Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,693
Reviews: 2,208
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 223
Gots: 655 | 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%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really liked this one picked up a bottle while in Mass. last week. So glad I did.

A bright orange color with slight lacing on the glass small one finger of foam.

S - Some pine orange citrus.

T - Really nice tart orange citrus not overwhelming really nice.

M - Similar to taste mouth is tart lingering a bit in the feel.

D - Definately will get another have to get a racer x next time I am down in MA as Bear republic is not distributed in Maine.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a hazy gold with a big soapy white head that sticks all around the glass. Good looking IPA. Aroma is strong in the hop oils, some citrus and pine sap in there with a touch of brown sugar. Taste was a bit of a letdown. The hops are there and there's a bitter aftertaste but none of the flavors really jump out. There doesn't seem to be enough malt to offset what is essentially a hop concoction. Beer has a nice bitter aftertaste but it also slightly watery.

I'm a bit disappointed with this brew, I was hoping for a big-hop experience, but i though it paled in comparison to their Hop Rod and XP, both of which were superior. Not a bad brew you should turn down, but there are many better IPAs out there.

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

on tap @ Yardhouse in San Diego, CA

A- clear bronzed straw, 1 finger white head with great retent

S- fresh citrus and loads of hops

T- hoppy IPA with a malt backbone, typical west coast, mellow, citrus, grassy, caramel

M- medium body, light hop abuse that lingers through after

D- totally drinkable and tasty IPA, must try, well brewed

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an large weisse glass at my local Hard Times Cafe

Appearance: Slightly hazy peach color with an appropriately frothy head. The head could've stuck around a bit longer, but oh well. Excellent lacing as this rather tall glass of beer was consumed.

Sell: A great blend of floral and bitter hops on the nose, with the floral aromatics taking the center stage. Nice backing of pale malt.

Taste: A near perfect balance of malt and hop flavors: not too sweet, not palate-numbingly bitter. Grapefruit notes on the finish. My girlfriend, who has an aversion to bittering hops, kinda liked this one.. maybe she's getting acclimated...

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied feel, slightly astringent, but this is an IPA.

Drinkability: Oh yeah. If this is on the tap when I go the place next, I'll probably snag it. This is a rock-solid IPA. Me likey.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into my pint glass. It has a dark golden amber appearance.

The first smell that jumps out at me is some resinous piney hops, there are some sweeter hops to balance it but the resinous bitter hop smell is pronounced at 40 degrees.

The taste is glorious, lots of hops. It starts fruity floral but finishes bitter and resinous. I would say It is perfectly balanced.

The mouth feel is pretty light, for all the flavor Racer 5 goes down pretty easy.

As it warms up it becomes more enjoyable.

Overall I knew this was a fresh bottle and when fresh this is a must try IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Moose90
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled – 110512
Tasted – 030313

A – Pours a nice deep orange, with a large fluffy off white head. Lacing is truly great on this one.

S – Lots of citrus, some unique orange and bitter lime notes. Smells good, but nothing too complex.

T – Starts bitter, and leads to resinous and piney hop notes. Sweet orange shows on the finish.

M – Light-to-medium carbonation. Goes down very smooth and is quite refreshing. Nice.

O – Good beer here. Nice and hoppy with nice orange notes. Not overly sweet and that is appreciated. A nice balance of hops and malt. This is a great day in, day out, IPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Atlas1
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into one of my DFH tulip pint glasses. The Racer 5 delivers a brightly colored orange/amber body with a full-bodied, off-white head. Sticky lace remnants cling to the sides of the glass as the beer recedes, and the foamy head soon dies down, leaving thick, clumpy foam globules in the middle of the beer. I like what I see so far. The nose on this beer is bold and hoppy, with strong grapefruit and pine scents being the most recognizable. Also apparent are some malty cut-grass scents, and other resiny citrus smells. The taste is tart and tangy up front, with a nice malt balance in the middle, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish that lingers for a while. More pine than citrus in the overall taste, with some light fruity esters permeating throughout. Mouthfeel is sturdy. A nice, strong IPA here. Even modest fans of hops might find a few things to enjoy here, and devout hopheads should definitely seek this out as yet another addition to the repertoire. Bold and refreshing, but unoffensive. An all-season beer, in my opinion.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear orange color with a good two finger white head which stuck around and left a fair amount of lacing.

The scent was of hops and a bit of pine, along with some citric accents.

Tasted of hops and even a bit of orange, with some malt present as well. Nicely balanced.

Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth with a carbonation crispness.

I'm not normally a big IPA fan (so sue me), but this was a beer I really enjoyed and will certainly revisit. Thankfully one of our local liqour store chains is now carrying some of the Bear Republic brews, and I am certainly thankful for that. Another excellent choice from a fine brewer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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