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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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7,727 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
Ranking:
#1,129
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,727
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
353
Gots:
1,427
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 7,727 |  Reviews: 2,342
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tswater
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of keithmurray
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Beer pours a light golden color, straw coloured head that lingered

aroma is of hops, pine and citrus

taste is bitter hops up front, with a follow up of citrus flavor (grapefruit/lemon)

mouthfeel is average, mildly carbonated, fairly easy to drink this

drinkability - could definetly drink this for a bit

I'm just starting to get an appreciation for the Pale ales, APA's/IPA's and DIPA'S. I feel like I got a good start with this entry, a reasonably priced bomber (~4.50) and a beer with good flavor.

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Photo of luke12345
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured a meager 1/4" white head. Attractive hazy apricot orange and yellow in color. Smell and taste are both fairly mild but sweet and fruity. This is a much easier drinking IPA than so many of the other craft beers, but then again it doesn't have nearly the hoppy punch that real hopheads crave. Good but not outstanding. And might I add just one pint of this gave me quite a headache the next morning.

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Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of those quintessential west coast style IPAs that help put the California craft scene on the map. In today's world, it's still an excellent beer but it doesn't really do anything extraordinary or even better than any of the host of other classic IPAs from CA and Oregon, among others.

It has all the tropical fruit notes you're going to expect in the aroma category. In addition, it has some oniony dank alium character which was all the rage for a few years back in the day but is now somewhat quaint. Worth trying, especially on draft, but I'm not going out of my way to procure a six pack.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours orange with a bright white head. Proper IPA appearance.

S: Grapefruit and citrus are strong with this one. There is a tad of pine and dryness, but its mostly the citrusy hops.

T: Yup, follows the nose. Suprising; this is much more a no-coast IPA than a dank, west-coast. A bit of sweetness in the back rounds out the finish.

D: Alcohol well hidden and flavours are nicely balanced, no complaints here.

Overall: I liked it! It was definitely out-of-style for an old school CA brewery (especially with the hop bomb that is Hop Rod Rye), but it is a first cousin of beers like Two Hearted. Solid IPA.

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Photo of WiggyKGB
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Photo of AlexChillton
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet (3 pours). This beer pours a cloudy amber orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves hints of lacing as the head recedes. The aroma is spot on for a West Coast IPA. Big citrus notes with orange and grapefruit with just a hint of its malt backbone. The taste is much the same with citrusy hops dominating every other flavor, even living a biting bitterness coating your mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated but still very resiney. This is a great IPA that I will definitely be seeking out again now that Bear Republic has found its way to Kansas liquor stores.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer as part of a flight of samples at the Healdsburg, California restaurant. From tap and in 3oz sample glasses.

A-yellow body with a nice foamy white head

S-citrus hop smell in the front

T-piney, citrus rind and some nice sweet malt in the front before the hops onslaught

M-medium

D-The definative American IPA. Just a well crafted beer and great on tap when you can find it.

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Photo of weezarc
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Very orange in color, looks kind of like a Blue Moon. Good carbonation. 1 finger's worth of foam.

Smell - Very citrusy, but I couldn't make out any other distinct aromas.

Taste - Typical IPA taste, very hopy, but with a good balance, probably from the citrus taste. It really hits the top front of the palate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light, not too creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty good beer in general, maybe a little too IPA for me though. But a worthy beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Unchi
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Photo of Oakhtar
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bsm80x
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one over the summer at Redbones, and I gotta say that I wasn't exactly impressed with it. Everything deserves a second chance though right? So anyway, this one pours a sort of plain amber color. What made it really pleasing is that the head sticks to the glass like crazy, along with the just barely visible sediment floating here and there. Smell at first seemed slightly metallic, then with another whiff, gave way to some citrusy aromas, really juicy smell. The citrus is accompanied in the taste by a literal attack of hops on the palate. These are some really aggressive hops, that never quite seem to end. The initial citrusy presence seems to end with a more earth based ending. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Drinkability is great, but i guess thats assuming that you really like hops, cause this one definitely has them. Im really glad I gave this beer a second chance. I think i will get it again folks.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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