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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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5,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,949
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 383 | FT: 7
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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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with about 1/2 an inch of head taht dies down fairly quickly

S: Some nice citrusy hops along with some malts. I'm guessing this is pretty fresh because there is certainly no lack of hoppy goodness in the nose

T: All of the same, very nice grapefruit and orange notes from the hops that are balanced nicely by the malts. Deliciously hoppy for sure. Alcohol is barely noticed, nicely done for a 7% brew

M: Light-medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Not too slick and oily and not too carbonated, which is a nice mix

O: This is definitely a fine brew that I would associate more with the East Coast than Cali, but it is delicious for sure

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:35:24 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, amber honey color with a half-finger thick layer of sticky, white head.

S- Big blast of citrus and floral, just slightly piney hops. Not a lot else is going on in the nose, but its very clean and simple and smells like it's going to be a refreshing beer.

T- Lots and lots of hops, in a really delicious, not beating you over the head with it way, it's very well done. Hops are nice and bitter with floral and hop oil notes, lasting well into the finish. Hops are accompanied by loads of fruity citrus. Malts are light but do a good job of evening things out.

M- Medium bodied, very very smooth and just a bit chewy at the end. Great carbonation.

O- A solid IPA, very drinkable for 7.00% ABV, you seriously don't even notice it, drank another one of these while I was barbecuing some brats this afternoon, a great, refreshing summer beer.

Also a testament to the tried and tested wisdom that car-themed beers are usually good.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:55:04 | More by WillCarrera
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Hazy body hits the glass with a color of hazy gold, with yeast just floating in the bottle. The conditioning is pretty obvious. Nice, 1/2 finger white head with good retention gets fed by the bubbles that keep floating to the top of the glass, taking an aromatic citrus scent with it. Nose has a nice balance in the hops department, with a lot of citrus and spruce scents brought along for the ride. Any malty tones are downplayed or covered up by the strand of yeast in the glass.

Heavy, thick body carries the hops on the tongue in a beautiful way. Lemon dances on the tongue while a bitter kick shifts towards the back. Really even character at first. As it warms, a slightly sweet underbelly appears to round things off. Alcohol is effectively covered up, and the finish is clean and easy.

Overall/notes - Really good IPA! The flavor, while perhaps a bit unbalanced, is spot-on in its citrusy tones. This makes me eager to dive into my bottle of Hop Rod in the fridge!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:03:32 | More by bbkd3b
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice looking golden orange color. Head is like sea foam with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

S - The smell is mostly of bitter piny and citrus hops. A good amount of grains are noticeable as well along with fruits like apricots and sweet oranges.

T - Not as bitter as anticipated however very well balanced between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Right away you get a fruity sweetness at the tip of your tongue which is immediately followed by grapefruit bitterness that takes the taste all the way to the finish. Pretty straight forward and simple but very delicious.

M - Medium bodied, smooth with some nice tingling carbonation. I dig it.

O - This is a straight up good beer. Very well balanced IPA. Well worth the 10 dollars I spent on the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 01:52:22 | More by depechemode1983
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprised that I haven't reviewed this yet. 22oz poured into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Orange, slight haze due to bottle conditioning and some noticeable carbonation. The head starts pretty nice but quickly goes the way of the ghost, nice lacing though.
I smell some yeasty fart, fresh cut grass, citrus (orange rind and slight grapefruit.) Bready malts follow.
The taste follows the smell very well, minus the fart yeast. I really like the grass/citrus hop combo, nicely backed by pale malts. Super nice going down.
I grab a couple bombers a month. It's a nice, affordable, West Coast IPA, and super easy to find. Just tried their Hop Rod Rye which I liked (and will review later). Go Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 00:50:04 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - dfh snifter

Pours an orange tainted yellow with perfect head. Hazy appearance as a result of the yeast, looks nice though, no chunky floaters. Whippy head, amazing lace.
Smells a-freakin-mazing. Big, sharp citrus nose from the 4 C's (cascade, chinook, centennial and columbus). The nose on this is incredible. Taste follows, perfect hit of carb that tickles the tongue, then smooths out on the finish.

Overall this is an IPA for IPA lovers. Seriously, the label is just dern silly but you must try this beer if you like hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:17:52 | More by engagechad
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a Gulden Drak tulip glass hoping to focus the smell better. I cooled the beer to 45 degrees, and when it poured, it had a finger's worth of off-white head that left a faint lace on my glass. The smell was a very mellow citrus smell, like OJ from concentrate at room temperature. I wasn't beaten over the head with the hops, and I liked it. When I drank it, the whole beer seemed balanced. It was one of the few times that I wasn't focused on one specific aspect of the beer, and that made it extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 05:04:25 | More by Fillpott
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a dirty sediment filled cloudy light golden orange. Has a massive sticky near white head. Nice think layer stays the whole time and some real good sticky lacing. Very nice looking stuff here.

Brew smells of floral, citrus, herbs and earthy. Good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy smooth; floral hops, citrus and herbs. Hops are juicy and resiny. A very quenching brew, the middle is smooth and is balanced nicely by the malty flavors, maybe caramel. A nice sweet flavor in here as well. The brew finishes slightly dry and has some mild bitterness. This is top shelf flavors and drinking here.

Wow a go to IPA. One of the best out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:35:54 | More by magine
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is a complex blast of musty grass malts and orange blossom hops. Tawny amber color, cloudy like cider, looks moderately malted.

Well balanced IPA starts with watermelon candy notes quickly building to a solid bitter hop middle that mellows to a citric fruity finish.

It seems full bodied and properly carbed in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 04:08:05 | More by Trevor33
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The ale forms a head..it "laces" a bit, but this shouldn't be a quality we look for...

The nose is full of hops, citrus, pine, delicious malt...

The tase is overwhelmingly crisp. Not as good as Pliny the Elder, but amazing close. Well defined citrusy/piney hops.. and a nice malt undertone...

Mouthfeel is exactly what you'd expect from an IPA... smooth and sticky hops on the backend...

Drinkability is off the charts... Unfortunately drinking too many of these in a short amount of time will render you incapacitated.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:54:51 | More by Sixofsigmas
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle date: unk

A: Pours a copper ale with single finger of off white foam which remains for a good five minutes without falling. The beer is hazy. Sheeting lacing. Good looker, only better with clarity.

S: malt, pine, resin, citrus, grapefruit, rinds, honey. Huh, better than I had anticipated. Plenty going on here. Good nose.

T: Plenty sweet. Caramel malts, pine, resin and citrus hops on the profile. hints of cotton candy and bubble gum. I've had this beer many times, but have not taken the time to actually assess the profile. Much better than I recall.

M: Medium to heavy body for the style. Low carbonation. Dry finish. Would prefer a little lighter on the body. Otherwise, nice.

O: well crafted brew. Diamond in the rough for me. Always have this beer available, don't know why I've not been hooked to this before - likely due to no bottle date.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 11:53:24 | More by harrymel
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange-ish color with some visible carbonation. Head is about 1 finger tall, retention is moderate, but it leaves some lacing. Smell is of sweet citrus with a bit of a floral smell. I am impressed with the taste of this beer, citrus is highlighted well while still retaining a malt balance. The floral and citrus hops come out at the beginning, but the citrus isn't sweet like the smell. Towards the end of the drinkni get some of that malt balance that helps regulate this beer so well. Mouthfeel is just below medium, and carbon is appropriate. Overall this is a good IPA, if I lived in Cali I'd definitely drink it regularly, but I've already got Portland beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 05:20:19 | More by gkunkle
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Bright orange hue with a nice fluffy head. good retention and a little bit of lacing

S: Juicy citrus fruit notes, mango, lemon, pineapple and a little grapefruit as well. slight maltiness in the background as well

T: The hops are gooey and delicious. very nice mixture of pine and citrus notes. there is a slight malty sweetness as well which is very pleasant.

M: A touch of heat and slightly rough around the edges and a hint of alcohol heat is present, but i am being nit picky

D: This is one of my favorite IPAs. its pretty sessionable because of the light body, but the hoppiness is very present without being overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 20:01:37 | More by mikey711
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 03/01/11.

A: Pours a hazy honey orange. One finger of off white head dissipates pretty quickly. Some lace. Carbonation looks odd-- some of the bubbles seem to be suspended rather than working their way toward the top.

S: Light, sweet orange and peach aromas. Mellow but good.

T: Interesting. The hops are a very thin pine that is almost more a feel than a flavor. They are, however, persistent. A steady but light malt sweetness underneath balances the hops well. After a while, the hops and malt combine into more of a grapefruit flavor. Understated, but good.

M: Light mouthfeel with some creamy qualities.

O: A nice IPA, good but not great, plenty refreshing for a warm spring day. Would buy it again, if only it were available in Iowa. An easy drinker whose flavor stays alive until the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:36:26 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance, cloudy and deep gold. Head and lacing were minimal, maybe because I had it super-cold.

The aroma is good, hoppy and fruity.

The taste is great! Kind of like a mini Pliny, with nice fruity, hoppy flavors and a smooth finish with no hop-bitterness build-up, and no honey flavor to mask the fruit/hops.

I will buy more of this to enjoy this summer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:55:42 | More by Emerson1310
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Boasts a big white fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace along the sides of the glass and leaves big, chunky islands floating on top of a deep, hazy orange-golden colored brew. great looking IPA.

Big citrus nose, grapefruit, oranges, piney.

Tastes of pink grapefruit, sweet mild tangerine and some piney hops - balanced with some sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Excellent balance here.

Full/meduim mouthfeel that is smooth as butter.

Wow. This is a great American IPA. Really what a great brew. Looking forward to finishing up this six pack and then getting some more for the hot summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:24:57 | More by ujsplace
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Light golden amber color, very clear, 2 finger off white head upon a slightly vigorous pour.

S: A bouquet of fruity, floral, and citrusy hops burst forward. Getting whiffs of sweet applesauce. Smells really good.

T: Same fruity/floral hop flavors up front with a good amount of malt to balance it all out. Slight bitter twang on the end.

M: Slightly creamy, medium bodied, somewhat light on the carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O: For a standard IPA, it doesn't get much better than this. Perfectly balanced and hoppy in all the right ways. This is the kind of IPA that you keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:17:29 | More by ReelBigwigFish
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Pours golden amber with sediment and then some. Not maintaining the most incredible head, but holding onto what it has. Nice lacing as well.

S- Citrus and caramel malt. Considerably floral. A slight hint of alcohol sharpness.

T- Not as bitter as you would expect from the aroma. It brings bitterness to the table, but it's not abrasive in any way. The caramel malt is there to balance it, but it doesn't dare take away from the hops. All in all it has a very clean and crisp taste and seems to maintain balance while dumping hop flavor all over your taste-buds.

As you progress about halfway through this, some pine becomes evident in the aftertaste. It even gets a bit of a buttery finish. Sadly, the aftertaste seemed to diminish for me towards the end of this.

M- Medium body. Fairly creamy, slightly dry, and slightly sticky. A slight prickle from the alcohol and the carbonation.

D- Extremely drinkable, and very balanced. A pretty good example of a west coast style IPA. Almost in the center between IPAs and DIPAs. While I always tend to try brews I haven't had before, I'm sure sooner or later I'll come back and get a bit more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 20:09:54 | More by BBP
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4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the peak of the "California IPA" style of brewing and is without a doubt a best in genre brew. Like other beers in the class, it pushes the hops and alcohol content to a very high level, however this beer restrains enough to still preserve the delicious taste left from the wort. Although it doesn't punch you with alpha acids it does pique your tongue with more than a little enthusiasm. For West Coast emigres, it's a reminder of everything good about beers in the Golden State and the influence of all the ingredients.

Now available in some East Coast locations, hopefully more soon!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 23:07:11 | More by timers
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Decent one finger head that quickly settles into the glass, but leaves excellent off-white lacing.

I get grapefruit, pine, and sweet grass on the nose, and it is slightly perfume-y (but not in a bad way).

Lower carbonation than many other comparable brews. The citrus isn't as pronounced in the taste as in the nose. I get some bready notes and a slight bit of dried fruit in the taste, as well as continued pine and grapefruit.

Overall, a delicious beer that I would love to smell every day. As far as the taste goes: it doesn't blow my mind, but is a very solid specimen.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:49:13 | More by syrupjoe
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Thin off-white head and very good head retention. Hazy golden colored body with a lot of tiny yeast particles. Good hoppy aroma. Mostly grapefruit, slightly minty. Has a nice acidic twang from the fruity hops. I'd like the malts to play a bigger part in the taste, but that's a minor gripe. Overall a good IPA if that's what you're in the market for.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:57:43 | More by BierFan
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

I was first taken back how little carbonation it had. Too a point that I thought something may be wrong. No need to worry, though...it was there & in perfect balance. Color was a mild copper w/ loads of particles floating throughout. Smell was pleasantly citrusy. The taste was complex to say the least. I was expecting to be blown away by bitterness, but the hoppiness was well-balanced w/ a smooth, citrusy aftertaste. I could barely even detect any alcohol content. Each drink left me w/ wanting more. Unlike some IPA's that overwhelm you w/ bitterness to where you might stop at one 12oz, Racer 5 leaves you wanting more.

Definitely would try this again. Top 5 IPA for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 03:56:13 | More by Sevoking
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

75+ IBU's

Appearance: Hazy golden amber color with a very nice, chunky two finger head, which settles down quickly. Thick and chunky lacing. Mediocre visible carbonation. Bottle conditioned, although no visible sediment.

Smell: Very nice citrus/floral aromas on the nose. Nice hop/malt balance. Smells a little like buttered bread in the background. A little on the sweet side.

Taste: Wow! This beer is amazingly balanced. The bitterness is there, but it's not overwhelming. Toasted biscuit notes take up the rear while grapefruit, pine, spice, and other citrus notes take the lead. On the sweeter side as IPAs range. The finish is comprised of lemon notes accompanied by butter. I think this would pair very well with baked haddock sprinkled with buttered bread crumbs and lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not dry, and not oily. It's right in the middle where a beer belongs.

Ending notes: This is one of my favorite IPAs. It's on the complex side, and it's very sessionable. I will definitely be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:39:48 | More by jboucher
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North Carolina

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

Picked this up today at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. I didn't realize I haven't reviewed it yet. Pours golden colored and full of sediment with modest head but budding lace. The nose is pine and citrus based but not overpowering.

Taste is compact and clean with nice balance. Flavorful but not overwhelming bitterness has heavy tints of pine against a solid amber malt backbone. The whole package is neat and well crafted. Alcohol is hinted at but is nigh undetectable. Carbonation could maybe be tweaked down a notch but its hardly a problem.

For seven percent this is extremely drinkable and satisfying. Also for only five bones for a 22 oz this is good value .

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:36:25 | More by daliandragon
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz into a pint glass (nonic).

Appearance: Small head, great clarity and golden-amber color.

Smell: Noticeably hop nose, not the biggest or most complex I've had, but a good aroma, great for an American IPA.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness hits you right up front, but it's very well-balanced with sweetness and a strong citrusy flavor, maybe some grapefruit.

Overall: A very refreshing beer and a great example of an American IPA, big American hop smell and flavor, but very the bitterness is very well-balanced with malty sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 01:35:46 | More by taulpepper
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,949 ratings.