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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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5,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 5586
Reviews: 2158
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%

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 Joshpu


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A golden orange color. Spotty lacing, fair amount of carbonation. About a finger and a half of white head. Its got that typical looking west coast ipa head.

S: Definitely getting the hops smell, along with lemon, and grapefruit.

T: Really good example of a west coast IPA, in my opinion. Hop forward with grapefruit.

M: Fairly crisp and medium body feel. The hops linger for a little while. For some reason it seems to have a little too much carbonation for me.

O: This is a great IPA. I like this up there with Stone's IPA and also Greenflash's IPA. Definitely a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 07:04:12 | More by Joshpu
Photo of Docrock


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Surly pint glass:

A - a nice golden amber color with a 1" off whit head that quickly settles to a very thin cap and spotty lacing.

S - slight pine and grassiness.

T - pine and citrus with a nice malty base.

M - medium bodied with decent carbonation, slight lingering piney aftertaste.

O - enjoyable, good solid example for the style. Will definitely enjoy more of this when looking for a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 02:37:57 | More by Docrock
Photo of walser

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer in winter is like tasting an Andrew Wyeth
painting. I was not able to have my scotch or
wine tonight, but the fact that there are beers
like this available in a US. gas station
on Christmas Day gives me hope that
we are actually progressing
as a society. The economy can collapse,
the culture can deteriorate, society can
become broken down, but there are brewers,
like medieval monks in California brewing
craft beers that are like a spiritual
exercise, like vespers, or an ode to lost

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 05:12:35 | More by walser
Photo of mpedara429


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of off white head. Rings of lacing formed dow the glass.

S: A little subtle but complex nose of sweet orange, toffee, and pine.

T: Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, and a bit of pineapple all blended together pretty well with a balanced malt backbone. Good bitter hop character present that sticks a little on the way down.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A little oily and sticky.

O: An exceptional single IPA. Hoppy but balanced. If you are a fan of a somewhat fruity IPA, this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:05:51 | More by mpedara429
Photo of lordofstarside


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, no freshness date

Pours a nice hazy shade of gold, very good color. One finger of foam with acceptable retention and good lacing. Smells of a nice mesh of hop and bready malt. Some floral tones come through, as well as some pine and grapefruit. Taste follows the nose well. Hoppy malt come through strongest with some pine resin, not much citrus going on here. Feel is pretty good, nice crisp and dry finish, and a good amount of bitterness. Over all I was expecting more from this beer, but it's still pretty good. If it was available in my area I'd pick some up every now and again

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:15:59 | More by lordofstarside
Photo of Gus_13


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow with nice lacing all around the glass. Finger and a half of head when poured semi aggressively. stead stream of carbonation coming up from the bottom and sides of the glass. No real alcohol legs if any. light light in color but that's ok.

Aroma: Big hop presence with hints of citrus and little bit of pine. Not just hugely dank but it is hoppy with a light malt character behind it. Orange and lemon peel with hints of white grapefruit. No alcohol presence really.

Taste: Follows the nose. Hop forward with a mellow malt background. Hops are the big player as they should be. More of the white grapefruit juice with a good hint of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. No taste of alcohol either.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 22:59:26 | More by Gus_13
Photo of PatriotsRule


4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy, like a forbidden forest of hops. Yum
A: Gold. Ample head is essentially white and the lacing is sweet too. Great carbonation!
S: Hops hops and more hops! Oh so subtle pine and citrus fruit notes
T: Hops! Extremely delicious. A little piney
M: Crisp and drinkable. Hops are present throughout the experience
O: Fairly balanced if you love hops like I do. Other than the hops though, not much shines through in this brew... It is exciting and refined, very appetizing, light and easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:42:32 | More by PatriotsRule
Photo of scootny

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am stunned that this is not a top ten AIPA. Gorgeous in the glass. Two finger head that stays for what seems like a forever. Lots of lace. Beer stays covered all the way down. Fluid is a hazy stained oak color. Microfine carbonation continuously streaming up give a portent of the lovely feel. Smell is lightly bready with a mild caramel sweetness. Firm yeasty component is blanketed in hops. A citrus tinged light tropical fruit aroma as well. A dry graininess with a touch of sourness. Taste follows the nose. Light pale ale flavors are wrapped in a dry hoppiness. Pale malt and yeasty light bread. Dry grains and a faint orange flavor. Bit of biscuit. Dry hoppiness is tinged with both earth and citrus. Lovely dry finish leaves a trace of hop oil. Feel is crisp and light while not actually being a light beer. Dry and quenching with a perfect carbonation that lens itself to sessioning and refreshment. Wonderful drinkability that has you gulping the deliciousness. A superior American IPA. It just is and that's the way this beer hits me.

Serving type: growler

12-03-2012 06:03:33 | More by scootny
Photo of divineaudio


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a wine glass.

a - pours a hazy amber with a thin cap of sudsy, off white head. foam calms quickly to a thin film and leaves spotty lacing.

s - toasted bread, orange citrus, hay, faint alcohol.

t - citrusy hops supported by a toasty malt base. notes of orange, grapefruit and pine. bitterness lingers for a bit.

m - firmly medium with adequate carbonation. finer co2 profile.

o - a solid beer and enjoyable, but maybe a tad overrated imo. would certainly buy more if i were in the mood for an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:34:43 | More by divineaudio
Photo of ngeunit1


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and orange hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hoppy IPA with a good hop profile from start to end.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:23:05 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: not quite amber more like a yellowish amber. Heavy bubbles on the body with a white head that is about 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Grapefruit feel, light floral scent.

Taste: of course it's bitter so if that's not your thing leave it alone. Piney almost like a tree bark type of feel.

Mouth: crisp toasty after taste. You feel bitterness that lingers against your cheeks complimented with citrus grapefruit.

Overall: this is a really good brew, and my first time having it on tap grab a glass as appreciate what real beer is supposed to be like. Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 00:41:23 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle into Pint Glass

A - Hazy Golden/Orange with thick foamy 1 finger head. Good lacing down the glass

S - Piney hops with a nice malt sweetness and some citrus

T - This is where the surprise comes, lots of rave reviews about this beer, I am a bit disappointed by the taste. Hops are certainly upfront, but that sweet citrus smell does not translate to the taste. A faint flavor of the alcohol hits, and more bitter hops bite and citrus at the end. As usual, as the beer warms the sweetness comes through, but still not what I would expect. I enjoy the bitterness of this beer, just would like more citrus

M - Really smooth carbonation, one of my favorite qualitites about this beer.

O - This beer gets a very high rating, but taste is what matters most, and I just dont get that nice citrus flavor I have come to enjoy from the west coast IPA's. Certainly has a lot of hop character, good bitterness, but without the citrus and malt, there is not much in the way of balance. Very drinkable for the 7% ABV, I dont usually go much beyond 7%, as I dont care for the alcohol to take over, I like it hidden in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 22:09:26 | More by eporter66
Photo of Braz


4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold color similar to adjucnt lagers. Nice fluffy pure white head. Aromatics are citrusy, orange, cedar and grass. Taste has excellent balance between sweet and bitter. It is dry and finishes with some nice spice notes, black peppery. Aftertaste is bitter and lingers a bit. Very good IPA. I have yet to have anything disapointing from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 15:44:43 | More by Braz
Photo of MarioM


4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Great cloudy dark gold almost orange color with a creamy white head that lingered for a while with some good lacing. Bottle conditioning is obvious with yeast particles floating around, great looking beer!

S: Citrus like hop aroma and a sweet maltiness that is very pleasant. Smeels great, you just know its going to be a great tasting beer.

T: Bitterness is balanced very well with the sweet maltiness. Very nice hoppiness, citrus like, opposed to pine like or soapy like some say. Carbonation is just right and very refreshing.

M: A bit dry with a bitter aftertaste, as expected. Malt character is apparent and lingers with some citrus notes.

O: Great example of what comes out of California. Bear republic knows whats up. This is a balanced IPA, maybe a bit on the maltier side but nonetheless a must have. Brew looks good, smells great and tastes like an IPA should.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 07:57:50 | More by MarioM
Photo of Broden


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beer pours into a standard pint showing a golden, crystal clear color. Small amount of white head dissipates quickly. No lacing noted. Very good looking IPA.

S- Hops, and malt...Duh!! Very nice nose on this beer. Smells very balanced. Has a strong hop smell some mint, pine and citrus jump out. Smells very appealing.

T- Beer tastes of bread, with a small amount of citrus. This beer is a small amount of alcohol that is hidden very well.

M- Medium body beer with a nice dry finish.

O- Overall this is a great IPA!!! One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:32:19 | More by Broden
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a 1 finger head and some suspended sediment floating around. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet floral and citrus hops along with some faint bread.

T: I taste the hops, but not really floral or citrus like the smell would lead you to believe. Very light malt flavor in the end. Nicely balanced and not overpowering. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

O: Very impressive West Coast IPA. Hoppy enough for the hopheads to be happy, but smooth and balanced enough for anyone to enjoy. Well done Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:59:09 | More by nUgZ
Photo of ElSid


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Golden yellow topped off with a half a finger of white foam. Lacing sticks around once the foam settles.

S: Flowers, pine, and citrus. Some sugary, caramel sweetness and breadiness brings the the aromas together nicely.

T: Round with initial notes of bread and cane sugar followed by bright, fresh pine, citrus and a hint of pineapple juice. Herbal spice finish tops off the palate. Strong but balanced palate with some nice tropical notes which really adds a nice touch.

M: Medium bodied with good linger and carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

O: A standout west coast IPA which I feel like is the NorCal rival to Stone's IPA. A great IPA which is widely distributed thus making it a good entry point into the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 04:11:09 | More by ElSid
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of those ipas that you just keep on buying, this has everything. it pours mostly clear honey colored with a long lasting thick white head. like marshmallow fluff. it smells like resinous piney hops, bitter, with lighter english malt only in supporting position. full bodied bitter flavor with plenty of forest hops. not citrus or floral at all, just stright hop oil in bitter form. still theres some sweeter element in the finish, the mouthfeel is velvet, and the alcohol is strong enough to buzz you out without too much potency to lay you out for the evening. great carbonation and just an all around aggressive hoppy happy delight. again and again for me

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 00:20:20 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of babaracas


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to see this one, unannounced, on the shelves here. Can't read the jibberish bottling code, but assuming it's not too old, given that it's new to the area. Pours a golden color with fine sediment in suspension, two finger thick white head which settles to a quarter inch, leaving a few blobs of lace down the glass. Smell: biscuit, grapefruit, honey-ish + white grape sweetness, alcohol and dried tropical fruit notes. It's nice, but it's not Big. Taste: grapefruit with some herbal and vinous stuff going on, backed by pale malt sweetness. Lingering citrus peel oiliness, as well as a splash of booze. The feel is almost-creamy cut by booze, which is odd for only 7%. Drying finish. This is good, but it's a bit rough around the edges, which is, less pleasantly, surprising given its rating around these parts.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:57:40 | More by babaracas
Photo of TAMU99


3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just can't get really exctited.

Pours a ever-so-slightly hazy dark yellow. Medium head dissipated slowly. Some lacing left on the glass.
Scents of bread, citrus and hops.
Taste is all hops, with a finish of alcohol. The hops aren't bad. Just simple. Like a canvas painted a single bright color. Not ugly, just doesn't hold your attention that long. There is a grapefruit rind taste that lingers on the back and sides of the tongue...because it's an IPA. There is a very slight alcoholic zing with every third sip or so. Mouthfeel is meh. That bitterness lingers a bit too long. Overall - good for a 6-pack. Well brewed, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 12:16:48 | More by TAMU99
Photo of shand


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Racer 5 pours a crystal-clear golden color with a light head that retains well. The aroma is a citrus bomb, this beer's got a heavy citrus nose, primarily grapefruit and tropical fruits. The taste is yet another burst of hop flavor, it's got the strong citrus from the nose hitting first along with a massive bitter presence that strikes after a few seconds. The malt hangs to the back, anchoring everything well while letting the hops shine. The aftertaste is a great, lingering bitter resinous hop. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, it drinks like an APA. The drinkability is amazing. Overall, Racer 5 is a top-tier IPA. It's just very satisfying and has a unique flavor profile that stands out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 01:07:27 | More by shand
Photo of Dope


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber. Big frothy white head. Nice lacework left behind, almost solid with lots of tiny tiny holes. Great retention with an island of foam that sticks around forever.

S: Lots of grapefruit and some pine - maybe even tropical fruit? Mainly grapefruit though. Touch of caramel malt. Strong and sharp hop presence.

T: Big up front hops. Mainly grapefruit again. A little caramel in the middle to sweeten it up. Finish is a bit grainy with more grapefruit and some resin to boot. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste with just enough caramel to stick around.

M: Medium bodied, smooth. Sticky, resinous mouth coating hops, especially in the aftertaste.

O: An excellent, excellent west-coast style IPA. Hop flavor and aroma is strong and delicious. Not overly so, having said that, it still retains excellent drinkability without being a ridiculous hop bomb. I enjoyed this one a lot. Great balance between a super hoppy beer and a blander but drinkable pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:26:12 | More by Dope
Photo of alkemy


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This time I'm finally getting it on tap. Kind of a dirty straw/honey golden color. More clarity out of the tap than out of the bottle. Creamy just off-white head. More of a floral hops for me. This time the citrus and pineapple reveal themselves. I didn't notice this with bottles, but this keg was freshly tapped and obviously had never seen sunlight. Hops are also more prevalent. Malts seemed to ride in the backseat where they belong. I get some grapefruit on the back end along with an odd hint of vanilla. Felt nice in the mouth. Although this has let me down out of the bottle, the fresh draft was very good. I'd have to give this a Rachel Ray Yum-O.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 02:33:48 | More by alkemy
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A- Pours clear golden yellow at first but becomes hazy when sediment is disturbed. About a quarter finger of a white head.

S- Impressive citrus off the bat. Pineapple and grapefruit and lime. A slightly sweet maltiness.

T- Not as bitter as I expected but the flavor is overwhelmingly citrusy. A lot of pineapple, grapefruit and lime as well as mango and orange come through in the middle of the mouth. The malt backbone is very subtle but sweet and breaddy and goes pleasantly well with the flavor from the hops. Its rather refreshing and pleasing to drink.

M- Medium body, Not too bitter. A refreshed aftertaste of citrus.

O- An excellent IPA, one of the best single IPA's out there. I wish this was distributed to my area.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:45:12 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of SnowFlowMfg


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this beer a 5 based on it's representation of what I feel an IPA should be. I typically do not prefer IPAs and I actually find this one very enjoyable.

All I have to say is that it looks tantalizing and retains an amazing, creamy head to the end. Nice medium carbonation can be seen through the clear amber. The smell is sweet with strong tropical fruit hop smell. The taste is a spot-on balance of sweet maltiness and piney/tropical hop bitterness that sits just right, not too bitter and minimal bitter finish. It feels thick and chewy but not overbearing. It is truly an easy, smooth drinker with a slight resinous and oily feel to chew on. I gotta say I really like this one and will be the only IPA other than Pliny that I would actually purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:09:53 | More by SnowFlowMfg
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,586 ratings.