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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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7,717 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,116
Reviews:
2,340
Ratings:
7,717
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
352
Gots:
1,423
Trade:
8
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,717 |  Reviews: 2,340
Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I thought I reviewed this years ago.
One of the best IPAs out there.
Huge white head and tons of lacing caked-on the glass.
Tasty light corn-like malts and light zesty citrus from unfiltered California goodness all living in a bottle. Finish is superb. Dry but perfectly so.
This went down the best one year straight from the bottle, in cold weather on the lake going for striped bass. It'll always be a go-to for that reason. Not long ago the brewery yanked itself from TX due to their state's critical drought, but I've seen it appear as of lately so it seems all is good again for when I need a highly-drinkable world class IPA.

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Photo of Jubes07
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyForeign
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L -- Slightly hazed copper-hued body with a two-finger off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Good retention and lacing.
S -- Fruity citrus, grass, earth, pine
T -- Orange rind and dank pine upfront, followed by a mild malty sweetness, earthiness, and a phenolic finish
F -- Nice and smooth for the ABV. Medium+ carb. Refreshing
O -- Not quite as extraordinary as I was hoping after trying their Racer 15 DIPA fairly recently. I wish they would put the bottling dates on their bottles and not a best before...

69/100

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Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe it's old...no date on bottle I can find. Hence the issue faced by many brewers; how to get your product out there while maintaining drinkability! That being said...based on this example, there are much better examples of So.Cal IPA out there IMHO.

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Photo of DirkNachbar
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the best californian ones, a bit strong but good

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Photo of Eddie729
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a pint glass.

Murky gold-tinted orange, grand, foamy head and lacing.

Piercing citrus-pine scent, followed by a second malty wave.

Taste follows the nose, the creamy herbal malt subdues the piercing pine aspect. Subtle grapefruit, ending with moderate carbonation. To me, only slightly bitter.

For a 7.5% it went rather swift and smooth. No surprises, no complaints.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ShawnL
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rangerred
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jsbirnba
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MKrauss
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGoodStout
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bitter, citrus, dry. One of the beers that kicked off my IPA-obsession. Having this on tap in Boston was like a sipping ambrosia straight from the heavens. Bright citrus with a smooth bitterness and a dry finish - the template for an awesome West Coast IPA. Amber pour with a soft head that sticks around for a couple minutes. Aroma of orange peel, grapefruit and pine (the 1-2-3 classic combo). Taste orange, grapefruit pith, pine, toasted malt with an herbal tea kicker. Nice lingering bitterness cleans out the sip. A gold standard for the West Coast IPA that has remained true while my (and many others') palate has changed after prolonged beatings from IPA after IPA, like waves eroding a beach. Doesn't change what the beer brings to the table.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,717 ratings
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