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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Giant citrus hops straight off. They really dominate. Mild esters. Malt is nearly undetectable.

Appearance: Gently hazy amber-gold. About a half-inch of creamy head departs casually and sticks to the glass.

Taste: Lots of it. A little bit of toffee at first, then hops. Fruity and light like berries at the front, then dark, dank, bitter grass down the back and sides. A little grainy like whole-wheat bread.

Overal: A perfect beer for a hophead. The grapefruit bitterness lingers especially well.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber bottle into the The Queens pint glass. Bought at Binnys.

Cloudy light copper haze with 2 finger head, noticeable yeast present from bottle conditioning. Been wanting to try beer republic.

Aroma, smells big upfront like Magnum or warrior type of hops. Sweet caramel and bready malt. Not as centennial as the Michigan beers. Floral slight citrus. Aroma is more subtle, a bit refined, not as pungent but I love the hops used.

Taste is very piney, also with citrus but not as big upfront. Instead the hop flavor is more lasting on the backend. I can taste centennial or cascade? A bit syrupy with Carmel. It's very balanced with malt and hops.

Mouth feel is smooth, soft but can use more carbonation. Very easy to drink and goes down very easy for its 7% Abv. Bottle conditioning ?

Great beer, very soft and easy to drink, elegant like and less pungent. I really enjoyed it but I am more taken by the Michigan and 3 Floyds style that hits harder with aroma and hops taste. I think the bottle conditioning mellowed and subtle the edges on this beer and it works. I reccommend trying it.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at my table nicely poured into a Founders pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber with a slight haze. There was a full finger of good looking head. The head settled to a dusting. There was nice lacing down the pint.

S) Nice fresh pine and citrus fruits.

T) A good malt/hop balance. There is a little fresh squeezed OJ flavor, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness evens out really well with the other flavors present.

M) A medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth drinker with a clean finish. Nice aftertaste.

O) Well done.... This is a fine IPA. I would gladly recommend. I hope it tastes this good out of the bottle, because I will likely be looking to buy a six pack.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Write review on 8/17/16 (previous rating was 3.56):

Appearance - Orange murky with 1 finger head.

Smell - Very pleasant citrus hop presence. Love that smell.

Taste - West coast all the way. Piney, chewy and moderate/heavy bitter. Lots of hops frying the palette in this one. Nice malty mouthfeel as well. hops.

Overall - For a west coast style IPA, this beer is spot on, and I can understand the praise for this being very true to style and well crafted. Just not quite the IPA style I generally like but its a nice change of pace. I modified my rating from 5 years ago as I supposed my palette is now fully accustomed to all the IPAs out there and I now know the various styles, hop flavors and such.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,738 ratings
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