Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
7,643 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
Ratings:
7,643
Reviews:
2,318
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
351
Gots:
1,385
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,643 |  Reviews: 2,318
Photo of JPadilla
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York. A classic IPA that I've wanted to try for a long time....

A: Poured into an IPA glass. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden-amber hue with hazy floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a persistent surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense resinous hops with notes of pine, dank weed, floral hints, citrus peel, vague tropical fruit, sweet malt, mild earthy yeast and more than a whiff of booze. Nice.

T: Tastes of bitter pine-laden hops with hints of resin, dank weed, grapefruit, citrus peel, floral notes, sweet malt, earthy yeast and a touch of booze in the background. A strident hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and nice body. Hop oils stimulate the palate. Aftertaste of bitter hop notes, sweet malt and yeast.

O: Excellent - a top notch American IPA with a well deserved reputation. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are a satisfying blend of intense aromatic hops, sweet malt and yeast. The only minor flaw is the slightly excessive alcoholic note. Good body. Goes down all too easily - deserves to be sampled if you have the chance.

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Photo of Strohm
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grizzarky
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of capehaze
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Member 'Kimchi' nails it on this most exquisite IPA! This beer's strong orange bouquet and taste is like no other IPA. If only it were less like a DIPA and more like a session IPA. Believe it or not --- I found this beer in southwestern Florida!

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Terrific full bodied IPA. California made was the first sign to me that this was one to try. I will search out others from these folks based on my experience with this beverage.

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Photo of thomasarose
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mytu420
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G_Shoe
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcflorian
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DDrugg
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bought in Saugus MA, no date. Never heard of the beer or the brewery so went in blind. Now I think I might have gotten the best pick of the store.

Pours a ember-like hazy orange color with 2 finger soapy head that settles down quickly to a half finger. Truly impressive color.

Aroma is hoppy citrus and resin - strong but not overpowering - and a touch of pee which I do not appreciate.

Taste is hop forward but with a strong malt backbone too - nice combination that play well together. Moderately bitter with a strong resinous, almost dank, earthy taste that lingers well into the aftertaste and coats the tongue. That's the real treat of this beer.

Feel is crisp with a little stickiness

Overall this is a great beer obviously crafted to a fine degree. I feel fortunate to have found some way out on the right coast.

** For god's sake, don't drink this out-of-the-fridge cold! It needs to mellow to get the full flavor bloom, otherwise you are cheating yourself.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage color & carbonation, big fluffy cap. Aroma has a tremendous amount of bubblegum (JuicyFruit) uptop with some flowering hop notes drifting underneath. Starts out pretty herbal with some hibiscus notes before the mid-palate brings a some piney hop punch - got lots of Chinook on it - before finishing out with some hop oil flavor. Sweet malt presence throughout helps keep it tempered. Finishes moderately bitter.

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Photo of beernooph
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wertschy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,643 ratings.
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