1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,366 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,366
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 200
Gots: 534 | FT: 9
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Racer 5 India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,366 | Reviews: 2,188 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the finest beers I've tasted for a while. Piney, citrusy, grassy, hoppy, grapefruity... it's all those things, and the brewmaster has managed to balance them well. A rather pale golden colour with a good head that subsides and leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of aroma on raising the glass to the nose and a powerful hit of flavour on the tongue, but it retains a degree of sublety. Slightly oily mouthfeel, but not bad for that. I think this is a one-bottle-a-session beer for me, either to get things underway or round off the night. Either way I'm very happy to drink it, and I think this is a beer that would pair well with very many types of food, even curry.

omnigrits, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of patpbr
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden colored pour with a small head
S - Big on citrus and grapefruit, a little orange and pine
T - great flavor that is simlar to the smell with grapefruit and citrus. Bitter with pine and a good addition of malts
M - lots of carbonation and a body on the light side of medium. Leaves a nice hoppy flavor
O - I had a bomber of it years ago and never reviewed it. I just found it in a six pack and will be going back and picking up another.

patpbr, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Fusion7777
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Fusion7777, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of stacket1
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft outside at Baltimore harbor

Appearance: pale straw, cloudy, glistening

Smell: hops and sweetness came through

Taste: strong hops up front, but also nutty and sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel: excellent full bodied

Overall: great hoppy IPA on the sweeter side that pairs well with sunshine and might work with creamy pasta too

stacket1, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of MarioM
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Great cloudy dark gold almost orange color with a creamy white head that lingered for a while with some good lacing. Bottle conditioning is obvious with yeast particles floating around, great looking beer!

S: Citrus like hop aroma and a sweet maltiness that is very pleasant. Smeels great, you just know its going to be a great tasting beer.

T: Bitterness is balanced very well with the sweet maltiness. Very nice hoppiness, citrus like, opposed to pine like or soapy like some say. Carbonation is just right and very refreshing.

M: A bit dry with a bitter aftertaste, as expected. Malt character is apparent and lingers with some citrus notes.

O: Great example of what comes out of California. Bear republic knows whats up. This is a balanced IPA, maybe a bit on the maltier side but nonetheless a must have. Brew looks good, smells great and tastes like an IPA should.

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. An orange color with a fairly thick, sticky head. It had a floral aroma, with a little bit of grapefruit. Nicely hopped, not too aggressive. Good in the mouth, again kind of understated. This is an IPA to enjoy. Certainly will have this again.

lordofthewiens, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. No freshness dating. Pours nice auburn, with some golden hues, white,tiny bubble head and leaves alot of intricate lacing. Hoppy, hoppy nose. Large malty backbone, biscuity. Grapefruit, pine, grainy hops carry the weight here. Pac. NW jolt of HOPS is what were talkin' here. Big and bold IPA. High quality creation, seek-drink-enjoy.

Billolick, May 05, 2004
Photo of williamjbauer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear golden with one finger white head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A lot of citrus hops a little pine and sweet malt.

T - Follows the smell, great hop balance with a nice initial sweetness with a great dry bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic IPA!

williamjbauer, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of slk22
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden/amber, slightly turbid, with a white head. Aroma was easily discernible, but not overpowering. Nice citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange dominated with pine and honey present as well. Taste was sweater than I expected. Initial flavor on the tongue was ample sweetness of grapefruit and honey, giving way to a strong piney/earthy bitterness, which lingered a bit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. With the exception of a minor lingering of bitterness, the taste of this IPA was a very pleasant surprise, which continued to impress me to the last drop. Light and refreshing, I could definitely have several.

slk22, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey-amber color with a 1 finger bubbly white head with good retention and lacing.

Very delightful floral hops on the nose with light citrus, orange zest and caramel malt.

Flavor has a nice sweet caramel malt character balanced very nicely with floral hop notes and a candy-like sweet finish.

Light-med. bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall I've had this a few times and I really like it along with every other Bear Republic beer I've had. This one didn't seem quite as fresh as others I've had in the past but still a very nice beer.

MrVonzipper, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 9/17/10*

Nice golden pour yields a thick head. A nice array of hop aromas, grapefruit, lemon zest, as well as some floral and pine notes. Very fresh tasting, lots of hops upfront with a decent malt balance - the hops are the standout though, just how I like my IPAs. There is a slightly bitter and dry finish, but remains quite refreshing and drinkable. Solid offering from Bear Republic.

prdstmnky, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of C_Reid_S
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This *used* to be my favorite beer. Like cars, women, and cheese . . . tastes changes in growth, acquired; this used to be the one.

A good cheap six pack, these days... I get it for most friends, I know enjoyment to prevail, typically.

I feel like this is a true Brown Beer, something you can pull off the shelf, pour into a glass, and piss out knowing itwas't'n joyed.

C_Reid_S, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange/amber with a nice stark white fluffy head that leaves behind good lacing. Nose is pretty much all west coast hops with some slight hops. Taste follows with balls out west coast grapefruit and pine hop flavors. A subtle yet apparent malt presence here that provides a mild sweetness. Some small spice in here, but not much is noticed over the standard west coast hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is just on thick side here for a standard IPA as is the abv. drinkability is quite good. A very slammable IPA. Overall a very good brew, one of the better IPAs around, and one that Im sure would be a staple if it were locally available. Good Beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color. It's got a very nice, foamy one and half finger head. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: Big piney hops and grapefruit. Other citrus scents are noticeable (a bit of mango, orange, and maybe pineapple). Decent malt presence. Mostly hops and grapefruit. Smells delicious.

Taste: Initially, it's very citrus sweet. The grapefruit really gives it a bitter taste. Hops kick in soon after and only adds to the bitterness. It's nowhere near a DIPA. But, the bitterness is very, very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation and abv are pretty much ideal. I really think I could almost session this beer. It's that drinkable. Overall, it's an excellent IPA. Clearly one of favorites in this style. Highly recommended.

prototypic, May 08, 2007
Photo of dbossman
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow; bubbly with floaties and a decent amount of sediment; head is thin but steady and cream colored; lacing is good

S: Nice citrus hop aroma: grapefruit, orange, lemon rind; a bit of some floral aromatics; also a nice subtle grainy quality from the malt bill; a bit subdued overall though

T: A very nicely balanced IPA; hoppy but not overly bitter; a grainy maltiness but just enough to sit nicely below the star: the grapefruit and citrus from the hops

F: A touch thin on back end but decent overall mouth feel

D: A really well-balanced and drinkable, delicious IPA; kudos again Bear Republic

dbossman, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured light copper, slightly hazy, nice head, great retention, and great lacing.

very floral scents up front. hints of grapefruit and sweet citrus.

very bitter up front and through the finish. hints of white grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and tangerine. slight malt presence at the very end.

very light but full carbonation.

this is one of my favorite IPA's. huge bold flavors but not too huge. i love this.

hooliganlife, May 29, 2009
Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunset in a tuli- poured a clear golden/copper color with minimal head, very minimal retention, and some very nice streaky lacing.

Smells of piney hops. A little resiny.

Tastes great- not too bitter but bitter enough and a nice round hop flavor. Pale malt throughout along with a lot of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- not too carbonated but good enough with a light body. Very drinkable ipa- one of the better ones.

Hopdaemon39, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Southernbrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark bronze color, very minimal head.

Big citrus hoppy aroma, balanced by the malt. Definite floral and sweetness as well.

Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation. Very crisp floral and citrus hop blend that quickly shows a light caramel sweetness. Becomes slightly bitter in the end and leaves a dry, citrusy aftertaste.

A very nice IPA, more than just the big piney/citrusy IPA's so common.

Southernbrew, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head that retains nicely across the surface and leaves some good lacing behind. The aroma is quite hoppy with fresh grapefruit notes, piney esters, light malt, and a touch of alcohol behind it.

The taste is a assertive piney hop bitterness mixed with a splash of grapefruit citrus that only seems to become more pronounced as it warms. This is nicely balanced by a backbone of sweet bready malt that helps temper all the bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily texture and easy feel to it.

A very solid West Coast IPA. It has a very pronounced hoppiness to it but the citrus element and malt really help keep things in check and make this one hugely sessionable affair.

Kegatron, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out cloudy copper with a thin layer of foamy head on top. The head shows nice lacing on the glass with islands of foam left on top.

S: Big citrusy hops right up front, but not as strong as some other west coast IPAs.

T: Huge grapefruity flavors show up immediately. By mid-mouth, the malt starts to balance out the flavor, but hops dominate throughout.

M: Moderate carbonation helps lift the hop bitterness off the tongue. Overall feel is fairly creamy without being slick.

D: A really refreshing IPA... I could drink several of these tonight ... and just might.

ewright, May 30, 2008
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is "just" and IPA??!?!?! All indications lead towards a DIPA. Tons of yeast carbonation, cloudy body and circumference lacing. Pungent orange and citrus flavors, and a nice alcohol kick (DIPA again). Nice and hoppy, slight bitterness towards the end. Chamomile and spice accent its warming alcohol.

Not at all what I was expecting. On the east coast we hear so much about his hop bomb or that "extreme" beer. IMO, this is the one beer that qualifies as both. Great beer.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of bird18
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a great beer bar, was on a weekend pub crawl in western MA and trying numerous IPAs, this was one of my favorites. The color was nice with a good white creamy head and nice flavor. Not as much lacing on the glass as other IPAs I've tried and not quite as hoppy as some beers I tried that weekend but very drinkable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than other IPAs but I think that lead to how quickly it went down.

I'm a huge hophead and would quickly order this beer again if I came across it.

bird18, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of TheBCrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 22oz bomber with allthetimeineed. Pours a pale amber color, slightly hazy due to dry hopping. Two fingers of white head slowly dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is hop forward, very flowery, citrusy and somewhat sweet. Flavor to match: floral, citrus, sweet pine and a dry finish. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with good drinkability. Typical example of the West Coast hop bombs that I love.

TheBCrew, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of tbraun1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Bright, hazy golden/orange appearance, minimal head with some lacing as I sipped. A very inviting looking IPA I must say.

S - Getting a little hop spice in there but also some sweet/biscuity malts poking through.

T - Nice hop punch off the bat but the malts in this brew create a wonderful balance. Nice bright hop flavor with a balanced but bitter finish. Delicious.

M - Feels great on the palate, nice carbonation and a clean dry finish.

D - I enjoyed this IPA very much. Was very well crafted and balanced. I could definitely see this becoming a staple in the rotation.

tbraun1, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, bright tangerine orange with a creamy 1 finger macro-bubbly head that was moderately lasting leaving a spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: a huge sweet pink grapefruity aroma which was smooth and well rounded by nature.

T: sweet/bitter pungent grapefruit that was semi-dry with some dry floral. The hoppiness was very well rounded, grapefruity, and fresh, with a semi-dry floral finish with hints of lemon and sweet citrus, which was incredibly smooth and refined and not at all rough or coarse like others per style. What I really enjoyed was the balance between the bittering/flavor/aroma hopping. The beer had a great strong aroma to start things off. The palate was dominated by the sweet citrusy hop flavor that was very smooth with the bittering hops coming through in the finish, leaving a nice citrusy floral fade on the tongue.

M: medium fullness with a very dry pungent grapefruit and floral hopping and lacing coming through upon warming.

D: Overall great drinkability, even if your not a big hophead. Refreshing, huge citrusy hopping that was very smooth and bitter/sweet, citrusy and dry. Highly recommended.

beerthulhu, Mar 22, 2008
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,366 ratings.