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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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Ratings: 7,717 |  Reviews: 2,340
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, dusty orange gold color with a thin slick of head. Laces in straggles.

Orange and grapefruit hops. Tropical fruits sneak in with some juicy mango notes. Light malts that take an obvious backseat. Less bitterness, lots of true aromatics. Pretty simple, yet very nice.

Orange, mango, grapefruit pith, and a suggestion of lime; all from the citrusy and oily hop frenzy. Kiss of pine. Lots of delicious West Coast flavor here. Very dry and pale in the malt department with some distant toasty flavor. A one-sided West Coast IPA with only appropriately moderate bitterness--just how I like it!

Drinks beautifully. Good scrub-a-dub and the body has some great oiliness to it that rolls back off the tongue.

Racer 5 is prime stuff; always has been. Underrated in my book. Holds up against some of the best of 'em.

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

Disclaimer: my palate is pretty violated after a growler of Masala Mama...

Poured from 12oz bottle to imperial pint glass, thanks bugdoc for this one!

Pours a nice looking honey gold with a finger of soft white head that leaves appropriate lacing. The body is pretty still, but the beer was poured a bit cold.

S/T: lots of of thicker citrus notes mixed with a wide range evergreens. A bit of earthiness lingers beneath. Caramel/toffee malts are well incorporated.

Pretty damn drinkable. This is a beer that I would like to see on the shelf here in the MN distro. Thanks Mark!

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a New Belgium globe. No freshness info on bottle. I suspect that it was rubbed off.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium gold with yellow-orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy snow white head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Nice bouquet of fruity hops including sweet citrus, pineapple and grapefruit with just a hint of pine.

Taste: Sweet honey and floral hops up front followed by a mix of sweet and bitter citrus in the middle before ending with a blend of grapefruit, pine and a touch of sweet malt at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet with a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could easily have multiple pints of this throughout the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I'm not sure how fresh this one was, but I still enjoyed it either way. I'd definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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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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