Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,678 Ratings
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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Not sure how fresh it was so will rate it as is.

Pour is a darker straw colour with a very small head which goes very fast.

Aroma is light citrus notes along with a hint of toffee & honey into the mix.

Taste was those toffee & honey notes followed by the bitterness.

Overall a very nice beer, not sure about the freshness but i enjoyed this beer as it was differant to other ipa's which is a good thing for me. If i could get again i would.

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

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is straw/light yellow. Head is off white, 1 in., dissipates to line the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/light lacing.

S: Hops come off moderately. Slight floral and honey notes.

T: Hop is complimented by a slight carmel maltiness. This flavor washes over entire initial palate. A bright hoppiness hits the outsides of the secondary palate, while a nice bitterness is present in the middle. Aftertaste is slightly malty, with hops resting on the entire perimeter of the palate. At 7% ABV, the alcohol is hardly noticable.

M: Hops blend nicely with malt and carbonation to creat a mf that is both agressive and mellow. Hops give a slightly cumulative effect, enhancing mf throughout consumption.

O: Quite a pleasure to drink. This beer is both hop forward and subtle and balanced all at the same time. The nuances of this beer are what makes it great. Excellent beer.

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

A-pale golden yellow color with decent white head with good lacing

S-floral and citrus notes with some hints of bitterness

T-citrus and nice floral flavors with good hop finish

F-medium body with good balance and moderate carbonation

O-an excellent IPA with good balance and nice flavor

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,678 ratings.
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