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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7,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,063
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 279
Gots: 920 | 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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Ratings: 7,063 | Reviews: 2,268
Photo of Wando52
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding, very smooth IPA not overly bitter.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, easy drinking. a go to IPA for sure

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.

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

Really hoppy with a slight alcoholic taste like an imperial ipa. Really hoppy but good

Photo of JV-NH
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big hoppy west coast thing. Got some yeast to it...yum. Along with some bigger bubbles that takes away from the potential creamy feel i love. I'll be back.

Photo of jjoc
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious beer! Hope rumor is not true and I can still get this in Massachusetts

Photo of avwrite
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The IPA for non snobs. Always reliable and smooth going down. Easily accessible to those who don't normally drink IPA's, and is quite common. You get way more than what you pay for.

Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a white head. Smells of light flowery citrus. Grapefruit up front, grassy/earthy medium body with nice citrusy resinous aftertaste.

Photo of joshisms
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite. A treat to savour.

Photo of awayne56
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours golden with a 3 finger head that dissipates quickly/
S: The best part is the aroma which is very citrusy, orange and lemons dominating.
T: Very hoppy up front with a dry finish dominated by pine. Very minimal sweetness if any.
F: Overall mouth feel is light, which is a mirage given the 7.5% ABV.it is refreshing and smooth. Slight burn, in a good way.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer. Tastes, bright, crisp, and clean. If you like your IPA to be hop forward with minimal malt presence, you will love Racer 5.

Photo of Blksab99
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid IPA; definitly a go to IPA. I'm sad to see it leave my disto area here in MA.

Photo of robertlovesbeer
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great look and pour. Great aroma and taste. Would recommend and we'll have another, probably soon

Photo of JooJooEyeballs
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

"Go To" beer. Never leaves me wanting or desiring a different pour!

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

Finally found a bottle that isn't old and has a legible date.

Clear orange with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves plenty of lace.

Lovely sweet citrus fruit smell to it. Orange and grapefruit with some pine.

Old school west coast thing going on with grapefruit and pine. Little but of bready malt. Bitterness is there with a medium body and carbonation.

I feel like this almost sessionable until I realize it's 7.5%. Nice flavor and a pronounced bitterness that isn't out of control.

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

Very good ipa.. When you can get it fresh! Not a hope bomb but good. 4.0/5.0

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Pretty good beer.
Light head, transparent golden color.
Hoppy, zingy acidity, citrus.
Long, relatively intense, bitter finish.
Not a favorite (Bell's Two Hearted kicks its butt) but far from bad.

Photo of jacksdad
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Really nice IPA. Harder to find on the east coast.

Photo of NHPC
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

pretty hoppy. but flavorful and complex. finish is a bit too bitter for me.

Photo of LtColFury
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Decent IPA, poured a 2 finger head. Quite malty on the back end and not much hops. I enjoyed it. 12oz bottle.

Photo of TOOSE
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

One of my absolute favorite IPA's..........delicious!!!

Photo of PaulWaters
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

A top choice. Always well priced. Great hop flavors.

Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Reviewed October 2013.

Color is hazy straw with a nice white head. Aroma is citric and tropical. Flavor is balanced with a bite of hops on the palate backed by a caramel malt. Finish is bitter and lingering. Delicious

Photo of jaspersegal
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

I love this IPA. Hoppy, tangy, light on the tongue.

Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

I don't like the Speed Racer label but looks are not important when drinking beer. Like other people I have gravitated to drinking this beer on regular basis. This is definitely one of top taste, ABV, price and always cold beers at the store where I am at in California. Please don't change anything with this beer. Enough said. Enjoy. Update, still drinking it and other beers. Nothing has changed, still the best of the best based on taste, ABV and price.

Photo of BeerAfterRide
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Great brew smooth IPA. Really liked the aroma and it's great drinkability.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 7,063 ratings.