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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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2,243 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,243
Hads: 7,214
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,057 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 2,243 | Hads: 7,214
Photo of thebrood1987
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice citrus and grapefruit smells with the same on the taste with a piney lingering bitterness. The best part that really ties everything together is the body and almost drinks like a double ipa. Very nice sweet malts but still very bitter and a strong IPA. At only 7.99 in socal its a definite go to.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard, straight sided pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a nice, golden-orange juice color. Forms a good, solid finger of bright white ivory head. Medium head potential, strong head retention. Nice, thick solid rings of lacing left behind on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.5 - Pine, grapefruit rind, hops, earthiness, bitterness and a rain water freshness.
T - 4.75 - Lightly sweet grapefruit rind upfront which develops into a bitter, hoppy and piney finish. Definitely a bitter biased, west-coast IPA.
F - 5 - Nice oily, creamy quality to the body of this brew. Goes down quite smoothly.
O - 5 - Drinks easy like a session beer but packs a punch with the ABV. Refreshes and quenches your thirst like water, making this both a good standalone sipping beer or a great food pairing beer as well. Racer 5 is an unquestionably awesome representation of the standard american west-coast IPA style, and I HIGHLY recommend it to fans of the more bitter and not so sweet IPAs, you will not regret the purchase!

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Photo of sderenne
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Kegged 5/08/15 Tapped 5/23/15 Wow the aroma is amazing. Flavor is a buttery,citrusy , hoppy treat for your mouth. I had a 5 gallon keg of this last fall and it was good. This keg is exceptional. Bear republic is creating some amazing beers that may rival or beat their neighbors to the south Russian River.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a respectable white head. The aroma was mainly floral and piny with a tad bit citrus hops, but was pretty faint for a west coast styled IPA. The hop flavor was very reflective of the aroma, with a little malt sweetness on the back end. Overall it was a pretty tasty IPA and if it wasn't so pricy compared to other brews I would probably get it all the time.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Hazy copper with about 1/2" of whitish head that recedes kinda quick. Retention actually isn't that bad, nice lacing here.

S: Some grapefruit, mostly resinous pine. (disclosure: I'm struggling with a cold so my olfactory senses suck at the moment)

T: Brilliant! Perfect balance between oily hop bitter & beefy off-sweet malt. Everything here is big, yet in absolute equilibrium. Some piney aspects lead into a grapefruity note toward the finish right before the malt hits...just awesome.

M: Burly. Dense malt with a bit of soapiness balanced against just the right amount of carb.

O: What can I say here? It's a classic & deservedly so.

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Photo of Baldrick
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! From the cloudy appearance to the incredibly balanced taste, it's hard to beat. It's very hoppy, but the malt offsets it nicely. Prolly my favorite right now...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy golden amber with a good off-white head. Aroma is VERY hoppy with a fruity undertone - gets them salivary glads a-workin’! Flavor is seriously hoppy and woody, with a fruity undertone that is mainly apple and pear with a touch of banana. I get a hint of - could that be caramel? Texture is good and firm, with plenty of fizz.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Orange and hazy in the glass. It's a bit opaque.

Smells so piney and citrusy. The malt comes out in the aroma slightly.

The taste is the best part, though. There's pine, citrus, orange peel, butter, clove, slight caramel, and burnt candy. These last two are so subtle but make this beer what it is - a wonderful tasting IPA.

Medium mouth feel with a oily sickness as it goes down. The hops contribute to a sharp bite on the back end.

One of my favorites. In style and overall.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey color, with a thin yet very sticky head. Very light aroma, but complex and well balanced nonetheless, I wish it was just a tad more pungent. It tastes amazing though and has an absolutely perfect texture and mouth feel. One of my favorites, I find myself going back to this one time and time again.

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Photo of TBCE
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with about a inch of foam. Foam dissipates to leave very nice lacing of the glass. Smell is faint, but very nice...featuring tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine. Taste is of citrus and tropical fruits, leaving a very pleasant hoppy after taste. Mouth feel is lightly carbonated and extremely smooth. Overall an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is tropical and piney - it has a wonderful aroma, I just wish it was more pungent. It doesn't jump out of the glass like some other IPAs do. I actually think the taste was better than the smell. It has a very tropical fruity aftertaste, with some subtle grapefruit and pine. Not very bitter and I enjoy this beer more and more as it warms up. I will definitely buy it again, as a bomber was only $4.99 here.

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Photo of leantom
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a classic, but I've never had it before today. Here goes:

A: OK. Great head and lacing; very thick-looking. However, the beer is unfiltered and therefore not exactly pretty to look at. Looks of solid hop particles are floating in the solution. Murky orange-amber.

S: Grapefruit, pine, citrus on a mild malt backbone. Rather generic, but still good.

T: Follows the nose but slightly more malt in the taste than in the smell.

F: Thick and rich. Alright for the style.

O: Good beer. Little overrated, but still good.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orange color. Nice 1.5 finger head with great lacing. Medium mouthfeel.

Aroma is extremely citrusy! Huge grapefruit, orange, lemon, and excellent florel hoppiness.

Taste matches the nose perfectly. Just a really balanced and nice drinking beer. More huge citrus (big fresh grapefruit and lemon zest). Prickle of carbonation and a minor hit of hop bitterness nearing the end of the sip. Just enough malt plays through at the end of the sip to round this beer out.

Just a really well-crafted brew. I highly reccomend this. It has so much flavor, yet is so well balanced and easy to drink. Any critique would be maybe a tad bit more carbonation, but this is me nitpicking (plus I like over-carbonated beers). Also it is just a tad bit thick, nothing crazy, again just nitpicking. I would pair this with a grilled chicken breast with a nice salad with a citrus vinaigrette. It gets a 94/100.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 7.5% abv

Appearance- Poured a very hazy dark yellow-orange color with a 2 finger head that dissipates fairly fast.

Smell- Very floral with citrus notes of grapefruit and mango.

Taste- A sweet yet lightly toasted caramel malt flavor that builds up to a bomb of citrus with strong grapefruit notes. Piney hop bunch also arrives until leaving a dry and hoppingly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with a syrupy feel. Active carbonation.

Overall- Finally got a hold of this popular IPA. I get the hype it has now. Very smooth and quite flavorful. Lots of hop flavors and a nice malt blend. This seems more like a 2xipa to me than a regular one. Very good.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had draft in ipa glass. Clear clean looking Gold. Full white head that lingers to end of the glass;lots of legs

Not overly hoppy...no alcohol burn, pleasant citrus sweet. Hop profile like something from Rusian River but not to the extent that they dry hop. Malts carry it with no heavy bloat. Good for Summer and with food. Very drinkable

Nice clean DIPA that behaves. Highly recommend.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 26, 2015.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow with a quick white head but little lacing left behind as it fades.

The aroma has this sort of melted caramel or toffee feature along with muted grass and earth. Maybe pear.

Medium to above medium texture.

The taste is both caramel and juicy with a modest lingering hop finish. Balanced.

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Photo of JerryT
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I am loving this IPA. It's a beautiful hazy golden color, and laces the glass nicely.
Wonderfully flavorful and Bursting with that floral, citrusy, hoppy taste I crave. Now among my top beer choices.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A dark golden/copper color. An aggressive pour yielded a big 2 thumbnail length foamy head and frothy lace that retained all the way through.
A clean aroma that was hard to discern at first. Eventually, I picked up some light fruity tones, citrus and peach, and, even more of a cracker like and sweet malt tone.
This brew has unbelievable balance. The hops presence is felt all over, in the mouthfeel and in the finish. Yet, the sweet malt backbone is also so omnipresent that it is very much a 50/50 split. The lingering aftertaste is dry and resinously(is that a word?) hoppy. Medium to full bodied almost chewy in the mouth. Soft carbonation brings out the flavors. This beer is so smooth, I feel like I could drink a sixer in one sitting. Tasty and delicious. A simple and near perfect balance of malt and hops. A masterpiece.

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Photo of AceDBaby
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Beer. My buddy Ben turned me onto the Racer. We found it at this little hole in the wall store in Maryland. I don't think they even knew what they had because it was the only quality beer they had. One of my best afternoons was spent drinking this beer with my boy Ben. Heres to you big guy!

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Photo of raidertony
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had one of these for the first time,I drank a stone enjoy by(2/14/15)just a little 2 hours before, and I gotta tell you its right up there pound for pound,really really tasty,not to bitter just perfect with a little bit of sweetness awesome fucken beer for $4.99..BTW the stone was $7.99..if I had to pick one I might just pick racer 5 just by a little cuz the price Lol.cheers everyone.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa.

A: Looks like cloudy yellow sunburst!

A: Smells of hops. Centennial hops, if I'm not mistaken and perhaps Simcoe with the tropical fruit.

F: Tastes of tangy tangerine zest upfront that goes to pineapple syrup and finishes with a bitter piney-ness. Layered with some hints of papaya and passionfruit.

M: Really smooth, probably slightly lower carbonation than most IPAs, but within the realm.

O: I give it an A. It's a bright, easy-drinking, über sweet IPA. My only qualms are that the syrupy sweetness is a little too lingering, as I prefer a cleaner, dryer, style.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I hadn't picked up one of these before. Its like a party you go to and only know one person there. Then that one person leaves so you don't really know anyone but you're too drunk to leave yourself so you end up sitting in a corner just waiting to sober up. Good stuff.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freaking massive! After starting your pint wondering what you've gotten yourself into and you finish ordering another. This beer is special. This hits a limit for how bitter yet delicious a beer can be at this ABV.

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Photo of JV-NH
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big hoppy west coast thing. Got some yeast to it...yum. Along with some bigger bubbles that takes away from the potential creamy feel i love. I'll be back.

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Photo of avwrite
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The IPA for non snobs. Always reliable and smooth going down. Easily accessible to those who don't normally drink IPA's, and is quite common. You get way more than what you pay for.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,243 ratings.