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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just can't get really exctited.

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy dark yellow. Medium head dissipated slowly. Some lacing left on the glass.
Scents of bread, citrus and hops.
Taste is all hops, with a finish of alcohol. The hops aren't bad. Just simple. Like a canvas painted a single bright color. Not ugly, just doesn't hold your attention that long. There is a grapefruit rind taste that lingers on the back and sides of the tongue...because it's an IPA. There is a very slight alcoholic zing with every third sip or so. Mouthfeel is meh. That bitterness lingers a bit too long. Overall - good for a 6-pack. Well brewed, but not my favorite.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Racer 5 pours a crystal-clear golden color with a light head that retains well. The aroma is a citrus bomb, this beer's got a heavy citrus nose, primarily grapefruit and tropical fruits. The taste is yet another burst of hop flavor, it's got the strong citrus from the nose hitting first along with a massive bitter presence that strikes after a few seconds. The malt hangs to the back, anchoring everything well while letting the hops shine. The aftertaste is a great, lingering bitter resinous hop. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, it drinks like an APA. The drinkability is amazing. Overall, Racer 5 is a top-tier IPA. It's just very satisfying and has a unique flavor profile that stands out from the pack.

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A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber. Big frothy white head. Nice lacework left behind, almost solid with lots of tiny tiny holes. Great retention with an island of foam that sticks around forever.

S: Lots of grapefruit and some pine - maybe even tropical fruit? Mainly grapefruit though. Touch of caramel malt. Strong and sharp hop presence.

T: Big up front hops. Mainly grapefruit again. A little caramel in the middle to sweeten it up. Finish is a bit grainy with more grapefruit and some resin to boot. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste with just enough caramel to stick around.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Sticky, resinous mouth coating hops, especially in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent, excellent west-coast style IPA. Hop flavor and aroma is strong and delicious. Not overly so, having said that, it still retains excellent drinkability without being a ridiculous hop bomb. I enjoyed this one a lot. Great balance between a super hoppy beer and a blander but drinkable pale ale.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,693 ratings.
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