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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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6,683 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,683
Reviews: 2,204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 220
Gots: 645 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to see this one, unannounced, on the shelves here. Can't read the jibberish bottling code, but assuming it's not too old, given that it's new to the area. Pours a golden color with fine sediment in suspension, two finger thick white head which settles to a quarter inch, leaving a few blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: biscuit, grapefruit, honey-ish + white grape sweetness, alcohol and dried tropical fruit notes. It's nice, but it's not Big. Taste: grapefruit with some herbal and vinous stuff going on, backed by pale malt sweetness. Lingering citrus peel oiliness, as well as a splash of booze. The feel is almost-creamy cut by booze, which is odd for only 7%. Drying finish. This is good, but it's a bit rough around the edges, which is, less pleasantly, surprising given its rating around these parts.

Photo of ac419
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bananasplit
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mcdsports
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of NateMac13
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of HairyHood
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mattdbh
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mpetersen
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kylefurlong
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of lenderpants
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Aschap
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Davidmor
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TAMU99
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just can't get really exctited.

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy dark yellow. Medium head dissipated slowly. Some lacing left on the glass.
Scents of bread, citrus and hops.
Taste is all hops, with a finish of alcohol. The hops aren't bad. Just simple. Like a canvas painted a single bright color. Not ugly, just doesn't hold your attention that long. There is a grapefruit rind taste that lingers on the back and sides of the tongue...because it's an IPA. There is a very slight alcoholic zing with every third sip or so. Mouthfeel is meh. That bitterness lingers a bit too long. Overall - good for a 6-pack. Well brewed, but not my favorite.

Photo of Tech_Savy
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Racer 5 pours a crystal-clear golden color with a light head that retains well. The aroma is a citrus bomb, this beer's got a heavy citrus nose, primarily grapefruit and tropical fruits. The taste is yet another burst of hop flavor, it's got the strong citrus from the nose hitting first along with a massive bitter presence that strikes after a few seconds. The malt hangs to the back, anchoring everything well while letting the hops shine. The aftertaste is a great, lingering bitter resinous hop. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, it drinks like an APA. The drinkability is amazing. Overall, Racer 5 is a top-tier IPA. It's just very satisfying and has a unique flavor profile that stands out from the pack.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,683 ratings.