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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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5,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,936
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 378 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-08-2013 20:17:49 | More by Chris77McGrath
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-17-2013 19:22:04 | More by SimonTja
Photo of AMCimpi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-09-2014 14:42:43 | More by AMCimpi
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2012 01:13:17 | More by erha2
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper orange body. No head even with a hard pour.

S: A simple nose of grapefruit, caramel, & dry bready malts. Not as hop forward as I hoped.

T: Bitter citrus hops followed by sweet & bready malts. Although balanced, the flavor is slightly weak. Dry & bitter finish.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, & crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

O: This one seemed a bit off for the style. Got it from the store's cooler so I think it was fresh, but this one seemed slightly weak and more hop forward. I would drink this again, but believe there are much better American IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:27:07 | More by BrewCrew2010
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A- golden-orance color with a fluffy one-finger+ head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing. It's a bit less hazy than most of its kind.

S- pine and citrus, very mild aroma for this style.

T-some sweet maltiness followed by citrus hop bitterness. Nice balance.

M-good body and carbonation, yet light and drinkable. Easy on the palate.

O-very solid American IPA, quite drinkable as well at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:36:55 | More by NiceTaps
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-31-2013 18:27:48 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 15:58:01 | More by Barnsley
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden amber with a creamy off white head....laces and stays up pretty well.
Smells great...piney citrus..floral..pretty intense.
Tastes well balanced ....great big sweet malt with amazing grapefruit-pineapple punch...perfect combination. Good and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel also just right...medium, with good carbonation.
Drinkable?...I could have spent the night with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2006 14:19:12 | More by Hautacam
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a huge head, off-white and real foamy, probably 3 fingers. Excellent head retention. (In fact, when I finished my beer, there was still a huge head at the bottom....In fact, there was still a head in the morning!!!) Pretty orange color and see-through.

Side note...I've been drinking this beer for years, and every bottle I've poured has has an INSANE amount of sediment, I mean chunky as hell, even more than Chimay White... THIS bottle, however, had a small amount of very fine sediment. Did they change their techniques or did I buy a freak bottle?

Smells of perfume. Pungent, fruity, piney, and citrusy hops all rolled into one.

Taste: bitter, but oh-so-round around the edges. Loads of fruit: ruby red grapefruit, tangelos, mangoes, lychee, fruit cocktail with corn syrup. Malts, including carmels, are simply along for the ride. Gives me the slightest headache from the perfumey hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not overly sweet or heavy. Drinkability is very good. No problems here.

Widely available around here. I often overlook it. This one, and the Hop Rod Rye, should not be missed. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 19:48:15 | More by rayjay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a nice hazy orange colour. So smooth, nice amount of bitterness. So delicious...did I say how smooth and delicious it was? Fantastic beverage. God, I need this beer again. Can't wait to go back to Buffalo for more of this beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:10:41 | More by WeedKing4
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-31-2013 02:19:28 | More by gnikola
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My tasting followed an Avery IPA - and the prerequisite cleaning of the palate; so this reveiw should be considered in that light.

The head is about 1 inch and dissipates quickly; there is some lacing that does evaporate over time. The nose did contain some banana ester following a 10 minute temperature acclimation. (It was served rather cold - another factor to consider.) There was a noticable hint of orange as well and this was followed by a hearty hop aftertaste, one that lingers upon the tongue.

All in all, a fine IPA. Though my particular pint was a little less overwhelming than anticipated, I have had superb brews from this Left Coast craft brewer. Perhaps, I just need to drink some more ....?

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 22:40:04 | More by jjboesen
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. Awesome retention and sheets of lace cling to the sides of the glass. Visually appealing to say the least.

Clean and fresh citrus hop aroma with a toasted maltiness lying in the background. Grapefruit, lemon, and orange really shine.

Big juicy citrus kicks things off. Nice slap of hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon all come through. Hops are balanced well by the toasted grain and biscuity maltiness. Alcohol barely shows up at all. Flavors meld very well and the beer is nicely balanced. Very smooth flavors. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and lemon zest.

Medium-full bodied, smooth, and a little creamy. Not too crisp, but not heavy either. Great drinkability - could definitely stick with this one for a while. Possibly my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 16:35:56 | More by Lupe
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Boasts a big white fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace along the sides of the glass and leaves big, chunky islands floating on top of a deep, hazy orange-golden colored brew. great looking IPA.

Big citrus nose, grapefruit, oranges, piney.

Tastes of pink grapefruit, sweet mild tangerine and some piney hops - balanced with some sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Excellent balance here.

Full/meduim mouthfeel that is smooth as butter.

Wow. This is a great American IPA. Really what a great brew. Looking forward to finishing up this six pack and then getting some more for the hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:24:57 | More by ujsplace
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a pint glass

A- A light amber, somewhat orange, very thin head that stays for a while, and forms a nice lacing around the glass.

S-Grapefruits, orangey,apricots.

T- Great tasting IPA. Not too hoppy, very sweet apricot smell towards the end of the sip, but very great tasting, and not to bitter.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is very creamy, somewhat carbonated but the great feel at first takes away the carbonation.

D- Great beer, definitely would love to drink again! Very different from other IPA'S..

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:42:23 | More by thedoubler55
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2013 01:49:05 | More by sneezye
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into tulip.

A – Slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of foamy and clingy white head that left lacing down the glass.

S – Hops, floral, citrus, grapefruit.

T – Solid hop punch right out of the gate. Bitterness from the hops sticks right in. Has a nice balanced citrus following with orange and grapefruit. Almost a slight caramel malt flavor. Bit of piney flavor to finish.

M – Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy palate.

O – I am growing fonder of IPA’s everyday and this one really has great tastes. It ranks high on my list with a nice balance of light sweet and hop punch. Winner from Bear, wish they sent these east.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 00:07:31 | More by GallowsThief
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-15-2012 00:47:59 | More by chasmandocharles
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-02-2013 04:13:15 | More by BRD14
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-11-2013 19:39:46 | More by Cvescalante
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-19-2013 20:02:31 | More by fellowrs
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with floaties. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Clean, fresh citrus hop aroma. Light alcohol and toasted malt lay underneath the hops.

T&M: Crisp, smooth up front with a medium body. Mostly citrus, semi-sweet with a mild piney hop taste. Semi-rough carbonation and hop bitterness on the fade.

Very good IPA. Probably not at the top of my favorites, but high quality nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 21:26:57 | More by cdizinno
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Racer 5 pours a deep golden color with hints of red along the edges. A nice thick foamy off-white head that built up to 3 fingers and stayed there for quite a while. Quite clear in my pint glass.
smell: The aroma seemed to leap out at me. It had a wonderful hop bouquet. It was piney, floral and citrusy.
As expected, the first sip or two was bitter with a drying effect on the end.
Taste: the blend of malts, hops and yeast gave this beer a nice crisp taste. Bear Republic put in a generous amount of Columbus and Cascade hops into this beer but held back from going too far with the IBUs. I could pick up an underlying sweetness of the malts when not inhaling as I sipped. But just as soon as I breathe in, the hop sensation nearly masks the sweetness of the grains.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy with a full bodied texture.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 21:06:40 | More by boudreaux
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange - nice fluffy head - white that lingers around a while.

S: Smell is pine hops and floral. A bit of malt

T: Love the taste - hops up front, malt comes through, more bitter in the finish - just a fantastic AIPA.

M: Medium - goes down smooth with little fiz to keep me from gulping this down when i feel the urge

D: High - have had this one before but finally decided to grab a single to add it to my reviews. Great offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:27:01 | More by beerman207
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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