Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
7,692
Reviews:
2,331
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,403
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fox227
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours medium pale, not really pale, and not amber either. The head is slight, and doesn't retain for long.

S: Do I detect cotton candy? I smell a nice bouquet of flowers, and some sweetness.

T: The hop bitterness is nice, with a lot of the West Coast trademarks abounding: pine sap, citrus, bubblegum (!) but this beer tastes strangely hot for a 7%. For example, I recently had a Port Mongo (8.5%) and the alcohol levels were far better hidden than here. This beer is also rather biscuit forward, which I feel pairs better in the sweeter English style, rather than in the hoppy West Coast style.

M: Very hoppy, pretty dry.

O: This beer is somewhat of a surprise: a highly regarded hoppy IPA, and bottle conditioned to boot (I like that), but the have had quite a bit better as well.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

Photo of Streetcore
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Ripe citrus, some tropical fruit, pine.

T: Citrus, pine, herbal, spice, light malt body.

M: Crisp, nice lingering bitterness.

O: Tasty IPA, with a great nose. I'll be buying this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of sethmeister
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden apricot color with a thin white head. fluffy sticky lace

Scent is fruity and it wafts from the bottle as i pour. on closer inspection i get tangerine and citrus notes

Taste is sweet citrus - orange, grapefruit, lime, lemon pineapple and tropical notes - and a nice earthy onion hop note. spicy hops! earthy hops! fruity hops! piney hops! malts are in hiding here and i don't even miss them.

Mouth is delightfully soft and creamy, almost like a cask ale. (I did open this bottle at considerably warmer than frige temperature)

this is really an excellent ipa. wish i'd bought more.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Smell is all about the hops: grassy, herbal, earthy, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is mainly of grassy and herbal hops with a malt backbone to support everything. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA but it features a hop profile that I am not all that crazy about.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange in color with some very light visible carbonation and some moderate sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces a little but remains as a very thick layer evenly over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lighter aromas of caramel malts that are then superseded by the wonderful hop aromas - I get some citrus, some tropical, and just a hint of pine. The citrus are more along the orange zest note and the topical is all pineapple. There is a nice complexity to the blend of hop aromas.

T: The taste very much follows the nose of this beer with the sweet caramel malts coming out initially but then being taken over by the hop flavors and bitterness. There is a pleasant and light lingering bitterness but nothing aggressive. The hop flavor are bitter orange zest, pineapple, and the slightest hint of pine resin with the pineapple being in the finish and lingering the longest.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: This is a very approachable and easily enjoyed beer - for fans of IPAs or people just getting started with the style. The beer has a really nice smell and taste, while hoppy is not overly aggressive in the bitterness. I could definitely have more than one of these at a sitting and will likely do so. This beer is easy to drink.

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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle onto a Sam Smith pint glass. About a month old...
A - pale yellow with a billowing 3 fingers' width of white head that never fully dissipates, leaving behind an impressive lacing. I've never seen a better looking IPA.
S - Pine, grapefruit, citrusy...and not a hint of malt. Wow! This looks good already.
T - Starts with a bit of sweet caramely malt and hops take over right away. But all through, there is a nice balance between the malt and the hops; both complementing but never overpowering each other. Very drinkable.
M - light bodied and sessionable. Perfect to the style.

Certainly one of the better choices in the world of ipas. Can't go wrong with this one....

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,692 ratings.
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