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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,254 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 2,254
Hads: 7,270
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 315
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 2,254 | Hads: 7,270
Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slighty hazy orange colour with a generous, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Toasted, malty aroma with mostly pine and some citrus hop character that is more on the orange side. Also just a bit spicy. Excellent balance with plenty of bitterness balanced by bready, biscuity malts. Hop flavour is strong pine, citrus, and spice, without being over the top. Sweetness backs off towards the end, which lets the resinous bitterness come forward, along with more orange hop flavour, and a bit of alcohol warming appear. Finishes off-dry. Body is a little on the heavy side, moderate carbonation. Bottle conditioning seems to contribute to the creamy smooth texture, which improves even more as it warms. Very nice...

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

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 2/9/12

A chill haze in a golden copper body, just a few tiny bubbles but the foam is as big as you desire, gentle pour leaves a massive three finger cream colored head that slowly falls too a thick film leaving plenty of random lace

S tropical citrus nose with some sweet orange, lemon and lime, faint pine and lots of caramel

T much like the nose really, not as hoppy as I expected but there's something to be said for a balanced beer, well concealed booze

M much more carbonation then one would think after looking at the lack of bubbles in the liquid, a mellow bite and more citrus on the finish

O a straight up "good" beer, I was expecting something much more intense but I liked it nonetheless

I'm a little surprised this ones in the Beers Of Fame list as high as it is but I'm stoked I finally got to try it

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle of this from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear super light amber colour with less than a one finger head that faded a bit fast leaving a white cloud and some slight side lacing.

S - Nice oily pine resin here as soon as I opened the bottle. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose.

T - Just like the nose here. You get that nice west coast hop charactistics with the nice strong pine resin flavours right off the bat followed by some barely there citrus notes. Mostly just bitter pines here with a typical dry finish.

M - Low carbonation here with a pleasantly dry finish.

D - This is a quite nice west coast IPA. everything is really good for this brew. Very drinkable if just slightly one dimensional with just pine being front and center.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Pored a 2 finger light tan head with good retention settling to an even skim. Sticky lacing throughour. Decanted lightly.

S: Floral hops and grapefruit. Sweet malt well in the background. Not really much on the nose.

T: Wow! Big, slightly sweet malts really come through. Floral, resiny hops - in the flavor and in the finish - blanace nicely.

M: Full side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating, but not syrupy or sweet. Bitter finish provides great balance.

D: Very drinkable. Lots of flavor, but great balance. Disguises the abv well.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a huge size frothy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation, and there is some really good spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerine/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and grapefruit/tangerine juice and zest. The beer finishes with a hoppy and malty sweet aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely one of my favourite IPA's but I might have ran into an old keg. It seemed to have a more toned down flavour than it did from the bottles I've had in the past.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with an amazing, soapy head that dies slowly in bunches and leaves lace all over the mug. A very large citric burst in the aroma along with hints of dry malts. While it has a huge hop burn for the taste and finishes dry, it is mostly a smooth and citric flavored beer that does dry the tongue a little as it leaves its mark (not that this is a bad thing). Didn't really taste any malts but there must be some in there because this beer's body had a subdued creaminess to it. ABV hidden well and no alcohol burn; I could have another draft of this any day of the week.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear light amber color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel malt, very nice. It tastes like citrusy and piney hops, with some malt noticable in there too. Finishes with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste which lingers around a while. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily/slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very good and refreshing IPA, I'd definitely buy it again, it's worth the money.

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Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thick white head forms, lots of lacing, great retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is rad, pine and grapefruit up front, pineapple, toffee, citrus, superbly balanced. taste is grapefruit and pine, pineapple again, oranges, maybe some vanilla, nice and full flavoured. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Very clean bitterness in the finish, great balance. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a great fluffy off-white head with great retention. Lacing formed all over the place as it finally began to dissipate.

(S)- A complex citrus profile of pine needle, lemon, grapefruit, and lime.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Very dry and piney with a good citrus aspect like the smell had.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit too bitter. I realize it should be, but this is just a bit too much. Great piney citrus though.

(D)- Definitely a great IPA. Has everything you would expect. Good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update on June 30, 2004:

This is a lot better IPA than I rated previously. I bumped straight 4's to straight 4.5s. I've had this a couple times over the past few months and it has impressed every time. Great aroma. Juicy hop taste. Just a very high quality IPA.


Hazy golden with fine particles of matter in suspension. Nice bubbly and rocky white head. Piney/citrus aroma. I can taste a little sting of alcohol in this one. But it also has a really good bitterness. Nice malt backbone and good hop tones. Slight pine and citrus on the palate. Easy drinking brew. Good IPA.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Great, doughy, light beige head. Excellent retention. Something you could stick your finger in and feel the foams welcoming grasp. Thick quarter inch head throughout the whole bomber. Great Autumn colored haze with a little sediment suspended nicely throughout the whole brew. Leaves a lot of very sticky lace all over.

Smell- Good, just not as stand out as I feel it should be. You can taste more than you can smell at any point while I'm enjoying this beer. The aroma of citrus zest is only mild while lacking a better balance with the toasted malts.

Taste- Very floral rendition of grapfruit skin. When you sink your teeth into the real thing, its rather unpleasant. But when you drink that same flavor in a beer, it becomes pleasant. Better definition of the mlats, but only as a ,uted hint of what could be.

Mouthfeel- Is chock full of pleasant bitterness, but just lacing that balance needed between malts and hops to be a great IPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a small yellowish head that fades to the edges.

S - Malts, grass, oranges.

T - Sweet malts with a floral finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet style west coaster.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really solid IPA, one of the first I can recall that started taking on the orange hue and do something that tasted different than the traditional and classic Cascade/Centennial/Chinook hopping.

Hop existence doesn't come right out initially, then you take that first sip, and bam, crisp, tangerine citrus zest, this is one of the classic beers that has a lot of similar influenced IPAs coming out in recent years.

I get some wildly inconsistent ones of these, probably because of the lack of bottle dating and large distribution footprint. When its on, its on. When its not, it lacks the hop vibrancy and takes on that vague woody bitterness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer recommended to me by the BA community to be a highly drinkable IPA

A - Hazy light copper in color. Golden could easily be seen with a nice foamy white head. Slight yeast bits hope doesn't inflict review.
S - Grapefruit straight up. Then citrus and other malts are smelt.
T - Wow an overwhelming yet great hops taste. Loved it!
M - Refreshing yet dry. Just what expected from this IPA.
D - Man I need a case of this! A+!

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-copper color with floaties (?) and a thick head that fades down, leaving lacing.

Aroma is full of floral hops and biscuity malt in the nose. Standard for the style.

Taste is full of floral hop bitterness upfront with a strong alcohol warmth and not much else showing up in the middle. Bready, biscuity flavors do make an appearance though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and malt and alcohol warmth. I'm not sure what the floaties are but they don't seem to affect the taste much as I can tell.

Not bad but it would probably be better fresh. Again, it's a case of me not reading the bottling date before buying. Still a decent IPA though.

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Photo of dgilks
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 pours a wonderful deep gold with a nice fluffy white head. Very good head retention.

Great, clean citrussy hop aromas. Lots of powerful grapefruit and passionfruit. Really, really good.

Really well balanced with a not overpowering bitterness which is at a good level with lots of candy like mandarin, passionfruit and citrus sweetness. A good sweet malt bill also holds up well here. Really good and one of the best IPAs I've had.

Good full body with average carbonation holds the flavours up well here.

A great drinkable IPA with lots of flavour, great aromas and good bitterness. A really top notch IPA.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving significant lacing.

Citrus, resin, and pine dominate the initial aroma, with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and mango taking center stage. There's a bit of dankness, leading to a bit of sweet caramel malt.

Flavor is also heavily citrus hopped, with vibrant grapefruit and lemon at the forefront, followed by a melange of pine, bitter resin, and a fairly peppery finish. The aftertaste is minty and herbal. Notes of tropical fruits add complexity. Caramel malt is fairly subdued, but surfaces more as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a moderate amount of hop astringency.

Overall, an excellent, complex ipa. It really hits on all the right hop notes. Definitely not for the faint of hop!

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Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a medium size white soapy head that leaves ample lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of grapefruit and lemony hops, some pine, with a lightly sweet crackery pale malt backbone.

The tastes follow the nose with huge grapefruit and floral hop flavors assaulting the palate leaving a great deal of lingering bitterness. Not much malt backbone even as it warms as the aromas slightly suggested.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is pretty dark bitter and becomes a challenge to enjoy more and more as it warms.

Overall this is just not a very drinkable/enjoyable beer as I find with most West Coast single IPAs. The flavors are all hops and no malt with little balance; great for some, not for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Golden in color with a sturdy head.

S-Citrusy hops and a doughy malt combination. Quite fruity.

T-Delicious fruity hops. Swell bitter taste gives way to a thick dough malt. The fruity hop taste lingers exceptionally well.

M-Medium bodied. Light enough to consume several, heavy enough to make you remember its a beast.

D-One of my go-to brews. Love the taste. Not too much booze. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Yardhouse in Long Beach, served in a pint glass. The appearance was pale orange with no head (maybe due to the bartender's technique).

The smell is overwhelmingly hops, and the flavor is mostly hops but with some malt balancing it slightly. Almost no bitterness in the after-taste, so it was really easy to drink. A very good IPA.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a deep amber hue and a cloudy consistency. Also, it had bits of sediment floating around. There was a decent-sized head and good lacing.

S: Had a strong aroma of hops, citrus and bit of malt. Not overpowering, but certainly noteworthy.

T: This one had quite a complex taste, though it was dominated by hops. There was a faint taste of citrus (orange?) and a hint of malt to balance things out.

M: Vibrant carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is definitely a full-bodied beer.

D: If you like IPAs, this is one for you. It goes down very easy and has a lively personality.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish orange; a bit hazy but with good carbonation and a thick head that shrunk to about a finger and stuck around for the whole point.

Smell is citrus forward, with a small amount of malts in the background -- seems to be a fresh keg.

Good hop bitterness with a lot of the same grapefruit flavors from the smell. Very minimal malt body, at least to my tongue. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is nice.

Lighter-bodied, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I found myself wishing for a bit more substance.

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark orange with a white head and decent lacing. THe color is a really pretty orange with and head lastes about 30 seconds.

It smells very bitter, the hops show through with a nice combination of orange and coriander peeking through. Great smell.

This tastes great, nice slow start with a citrus tinge and great smooth finish, with a very very late bitter finish. Wonderful tasting beer. Here.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The color has a rich orange color and lots of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice juicy citrus, grapefruit and malt sweetness.

The flavor has a hoppy freshness with grapefruit, orange, pine, and then it finish with a bitter dry finish.

The body and malt backbone stand out for this beer. It's very well crafted with its drinkability. The refreshing grapefruit just keeps wanting you to drink more and more.

I'm re-reviewing this because I didn't care for this beer at all. Having this for the second time fresh on tap, this was fantastic.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruit hops with an underlying earthiness and good amounts of pale malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn somewhat herbal and all flavors carry through to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is a standout among standby's in the world of IPA's. Worth a shot if you haven't had it.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,254 ratings.