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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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6,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,686
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 221
Gots: 645 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber leaving a 2 inch head that subsided into an inch by halfway down, to 1/2 inch the rest of the way, leaving thick lacing all the way. Hazy golden orange amber. Aroma of pine and more pine, slight malt sweetness. Taste was exactly like aroma- pine, and citrus, with slightly underrepresented malt backbone, but good nonetheless, finished with more pine. Mouthfeel was full and smooth with thick (oily?) bitter (good) taste on tongue and in mouth. Drinkability- I enjoyed this- a very good IPA and one I will get often.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

22oz bomber shared by Jesse13713; poured into Schlitz Light goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color; a bit of sediment from this particular bottle (didn't notice it when I had it before, so no mark-downs here).

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops here- tropical fruits in particular. Quite light, sweet, and pleasant. A bit of caramel malts pull through too.

T: Tons of citrus upfront here- oranges and tangerines are most predominant. A hint of earthiness, and a light malt sweetness can be picked up in the middle. Great balance, of sweet, slightly tart, and bitter on the finish- excellent flavor all around.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, and just enough stickiness to leave a pleasant palate coating.

D: Goes down extremely easy; even if this bottle has a good deal of floaties in it, the taste is all there, and I've really enjoyed this beer both times I've had it. Will definitely pick it up again, especially at its affordable price.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Had on tap at Sunset in a tuli- poured a clear golden/copper color with minimal head, very minimal retention, and some very nice streaky lacing.

Smells of piney hops. A little resiny.

Tastes great- not too bitter but bitter enough and a nice round hop flavor. Pale malt throughout along with a lot of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- not too carbonated but good enough with a light body. Very drinkable ipa- one of the better ones.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Thanks to chickencoop for the bottle!

Pours a clear golden yellow color. Nice fluffy of white head falls to a sticky ring. Very nice lacing. The smell is citrus hops and a nice malt base under it.

The taste is as the smell would indicate. Not over the top hoppy pretty nice and mellow. Nice malt sweetness then fills the mouth followed by a sharp bitter dry aftertaste that just lingers on the tongue.

The body is medium. It has nice carbonation making it quite smooth drinking. Overall a very solid IPA. I don't know why it has taken me so long to try this one but I'm glad that I did.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown body. Not much of a head.

S: Hops. Mad hops. If SNPA is Exhibit A for the Cascade aroma, this is Exhibit B.

T: A huge citrusy hop punch. Also plenty of caramel maltiness. Pretty much perfectly balanced.

M: A bit resiny.

T: What an IPA. Quite possibly the best in America. At least, the best that I have access to.

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Bright light orange pour. One finger of bubbly white foam. Decent retention. Nice rings of lacing.

Citric hop aroma that is very perfume-y. Not a whole lot to the nose aside from that.

Hop flavor touches both citrus and pine, with the pine being more prominent in the finish. Malt flavor is somewhat bready and sweet.

Medium bodied. Fairly light carbonation, not very active on the tongue. Very, very drinkable. An approachable West Coast IPA.

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3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,686 ratings.