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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Ratings: 7,774 |  Reviews: 2,354
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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%

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium clear amber with good head and lacing. Aroma of spicy citrusy hops and sweet candy malt. Hop profile is in your face and subtle at the same time with mango, grapefruit, and lemon flavors. Good chewy mouthfeel starts wet and finishes very dry. This one is an old favorite of mine.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz into a pint glass. 1 finger head with fast retention but a whole lot of bubbles left behind. Spider lacing is ridiculous in this IPA. Smells of earthyness and small hints of passion fruits such as grapefruit and mango. Taste was very mild. I was expecting something intense but instead i was greeted with a smooth and mellow spicey grapefruit taste followed by a bitter finish which added a little character to the beer.
Overall i was expecting a bit more flavour but it was an okay IPA. I will let it warm up a bit and then maybe i'll get a bit more out of this.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

well balanced and drinkable IPA. Bittering and aroma hops are well balanced, pine and floral nose dominate with malt being overpowered by alcohol and dry hop character. Served from bottle and cold. Drinkable but quite heavy in body. Carbonation lighten the beer overall. Dry but not lasting bitter finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Had on tap at Sunset in a tuli- poured a clear golden/copper color with minimal head, very minimal retention, and some very nice streaky lacing.

Smells of piney hops. A little resiny.

Tastes great- not too bitter but bitter enough and a nice round hop flavor. Pale malt throughout along with a lot of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- not too carbonated but good enough with a light body. Very drinkable ipa- one of the better ones.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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