Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
7,692
Reviews:
2,331
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,403
For Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of joecast
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy, bright, orange/gold in color with minimal head. having only a 12oz. glass i had to pour the beer out a couple of times. while pouring the last bit out of the bottle (which was a bit warmer) a stable 1 finger head was able to form.

with a bit of a swirl of the glass, the aromas come through. similair to cascade (which is the only hop i can pick atm), but spicier. strong presence of pepper, and some apple.

first few sips give a fresh cut hop bitterness right at the start making the "well hopped" on the label a real understatement. as the temp comes up a bit, the contribution to flavor from the hops really shows well. any input from the malt must have been overshadowed by the hops, or they at least had me distracted. not so much in a bad way, as this is unashamedly a beer for hopheads. but at the same time it never seemed too overpowering or unbalanced.

a bit low in drinkablity only in that it would take a bit of work for me to get through more than one or two if my arm was twisted.

as my sister said "not as bad as stone old guardian". i thought the opposite.

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Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is definitely a strong pine resin smell...there is a sweet malt background there as well, but this definitely is a hoppy aroma.

Again, the initial taste is of piney, hoppy goodness which isn't a surprise considering the nose. There's a spicy, biscuit malt that appears in the middle with a medium-small intensity that makes itself known but certainly takes a backseat. Along with it, there's a small sweet, caramel presence as well. This is washed away by a pretty strong pine resin bitterness that prevails through the finish and allows it to end on a rather bitter note.

Pretty good IPA here. I like that there's some balance to it, but there isn't any mistake that it's a pretty hoppy one as well. I was in the mood for a more hop forward IPA, and this fit the bill.

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3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep honey in color with an off white head. Nose is heavy with hops and the taste does not disappoint. The hops are thick and I love it. Best beer I've had in California so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pale Orange, smell is earthy fruits, citrus pulp, stone fruit, pleasant. Taste is also fruit, nothing stands out. Very well balanced moderate bitterness

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Dull orange due to a slight hop haze. One finger off white head. Lacing is sticky.
S: Outstanding Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Touch of sweetness.
T: Great bitterness from start to finish. Touch of sweetness. Citrus and a little pine.
M: Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.
D: Lingering bitterness makes make me wana go for another drink.

Very good IPA. Big Citrus which I love.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes:

Eye: Great head sixe and retention. Color is off white, tannish tones in there. Color of the beer itself is orangy-amber with yellow hints, very clear and alive with carbonation. One good looking IPA. How come beers at bars don't look this good? Well I think its the sanitizer, though I don't see any lacing here.

Nose: Very nice, citrus flower aroma right up front. This is what I want from an IPA. Glorious, Glorious hops. There is some malt to support, but it can't discern what its attributes are. I just know that there is a a smell behind the hops(that doesn't belong to hops or yeast)that supports them. Just great with the hops, overall..wonderful.

Tongue: Bitterness hits the palate first then a wave of hp flavors-citrus, floral, and some fruit. Like the aroma the malt flavor isn't too pronounced, but its there to support and give substance to the hops, which make up the rest of the beverage. Finish is bitter and tastes of citrus hops. Its interesting to note how the citrus flavor of the hops mix with the sweet malt to create a real unique sweet(not in terms of palate) flavor profile found here.e

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one I'll buy again, what a great IPA. Goes down smooth and the higher level of alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Carbonation at first seemed a bit high and too prickley, but is actually quite fitting given the characteristics for the rest of the beer. This is one tot try, get out there and find it. I'll most likely be getting this again, most likely when I'm in the mood for a good IPA. One of the better IPAs I've drank.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,692 ratings.
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