palate and smack my taste buds - powerful and bitter without being too harsh or abrasive. Large, white-pepper sprinkled grapefruit peels and other various citrus rinds coat every corner of my mouth. Couple that with the thick and dense resins and hop oils, you've got yourself a sticky-delicious IPA.

Lots of pine in the finish with a nudge of bitterness that grazes the palate without completely raping it. It's actually quite mellow, really, and becomes even more mellow with time. Warming also brings out a large floral and perfume character that wasn't as evident before. Just like with many other IPAs, the malts coming in much more handy in the flavor than the aroma - biscuity and bready, the malts here perform a very nice balancing act with the aggressive hop profile, something I love to see. Fresh aftertaste with pines, oils, bread, and orange peels. The mouth feel is slick, clean, snappy, and lively; medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Wow, I can't believe this stuff went under my nose for such a long time, it really is a delicious IPA. Very good perception of extreme hoppiness while maintaining a great balance with the malt that keeps this beer drinkable as all hell. Goes down like a champ - and it helps that the 7% ABV goes primarily unnoticed. Delicious stuff, no joke.

05-03-2013 16:11:58 | More by tectactoe
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groovy24

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-03-2013 02:53:33 | More by groovy24
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Tek9ne

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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sugrefd

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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BtownIrish20

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-02-2013 18:05:57 | More by BtownIrish20
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josephwa

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-01-2013 02:39:53 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Schoonerorlater

California

4.65/5  rDev +11%

a- a cloudy, orange golden brown. nice head with a lovely trail of lace

s- citrus and pine. vanilla and caramel. hint of clove

t-hop bomber! starts off with the grapefruit and lime, pine. Heads for the sweet flavors of vanilla and caramel and finishes off with a nicey bready malt backbone.

m- medium feel. refreshing and crisp.

o- the hops have risen!! hallelujah! seriously fantastic IPA, inspiring and a "I'll be back for another" type of beer.

05-01-2013 02:11:07 | More by Schoonerorlater
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Revenant

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

05-01-2013 00:29:43 | More by Revenant
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jealmanzar

New York

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 6,227 ratings.