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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
#1,129
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,728
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
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1,426
Trade:
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Sunset orange glow with a healthy head that settles to 1/4" cap

Smell
Citrus and very fruity; nice, big aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Lots of sharp hoppiness throughout; seems to start off with piney hops but then more citrus flavors come in mid-way; the finish is of caramel sweetness--almost toffeelike with a hint of toasted flavor; medium bodied, velvety texture; the Cascade hops make the beer feel familiar, as many American IPAs use this variety; fairly big beer, so not something I could drink multiples of in one sitting

Overall
Racer 5 definitely competes with the best of American IPAs, but for some reason it doesn't seem to stand out. Maybe it's just me from having too many IPAs lately, or maybe there's not enough going on in the recipe to keep me interested. I'd recommend it to anyone, but I don't see it working its way into my regular rotation.

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A local beer for me. Brewed within 50 miles of my home. Short lived head, burnt copper color, nice hop come on with a slowly pleasant diminishing of the hop aftertaste. A beer to keep around! fairly persistent lacing, nice clarity. The brewery has recently started to distribute this beverage in six packs, as opposed to only in 22oz bottles.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co. is a decent tasting IPA. Nice hit of citrus/grapefruit as soon as the bottle was cracked open. Great golden amber to orange color on the pour. It has a nice medium-bodied feel ! Citrusy up front, piney on the backend with just enough bitterness. The flavor stays with you after it finds its way down . Clocking in at a 7.5% ABV, this one could catch up to you with the quickness. I do like this but I will chose a Bells Two Hearted over this one , but that's just me.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,728 ratings
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