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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.18/5
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7,870 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,590
Reviews:
2,373
Ratings:
7,870
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
370
Gots:
1,513
Trade:
9
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 7,870 |  Reviews: 2,373
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2.64/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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2.33/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TomTC
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Year in, year out Racer 5 is consistently awesome. Bear Republic rocks!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beechwood166
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This—more than Lagunitas—was one of the first beers that got me excited about IPAs and craft brewing. Still a fantastic example of the aroma, hop balance, and mouthfeel I look for in a West Coast IPA.

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bear Republic Racer 5 is one of the reasons I fell in love with craft beer. Over the years, I've only had it on tap (for sentimental reasons), but tonight -- for the first time -- I enjoyed it from a 12 oz. bottle purchased from my local beer shop. The pine/floral taste brought back great memories of those early IPA days. Malt plays a supportive, not dominating, role...while there is a pleasant level of bitterness (and even a degree of dryness) that lets you know you are drinking a quality beer. Long may Racer 5 set a standard for which others should strive.

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap.

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

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

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

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

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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 7,870 ratings