Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A "full pour" at the brewery.

Appearance - A little bit hazy/opaque. Not much head. Good (but not great) lace. Surprisingly pale.

Smell - Big hop hit! Orange peel.

Taste - Hoppy (obviously). Citrus. Tart. Clean.

Mouth - Wow! Tingly.

Overall - A bit much for me. I wouldn't call it balanced. This ale is so crisp it reminded me of Listerine.

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3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pour is cloudy, light amber with a thin, quickly-dissipating head. The nose is very faint for an IPA. I get some lemon, grapefruit, and toast.

The beer is light-bodied for an IPA, yet has a fairly firm mouthfeel. I have no idea how old this bottle is, but there's not much of a hop smack to it. It has little balancing sweetness and little in the way of hops beyond a brief opening bitterness. The finish is rather bland.

An average IPA I won't buy again. There are far too many IPAs out there that are worlds beyond this one. This was my first beer from this respected brewer, but this won't stop me from trying a few others.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an NB globe. Bottled on 4/12/12.

A: Off-white single-finger head. Body is a light hue of golden...seems lighter than most IPAs but maybe it’s just because it’s pretty darn clear.

S: Predominantly citrus and some nice tropical fruit. Some alcohol comes through.

T: More tropical fruit on the palate than in the nose. Citrus is less than I expected from the aroma but still a big part of the overall profile. More sweet at points than many IPAs. There’s a grain aftertaste that is more than I’m used to (or would prefer).

M: Decent amount of alcohol burn in the dry finish. Not the most drinkable IPA you can buy. Body is medium, texture is pretty dry and carbonation pretty standard.

O: I prefer IPAs that produce tropical fruit flavors. Although this isn’t the fruitiest example of the style, it’s still delicious.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - No good glasses in the new apartment. Straight from the bottle.

S - Piney moderately strong nose with some vague citrusy

T - Big piney hop-forward brew. Smack of bitterness. Some sweetness towards the end in a tasty finish.

MF - Smooth, good amount of carbonation, 7.0% ABV makes for a bigger body.

O - Big, hoppy, bitter. Definitely nice, but not quite as good as I'd hoped

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 7,701 ratings
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