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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,902 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,902
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 257
Gots: 812 | 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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Ratings: 6,902 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of zhanson88
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden/copper color with orange highlights. A little over a finger of white head, which isn't too impressive but the retention is fantastic. Lacing is persistent and clings all over the glass for the duration of the beer.

Smell: I detect some biscuity malts, and after that a lot of citrus, with some floral and piney hops. Very crisp and fresh. Makes me look forward to the first taste.

Taste: Once again, boatloads of citrus (orange, pineapple, lemon) up front and in the middle of the swallow. Very crisp flavor, with a bit of floral hops and even more piney hops on the back end. Slightly bitter finish. Super refreshing and great taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A bit under medium bodied with good carbonation combines for a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, one hell of an IPA. Every time I have this I'm impressed. This beer possesses all of the qualities that I'm looking for from this style.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a frothy off white head that is relatively small. The head settles down to a covering of bubbles but never completely goes away. Each swallow leaves a coat of lacing behind.

S: A hint of malt mixed with nice floral and citrus hop aromas.

T: Starts off showing off the nice malty backbone. Then the citrus hop flavors really give you a kick in the mouth all the way through the finish. A very nice balanced IPA that isn't trying to be a Double IPA like many others in the style seem to be these days.

M: The never ending head on this one gives it a nice creamy texture. The body is of medium thickness. Its enjoyable to roll around in the mouth.

D: The nice balance makes this one very drinkable. This is a great example of an IPA.

Photo of drewba
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - transparent, sparkling golden yellow with huge, frothy bubbles and a two finger head.

S - grapefruit, lemon zest, resin, grass, a little ethyl alcohol.

T - Front of the flavor spectrum is a slew of fantastic floral and citrusy hops. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and a hint of mango. The grass in the aroma is definitely here in the taste. The malt profile shows up as a cracker flavor with a hint of sweet caramel.

M - Crisp and at the same time satisfyingly creamy.

D - Awesome crisp and juicy with a clean, semi grapefruit and mixed citrus bitter finish makes for a highly drinkable beer. As expected, letting this warm a bit pumps up the bitter finish, still very nice. The $4 per bomber price tag also exponentially helps drinkability, wish I could give this a 6/5.

I did this review in about 15 minutes, versus the normal hour or so it takes me to review. I think that's a testament to how straightforward, clean and delicious Racer 5 is.

Photo of mpedara429
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Rings of lacing formed dow the glass.

S: A little subtle but complex nose of sweet orange, toffee, and pine.

T: Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, and a bit of pineapple all blended together pretty well with a balanced malt backbone. Good bitter hop character present that sticks a little on the way down.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A little oily and sticky.

O: An exceptional single IPA. Hoppy but balanced. If you are a fan of a somewhat fruity IPA, this is a good choice.

Photo of muletrane
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date that I can see.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a clear copper colour. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Nice balance between citrus and malt. A slight touch of alcohol.

T: Nice blend of citrus and pine. A touch of malt. Linger piney hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and prickly on the tongue. Nice dryness in the finish. Not too dry though.

Overall this a great representation of an American IPA. Nice overall hop character and well balanced as well.

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a dirty sediment filled cloudy light golden orange. Has a massive sticky near white head. Nice think layer stays the whole time and some real good sticky lacing. Very nice looking stuff here.

Brew smells of floral, citrus, herbs and earthy. Good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy smooth; floral hops, citrus and herbs. Hops are juicy and resiny. A very quenching brew, the middle is smooth and is balanced nicely by the malty flavors, maybe caramel. A nice sweet flavor in here as well. The brew finishes slightly dry and has some mild bitterness. This is top shelf flavors and drinking here.

Wow a go to IPA. One of the best out there for sure.

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

A - Pours golden with a 1 finger off white head. Head fades quickly leaving lacing on top. Lightly carbonated and quite clear, with heavy lacing as I drank.

S - Sweet malt and floral hops. If there were a such thing as a beer flower, this is how it would smell.

T - Sweet caramel malt taste, some unfermented sugars, balanced very well by the floral hop bitterness. Can definitely pick up some alcohol in there, but in a good way, lets you know this beer is packing. I would have guessed this beer to be a DIPA considering the strong malt backbone and hop counter punch.

M - Thicker than expecting, not heavily attenuated. Feels like a bigger beer than a regular IPA.

D - This is a beer to sit down and savor. Enjoy one or two, but it got a bit tiring as I drank more. This is called an IPA, but felt like a DIPA to me and because of that it is only so drinkable even though it is quite good.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful clear pale straw color with a nice white lacing.

S - Really nice hop aroma. Hints of some citrus fruits and a light floral bouquet. Also some alcohol notes.

T - Nice citrus fruit flavors start off the sip, which then smoothly transition into a great rich caramel flavor from the malts. The hop finish is bitter, but not overpowering.

M - As is common with Bear Republic, this has a thick and smooth body, with a medium amount of carbonation.

O - The flavor is really well-balanced and the mouthfeel is great. Plus, the relatively low abv make this a truly phenomenal IPA.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice creamy one finger head. Pale golden in color. Smells heavily of American hops, some sweetness. Tastes of creamy sweetness, piney citrus bitterness and finishes balanced and clean. No lingering bitterness. Medium carbing, medium body. Quite drinkable with the creamy hop malt balance. Nice job Bear.

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

This is the first keg I got for my new home draft system. It brings a tear to my eye every time I go to the wall and pull a pint...
Pours a bright golden-orange color, topped by a finger's worth of creamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy, sticky hops is exceedingly fresh - strange notes of cannabis and other plant material are a bit off-putting at first until you get used to them. Palate is balanced between floral hops and mildly sweet malt up front, then the full hop assault takes over. Bitter, grassy hops emerge mid-palate and basically erase any trace of malt. Finish is grassy, but not too bitter.
Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky, with a coating of resin left all over the interior of my mouth. While this one goes down easy, it's also a rather heavy hitter, and a bit dangerous to have just flowing out of my living room wall. Oh well, that's the price you pay for greatness, I guess.

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

bomber purchased at corporate foods, i mean whole foods, in Madison

appearance: hazy orange/peach, thick foamy white head with very impressive lacing, lots of sediment in the 2nd half of the bomber

smell: mmm hops...i can tell this is going to be good from my first smell...very floral hops, especially heavy on the citrus, nice pine scents as well

taste: very hoppy, just the way i like it. Nice fresh citrus hops balanced out by the piney taste. Its a taste bud explosion with very juicy and bitter hops...light malts help balance it out. alcohol well hidden

mouthfeel: juicy and bitter, clean finish

drinkability: no issue downing this bomber

Photo of Stubbie1
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a thick white head. Little to no lace. Citrus and pine come across the nose. The flavor is thick chewy and creamy, citrus and malt come strong. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is way way good. Another IPA that can be enjoyed all night, any night.

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

A: Racer has a nice straw/hay color and pours to a white, cloudy (almost creamy) head. As the head falls, it leaves nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy/cloudy, but as it is bottle conditioned, this is to be expected.

S: Racer has a big nose. Up front there is sweet fruit and citrus (oranges and a touch of grapefruit) with a touch of pine there as well.

T: Sweet malt and a blast of hops, bitter on the tongue but not overly. There is plenty of citrus and lots of juicy fruit. Racer finishes long and dry and begs another sample! Excellent balance and highly drinkable.

M: Full and round, smooth.

O: An awesome beer! A beautiful nose, sweet, fruity and a touch piney. It tastes fantastic, sweet and malty, hoppy, juicy, bitter and long. What impresses me the most is how balanced the beer is.

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

22 oz bomber bottle. Cloudly dull amber color. Off-white head, not nearly as rocky and fluffy as the XP Pale Ale. Moderate cascade hop presence. Nice citrus and floral notes. Not as juicy and resiny as the other one either, but still a nose full of fresh hop aromas.
Taste is tight, sharp and bitter. Very good IPA flavors. Bitterness is sharp and cuts through the palate. Leaves huge bitter hole on the tongue. Sweet malty undertone. Very gulpable. Easy to guzzle, and guzzle. Resounding hop burps. Cleansing. Very good IPA. I paired this with a grilled barbecue pork chop and horseradish cheddar covered broccoli. It did the job perfectly. Cut right through the tangy barbecue sauce and horseradish cheese. Highly recommended. I wish I had more of these Bear Republic beauties. It was pure pleasure to drink them the last 2 nights.

Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color. There is a two finger off white head of which a layer remains.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops dominate with some mild herbal notes. Some of the sweetness comes from the malt.

Taste: Citrus hop bitterness hits the tongue pretty hard initially. There is some sweet malt in the background. The flavor is a bit peppery and the finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an appropriate level of carbonation. There isn't any dryness at all.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer. I really like the hop profile and will visit it again.

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second sample from Bear Republic, and I am continually impressed by their big, bold, flavorful, aggressive beers... their IPA is an excellent depiction of the style - full-bodied, aggressive, loaded with hops, bittersweet, with caramel and vanilla essences... clear, lucid amber and copper appearance with a strong aroma suggesting of caramel and hops... in terms of taste, the hops certainly do dominate this one... bursting with enormous, strong flavor, the hops really come through on this one, crisp, clean, and ultra-refreshing and thick... great taste that is very true-to-the-style and full of quality... smell is loaded with hops, citrus, lemon, and florals... flavor strongly complements the aroma and does a great job at making its full-flavored quality known... if you're looking for a true, authentic, full-bodied IPA, this is the one for you, great stuff from Bear Republic... great creamy, rich mouthfeel and good drinkability make this a great American brew... really good stuff, and definitely recommended...

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

12 oz bottle (bottled 12-06-11) poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Hazy golden with off-white two finger head and decent lacing. Right for the style.

S- Smell is pungent grapefruit, pine and Bazooka Joe bubble gum

T- Taste is big citrus and pine hops with that Bazooka Joe bubble gum. Hop forward, but balanced near the end. Good!

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. Prefer it to be a bit more viscous.

O- I have had this beer many times, even at the brewpub in Healdsburg. One of my favorite go to IPAs. However, the recent price hike at my local store may keep me from picking this up in the future. Looking forward to visiting the brewpub again though.

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.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,902 ratings.