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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#1,129
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,728
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,427
Trade:
8
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Photo of peensteen
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Five Napkin Burger Hells Kitchen

Orangey-amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, dense and lots of lace. Smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit, mange, tangerine, lots of citrus, some malt backbone, subtle notes of pine as well here. Taste is all citrus and fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, tons of bitter hop, light sweet malts keep this from crossing the line of being over the top hoppy, light pine in the finish but gets overtaken by clean smooth citrus. Light-med carbonation, incredibly oily, medium body, slick all over the palate. This might be the best IPA I have ever had, if its not the best it has to be like top 2 anyway, no doubt about it I will drink this again and frequently.

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Photo of Acforster2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jpd026
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jcomp21
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing IPA. Makes me smile.

A- Great pillowy white head... like a creamy cloud. The beer is a nice golden amber hue, clear as a bell with nice tiny bubbles bubbling up from the bottom.

S- Pinaeapple and Mango... the sweet citrus fruits, and just a bitttt of pine.

T- More pine in the taste but very balanced malt character with the pineapple hop character. As it warms you get a bit more buiscut flavor and the pine comes out more.

M- Very smooth and creamy on the front end and dries up quickly on the back of the tongue beckoning you back for more!

Overall, love this beer in my top 3 IPA's for sure.

see you on the next one.

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Photo of dinojrbtom
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Edgewater
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BJasny
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Dave1999
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came a cloudy yellow with a thin white head, typical IPA look.

Smelled of grapefruits and hops not over powering but good.

Taste was that of one of the best IPA's I have tried. It had the hops and malts just tasted really great and really well balanced.

The mouth feel was very smooth with a little carbonation.

This is one great iIPA, it does all the standard IPA things just extremely well. This has to be one of my favourite IPA's.

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Photo of GNWBC
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the few IPA's i will actually drink,

P: pours a hazy gold with a nice 1.5 fingers of head

S: pine hops, sweet citrus, and a light hit of malt.

T: pine hops, sweet carmel, some bitter orange rind. very tastey.

M: goes down very smooth, but leaves hop resin on the roof of ur mouth.

O: one of a few IPA's i actually enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nate714
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.
A: cloudy coppery gold. some resin.nice white head.
S: slight hopps and earth. very nice.
T: hoppy and citrusy. very light pine.
M: a full feeling. good carb and very smooth.
O: a great find. a better ipa. as an ipa lover id say this is a go to ipa for anyone new to ipa's.

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Photo of bstave
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (bottled 12-06-11) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Hazy golden with off-white two finger head and decent lacing. Right for the style.

S- Smell is pungent grapefruit, pine and Bazooka Joe bubble gum

T- Taste is big citrus and pine hops with that Bazooka Joe bubble gum. Hop forward, but balanced near the end. Good!

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Prefer it to be a bit more viscous.

O- I have had this beer many times, even at the brewpub in Healdsburg. One of my favorite go to IPAs. However, the recent price hike at my local store may keep me from picking this up in the future. Looking forward to visiting the brewpub again though.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,728 ratings
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