Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 6,237 | Reviews: 2,181 | Display Reviews Only:
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
For my medal round (higher site honour) I was fortunate to pick a masterpiece. A terrific American IPA of yummy refreshing grapefruity lemon citrus and high hops, little bitterness. Like Marsela Mamma in a fussy mood. Greatly drinkable. balanced aftertaste.
Had on tap very fresh 8.5 years later and this classic with juicy orange this time worked just fine, long finish, lacey.
05-23-2004 04:49:28 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Smell is all about the hops: grassy, herbal, earthy, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is mainly of grassy and herbal hops with a malt backbone to support everything. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA but it features a hop profile that I am not all that crazy about.
02-05-2012 08:18:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Golden with an orange hue; excellent lacing and a good head.
S: Lots of citrusy hops. For an IPA, lots of malt to intrigue what's coming to the palate.
T: Plenty of hops at the outset. A smooth, slightly caramel malt behind all the hops. A bready/biscuit flavor is there, but the hops certainly dominate.
M: Nice and creamy for an IPA. Goes down incredibly smooth.
D: Ask for another! This is one terrific IPA, and I can't wait to get out to CA to try more of Bear Republic's brews.
04-22-2009 03:15:43 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
A: The beer poured clear golden amber with a thin, white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and the head quickly dissipates into lacing on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of citrusy, piney hops.
T: Like the smell, bitter piney hop flavors dominate the flavors, but these do not overpower the taste and are balanced to some degree by the underlying hops.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is lots of dryness in the finish.
D: If you drink this before it warms up, any hint of alcohol is completely masked. The beer packs a lot of punch in the way of flavor and is very drinkable.
04-29-2010 00:02:43 | More by metter98
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
Slightly hazed tangerine-amber. Since the label says that the beer is bottle conditioned and that 'yeast is good', I imagine that my last few pours will cloud things up nicely. The head is the color of rich cream and is a little frothy, yet stiff. I anticipated a lot of lace and am not disappointed. The cap falls slowly and unevenly, leaving thick sheets and chunks of lace all over the glass. A superb look.
The nose is as wonderful as I'd hoped: big, juicy, citrusy hops running rampant. There's a second variety in there as well, something that gives a slightly more pungeant, earthy aroma. A quick check of the Bear Republic website tells me that Cascade and Columbus hops are in use. Cascade have the upper hand in the aroma; I hope the same is true on the palate.
I enjoy the flavor quite a bit, but the Columbus hops are too prominent. While they don't completely overshadow the citrusy goodness of the Cascade, they do change the flavor profile just enough to keep me from loving it. Anderson Valley's Hop Ottin' is all Columbus hops and I learned from drinking that beer that it's not a hop that thrills me. There's a fair amount of sweetish pale malt that's not intrusive, but it is noticeable. The finish is long and increasingly hoppy and the body/mouthfeel is full and buttery smooth.
Racer 5 is somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA in terms of flavor, body and ABV. While I do have some quibble about the choice of hops, the quality of this beer is not to be doubted. A little heavier with the Cascade and a little lighter with the Columbus and this would easily be one of my favorite IPAs. Now, if they would only bottle Racer X.
04-10-2004 23:32:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a thick, rocky head that leaves great lacing
Smell: Cascade grapefruit and a bit of crystal malt caramel, underneath
Taste: Lays down a malty backbone that is quickly joined by bitter and citrusy tones; a touch of residual sweetness on the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body, slightly sticky, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: An all around fine IPA; not out there like some more recent IPA concoctions but excellent, nonetheless
08-31-2006 00:58:29 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by fresh C-hops and can be best describe as chewing on a grapefruit. This is truly the most grapefruit I have experience in an IPA. While this is a very interesting beer, it is also a one-dimensional beer lacking complexity IMO.
01-03-2007 18:48:07 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
I am very impressed with this brewery so far. Not distributed to my area, I have to pick these up when I travel to Ohio. So far, every beer from this brewery has been finely attenuated, but rich in proteins and all have supurb head retention / formation. Racer X is no exception. The onset brings a rich, but clean looking copper / amber color, thick foamstand, and lively co2. The beer takes on a rich, biscuity malt character in the aromas and flavors. I was really impressed with the clean attenuation, with no harshness-- a perfect balance. Great hop balance for IPA-- I would prefer a stronger sharper hop influence, but I think I got an aged bottle where the hops have settled out a bit. At any rate, this is a truely expressive, hop-oriented IPA. Citrus notes hinge more on oranges than grapefruits due to the sturdy malt base and ester profile. Very full to the palate, again close to a Double IPA. The finish is very clean, crisp, and cracker-like, but with a long dry hop flavor and a touch of caramel. An extremely nice beer. I'll take a few points off because of the sediment in the bottle which may come from too much age, but look forward to trying a fresher bottle.
06-13-2008 02:58:53 | More by BEERchitect
4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
So freaking psyched to finally get ahold of this one....
A - Poured a deep orange amber, great two inch head formed on top and left a ton of lace down the glass once it finally decided to let go. Nice carbonation, great overall look, just like an IPA should.
S - Huge citrus hops, and a ton of pine. Some sticky sweet notes as well. Very fresh taste, lots of resiny aromas. Really great smell.
T - Perfect. Just a phenomonal fresh, sticky, resin hoppy bomb of delight. Such a sticky pine fresh taste, lots of fresh cut grass and orange peel. Some light sugar, but a bomb al the way.
M - Super smooth and very very sticky. A bit thick. Very nice carbonation, could put this down all night long with ease.
D - Damn near perfect. Not strong enough to be a sipper, a little heavy though to throw down a ton, but otherwise just about perfect. I would love to try this one on tap, seems like it would be perfect.
Overall this totally lived up to my expectations. It was just great. I would love to have this again and again. I am glad I have a couple more bottles. Just a damn fine IPA if I have ever had one.
07-31-2007 00:17:23 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A: A beautiful golden color and lots of lacing.
S: Tons of citrus hops, some pine, great balance with the malt, though.
T: Very similar to the nose. The grapefruit and floral flavors from the hops are great, and there is a very present bitterness. Not quite as malty as the scents might indicate.
M: Good medium body, and no unpleasant bitter aftertaste.
D: A great IPA that you could drink all day.
07-21-2009 23:16:54 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured a lovely clear orange amber with a short white head.
Asssertive nose of cooked pineapple and hints of grapefruit. Some lemon and lemon cream in the nose.
Great big mouth feel, with a medium/heavy body and an almost perfect balance.
Big flavors of bitter pineapple/grapefruit that gives way to gigantic strong but rich pine/pine resin flavors and character.
Finishes with sweet malt that quickly gives way to to strong pine resin finish. An extremely well balanced, flavorful Double IPA. Just great with all kinds of food.
08-02-2009 08:44:14 | More by GRG1313
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
09-08-2012 02:22:39 | More by kylehay2004
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
After a moving company completely destroyed 40% of my meager belongings this afternoon, I dare say I could use a beer!
Appearance: Pours a light amber-copper color with a massive khaki-colored head and abundant lacing.
Smell: Rich, intensified floral-citrus aroma with a veritable basket of juicy fruits (grapefruit, oranges, pineapple). Lighter traces of pine and honey.
Taste: Honey and toffee sweetness progresses into a fruity, citrusy combination of apricots and oranges (and to a lesser extent, grapefruits). Again, there's pine and even some breadiness and mint roaming around the taste. However, the grapefruit and pine flavors really come to live and amplify on the assetively bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body that is at times chewy and oily.
Drinkability: In all honesty, this reminds me of Avery's Maharaja with the Racer 5 being just a bit more drinkable.
02-07-2007 06:37:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
Racer 5 was a beer that a friend of mine suggested that I try. I ran to my local Wegman's and grabbed a bomber of it the next day. Opened it up and it poured out as a really nice yellowish gold color. The head a lacing were very nice. The smell of the beer was really hoppy for just a regular IPA. The taste was also much hoppier than I expected it to be, lots of citrusy pine flavors that fade into a strong bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall this beer kicks ass. I could drink this one over and over again. I'd love to try Racer X one day.
06-17-2011 00:20:07 | More by Knapp85
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Go speed racer go speed racer go,sorry.Pours a light golden with a orange tint to it as I neared the bottem of my bottle the chunks and floaties came.A very floral aroma poured a foot and a half away from my nose and picked up the citrus and piney aroma very tantalizing and bold.Taste is a hop heads dream but there is a firm malt backbone very piney almost medicinal in its hop character with a light nuttiness coming thru late.A hop fix for me really liked this beer wish I had more.
10-17-2004 00:51:59 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.
Plenty of hops at Bliss today. This case-in-point pours a mostly clear sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light grass, greens, grapefruit zest, orange zest, lemon peel, and a few drops of honey in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, withe the citrus and greens really complimenting each other quite nicely. The malt is almost completely drowned-out, but the hops somehow don't o'erpower the tongue, even though they easily could. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice, hop-forward IPA that doesn't strangle the 'buds with lupulin. Pretty damn enjoyable.
08-29-2011 01:38:28 | More by TMoney2591
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,237 ratings.