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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
#1,129
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,728
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,427
Trade:
8
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Photo of NiceTaps
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A- golden-orance color with a fluffy one-finger+ head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing. It's a bit less hazy than most of its kind.

S- pine and citrus, very mild aroma for this style.

T-some sweet maltiness followed by citrus hop bitterness. Nice balance.

M-good body and carbonation, yet light and drinkable. Easy on the palate.

O-very solid American IPA, quite drinkable as well at 7%.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Shy5
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden orange with a slight amber hue. Frothy white foam that leaves nice lacing.

S- Floral pine hop nose with some sweet honey and malt scents. Some typical citrus notes as well.

T- Nice piney hop flavor initially. Sweet caramel malt backbone balances nicely leading to a pleasant finish. Not much alcohol flavor to speak of. The hop bitterness seems to be a combination of citrus esters and pine tastes but balanced very well by the malty sweetness.

M- Medium/light bodied. Smooth and well balanced (all most too much for a hophead).

D- Nice IPA to get someone into the style. The hops are very much present but not dominating.

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Photo of SFNC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of duvel1979
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TychoNDC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Pours a golden amberish color with a fluffy off-white colored head. Big sprucy, Columbus hoppy nose and some bready, grainy, caramel-like malt sweetness in the nose. Malty sweet and grassy up front and a hop smackdown that puts you in the Figure Four leglock and doesn't let go. Dry resiny, hop oily finish. Alcohol is noticable, but behind all those delicious hops, who cares. Finely crafted IPA, and hands-down one of the finest IPAs in the country. Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries, and we've desperately trying with our Pennsylvania distributors to get in contact with these guys and get their great beers here. The sound of dragging feet is deafening. Good thing I stocked up on a recent trip to New York. I don't want to get to into the East Coast/West Coast thing because it sounds like early 90's gangsta rap, but this the real deal in what would be classified as a West Coast-style IPA.

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Photo of drmcleod10
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tmryan21
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yelterdow
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dean & Deluca while on vacation in Napa, CA on September 7, 2007. Served back home in NJ in a pint glass at just over refrigerator temperature.

Appearance- Pours a substantially paler orange than most IPAs, with some chill haze and a supple, three-finger crown.

Smell- A perfect blend of honeyed grapefruit and bicycle handlebars... the aromas of cold metal dance with the huge citrus character evident here.

Taste- The voyage of flavor progression is exciting and unexpected... lip smacking and bitter, the grapefruity hop bite concedes nicely into a bready malt backbone. Then, the hops return and spend an eternity drying the mouth and settling to the deepest recesses of the tongue's sides. An aggressively bitter IPA without question, one that begs an attentive and purposeful tasting. Burps galore on this one.

Mouthfeel- Relatively thin, uninteresting, subdued texture in the mouth.

Drinkability- Easy with regard to the strength... the initial honeymoon, however, fades rather quickly and it gradually becomes much more ordinary in its overall presentation.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

Poured golden orange with a frothy off-white head.

Aroma was dominated by hops. Spices, pineapple, and grapefruit joined in nicely.

Taste was also mostly hoppy. Citrus and pine flavors combined with honey and apricot.

This was a pretty good IPA. Not quite as good as it's rated IMO, but hey, everyones taste is different. Recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange amber color with a thin sticky white head. piney herbal and grassy hops dominate the aroma. some grapefruit comes out as it warms. the smell is a little subdued, i don't really pick up anything else. while the aroma doesn't have a lot of grapefruit to it the taste does. the other grassy hebal aspects take a backseat to the grapefruit now, to combine with some really nice piney hops and a light honey-like sweetness that balances things out a little. medium body with subtle carbonation that lends to a nice smoothness that these type of beers are sometimes lacking. good drinkability, i had no trouble finishing the bomber and could easliy finish another with out it getting tiresome. an excellent example of a west coast IPA. highly recomended.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of akttr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jmich24
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Dull orange due to a slight hop haze. One finger off white head. Lacing is sticky.
S: Outstanding Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Touch of sweetness.
T: Great bitterness from start to finish. Touch of sweetness. Citrus and a little pine.
M: Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.
D: Lingering bitterness makes make me wana go for another drink.

Very good IPA. Big Citrus which I love.

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Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of joecast
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, bright, orange/gold in color with minimal head. having only a 12oz. glass i had to pour the beer out a couple of times. while pouring the last bit out of the bottle (which was a bit warmer) a stable 1 finger head was able to form.

with a bit of a swirl of the glass, the aromas come through. similair to cascade (which is the only hop i can pick atm), but spicier. strong presence of pepper, and some apple.

first few sips give a fresh cut hop bitterness right at the start making the "well hopped" on the label a real understatement. as the temp comes up a bit, the contribution to flavor from the hops really shows well. any input from the malt must have been overshadowed by the hops, or they at least had me distracted. not so much in a bad way, as this is unashamedly a beer for hopheads. but at the same time it never seemed too overpowering or unbalanced.

a bit low in drinkablity only in that it would take a bit of work for me to get through more than one or two if my arm was twisted.

as my sister said "not as bad as stone old guardian". i thought the opposite.

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Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is definitely a strong pine resin smell...there is a sweet malt background there as well, but this definitely is a hoppy aroma.

Again, the initial taste is of piney, hoppy goodness which isn't a surprise considering the nose. There's a spicy, biscuit malt that appears in the middle with a medium-small intensity that makes itself known but certainly takes a backseat. Along with it, there's a small sweet, caramel presence as well. This is washed away by a pretty strong pine resin bitterness that prevails through the finish and allows it to end on a rather bitter note.

Pretty good IPA here. I like that there's some balance to it, but there isn't any mistake that it's a pretty hoppy one as well. I was in the mood for a more hop forward IPA, and this fit the bill.

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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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