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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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5,583 Ratings

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Ratings: 5583
Reviews: 2158
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%

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 57md


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear yellowish copper color. This offering is slightly effervescent with a finger of fluffy head that seemed to linger forever and left rings of lace behind reminiscent of a nitro-tapped beer. The malt profile seems solid, if not remarkable and the hoppiness is good for a single IPA.

This offering does suffer from an odd trace of booziness which makes it less drinkable than some higher ABV DIPAs that I’ve sampled in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2014 04:49:30 | More by 57md
Photo of GOBLIN


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bear Republic Racer 5

Cool name . . . Really !

Poured into pint glass

A: Nothing special, orange in color. Typical look for an ipa

S: Malty with a hoppy aroma . . . Go figure

T: What this beer lacks in appearance and aroma it makes up for in taste. Oranges and other citrus flavors with a excellent bitter finish

M: Smooth and a good amount of carbination

O: I like this brew alot. It's an easy drinker but still hoppy and bitter enough to make most hopheads happy. Racer 5 is one of those ipa's that got me over the ipa hump so to speak.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 17:17:55 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of BierJager89


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden with a small white head.

S: Citrus, particularly orange in the nose.

T: Orange, blood orange(?) flavors. Sweet, a bit floral. Some nice tropical fruit as well.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth enough for an IPA.

O: DELICIOUS! One of the better common IPAs out there in general, but fresh from the brewery the day before the very same batch was sent to the beer festivals, it's amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 22:13:13 | More by BierJager89
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

How could I not have reviewed Racer 5 by this point in my beer reviewing career? I didn’t even realize it until I started looking at the “top ___” lists. There’s a few omissions that I visit frequently and this, my trivia night staple, is definitely one of them.

The Racer 5 pours an amber-tan color, with a rich, caramel-orange-tinged hue. It has this wonderful candied-orange hop aroma to it, with an orange-heavy hop profile. Malty sweetness turns into a bitter piney finish. Dependable, reliable, and I’m glad I’m finally giving it its due.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2014 02:27:47 | More by elNopalero
Photo of berlinabb


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This full bodied 2nd Tier IPA is exceptional on tap, one of my favorites. In bottles it tends to loose some crispness. Similar to Green Flash West Coast IPA and Ruination, but I'd take Racer any day.

Anthill Pub & Grill sells $12/pitcher $4.50/pints

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 00:02:34 | More by berlinabb
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Ontario (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw coloured with a juicy juicy citrus nose and dry limes. Taste is full on hops with a deep rich character, earthy, herbal hops and a sharp start and then a dry herbal bitter finish
Mouthfeel has a sharp citrus start then mellows into herbal hops and mildly nutty malts, mod carbonation. Good all round session ipa, quite bitter but nice balance and really fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 16:27:08 | More by mick303
Photo of stacket1


4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 02:18:23 | More by stacket1
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District of Columbia

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good IPA that tends just a little to the sweet side of a well balanced IPA.

A: golden clear with large amount of head with great retention and lacing
S: little floral, little earthy
T/M: little bit of a few things with not too much of any: molasses, lemon, grass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 23:47:41 | More by cjgiant
Photo of ChrisKayler


4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden-orange, crystal clear.

Smell: Mango sweetness with strong pine thrown in. Citrus lingers on the nose as well.

Taste: Very citrus forward, followed by a strong piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A tasty citrusy IPA. It's a bit one dimensional and unbalanced, but if you happen to like the flavor (like I do), it's delicious and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2013 04:23:09 | More by ChrisKayler
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At River City Saloon, Sacramento, CA:

Into a pint glass:

A: somewhat hazy orange/brown colored body, film of a white somewhat foamy head, some light foamy lacing, body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising

S: strong citrus/pine hops up front, decent backing by the malts as it warms

T: bittersweet and balanced all throughout, decent hops to malts well-welcomed aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, sessionable, carbonation is adequate for the style and for me, slightly dry and crisp

O: I`m glad I`m finally able to try this as I would have this again

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2013 01:29:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Radiant coppery appearance under a billowy cloud like head, this IPA looks like poster boy.

Big notes of grapefruit and tangerines blend with a pine and malt aroma.

The taste is special with grapefruit, orange and tangerines taking the forefront. Mostly pine ends the sip with little to no malt base.

Overall, for a stock IPA and not a double, this packs a great deal into a little glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 14:01:22 | More by KYGunner
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The color has a rich orange color and lots of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice juicy citrus, grapefruit and malt sweetness.

The flavor has a hoppy freshness with grapefruit, orange, pine, and then it finish with a bitter dry finish.

The body and malt backbone stand out for this beer. It's very well crafted with its drinkability. The refreshing grapefruit just keeps wanting you to drink more and more.

I'm re-reviewing this because I didn't care for this beer at all. Having this for the second time fresh on tap, this was fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 22:59:57 | More by dar482
Photo of earthling


4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Racer 5 must be consumed as fresh as possible. It's a classic dry-hopped California IPA with loads of citrus hop aroma. It has a strong bitterness, though it's well balanced with a pretty heavy malt. It's at hoppier end of IPAs, though it isn't going to blow your head off. A great regular drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 18:36:21 | More by earthling
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sudsy soapy foam. Golden in color. Very nice lacing and foam.

Smell: Floral soap...a bit too soapy, but still enjoyable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Medicinal hops and chamomile. A very subdued DIPA flavor, but quite enjoyable. Goes down clean like a lager, making this easy to drink.

Overall Drinkability: One of the strangest DIPAs I've ever had, but I look forward to having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 00:51:27 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of gillagorilla


3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very light golden hue with a light film and nice lacing.

S: Very light floral and citrus notes that were very hard to discern.

T: The hops finally come through and are apparent here. It has a very even keel of a hop profile throughout. A good blend of pine and citrus.

M: Very smooth with light bubbles. It was easy going down but got harsher as it warmed.

O: Not a bad IPA, but I would like to try it in a bottle. It came across as a very light IPA. The smell was almost non-existent, but it may have been a bad pour or something from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2013 13:46:52 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of rand


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap to pint glass

Pours a clear straw-yellow with an orange hue, frothy head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

It smells of freshly cut pine and citrus, sweet pastries, lemongrass spice.

The flavors follow, nicely hop-forward with a hop oil-astringency at the base of the palate. Toffee-malts and a bready complexion add depth and satiate. Short, bitter finish with ample carbonation scrubbing the palate between sips.

A classic IPA, perhaps the original West Coast style. I could never get tired of this beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2013 04:21:13 | More by rand
Photo of Cattlehound


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite IPA's from the west coast! A great balance of malts and hops hide the booziness in this beer, which is why my wife calls them "eraser 5's" 3-5 pints and see you later! Wow what a drinkable beer, beautiful dark amber color and great flavor!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 23:32:14 | More by Cattlehound
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4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just such a great beer. So big and bold and fits the area in which it is brewed. Big hop notes center around a balanced malt character with a nice finish. Two of these and you're set. Such a nice change when you are touring around the area drinking other AIPAs too. Not to say the other are crap, this is just a different and well-rounded beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 04:56:02 | More by chrisgalvin
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at piggyback bbq-whitefish, mt
A: pure golden straw color with a slight cloudiness. Head is huge and white. Already can tell this is heavily carbonated.
S: big floral hops , scents of sweet citrus. Alittle bit of bread too on the nose
T: big hoppiness huge hoppiness. Great fruit-citrus, tart grapefruit. Light malt and a still alittle herbalness. Straightforward huge IPA
M: huge carbobation, really hop bitter and dry
O: great gargantuan IPA, I understand why its won awards. Good stuff

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2013 02:53:53 | More by mtboozeaddict41
Photo of deebo


2.91/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A-clear and golden with an oily surface
S-hops. Citrus and pine
T-very hop forward. Pine and grass this bitch is bitter
M-nice body fairly smooth given the in your face hop character
O-a in your face beer that loosens up after a few drinks but still is resiny and bitter in the finish that limits its drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 05:00:28 | More by deebo
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: not quite amber more like a yellowish amber. Heavy bubbles on the body with a white head that is about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Grapefruit feel, light floral scent.

Taste: of course it's bitter so if that's not your thing leave it alone. Piney almost like a tree bark type of feel.

Mouth: crisp toasty after taste. You feel bitterness that lingers against your cheeks complimented with citrus grapefruit.

Overall: this is a really good brew, and my first time having it on tap grab a glass as appreciate what real beer is supposed to be like. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 00:41:23 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of alkemy


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time I'm finally getting it on tap. Kind of a dirty straw/honey golden color. More clarity out of the tap than out of the bottle. Creamy just off-white head. More of a floral hops for me. This time the citrus and pineapple reveal themselves. I didn't notice this with bottles, but this keg was freshly tapped and obviously had never seen sunlight. Hops are also more prevalent. Malts seemed to ride in the backseat where they belong. I get some grapefruit on the back end along with an odd hint of vanilla. Felt nice in the mouth. Although this has let me down out of the bottle, the fresh draft was very good. I'd have to give this a Rachel Ray Yum-O.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 02:33:48 | More by alkemy
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a ton of times, but I guess this is the time I'm going to actually review it. On draft at a local bar in western, MA.
Apppearance: Pours hazy orange with a white head which quickly dissipates. I've actually always thought of this as a golden IPA...but the lighting in here isn't that grate either...I think this bar probably goes through a beer like this at a moderate pace, so it's not super fresh, but still very good.

Smell: LIght grapefruit smell, floral, yeasty (almost like sourdough)

Taste: As almost every other time i've had this it is really a grate all around balanced ipa. Initially good grapefuit taste, well balanced malt in the middle and a slight hint of acidity/bitterness at the end. I would love to try one of these that was super fresh...I think it would likely be much more assertive.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Sometimes these are just too easy to drink...at 7% that can be dangerous, but it is tasty. This is a perfect summer time IPA. Light in body yet tasty, closer to an american pale ale i think. Differing from someone like sierra pale in a good way with more citrusy/floral hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 00:46:02 | More by Sal_Paradise
Photo of PorterLambic


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear dark golden color with a small white head. No real retention though the lacing is great.
Smell is evergreen hops, slight malt and some citrus. Balance is alright.
Taste is malty, restrained hops (especially for a west coast US IPA), piney, some alcohol presence. Decently balanced.
Nearly full-bodied, lightly effervescent, warming and smoothish. Overall, a very good beer, one I would gladly do again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 02:44:49 | More by PorterLambic
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with awesome lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: Grains and pale malts with citrus and earthy hops.

T: earthy and citrus hops throughout which are tart. Caramel malts form a nice base. A slight burnt toast character to this one.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very nicely balanced. The hop character is not all that complex but it's still good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 02:22:39 | More by kylehay2004
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,583 ratings.