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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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5,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 5591
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 5,591 | Reviews: 2,158 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Auraan


4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange-gold with a thin white head that left slight lacing. A good looking IPA. Scents of pine resin, cedar, slight citrus, tropical fruit and sweet malt, a bit of an onion-like off-aroma as well, possibly an old or otherwise improperly kept bottle. Otherwise not bad. Taste begins with grapefruit, orange and nectarine, along with citrus peel, moves into a bit of nice pine resin and finishe swith bitter pine resin and citrus peel. A nice malt sweetness, caramel mostly, is also present throughout. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly grainy, with hints of caramel. The flavor is quite nice, not the most hop forward, nor the most malt heavy IPA, but it strikes a good balance and has a nice flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, an oily feel upfront and a sticky feel later. Quite good, very easy to drink and pleasant feeling. Overall this is an excellent IPA with a good flavor profile, mouthfeel and scent. I just wish the store had kept the bottle in a cooler so it didn't get that onion off-note in the aroma. Otherwise a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 08:13:54 | More by Auraan
Photo of lochef81


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a orange straw color with a small white head and minimal lacing. The nose is a beautiful balance of malts and hops. The flavor is surprisingly deep and complex. Lots of hop bitterness up front but quickly followed by a rich malty sweetness. If this was the intention of the brewers than I say bravo. I think this beer may have sat on the shelf a little longer than normal but it seems to have turned it into an even better, more balanced ale than was originally intended. Its just unfortunate that Bear Republic has pulled out of Michigan. I'll miss this and Hop Head Rye.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:31:25 | More by lochef81
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy, murky tangerine copper. The off-white head calms to a splotchy film. Random patches of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy and bitter, laced with spicy cedar and pine.

Taste: Hoppy up front, then a malt body holds up the beer. The finish is citric with bitter grapefruit coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but pretty thick.

Overall: Pretty much a palate wrecker, loads of bitterness and hops. Pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 12:15:40 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of ISmith87


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - Nice golden amber, almost orange color that has a fluffy white head on it that leaves okay lacing.
S - 3.75 - Grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, bready malts in the background.
T - 4 - Grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, pineapple, strong bready malt backbone. I like it, it's very classic, but I'm surprised it got rated 94/100.
M - 4 - light - medium mouthfeel, alc completely covered, aftertaste is hoppy bitterness with grapefruit flavors.
O - 4 - It's a great standard west coast IPA. However, if I was looking for something very special I probably wouldn't go with this one. It's more the equivalent of any given region's go to, every day IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:06:13 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Rast


3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Round two of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)

At least 1/4 inch on the ground. Typical, or perhaps archetypical, for an IPA: golden good. Bottle-conditioned and hazy as heck. Lovely foamy head. Nothing particularly smell-nice or taste-nice, just good ol' fashioned hop love. Bitter and balmy. Mouthfeel is especially nice: rich and inviting. Extra-sessionable for a bitter 7-percenter. Obtain multiple.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:46:50 | More by Rast
Photo of Rob3408

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Appearance: Has a nice hazy golden color with some nice sticky lacing to hang around.

Smell: A nice citrus, mostly orange, with a hint of pine.

Taste: A lovely, hoppy IPA. Not in-your-face hoppy and bitter like some but not too light and easy to forget either. A very well balanced flavor palate with orange and pineapple moving into a crisp pine note in the middle. Directly followed by a bit of caramel and finished off with a crisp hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, dry, and balanced, like an ideal IPA.

Overall: A great all around IPA that can be enjoyed slowly if you're in the mood but won't fill you up if you drink it too quickly. A beer that every good IPA should be modeled after: it's well-balanced, crisp, refreshing, and full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:20:49 | More by Rob3408
Photo of Hop-Droppen-Roll


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very glad to finally get to try this beer. Just had my first Double Jack as well, but as I was enjoying it with my dad and didn't want to be distracted by revew writing I chose to just give a rating - went with 5 - Hope to give a full review someday, it won't be quite 5 but it's certainly above 4.75

I always struggle to assign a number to the appearance of a brew, as I feel it's meaningless (will probably be the one factor that brings FWDJ down from a 5). Racer 5 looks great, but I'm not sure that it's 'perfect' - also not sure what's holding it back from that perfect rating either. Looks very good though - to hell with it - I don't want the look of the beer to bring down the score in case I decide I'm in love with it, 5/5 *EDIT*: Later, when I got to see what happened with the lacing, I decided 5/5 was a good assessment. Smells good but the aroma isn't knocking my socks off.

Now to the good stuff - taste. It's really, um, good (sorry). I'm getting pine with grapefruit, as per usual, but there's some nectarine in there as well, maybe a little peach, is that mango? I'm trying too hard. 4/5 - it's not 'in your face' but I could see it getting to be a bit much over time. Not a session ale, but I'm glad that the one bottle of it that I do have is a big one!

Mouthfeel is awesome - see, this is why it bugs me so much that my cousin drank it straight from the bottle - there's no way the creamy goodness came through. If you've had hopslam, there's a similar thing happening here.

Overall: Fantastic - thanks to Danial for sending this up and over!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 02:53:23 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of lacing.

S - Big amount of citrus, mostly orange. Some sweet malts and piney hops are also present.

T - Lots of citrus (orange and grapefruit) and piney resinous hops. Nice amount of sweet malts really balance everything out. Finish is mostly bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice silky mouthfeel with some stickiness.

O - Very nice IPA. Well balanced with everything you could want in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:25:32 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Props to my father-in-law for bringing a bottle back from Florida for me...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a thumb of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Sweet citrus and cedar, hints of bitter citrus rind and a fruity finish.

T - Cotton candy hops, very fruity with pineapple and mango, the slightest bitterness comes through on the finish alongside a solid dose of caramel and burnt sugar.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - I can understand why this is so highly rated, ABV is very well hidden and offers up a floral bouquet of hop deliciousness. If I could access this on the regular it would be dangerously addictive.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 23:46:08 | More by andrenaline
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
Photo of a0lbudman


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

A-hazy gold with a small white head that leave a little lace on the glass
S-pine resin, with a citrus aroma that does have a slight malt smell
T-grapefruit with a piney hop bitterness that gives you a crisp hop aftertaste that stays with you
M-full body and medium carbonation
O- great fine with almost everything I love in a APA

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:09:15 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pine resin, caramel malts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Bold and bitter citrus hops along with pine resin, citrus peel, tropical fruits and biscuity caramel malts. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall - A beer that does not fail to amaze me, especially since it has been on my "want" list for quite some time. Excellent hop bitterness and flavour by the mouthful.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:47:54 | More by leaddog
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Heard good things about this one from a few friends. Kinda excited. Let's see how this goes.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden color that leaves behind a nice 1-1 1/2 inch head that is somewhat thin, but also quite appealing. Really left a nice, tight lacing around the glass almost all the way down. Inviting.

Smell: Grassy hops is the most dominant smell that comes first upon checking it out. Decided to a take a second round. Earthy hops are still abutment, along with a citrus zest. Pretty much sums up a perfect IPA. Some maltiness backs all the scents up making it very well-balanced.

Taste: Upon first sips, a perfect blend of citrus hops, grassy, earthy, malts can be tasted. Second taste is a pretty nice taste of lemon zest, orange peel and some other fruitiness that really makes the bitterness stand out even more if thats possible. Very nice, good. I really enjoy the taste and the earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth finish. Somewhat dry finish. Good stuff. Well balanced.

Overall: Coming into this brew, it came highly recommended and I must say I am glad I chose this brew. Fills the palate with earth tone hops and an undertone of citrus flavors. Quite nice overall, really enjoyed this brew. I would totally try again and have already started recommended this brew to friends. Can't wait to try again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:25:25 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of delta490


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

A- a clear lighter gold with a creamier white head. Moderate-low retention but some nice lacing.

S- an appealing blend of pine/citrus hops and the malt backbone. A little on the mild side, but not absent in any way

T- not a big hop bomb, but the hops flavors are distinct and well-balanced against the malts caramel sweetness.

M- a nice full feeling on the palate with a slight bite from the hops

O- this is a great, well-balanced full flavor IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:11:35 | More by delta490
Photo of TheBeer


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving type: Bomber
A: Good looking copper orange color. Not much head presence.
S: Strong citrus and pine combination. Pleasant smell that tickles the taste buds.
T: Very smooth hop presence to the beer. On first contact it seems as though a large bitterness is to ensue, but instead a very pleasant bitterness carries the beer through to a citrus aftertaste.
M: Decent carbonation that coats the palate.
O: Not bad at all. Fairly cheap price and well worth it. Could use a little more complexity in the taste, but a worthy beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:41:43 | More by TheBeer
Photo of elNopalero


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 VinoGuy


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, pour with a decent head. Soft slightly sweet floral aroma of hops and suggestion of crystal malt. Clean taste with a smooth mouth feel and even balance between hops and malt. No overly present taste of alcohol. Hints of spice on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 22:01:41 | More by VinoGuy
Photo of Mike_Moe


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

Appearance: Dark golden color light brown head.
Aroma: Very good spicy smell. Fruity banana hops aroma coming through.
Flavor: Spicy banana flavor, ending slight sweet and hoppy. This is a full bodied smooth beer.
Overall: This is a very flavorful smooth IPA. Has a very good spicy banana flavor, with quite a hoppy finish. Bold, smooth, delish. You can't stop drinking them.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 06:33:35 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of M_C_Hampton


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic hotel cup, honey amber colored with a nice white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: floral and citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, bright light pine

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle sweetens with citrus orange pineapple lemon, finish is bitter with light floral

M: medium with good carbonation

O: very solid West Coast IPA, good balance of bitter and sweet

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:34:42 | More by M_C_Hampton
Photo of Isrealite


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best I.P.A.s, and one of the best overall beers I have ever had! This one is as hopped up as Rob Ford at a crack house during one of his drunken stupors. Much like the Toronto Mayor, this one will knock you down if you are not careful! The look and the smell are just as intoxicating as the brew itself. I would like to proclaim that it possesses the perfect I.P.A. aroma! I love the racer theme bottle and pretty much everything about this beer...except for the price unfortunately. It is definitely worth ten dollars for a six pack, but just as much as steak dinner is worth the price, it is not practical to have all of time. This is worthy of being called the steak dinner of beers, and I would highly X 5 recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 01:19:47 | More by Isrealite
Photo of patpbr


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden colored pour with a small head
S - Big on citrus and grapefruit, a little orange and pine
T - great flavor that is simlar to the smell with grapefruit and citrus. Bitter with pine and a good addition of malts
M - lots of carbonation and a body on the light side of medium. Leaves a nice hoppy flavor
O - I had a bomber of it years ago and never reviewed it. I just found it in a six pack and will be going back and picking up another.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 01:09:54 | More by patpbr
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden body with a few floaters mixed in. Frothy white head that fades slightly, but stays around for a while. Very clear transparency.

S- Piney hops with hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Sweet malt presence is there as well, but the hops are at the forefront.

T- Piney hops with hints of citrus and pineapple. Sweet malt sneaks in about half way trough, but the pine and tropical fruit flavors take back over in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, somewhat creamy, very smooth.

O- Very nice IPA. A great example of being hop forward, but having enough of a malt backbone to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:31:27 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of hopflyer


4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this before about 2 yrs ago. Actually a sixtel for my kegerator. Liked it but not sure why I haven't revisited now.

Bottled 10/13/13

Pretty clear gold/copper mix with some suspended sediment. Soapy head dissipates quickly.

Not overly pungent but hops are there in form of mostly orange rind to me

Really well balanced in the taste. Touch of bitterness, touch of citrusy hops, touch of piney hops, all backed up by bready malt. Some diacytl in the aftertaste.

Syrupy and thick. Coats the mouth from the first sip. could use a bit more carbonation.

I remembered this being really hoppy but maybe my palate has adjusted since I had this 2 years ago. Nonetheless, I like the balance in this and would certainly have again. My tendencies now though lean towards something a bit hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:03:47 | More by hopflyer
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
Photo of pinyin

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this on draft at Newberry's Yard Of Ale in Stroudsburg. I had previously tried it in bottles in a six pack found at Key Foods in the city.

This IPA is definitely a top 5 in my book. I have never tried any of the Pliny's but right now I would rank this third in my top 5 IPA's.

1. Heady Topper
2. Stone Enjoy By
3. Racer 5
4. Ballast Point Sculpin
5. Two Hearted

Racer 5 reminds me of Stone Ruination but not as sugary, and definitely more floral. Has a very similar mouth feel and aftertaste, but less filling and more balanced. For whatever reason I really do like the flowery hops, and the hop blend in Racer 5 is very well balanced. Coloring isn't the best, nor is the smell, but it is a really great tasting IPA. If you haven't yet tried it, do so asap. You won't be disappointed.

I never took this brewer seriously because I always looked at the packaging on Racer 5 and thought theres no way that an IPA with a simple gimmicky logo could taste this great, but I was certainly wrong, and now this is one of my goto's.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 05:20:53 | More by pinyin
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,591 ratings.