Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,656 Ratings
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Orangy copper body with a one finger head. Good amount of lacing on the glass! Not too carbonated.

S- Hops! Piney hop smell. A little orange zest. Nothing was pungent about the smell.

T- Piney hops. The hops in the brewing process include Cascade and Centennial, so being piney in taste is no surprise. The hop bitterness is at 75+ IBUs according to Bear Republic's site. Also the beer has a peppery spice. The hop bitterness hits hard initially. As soon as that hop bitterness comes along, it fades! The finish is not bitter at all. Quite frankly, it finishes dry, leaving your mouth wanting more. Exceptional for an IPA!

M- Bear Republic describes the beer as being full-bodied, but I think it's defiantly a medium body and feel. Not too heavy, but nothing that allows the beer to be gulped!

Overall this was a wonderful IPA. I normally shy away from IPA's because they can be almost too intense with the hop bitterness, but this beer got out of the way quick enough for the bitterness to be pleasant. I would drink this IPA anytime I'm in the mood for a hoppy beer.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a nice golden with a 2 finger white head. Spiderwebs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- nice sweetness and lots of citrus

T- sweet caramel, orange, pineapple, good amount of citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly slick feel and effervescence at the finish.

O- very good ipa. Nice amount of citrus, sweetness and bitterness. Aka very well balanced.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, slightly cloudy golden color. Small bubbly head and very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a hint of grapefruit and citrus.

T/M: The hops come through much stronger in the taste, with some bitter citrusy hops up front, followed by a bit of refreshing malty sweetness, leading directly into renewed and stronger piney bitterness on the followthrough.

O: Pretty much a textbook American IPA, very nice and straightforward.

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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a white 2-finger head that slowly dissipates into a frothy lace that leaves a nice trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with slight hints of pine and citrus in the background.

T: Smooth and hoppy and very bitter. Citrus and pine on the palate followed by a biscuit flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent IPA. Very hoppy and bitter yet smooth and tasty.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,656 ratings.
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