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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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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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1/5  rDev -76.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  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  rDev -4.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an apple cider amber, a tad on the lighter side. A thin head off the pour that fades to leave only a halo. Some moderate IPA lacing. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Bright citrus hops; lemon, orange and a dash of grapefuit. Very floral, which hints at a more pronounced sweetness.

T: Piney (not much citrus) hop uppercut (hoppercut) bats lead, but are quickly toned down by a floral center and some subtle malts, but then the hoppercut rages again on in the linger.

M: Great mouthfeel. Well balanced--not too syrupy, but it lets you know it's there. This is why this is on tap at most fine (and not so fine) NorCal establishments--it's tasty and very drinkable, but be careful, bc it is still 7%. Has a dry fresh hop finish.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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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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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this flavorful and drinkable IPA.

The beer has a nice honey color and pure white head that fades quickly to lace on your glass. The nose doesn't bowl you over with only a bit of hops and a bit of sweet malt, but the overall balance of the beer is outstanding. The complex hop bitterness is balanced by a strong malt backbone.

Racer 5 is like a good taco it's simple and complex and delicious and I could have 3 or 4 a day.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,768 ratings