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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:  Subdued grapefruit aroma with a hint of malt.  Was hoping for more.

Appearance:  Honey gold color with a half finger of head.  Head dissipates quickly leaving nice lacing.

Flavor:  Grapefruit rind and some caramel malt predominate.  Lingering bitterness in the finish.  Was hoping for more hop flavor.  Hop flavor is limited in comparison to other west coast IPAs.  

Mouthfeel:   Light body with good carbonation.

Overall:  This is a very good IPA for any hop head.  The hop aroma and flavor are fairly subdued in comparison to leading west coast IPAs.  Enjoyable IPA, but not my favorite.

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

This is one of my go-to IPAs. Not overpriced, widely distributed, always available (at least here in SoCal), very decent. Good value, I think. Usually around $4 for a 22-oz bomber as of this writing (7/2012). I'm pretty sure I can even find it at major supermarket chains, not just my favorite liquor stores.

It's not too malty; the hops and malt flavors are well-balanced. The finish is quick, just like I prefer, with no lingering bitter aftertaste. It is a good ambassador of the west-coast-style IPA.

It doesn't offer the smooth, refined piney goodness of certain competitor brews, but it's certainly very drinkable and refreshing. What it lacks in piney goodness it makes up for in easy availability.

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

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly on 7/3/12. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Deep gold with a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Head dissipates to a ring with some residual fizz. Spectacular lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and caramel malts dominate. Maybe a little pine, but not substantial.

Taste: More grapefruit and caramel. Some honey in there too. Good flavor profile, but not extraordinary.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and goes down very easily.

Overall: A very solid IPA. If I could get fresh more often, I'd buy it more often. This beer screams for cans and the beach.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,717 ratings
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