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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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6,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,352
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 197
Gots: 530 | 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)
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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
Photo of spokeydonkey
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light copper color, with a finger of white head on top that sticks around for a while. The beer is unfiltered, so in addition to hop haze, there are tiny bits of hops suspended in it.

S - Quite a bit of floral and citrus hop aroma coming off it, with a definite alcohol aroma as well.

T - Exceptional taste. Just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness. A solid toasted cracker flavor in the background to add compexity and amazing hop flavor coming through. I'm getting a lot of floral hops up front with strong grapefruit on the back end.

M - Medium-light body with a fair amount of alcohol heat present. Carbonation complements the beer but doesn't get in the way.

O - One of my favorite IPAs. The malt doesn't add much complexity, and it's not overly bitter, but the hop flavor and aroma is amazingly full.

spokeydonkey, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Dspohn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Nice looking IPA pours golden in color with a 1 inch white head that has some staying power.

S. Heavy hops in a mix of delicious fruit. Powerful grapefruit and citrus with some more sweet tropical fruit joining in. Some malt but mostly a showcase of mouth-watering hops.

T. Taste is superb, the hops are not overpowering and there is just enough of a malt backbone to support them.

M. Great medium/light body, smooth and not overly carbonated.

D. Way drinkable, I could polish of a 6 pack easy over a few hours.

This is my go to IPA

Dspohn, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 India Pale Ale has a slightly-cloudy, light-orange colour and a good head and lacing. The smell is quite strong and is mostly of citrussy hops. Some malt is noticable to begin with followed by bitter hops and a delicious citrussy tang. This is a really good IPA.

vandemonian, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of tboom29
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big West Coast IPA. This beer was a light copper color, with a huge white fluffy head, with alot of the head clinging to the sides.

This smelled strongly of hops and citrus grapefruit notes were present. A bit of peach throughout as well.

The first sip really coats the mouth with a lot of hop flavor and essence. Balanced by the citrus flavor that was in the nose. There is some malt presence, but make no mistake this one is about the hops. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, and a smooth yet spicy finish. The beer for this review came from a bottle, but I've since tried it on tap and it is even better. Outstanding IPA, stands up well to the likes of Stone.

tboom29, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish/golden in color, foamy head leaving nice eyecandy lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and piney hops, lovely hop aroma.

Taste: Love the hops here, nice cross between the two hop flavors. Plenty of bitterness. This one is really just for us hopheads.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: For those of us who love hops this thing is going to go down easy and fast. Buy a few of them.

tattooedtolley, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of kk73
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a nice pretty clear honey yellow with a creamy white one finger head. Head slowly disappears into white foam with a little lacing.

S - Smell is of piney, grassy hops and some sweet malt.

T - A piney, grassy, almost spicy hop bite upfront balance with a slightly sweet malt finish. Some alcohol detected.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - A very good high production west coast IPA. Definite a go to beer if it were available here in the 50th state.

kk73, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 12oz into snifter

A moderate pour gives a perfectly clear orange body with a half inch
white head. Thins down pretty quickly, bit leaves a thin film and nice

Aroma is big time grapefruit. Some ripe peach sweetness as well. Hops
are pungent and powerful in the nose.

Taste comes in layers, grapefruit, pine, peach (among other fruits),
pale malt, and a slightly oily hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with carbonation being on the
lighter side for the style. It doesn't stand out as perfect, but
doesn't seem flawed either. It just works well.

Easy to drink with a solid hop forward flavor and enticing bitterness.
Could easily kick back a few, even at 7% abv.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. The color is amber/orange and hazy. The aroma is full of citrus. The caramel malt comes through as well. The taste begins with the citrus flavors. The malt comes through in the middle and I am left with a mild pine bitterness. This is a well balanced beer. I really enjoyed this beer. I will look for it again.

buschbeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of microbrew52
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy tangerine a little foam cap that laces the glass.
The nose is big with citrusy hops. There's a second variety in there as well, something that gives a slightly more pungeant, earthy aroma. This has great flavor with grapefruit being prominent. The finish is long and increasingly hoppy and the body/mouthfeel is full and buttery smooth.

microbrew52, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice clear orange yellow color with a medium bodied and short off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice citrus aroma, followed by a nice blend of earthy, piney, and citrus-y hop aromas to finish.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts - just the right amount for this beer - followed by a perfectly executed blend of earthy, floral, citrus-y, and some piney hops. It's not too bitter and not overhopped at all.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, the flavors blend well and it's a pretty sessionable IPA.

erosier, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear caramel, copper pour with quickly fading head and great lacing. Big West Coast piney, citrus nose with a nice caramel malt background. The taste is perfectly balanced with the sweet bready malts complementing the bitterness of the hops. Tangerines dominate the citrus side. The finish is crisp and dry with with a slightly resiny, chewy mouthfeel. The balance makes this extremely drinkable. A great beer from a great brewery!

beerdrifter, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is glorious hops, plain and simple. The taste is much the same. Mostly citrusy hops and some grassy hops in to balance it out. Very crisp and juicy. Mouthfell is medium bodied and quite nice. Very impressed with this beer.
Incredible on draft. Plus six packs are now available in my area for the low price of $10. This will be a staple in my fridge.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of johnrobe
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark gold - light orange amber, a tad lighter than its American IPA peers. Off-white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Grapefruit, pinepapple, a little citrus and pine.....all the glory that is Cascade!

Taste and mouthfeel: Hopheads rejoice! Bear Republic has managed to extract a ton of PNW hops flavor into this brew with only a scant amount of bitterness. All the aforementioned smells translate to the palate backed by a sweet, bready, lightly kilned maltiness. Creamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel, yet a bit lighter than say, a Stone IPA. Good Stuff!

johnrobe, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of GeezLynn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice cloudy orange color with a little white head that disappears faster than Steinbrenner writes checks.

S: Fresh hops. Mainly citrus fruits, (not much pine or malt) with a little spicyness. Nice floral scents.

T: First and foremost, sweet juicy grapefruit. Along with citrus hop flavors, the breadiness and pale malt are apparent just before the enjoyable finishing punch of bitterness.

M: Very smooth. Could stand to have a little more carbonation, but that's really minor.

Very good IPA, up there with the best of them. Especially nice combination of citrus and bitterness. I would drink this regularly if I was fortunate enough to have access.

GeezLynn, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper colored brew.

Smell is malt and hops that tickle your nose. The hops are a mellow citrus smelling variety.

Taste is a well-balanced ale with the hops and malt just about perfectly balanced against one another. The hops give this a dry astringent after taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

A very drinkable brew. The label on this reminds me of "Speed Racer." Go Speed Racer Go!

Zorro, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of titosupertramp
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from Dim. Thanks!

A: Honey colored, great carbonation, some lacing.

S: Nothing overpowering, but nice subtle citrus notes and sweetness

T: Excellent bitterness. Grapefruit, honey sweetness..a little spicey when it warms. Taste is the highlight of the beer.

M: Dry, but in a good way.

D: While 7.0% ABV isn't terribly high, there's no traces of alcohol here. Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. Great example of a West Coast IPA.

titosupertramp, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of 3 or 4 IPA's of the night- a very enjoyable beer.

Nice pour from 22oz with maybe a touch too much yeast sediment?

Still smelled pretty fresh- not sure on bottle date.Enough hops, but not overpowering.

Tastes as it smells- very refreshing

Feels like an IPA should except again maybe some sediment?

Very drinkable- either with dinner or for the whole evening

mendonjoebeer, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. I didn't realize I haven't reviewed it yet. Pours golden colored and full of sediment with modest head but budding lace. The nose is pine and citrus based but not overpowering.

Taste is compact and clean with nice balance. Flavorful but not overwhelming bitterness has heavy tints of pine against a solid amber malt backbone. The whole package is neat and well crafted. Alcohol is hinted at but is nigh undetectable. Carbonation could maybe be tweaked down a notch but its hardly a problem.

For seven percent this is extremely drinkable and satisfying. Also for only five bones for a 22 oz this is good value .

daliandragon, May 12, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,352 ratings.