Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,654 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out of a bottle into a snifter.

a - hazy, golden hue with a half inch head. retention is decent and there's lovely lacing down the glass as it goes down

s - hoppy. first hit is piney resin followed by grapfruit, tangerine, and whiff of sweet tropical fruits. some light and sweet malt is present. overall, nose is not strong, but pleasantly light and airy.

t - again, piney hops and ripe clementines in the foreground with hints of mango and peach. the malt provides a subdued honey, bready background. whoa, this is a sweet ipa! the bitterness is subdued, and there is a very light feel to it - almost as if it's a summer version.

m - is on the thin side with limited carbonation. def wish there was some more carbonation and bitterness to make the mouthfeel more substantial. ehh, one may call it thin, another would call it sessionable.

this is a very pleasant beer. def not a hop bomb, but it's still enjoyable. by far the most sessionable ipa i've ever had.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured from a bomber straight down the center and got a huge fluffy off white head. Nice retention and lacing. Great color, light copper and clear although there is some particulate in suspension. Had this upright in the fridge and everything looked well settled.

S- Tangerine and grass with malt in the background and some phenols. Complex.

T- Doesn't quite deliver on what the nose promises. Citrusy bitterness up front but there is a significant phenolic banana taste from the middle to finish which is not working for me. There is some harsh alcohol in the finish too.

M- Maybe it was the pour but this is a bit flat. Took it easy with the second glass but same result.

O- This is one to review again, maybe I got an old bottle or there was some other issue. Hope this is not typical because I have heard great things about this IPA

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

A- pours an orange-gold color with a big frothy white head that reduces to a solid layer, a bit of lace left on the side. A few yeasty looking particles floating around.

S- Lots of citrusy hops, a bit of hop oil, and a bready malt lies beneath the hops. Also some tangirine/ grapefruit notes. Alcohol is also noticable.

T- Lots of hops right off, and it lingers on the palate. Grapefruit come through in taste as well along with a sweet mango taste. Also some pine notes. The malt takes a back seat to the hops but complements it well, a bit biscuity. Alcohol is noticable but pretty well masked for 7%.

M- medium carbonation and velvety smooth. medium body with superior drinkability. One of the few ipa's that I could drink one after the other.

O- This is one of the most drinkable ipa's that I have had, very smooth. It's got a big hops kick but is well balanced and has a nice malt backbone. Very solid!

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,654 ratings.
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