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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,943 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,943
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 382 | 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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I2uss

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19%

11-18-2011 18:15:06 | More by I2uss
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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-02-2013 04:15:53 | More by yuenglingade
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corysmith01

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-19-2013 01:57:55 | More by corysmith01
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ACB

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-14-2013 22:30:12 | More by ACB
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riored4v

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/25/08

Poured into a pint glass. Clear, copper colored body. Off-white head about 1 finger thick.

Smell is fantastic. Slight spicyness but mainly a citrus aroma. Mild malt sweetness with caramel notes.

Taste.. hops! Hops definitely make themself known in this IPA. Strong citrusy, grapefruit bitterness upfront. Nice malt sweetness to back it up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light in body with and oily texture. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is god/excellent. No real alcohol presence and very well done IPA.

Overall its a good drinkin IPA. Stong on hops but enough maltiness to mellow it all out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 18:34:50 | More by riored4v
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lovely tulip glass. Nice orange gold color to this beer. Pure white head, not the tightest of bubbles but nice. Lacing sticks to the glass a good bit. Pretty beer in the glass. Very citrus aroma forward ipa, great west coast hop aroma right on the nose. Very balanced malt to hop profile. Citrusy, flowery and bitter with a lingering bitter bit on the tongue. Crisp clean ipa taste. For a 7% by volume the alcohol is well masked and tastes like a lower abv ipa. Smooth beer in the mouth and over the tongue with the hop bitterness that makes your tongue take notice. Maybe could be a little more bubbly for me. Like most ipas this one is easy to drink and delightful.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 22:38:15 | More by pmlondrigan
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JoeLacy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-25-2013 05:26:55 | More by JoeLacy
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-10-2014 03:26:29 | More by GiantMidget
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mjstacker

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-29-2013 01:49:43 | More by mjstacker
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-20-2014 02:21:03 | More by Oidmoe
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-05-2014 21:33:36 | More by Rick778
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased Single Bottle from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI

A - Golden light brown. Excellent Clarity almost pours as if it is a light beer. A thin layer of white head. Good patchy lacing on the way down.

S - Powerful aroma of citrus notes and nice hops. Floral and clean.

T - Big punch of hop that sits and lasts on your palette. A clean citrus finish.

O - I Love this "aggressive" style American IPA. Hop hop hop hop!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:55:38 | More by andrewjraab
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Lukebell15

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-23-2013 02:00:12 | More by Lukebell15
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jwswigs

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-31-2014 07:22:01 | More by jwswigs
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber to golden color, with a half inch white colored head. The strong scent of grapefruit and pine strike the nose at first sniff, that is followed by the mellow fragrance of malt at the end. The malt comes out at the start of the taste, then it blends to an intense grapefruit, grassy, earthy bitterness takes over and dominates till the end. A thin watery feel at bthe front, it then gradually becomes more of a medium bodied feel. This a really good IPA, bringing a strong aroma and excellent flavor, which are the backbone of a great beer, makes this one outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:11:35 | More by cameraman
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a thick cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops. Grapefruit and oranges are present in the nose. Also a slightly floral hoppiness.

Taste is what is to be expected... Hops, and lots of 'em. Some grapefruit and some lemon zest. There is also a light bread like maltiness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect and this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 02:43:43 | More by hckyfn9999
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Look: hazy orange color. Its slightly cloudy as you'd expect from a bottle conditioned beer. The head is a little thin at about one finger. Its white and doesn't last for very long and doesn't leave much lace.

Smell: If there's any doubt that hops are closely related to marijuana, smelling a Racer 5 should remove that doubt. Big nose filled with huge, citrusy hop aromas and serious earthiness.

Taste: big hop flavor. Citrus flavors are out in front with some pine and earthiness and the malt lurking in the background with honey, toffee and bready flavors. This is one of the hoppier IPAs I've had, which I like.

Feel: medium bodied, just right in terms of carbonation, and very bitter. I wouldn't call this a balanced beer at all. Its a little dry.

Drink: had no problem finishing my glass, but probably wouldn't have that many of these because of the bitterness.

Overall, this is a hop head's dream. If you like hops punching you in the mouth like I do, go for this guy. Definitely worth picking up. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 14:50:24 | More by SkunkWorks
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VaporDome

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-23-2013 01:45:40 | More by VaporDome
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jbeervt

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-20-2013 19:17:07 | More by jbeervt
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mpenske

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-30-2014 03:53:25 | More by mpenske
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SupaCelt

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden pour with a radiant orange glow. There are chunks of ingredient floating in suspension. White head fizzled up and rolled away. Sparse lacing drapes the glass.

The nose holds juicy lemon citrus and grass notes atop some really pleasant pale malt tones. Just a hint of caramel.

The flavor is delightfully light and fairly crisp in terms of the malt base. The citrus and grassiness flourish before the dry and bitter end resets the palate. There is a freshness that works very well without being vegetal or offputting.

The mouthfeel is light and works well with the flavor profile.

Overall, this is another great west coast ipa. The golden colour and lightness of the body as well as the fresh and dancing hoppiness exemplify this variation. Brews at this point in the spectrum allow enthusiasts to experience some dynamics within a style that can take on some interesting variances in characteristics, but often gets pegged as mundane. From the golden end, where this delicious treat marks its territory, to deep copper and all points in between, the ipa style can still raise an eyebrow. This is a very enjoyable brew. Glad to see it on the shelf in Michigan now!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:26:15 | More by SupaCelt
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heysuz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2013 14:37:06 | More by heysuz
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-12-2014 13:43:40 | More by pat_usher
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TheDoak

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-19-2013 00:25:43 | More by TheDoak
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davegray

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-12-2013 04:12:46 | More by davegray
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,943 ratings.