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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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5,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 5576
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)
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Photo of john1947


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just got this from my neighborhood growler shop. It goes down smooth and just hoppy like I enjoy. Used to drink Balantine Ale back in the day. Reminds me if this! Glad my carryout just tapped it finding out on facebook. Now to find some good and hot chicken wings to go with it.

Serving type: growler

07-21-2013 17:04:13 | More by john1947
Photo of scootny

New York

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

I am stunned that this is not a top ten AIPA. Gorgeous in the glass. Two finger head that stays for what seems like a forever. Lots of lace. Beer stays covered all the way down. Fluid is a hazy stained oak color. Microfine carbonation continuously streaming up give a portent of the lovely feel. Smell is lightly bready with a mild caramel sweetness. Firm yeasty component is blanketed in hops. A citrus tinged light tropical fruit aroma as well. A dry graininess with a touch of sourness. Taste follows the nose. Light pale ale flavors are wrapped in a dry hoppiness. Pale malt and yeasty light bread. Dry grains and a faint orange flavor. Bit of biscuit. Dry hoppiness is tinged with both earth and citrus. Lovely dry finish leaves a trace of hop oil. Feel is crisp and light while not actually being a light beer. Dry and quenching with a perfect carbonation that lens itself to sessioning and refreshment. Wonderful drinkability that has you gulping the deliciousness. A superior American IPA. It just is and that's the way this beer hits me.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2012 06:03:33 | More by scootny
Photo of morimech


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Citrus hop aroma, hints of orange and pineapple. Pithy and aggressive. Just a slight hint of sweet malt.

Not surprising hop forward flavor in the west coast style. Not much flavor from the malt. Hop flavors include citrus with subtle hints of grass and mint. Bitter finish. The flavor is just not that complex or interesting.

Not abuntantly carbonated but that was probably because of a day in a growler. Medium bodied.

No doubt a well made beer that perhaps did not show its best to this drinker. Just not enough complexity to excite.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2011 22:24:32 | More by morimech
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice gold color with small thin white head.

S: Nose was floral, citrus and well hopped

T: Taste followed the nose very well. No surprises. Lots of caramel malt, more malts than hops I thought, floral notes mainly with citrus notes.

M: Finished slightly bitter but smooth. The hops blast was late and good.

D: Good

Serving type: growler

04-04-2011 00:29:01 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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

From growler to pint glass on 3/21/11
*From notes

A: A good, somewhat cloudy 24k gold. It's got a nice 1.25 finger head, followed by high quality lacing.

S: Pine needles attack the nostrils. If I wasn't aware before, I am now: this is a west coast IPA all the way.

T: A good dose of breadiness hits first, but it's merely a formality as the sweet and citrusy hops overwhelm the palate from the mid to finish.

M: Pretty killer - this one feels like it belongs. Good weight and creaminess that tends to be found in the upper echelon of the style.

O: I've been meaning to review this one for a while, and what better way then a growler!

Bear Republic's Racer 5 is one of the top AIPA's for a reason, and is a cornerstone of the style. I have returned to this time and time again, and will continue to for years to come. This one borders pretty close to perfection.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2011 18:07:42 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler to form a nice fluffy head that laced well, Good orange hue with maybe a touch of gold luster.
Ahhh the american IPA, nice malty tones that are complimentary of the american citrusy piney hops.If there is no AIPA in heaven, I do not want to go!
Resonous piney hop forward with smooth interplaying malt sweet bready. The lingering peppery finish drys just right.
Excellant carbonation and a nice creaminess.
The last time I had this I went late into the night in old sac town! Much to the chigrin of my wife, as she left me to stagger back to the motel, LOL. Good stuff here, seek and drink!

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 01:51:22 | More by welldigger888
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

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

Simply the best IPA on the planet. I have had so many, but yet, this one is still my favorite. The clean coudy harvest tone look, awesome. The head is usually thin in length but dense thickness.(if that makes any sense) Tons of citrus tones in smell. Awesome hop smell with floral with light fruit, slight pine. Fruity/floral big hop upfront with a clean finish. So easy to toss them back as the hops never overbear you. So tasty... If you enjoy IPAs, try one ASAP

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 01:13:26 | More by jtd1969
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I have had this beer since my review in 2007. Been a while and it was on for growler fills.

A: Fairly clear light copper color. Poured with a finger of billowy white head with excellent lacing. A great lookiing IPA.

S: The nose lacks a little. Little bit of a piney citrus note. The malt is there as well but a bit subdued. I remember having this years ago and thinking it was super fragrant.

T: Very well balanced. Not that much bitterness. Not that much else besides just a touch of a piney hop note. Finishes super clean.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Lacks that slightly syrupy quality I look for in a IPA. A touch creamy. Great carbonation for a growler.

D: This is a classic. Something I would get on tap at home for a daily drinker. Really nice. Not quite sessionable but I would session it.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 21:54:48 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of haddon


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

picked up a growler at The Lodge in Hilton Head Island. they even threw in a Racer 5 pint glass to go with it!

A- pours golden amber with a nice frothy head. good lacing down the pint glass

S- pine, sweet citrus that's heavy on the grapefruit side. does have a malty backbone. nice balance, nice smell.

T- lemon, pine, orange & hops. good malty undertone. this is a great beer. had a couple with seafood last night... very nice.

M- medium body with adequate carbonation

D- scary drinkable. at 7% abv, I could easily have a few pints on a hot Summer's eve. enjoy!

Serving type: growler

05-26-2010 18:28:16 | More by haddon
Photo of cbaird2


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber at Gomer's in midtown Kansas City. $4.50 for a 22oz bomber.

A - bright, light amber color, with a small head that dissolved quickly

S - big citrus aromas, very very hoppy

T - Slammed with hops right away, just like the smell. Well balanced bitterness, just tastes like a good IPA.

M - light to medium carbonation, goes down great.

D - great drinkability, easily could have had 2 or 3 bombers. I would seek this beer out. It's a well done IPA for sure.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2009 20:33:19 | More by cbaird2
Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

A) Pours a deep golden with a frothy white thick head.

S) Lots of hop aroma eminating from pint glass.

T) Lots of hoppy, grassy, piney, grapefruit with hints of fruit.

M) Excellent mouthfeel.

D) This is a beer is very sessionable to me. Loved its tase, mouthfeel. A very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: growler

04-30-2009 04:08:22 | More by DrMalt
Photo of LennyV

New York

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

Purchased a growler at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow into my Duvel glass with a 3 finger head a fantactic lacing

Smells of alcohol and hops

Tastes is a wonderful balance of hops and sweet malt. Very smooth.

Full bodied beer feels nice and thick in the mouth

I am not a fan of ipas but this one hits it perfect. It is not a hop bomb like some other ipas.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2008 03:38:19 | More by LennyV
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 5/9/08. Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and piney hop, some corn, sweet malt. Very drinkable, especially when cold. A little heavy mouthfeel for a single IPA, not that I minded necessarily....an awesome beer with hop deliciousness.

Update 9/14/08: Thought I'd revist this tasty IPA...Growler from Bellport Beer. Aroma of luscious pine and faint citrus. Flavor of lots of citrus (orange peel) with bitter piney hops in the finish. Quite sweet. Nicely balanced, although more on the hoppier side. Just as tasty as before! (No change in my rate).
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Serving type: growler

12-02-2008 21:47:55 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of mobud


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served into pint glass from growler.

A- This beer is light copper in color and is a little cloudy. Light head with active carbonation.

S- Boy, do I love hops! The hop explosion waiting for me is beyond explaining here. Sweetness and floral notes from the hops grab from the start.

T- Not the overwelming hop bomb I felt I had. It is big on hops, but also has a nice malt undertone that helps to level the floral goodness left by the hops.

M- The best part about the hops remains and there does not seem to be any bitter aftertaste.

D- I have had a lot of HopBombs and this is one of the best. Some leave too much resin and no sweetness to balance out the beer. This one is great and would have it again and again.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2007 02:18:00 | More by mobud
Photo of Reeks


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was fairly new to the craft beer world when I was introduced to Racer 5. That was over 6 years ago and this beer has been a staple in my rotation.
It has a harsh bite at first sip. Nothing subtle about the boldness of its flavor.
The texture gets stickier as the temperature drops. Its very sweet and bitter all at once and leaves a very hoppy after taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:40:56 | More by Reeks
Photo of Jnashed


3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a simple pint glass. Date on bottle 10/30/13, so maybe a bit dated for an IPA but kept in a cool fridge.

A: cloudy pale orange. Moderate head and retention

S: biggie and citrus notes. Muted compared to others but maybe because of age on it. Still lots of orange rind and piney notes

T: yum.... Solid pine hop notes upfront with resin on the back end. Some fruit but not as fruity as many newer IPAs. Nice malt balance though.

M: nice full body and moderate carbonation.

O: Soild if not exceptional. Hits all the right notes of a good West coat IPA which of course it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:52:54 | More by Jnashed
Photo of Premo88


3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L: light gold ... yellow-gold with just hint of amber up to light; not 100% clear (bottle-conditioned debris?) but mostly clear; big 1-inch head or more of mostly white foam, really sticks and a bit of lacing

S: grapefruit; some definite malt and grain, pretty sweet

T: citrus, grapefruit; some grain in there, and for an IPA, there is a lot of malt trying like hell to push through all that bitter hoppy hops ... impressive

F: smooth and watery, almost silky ... the bottle conditioning possibly could use a bit more time to push the CO2 into this thing -- it's not bad at all but watery all the same

O: I could deal with this beer any day of the week, but with that said, there are other IPAs I enjoy more. I can see why this is considered by many to be a classic, for it's easy drinking and plenty tasty -- and the bitter bite here is not a crazy in-your-face deal that ruins your palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 07:32:44 | More by Premo88
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

well balanced bitey Ipa. had fresh, enjoy by 8/24. from tulip glass. orange color, white head, smell travels , piney, mango, citrus, resin, dankness. flavor has all the bitterness it needs, fruitry citrusy and fresh , clean. lovin this, wish I picked up a whole case

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 00:03:11 | More by dank203
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 watermelon

North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Translucent orange body with an off white head decent retention and a fair amount of lacing

S: Pineapple, grapefruit and malt

T: Piney and grapefruit.

M: Pretty decent some booze as this warmed up.

O: Pretty damn good for the price. Its nice to see a bomber at a reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:51:34 | More by watermelon
Photo of reebtaerG


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A-It pours a crystal clear light copper gold with a filmy foamy head that leaves great lacing behind.

S-The nose has an incredibly floral & herbal hop bouquet: minty, grapes, etc.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced and has great carbonation

O-No surprise this is their flagship beer, this is a great IPA for a good price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:36:33 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of jj139


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

Poured into a pint glass

A - Lovely straw color with tints of orange. One finger, egg shell head which dissipated quickly. Long lasting, minimal lacing.

S - Nose this time around was rather shy but it did contain grapefruit, pine resin, and hints of malt.

T - Grapefruit and citrus first hits you, then it's followed with toasty sweet malt. A nice slightly hoppy-bitter finish really rounds everything out.

M - Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. A refreshing brew. Excellent balance.

O - A very, very solid IPA. This beer is very balanced with no one element overshadowing another. This brew is a regular of mine ... very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 21:53:54 | More by jj139
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
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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,576 ratings.