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RATINGS: 2621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This hoppy American IPA is a full bodied beer brewed American pale and crystalmalts, and heavily hopped with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. Theres 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

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3704) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
22 oz bottle (2916FF) from bitbucket. Thanks again Bob! -- Bear Republic Racer 5 looks very much like the XP Pale Ale: Clear golden orange color with lively carbonation. It has a large, foamy, ivory-colored head that has good retention and zigzag lacing effects. A fresh grapefruit/sweet clementine hop aroma bursts from the glass. The base of this beer is a little more substaintial with some caramelized maltiness. The bitterness is moderate and not over the top. The great citrus and pine flavors of the hops are showcased nicely. The finish is slightly sweet and is a blend of malt, weak alcohol, pine and resin. The bitterness become slightly more agressive through the finish, but still well constrained (meaning its there, but it is well blended with the other flavors and doesnt overwhelm). Overall the flavor is quite well balanced and the 7% alcohol isnt really noticeable (what little does come out in the finish actually enhances the overall flavor and experience). This beer has a medium body and is also smooth on the palate. It also feels almost creamy in the mouth as well. Either way, this beer is going down faster than the Bear Republic XP Pale Ale! Overall I guess that this is very much like the XP Pale Ale, but more intense... I am quite impressed with the Bear Republic brews so far, but I lament that I cant buy any of them in Ohio! This is eXePtionally good beer for the low price (less than $4 a bomber)!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2012 22 oz bottle conditioned bomber purchased from Holiday Wine Celler in Escondido, CA back in Oct. 06. Mostly cold storage since. I figured it was time to go ahead and drink this puppy.

Poured clear copper with thin off white to tan head. I noticed some sediment floating around in the beer left in the bottle. Goodies for the next pour. The aroma is on the light side with sweet maltiness but mostly smoothened out citrus and pine hops. I also smell a bit of yeast spiciness. The taste starts off with solid pine hop flavor that blends into pine hop bitterness. Then midway the flavor is a mix of orange peel and sweet caramel malts to create a really nice flavor note. The taste wraps up in an increasing level of complexity with sweet and bitter pine hoppiness and pale to caramel maltiness. Smooth finish. Nice IPA that I soaked up like a sponge.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a deep honeyish orange with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice lacing. Theres also some visible floaties. The aroma is beautiful. Thick and chewy in every direction. Huge resins of flowery hops, minty suggestions, candyish malts and rye bread. The flavor is just as amazing as the aroma. Huge hops (I picked up on what I though was Amarillo), minty flavors, tangerine, zesty spicyness, hint of peppery alcohol, blood oranges, piney with a solid chewy rype bread background. The finish is long, grapefruit-like and bitter. This is a top IPA, with great complex qualities. Bear Republic always has an amazing malt depth to their beers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007 does not count
Great bif hopy flavor and aroma. The combo of columbus and cascade hops really take this one to another level.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Grassy aroma and flavor, clean, and a lasting bitter finish. Lots of bitter apiricot and pine flavor. [compared next to Port Brewing Wipeout IPA] Im still a bit caveman in my ability to distinguish tastes, but the Racer 5 tastes more piney to me; the Wipeout I think has a kiss of peach. Tough call, but I think right now I like the Wipeout a touch more. [tasted next to a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA] The Ballast point is syrupy; the Bear Republic is a cleaner taste so you notice the bite more. Both excellent depending on what youre looking for. [compared with Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio] The Racer 5 has more red color, the Ugly Radio more gold. Racer 5 is more fragrant--lots of grass. The Ugly Radio is way more malt, and basically a jumble of flavors. The Racer 5 is nice clean grass, and so much better at home than in a bar (bars serve it too cold). I prefer the Racer 5. [Tasted next to an Avery IPA] The Racer 5 is way more bitter, way more grapefruit, and--in my opinion, a better West Coast IPA. That said, the Avery is better than most IPAs and---depending on what youd like--may be preferable. [Tasted next to a Stone India Pale Ale] The Racer is more red color; more apiricot and pine flavor; and more bitter. The Stone is much sweeter, smoother, and lemony-peach.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Cloudy yellow rust pour with thin white head, lots of yeast present still in the bomber. Floral aroma with some hops and orange-citrus. Sweet citrus taste with nice even slightly bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6208) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by fresh C-hops and can be best describe as chewing on a grapefruit. This is truly the most grapefruit I have experience in an IPA. While this is a very interesting beer, it is also a one-dimensional beer lacking complexity IMO.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
22 oz bottle. Clear amber color with white head. Hoppy aroma and taste with bitter after taste. These is an average IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 pours a dark orange gold with a one finger off white head and some sediment. aroma is a nice hops with oranges. is light to medium body with some lacing. flavor is nice hops with orange peel and pine a little carbonation on the tongue as well. very nice ipa i like it a must try! very nice for the price too at $4.50 a bomber. i would have rated it higher if there was a little more lacing, head that lasted longer, and just a touch more malt. but very good overall! aroma does get stronger as it warms so i went from a 7 to an 8. a little more cloudy and more sediment on the second glass of the bomber which was cool. little sweet orange as it warms as well. again a very nice ipa!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2006
On Tap at Landmark. Golden amber color. Smell of wonderful hops, flowers, pine, caramel, roasted malt, sugar, citrus and orange peal. Taste is fantastic! Taste of hops, malt, citrus, rye, hints of pine, flowers and a rich bitterness at the end. I love this on tap.


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