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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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7,727 Ratings
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:
#1,128
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,727
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,426
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,727 |  Reviews: 2,342
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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Photo of wmcgar01
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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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy orange with a big foamy white head. Fairly good retention, lots of lacing.

S: Crystal malt, orange marmalade, orange peel, pine, woody hops.

T: Candied orange peel, grapefruit pith, orange marmalade, crystal malt, dried candied mango, some pine, earth/wood. Fairly sweet.

F: Medium-bodied, slick, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: A decent IPA. Pretty well made.

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Photo of Khaack
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Moderate foam lingers and laces throughout drinking. There's hops in the nose, hops in the taste, and there would be hops in the sound if it had one. Pine zing. The malts are underneath and they follow but primarily (for me at least) in their presence is the sense of sweetness and heft that is there but not in the spotlight. Not to self - research the difference between IPA and DIPA... does this not tread the line a little bit?

A great measuring post for IPAs.

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

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

Photo of PurpleEagle90
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kayakguy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick head and rich gold color. As the beer warmed the smell and taste intensefid. Strong hop finish of a West Coast IPA. I first encountered this beer ten years ago at the Bear Republic Brew Pub in Healdaburg,CA. This is a west coast classic. Not for those who drive the speed limit. Racer 5 puts the peddle to the metal. Outstanding.

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Photo of Darwin68
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,727 ratings
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