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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,226 Reviews
THE BROS
94
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Reviews: 2,226
Hads: 7,101
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 285
Gots: 954 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy golden yellow color with a medium white head. The aroma is very citrusy, orange, grapefruit, very tropical,and some pine. The taste is more of the same.The alcohol is hidden quite well. (198 characters)

Photo of DonnieHops
2.6/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The most overrated beer on beer advocate....

Had in a bottle and on tap..... Both underwhelming and non descript.... Sold as a bartender in a few spots and never had a repeat sale....

Don't get this one at all.... (215 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. It was a cloudy medium amber, with a giant, fluffy white head that slowly melted into a snowy hillock. I throughly cleaned and dried another glass and poured a second to test the clarity. Still cloudy.

Smell: A masterfully balanced C-hop tree from top to bottom: earth, grass, wood, and citrus. Some tropical fruit scents and a piercing smell of white pepper make for a captivating garnish.

Taste: One of those nice, round balls of complexity that fascinates as a collaboration rather than a conglomeration. Toasted, buttery malt is topped with grapefruit, mint leaves, and rosemary. A small dose of peach juice and a squeeze of caramel add just enough sweetness to keep the medium-high bitterness from overwhelming. It's so well done, but it still begs for a little something more to set it apart from other IPAs of good caliber.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, yet still smooth. Light alcohol warming and medium-high carbonation continue the theme of balance by creating an atmosphere that's both refreshing and intoxicating.

Overall: This IPA is undeniably good, but it's perhaps so well-balanced, that it becomes a little boring when compared to the wide varieties of recipes on the market today. Still, it's a sure bet, and one I will therefore continue to buy. (1,307 characters)

Photo of Beerds
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent pour, great color and nice thick foamy head. Great taste and very smooth going down. Unique aftertaste still can't pinpoint exactly what the taste is. Leaves you smacking for another sip, which I don't mind taking. (226 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale golden yellow. Fairly frothy and large off white cap that has excllent rentention.

Aromas are basically non existent. Faint pale malts and citrus. Doesnt smell bad or good. Somehow, just nothing there.

Tastes good, but nothing crazy either way. I read Chinook hops. I get that. Mainly just in the form of being bitter at the end. Othherwise, just a lot of muted flavor malt, pine, citrus.

Body is nice. Full and slightly creamy.

I am not sure of the age of this beer, but it was in a cooler. I say this because it is nowhere close to the ratings for me. I know I am in the minority. It just doesnt offer me anything other than not being offensive in any way. I would score this better as a pale ale truthfully. (737 characters)

Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In the interest of full disclosure, I historically have not been partial to IPAs. From time to time, however, I will sample one to see if my tastes have changed. You see I really would like to like them...there's so many. Purchased a fresh 12 oz bottle of Racer 5 last night from a local deli. I can tell this is good beer, but it's still not my type. I could see having 1 or 2 of these now and then if I'm not pairing them with food but, after 1 or 2, I would need to switch to something else. And I can't see drinking it with food as I think the beer would overpower whatever I was eating. (591 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no bottling date info provided

Pours a hazy orange body with a big one inch head (on a non aggressive pour) good retention, good lacing.

Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, a little sweet malt.This one has it all... One of the more diverse smelling beers that I have had. There is a lot going on here.

Taste isn't exactly as it smells, I didn't get much citrus or tropical fruits....
What I did get was a nice hop malt mix, Somewhat hop forward, slightly bitter. Very enjoyable.

Interesting... Average full feel. not overly carbonated, but a non aggressive pour still produced a huge head (?)

This beer is like an onion... lots of different layers . And they are all pretty good... pleasantly complex. Hard to describe (in a good way) (749 characters)

Photo of Phillip13
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very fine west coast IPA. It has a great hoppy flavor with a bitter after taste.The combination of the four different hops gives this beer a incredible bite in every sip. You will enjoy this beer. (199 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Pours a golden yellow it a thin layer of white fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smells of west coast hops. Not piney. Little citrus. Taste is clean with only a little bitterness. Tiny citrus. Mostly a mixture of hops. Not wet hops either. Abv is 7.5% so this could be dangerous on a hot day. Easy drinking. Excellent ipa. (340 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice citrus and grapefruit smells with the same on the taste with a piney lingering bitterness. The best part that really ties everything together is the body and almost drinks like a double ipa. Very nice sweet malts but still very bitter and a strong IPA. At only 7.99 in socal its a definite go to. (301 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard, straight sided pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a nice, golden-orange juice color. Forms a good, solid finger of bright white ivory head. Medium head potential, strong head retention. Nice, thick solid rings of lacing left behind on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.5 - Pine, grapefruit rind, hops, earthiness, bitterness and a rain water freshness.
T - 4.75 - Lightly sweet grapefruit rind upfront which develops into a bitter, hoppy and piney finish. Definitely a bitter biased, west-coast IPA.
F - 5 - Nice oily, creamy quality to the body of this brew. Goes down quite smoothly.
O - 5 - Drinks easy like a session beer but packs a punch with the ABV. Refreshes and quenches your thirst like water, making this both a good standalone sipping beer or a great food pairing beer as well. Racer 5 is an unquestionably awesome representation of the standard american west-coast IPA style, and I HIGHLY recommend it to fans of the more bitter and not so sweet IPAs, you will not regret the purchase! (1,015 characters)

Photo of sderenne
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kegged 5/08/15 Tapped 5/23/15 Wow the aroma is amazing. Flavor is a buttery,citrusy , hoppy treat for your mouth. I had a 5 gallon keg of this last fall and it was good. This keg is exceptional. Bear republic is creating some amazing beers that may rival or beat their neighbors to the south Russian River. (306 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a respectable white head. The aroma was mainly floral and piny with a tad bit citrus hops, but was pretty faint for a west coast styled IPA. The hop flavor was very reflective of the aroma, with a little malt sweetness on the back end. Overall it was a pretty tasty IPA and if it wasn't so pricy compared to other brews I would probably get it all the time. (388 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Hazy copper with about 1/2" of whitish head that recedes kinda quick. Retention actually isn't that bad, nice lacing here.

S: Some grapefruit, mostly resinous pine. (disclosure: I'm struggling with a cold so my olfactory senses suck at the moment)

T: Brilliant! Perfect balance between oily hop bitter & beefy off-sweet malt. Everything here is big, yet in absolute equilibrium. Some piney aspects lead into a grapefruity note toward the finish right before the malt hits...just awesome.

M: Burly. Dense malt with a bit of soapiness balanced against just the right amount of carb.

O: What can I say here? It's a classic & deservedly so. (692 characters)

Photo of Baldrick
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! From the cloudy appearance to the incredibly balanced taste, it's hard to beat. It's very hoppy, but the malt offsets it nicely. Prolly my favorite right now... (178 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy golden amber with a good off-white head. Aroma is VERY hoppy with a fruity undertone - gets them salivary glads a-workin’! Flavor is seriously hoppy and woody, with a fruity undertone that is mainly apple and pear with a touch of banana. I get a hint of - could that be caramel? Texture is good and firm, with plenty of fizz. (367 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orange and hazy in the glass. It's a bit opaque.

Smells so piney and citrusy. The malt comes out in the aroma slightly.

The taste is the best part, though. There's pine, citrus, orange peel, butter, clove, slight caramel, and burnt candy. These last two are so subtle but make this beer what it is - a wonderful tasting IPA.

Medium mouth feel with a oily sickness as it goes down. The hops contribute to a sharp bite on the back end.

One of my favorites. In style and overall. (481 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy honey color, with a thin yet very sticky head. Very light aroma, but complex and well balanced nonetheless, I wish it was just a tad more pungent. It tastes amazing though and has an absolutely perfect texture and mouth feel. One of my favorites, I find myself going back to this one time and time again. (323 characters)

Photo of TBCE
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with about a inch of foam. Foam dissipates to leave very nice lacing of the glass. Smell is faint, but very nice...featuring tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is of citrus and tropical fruits, leaving a very pleasant hoppy after taste. Mouth feel is lightly carbonated and extremely smooth. Overall an outstanding IPA. (361 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is tropical and piney - it has a wonderful aroma, I just wish it was more pungent. It doesn't jump out of the glass like some other IPAs do. I actually think the taste was better than the smell. It has a very tropical fruity aftertaste, with some subtle grapefruit and pine. Not very bitter and I enjoy this beer more and more as it warms up. I will definitely buy it again, as a bomber was only $4.99 here. (417 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a classic, but I've never had it before today. Here goes:

A: OK. Great head and lacing; very thick-looking. However, the beer is unfiltered and therefore not exactly pretty to look at. Looks of solid hop particles are floating in the solution. Murky orange-amber.

S: Grapefruit, pine, citrus on a mild malt backbone. Rather generic, but still good.

T: Follows the nose but slightly more malt in the taste than in the smell.

F: Thick and rich. Alright for the style.

O: Good beer. Little overrated, but still good. (536 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orange color. Nice 1.5 finger head with great lacing. Medium mouthfeel.

Aroma is extremely citrusy! Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon, and excellent florel hoppiness.

Taste matches the nose perfectly. Just a really balanced and nice drinking beer. More huge citrus (big fresh grapefruit and lemon zest). Prickle of carbonation and a minor hit of hop bitterness nearing the end of the sip. Just enough malt plays through at the end of the sip to round this beer out.

Just a really well-crafted brew. I highly reccomend this. It has so much flavor, yet is so well balanced and easy to drink. Any critique would be maybe a tad bit more carbonation, but this is me nitpicking (plus I like over-carbonated beers). Also it is just a tad bit thick, nothing crazy, again just nitpicking. I would pair this with a grilled chicken breast with a nice salad with a citrus vinaigrette. It gets a 94/100. (902 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Poured a very hazy dark yellow-orange color with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly fast.

Smell- Very floral with citrus notes of grapefruit and mango.

Taste- A sweet yet lightly toasted caramel malt flavor that builds up to a bomb of citrus with strong grapefruit notes. Piney hop bunch also arrives until leaving a dry and hoppingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with a syrupy feel. Active carbonation.

Overall- Finally got a hold of this popular IPA. I get the hype it has now. Very smooth and quite flavorful. Lots of hop flavors and a nice malt blend. This seems more like a 2xipa to me than a regular one. Very good. (711 characters)

Photo of brodericksloth
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had draft in ipa glass. Clear clean looking Gold. Full white head that lingers to end of the glass;lots of legs

Not overly hoppy...no alcohol burn, pleasant citrus sweet. Hop profile like something from Rusian River but not to the extent that they dry hop. Malts carry it with no heavy bloat. Good for Summer and with food. Very drinkable

Nice clean DIPA that behaves. Highly recommend. (396 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 26, 2015.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow with a quick white head but little lacing left behind as it fades.

The aroma has this sort of melted caramel or toffee feature along with muted grass and earth. Maybe pear.

Medium to above medium texture.

The taste is both caramel and juicy with a modest lingering hop finish. Balanced. (380 characters)

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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