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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,330 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,330
Reviews: 2,185
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 194
Gots: 521 | 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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.5%

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a copper color with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus, pine, some tropical fruits. Very nice.

t - Follows the nose...citrus and piney hops mostly.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good and drinkable IPA. I enjoyed the pine and ctirus hops smell and taste. Would have again.

mdfb79, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -4.5%

mendvicdog, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours golden with a thick white head that thins and stays.  Lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is of citrus and pine. Not overly strong, but certainly pleasant.

The taste is of citrus and pine.  A nice Pacific NW hop profile.  Cascade hops certainly not meager here, giving it a grapefruity taste, though there is also a piney bitterness as well.  The bitterness has plenty of sweet grain backing to tie things together and smooth it out.  Alcohol is well-hidden in sharpness, but adds a roundedness to it.  Balanced despite an assertive hop presence.  Finishes bitter with a peek of sweetness.

At first, I was going to say it's not quite full-bodied, but then I remembered this is an IPA, not a DIPA, which this almost reaches.  It is full-bodied enough, though, and quite chewy.  A long finish translates to a lingering aftertaste.

Smooth and complex, this is a great American IPA!

jwc215, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Cloudy light amber color; nice eggshell head (one finger thick) leaving a ring of lace with each sip.

Nice fresh floral hop aromas. I note this smell each time I pick up the glass for a sip.

IPA's are inherently unbalanced brews. So I get excited when I get the hop wallop along with a strong round flavor of malt. This beer pulls that off. Excellent body with a slightly high carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter, but floral, hop that lasts a very long time.

This probably makes my top three IPA's ever tried (with Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale). I would love to do a blind tasting of these three. I could drink this all day.

smcolw, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a clear copper color, and is topped by a 3 finger tan head. Nice aromas of orange, apricot, and a general pungent fruitiness course through my nose as I take a big whiff. Interestingly enough I also get some notes of just over-ripe plum as I go in for another sniff. The first sip, ahhh, this was the hop fix that I have been looking for. This beer is ripe with hop notes from beginning to end. There is a medium level of sweetness, and a toasted maltiness in the finish. The sweetness helps to pick up and accentuate the fruity hop notes that are in this beer. The hops taste of apricot, lychee, and ripe citrus fruit. It finishes with a solid bitterness that ties the whole beer together and demands that you take another sip. This is the beer I was looking for tonight, it just hits the spot.

Gueuzedude, Mar 02, 2004
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. bottle

A: Copper, hazy red with thin sticky white head with good retention.

S: Grapefruit, citric hops, with malt and some tropical fruit, mango and papaya.

T: The tropical fruit shows its stuff, but also brings a more bracing pine bitterness, not overpowering, very balanced, especially for a West Coast IPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied, with almost a chewy bitterness.

D: Very good, a delicious example of the West Coast IPA style, its balanced character makes it a good anytime beer, the alcohol level does not show at all. Another great offering from the fellas at Bear Republic.

Halcyondays, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

Bottle: poured four times into my toothbrush holder plastic tumbler (hotel room in San Fran) on 4 Feb 2013.

Pale amber body with an off-white head.

Hoppy, bitter and dry tasting: I'd had it in a sink full of ice while we went out and I thought it got better as it warmed, when cold it had little to no bite from its hoppiness, once a bit warmer the hops really asserted themselves and they came alive.

I'm not a huge 'hop monster' but I thought this was very drinkable in deed.

BlackHaddock, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -4.5%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance: pours a orange color with dark yellow highlights. A large 3" head lasts forever. Carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the top. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: oranges and a strong bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt layer, balanced with some orange slices, lemon zest, and a perfect piney bitterness. This is a great example of what an American IPA should be.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a bite of crispness at the start and finish. The aftertaste is short with the flavor tones.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable. This should be a staple in everyone's refridgerator.

Gavage, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of kojevergas
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%

7% ABV confirmed. Bottled 03/21/13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded silver pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some great beers from this brewery before, and this has a great reputation - plus it's fresh.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger vibrant beige colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is a vibrant clear translucent pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. About what I'd expect from a good beer in the style, though the colour could be fuller and more vibrant. Light even lacing as the head recedes. Excited to try this. No overt flaws in the appearance.

Sm: Lovely varied floral hop notes. Hop oil. Nectary hops. Pale malts. Grassy character. Light pine. The oily hop character (Columbus) is dominant - just what I want from a good IPA. Well hopped and balanced. Pleasant, fresh, appealing. This is exactly what an IPA should smell like. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Very inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Great stuff. Oily hop notes mix well with lighter nectary hop notes and moderate floral hop character. The body is simple flavorful pale malts, lending it a refreshing taste. It lacks the citrusy gush I want it to have, but it's well constructed and damn well balanced across the board, with hardly any hop bitterness coming through at all. What little hop bitterness there is comes through just a bit on the climax and in the third act; it's not perfect balance but it's impressive. No yeast character comes through, nor does any alcohol. Lightly grassy, highlighting the pale malts. Love the hop choices here - especially columbus. I'd like to see what amarillo does to the flavour profile. Beautifully balanced, beautifully executed. A tasty IPA with good depth of flavour, complexity, and subtlety. This is how you brew an IPA.

Mf: Soft, smooth, oily, a bit nectary, and wet. Refreshing. Lightly crisp. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Perfect carbonation. Very well executed, evoking care and effort.

Dr: Damn drinkable. I'll definitely be getting more of this and will happily buy it by the six pack. If I bought beer I'd already tried on a regular basis, this would be right up there - or probably above - Lagunitas as my IPA mainstay. Up there with Sculpin in terms of quality and availability. Bravo, Bear Republic. I'm beating myself up over waiting so long to review it. This is how an IPA ought to be: balanced and flavorful, with subtlety and complexity. Very well done.

B+

kojevergas, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

05/23/05- Had on tap at the Englander in Dublin, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden color approaching an amber color. Smaller head by the time it arrived at my table. Nice lacing rounds it off.

Smell- Definite hops presence. More fruity than anything. Definte malt as well though.

Taste- For some reason I get more of a malt taste whenever I have this brew. I do get the hops as well, but to me it's a well rounded brew that leans towards a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level.

Drinkability- Classic example of a good session brew. Wish they came in 6 packs rather than bombers.

GClarkage, May 25, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Finally got around to trying this beer, been hearing about it forever.

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Nice golden orange color, very pungent hoppy smell.. always a good sign. Nice and bitter and the hops are definitely upfront, but manages to stay well balanced and makes for a smooth beer that's dangerously drinkable. A very good IPA and worthy trying for sure.

oriolesfan4, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Sampled on draft at the brewpub in Healdsburg.

Pours a clear dark golden color with pale yellow hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sheets of sporadic lacing behind.

Crisp citrus and earthy pine hop aroma with some subtle malt and hints of lemon, grapefruit and biscuit.

Lighter end of medium body with a clean crisp dry hop presence. Light malts provide a nice balanced backbone. Dry piny notes with lemon and grapefruit as well as some subtle biscuit and graham cracker malt. Sweet with a dry lingering finish.

corby112, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

My notes from last summer rear their ugly head. This will be my third different serving style of this beer! I do not think that even any of LNCBC's beers hold that distinction.

My server, to be named later, brought this to me with a finger of bone-white head with good retention, Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with pine-y hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a palate-cleansing hoppiness. Don't hold back! Finish was gaspingly bone-dry. More, please, Raquel!

woodychandler, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to sckressler for this one.
Appears a golden amber with a fluffy off white head. Some sediment and yeast falls to the bottom. Plenty of medium carbonation and lacing to be seen.
Smell is of floraly hops with some wood notes and solid malt. Gets much better as it warms up towards room temp.
Taste is a see-saw of hops and malt. Drink it and you'll see exactly what I mean. Very floral hops with some malt packed in there.
Mouthfeel is light, florally, with a powdered sugar type feeling rolling around in the mouth. Brew gets more complex towards the bottom of the glass but it's still highly enjoyable.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, May 25, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap at McGrady's in Bethlehem. Nice seeing this on tap here and Big Bear at the Ho down the street.

A: Translucent, hazy golden amber/orange color with a moderate white head with nice lacing and retention.
S: As expected, citursy (grapefruit), slightly floral, hoppy aroma with malt background present.
T: Very smooth, crisp citrus grapefruit flavor hits first. Slightly sweet but balanced with malt and then the longer it is in the mouth the more the hops dig in. Not overwhelming bitter but hops are very assertive. Very balanced smooth tasting.
M: Full bodied with very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation combined with hop bitterness provides a mouthful.
D: Very flavorful, easy drinking, balanced IPA. Right up there with Two Hearted and Blind Pig for me.

yourefragile, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Hazy, glowing golden orange body, with languous bubbles of fine carbonation. Head it creamy white, leaving amazing lacing. Great looking IPA.

Smell is also great, a beautiful tropical fruit hit - tastes of passionfruit, pineapple, menthol and pawpaw. It's not as overtly powerful as it could be, but it's very nice all the same.

Taste is a resinous bitter character, quite sharp, but clean and fresh, full of character. There's not a huge amount of complexity there, but it's tasty. Strong and robust hop bitterness that resonates through to the back palate. Mouthfeel is a little thin, surprisingly, but the sparkling character matches the hop bite nicely.

This is a pretty decent IPA - it doesn't knock my socks off, but it's solid, drinkable and enjoyable. At least it's a good example of the style.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. No info was given as to what type of hops were added to the cask. If I had to guess, I would say "TONS!"

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of sticky lacing down the glass.

S - I knew I had to get this one when I smelled it from across our table. HUGE pungent hop punch right off the bat with hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit. A tiny bit of sweet caramel malt comes thru but this one is really all about the hops.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front never really leaving the pallet. Light caramel malt and grapefruit acidity offer as much contrast as they can but this one is truly all about the hops. A bit dry in the finish with some lingering hop bitterness. The taste wasn't as good as the nose but I still really enjoyed this one. One of my all time favorites revved up a few extra notches.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel with a bit of dryness toward the end. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very good. I really like racer 5 quite a bit and this version was even better. A touch one dimensional with all those pungent hops but that really isn't a bad thing.

orangesol, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer looks awesome. As I drink it down, its possibly the best look IPA I ever seen, let alone beer I've seen in the past few months. A hazy orange with white head and lacing all the way down the long weizen glass.

Smell and taste, however, are less amazing. Smells and tastes of west coast hops, very cascade like. Piney, citrus, grapefruit together at once. It was a good and balanced flavor, but lacks the complexity that would make this a great beer. Not overly bitter for the sake of being bitter like some IPAs, it earns it bitterness and flavor.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had no idea this was 7%, felt like any other good IPA. If I had this all night, I might end up on the floor.

tempest, May 09, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

A: Poured a nice gold color with small thin white head.

S: Nose was floral, citrus and well hopped

T: Taste followed the nose very well. No surprises. Lots of caramel malt, more malts than hops I thought, floral notes mainly with citrus notes.

M: Finished slightly bitter but smooth. The hops blast was late and good.

D: Good

barleywinefiend, Apr 04, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,330 ratings.