Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- orange-ish/amber color with a thin white head.

S- hop aromas, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, guava.

T- Nice hoppiness up front with a mild caramel maltiness. Citrusy hop flavors. Tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit.

M- this beer has a bitter dry mouthfeel with a mild booziness along with good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer and it's not to expensive. I live in Sonoma CA and I have a wide variety of local IPA's to choose from. My go to IPA's are RR's but I got to Racer 5 when I want more bang for my buck. This is a solid IPA and although it's not the best IPA there will always be a spot in my fridge for it.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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

A steady pour yields a half finger of off white head. Decent retention and the attempt of lacing to cling to the glass are noted. When the head does fade, it leaves a ring around the top and some dusting. The body is a light gold/yellow orange color. There doesn't seem to be any carbonation rising to the top but little specks can be seen suspended in the beer.

Fresh floral and piney hops attack your nose immediately. There is a malt backbone in there, but you must sift to find it.

The flavor is simple yet enjoyable: Hops, mainly pine with some floral and grapefruit backup, and a biscuity malt with a hint of spice.

Easy going. Medium bodied. Very dry on the end. Good.

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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Racer 5 pours a crisp golden mango with impressive head and lacing.

Nose is light malt and hop aromas, peach and mango and some alcohol.

Taste is very dry and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is dry, bitter and soapy, with resin.

Medium body and carb.

Not quite as all-out as WCIPA but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Whoa! can smell the hops right when I crack the lid on this one. Pours a bright crystal clear golden color with orange hues and a bright white head. Super resinous hops intrude upon the nostrils with pungent grapefruit and citrus. Floral hops lay beneath with some malty undertones.

Huge slick malt body upfront sets up the tongue for the wave of flavor that's about to roll over the tongue. Citrus sweetness up front followed by huge grapefruit tartness.

Finishes with a floral bouquet of hops that snap any residual sweetness in half leaving you with a crisp dry finish. Super complex and layered beer with a mildly tannic aftertaste. The huge body thins out slowly as it travels along the tongue into a pop of satisfaction in the back of the month (thats what she said?) Not your everyday IPA but definitely delicious. Something I'd go for in the bomber rather than the 6. Slaps the taste buds around.

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

12oz bottle , no freshness date, fingers crossed.

A: Nice Amber/orange, on the lighter side in appearance for style. Thing white head, dissipated rather quickly. Not totally clear, a hint of cloudiness. Some lacing but nothing overly impressive.

S: Definitely a citrus hop aroma. Very tropical in scent, mango/pineapple and lemon. Some honey sweetness too. Pungent.

T: Hits you with some grapefruit/pineapple/piney hop flavor up front. Then slightly lemon/lime/mandarin. Then a nice honey/caramel malt sweetness smooths over the palate. Very sweet and bitter at same time. Finish is mix of Pine/Citrus/floral and dry.

M: Seems well carbonated. Actually has a hint of booziness in finish, suprsing for ABV but not unpleasant. Soft on palate, a bit oily.

O: This is what you want when you buy an IPA. Awesome hop extraction, well rounded bouquet of flavors. West coast classic. A tad over hyped IMO but certainly a heavy hitter in the category.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,767 ratings