Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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:
#2,482
Reviews:
2,371
Ratings:
7,854
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
1,505
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 7,854 |  Reviews: 2,371
Photo of edc20
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not an IPA fan but I do enjoy this. Plenty of hoppy bitterness but also citrus notes that balance it out. Good carbonation level that contributes to a thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of mmoore9363
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeanBump
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Im not a huge IPA fan but every year, without fail, I get one bottle of racer 5 as part of a corporate gift basket (which contains 5 other non-related beers shoved into a plain, cardboard 6-pack holder). Every year I shrug and just stick it in the fridge. When the day finally comes that I get a wild hair and decide to crack it open, Im reminded that this is actually a pretty decent beer. Its pretty hoppy but its relatively smooth for being so hoppy. By the time I down my 12 oz. allotment I always find myself wishing they gave me more than one Racer 5.

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Photo of Buttersbrau
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rugbyallen11
2.75/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BradleySig
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElChamucoBlanco
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Veteranbrew
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.3/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S- Fruity hop notes.
L- Quite dark gold. 1mm fine white head.
T- Oh-hhh it's a hop-bomb. Pretty eye-watering. A bad sign on the 1st sip when I wonder whether I can finish it.
M- Intensely hoppy dry, with perfumed notes wafting in afterwards.
O- It's out of balance to me. More like a challenge than an assured and balanced brew.
Bought from M+S at Paddington Station W2. Perhaps aimed at US commuters >< the 'Silicon Triangle' of US corporate offices out to the west from there. No visible BB. £2.75/330ml

Observation: The hoppier a beer, the shorter the reviews people write on it - ?

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Photo of iguanodon
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. I bought a 6 pack of Hop Shovel, found one was a Racer 5. Pours clear dark gold with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus. Taste is bitter hops, backed with a little malt sweetness. A decent IPA but doesn't stand out when there are so many great ones.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpaulreese
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gboley
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of uncleotis
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jackforbenny
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber color. Good clarity. Big white head, creamy and lingering.

Floral pine hop aroma. Old school hops. A bit of caramel malt aroma

Nice meld of malt and hop flavors up front. A nice piney/earthy hop flavor. Strong earthy bitterness into the finish. Classic traditional American IPA flavors

Med body and carbonation. Hops are drying on tongue, but not astringent Very slightly warming.

A big and assertive IPA. Big hop flavor and bitterness. A classic.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gandres
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:07 PM
22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Sight: amber, of white head disappears slowly, some lacing
Smell: nose: hoppy, citrusy, drink: very fragrant
Taste: very bitter, medium sweetness,
Mouthfeel: long finish, medium body, creamy, average carbonation
Overall: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for

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Photo of Jjl329
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ronl12
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. No Date,
Fairly clear yellow look. Nose is hoppy. Taste is west coast style hop IPA. Feel is fairly light. Overall, I know this is a favorite but I have had better west coast style IPAs. Not bad but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of singletary
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head with good retention and nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of pine and citrus ( grapefruit) to me. The taste is of citrus to begin with and pine then flows, it has a good hop bitterness. The feel leaves a dry feeling from the hops but is smoother than you would expect. Overall a really good IPA, smooth and bitter at the same time.

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Photo of Pstone530
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atomicnemesis
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XanderT
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 7,854 ratings