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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden with a very slight orange tinge and very little cloudiness, low carbonation, a finger of off white slight sandy beach tinge, fades to a foam that lingers.

S: Floral, fruity, caramel, pine, hot red pepper, black licorice.

T: White grape fruit with lots of pith, pine, caramel, licorce, hot red pepper, follows nose really well. The alcohol is well hidden, with a little burning presence of it on the back of the tongue.

M: Medium thick body, somewhat bready and syrupy, but smooth finnish, little bitter grapefruit pith linger, little carbonation but enough to smooth it out.

O: A delicious representation of this style. Reminds me a lot of a double IPA, perhaps due to its weight in body and taste and alcohol, but its not quite there at a double. Would go well with spicy food, or enjoyed as I am on a hot day in Kunming China.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original rating = 4.25

Bottle dated best by 02/01/2018 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours bright golden with 2 fingers of medium density eggshell white head that had great retention and left mixed lacing.

S: Pine forward with citrus in tow.

T: Follows the nose, but perhaps more balance of pine and citrus. Finishes with plenty of bitterness, subtly lingers on the palate.

F: Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly lively on the tongue from carbonation.

O: Great example of West Coast IPA, a classic for sure. Always a consideration for purchase when found fresh.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass after dinner, served at 45F.

A - Flat golden-blonde pour leaves almost nothing up top, looks lethargic and watery honestly. Lots of snowy unfiltered goodness though.

S - Mostly floral, some caramel sugar, a little hop pineyness.

T -Sweet honey citrus backed up by some hop bitterness.

M - Not at all unpleasant but pretty unremarkable. It just one of those.

O - Dialed back in every respect from my experiences in IPAs, I think that is exactly against the grain of West Coast IPAs in general. Not a fan. Heres one for people who say "I love IPAS, just dont like the hoppy tasting ones". What?

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,727 ratings
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