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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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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:
#1,129
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,728
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,427
Trade:
8
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Photo of TPiwaron
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass goblet. Clear, deep golden color, with a thick white head that left loads of sticky lacing as it settled to a thin ring. Light caramel up front on the aroma, with pine resin and citrus notes. Similar flavor profile, with slight malt sweetness providing structure for the piney and resiny hops. Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel, lots of bitterness lingering on the tongue. My sample may have been slightly past its prime, but still solid and highly drinkable.

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Photo of valence
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of juablu
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkblr
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 4/3/18 (almost impossible to read cold-etched in glass near the bottom of bottle) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours just slightly hazy and golden in color. The head is off white and leaves abundant lacing on its way to a firm 1/4" cap. Aroma is fairly big with grapefruit and caramel mixed equally. The taste is semisweet caramel up front with citrus and pine playing in. The finish is crisp and drying with a nice bitter exclamation point. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and a little chalky(in a pleasant way). Overall, excellent. Really glad I had the opportunity to pick this up fresh and on the shelf. Perfect balance of hops and caramel malt. Recommended.

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Photo of Paradox1000
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by how good this IPA was.

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Photo of Shantto
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nasharm
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Claefalcon
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Hazy golden, thick two finger off-white head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Citrus hop smell which kept the whole way. More noticable malt smell at the end.
T - A "heavy" IPA, kind of like a DIPA. A bit bready.
F - Medium to full mouthfeel. Semi-dry aftertaste.
O - A pretty big beer for an IPA. Packs a good punch.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle (stamp illegible) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange. Billowing head of bubbly white foam with sticky rings of lace.

Smell: Light, citrus aroma with herbal hops and grainy malt.

Taste: The lean biscuit malt body does its best to balance the bright, lemon citrus and pine hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with slightly oily, creamy feel and moderate yet soft carbonation.

Overall: Quintessential West Coast IPA - just enough malt body to support a refreshing burst of pine and citrus hop.

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Photo of DoneGoofed
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lost_sailor
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hashiru
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msp88
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best By 02/21/2018 (stencilled into the bottom of bottle)
Poured in a chilled tulip
Tangerine-gold. Great foamy head
Lacing.
Taste is bready, sticky, a little dry, not boozy, and clean.
Very, very good IPA.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of srubin1392
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of northwestdr
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A hazy golden color, with an orange tinge. Thick, foamy, lasting head and above-average carbonation. Very refreshing beer which hits the spot. Ample hop character, yet not particularly bitter. Smoother than expected for the relatively high alcohol concentration. Well-balanced barley malt. One of the better IPAs.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,728 ratings
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