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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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 1/27/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with sporadic bubbles from the carbonation headed towards the top of the glass. Head poured about one inch in size and looked thin. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Piney hops stick out with some more subtle citrus notes.

Taste: Medium hop character hits the palate initially, with piney flavor to them. After that, the beer is immediately balanced by a sweetness that has some grapefruit flavor to it and a mild hop bitterness lingers as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium mouthfeel with average carbonation for this style. No detection of alcohol.

Overall: A very good example of the style that is what one expects from an IPA. Drinkability makes me think this could be a "gateway" beer for those that haven't had much exposure to IPAs.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bomber bottle to pint glass.

A - Beer pours a perfectly clear golden color with a 1 finger white head that slowly faded to a think silk layer which lasted the glass.

S - Gentle aroma of a variety of floral, citrus, and piney hops. A slight sweetness is detectable but not much.

T - Taste starts out with some caramel sweetness which quickly transitions to a grassy piney hop flavor. The medium bitterness immediately follows. The beer finishes with a mellow sweetness and mild hop character.

M - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and approachable beer.

Overall, this is a pretty solid representative for the style. Perhaps a good beer to introduce the style even. Not my favorite but really good. I would recommend without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-22-2011 21:17:32

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a crystal-clear amber topped by a full billowy head. Lots of lacing left behind too - a gorgeous beer. Citrus scents of mango and maybe some orange are very pleasing to the nose. Taste is all hops - juicy and bitter. Mostly citrus flavor, although pine and floral tastes are noticeable. Mouthfeel is the one weak area of this beer - it's a bit thin. A solidly good and enjoyable IPA.

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a tall pint glass

A- Head quickly disappears and lingers as big white bubbles. A beautiful cloudy marigold/ straw brew. Many many many small bubbles move up through the brew constantly, adding to the cloudiness.

S- Very citrusy but light.

T- Nice mellow hops come on mellow and finish with extra bitterness. The alcohol is covered very well; even the lingering aftertaste is only hop bitterness, not booze. The complexity isn't appreciated until the beer warms a bit, and after sips. The subtleties of the beer are masterful- dried grass, straw. Not overly fruity or citrusy like many IPAs.

M- Malt bill is great. Racer 5 is easy to drink, and even refreshing, but deceptively so.:it finishes quite dry and is great in big sips.

O- Wonderful straightforward non-extreme IPA. Good for someone who loves hops but not sweetness. 7% ABV; just barely sessionable. It's the third BR beer i've tried after Hop Rod Rye and Red Rocket. All three were awesome and I will certainly be on the lookout for any new BR in Michigan.

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