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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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: 7,716 |  Reviews: 2,339
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of allentownpaguy
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a perfect example of an IPA with a real beer taste/ Smooth as an IPA with a very Hoppy taste and great beer finish make this one of my top 5 favorite beers. Not only works as a compliment to food of many varieties, but works well all on its own as well. I am a big fan of local options, but this beer comes all the way from california and it is worth every mile it travels to get to my store in Pennsylvania Love it!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BWED
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A- Golden orange with a faintly off white one finger head. Loads of lacing.

S- Floral citrus with a light caramel background.

T- Sweet malt back bone, faint but there, carrying a strong hop flavor of citrus peel and some pine.

M- Medium body, slightly creamy with a bitter finish, however it doesn't linger or isn't drying.

O- VEry solid IPA. Really like the mouthfeel for this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of BenderR
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome tasting Beer! Smooth for an IPA. Great hop flavor. One of my top favorites, I'm very glad it's sold in Central Massachusetts. No after-taste, crisp finish, nice color, great with bar fare. Has a nice punch of Alchol %. Highly recommended to my family and friends.

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

A: in a pint, pale amber beer with a finger of off-white head; sparse lace scatterings.

S: hops - floral citric and herbal pine, some sweet pale maltiness

T: grapefruit and resin hops crispness and caramel-edged malt sweetness

M: medium weight, smooth and bitter-crisp

O: drinks like a double - hearty and sharp at the same time - well-balanced flavors, easy drinking...

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a light, very slightly hazy honey gold, fine sudsy white head retains as a film.

Potent piney and grapefruit hops in the nose, perhaps a hint of honey and citrus as well.

Balanced body between bready caramel malts and fruity hops with a bitter bite in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body with a mild tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A smooth, highly drinkable ale, good IPA character but it strikes me as also having the potential to be enjoyable to someone who otherwise doesn't care too much for hoppy beers. It's got a great flavor balance in that regard. A top tier beer.

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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Moderate-heavy carbonation with a lot of yeast sediment floating about.

Orange citrus, grapefruit, caramel and bread dough. Hints of clove, potpourri and cinnamon.

Candied orange, grapefruit juice and tangerine. Lighter notes of lemon and bready malts. Grapefruit zest and pine resin hit hard in the back. There does seem to be touches of cinnamon and clove somewhere in there as well.

Medium bodied, crisp, silky, bitter and dry.

For whatever reason the bitterness and spiciness are giving me cinnamon and clove flavors that simply are not there, but overall this remains a very classic tasting American IPA.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,716 ratings
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