Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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7,653 Ratings
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,653
Reviews:
2,322
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,393
For Trade:
8
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4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA has a thin, white head (wide-brim glass) and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of orange and citric acid, and taste is of piney hops, oranges, sugar, and sweet bread. The mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Racer 5 finishes mostly dry and highly drinkable. Although I think the hop bitterness could stand to be a tad bit harsher, I still love this, and I rate it outstanding.

RJT

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving significant lacing.

Citrus, resin, and pine dominate the initial aroma, with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and mango taking center stage. There's a bit of dankness, leading to a bit of sweet caramel malt.

Flavor is also heavily citrus hopped, with vibrant grapefruit and lemon at the forefront, followed by a melange of pine, bitter resin, and a fairly peppery finish. The aftertaste is minty and herbal. Notes of tropical fruits add complexity. Caramel malt is fairly subdued, but surfaces more as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a moderate amount of hop astringency.

Overall, an excellent, complex ipa. It really hits on all the right hop notes. Definitely not for the faint of hop!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow copper, almost honey looking drink, with a low head, with little lacing. Smells malty sweet over bitter notes, but not getting prominent Cascade hops as advertised, or any of the other mentioned, but probably wouldn't know it. Bitterness does not sustain long but is there, somewhat muted, and appears modulated by the grain bill a bit. Not a 'nose forward' IPA. Oh, and mouth-feel is fine, with discreet carbonation, but not at all scrubbing. I've since had this fresher, and rated it higher on second try.

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

Picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. From a 22 oz. brown bomber. Let's see if this stuff was worth Bear Republic taking legal action against Central City over their own excellent Red Racer line. Pours out a bright golden hue with suspended particles, with a creamy off-white head that retains to a mid-sized cap.

Bright mandarin, grapefruit and lemon citrus character on the nose, some tropical fruit esters, and some dry biscuity grain.

Puckering grapefruit and piney hops up front in the flavour, with an extra underlying bitterness to it all. Mild bready malt in the background does its best to add some backbone, finishing with spicy, astringent grapefruit pith hops that linger on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slippery texture, with an assertive amount of carbonation.

The bottle conditioning adds a nice extra element to the hops, not so much the malt, some decent layers of depth to the hops here. A tasty American IPA that is worth seeking out, but boo on Bear Republic for their legal action against Central City, their Red Racer IPA still does laps around Racer 5.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,653 ratings.
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