Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,692 Ratings
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 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think I found my new favorite IPA.

Racer 5 is a golden orange color.
Has a nice white head that left some delicate lacing on my glass.

It has a very pleasant citrus aroma.

Hops upfront, but they are not too harsh.
This beer is extremely drinkable. You can just slug this down even though it is full bodied and full of flavor.

The mouthfeel is just crazy good. It has the soft mouthfeel of an ale, the hop bitterness is there, but not over done. There is some sweetness and malts in the background but it is the hops take center stage.

A most excellent beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A classic, obviously, but I'm new to BA and felt I needed to review Racer 5 as it was formative in my early appreciation of IPAs and craft brews in general.

Pretty, pale gold appearance. A finger of soft head and lasting lace.

Immediate whiff of citrus (orange and lemon), which carries through on the taste. Everything you would expect from a west coast IPA, but what I think separates this one is the light and refreshing body and soft mouthfeel.

Smooth hop profile – bitter and clearly abundant in hops, but restrained. A bit of booze comes through and I've heard it goes well with good vodka, which makes sense. Always want to go back for more.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,692 ratings.
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