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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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2,243 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,243
Hads: 7,209
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 310
Gots: 1,057 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,243 | Hads: 7,209
Photo of tyanow
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am addicted to Racer 5. I recently called Bear Republic to arrange for some kegs and I told the lady who works there about my addiction. She replied, "I hear that a lot".

Lighter than expected orangish yellow with a nice puff head that lingers and laces.

Overwhelming (in a good way) citrus hop aroma. Distinctly grapefruit and a slight pine note. The taste is a lot more hop than malt but both are very apparent. The word that always comes to mind is fresh.

It is crisper than you'd imagine a 7% beer to be.

This is a bold beer but remarkably drinkable.

I am not a huge hophead - or should I say I wasn't before Racer 5. In my mind this is right up there with Pliny.

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Photo of Dieseljaxx
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic rarely disappoints. They are one of the most consistent breweries going and definitely have an appreciation for hoppy beers. This beer has a wonderful color, smells delicious and the taste meets those expectations. This is a tasty IPA that provides that crisp hoppiness you get with a good IPA but doesn't overwhelm the palate. This beer is very drinkable and should be consumed often.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip glass:
Pours an attractive, golden gamboge-orange color; clear with an ample carbonation level that fuels a behemoth, cloudy, light tan head. Great retention & lacing make for quite the visual.

Aroma is packed with piney, resinous hops balanced perfectly with big, sweet caramel malts. Fruity citrus, mango, pineapple, and pear round out the mouthwatering scent.

This is one of the better tasting IPA's I've had. There's a big time hop note at the beginning, followed by a smooth, biscuity caramel malt backbone that (again) works wonders for the balance to this brew. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubby, and very refreshing with a poignantly bitter hop finish. Overall, this india pale ale is fantastically complex, and both hop-heads and malt-nuts alike will fall in love with it.

Sign of a truly pleasing beer? My girlfriend, who DESPISES hops (I'm working on that, trust me...), actually enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Brownish orange color with a thick white full head that sticks around.
S:I pick up a hint of candied apricots mixed in with brown sugar sweet malt
T:Resiny sticky hops that are very floral immediately. At the end there is an awesome candy sweetness.
M: Fills my mouth with full fat bubbles.
D:Another great example of a great IPA baby.

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

Clear amber pour contrasts with a nice tan head that almost looks like it could be used in an advertisement for beer. Citrus hops make me very excited to drink. Tastes as great as it smells. Hops are present, and not overpowering, but most certainly present enough to let you know that you are drinking an IPA, and a damn good one at that. I want to keep drinking this all day, and very well could. It's a perfect combo of taste and smooth feeling. This is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure of tasting and i cannot wait to do it again

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Photo of JSchn0w7
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far the best recommendation someone has ever made to me at a bar. I'm always willing to try new beers as the come on tap at my local bar, but this was by far one of the best. By far is the most drinkable IPA i have ever had. Not an overly alchol taste, sweet with citrus and balanced with hops. It was the perfect combination, about 7.5% ABV and it can sneak up quickly. Another must try.

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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.

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Photo of klewis
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Brewkettle, Strongsvile, OH 5/13/07

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden and left lots of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Strong citrusy hops aromas. Very nice.

T: Lots of hop presence with citrus and bubble gum flavors and a light bitterness in the finish. A spicy hop character adds depth and complexity.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp hop bite.

D: This one reminds me an awful lot of Two-Hearted, and it's consistently as good. A must try.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freaking massive! After starting your pint wondering what you've gotten yourself into and you finish ordering another. This beer is special. This hits a limit for how bitter yet delicious a beer can be at this ABV.

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Photo of ficknish
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light caramel color, good head retention.

Aroma - Strong floral hop aroma.

Taste - Spicy floral hops dominate over a sweet toasty backbone. Slightly citrus.

Mouth feel - Medium to strong body. Mild Carbonation. Definitely a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I love this beer. It's everything great about a westcoast IPA. Strong on the hops aroma and bitterness, yet subtly followed by a mellow sweetness.

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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.

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Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aroma - Faint pines, grapefruit, hops, mango, sugared caramel.
Appearance - Really pretty yellowish orange with some great lacing.
Taste - Nice bitter hop bite with a really nice juiced grapefruit, peach, lemon fruity characteristic. Sweet orange peel, caramel, grains and slick syrupy molasses.
Overall - Really just a fantastic beer. It's my favorite. A great introduction to IPA's and craft beer. Just never any going wrong with this one.

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Photo of burnstar
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly cloudy gold with a small to medium persistent head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides of the glass. Smell is fantastic resiny piney hops. Really big aroma of fresh hops. Taste has very pleasant piney citrusy earthy hops from beginning to finish. Nice background sweetness provides some balance. Some bitterness but not as much as some other IPAs. This beer is full bodied and lightly carbonated which suits it well. Very easy to drink would be a (dangerously) good session beer. Overall an excellent IPA.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one fine IPA. I have to say that at 7% it is drinkable and tasty. I loved it to the last drop.

I poured my Racer 5 into a duvel glass. The head formed quickly and remained from pour to pour from my 22 oz bomber. The warmer this one got the more robust the dry hopped aroma became.

The smell of west coast fresh hops and pine with an earthy background rip through you as you drink this excellent beer. I never thought I could like this as well as Hop Rod Rye, but I was definately wrong. This beer has huge character.

The taste is backed up by the aroma. The earthy taste, pine resin, and extra bitter finish make this an excellent IPA - strong within its class (a difficult style to stand out among such great beers.

The mouthfeel is strong but not too thick. It is just about perfect for an IPA. It may be, perhaps, a little too carbonated (it is bottle conditioned so it will have some variance).

This is a very drinkable beer that you will try to savor to the last drop, but no matter what you do you won't be able to have your cake and eat it too (it will end). Stop crying and buy some more Racer 5. Enjoy friends!

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Photo of jsh420
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours golden orange with a 1+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing all down the glass

smells of pine citrus hops with a good amount of malt

taste - this is the best of both worlds - west coast pine & citrus hops but is very balanced - it has a nice malt backbone to fall on

mouthfeel is light/medium with low carbonation so pts off for that

drinkability is great - this beer is in my top 5 of all-time great ipa's

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So freaking psyched to finally get ahold of this one....

A - Poured a deep orange amber, great two inch head formed on top and left a ton of lace down the glass once it finally decided to let go. Nice carbonation, great overall look, just like an IPA should.

S - Huge citrus hops, and a ton of pine. Some sticky sweet notes as well. Very fresh taste, lots of resiny aromas. Really great smell.

T - Perfect. Just a phenomonal fresh, sticky, resin hoppy bomb of delight. Such a sticky pine fresh taste, lots of fresh cut grass and orange peel. Some light sugar, but a bomb al the way.

M - Super smooth and very very sticky. A bit thick. Very nice carbonation, could put this down all night long with ease.

D - Damn near perfect. Not strong enough to be a sipper, a little heavy though to throw down a ton, but otherwise just about perfect. I would love to try this one on tap, seems like it would be perfect.

Overall this totally lived up to my expectations. It was just great. I would love to have this again and again. I am glad I have a couple more bottles. Just a damn fine IPA if I have ever had one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer recommended to me by the BA community to be a highly drinkable IPA

A - Hazy light copper in color. Golden could easily be seen with a nice foamy white head. Slight yeast bits hope doesn't inflict review.
S - Grapefruit straight up. Then citrus and other malts are smelt.
T - Wow an overwhelming yet great hops taste. Loved it!
M - Refreshing yet dry. Just what expected from this IPA.
D - Man I need a case of this! A+!

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Photo of cameraman
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber to golden color, with a half inch white colored head. The strong scent of grapefruit and pine strike the nose at first sniff, that is followed by the mellow fragrance of malt at the end. The malt comes out at the start of the taste, then it blends to an intense grapefruit, grassy, earthy bitterness takes over and dominates till the end. A thin watery feel at bthe front, it then gradually becomes more of a medium bodied feel. This a really good IPA, bringing a strong aroma and excellent flavor, which are the backbone of a great beer, makes this one outstanding.

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Photo of Realale
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper. Very fine white head settles to a complete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is citric hop over a slightly rich biscuity malt. Very well-balanced.

Balance carries through to the palate. Lots of malt, and lots of wonderfully extracted hop flavor. Finish is long, and well-balanced between hop bitterness and malty sweetness.

Very soft beautiful bottle-conditioned mouthfeel really keeps the hop bitterness in check. Simply excellent. Its nice to find an American IPA that has the malt to balance, not just support, the hops.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. Sitting in Healdsburg, pondering the bicycles and pondering this beer. So rich, great balance of malt and hops, but the finish - bordering on one of the best IPA's. One of life's pleasures.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap into pint glass. great looking IPA- nice burnt orange color sith slight haze. Good off white one finger head, leaves good lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine, with slight alcohol finish. Taste is divine. This is a true IPA, or at least what I wish I could always have when I choose an IPA. Great Hop bitter bite, but finishes fairly smooth- great balance here. Bear Republic does it again for me!

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Photo of emmasdad
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden color with a firm white head. Big citrusy aromas (grapefruit and maybe a bit of zesty lemon). Taking a drink, the big hoppy flavors assault the palate, but in a very good way. Mid palate I get citrus, followed by a lightly sweet maltiness leading to a lasting bitter finish. Eminently drinkable, this is a perfect example of the west coast ipa style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: bright orange not much of a head with good lace but head and head retention could be better

S: grapefruit and grapefruit rind and zest along with a bit of pine

T: fresh clean hops well balanced with a crisp finish taste is way better then smell, taste is unreal.

M: med to light body perfect with good carbonation

D: drink this all night long it wont get old

overall: one of the best IPA's I have ever had this beer is sick easy to see why so many BA's love this beer because its great and one of the best IPA's I have ever had.

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Photo of Sbkrogers
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, murky, yellow in colour. Excited to see this pour into a glass. Good one finger head, dissapates over a minute or so.

Smell: Hops. Not sure what else I can say.

Taste: WOW! Hops hit you right in the face. Crisp, clean and super sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, but pretty sweet so couldnt see this being a session beer.

One of my favourites, have only had a few times but this is one of the best beers I've had, regardless of score. Something about the total package that is really excellent.

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Photo of ericj551
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 pours an ever so slightly hazy light copper with a nice white head that leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma is sweet, almost melon-like malt, and tons of orange and grapefruit hops. Tons of hops squeeze into the flavor, citrusy and herbal. Nice light malt sweetness is well balanced by the bitterness. Overall this is a delicious IPA, I feel like they crammed the flavor of a DIPA into an IPA.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.