1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,367 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,367
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 200
Gots: 534 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Racer 5 India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,367 | Reviews: 2,188 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of Bromine
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Bromine, May 16, 2013
Photo of Blashawright
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Blashawright, May 16, 2013
Photo of verge
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

verge, May 16, 2013
Photo of Westuh
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Westuh, May 16, 2013
Photo of earthling
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Racer 5 must be consumed as fresh as possible. It's a classic dry-hopped California IPA with loads of citrus hop aroma. It has a strong bitterness, though it's well balanced with a pretty heavy malt. It's at hoppier end of IPAs, though it isn't going to blow your head off. A great regular drinker.

earthling, May 16, 2013
Photo of Gregvg
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Gregvg, May 16, 2013
Photo of deekyn
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

deekyn, May 16, 2013
Photo of Benish
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass. It presented a light amber color with a quarter inch thick white head. Did not dissipate quickly. Moderate lacings around the glass.

Aroma: It smelled primarily pine and mango immediately after pouring. I covered the glass and just swirled lightly. The smell of pine greatly amplified! Also some notes of pineapple.

Taste: Tangy at first, I tasted pine, citrus, orange rind, and some subtle spiciness. It started out sweet and finished with some bitterness. This beer was not overpowering and is very easy drinking. While the beer start to reach room temperature (I can't drink a bomber that fast) it became a bit more mellow and maybe tad bit lighter on the flavor. Best to drink chilled.

Overall a great beer. I think I had my expectations a little too high considering the ratings it received on BA. However I'm glad to try this. Each IPA is often different in its own way, just like this one is different. This is worth trying BUT if it's not distributed to your state, there are plenty of other IPA's just as good if not better. If you do have one, pop open the bottle, relax, and enjoy!

Benish, May 16, 2013
Photo of indybearsfan
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

indybearsfan, May 16, 2013
Photo of Fourbees
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Fourbees, May 16, 2013
Photo of theyreshining
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

theyreshining, May 16, 2013
Photo of Sgbrown78
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Sgbrown78, May 16, 2013
Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -4.5%

cp45, May 16, 2013
Photo of inanity
5/5  rDev +19.3%

inanity, May 16, 2013
Photo of gfap61
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

gfap61, May 15, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber

A bit lighter than I expected and clearer than I thought it would be. Apricot colored pour with a smallish head. Still enough goodness that light doesn't shine right through, but lacking in head. Slight, thin lace.

Very pleasant West Coast smell. Lots of citrus, peach and pineapple, and a bit of pine. Fairly classic for the style.

Taste follows the lead of the smell with peach, pineapple and pine having a party. A biscuit backdrop.

A quick shot of sweet followed by acidic citrus and bitter hops. Medium bodied, the fairly moderate alcohol is muted by everything else going on. A bitter, citric, oily finish.

I'm really happy with this. We don't get Bear Republic anywhere near home and this didn't disappoint my excitement. An easy drinker for the style, good taste and nice alcohol. A very solid American IPA.

RickS95, May 15, 2013
Photo of MPSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MPSTARR, May 15, 2013
Photo of johnnydicfore
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

johnnydicfore, May 14, 2013
Photo of Ethan-UF
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Ethan-UF, May 14, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Rob315, May 14, 2013
Photo of Quackus
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Quackus, May 14, 2013
Photo of Laklimell
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Laklimell, May 14, 2013
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,367 ratings.