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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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5,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 5579
Reviews: 2157
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,579 | Reviews: 2,157 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of VinoBeer


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic on draught.... much better than the stale imported version at home. Big peach and citrus nose with a strong but not overpowering bitterness in the mouth. Very, very drinkable.
Looked great, smelled great, tasted great. The quest for the perfect Ipa still continues though..

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 21:39:08 | More by VinoBeer
Photo of cfrances33


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly on 7/3/12. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pour: Deep gold with a finger and a half of bubbly white head. Head dissipates to a ring with some residual fizz. Spectacular lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit and caramel malts dominate. Maybe a little pine, but not substantial.

Taste: More grapefruit and caramel. Some honey in there too. Good flavor profile, but not extraordinary.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and goes down very easily.

Overall: A very solid IPA. If I could get fresh more often, I'd buy it more often. This beer screams for cans and the beach.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 21:59:35 | More by cfrances33
Photo of T100Mark


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A "full pour" at the brewery.

Appearance - A little bit hazy/opaque. Not much head. Good (but not great) lace. Surprisingly pale.

Smell - Big hop hit! Orange peel.

Taste - Hoppy (obviously). Citrus. Tart. Clean.

Mouth - Wow! Tingly.

Overall - A bit much for me. I wouldn't call it balanced. This ale is so crisp it reminded me of Listerine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 03:23:42 | More by T100Mark
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Hurricane Grill, Syosset, New York.

Poured a suprisingly light copper hue with a one ginger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong peppery hop and grainy malt.

The taste was full blown pepper hops with a moderate earthy sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style considering the ABV.

Overall a superior IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 22:41:05 | More by plaid75
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Orangy copper body with a one finger head. Good amount of lacing on the glass! Not too carbonated.

S- Hops! Piney hop smell. A little orange zest. Nothing was pungent about the smell.

T- Piney hops. The hops in the brewing process include Cascade and Centennial, so being piney in taste is no surprise. The hop bitterness is at 75+ IBUs according to Bear Republic's site. Also the beer has a peppery spice. The hop bitterness hits hard initially. As soon as that hop bitterness comes along, it fades! The finish is not bitter at all. Quite frankly, it finishes dry, leaving your mouth wanting more. Exceptional for an IPA!

M- Bear Republic describes the beer as being full-bodied, but I think it's defiantly a medium body and feel. Not too heavy, but nothing that allows the beer to be gulped!

Overall this was a wonderful IPA. I normally shy away from IPA's because they can be almost too intense with the hop bitterness, but this beer got out of the way quick enough for the bitterness to be pleasant. I would drink this IPA anytime I'm in the mood for a hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 05:09:05 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of Gatch


4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Nimbus American Bistro & Brewery in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Golden-yellow. White head. Good looking IPA.

S: Strong American hops. Dry citrus stands out. Mellow malt.

T: Balanced American hops. Heavy on pine and citrus. Good malt at the back.

M: Carbonation is perfect. Smooth. Easy to drink.

O: Awesome IPA. One of the standards for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 23:25:38 | More by Gatch
Photo of dejrrma


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8 oz for $4.75, served in snifter at the Porter Beer Bar. Reviewed on 3.9.12.

a- pours an amber orange color, very bright, with a a finger of head, and good lacing.

b- immediate honey. honey all the way. some hops. caramel, a seriously amazing smelling beer.

t- light and hoppy. subtle citrus flavors, mainly sweet orange. perhaps some guava. but there's lots of honey, with a noticeable malt background. not nearly as bitter as i'd like or expected, but still good.

m- lower carbonation than i expected. light and refreshing.

o- solid ipa. glad i got a chance to try it (i don't think bear republic distributes to georgia). i expected something much more like port's mongo, though.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 04:13:41 | More by dejrrma
Photo of Labeerfinder

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color,Medium sized off white head that lasted for a decent amount of time before fading to a nice lace.The aroma was malty and sort of sweet with a nice citrusy side and piney tones to it.The flavor was much the same malty and very hoppy with a nice fruit side to it,slightly heavy feel in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 16:33:22 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of BillH200174


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 17:24:29 | More by BillH200174
Photo of nrs207


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a pint glass.

A - It was a golden yellow color. Lighter than many other IPAs I've had. Pretty good looking overall.

S - Bitter hops. From the smell, I was thinking this is going to be pretty hop forward with bitterness and pine.

T - Just like the smell. It's got a pretty high level of bitterness, but that is how I like my IPAs. Not overwhelming at all, and I've certainly had much more bitter. It just has a light malt backbone. Pretty tasty overall, but nothing too memorable.

M - Pretty carbonated. Between the carbonation and the bitterness, this beer really wakes up the palate. It's not necessarily too high, however. It's a good mouthfeel, just not excellent.

O - I feel like this is a standard west coast IPA. Nothing memorable about the flavors, but they are well done. It's an above average brew, but it does nothing for me to seek it out again and again over some of the more memorable IPAs I've had. Definitely give it a try, you may think differently. There certainly is nothing wrong with this beer, and if you enjoy west coast IPAs, you'll most likely enjoy this too.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 06:31:11 | More by nrs207
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

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

Had on tap at Sunset in a tuli- poured a clear golden/copper color with minimal head, very minimal retention, and some very nice streaky lacing.

Smells of piney hops. A little resiny.

Tastes great- not too bitter but bitter enough and a nice round hop flavor. Pale malt throughout along with a lot of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- not too carbonated but good enough with a light body. Very drinkable ipa- one of the better ones.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 01:49:56 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came a cloudy yellow with a thin white head, typical IPA look.

Smelled of grapefruits and hops not over powering but good.

Taste was that of one of the best IPA's I have tried. It had the hops and malts just tasted really great and really well balanced.

The mouth feel was very smooth with a little carbonation.

This is one great iIPA, it does all the standard IPA things just extremely well. This has to be one of my favourite IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 19:15:38 | More by Dave1999
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

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

On-tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear golden with one finger white head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A lot of citrus hops a little pine and sweet malt.

T - Follows the smell, great hop balance with a nice initial sweetness with a great dry bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:30:36 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this beer, been hearing about it forever.

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Nice golden orange color, very pungent hoppy smell.. always a good sign. Nice and bitter and the hops are definitely upfront, but manages to stay well balanced and makes for a smooth beer that's dangerously drinkable. A very good IPA and worthy trying for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 01:06:55 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of marshrat63


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap served at right temperature. Clear crisp color with hopping nose. The hop flavor was very up front but died quickly on the tongue. Very refreshing IPA enjoyed looking over the Sonoma coast on a surprisingly clear January day undoubtedly enhanced the drinking experience!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 05:28:29 | More by marshrat63
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very thick, frothy head. Very small amount of carbonation.

Smell is different. And lacking hops. Smells oily, soapy, and metallic.

Finally, hops. Nowhere near what I want. Hop oils are dominant, with a very slick soapy feeling taking over. It's like a jumbled mess of an IPA. I finally get why twaddlac hated this thing. The aroma hops are AWOL. Light body.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 19:12:01 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of drpimento


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served with at a good temperature with a nice off white head. Color is a clear honey amber. Aroma is hop, malt, cookie dough. Flavor is similar to nose; hop on top, a little caramel below. Finish is perfect for style. Finish is like flavor.there are huge optons here

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 07:20:13 | More by drpimento
Photo of rustymoore


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with minimal head and reasonable leaving throughout

Smells strong of the pine floral scent of hops and citrus notes

Taste is a great blend of hops and citrus flavor. Not too much of either, but if I had it my way the hops would be just slightly less pronounced.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic but crisp and smooth for the most part

Overall a great IPA that can be enjoyed all year round

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 04:54:16 | More by rustymoore
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at my table nicely poured into a Founders pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber with a slight haze. There was a full finger of good looking head. The head settled to a dusting. There was nice lacing down the pint.

S) Nice fresh pine and citrus fruits.

T) A good malt/hop balance. There is a little fresh squeezed OJ flavor, pine and tropical fruit. The bitterness evens out really well with the other flavors present.

M) A medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. A smooth drinker with a clean finish. Nice aftertaste.

O) Well done.... This is a fine IPA. I would gladly recommend. I hope it tastes this good out of the bottle, because I will likely be looking to buy a six pack.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 14:11:53 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

Served on tap in a chalice at Bricks.

Appearance: My pour arrives with a slightly cloudy tangerine color. A bit of a white froth rests on top, sticking around with a firm resilience and leave a few spots of lace on the glass. Visible bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass to replenish the head.

Smell: The focus of the aroma is a juicy citrus hoppiness. Some light honey sweet grains are noticeable as well, as is a slightly pungent herbal and earthy hoppiness.

Taste: Up front there is a good amount of bready malt with a bit of honey. The sweetness lingers for a few moments, blending with the grapefruit, tangerine, and orange zest very nicely. Some light herbal hops and spicy notes combine with a dose of pine hops to create a complex finish. There is a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Bear Republic has done just a phenomenal job of figuring out the mouthfeel to their beers. Creamy and smooth to the utmost degree without losing the raw grainy and prickly nature of the malt and hop bills. The carbonation helps to assist the flavors reach the tongue efficiently without getting in the way. The body is properly medium to full.

Overall: Another offering from Bear Republic that is well worth the money. At this point maybe I have had too many IPA's to fully appreciate the simple elegance of this one, but I find it easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 22:29:26 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of unclejazz

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an experience worth documenting. I have tried this before in a bottle, but see the true spirit of this ale straight from the regulated beer tap. Happily surprised that it was at my local five napkin burger, I am ready to enjoy it with some tasty wings. The color is an opulent brass and although the head was thin(mainly from how the uneducated bartender poured it) it looks highly drinkable. There are still bubbles rising 5 minutes into the drinking of this crisp, light, piny-dry mouthventure. Can't wait until the wings arrive.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 20:10:11 | More by unclejazz
Photo of Murrhey


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, pint glass at The Iron Mule

A: Amber coloring, some lacing, but little head.

S: Crisp, bitter tones.

T: Ahhh the IPA. Not my favorite kind of beer, but I like the direction this was going with the bitterness.

M: Wonderful.

O: Second time having Racer 5, both were enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:36:22 | More by Murrhey
Photo of mterrence5


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

Golden color, not much head, but looks really good overall. Fairly clear only a slight cloudy. Mild to medium carbonationb bubbling. Slightly floral smell.

Solid hoppy flavor. Mildy sweet. Very drinkable at 7% abv the alcohol contact is hidden completely. Finish is of course bitter and a bit dry but no unpleasent bite at the end from the hops.

good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 13:43:32 | More by mterrence5
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif. Color was golden honey orange, a lot like apple juice. Minimal head. Minimal lacing on the on the top, but a circular spot. Pretty sweet. Some film, too, which stayed throughout the glass.

Hops led the way in the whiff. Pine seemed to be leading the way, but it wasn’t too strong. Some floral flavors as well.

Initial taste was a strong alcohol bite with some citrus and pine hops in there. It ended with a floral/fruity aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the tongue at the end.

Medium body. Soft carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

After a disappointing start, this beer really improved for me as soon as I tasted it. Don’t hesitate to give it a chance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 07:47:54 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold, almost amber, a gentle haze to it. Slightly off-white head.

S: Pungent combination of pine and citrus. More of a tangerine-like smell. Pretty much hop forward the whole way, an earthiness in the background.

T: Sticky, juicy citrus hops, combined with a sharp pine needle taste. Bits of bitter orange rind. The slightest toffee backbone is present.

M: Medium body, great carbonation. The tiniest bit hot.

O/D: Very enjoyable, finally glad I got to have it on tap, worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 00:42:52 | More by mostpoetsdo
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,579 ratings.