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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:
#1,116
Reviews:
2,340
Ratings:
7,717
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
352
Gots:
1,423
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,717 |  Reviews: 2,340
Photo of RozzieBoy
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy golden, thick two finger off-white head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Citrus hop smell which kept the whole way. More noticable malt smell at the end.
T - A "heavy" IPA, kind of like a DIPA. A bit bready.
F - Medium to full mouthfeel. Semi-dry aftertaste.
O - A pretty big beer for an IPA. Packs a good punch.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (stamp illegible) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange. Billowing head of bubbly white foam with sticky rings of lace.

Smell: Light, citrus aroma with herbal hops and grainy malt.

Taste: The lean biscuit malt body does its best to balance the bright, lemon citrus and pine hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slightly oily, creamy feel and moderate yet soft carbonation.

Overall: Quintessential West Coast IPA - just enough malt body to support a refreshing burst of pine and citrus hop.

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Photo of DoneGoofed
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lost_sailor
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hashiru
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msp88
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best By 02/21/2018 (stencilled into the bottom of bottle)
Poured in a chilled tulip
Tangerine-gold. Great foamy head
Lacing.
Taste is bready, sticky, a little dry, not boozy, and clean.
Very, very good IPA.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srubin1392
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of northwestdr
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A hazy golden color, with an orange tinge. Thick, foamy, lasting head and above-average carbonation. Very refreshing beer which hits the spot. Ample hop character, yet not particularly bitter. Smoother than expected for the relatively high alcohol concentration. Well-balanced barley malt. One of the better IPAs.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dada100
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stutz
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_Swig
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A quintessential West Coast IPA. Perfect balance after drinking too many NE IPAs.

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Photo of mattymartin99
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of artf
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a pint glass poured from tap. Clear yellow with a nice head and good lacing. Pleasant citrus smell and taste. Definitely some pine notes included. It went well with the duck sliders for dinner.

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Photo of datpingao
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boca-X
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a generous white head that lasts and clings.

Grapefruit dominates the aroma, but not offensively so - it is simply string and present until the end. Biscuit-like malt aromas are secondary but have a definite presence.

This is a full-flavored beer. There's enough malt to counterbalance the abundant grapefruit and there's a very refreshing minty/herbal component to the taste that brightens things up. There is just enough sweetness to keep the bitter tamed down, and a very slight biscuit contribution from the malt. Very round, complete taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth, moderate body, not thin at all. Carbonation appropriate to the sty.e

Overall this is an enjoyable beer to drink. The flavor is full and fresh, nothing sticks out at the expense of any component in particular. This is simply a very good beer.

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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kb024
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks: golden,a little hazy, orange, unfiltered

Smell: It smells like a brewery, you can def smell the grain, Sweet smelling, a little honey, smells yeasty with a hint of belgian maybe. Some pine and green, a little citrus.

Taste: fresh malt flavor, taste like an old school beer. Hint of belgian, Smooth, bready, hint of honey, not sweet, classic hop flavor, I recognize centennial and columbus. Well blanced. Green and earthy Without too much bitterness. 7.5% abv is hidden.

Feel: smooth, medium body, looks heavier than it drinks. Definitely not light... Has a creamy feel, balanced.

Overall: well executed. Seems like its almost a Dipa. Priced right, easily availible, 12 pks... Racer 5 is a winner.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,717 ratings
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