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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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6,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,397
Reviews: 2,190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 201
Gots: 541 | 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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

afksports, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of UnknownKoger
5/5  rDev +19.3%

UnknownKoger, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

bombadil, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Some clarity. Nice golden yellow color with a white fluffy head. 1 finger. Nice action from the carbonation.

S: Citrusy hops and hop oil primarily.

T: Floral hops with a great citric hoppy finish. I get some light bready malts but it's mostly overpowered by the delicious hops.

M: Great feel! Big bodied. I'm getting lots of those hop oils. Prickly carbonation.

O: This is not a balanced beer. That being said I love hop forward IPAs. The prickly carbonation really keeps the bitterness from being too strong. Extremely refreshing. I could have this beer any time of any day. Love it!

tony223366, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of rtaps
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip glass, very light caramel in color with a nice thick head. good retention leaving thick lacing around the glass.

sweet and hoppy aromas with a hint of citrus

taste is similar to the smell but better. floral and sweet and first with a minor hit of the hops then leaves with citrus. not what i expected out of an IPA but is very good

medium bodied, little carbonation and goes down very smooth

overall I WANT MORE (sums it up)

rtaps, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Dubber55
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber- no freshness info

Pours a slightly hazy orange/apricot with some yellow highlights. 1 finger of head.

Strong herbal hop smells in the aroma- mostly pine and grass with some tangerine and grapefruit.

Taste starts off with a strong blast of pine and grass. Some of the citrus comes out in the midpalate- grapefruit and tangerine. The finish is predominantly bitter hops and pine. You can taste some booze in the finish but it is not out of place. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the palate.

This is a hefty beer. Pretty thick and sticky. Lots of hop oils and resin. Low carbonation.

I would prefer more of a balance in the flavor profile. The pine and grass are much more dominant over the citrus and tropical fruits. This beer is still very good and better than most IPAs I have had.

Dubber55, Nov 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber w/ my roommate. Pours an incredible clear light copper color with a nice off white head. Smells of mixed tropical fruit, sweet pale malts, and a pungent bittering hop aroma. Taste follows the nose but definitely not as heavy on the palate as on the nose. Lighter body makes this brew seem quite sessionable, but I would recheck the abv on the bottle before doing so. Could use a bit thicker body but overall pretty solid IPA, but nothing to trade for imo - unlike some other Cali (D)IPAs.

hoptualBrew, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost medicinal light orange, uniform but sparse rising carbonation, transparent.
S: Plasticness blended with an ipa top, but under that is a darkish wood tone.
T: Very different than most west coast IPA's I've had. Woody, hops aren't as forward. Small degree of plastic. But overall smooth and even. Pretty good.
M: Fairly soft but also fairly uncarbonated. Mediumish body.
O: Different in that it is simple, and has good qualities, but it's not one I would jump for.

sfprint, Nov 06, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an experience worth documenting. I have tried this before in a bottle, but see the true spirit of this ale straight from the regulated beer tap. Happily surprised that it was at my local five napkin burger, I am ready to enjoy it with some tasty wings. The color is an opulent brass and although the head was thin(mainly from how the uneducated bartender poured it) it looks highly drinkable. There are still bubbles rising 5 minutes into the drinking of this crisp, light, piny-dry mouthventure. Can't wait until the wings arrive.

unclejazz, Nov 04, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a couple months ago, and it was an exceptional memory as one of the better IPA's. If you look at my profile, you can see that I like to have lots of different hoppy beers. For this one to stand out; it has to be exceptional.

On the pour I got a ton of pine smell off the top. I poured it into a tulip glass to pull in as much as possible in smelling.

Racer 5 tastes better than it smells. I sipped this beer over more than an hour to savor it. You continue to get the pine, but it is not over-whelming.

It is great balance in mouthfeel. There isn't much bitterness, and the after-taste is a pleasant lingering of hoppiness.

This is an excellent beer. I recommend picking up a fresh bottle at a store near you.

ummswimmin, Oct 28, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Light caramel color, good head retention.

Aroma - Strong floral hop aroma.

Taste - Spicy floral hops dominate over a sweet toasty backbone. Slightly citrus.

Mouth feel - Medium to strong body. Mild Carbonation. Definitely a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I love this beer. It's everything great about a westcoast IPA. Strong on the hops aroma and bitterness, yet subtly followed by a mellow sweetness.

ficknish, Oct 27, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, pint glass at The Iron Mule

A: Amber coloring, some lacing, but little head.

S: Crisp, bitter tones.

T: Ahhh the IPA. Not my favorite kind of beer, but I like the direction this was going with the bitterness.

M: Wonderful.

O: Second time having Racer 5, both were enjoyable.

Murrhey, Oct 26, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a very cloudy, light copper color with really no head at all. the thin head that shows up dissipates quickly.

S- HOPS. smelled excellent.

T- all hops. the hops were not sweet/floral but instead nice and thick.

M- really enjoyed the mouthfeel. carbonation is nice and crispness is not overdone. feels good going through the teeth.

O- ok first.. wow. this beer is really nice. i always passed by it when choosing at the store. i think the reason i didnt pay attention to it was the packaging, heh. i heard it mentioned by another BA in a thread and thought i might try it. This is definately one to atleast try. its not complex but not in a bad way, just really good Hops.

D11, Oct 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first when I tried this beer 5 or so years ago, I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Now that the landscape has either been there (that I didn't see) or caught up in the IPA world, this beer has gone down a slight notch for me (only). It's still an excellent beer, having all the yummy hoppy IPA flavors with a darker appearance.

The taste is not as robust as the insanely hoppy IPAs that you find now on the West Coast, but still a true IPA with all the flavor profiles that you will want to find in a higher end IPA.

donovanneb, Oct 24, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap.

Golden color, not much head, but looks really good overall. Fairly clear only a slight cloudy. Mild to medium carbonationb bubbling. Slightly floral smell.

Solid hoppy flavor. Mildy sweet. Very drinkable at 7% abv the alcohol contact is hidden completely. Finish is of course bitter and a bit dry but no unpleasent bite at the end from the hops.

good beer.

mterrence5, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light golden color, very slightly cloudy. Small head gives way to very fine lacing and bubble around the edges.

S: lot of pine and pale malt smell, but not much else.

T: first bitter, then with the pine sap (slightly sweet), and finishes with a pale malt on the tongue.

M: smooth and cold, then crisp and delicious at the end. Helps to separate the flavors.

O: solid beer, not all that complex for an IPA. Maybe it's old and the hops have gone with the age. $5 Bomber at Charleston Beer Exchange was a decent deal.

Holland, Oct 15, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A & S: right after opening there was a bold citrus plume. There is also a pleasant bready “maltyness” to the smell, just moderately hoppy. The beer is a golden transparent yellow and there are microscopic bubbles rising from the bottom. The head is off-white and doesn’t stick around, not a bit of lacing.

T & M: Upfront the taste is floral hops and sweet (a bit too sweet) malts. The taste is kinda bland. I was expecting a bit more. The finish is quite bitter, with a very slight dryness, but there is no unpleasant aftertaste like in some IPA’s. very smooth even a bit creamy. Well balanced. By the taste it seems like it should have a higher percent alcohol. Very nice carbonation (better in the beginning), on the higher end of a medium bodied beer. Pretty drinkable.

O: I thought this beer would be a bit better after I had their Rye IPA, but its still pretty darn good.

My normal rating process is to rate the beer then look at how other people (most the top raters) rated the beer, and I was shocked to see how many people really, really liked this beer. Maybe I got a “less good” batch or maybe it’s a bit old, I don’t know but, I didn’t see what others saw in this beer.

minterro, Oct 12, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I have had this on tap, I didn't review it right away so hence the review via a bottle.

A:Pours with very little head. Golden and tan color. Hardly any lacing.

S:Crisp Bright and Sharp Citrus smell

T:Fairly sharp Alpha Acid bight to it. Not as much fresh floral or fruity flavors in this IPA. Almost a toasty kind of flavor in there too.

M:Body and texture is very rich and present.

O:Good IPA I would say this beer would go really well with food that has a little kick too. Not as drinkable as some, I'm pretty sure after my second I wouldn't want any more.

animortician, Oct 10, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased Single Bottle from Siciliano Bro's in Grand Rapids, MI

A - Golden light brown. Excellent Clarity almost pours as if it is a light beer. A thin layer of white head. Good patchy lacing on the way down.

S - Powerful aroma of citrus notes and nice hops. Floral and clean.

T - Big punch of hop that sits and lasts on your palette. A clean citrus finish.

O - I Love this "aggressive" style American IPA. Hop hop hop hop!

andrewjraab, Oct 08, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Glowing peachy orange color with hints of red. Light bubbly head. Solid natural carbonation.

Smell: Blast of grass and and pine hops accompanied by a nice grainy almost English style backing malt. The beer packs a punch of tropical fruits, melon rind, and spices. Nice mild pale aromas which are very inviting. The sweetness is so alluring.

Taste: Melon-rind and grapefruit citrus accompanied by bread, grass and papaya. Hop forward but with a balanced malt backing that makes this beer quaffer. A quick flash of bitterness is ended with a sweet sugary lingering. Sweet at the point of perfection.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Full of flavor but somewhat watery in texture. Not as sticky and resinous as Torpedo and not as malty is Stone IPA. It is right in between and the balance makes this a perfect go to IPA.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the most drinkable IPA's in existence. No wonder this one flys off the shelves with such regularity. A solid hopped up IPA that even a timid beer drinker could appreciate.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Oct 07, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours orange with a bright white head. Proper IPA appearance.

S: Grapefruit and citrus are strong with this one. There is a tad of pine and dryness, but its mostly the citrusy hops.

T: Yup, follows the nose. Suprising; this is much more a no-coast IPA than a dank, west-coast. A bit of sweetness in the back rounds out the finish.

D: Alcohol well hidden and flavours are nicely balanced, no complaints here.

Overall: I liked it! It was definitely out-of-style for an old school CA brewery (especially with the hop bomb that is Hop Rod Rye), but it is a first cousin of beers like Two Hearted. Solid IPA.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second offering from Bear Republic and like the first I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A: 1 Finger head with some retention, body is comprised of a orangish-red core that fades to a deep yellow around the edges. Highlight was the ample strings of lacing that wrap throughly around the glass.

S: Quite potent, lots of floral hops in this one, although I was also shocked by the amount of sweetness. Like sugar!

T: Very drinkable, I think well balanced is the way to describe this brew. The hops and the sweetness just combine so well that before I knew it my glass was empty.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, nice coating.

O: Impressed with this one, just tasted unique in this very competitive beer style.

tjkinate, Oct 06, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden color, not much head, but looks really good overall. Mix between clear and cloudy, with some decent lacing.

S- Floral smell, a bit of caramel almost? Slightly sweet, and not too overpowering, smells good.

T- Slightly sweet for an IPA... but very drinkable and satisfying. Not strongly hoppy, almost citrusy like a hefe, but hops finish it off with a nice kick of bitter.

M- Mild to medium carbonation, overall enjoy the mouthfeel.

O- Great- kind of like a mix between an IPA and something more citrusy and floral. Definitely enjoy it.

ely2000k, Oct 05, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance is nothing special. Very little head, although decent retention.

What it lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in smell. The smell is somehow all hops yet not overwhelming. A bit floral This is what beer should smell like.

The taste and mouthfeel is more of the same. This is a big beer with a very hoppy flavor, yet not sticky. No bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is one of the best IPA's around, and worth drinking any chance you get. Does not get old.

johnpmitchell, Oct 05, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,397 ratings.