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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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6,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,050
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 407 | FT: 7
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:
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

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002)
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Photo of BretSikkink


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking IPA on tap as well. A little light colored, but that just leaves more room for the hops right? The nose is pungent as hell, very fresh smelling, with lots of citrics and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel and flavor are a little thin and one-sided. But is that so bad, when the hops are so good? Excellent and flavorful IPA, highly recommended for a fix of bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 03:17:56 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle purchased at Bev Mo in Redwood City while in SF on business.

A - Golden with some haze and a huge off white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

S - Nice floral hops. Just what I'd expect.

T - Floral and citrusy flavor that you can taste before your lips get wet. Some sweetness mixed in but it doesn't detract from the hops. Nice malt support without trying to take the lead. This IPA has a pretty complex flavor.

M - On the thick side for an IPA. Good carbonation. No complaints here.

D - This beer was very enjoyable and easy to drink. I liked it more and more as it went on.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:05:28 | More by GJ40
Photo of scottyb88


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date is, I think, March 16, 2010

A- pours a cloudy dark gold/yellow color with a fluffy white 2-finger head; a lot of sticky lacing

S-nice lemon peel bitterness, grapefruit with some tangerine sweetness

T-lemon/orange peel, grapefruit and pine at the front followed with a malty sweetness but not overly sweet, just enough to cut the bitterness

M-the lingering oily bitterness is very present, but should be expected; great medium body mouthfeel with just enough carbonation

D-if you're looking for a bitter ipa this is a very good example imo; not a great session beer, but it's definitely nice to fulfill your hop cravings; the alcohol is well hidden and a 22oz is easy to finish

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:57:17 | More by scottyb88
Photo of Bfarr


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bright orange color with virtually no head (which may have been the way it it was poured). It has a wonderfully robust fruity hop aroma complements the sweetness of the beer. A nice velvety feel lingers with the bitterness and sweet alcohol flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 14:04:53 | More by Bfarr
Photo of TonyVic

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is delicious... I highly recommend it.

Nice foam head that last... leaves foam rings through the drink. Pours golden-yellow with a slight cloud.

Beautiful aroma. Nice citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple. There are also hints of pine.

Taste is crisp. Has a lemony-citrus finish.

Medium body... true to category.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:57:30 | More by TonyVic
Photo of btcook007


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer scored #1 among 5 IPA's tasted. IPA's were rated as follows: Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (1); Port Brewing Wipeout IPA (2); Stone Ruination IPA (3); Samuel Smith's IPA (4); and Decadent Imperial IPA (5).

Samuel Smith's was the only English IPA in the tasting, and I intended to use it as a "baseline" against American IPA's. However, I found it much too malty and not hoppy to my tasting. I would suggest that it tastes like an IPA would have tasted at the end of the long English-India voyage for which it was designed. The American brews were all decidedly much hoppier and less maltier than the English standard.

I would also add that I am biased in favor of big hoppy flavor to my beers, and I am looking for less "balance" in an IPA.

The Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA was excellent.

A: It is a medium-coppery colored brew. Its head was one finger of white head which dissipated the 2nd quickest of the group.

S: It was well-balanced, with a pronounced hoppiness on the smell consisting of citrus and some lighter pine.

T: Very well balanced, with a wonderful sweet foretaste followed immediately by a pine citrus hop flavor. Fills the mouth with a nice, balanced pine and burnt flavor which melds nicely from the foretaste. A good amount of bitterness lingers on the aftertaste.

M: Nice effervescent mouthfeel from the foretaste, settles in nicely.

D: I could have this with anything!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 04:34:34 | More by btcook007
Photo of RobbDogg

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy amber/orange pour with an attractive but quickly dissipating head. A fresh scent of tangerine and lemon. A light and drinkable beer with a nice combination of tangerine (following the nose) and grapefruit. An excellent IPA which I will seek out again and hope to try on tap someday. Thanks Monty in AZ for this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 21:16:20 | More by RobbDogg
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden,with a thin white head.Excellent retention,and lacing. Aroma is piney hops,and sweet fruits. Body is medium with some carbonation.Taste is really somthing! Sweet up front,with a grapefruit finish. Without a dobut, one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:10:21 | More by riversider76
Photo of JHamm


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:23:41 | More by JHamm
Photo of dpcoz


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5

A - amber/ copper complexion, hazy appearance, two fingers of an alabaster head that fades away

S - sweet malts, strong citrusy hops, some piney hops as well

T - intriguing balance between the sweet of the malts and the bitter of the hops; neither is dominant yet both are easily identifiable. Grapefruit and pine bring the hops while a light Carmel comes out in the malts. 

M - medium body, again, excellent balance, light hop and sweet at the beginning, finish is slightly bitter. Warming finish Diego the ABV.

D - this isn't going to be a hophead's delight, still, this is an interesting West Coast take on an IPA. great balance, attractive combination of hops and malts and at $5 for a 22oz bomber, it's not going to break the bank. Racer 5 may become a new standby on my list!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:33:50 | More by dpcoz
Photo of Smokee


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great smelling. Hoppy, floral, biscuit.
Poured into a red wine glass, the head dissipated fairly quickly but left some decent lacing. I got my nose in again, some butter, plenty of malt as well.

Taste was excellent, balanced, full mouth feel some hoppy crispness at the front, and an almost truffley taste.

Overall very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:41:20 | More by Smokee
Photo of theboozecruise


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn... had one all typed it out and it was wiped out.

Anyway, poured from a 22 oz. into a pint glass... milky orangeish color with a creamy 2-finger or so head. The aroma is mostly hops, but also some sweet citrus breaking through. The taste is more of the same, very well balanced.

This is probably my favorite Bear Republic offering to date, and one of my favorite IPAs as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:26:04 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of tjsprague


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice dark golden orange color with a pale white head. Nice carbonation bubbles trailing the sides of the glass.

The first thing i noticed when I opened the bottle was a nice floral aroma of hops. The beer keeps putting out a pleasant floral hop aroma from the glass.

The taste is excellent. An excellent hop bitterness throughout the whole sip. A nice malt background. Finishes with a strong hop bite.

Mouthfeel is resiny from the hops and slightly bitter.

I would drink this beer over and over, a great American IPA

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 01:49:39 | More by tjsprague
Photo of NCSUdo


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 23:46:26 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of unclejimbay


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.00 %

Had this with a buddy in Puerto Rico during a visit in 1/2010. There is a budding craft distribution market starting up in PR, and it was nice to see this on the island.

This brew surprised me as a very approachable IPA for non hopheads. It has a very solid malty backbone with noticeable hops for support in IPA fashion. It reminded me a full body amber with the hop schedule dialed up to IPA status. Malty sweet without being cloying. I enjoyed this brew much more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 20:36:13 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of Rumrunner


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a very nicely created IPA.

A dusky bright amber. Some elements floating in my glass. A huge frothy white head. Very good lacing. Scents are floral and fruity. Hops are mild. A nice malty quality to the scent.

Nice bitter hop bite at first. Then it mellows in to a fruit taste. Some sweet lemon. A malty ending that is smooth compared to the hop bitterness at first.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied. A little density to this IPA. It drinks very easy. A very minor syrup quality to the feel of the IPA. A well thought out and complex IPA. I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 06:39:53 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap with my lunch at RedBones on March 2. Poured a slightly brown-tainted orange. Thin white head that was a result of the batender's pour. Some spots of lace. Nose was fruitily hoppy--citrus and apples. really rose out of the glass nicely.

Flavor was a classic Californian IPA. Lods of hops up front that was loadied full of sun-warmed fruit. Oranges, lemons, apples and pears. The bitterness was balanced erfectly by a nice malty background. Actually, it was maltier than I was expecting from its appearance. Very full mouthfeel. Juicy and chewy. that 7%ABV really snuck up on me too. I could have staed at RBs all afternoon sipping a couple pints of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2006 19:58:28 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of citrus hops a great scent

T - Starts off with those wonderful hops and gets balanced by the malts sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink IPA another solid beer from Bear Republic that I can't say anything bad about

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 15:46:44 | More by armock
Photo of kevanb


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really nice color, reminiscent of an orange peel. Nice head, a bit foamy, but really welcoming. Nice texture, you can definitely see the sediment floating around in the glass.

S: Smells incredible, grapefruit is really prominent as well as a lot of floral notes with underlying hop aroma. I could just smell this beer all day.

T: Citrus, a nice tang of grapefruit but an enjoyable sweetness of an orange or tangerine right off the bat, but with a nice amount of hop flavor, amply bitter, but really balanced.

M: Crisp and sharp at the start. Carbonated, yet more emphasis on the full texture. Super smooth going down.

O: Really amazing brew, certainly one of the best IPAs from California, and it's on tap pretty much everywhere I've been that has a decent beer menu here in LA. Really top notch beer and I am looking forward to finishing this 6 pack this week.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:43:27 | More by kevanb
Photo of gtn80


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired through a trade with StarRaptor.

Poured into a Guinness tulip glass.

Visually, nice fluffly white head. Slightly cloudy, pale yellow color.

Smell has a slight malt, but mostly grassy hops.

Taste is lots of resinous hops, bit of malt, nice balanced bitterness. No citrus from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost viscous.

Drinkability is good, but one 22 is enough with this amount of hops, malt, and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 23:13:25 | More by gtn80
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, and is topped by a 3 finger tan head. Nice aromas of orange, apricot, and a general pungent fruitiness course through my nose as I take a big whiff. Interestingly enough I also get some notes of just over-ripe plum as I go in for another sniff. The first sip, ahhh, this was the hop fix that I have been looking for. This beer is ripe with hop notes from beginning to end. There is a medium level of sweetness, and a toasted maltiness in the finish. The sweetness helps to pick up and accentuate the fruity hop notes that are in this beer. The hops taste of apricot, lychee, and ripe citrus fruit. It finishes with a solid bitterness that ties the whole beer together and demands that you take another sip. This is the beer I was looking for tonight, it just hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 19:20:43 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of rossthefireman


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, to me, is what the standard for IPA's should be. This IPA has a great hop flavor, great floral /citrus/grapefruit nose and good carbonation. Its the perfect balance of flavor and weight. Some IPA's get that 'heavy' taste ,(too much hops, not enough carbonation) this one doesnt but still maintains the exceptional hop flavor that IPA's should have. Altough this isnt my absolute favorite IPA ever, its in my top three. I recommend this to everyone trying their first IPA.
Great orange color on the pour, good foamy head and the aromas during the pour are fantasticly pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 23:17:33 | More by rossthefireman
Photo of xnicknj


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange and gold color with a haze of head. Spotty lacing litters the glass along with a light head and a small filmy retention of foam.

S - Nice bouquet of citrus, hops, malt, caramel, and assorted tropical fruits.

T - Begins with a wave of hoppy citrus which carries from beginning to end. Bitter juicy hops explode from the inital sip, and eventually emitting pineapple and grapefruit. A slightly sweet malt backbone balances everything out but still allows the hops to cry out. The booze is masked well with a dry, yet bitter finish.

M/D - Medium body, bubbly, dry with hops, but still goes down incredibly easy considering the style.

Awesome IPA. Dont sleep on this beer, especially since youre probably wasting money on something far less tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 06:19:21 | More by xnicknj
Photo of awesomeandrew


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper gold, thin white head, good lacing

smell: toasty, herbal scent, extremely hoppy scent

taste: flowery, biscuity, nutty, piney, very hoppy as expected

mouthfeel: smooth while drinking, bitter aftertaste, very drinkable

Overall: Very drinkable IPA not excessively hoppy, great to sip on. One of the better IPA's i've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 08:04:55 | More by awesomeandrew
Photo of nrbw23


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head that left a good amount of layered lacing. There was also a good amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass and floating about in this brew.

S- Nice hoppy smells both piney and citrus right off the bat.

T- Citrus hops mainly a grapefruit, then a piney/floral hop taste and then a bit of malt. Hops are the dominant flavour here.

M- Medium in body with a good carbonation. Very smooth and a little creamy.

D- A very nice and solid brew. Will be picking some more of this up.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:46:05 | More by nrbw23
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,050 ratings.