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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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6,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,828
Reviews: 2,229
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 246
Gots: 770 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of tmm313
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%

Appearence - 5.0
Aroma 4.75
Taste 5.0
Mouthfeel 4.50
Overall 4.75

Pours a hazy golden could with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are moderate. Grassy, citric aroma. Resin. Hoppy. Great malty flavor that blends nicely with a grassy hoppy bitterness. A slight grapefruit, citric taste at the end. Great bitter aftertaste. Slightly soapy. This has been and still is one of my favorite beers and breweries overall.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, lightly hazed, with a large yellowish-white head. Ample, piney C-hop aroma. Flavor is aggressive and hop-forward, as promised, without being harsh or bitter. Pretty well balanced, with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Just a little bit to the left of fully and dangerously drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another damn fine west coast IPA. A nice gold/orange color with that familiar Cascade smell and piney undertones. Head retention is good, but it leaves minimal lace on the glass. I'd enjoy it more with a bit more malty sweetness, but I'm not complaining.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a shady orange with a big frothy head. Big webby lacings all the way down. Great looking IPA.

Piney hops on the nose, but not overwhelming, certainly leaves room for a slight malty sweetness.

Crisp citrus hops right up front strike the tongue an instant before piney bittering hops take over. A very faint fruity malt flavour lingers behind all the hops. Beer leaves a lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue and sort of numbs the mouth.

Nice smooth body with wonderfully understated carbonation. A good beer, fits the style to a T.

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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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4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of lpayette
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,828 ratings.