Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by kbub6f on 03-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,213
Reviews:
2,361
Ratings:
7,833
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
1,491
Trade:
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Photo of Pstone530
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atomicnemesis
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XanderT
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Navin-Johnson
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N9MMA
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had my fair share of West Coast Brown IPA's. Sample is a 22 oz from the bottle, served at 37F, in a coozy, while watching a Dodger /Brewers baseball play off game. Very nice pine, citrus and a medium hoppy feel up front. A little thick feeling on my palate. Flavor improves a bit in the citrus department as the beer gets a little closer to room temperature. Consumed over 55 minutes. Citrus and grapefruit and pine finish really stand out as the beer approaches room temperature. No idea what the IBu's are on this one, not really overly hoppy, but has, IMHO, a very well rounded, balanced taste, flavor and finish. Really, really enjoy this IPA. Been drinking it now for a few years, this is the first time I've tried to review it. Great example of a good West Coast style medium flavored and bodied IPA. A keeper. Balanced, I think describes it best. Very well balanced.

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Photo of BubbaGuppy
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartyMoser
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frosty, lightly foggy orange with a finger of off-white, foamy head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is pine, citrus, dank, and resin forming a classic IPA aroma. Citrus bodes well with the more evergreen-like hops. Biscuit, bread, and pale malts behind further mellow it out. Flavor profile is a lovely blend of biscuit, bread, and pale malts with resin, dank, and citrus hops. The duo works together well to form a hoppy, but balanced IPA. Hop notes are firmly on the traditional/classical side. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fizzy texture that imparts a little grainy abrasiveness around the edges. This mash up of textures with the slightly thicker feel creates a rather bold mouth feel overall. Overall, this is a great classic IPA. Hop notes are plentiful, but are well balanced out by malts. Neither one side dominates the experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way maltier than expected, a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of Kaey
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hoponit
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of draegerjosh
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have consumed a variety of beers over the last 10 plus years. I have passed this beer on my way to get other beers to think I have drunk that. Sadly, I learned the other day I have not drunk this classic. I nabbed this beer today as I doing shopping for a BIF. The beer is 43 degrees and served in a pint glass. A firm pour on the beer produced a two finger head with excellent retention. The head is bright white foamy and rocky. The color of the beer is a straw color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. The beer is active with effervesce.

The aromas in the beer are grapefruit, pine, citrus, toasted malt, and yeast.

The flavors in the beer are pine, citrus, grapefruit, toasted malt, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

A great IPA simple flavors and tasty.

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Photo of Manthon
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsippel
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daeds_714
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinMc
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dwiech
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greener
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stevem68
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iawaska
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,833 ratings