Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,698
Reviews: 2,210
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 223
Gots: 658 | 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 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...

Photo of cvfish
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

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Schmoog
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BierReise
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't find this IPA as nice as the Alesmith but still an excellent brew. Deep copper color with ample froth which lightly laced the glass. Nose is hoppy with pine really standing out. A gentle bitterness which is nice and the way I personally like IPA's to be. Good to the finish with consistent flavor throughout.

Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

Photo of sneezye
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of loganburgh
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jtrigonis
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Kaydogg
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a 22 oz. bomber leaving a 2 inch head that subsided into an inch by halfway down, to 1/2 inch the rest of the way, leaving thick lacing all the way. Hazy golden orange amber. Aroma of pine and more pine, slight malt sweetness. Taste was exactly like aroma- pine, and citrus, with slightly underrepresented malt backbone, but good nonetheless, finished with more pine. Mouthfeel was full and smooth with thick (oily?) bitter (good) taste on tongue and in mouth. Drinkability- I enjoyed this- a very good IPA and one I will get often.

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jeffwright
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of sacrelicio
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

Photo of Zanico
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AwYeh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber shared by Jesse13713; poured into Schlitz Light goblet.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color; a bit of sediment from this particular bottle (didn't notice it when I had it before, so no mark-downs here).

S: Lots of citrus and floral hops here- tropical fruits in particular. Quite light, sweet, and pleasant. A bit of caramel malts pull through too.

T: Tons of citrus upfront here- oranges and tangerines are most predominant. A hint of earthiness, and a light malt sweetness can be picked up in the middle. Great balance, of sweet, slightly tart, and bitter on the finish- excellent flavor all around.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, and just enough stickiness to leave a pleasant palate coating.

D: Goes down extremely easy; even if this bottle has a good deal of floaties in it, the taste is all there, and I've really enjoyed this beer both times I've had it. Will definitely pick it up again, especially at its affordable price.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,698 ratings.