Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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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: 7,781 |  Reviews: 2,354
Photo of msarver16
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

A- Golden orange, a bit hazey with a decent white head, and leaves plenty of lacing

S- pine, citrus, bubble gummy

T- Grape-fruit, bubble gum, pine, very hoppy and fresh tasting, with a nice malty balance

M- Medium body, high carbonation, can feel the hop oils. Only complaint is that taste does not stay with you for long

O- I really appreciate how readily available this beer is, and how little it costs for the quality. The only thing that I would change is that I would have it have a bit more body, and be a bit chewyier, but overall, and excellent beer.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

On-tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear golden with one finger white head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A lot of citrus hops a little pine and sweet malt.

T - Follows the smell, great hop balance with a nice initial sweetness with a great dry bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic IPA!

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Photo of Bob320
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of musicsherlock
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of brnavarra
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of timbre
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Bottle to oversize wine goblet during Super Bowl 46.

A: Glowing golden, slightly opaque with small eggshell head

S: Tons of juicy sweet citrus hops. A very inviting and mouthwatering aroma has me anxious to dive into another one of these.l

T: Juicy fruit gum, orange and pink grapefruit, caramel malts, some earthy pine bitterness. Hop forward, but with enough malt backbone to balance things out in the end.

M: Full bodied but not sticky, significant hop bitterness on finish.

O: This is a top notch, highly drinkable and well put together IPA. I never have a problem going back to this one whenever we get it in stock here in western WI.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Smell is all about the hops: grassy, herbal, earthy, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is mainly of grassy and herbal hops with a malt backbone to support everything. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA but it features a hop profile that I am not all that crazy about.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice light orange color. It is a little but cloudy. The color is not very deep though.

S: The smell is nicely balanced. Up front are some nice piney hops, maybe a little bit of citrus like orange, which is followed up by some nutty, roasty malt.

T: The hops are right up front, which goes down slightly bitter, but still delicious, Mixed in nicely are those roasted malt characters.

M: It's almost dry from the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation is perfect for the style.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,781 ratings