Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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:
#1,128
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,727
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,426
Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright golden-amber color.
s - floral hops hit me at first but they become more citrusy as it warms. their is a hint of caramel underneath.
t - big citrusy hops with some spice and biscuity malts in there. a lot of this flavor reminds of a white wine, very grapelike.
m - medium thickness, very nice.
o - great AIPA from a stellar brewery.

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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  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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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  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%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this beer, been hearing about it forever.

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Nice golden orange color, very pungent hoppy smell.. always a good sign. Nice and bitter and the hops are definitely upfront, but manages to stay well balanced and makes for a smooth beer that's dangerously drinkable. A very good IPA and worthy trying for sure.

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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%

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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date that I can see.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear copper colour. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice balance between citrus and malt. A slight touch of alcohol.

T: Nice blend of citrus and pine. A touch of malt. Linger piney hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and prickly on the tongue. Nice dryness in the finish. Not too dry though.

Overall this a great representation of an American IPA. Nice overall hop character and well balanced as well.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a sam adams perfect pint glass. have heard good things about this brew, so I was excited to try this one.

a- typical golden yellow/apple juice color for an ipa with a big frothy white head. slightly light in color, but otherwise pretty typical for the style

s- tropical fruits and some bitter pine. definately some sweetness with a bit of malt backbone

t- follows the nose pretty well. tangy pineapple sweetness, then some nice bitter hop resin. whats this? a bit of malt backbone from a cali IPA...i like it.

m- carbonation is typical for the style. finish is nice. very drinkable. if I could get it all the time, I think i would make it a typical session beer.

overall, a very tasty and surprisingly balanced california IPA. 6-pack for $10 isnt too bad, but dont know if it beats two hearted out in terms of value, but still a very good american ipa.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,727 ratings
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