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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: 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is gorgeous. Bright amber color with 1 finger, creamy head. Great lacing.

Smell is amazing. Tropical fruit, tangerine, orange, malt, pine, and a little lemon.

Taste is hop forward, but you taste the malt almost immediately following. Good mix of sweet grapefruit and pine. Finishes with slight booze and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Gradually morphs into a sticky, oily coating.

Overall: Very satisfied. My favorite feature was the smell, but very well balanced as a whole. Would definitely have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-has a nice copper color with massive head, that stuck around forever and left huge lacing
S- has a big hop smell piney, a little malt but mainly hops
T- has a great big hop burst flavor, malty, very smooth and tasteful
M- medium/light body with a crisp carbonation flows very well over the ton
D- high, could drink a ton if i wanted

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle date appears to be 11/05/10 - not sure how I feel about this...

appearance - pours a medium amber with good transparency like an ipa should have, large foamy head that grasps to the side of the glass as it settles, excellent retention

smell - floral hops with some pineapple notes, slightly citrus, earthy and grassy notes

taste - definitely a balanced ipa, there are some semi bold resin notes as well as strong pineapple tones in here, while the malt has a solid foothold in the flavor profile as well

mouthfeel - a solid medium/full body that is well carbonated, leaves some lingering, some bite as well

drinkability - this is a solid ipa, a bit weak on the hop side of things for a west coast ipa however, that being said, it showcases the complexity of the many hop varieties used

Photo of obrike
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack at Round Rock Specs for 15.99...very nice price.

Easily one of the better IPAs on the market. Bear Republic has two of my favorite beers out there, this along with Hop Rod.

Looks a bit cloudier than most IPAs I've had, but a nice spotty lacing that lasts through the entire glass.

Fantastic piney, citrusy scent, not overly sweet...exactly what a fresh IPA should smell like. Let's you know what you're in store for.

Yum...piney goodness in a glass. Not just pine though...grapefruit, maybe some lemon...malt balance is not as pronounced...and I like that!

Absolutely drinkable, and very affordable. At 7% abv, packs a nice punch, but not too strong, but still quite easy to go through a few in a sitting.

If you're an IPA fan and have not tried this, do yourself a favor and pick some up.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

What I have here is a good looking hoppy, blonde IPA. The bright, white foam is dense as it sits on top of clear yellow ale. The head leaves a lot of lace behind as it falls. Pretty. The nose is citrus hoppy with a touch of honey. Fresh and leafy citrus hop flavors dominate. Crisp fresh malt is detected up front, but it is quickly followed by an assault of spicy, citrusy hops push the malt into the background and merely support the hops all the way to the dry, spicy, slightly hot (alcoholic) finish. A very drinkable IPA despite the 7 percent alcohol. It goes down very easy no doubt in large part due to its dryness. Body is surprisingly light. Methinks I have a fresh bottle of this stuff. Lucky me. I can't believe I hadn't reviewed this beer. I first tried this several years ago at the Real Ale Festival in Chicago.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really liked this one picked up a bottle while in Mass. last week. So glad I did.

A bright orange color with slight lacing on the glass small one finger of foam.

S - Some pine orange citrus.

T - Really nice tart orange citrus not overwhelming really nice.

M - Similar to taste mouth is tart lingering a bit in the feel.

D - Definately will get another have to get a racer x next time I am down in MA as Bear republic is not distributed in Maine.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a hazy gold with a big soapy white head that sticks all around the glass. Good looking IPA. Aroma is strong in the hop oils, some citrus and pine sap in there with a touch of brown sugar. Taste was a bit of a letdown. The hops are there and there's a bitter aftertaste but none of the flavors really jump out. There doesn't seem to be enough malt to offset what is essentially a hop concoction. Beer has a nice bitter aftertaste but it also slightly watery.

I'm a bit disappointed with this brew, I was hoping for a big-hop experience, but i though it paled in comparison to their Hop Rod and XP, both of which were superior. Not a bad brew you should turn down, but there are many better IPAs out there.

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