Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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7,641 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:
7,641
Reviews:
2,318
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,383
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,641 |  Reviews: 2,318
Photo of matcris
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A hazy almost burnt orange with a finger of white soapy head that settles down to a ring and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Orange is the biggest scent I get in the aroma, but lots of other fruit qualities like lemon, grapefruit, stone fruits, and tropical fruits, big time. A little of that dank weed vibe, as well. Just fantastic smelling, and the flavor isn't a let down either. Same deal. Really nice hop forward and without that astringent thing going on. The feel is medium body, juicy, dry, and there is a good full level of carbonation. I've seen this beer a few times in my travels but this is the first chance to have a fresh bottle. Really good stuff, here.

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanConPhilly
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mitch3114
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet floral aroma. Smooth tasty IPA. Dances around on the tongue. Gooooooord.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanduke
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abbott
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ssato27
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FIN
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of adamvan44
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jimpyle48
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled from draft

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

Photo of SamuelD3
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Matthew315
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rsarenana021384
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy orange amber in color, the pour builds up massive silky white head that holds strong will to stand with excellent retention. It just slowly dissipates to an eternal frothy layer atop along with several refined lacing ring, patch, and spot along the way down. There are sediments floating around.

Very fresh, juicy, yet fruity aroma by its hoppy goodness, I am reminded of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, kaffir lime, pine, resin, floral, spice, and slight earthy. Yes, it is truly hop bombardment. Malt is there too in the back end with a biscuit character to slight caramel.

Very well balance, hop still prevails but it is not too harsh while biscuit and caramel malt try to bring in sweetness and creaminess to reinforce as supporting. All the hop characters in the aroma also reflect in the taste together with steady bitterness at the end of the sip that also nicely lingers in the aftertaste.

The body is full with smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation generated some crisp and refreshing feel upon the palate, pleasantly dry finish that will lead you to another quick quaff.

Great IPA indeed, all the characters, they harmoniously exhibit in great order. Alcohol is very well concealed making it equipped with evil quaffing quality. This one is surely a must, the quintessential of AIPA.

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Photo of mthomp081
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,641 ratings.
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