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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a beautiful orange body with a two finger foamy head. The clarity is amazing.

Smell: Floral hops, sweet malts, and something that resembles pineapple is noticed right away. A citrus aroma is more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste: Sweet malts and bitter hops are balanced well but it does lack the complexity found in other IPAs. The hops are too subdued for an American IPA. The alcohol is hidden well.

Mouth feel: It feels soft and creamy with a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is more subdued than would be expected from the appearance.

Overall: A well balanced brew. Unfortunately, the smell is more complex than the taste. This beer is perfect if you want an IPA but not an all out hop bomb. Normally, an American style IPA should have a stronger hop bite. Otherwise, there are no complaints.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Golden yellow with small amounts of sediment. One finger head that quickly fizzes away.

S: Delicious citrus smells.

T: Piney upfront balanced with citrus and a hint of malt flavors.

M: Light carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Excellent drinkability. Refreshing and flavorful.

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

12 oz poured into a Duvel tulip

A- Hazy burnt orange, small head with little retention, a little lacing

S- Lots of citrus notes up front followed by a little biscuity malt. Mostly hops though.

T- Tastes as citrusy as it smells. Lots of hops with a bitter dry finish. Great taste.

M- Really coats the mouth in hoppy oils. Slick mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to back it up.

O- Great example of a west coast IPA. I could drink this everyday and it left me wanting another, too bad I got it as a single in a mixed 6 pack :(

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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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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,749 ratings