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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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6,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,608
Reviews: 2,199
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 212
Gots: 618 | 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:
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 -4.5%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

csurowiec, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -4.5%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jmccullough108, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of instinct2
5/5  rDev +19.3%

instinct2, Aug 10, 2013
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear golden orange with a 1 finger white head that eventually gives way to a oily pool of hops juices and froth. Sticky strings of lace.

Pungent citrus, pine, and floral resins. Small toasty biscuit behind.

Fresh juicy hop blast over a nice toffee and biscuit backbone. Sour crisp citrus hop bite. Sticky lip smackin pine. A resinous oily floral bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden for a 7%.

Sticky, smooth, and dry with good carbonation and a light-med body.

Awesome hop profile and quite refreshing and drinkable. Could drink these almost any time. Pairs great with many different foods, especially spicy. Great American hoppy IPA.

CHILLINDYLAN, Aug 03, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Luk13, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kiki3drt292, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of PaulsBrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

PaulsBrew, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ThrashMaster
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ThrashMaster, Aug 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

bkwhoppa66, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this once before. Finally picked one up for review.

22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - After mishandling the bottle the beer foamed up like crazy on the pour. Nonetheless it has a nice look. A translucent golden yellow with a tiny orange tint. Nice sized head (too big from handling/pour) that def has a ton of staying power and laces the glass nicely. The lace actually looks like lattice on the side of the glass. Head cakes up a little in middle of glass.

S - A nice hop rush here. Mainly floral hops with a little bit of a malty sweetness lending some balance. Nopt quite as in your face as many IPAs I;ve enjoyed before, as I've been on a bit hop bomb kick lately.

T - A nice hoppy bitterness on the sip. A tiny bit of that sweetness again with a tiny spicy kick. Some alcohol warming is present.

M - With the smooth feel and warming this one is right on in the mouth.

D - Pretty good, not my favorite IPA but definitely one to enjoy, especially if you want an IPA with a little sweetness every now and then. This'll keep you coming back for more sips.

EStreet20, Dec 02, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Beerbuddha, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of wahhmaster
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale brownish-gold color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrusy, piney hops with a bit of grainy maltiness.

Taste: Very hoppy up front with Cascade hops dominating. Finishes hoppy but with a balancing maltiness. Has a citrusy, grassy flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and flat but not overwhelmingly so.

Overall: A great IPA. I'm not sure that it live up to its enormous hype but it is still a well-made, well-balanced West Coast IPA. Worth a try at least...

wahhmaster, Jun 08, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: disappointing tiny white head fizzled effortlessly to a cap and then down to a ring only seconds later. The brew is amber and golden. At least a cap of head retains and there's a bit of sticky lacing.
S: huge citrus mandarin aromas with caramel malt to balance in the back. The aromas are pretty straightforward.
T: great at first, with huge hop flavors dominating. Citrusy goodness with the malt barely discernible. Then my palate starts cringing just a tad as the Columbus (bittering?) hops become incredibly overwhelming. I like a hoppy beer, but to have this one flavor really be the one to stand out is a bummer. I want mandarins and grapefruits to linger like the aroma promises, and sadly they just do not. With warmth, there's a small bit of wood and more perfumey, but it's just not doing it for me.
M: medium body with medium-high carbonation, which makes those Columbus hops tingle a bit more.
D: it's okay, but I think I'll stick to hop rod rye!

washburnkid, Aug 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

21Maestro8, Dec 15, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I decided to review Racer 5 again because it was served in a different format than before, on cask, which contributed to a unique experience of the beer.

Bear Republic makes some great beers and racer 5 is definitely one of them. The IPA was served at cellar temperature from a hand-pumped beer engine. This service resulted in ale with warmer temperature and lower amount of carbonation, which really allowed the taste of the resinous hops and biscuity malt to come through. Moreover, lower carbonation improve the mouthfeel, making it silkier and easier to drink without feeling as full. The warmer temperature did also make the beer seem to taste sweeter, but the lingering bitterness kept it from being cloying.

Racer 5 on cask was delicious with abundant pineapple, peach and mango flavors, with assertive bitterness and a sweet cracker-like malt background.

Soonami, Aug 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Jslay013, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled this from a 22oz bomber.
Pours out a clear amber-orange color with an extremely sticky white head that left rings of lace all over the glass. The aroma is filled with citrusy hops and screams huge hop additions. The taste is packed with a great hop start but smoothes out over the tongue wonderfully with a perfect balance of bitterness. The semi-high ABV in this is well hidden but makes a presence letting you know that it is there very sublte in the finish. The smoothness of this beer is incredible for having so much hop flavor. The intense hops in an IPA that are normally too much for malt-lovers, is so well balanced, that this is a perfect beer for those who want to explore the world of the hop-heads. I personally can not get enough hops, and this one (not being a IIPA) is just phenomenal. As far as the IPA style goes, I have yet to find one that is as well crafted as this.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 25, 2005
Photo of PhageLab
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Tap House in Hampton, served in a standard pint glass. First review of 2008!

A - Medium amber coloration witha slight golden hue to it. Nice, big, frothy head which displayed some nice retention, as well as excellent lacing. Great presentation.

S - Mixture of floral and pine notes, but it's a bit weak. Pleasant nonetheless.

T - Excellent balance, decent hop characteristics, citrus undertones, and a great malt backbone. The aftertaste was an odd blend of pine to near mint.

M - Light to medium bodied, creamy feel with an oily residue left over. Great carbonation level.

D - A safe bet and a solid example of an IPA. I'd say it is definitely worth a try. Now I'm interested in finding the Racer X...

PhageLab, Jan 03, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a cloudy orange color that produced a frothy white head that that had good retention and left decent lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced were light malts, and heavy on the citrus and hops

T - The malt profile is what hits you first, followed by clean citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange), and ending with a good bit hoppy bitterness

M - The mouth was very smooth, medium bodied, and had a decent amount of carbonation to it

D - This IPA was really good, but in the way of Bear Republic beers, I would defiantly pick up the Rye over this, however, when I am craving a good IPA, this would be a great answer

cvfish, Jan 17, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

erlenmeyer, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

nollie77, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

DerekQXQX, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,608 ratings.