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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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6,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,508
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 208
Gots: 571 | FT: 9
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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Photo of coldriver
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium clear amber with good head and lacing. Aroma of spicy citrusy hops and sweet candy malt. Hop profile is in your face and subtle at the same time with mango, grapefruit, and lemon flavors. Good chewy mouthfeel starts wet and finishes very dry. This one is an old favorite of mine.

coldriver, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sneezye
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

sneezye, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of LSUPT
4/5  rDev -4.5%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

ccurrid, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Theogre83, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kshankar
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange with a thick foamy white head. The retention is okay, and it leaves a layer of foam that stays, with lacing, the whole way down.

Aroma is of pine and citrus hops

Taste is piney, citrusy and a good level of bitterness from the hop profile. Malts balance this one out fairly well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability is good for a beer of its bitterness and ABV, but then again, I love American IPA's.

kshankar, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of sneth019
5/5  rDev +19.3%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of hreb
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, lightly hazed, with a large yellowish-white head. Ample, piney C-hop aroma. Flavor is aggressive and hop-forward, as promised, without being harsh or bitter. Pretty well balanced, with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Just a little bit to the left of fully and dangerously drinkable.

hreb, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

dextermcgurk, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Hardcore
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Hardcore, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of pathead
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

pathead, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Luiz0930
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

wellsnb, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev -4.5%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Beer pours a light golden color, straw coloured head that lingered

aroma is of hops, pine and citrus

taste is bitter hops up front, with a follow up of citrus flavor (grapefruit/lemon)

mouthfeel is average, mildly carbonated, fairly easy to drink this

drinkability - could definetly drink this for a bit

I'm just starting to get an appreciation for the Pale ales, APA's/IPA's and DIPA'S. I feel like I got a good start with this entry, a reasonably priced bomber (~4.50) and a beer with good flavor.

keithmurray, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of 420Rick
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

420Rick, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of blakesell
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy one and a half finger cap of foam, lacing clings lightly to the sides and carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops rise forward. A strong orangey citrus flows into the nostrils. Light malts linger but the hops dominate. Cascade hops are likely in the ale as well.

Taste- Creamy and quite thick with citrus and a light soapy character. I taste Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and just a bit of Centennial pine in the finish. Very light an effervescent.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated, not astringent and effervescent.

Drinkability- Nicely drinkable. Bear Republic's best effort yet. Worth a revisit soon.

blakesell, May 06, 2008
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev -4.5%

bmoney, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of ALLISON01
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ALLISON01, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Eastside151
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Eastside151, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of ParkbrauFan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

ParkbrauFan, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Quaffer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: Poured a crystal clear, golden-orange that seemed very bright in the glass. Dense off-white head rose up huge and took a long time to settle down, becoming fluffy as it did so. The density and staying power of the foam was amazing. Tons of sticky lace was left on the glass. Flawless appearance.

Smell: Raw, juicy, citrus hops dominated right after the pour. A little bit of sweet malt peeked through at times, but the hops totally dominated. Smelled great.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth upfront, with a little carbonation bite in the back of the mouth. A slight numbing from the alcohol as well.

Taste: A good dose of citrus hops started things off. Then the hops transformed into a more herbal flavor, and that's when the bitterness really kicked in. There was quite a bit of malt sweetness present to help balance the hops, but the two opposing flavors didn't seem to blend well. Some light alcohol made itself known at times.

Overall, an extremely solid IPA. There are some IPAs that I have rated lower that I would prefer to drink, but the wonderful appearance and smell of this brew pushed the numbers up.

Thanks Bruiser81!

Quaffer, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of BeerZack
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly golden color with an orange tinge lets me know I'm in for a real WC IPA, none of that amber caramelly crap. Modest head leaves some nice clingy lace.
Aroma is full of hop goodness. Pink grapefruit, orange, apricot, hint of tropical and some pine resin.
Taste does not disappoint the high expectations the nose presages. Smooth citrus and melon flavors start off a tad sweet but end up drying out a bit on the piney hop fade. Lots of good juicy hop flavor without much astringency at all.
Smooth carbonation makes this hop juice ultra quaffable for it's respectable 7% abv. When this stuff is fresh it is one of the best everyday IPAs around.

BeerZack, Sep 01, 2010
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 6,508 ratings.