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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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5,928 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,928
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 166
Gots: 375 | 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 ballewblake

New Jersey

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

Love this brew the more I drink it. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep amber with a one finger head on a gentle pour. Smell is super fresh hoppy goodness, some pines and other woods. Taste buds get super excited with the brew rolling over my tongue, just the right amount of alcohol, bittering hops, aromic hops, and malts. Highly drinkable for any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:29:40 | More by ballewblake
Photo of ballz50401


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice dense head and moderate carbonation. Strong caramel aromas dance very elegantly with the bright citrusy hops. After a nice palate saturation I get waves of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with some spicy/citrus hop flavor. Mouthfeel feels nice, full, and creamy with a mellow hop bitterness. Love the taste and aroma on this one, more please.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 05:40:08 | More by ballz50401
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


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

From a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a thick orangey-white head. Persistent lace. Smell is big citrus and floral hops. More sweet smelling than bitter.

Taste is fruity and citrusy. Nice malt backbone to lets the lupulins shine. Hoppy bitterness but lots of more complex flavors in there too. Dandelion and daisy flavors if you can believe it. Grapefuity citrus and a slow assertive lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and rounded hop profile. Very drinkable IPA and refreshingly complex. A good bet for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 01:40:43 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Guiness Pint

Appearance: 1 finger head, nice honey comb head shape with bubbles of foam in peaks. Amber orange color that is slightly hazy.

Smell: Smells fantastic. Almost like Nugget Nectar with the fresh hops aroma comming through. Pine, lemon grass, rosemary, grapefruit.

Taste: tastes very crisp and fresh. Great grapefruit and citrus components. Nice leathery, woody midpalate. All in all a great IPA. Bordering on the level of hops of many DIPAs out there.

Mouthfeel: Nice viscous, sticky texture that coats the palate well.

Drinkability: Solid IPA. Over the top in terms of hops for most IPAs out there and it borders on the flavor and intensity of DIPAs but its delicious so that makes this very drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 02:18:15 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of Walken


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

Bear Republic: Racer 5, India Pale Ale (Tasted 01/27/10)
22 oz. Bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Received as an extra in a trade with Alen, thanks for the fresh goodness man!

Appearance: Hazy golden liquid, like freaking sunshine, I tell you. Loads of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, feeding the bubbly, fluffy head. Blotches of bubbles chill out on the edges of the glass and the head fades down, but there's still a giant iceberg of foam that stays intact.
Odor: Well rounded citrus aroma, pineapple richness on top of tangy grapefruit with a blanket of resiny, fresh aromas in the background.
Consistency: Smooth and slick, definitely the hop oils are responsible for making this light bodied beer feel like it is on the verge of medium. Carbonation is not as aggressive as the bubbles would lead one to belive, but it's certainly lively and low enough to give a juicy feel.
Taste: Hops make short work of showing their strength, a rush of grapefruity bitterness and flavor with the pungent herbal background noise I expect from the dankest of the dank, Columbus. Some sweet fruitiness from the Cascades in the background. Malt peeks in here and there, white bread, slightly crackery. Finish is long and hoppy, with plenty of bitter resin on the tongue.

Bear Republics strength as a brewery, seems to be getting the most out of their hops. The distinctive qualities of three relatively similar hop varieties all come out in this beer. Love.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 20:02:42 | More by Walken
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

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

A: A golden/orange amber with some yeasty haze. The head is thick and frothy, and settles slowly to a thin frothy covering overhead. Some nice sheets and rings of lace form down the whole glass.

S: Bold citrus hops. Some faint bready/biscuity malt aroma.

T&M: Pleasant hoppy grapefruit, some grainy biscuit malt, and an earthy, musky and bitter finish. Everything's top-class until the finish--it's just not as pleasant as I would like. Body is medium with a brisk carbonation and a lightly oily feel.

D: Racer 5 is a top-notch American IPA. It's higher ABV and less-than-pleasant finish limit drinkability somewhat, but Racer 5 is still a damn fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 21:49:09 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of snarygare


4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- nice almost orange like look, good 1 finger head

S- pleasant hoppy scents of grapefruit, pine, a bit of orange

T- not being a huge hop fan this is very nice i must say. Robust mix of hops and some malt..Hops are definitely there and not overbearing. Maybe its the malt balancing it out? Dry in the end..

M- Medium body smooth dry finish

O- This is probably one of the best IPA's I have tried given my taste tends to the maltier styles of beer. I give it two thumbs up for that! Id even buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:12:35 | More by snarygare
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: At first glance, I'm a little disappointed by the look of this brew. In a standard pint glass, it looks a little thin, with a see-through golden orange color. A medium-hard pour leaves about a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly. The carbonation looks great, however, as does the thin, thready, lacing the sticks on the side of the glass.

S: Mostly sweet citrus notes come upfront; is is a nice orange and lemon scent. A little bit of oily, pine-y hops support the citrus smell. As with the appearance, the word thin comes to mind. It does not have a big aroma, but it does have a nice aroma.

T: The taste, however, is not thin and this makes this guy quite happy. There is a very delicious balance between the sweet citrus flavors and the pleasant, dry, pine hop tastes. The finish has that nice, lingering dryness that I really enjoy from a quality IPA.

M: A good, warming feel that spreads joy to all parts of the palate. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth.

D: Not a palate-ruining IPA at all and its crisp, clean citrus tastes lead me to believe that I could drink several of these puppies and be pretty joyful.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 01:10:31 | More by TCHopCraver
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber pour. Voluminous, creamy, eggshell-white head hangs in there like meringue on a lemon pie. Thick, creamy spider-web lace.
Smell: Holy hops! Olfactory assault of floral and citrus hops, hop oils, piney, toasty malt in the background with a decent whiff of alcohol and breadiness.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied caramel malt followed by a sharp whack of piney/pitchy hops, clean crisp carbonation at the top, bitter/citrus hops dry to the bone leaving a flowery and oily/acidic hop aftertaste. Better balance than implied by the nose.
Drinkability: A superbly balanced IPA. I'll be looking for this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2003 00:24:26 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy soapy white head graces the glass by about an inch, but quickly dissipates to leave minimal lacing, more like a fake snow sprayed on the tulip glass.

Strong grapefruit and other citrus on the nose, a decent amount of hop oil and composting grass, just great smelling.

Sweet, with mild barley bread and evenly spaced with hops, nothing too extreme, I expected a good kick from this but it is relatively mild for an IPA. Some ground pepper as well as red pepper and cayenne which is a surprise, as well as the fume promised grapefruit, I might just say this is the damn best IPA I've had in a year, sorry Avery. Just balanced and sweet, like a rose garden in fact I taste rose petals as well.

Great wet and medium heavy mouthfeel, refreshing with a semi light carbonation load.

I would recommend this to all!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 03:22:54 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of tempest


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer looks awesome. As I drink it down, its possibly the best look IPA I ever seen, let alone beer I've seen in the past few months. A hazy orange with white head and lacing all the way down the long weizen glass.

Smell and taste, however, are less amazing. Smells and tastes of west coast hops, very cascade like. Piney, citrus, grapefruit together at once. It was a good and balanced flavor, but lacks the complexity that would make this a great beer. Not overly bitter for the sake of being bitter like some IPAs, it earns it bitterness and flavor.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had no idea this was 7%, felt like any other good IPA. If I had this all night, I might end up on the floor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2006 04:21:34 | More by tempest
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a light clear amber with minimal head. Nose is mostly grapefruit, big citrus aromas. Taste is floral on the sip, smell transfers to the taste with a big citrus bomb flavour which leaves a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, medium bodied. Drinks really well, I was expecting alot more from the appearance; kinda let down by a weak head/pour. Gonna retry the second bottle I bought with a more aggressive pour. Otherwise this is a great tasting citrus flavoured forward IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:14:38 | More by heebes
Photo of alleykatking


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Pecorasc. Thanks for everything once again Sam! Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy almost burnt orange color. Good size 1 1/2 finger cloudy white head that stayed around for a short bit. Nice streaking lacing on the sides of the glass. Wonderful looking beer.

S- This IPA leans more toward bright citrus (grapefuit and orange) hop tones right off the bat. I really enjoyed the front end of this one. More earthy piney hops come crashing in the nose after the first citrus hops. Some light bready sweet malt backbones comes and goes during a sniff. This is quickly overtaken by hops almost right away though.

T- This is a nice tasting IPA. Something I haven't had in a while...just a nice tasting IPA. Citrus hops make the first apperance fast and strong...this is followed by a quick flash of piney resiny hops. The malt backbone comes through a little more in the middle to ending of this beer. It makes with a nice bready balance. The ending has some bitter hops to it...and they last!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Nice hop resin left on the palate and on the teeth. Citrus and piney hops left on the palate and deep into the aftertaste. Crisp in most aspects during drinking. Very clean tasting.

D- This was was a very drinkable IPA. I was actually quite shocked as to how much I enjoyed this beer. The drinkability on this is good but not over the top. After about 3 of these I would like to move onto something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 06:04:12 | More by alleykatking
Photo of EgadBananas


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden in color, big fluffy 2+ finger head that sticks around for the duration.

Smell is very floral, bitter, with some grapefruit and slight malts.

Taste is in your face bitter, earthy, with some sweet citrus and floral notes. Can't really ask for much more!

Feel is solid medium in body. An easy "good".

This is a perfectly balanced, and superbly drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 00:11:49 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade a few weeks back but I can't remember who sent it so I can't give the proper recognition. Whomever it was, thank you very much.

As this beer pours from a 12 oz bottle I'm immediately greeted with a wonderful pine-like aroma. I can't wait to settle into this one. As I finish pouring I am left with an inch of tiny micro-bubbled foam, reminiscent of egg whites. Retention lasts less than a minute. Lacing is nice and sticky. AS expected the piney hops are very evident in the aroma. This has a really mellow flavor profile with a nice bitter bite at the end. Slightly carbonated with an oily feel that coats your entire mouth. Very nice. I'm sure I'll be cracking open a few of these over the next few months!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:04:54 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Photo of D11


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a very cloudy, light copper color with really no head at all. the thin head that shows up dissipates quickly.

S- HOPS. smelled excellent.

T- all hops. the hops were not sweet/floral but instead nice and thick.

M- really enjoyed the mouthfeel. carbonation is nice and crispness is not overdone. feels good going through the teeth.

O- ok first.. wow. this beer is really nice. i always passed by it when choosing at the store. i think the reason i didnt pay attention to it was the packaging, heh. i heard it mentioned by another BA in a thread and thought i might try it. This is definately one to atleast try. its not complex but not in a bad way, just really good Hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:48:47 | More by D11
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear golden amber with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and the head quickly dissipates into lacing on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy, piney hops.
T: Like the smell, bitter piney hop flavors dominate the flavors, but these do not overpower the taste and are balanced to some degree by the underlying hops.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is lots of dryness in the finish.
D: If you drink this before it warms up, any hint of alcohol is completely masked. The beer packs a lot of punch in the way of flavor and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:02:43 | More by metter98
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy stuff. Popping the cap released grapefruit aroma before I even started pouring. Pours golden apricot, slightly chill-hazed, with a yellow-white head that faded too soon. Left bits of lace. Nose is grapefruit, tart citrus almost smothering sweet hints of peach and malt.

There was more malt sweetness up front than I anticipated. Nice!! It was quicklu and wonderfully offest by citrus sweeping in as expected. Nice mouthfeel, a quaffable beer. Would love to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 04:29:38 | More by babydoc
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Small head, off white, little lacing. Typical IPA color, amber/red/brown.

S: Excellent, citrus hops, nothing complicated.

T: Pine after taste. Hops up front. Very balanced, not bitter.

M: A bit dry. Average carbonation.

O: I think this is really balanced, not over the top with the hops, not too bitter and no burn. I think this may be one to show my friends that did not like the IPA's from Stone they tried recently.

Bottle in my mix 6 at Nikki's in RI, $2.29 before discount.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:23:15 | More by crzyc
Photo of zoso1967


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly amber yellow with a resiny white head that leaves nice lace on the sides of my pint glass. The aroma is lovely, and the fact that I could smell it right after popping the cap is always a good sign. It is quite perfume like with plenty of citrus, both lemon and ruby red grapefruit, a hint of pine and some nice flowery aromas. I also detect a hint of earthiness and pale malt sweetness. The flavor is bursting with hops. Lemon, grapefruit, pine and floral flavors mix with the sweet slightly caramel malt character and a bit of earthiness. This beer is quite bitter, but seems to have just enough sweetness to keep it from getting out of control. Not as balanced as a east coast or Midwest IPA mind you, but I am not one to be overly concerned about that, especially with a hop flavor and aroma as great as that possessed by racer 5. The body is medium with a good amount of carbonation, yet a fairly smooth texture. The finish is very dry with a lingering hoppy flavor on my tongue. A very drinkable IPA, and one of my go-to favorites. I am surprised it took me this long to get around to reviewing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:01:52 | More by zoso1967
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like Bear Republic, don't like their lawsuit.

Gold with floating yeasties bobbing around. Bulbous white head forms a mound in the glass center like a turtle shell. Retention is said turtle shell descending like a scuba diver when the tide is going out. That's a good thing.

Pineapple, grapefruit and soft pine aroma. Taste is citrus and tropical fruit (lots of pineapple) hop with a full resiny mouthfeel. Though hop forward, the malt puts up a fight in it's own right being just the right amount of dryness and just the right amount of fullness. I'm getting watermelon with the swallow?

Though I will stand up for East coast IPAs in their own right (Berkshire Lost Sailor, Smuttynose, Mayflower, etc) I'm a sucker for a West coast citrus bomb. This is a go to when I have the urge.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 16:11:21 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired in trade with Wasatch.

Pours a hazy amber with big fluffy cream colored head that lasts a while. Leaves a good amount of sticky bubbly lace. Impressive head for an IPA.

Nose is full and juicy, with plenty of earthy caramelly malt, brightened by grapefruit, peach, and pear fruitiness. A syrupy sugary sweet overtone rounds it all out.

Taste is lightly sweet, with biscuity grains and a good dose of lighter malts for an overall full taste. Not to be deceived, this IPA has plenty of hops, but they balance well with the overall body and flavor of the beer. Earthy resin cuts through the malt, along with citrusy fruit. A dry bitterness rises nicely at the finish.

Smooth medium-thick body for an IPA. Great characteristic stickiness and oily mouthfeel.

A very tasty version of an IPA, attractive, aromatic, and satisfying. Differentiated among other IPAs by it's light but strong malt profile, slow hop ascension on the palate, and full body. I would drink more of this if I had more to drink. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 18:23:56 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of BostonHops


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone with a finger, finger and a half of a frothy, off-white head. very good retention and lacing, but ultimately the presentation is middling to slightly above average; nothing really to write home about in a style chalked full of great ones.

strong citrus hops (notably grapefruit) are out in front in the nose, followed by a few pine and floral notes and are flanked by a background malty presence. solid, inviting aroma. taste exceeds everything else about this beer. which, if you're going to excel in one category this would be the one to do it. nice balance between the citrus/pine hops, a dash of pepper, and just the right amount of malt. very tasty.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. great drinkability. i could easily session this beer. not to be confused with a session beer... also love the widespread availability of this, a staple at my summer barbecues.

originally reviewed: 12-09-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:01:29 | More by BostonHops
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours somewhere between clear and translucent copper, with massive head and fluffy lacing. Has a really herbal earthy hop nose, a little remincent of a barley wine if you ask me, with pine and citrus and grapefruit, not too agressive, just right and quite nice. Taste is the same way, really earthy pine hop, a solid biscut malt base, with that same barley wine kind of hint in the aroma, perhaps from yeast?, with a slight bittering at the end. Either way, Really smooth and delicious mouth. Overall, just a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:53:55 | More by objectivemonkey
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light amber color; nice eggshell head (one finger thick) leaving a ring of lace with each sip.

Nice fresh floral hop aromas. I note this smell each time I pick up the glass for a sip.

IPA's are inherently unbalanced brews. So I get excited when I get the hop wallop along with a strong round flavor of malt. This beer pulls that off. Excellent body with a slightly high carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter, but floral, hop that lasts a very long time.

This probably makes my top three IPA's ever tried (with Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale). I would love to do a blind tasting of these three. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 19:57:12 | More by smcolw
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,928 ratings.