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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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6,682 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,682
Reviews: 2,204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 220
Gots: 644 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic appearance when poured. Golden orange color with a perfect two-finger head that's nice and frothy. Lively carbonation, great retention and amazing lacing left on the glass as it ventures into my stomach. The aroma was a little duller than I expected but still pleasant. Piney, fruity, and slightly earthy hops dominate the smell. Great tasting, even better than the aroma. It leaves a slightly bitter finish, but that's expected with all the hops that are used. Drinkability is good but takes a slight hit from the high ABV.

This is a fantastic IPA and I could drink this anytime without a problem. A must try for any IPA fan.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of burnstar
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly cloudy gold with a small to medium persistent head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Smell is fantastic resiny piney hops. Really big aroma of fresh hops. Taste has very pleasant piney citrusy earthy hops from beginning to finish. Nice background sweetness provides some balance. Some bitterness but not as much as some other IPAs. This beer is full bodied and lightly carbonated which suits it well. Very easy to drink would be a (dangerously) good session beer. Overall an excellent IPA.

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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%

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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%

Photo of jackorain
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, cool label.

A-Nearly clear with a slight chill haze. Actually cleared up a little as it warmed but then got another punch of cloudiness from the bottle conditioning residue when I poured every last drop into my glass. Sort of a burnt orange color. one inch head hangs around for a good long time settling to a little less than a 1/2 inch that left nice rigns of lace downt the glass.

S- Citrus hops predomintly with some green and pine hops as well. toasty malts round out

T-This beer is really good. Verry hopy with green and citrus right up front. Thee is a nice toasty biscuit malt in the middle that gets pushed back by the hops. Bitterness stay with you for a good long time
M-Outstanding medium body, creamy, oily, perfect light carbonation
D-I could drink this until I was under the table without switching

Overall- one of the best IPAs I have had. I will have to go back and do a horizontal tasting with my other favs, but it may actually be the best for me.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slighty cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops aplenty, sweet malts, yeast, and citrus. The taste is sweet and bitter. Very nice bite at the finish. The finish is also dry. Medium body. Very nice balanced and slightly carbonated feel.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of lpayette
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Appearance- Golden yellow. huge head with tons of lacing.

Smell- Big floral hop aroma. Citrusy- mostly grapefruit. Orange and orange peels.

Taste- Very typical big IPA taste. Grapefruit is a powerful force as it is tied to the hops which are dominating in a good way. A bit of caramel flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite smooth. Adequate perhaps perfect carbonation. Can't imagine it being better.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable for a strong IPA. One that would be worth having/seeking out again.

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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  rDev -4.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

Pours a medium honey color with a moderate head that leaves plenty of lace. Tiny bit of murkiness adds to the character.

Aroma is fresh hops and big malt. Earthy piny hops and toffee with buttered rolls. Sweet candy sugar and doughnuts.

Taste is upfront hops, bright and floral. Citrus hops are not very big here but piny earthy and floral tones are huge. Malt is there as a supporting actor and could be bigger. It's a shame it's not more represented, as the malt flavors in his beer are delicious. Vanilla cake and caramel with a touch of oakiness. Creamy milk-like characters of the malt are intriguing and good.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, slick and oily the malt has body without a ton of flavor which is a shame.

Wow, this beer would be in my top five if the malt were bigger and balanced the huge hop hit more. Even more so, as the malt character that comes through is very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,682 ratings.