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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a- a cloudy, orange golden brown. nice head with a lovely trail of lace

s- citrus and pine. vanilla and caramel. hint of clove

t-hop bomber! starts off with the grapefruit and lime, pine. Heads for the sweet flavors of vanilla and caramel and finishes off with a nicey bready malt backbone.

m- medium feel. refreshing and crisp.

o- the hops have risen!! hallelujah! seriously fantastic IPA, inspiring and a "I'll be back for another" type of beer.

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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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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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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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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,774 ratings