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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Ratings: 7,702 |  Reviews: 2,335
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 oz for $4.75, served in snifter at the Porter Beer Bar. Reviewed on 3.9.12.

a- pours an amber orange color, very bright, with a a finger of head, and good lacing.

b- immediate honey. honey all the way. some hops. caramel, a seriously amazing smelling beer.

t- light and hoppy. subtle citrus flavors, mainly sweet orange. perhaps some guava. but there's lots of honey, with a noticeable malt background. not nearly as bitter as i'd like or expected, but still good.

m- lower carbonation than i expected. light and refreshing.

o- solid ipa. glad i got a chance to try it (i don't think bear republic distributes to georgia). i expected something much more like port's mongo, though.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber...

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale, orange body with bubbly carbonation floating amid a mild sediment. Plenty of layered sticky lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed.

Taste/Smell: Nice clean hop aroma with a sweet malty presence within both the aroma and on the palate. Fresh cut grass and citrus hop flavors with a caramel malt backbone. Finishes with a creamy, slightly sweetened, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a hop explosion that settles from the malt into a lingering minor bitterness that sits coated by the malt for a quite balanced finish.

Overall: A unique interpretation; but a beautiful one at that.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear (for IPA) pale amber, with good amount of white/off white head, good retention. Nice clean hop aroma, citrus and a small amount of floral. Taste follows with mostly hop and a clean citrus hop with some pine and floral backing. Not overpowering however and a bit of the malt profile still comes through. Pale malt with caramel accent. Good smooth mouthfeel with a puckering that lasts and balances nicely. Solid beer, but not outstanding.

Also I did not buy this beer a friend gave it to me. I will never buy anything from Bear Republic after they sued my local brewery for copywrite infringement. http://www.redracerbeer.com/ Get over yourself Bear Republic!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Victory Tulip.

Appearance: A light brown/dark orange hazy body throws up a huge tight head that is sticky as all get out.

Smell: This is firmly a West Coast IPA. Lemon zest, grapefruit and candied orange dominate the nose. This is exactly what I was hoping for! I do detect a bit of the malt but my nose refuses to let go of those beautiful citrus notes.

Taste: Bright! The lemon smacks you across the mouth and opens you up for some wonderful pink grapefruit notes. There are hints of some earthier hops but they are never fully realized. The malt backbone makes a cameo before that oily bitterness creeps up on you. I have never had an IPA where the bitterness actually "creeps". Very nice!

Mouthfeel: The body is light and higly carbed. The result is a nice and refreshing pint.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 7,702 ratings
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