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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very thick, frothy head. Very small amount of carbonation.

Smell is different. And lacking hops. Smells oily, soapy, and metallic.

Finally, hops. Nowhere near what I want. Hop oils are dominant, with a very slick soapy feeling taking over. It's like a jumbled mess of an IPA. I finally get why twaddlac hated this thing. The aroma hops are AWOL. Light body.

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

A: Pours out a golden yellow to amber coloring with some frothy head that disappears quickly
S: Citrusy hops aroma, not too overpowering
T: Right up front there is a hit of citrus, grapefruit, some orange peel with a somewhat malty background and a light sweetness.
M: Not too heavy, very easy drinking, also has a distinctive crispness to the whole beer.
O: An excellent example of the west coast IPA...definite up front hops with a light malty, sweet background...very easy to down a few and definitely a go-to IPA that is not overly difficult to find

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

Purchased locally from bottle shop ($9.99/6). Bottle dated 11/2/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Mostly clear with some cloudiness from some suspended yeast particles; gold/amber; 1+" off-white head that settles rather quickly and leaves little trace of lacing; steady effervescence.

S: Fresh, clean grapefruit and lemon, sweet malts; some floral and whisp of pine.

T: Citrus fruit arrives first; sweet malt, along with low, steady level of bitterness that finishes somewhat dry; alcohol is well masked.

M: Light-to-medium carbonation, medium body; crisp; very slight warming.

O: Both complex and extremely well balanced; refreshing and very easy to drink. Reminiscent of Founders Two Hearted Ale.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,780 ratings