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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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5,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,937
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 378 | FT: 7
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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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-06-2014 19:32:39 | More by KornWallace
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-07-2014 23:42:53 | More by Mikexw
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into shaker.

This beer pours a nice darkish, murky yellow and has a very nice rocky white head. Its smells of the typical piney, fruit hops with little noticable sweetness. Taste is excellent with hops up front and a touch of malt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium body with a nice creaminess to it. Very drinkable and the ABV is at a good point. This beer is delicious and extremely well balanced. I am glad that it comes in bombers and 6 packs!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 14:41:07 | More by OakedCanuck
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-12-2013 20:39:24 | More by csurowiec
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-25-2012 03:23:53 | More by jsnoek
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-12-2013 06:16:27 | More by Xandrose
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-24-2013 23:30:34 | More by Nordbier
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of orange with a little haze to it. Nice 1 finger head with great retention and good lacing. Smell is strong of hops but there is a definite malt presence as well, a bit of caramel. Taste is good, however I have to say I was expecting more hops. Hops are there but I think I noticed the malt a little more, especially as the beer warmed. Leaves an oily bitterness as it goes down and slight warming effect from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 04:41:37 | More by bunnyhustle
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

02-15-2013 13:41:52 | More by Dirty25
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-02-2012 21:17:56 | More by Pinche_Oso
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-02-2013 00:18:31 | More by foxyaardvark27
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-09-2014 17:28:35 | More by KCBeerNerd
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3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A ~ The definition of toffee with a creamy carbonated, yet lacking head. Looks like an EIPA.

S ~ Heavy tree resins & bark with heavy burnt citrus. Hints of chili pepper spice & malt.

T ~ LOTS of tree resin with a heavy biscuit-malt backbone. Touch of grapefruit & honestly picking up vanilla & cocoa somehow. There's mango, orange peel, & spicy hops, as well. Booze.

M ~ Crisp & bitter, but it seems like it should have a higher ABV for the taste, as it is very "hot." I had to pour out the last 1/4, I just was not feeling the balance on this one. Too Resinous for a non-imperial IPA in my opinion.

D ~ It was poorly toeing the line between hop-bomb & malt balance. Boozy and very spicy, I was turned off but what they were going for with this one. As resinous as a IIPA without the cleverly masked ABV. Wouldn't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:38:17 | More by chocosushi
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 04:33:41 | More by kevindp9
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-19-2013 06:54:34 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-08-2013 15:14:03 | More by Duvel
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-08-2013 16:46:16 | More by straightlambic
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice deep golden color with a surprisingly modest head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing, as expected.

S- Lots of piney and citrusy hops in the nose with a noticeable malt sweetness.

T- A bit of sweetness up front before the hops hit with an orange rind bitterness. Toasty malt quickly follows and continues into the aftertaste. Bitterness is surprisingly low on the finish.

M- A little thin in this department, but still nice and smooth.

D- Very good drinkability thanks to the excellent balance. The ABV is the only thing that would keep me from making a session of this.

Very nice beer, although not in the realm of the truly elite IPA's in my opinion. Still a great everyday IPA that is good drinking and won't break the bank. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 21:17:35 | More by vtfan77
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5/5  rDev +19%

06-22-2012 00:37:05 | More by KingBiscuit
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2014 17:15:04 | More by Jules11788
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-09-2013 18:53:25 | More by roblund
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Friscoes Grille in Columbia, MD.

A- Deep orangish-gold in color, with a nice white head.

S- Very flowery hoppy, citrusy and piney, very inviting.

T- Powerful hoppy flavor, again piney and citrusy.

M- Good carbonation, very well done.

D- I had three pints, and can't get enough. Unfortunately, at 7% ABV I cannot have many.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 03:18:22 | More by cichief
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bought at City Beer in San Francisco.

Murky orange, almost opaque and verging on brown, 1/2 inch head that recede and leaves a large amout of lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with vanilla and a bit of butterscotch. Slight cellarlike mustiness that's pretty unique. Pretty subtle and subdued though.

Taste is lovely but less hoppy than I imagined. Hops are licoricelike and a bit piney and floral, but there's a very healthy balance of malty sweetness that has some nice vanilla and cakelike sweetness. Lemon peel bitterness rounds it off. Medium body and medium carbonation. This is a drinkable and balanced IPA, and a really lovely sipper for a chilly SF evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 05:39:42 | More by trevorwideman
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

A - At first, it was a clear pale straw color with a mild off-white head, but as I added more, it took on more of an orange hue that was very cloudy. The still-off-white head was much more pronounced and left sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Delightful aroma of citrus and floral hops. Some grassy notes in the background. More on the fruity end.

T - Delicious, very well-balanced flavors of juicy citrus fruits and earthy floral notes...all atop a powerful backbone of hops. Bitterness comes through in the end. Can't be much more descriptive, other than this is what every IPA should taste like.

M - Medium body (but not too filling) with a creamy, bitter finish. No detection of alcohol...except when the whole bottle was gone.

D - As I mentioned earlier, this is exactly what I expect from an IPA. My favorite style has become a DIPA, but they're obviously not too drinkable because of the high ABV. This would make for a perfect session beer and one of my top after-work selections.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 00:26:13 | More by JohnnyM2002
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5/5  rDev +19%

11-18-2011 18:15:06 | More by I2uss
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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