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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

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 7,717 |  Reviews: 2,340
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jae61
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ThreeFishes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cook82
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Ego
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found @ DeCicco Market, Pelham, NY

big fluffy white head (no, not mine...the beer), sticky like those octopuses you got out of cereal boxes and chucked at the wall, the head is bumby like a crappy matress, orange with ample carbonation flowing from the bottom of the chalice, very good looking.

hops, next question ? ok... citrusy but not pine or lemon, a bit more floral like sierra nevada pale with a kicker, almost hard to get past the hop blast but there is a nice musty bread tone buried in there as well, nothing yeasty or doughy just a whiff of a bakery in the morning, nothing insanely complex here but more like "here I am bitch"

taste etc...
prickly carbonation abounds, hops hops hops... this can be a touch bitter but that doesn't bother this pilgrim. mouthfeel is really good, medium and carries well over the palette, the ABV is not an issue in the flavor but it does creep up on you.

I have enjoyed other bear offerings to a greater extent, this isn't bad by any stretch but it certainly didn't knock my socks off... I wouldn't be averse to having it again but I won't go silly looking for it.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes:

Eye: Great head sixe and retention. Color is off white, tannish tones in there. Color of the beer itself is orangy-amber with yellow hints, very clear and alive with carbonation. One good looking IPA. How come beers at bars don't look this good? Well I think its the sanitizer, though I don't see any lacing here.

Nose: Very nice, citrus flower aroma right up front. This is what I want from an IPA. Glorious, Glorious hops. There is some malt to support, but it can't discern what its attributes are. I just know that there is a a smell behind the hops(that doesn't belong to hops or yeast)that supports them. Just great with the hops, overall..wonderful.

Tongue: Bitterness hits the palate first then a wave of hp flavors-citrus, floral, and some fruit. Like the aroma the malt flavor isn't too pronounced, but its there to support and give substance to the hops, which make up the rest of the beverage. Finish is bitter and tastes of citrus hops. Its interesting to note how the citrus flavor of the hops mix with the sweet malt to create a real unique sweet(not in terms of palate) flavor profile found here.e

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one I'll buy again, what a great IPA. Goes down smooth and the higher level of alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Carbonation at first seemed a bit high and too prickley, but is actually quite fitting given the characteristics for the rest of the beer. This is one tot try, get out there and find it. I'll most likely be getting this again, most likely when I'm in the mood for a good IPA. One of the better IPAs I've drank.

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3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of orange. One finger fluffy white head. Quickly dies down to a bubbly ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam on top. A bunch of lacing left behind.

Smells of barley and honey malts. Some bread-y scents. Hops come through as bitter dank, resin and pine.

Taste follows smell. Honey malts and cereal/bread barley. Hops come through as dank, resin, pine, and a bit of lemon citrus. Nothing too crazy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated, small prickly bubbles. A really nice hop bite in there as well.

Good drinkability. A beer that can definitely keep you entertained for a night of drinking.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of klewis
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Brewkettle, Strongsvile, OH 5/13/07

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden and left lots of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Strong citrusy hops aromas. Very nice.

T: Lots of hop presence with citrus and bubble gum flavors and a light bitterness in the finish. A spicy hop character adds depth and complexity.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp hop bite.

D: This one reminds me an awful lot of Two-Hearted, and it's consistently as good. A must try.

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4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cellar temperature 22oz bottle, split between two pint glasses. It has a translucent golden orange color, with a pretty head of pure white foam. It leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is all hops, both citrusy and woodsy. As you would expect, the flavor is also dominated by the hop character. It starts out dry, then builds to sharp bitterness that lingers on after you swallow. You can detect some alcohol, especially in the finish and aftertaste. There are flavors that remind me of fruit and forests. This is as good as an IPA can get. It has a medium body and a higher-than-average amount of carbonation. It leaves a coating to your mouth that evaporates while you let the bitter flavors linger. This is an impressively drinkable IPA. There are hops everywhere, but I never grow tired of them. I wish I had more than this one bottle.

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

Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed both bottled from MD and on tap at Bear Republic, finally reviewed since its distribution in PA, served on tap at The Drafting Room.

Pours a hazy amber with golden hues, nice off-white head and good lacing. Smells are strong even before it reaches the nose, citrus and floral hops. Taste is great, lots of grapefruit up front followed by orange and lemon peel, a good malt backbone, and a grassy finish. Medium in body with a great balance and good carbonation that lasts throughout the whole glass. A very drinkable IPA, great flavors that don't overpower each other. Good to see it finally be available in Pennsylvania, makes it easier for me to enjoy this one more often.

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

A: Pours a cloudy orange-tan color. The off-white head is large, somewhat thick, and fluffy, with hints of tan color. Retention is excellent, as is lacing.

S: Spicy, fragrant hops in the nose - mostly somewhat sweet citrus. A piney/floral background as well. Some biscuity malt aroma as well.

T: Moderate caramel malt sweetness up front. Quickly followed by a rush of juicy hop flavors. Orange peel and sweet grapefruit, along with an unusual candied floral and piney notes. The hop flavors start off like many other top-notch IPAs, but then they depart into something just a touch different. Bitterness is fairly mild, with some hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is tingly and fairly creamy. Very nicely balanced overall, with an especially dry mouthfeel into the finish.

D: For such a big, hoppy IPA, this manages an impressive balance. A nice malt backbone along with some unique hop flavors makes this a very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a red oak glass.

A-- almost a honey like color (yellowish orange). Very nice white head that left lacing after setteling. Moderatly carbonated

S-- Get the floral hops off the bat. Lemon, orange. A little bit of a sweet smell s well.

T-- Pow! Hops and more hops in first taste. Lively carbonation as well. Comes right after you.

M-- Letting it sit get the citrus afterwards. very hoppy but very nice in the ending. Cottonmouth is not as big as other IPA's. Goes to Citrus and sweetness at the end.

D-- Not bad. I am not a hop head and the first time I tried Racer 5 I struggled finishing it. 7% is barely there. Great beer but one is enough for me to do in a sitting. Good beer to build hop palate on

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Poured a meager 1/4" white head. Attractive hazy apricot orange and yellow in color. Smell and taste are both fairly mild but sweet and fruity. This is a much easier drinking IPA than so many of the other craft beers, but then again it doesn't have nearly the hoppy punch that real hopheads crave. Good but not outstanding. And might I add just one pint of this gave me quite a headache the next morning.

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Photo of msscott1973
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours orange with a bright white head. Proper IPA appearance.

S: Grapefruit and citrus are strong with this one. There is a tad of pine and dryness, but its mostly the citrusy hops.

T: Yup, follows the nose. Suprising; this is much more a no-coast IPA than a dank, west-coast. A bit of sweetness in the back rounds out the finish.

D: Alcohol well hidden and flavours are nicely balanced, no complaints here.

Overall: I liked it! It was definitely out-of-style for an old school CA brewery (especially with the hop bomb that is Hop Rod Rye), but it is a first cousin of beers like Two Hearted. Solid IPA.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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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