Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden amber color with a mall white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is good with a nice mix of caramel malt and some lighter sweet fruit aromas. Mixed with these are some smells of a resinous pine and citrus hop giving it a west coast IPA nose.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of some tropical fruits mixed with a caramel malt and bready backbone. As the flavors advance, the tongue is initially meet with some flavors of a grapefruit hop nature. These hit fairly strong and abruptly giving a hopped citrusy taste to the brew even with the sweeter fruit and malty flavors. With the advent of a sudden resinous pine hop taste and a bit of earthy hop also coming to the tongue later in the taste, when all is said and done a bitter hopped up flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is smooth and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The medium body baths the tongue in all the hop and malt flavors really allowing them to be sensed by the taste buds. The carbonation level being slightly high adds a good exciting tingling feel to counterbalance some of the bitter that the hop leaves, making for a rather enjoyable feel overall.

Overall – This was a nice smooth but yet still well hoped brew. A good go to.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sudsy soapy foam. Golden in color. Very nice lacing and foam.

Smell: Floral soap...a bit too soapy, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medicinal hops and chamomile. A very subdued DIPA flavor, but quite enjoyable. Goes down clean like a lager, making this easy to drink.

Overall Drinkability: One of the strangest DIPAs I've ever had, but I look forward to having it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Nice carmel-gold color, thin band of bubbles just around the rim, and visible yeast suspension in the body. Looks slightly syrupy and not a lot of effervescence. Thin film of very fine bubbles floating in the middle of the glass. Pretty color and love to see that sediment in there.

Nose has a cidery-apple aroma. Also peaches and apricot. Smell some sweetness as well as the hops, but I get more fruit. Flavor is very forward, malty, hoppy, nice bracing from the alcohol, and a clean finish. Mouthfeel is nice, syrupy, big but focused. Nice!

Overall, this beer is friggin' killer. Nice and balanced but a nice edge from the hops. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

A: Pours a nice translucent light gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving a ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass. Good lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine with a good malty backbone. Nothing too crazy going on here. It's a bit sweet but has tons of pine scents.

T: It starts out light and refreshing with a great balance of sweet and bitter. It's pretty one dimensional from start to finish. Just a well balanced IPA. In the finish, the sweetness fades and the hoppy bitters take hold of the palate. Solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's a well balanced, well carbonated beer that hits the palate, settles, and moves off nicely. Nothing too sticky or coating about it. Nice piney hops remain after the beer is gone.

O: Good beer. Like I have said many times before, it's well balanced. The hops aren't over the top, the malt doesn't make it too sweet. It's just right. This would be a good entry point into the IPA style. Well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uto Beer, Borough Market, London (355ml, £2.80):
Clear, golden amber colour with foamy white head stopping just under a centimetre tall and holds well.

Light with some nice floral notes and some light citrus hops coming through. There is some light malts and hint of caramel but from the most part the beer smells quite fresh and light with lemongrass right at the finish.

Pine hops and citrus with only a slight bit of bitterness that is nowhere near the amount I was expecting but makes the beer very easy to drink. There is some caramel malts, a touch of sweetness and the lemongrass that featured towards the end of the smell. There is some orange and a moderate bitter finish.

Light medium beer with a light mouthfeel and smooth, citrus infused sip and nice bitterness levels without being overdone. Carbonation is mild to medium with no evidence of alcohol showing.

Great but not quite what I had imagined it to be but not one that disappointed anyway. Very easy to drink with lighter bitterness levels than anticipated but the taste was great and the 7% abv. didn't show at all. The aroma was a little weak but nothing that spoiled the beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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