Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
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7,640 Ratings
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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
Ratings:
7,640
Reviews:
2,318
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
1,383
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,640 |  Reviews: 2,318
Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grizzarky
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of capehaze
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Member 'Kimchi' nails it on this most exquisite IPA! This beer's strong orange bouquet and taste is like no other IPA. If only it were less like a DIPA and more like a session IPA. Believe it or not --- I found this beer in southwestern Florida!

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

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

Terrific full bodied IPA. California made was the first sign to me that this was one to try. I will search out others from these folks based on my experience with this beverage.

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Photo of thomasarose
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mytu420
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JamesLeung
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RHF711
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcflorian
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DDrugg
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bought in Saugus MA, no date. Never heard of the beer or the brewery so went in blind. Now I think I might have gotten the best pick of the store.

Pours a ember-like hazy orange color with 2 finger soapy head that settles down quickly to a half finger. Truly impressive color.

Aroma is hoppy citrus and resin - strong but not overpowering - and a touch of pee which I do not appreciate.

Taste is hop forward but with a strong malt backbone too - nice combination that play well together. Moderately bitter with a strong resinous, almost dank, earthy taste that lingers well into the aftertaste and coats the tongue. That's the real treat of this beer.

Feel is crisp with a little stickiness

Overall this is a great beer obviously crafted to a fine degree. I feel fortunate to have found some way out on the right coast.

** For god's sake, don't drink this out-of-the-fridge cold! It needs to mellow to get the full flavor bloom, otherwise you are cheating yourself.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Vintage color & carbonation, big fluffy cap. Aroma has a tremendous amount of bubblegum (JuicyFruit) uptop with some flowering hop notes drifting underneath. Starts out pretty herbal with some hibiscus notes before the mid-palate brings a some piney hop punch - got lots of Chinook on it - before finishing out with some hop oil flavor. Sweet malt presence throughout helps keep it tempered. Finishes moderately bitter.

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Photo of beernooph
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmcquirk
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WickedBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2 fingers of head and tons of soapy lacing. mostly clear, yellow beer.

citrusy notes in the nose, but some pee there, too. lots of dank in the taste.

mouth is well carbonated. bitterness lingers, but not unpleasantly.

always worth grabbing some of these old timers.

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Photo of Categart
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,640 ratings.
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