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

A very fine, even head about the width of a fingernail. Lasts for the entire drink. Fine fizzy champagne bubbles throughout as well. Not an awfully strong nose, but this may be because I'm drinking it from a wine glass--I smell pale green tea, maybe a citrus note or two. Thank god we do not have an overblown hop-hammer here: this is an expert, discreet tasting, though full-bodied and strong, IPA, with citrus, pine (and not pine resin, which is what the ostentatious, begging to be Bad Ass think passes for IPA) vegetal flavors. A long semi-dry finish -- no, actually smoother at start and then fairly dry from mid to finish. No lingering estery chemically taste at all. Tastes like a totally natural beverage, not overhopped like some of its chemical panel kin. I'm a fan after just one. Thanks to the BevMo dude that recommended this as I was on my way to a sixer of Deschutes Inversion (another great IPA).

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

Appearance: Clear gold. Head is bright-white. Drops to a spotty cap and collar in short order. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Orange, grapefruit, big floral notes, and some tropical sweetness. Touches of mango. Pine resin and oily hops. Malts are bready with a bit of caramel sweetness. Some pithy bitterness. Very floral and citrusy.

Taste: More of that floral goodness. Nice punch of grapefruit and pine resin. Touches of mango and orange. A little grassy. Hop resin. Malts are nicely sweet and help balance out the hop bite. Some roasted undertones and cooked grains. Biscuity with enough hop aggression to show through. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a moderately-high carbonation. Medium body. So smooth and easy to drink. Slight crispness.

Overall: The first time I had this beer it blew me away. I still love this beer. It's not quite the earth-shattering beer I remember, but it's damn tasty. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it's next to impossible to get super-fresh in MA. Oh well, I'll keep it.

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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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