Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
7,710 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BillH200174
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of coalcracker
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an moderately gold color with great head retention and very active carbonation. Lacing noted with consumption.
Smell: Pleasantly pungent citrus hop profile with some notes of grass and pine. Very aromatic. Just a touch of bread behind those hops.
Taste: Hops and malts both noted upon first moment of tasting with the hops soon blowing by and above any malt presence. Hops are strong and a bit bitter here- citrus is the main characteristic- grapefruit especially. Malts are indeed present with a solid bready background, but are definitely pushed to the background. Bitterness persists for long after the tasting.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with the mildly tongue-curling bitterness.
Overall: A great IPA here- strong and assertive. Would love to try this on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a pint glass.

A - It was a golden yellow color. Lighter than many other IPAs I've had. Pretty good looking overall.

S - Bitter hops. From the smell, I was thinking this is going to be pretty hop forward with bitterness and pine.

T - Just like the smell. It's got a pretty high level of bitterness, but that is how I like my IPAs. Not overwhelming at all, and I've certainly had much more bitter. It just has a light malt backbone. Pretty tasty overall, but nothing too memorable.

M - Pretty carbonated. Between the carbonation and the bitterness, this beer really wakes up the palate. It's not necessarily too high, however. It's a good mouthfeel, just not excellent.

O - I feel like this is a standard west coast IPA. Nothing memorable about the flavors, but they are well done. It's an above average brew, but it does nothing for me to seek it out again and again over some of the more memorable IPAs I've had. Definitely give it a try, you may think differently. There certainly is nothing wrong with this beer, and if you enjoy west coast IPAs, you'll most likely enjoy this too.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger off-white head that slowly settles to a decent dusting and thick foam ring after a few minutes. The body is a clear golden amber with some lazy, slow-rising carbonation bubbles and tiny, motionless floaties. Thin lacing clings evenly to almost every available portion of glass.

Strong citrus aromas dominate the nose. Notes of grapefruit, mandarin oranges, and honey combine well with a slight pine. The nose isn't the strongest but it is sweet, fruity, and delicious.

Sweet and bitter at first, this beer starts with flavors of honey and citrus carrying notes of oranges and grapefruit. As the beer is swallowed, the citrus flavors grow but quickly transform into pine. Then, a slight alcohol warmth picks up in the back of the throat and a piney bitterness rests on the tongue.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is a smooth sipper. The body is full and robust (for the style), which let's it coat your mouth and is only slightly sticky. The carbonation isn't overly noticeable but is definitely noticeable in the finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Zimbo
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the bottle hoppy, waxy, sort of dried husky nose leady to a very light orangy colour with some haze. Half inch fairly concentrated white head with a light tornado heading. The nose becomes more succulent and builds over time.

Medium bodied with a faint fruit backbone but restrained and supports and gives way to an immediate lengthy bitterness. Some intensity and not at all extreme but good complexity especially at the end. Nice bitter finale but not at all piny. Balanced and potent.

No photo finish here. This one leads the pack.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden/orange color. Slightly hazy with a small creamy white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

The nose is juicy and citrusy, with a focus on tangerine. Faint hint of sweet honey is also detectable.

Big floral, citrus hop flavors are apparent in the flavor, mostly tangerine and grapefruit with a bit of pine in there as well. Malt backbone plays a superb supporting role in keeping things smooth while letting the hop flavors shine.

Very smooth and creamy, medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

This is a superb balanced AIPA. Tons of C-hop deliciousness without being overly bitter or unbalanced.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,710 ratings
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