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: 7,782 |  Reviews: 2,354
Photo of coldriver
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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Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of intensify
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%

Photo of BeerCentralWA
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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Photo of DrBwser
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled recently as my local store got a fresh case a couple weeks ago. Pours slightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pine, grapefruit, herbal, lemon, caramel, and toasted bread. Very nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, herbal, pine, light caramel, honey, spiciness, and toasted biscuit. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, herbal, citrus, and honey on the finish for a bit. Great balance of sweetness and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 7%, with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent IPA offering. Great balance, hop flavor, and smooth drinking. At 6 bucks a bomber I really have no complaints.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of grannaniwa
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of spicy, sticky hops. Straight-forward American IPA profile. First taste is deep, earthy, pungent hops. Almost syrupy on the mouthfeel. A little bit of thin sweetness on the backend, and then the aftertaste is hardly hoppy at all compared to the nose and sipping flavor.

Well-made, but comes off as one-dimensional to my tastes.

“This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystal malts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial.”

Overall: B

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BeRanger
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a Darkhorse Pint glass.

A: Pours a golden color with about one finger of white head. A little bit of lacing and spotting.

S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, caramel slight smell of malts and pine.

T: Very smooth taste, citrus flavors up front with a creamy sweet finish. No real pine or hop flavors pull through. Very well balanced.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable Pale Ale - has a ton of drinkability and very affordable. This is my first beer from Bear Republic, so the bar is now set high. I'll certainly be picking up more of these for casual drinking.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,782 ratings