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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,834 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,834
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 246
Gots: 773 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with an orange hue; excellent lacing and a good head.

S: Lots of citrusy hops. For an IPA, lots of malt to intrigue what's coming to the palate.

T: Plenty of hops at the outset. A smooth, slightly caramel malt behind all the hops. A bready/biscuit flavor is there, but the hops certainly dominate.

M: Nice and creamy for an IPA. Goes down incredibly smooth.

D: Ask for another! This is one terrific IPA, and I can't wait to get out to CA to try more of Bear Republic's brews.

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My notes from last summer rear their ugly head. This will be my third different serving style of this beer! I do not think that even any of LNCBC's beers hold that distinction.

My server, to be named later, brought this to me with a finger of bone-white head with good retention, Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with pine-y hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a palate-cleansing hoppiness. Don't hold back! Finish was gaspingly bone-dry. More, please, Raquel!

Photo of KingJahfrey
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack at Round Rock Specs for 15.99...very nice price.

Easily one of the better IPAs on the market. Bear Republic has two of my favorite beers out there, this along with Hop Rod.

Looks a bit cloudier than most IPAs I've had, but a nice spotty lacing that lasts through the entire glass.

Fantastic piney, citrusy scent, not overly sweet...exactly what a fresh IPA should smell like. Let's you know what you're in store for.

Yum...piney goodness in a glass. Not just pine though...grapefruit, maybe some lemon...malt balance is not as pronounced...and I like that!

Absolutely drinkable, and very affordable. At 7% abv, packs a nice punch, but not too strong, but still quite easy to go through a few in a sitting.

If you're an IPA fan and have not tried this, do yourself a favor and pick some up.

Photo of mulder1010
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml poured into a red oak glass.

A-- almost a honey like color (yellowish orange). Very nice white head that left lacing after setteling. Moderatly carbonated

S-- Get the floral hops off the bat. Lemon, orange. A little bit of a sweet smell s well.

T-- Pow! Hops and more hops in first taste. Lively carbonation as well. Comes right after you.

M-- Letting it sit get the citrus afterwards. very hoppy but very nice in the ending. Cottonmouth is not as big as other IPA's. Goes to Citrus and sweetness at the end.

D-- Not bad. I am not a hop head and the first time I tried Racer 5 I struggled finishing it. 7% is barely there. Great beer but one is enough for me to do in a sitting. Good beer to build hop palate on

Photo of halo21
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this strong into my tulip glass; its a nice golden haze yellow to orange with a thin solid inch thick white cap that dissipated . Decent lacing on the way down with small active carbonation.

Smell: A whole bunch of hops coming at you in a number of ways; citrus - mostly lime and lemon rind - followed by a dose of alcohol.

Taste: Big hop flavor followed by a nice, mild toasty malt balance. This one brings a whole bunch of hops; the cascade coming through nicely to me. There is a nice toasty buscuit finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium creamy bodied with a drying finish.

Drinkability: High; potent but very smooth.

Notes: An amazingly good beer that lives up to its hype. A balanced hop bomb that is quite drinkable with perfect mouthfeel.

Photo of ryanmac06
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden hazy color that's very typical of west coast IPAs. Pored from a bottle into a pint glass and left about a finger of head. The head didn't last through the entire drink but that was fine with me.

S - This beer has a great smell. A strong citrus/hoppy smell hits first followed by light malt that balances the smell very well. In my opinion Racer 5's smell is slightly better than many of it's American IPA counterparts

T - This is one of the best tasting single IPA's I've ever had. It's perfectly balanced without being overly bitter and doesn't destroy my pallet. The smell and taste compliment each other making them almost dependent on each other.

M - Coats the mouth very well. No problems at all with the feel of the beer. The 7% alcohol is present but very well covered by the balance of malts so your pallet and mouth can handle more than a couple.

D - This can easily be a session brew. It's an easy to drink 7% beer that is a bit deceiving. I will keep coming back to this as a "go to" AIPA

Overall - Set's itself apart from many IPAs that I've had. The combination of smell and taste are the 2 attributes that distinguish this brew. This is a must have if you're an IPA fan.

Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. No info was given as to what type of hops were added to the cask. If I had to guess, I would say "TONS!"

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of sticky lacing down the glass.

S - I knew I had to get this one when I smelled it from across our table. HUGE pungent hop punch right off the bat with hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit. A tiny bit of sweet caramel malt comes thru but this one is really all about the hops.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front never really leaving the pallet. Light caramel malt and grapefruit acidity offer as much contrast as they can but this one is truly all about the hops. A bit dry in the finish with some lingering hop bitterness. The taste wasn't as good as the nose but I still really enjoyed this one. One of my all time favorites revved up a few extra notches.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel with a bit of dryness toward the end. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very good. I really like racer 5 quite a bit and this version was even better. A touch one dimensional with all those pungent hops but that really isn't a bad thing.

Photo of deepsouth
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer poured a golden color with a straw colored head that receded pretty quickly leaving scattered patches of thin head all around the top of the beer. WOW, this beer smells good. citrusy hops, grapefruit, lightly peppery fragrances dominate the nose. the citrusy hops EXPLODE in your mouth from jumpstreet, but leaves with just the right amount of sweetness to make you want to take another sip. this beer BEGS to be drank. fortunately, at 7% you can get a little reckless with them without paying high prices. not to mention, at under $5 a bomber, this things a steal. the mouthfeel is nice and suits this style beer and i could drink one after another until i passed out. another fine offering from bear republic, which has proven to me that they make all their beers very well.

Photo of Giovacchini
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- orange-ish/amber color with a thin white head.

S- hop aromas, citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, guava.

T- Nice hoppiness up front with a mild caramel maltiness. Citrusy hop flavors. Tropical fruitiness. Grapefruit.

M- this beer has a bitter dry mouthfeel with a mild booziness along with good carbonation.

O- I really like this beer and it's not to expensive. I live in Sonoma CA and I have a wide variety of local IPA's to choose from. My go to IPA's are RR's but I got to Racer 5 when I want more bang for my buck. This is a solid IPA and although it's not the best IPA there will always be a spot in my fridge for it.

Photo of JHamm
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice golden orange tone. clear but rich in appearance.

Smell- very fruity. huge smell of pineapple and citrus.

Taste- not as hoppy as other IPAs I've tried but really balances well with a rich malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- not too oily but leaves a nice coating in the mouth. citrus like flavor dominates with an undertone of floral hops

Drinkability- extremely smooth and pleasant. very well balanced.

Photo of freed
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 22oz with a cool label. The beer poored a beautiful copper color, which was a surprise for an IPA. The smell and taste are all IPA though. Great Citrus smell and flavor. Also, the maltiness isn't sublte, which I like. This is a big beer, though most of the bitterness is actually in the aroma. There isn't a strong bitter body to it, though i'm not sure what the IBU level is. I'll definately have this again.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shaebs99 for this 22 oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden under a pretty impressive white head. A great looking beer indeed.

S: Nice citrusy hops. Zesty grapefruit and oranges with a hint of lemon. Excellent candy-ish type character to it. Some piney elements as well. Just a really great hop aroma.

T: Good balance. Great citrus fruitiness up front ends in a very surprising bitter finish that one may not quite have expected given the up front citrus character. Bitterness preceeded slightly by an earthy hop taste.

M/D: Light on the palate and just a little watery. Carbonation is a tad high but that doesn't spoil the experience at all. This is definately something that I could down many pints of given the chance.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 07/01/2013. Usually difficult to find this fresh.

A: Pours light orange/golden with nice head. Lots of lacing. Tons of retention.

S: Typical of West Coast IPAs, full of citrusy hops. Little malt in there as well.

T: Excellent example of a West Coast IPA. Pineapple and orange with a wave of mellow bitterness. A stronger malt presence compared to say, Stone's IPA, but it still manages to finish pretty dry. This is a great alternative if you can't find Pliny.

M: Nice carbonation, dry.

O: If you can find this fresh, it's incredible. Unfortunately, that's not always easy to do.

Photo of Mwmeunie
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange, a bit hazey with a decent white head, and leaves plenty of lacing

S- pine, citrus, bubble gummy

T- Grape-fruit, bubble gum, pine, very hoppy and fresh tasting, with a nice malty balance

M- Medium body, high carbonation, can feel the hop oils. Only complaint is that taste does not stay with you for long

O- I really appreciate how readily available this beer is, and how little it costs for the quality. The only thing that I would change is that I would have it have a bit more body, and be a bit chewyier, but overall, and excellent beer.

Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured clear and amber in color. It started with a very nice frothy white head that quickly started to leave chunks of lacing on the glass. The head had average retention but left excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy hop presence to it with some grapefruit, pineapple, mango and a hint of pine coming through. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste also shows some of the juicy, tropical hoppy flavors. Some pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of peach all come out in the intense hoppiness. A moderate bitterness comes through in the finish. Beautiful hoppy flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on a little below medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good, it had some great hoppy flavors to it and went down very smoothly. Excellent beer overall, and one of my personal favorites.

Photo of kylehayworth
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this brew.

A: It pours a nice rich golden color, with hints of orange. Nice slightly white head.

S: Piney hops racing with orange/tangerine notes, as well as a slight sweet maltyness.

T: The piney taste is there along with a healthy dose of orange. There is a mild taste of grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced, the sweet malt and bitterness play along very well.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth and clean. Good carbination, refreshing! I rather enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice white head that slowly subsided and left a lot of lacing.

Aroma hits hard with some nice citrus hops upfront as well as some lighter notes of piney and earthy hops in the background.

Taste again reveals a burst of citrus with the grapefruit notes upfront along with some more floral hops and a slight earthiness in the back. Some malt comes through in the end but this is mostly dominated by the hops. Very flavorful and quite satisfying.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Despite the higher ABV, this is still highly drinkable. Having this on tap is a real treat and I'll absolutely be drinking this again.

Photo of Fusion7777
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of my first favorite IPAs and a major gateway beer as I started diving into the craft scene. I could literally smell the hops radiating out of the bottle before I even popped the cap. Poured a nice goldenrod, somewhat cloudy, with a very small white head. Citrus, floral, and piney aromas really come through the nose, and are reflected in the taste, along with some subtle lemon and passionfruit. A nice west-coast style IPA that delivers complex bitterness, but is also nicely balanced by a nutty malt character that lends a fairly sweet caramel finish.

Photo of JAA
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BlueOkie for this one.

A rich gold hue with white one-finger head, laces astonishingly well. Looks like a good beer.

odors are relatively weak until it opens up a little. What does peak through is a sweet citrus character, perhaps oranges and a bit of pineapple. The hops aren't all that present in the nose. Juicy fruit chewing gum.

Taste is definitely grapefruit and pineapple along with piney hop characteristic. Both the smell and taste open up as it warms, drink this one slowly. The bitter hops subside with time and the juicyness dominates everything, even the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth until you swallow. bitterness attacks, but it eases up with the rise of the temperature.

A very nice IPA. Very easy to drink. You don't want to stop sipping. But it gets so much better when it warms, so serve at the proper temperature. Damn, i shouldn't have given the other half of the bomber to my girlfriend. I would like to get a case of this stuff, if it was distributed in Florida.

Photo of starkchris
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of DuBeats
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silenius
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one helluva nice beer. We just started getting this in Chicago as far as I know. I picked this up today at thelonegunman's shop.

I'm always up to trying out an American IPA and I'm glad I popped the top on this one.

The beer pours a really solid deep golden with yeasty bits afloat. The head is like a bubble bath with great big bubbles floating two fingers thick. As I drink the beer I get great big spiderweb lacing down the glass.

The smell is a bit more on the sweet side than other West coast IPAs I've had. Many W coast IPAs are just like grapefruit juice to me. This is more floral and sweet.

Taste is very balanced between hops and malt. Nice big hops with a solid core of malt to back it up. Not over the top. Just plain good! Hop burps are tasty, too.

Mouthfeel is creamy and the beer leaves a bitter taste in the back of my throat. Good.

This is a really drinkable beer and I would definitely reach for another after the first is done.

Photo of trpng0bily
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden honey, approaching orange, with a short white head and moderate lacing. There is ample yeast, tiny specks, suspended in the beer, imparting a regal thickness to the brew. It looks like what I would imagine to be nectar of the gods.

Piny hops, but with a distinctive sweetness that seems to be of the hops, not malt. Also a hint of citrus.

First and foremost bitter, crisp, outdoorsy hops that stick around for a good minute after a swallow. There is a breadiness to this beer, along with a slightly dry finish that goes nicely with the hop bitterness.

For an almost hop monster, this is quite drinkable. It stays crisp, with barely a trace of the syrupiness that bothers me in a lot of hoppy brews.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,834 ratings.