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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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6,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,395
Reviews: 2,190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 200
Gots: 539 | 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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Photo of aval89
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice cloudy orange.. about an 1/8inch of head stays around to make a nice appearance with beautiful lace on walls.. very nice looking IPA ..

S: nice citrus aromas (tangerines).. floral hops with faint tropical fruits.. malt backbone adds a sweetness tone..

T: floral hops, orange/tangerine citrus flavors pull through.. lemon peel bitterness on the finish..again some faint tropical fruits with a healthy dose of malts.. but still hops dominate ..

Mf: light medium body with a smooth almost creamy feel.. but yet still has a crispness to it.. nice

D: very good drinkability.. these things go down too quick ;)

aval89, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had today at the saucer

Coppery in color, 1 finger head great retention, left a thin patch work of lace when it had subsided.

Very lemony in aroma, lemon zest and lemon pulp, pine apple and resin aromas were pretty strong as well.

Very fruity IPA and pretty cool, lemon and citrus in flavor with more of a lemon peel bitterness than what I usually come across in an ipa. Great malt biscuit like note on the finish, overall the flavors balance out well.

Smooth and the bitterness gives it a nice bite, quite refreshing drinkability is above average for me, the fruitiness I got from this ipa helps it stand out makes it a staple when I go to the bar

Fenris244, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy soapy white head graces the glass by about an inch, but quickly dissipates to leave minimal lacing, more like a fake snow sprayed on the tulip glass.

Strong grapefruit and other citrus on the nose, a decent amount of hop oil and composting grass, just great smelling.

Sweet, with mild barley bread and evenly spaced with hops, nothing too extreme, I expected a good kick from this but it is relatively mild for an IPA. Some ground pepper as well as red pepper and cayenne which is a surprise, as well as the fume promised grapefruit, I might just say this is the damn best IPA I've had in a year, sorry Avery. Just balanced and sweet, like a rose garden in fact I taste rose petals as well.

Great wet and medium heavy mouthfeel, refreshing with a semi light carbonation load.

I would recommend this to all!

JoeAmerican77, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a GI IPA tulip - welcome back to Wisconsin, Bear Republic!

A - Cloudy, rich amber, relatively large white head, and very good lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, and clover honey

T - Floral hops, lots of grapefruit bitterness --> caramel malts and more hops, a touch of apricot --> pine needles and orange rind on the finish, with a touch of malt backing up the bitter.

M - Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D - Yes, a sessionable 7%er

A perennial favorite, Racer 5 sitting on the shelf at Barriques Fitchburg was a sight for sore eyes. This is a fantastic IPA and always a worthwhile purchase.

klikger, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of patriot76
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Cloudy amber in color with sediment. Nice 1 inch very dense head. Looks good and not too carbonated.

S- Great smelling beer. Floral hops combined with malt, brown sugar and rye. Smells more like a rye ale instead of an IPA. Can smell some alcohol as well. Extemely appetizing smell.

T- Right away you get the very nice floral hops with rye. A very smooth middle leads into a smooth yet nicely bitter finish. Although this is a full bodied strong IPA, it is very smooth. No grapefruit ending, rather bitter hops and lingering rye. Drinks a bit more like a rye ale.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel all around. This is not in the class of IPA that gives you cotton mouth. Low carbonation. Instead of the beer going to the back of palate as per usual with many, it seems to be everywhere.

D- Very nice, balanced and drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. All around a nice complex and flavorful beer that puts a different spin on an IPA. Not a traditional IPA, but very good none the less.

patriot76, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jtd1969
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best IPA on the planet. I have had so many, but yet, this one is still my favorite. The clean coudy harvest tone look, awesome. The head is usually thin in length but dense thickness.(if that makes any sense) Tons of citrus tones in smell. Awesome hop smell with floral with light fruit, slight pine. Fruity/floral big hop upfront with a clean finish. So easy to toss them back as the hops never overbear you. So tasty... If you enjoy IPAs, try one ASAP

jtd1969, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with a lasting, white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and bready, biscuit malt. Full, smoother than usual for IPA body. Citrusy hops balanced by bready malt on the palate with some hints of ripe fruit. Medium, not so hoppy finish. Very pleasant, delicious IPA.

mikeg67, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Had this on tap with a frothy finger and a half head. Some serious lacing throughout.

Smell is intoxicating floral and pine with some citrus and serious hops.

Taste backs up the smell only with a big time bite of bitterness throughout. Very hoppy but not as fruity as I was expecting, judging by the smell. Piney and resinous for sure with a bitter bite that lingers into the aftertaste.

Felt smooth going down again with the strong bitterness present that really balances out the carbonation.

Drinkable and enjoyable, and it was quite good, especially to an IPA enthusiast such as myself but I must need to have several others to see what all the hype is about and buy into it. Would have it again...

Fluke828, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a trade with hopz4life. Thanks man!

Straw gold and clear with about 2 fingers of head. A slow dissipation leaves a thick lacing.

Piney and resinous, but still citrusy, like oranges maybe. I expect a sweet taste based on the smell.

Piney for sure, with a very balanced bitterness. Sweet and malty. Not very much booze, but some zest remains in the aftertaste, reminding me of how it feels after biting into a lemon peel. Not sour though.

Full-bodied, lacking nothing. Creamy and not crisp, but very soft.

Reasonable. It's not my personal #1 IPA, but it's very good nonetheless. If I'm looking for hops with less fruit, this is probably the one for me.

evanlarkin, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Golden-amber with a finger of fluffy, white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Pink grapefruit rinds, piney hops, and a little roasty malt.

Taste. Pink grapefruit, bitter piney hops, ssome pineapple and tangerines with a hint of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability. A good drinker. Medium bodided but 7% is concealed nicely. This bomber is going, going, gone!

Rutager, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of modernartblues
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed on tap at Paddy's in Springfield, MA (was out with the late night crowd, very pleased to find this gem on tap)

Served into a Pint Glass (only glass in use in the whole place- everything else was plastic)

A - dark amber with a nice bubbly 1" head, cool looking beer

S - citrusy hops with a nice pine sappiness present, a good IPA-nose

T - good hop notes of citrus, pine, as well as a dank earthy quality....this reminds me of Green Flash's IPAs in taste-- maybe the Columbus hops?

M - perfect for my IPA preference, medium to full with a coating bitterness at the end

D - high, would make this a go-to six pack when I make it into NY or MA, but lack of freshness dates on bottles means I usually steer clear....great beer tho

modernartblues, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a 12 oz bottle into 8oz beer glass and 4 oz beer glass - split

A - one glass nice clear amber color / 2nd glass murky orange amber color with tons of sediment and floaters - no shaking or hard pour -

S - Very nice citrus smell, no hop bitterness or maltiness present at all

T - Light hop bitterness with very light citrus after taste - this tasted like leftover hop water -

M - Very light mouthfeel - little to no carbonation -

D - Tried this at BevMo on tasting day a while back and don't remember it being bad - actually bought the 12oz single that day to try at home - maybe this is an old bottle, bad cap, faded out? Didn't see a date on the bottle on the look I gave it - kept it as I like to keep the labels -
I'll change the review if I get the opportunity to try this again at home from a bottle in the future --

MrHirschybar, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours a golden yellow with a white capped head. This brew is leaving excellent lacing, which is why it is deserving of a 4.5.

S: The aroma is classic IPA, but just is lacking the strength that I've come to appreciate in a West Coast IPA. The hops are leaning towards fruit and citrus notes, with very little pine.

T: The flavor is excellent for an IPA and hops are pronounced. What sets this apart is it's malty sweetness that comes from the pale malt. A good balance is key with this brew.

MF: With the amount of pale malt, I was expecting a little more body in this brew, but it is just on the hairy edge of a 4.5.

D: At 7%, and with it's incredible balance, this brew is definitely a good drinking IPA.

TKEbeerman, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ms11781
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz poured into a pint glass at Stars in Hingham, MA.

Pours a golden orange color with a thin, foamy white cap for a head. Exceptional lacing left on the glass from top to bottom.

The nose is very hop forward. Tons of citrus aromas and a huge presence of piny, resiny hops. A bit of sweetness as well but nothing compared to the hops.

Surprisingly balanced compared to the nose. Definitely still a huge hop presence with great citrus notes leading the way but there is a great sweet malt flavor that balances the hops. Slightly bitter finish with some pine notes but nothing overpowering.

Medium body with lower carbonation. Finish is a bit bitter with some piny, resiny hops but they don't stick to the tongue. Definitely a smoother IPA.

Drinkability is very good. Strong hop flavors with a light enough body for multiple pints but nothing too overpowering.

ms11781, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is dominated by hops, some citrus and hints of malts, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy yellow with light orange hues. Paper thin head, but weak pour on my part.

S: Hops are present and do dominate the smell, but not as pungent as some other IPA's. Strangely the malts of the brew comes out strong and fight for control of your nose as well; more so than other IPA's as well.

T: Exact opposite of smell. Hops, hops, hops, and more hops. Very bitter all the way through. Some slight malt in the middle; followed by an extremely bitter finish.

A strange twist on an IPA for me. The smell was lacking the characteristic grapefruit/hops smell that I tend to notice most frequently associated with American IPA's. The taste is very balanced for being as bitter(75+ IBU's). From the pour, to smell, to tasting this beer was a wonderful ride that being constructed so well culminate in an award winning brew. 7% ABV is the only thing that keeps it from a session. GREAT BEER BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING CO!!!

midwestbrewers, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of rjochman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a copper/orange color with a small amount of white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A lot of hops. get tones of citrus and fruit. very sweet.

T: Matches the smell perfectly. Really sweet, hoppy fruit flavor.Not too bit with but very flavorful.

M: very sweet and finishes dry.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Passed this beer up one time before and really glad i went with this at dinner tonight. Will definitely be getting this again very soon.

rjochman, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of breadnerd
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright gold into a my pint glass. This bottle was stored at 60 degrees, so I've got quite a bit of head here. Some haze.

Lots of pine and grapefruit on the nose, a bit floral too. Very pleasant indeed.

Great hop character. Lots of bitter, but I think it's fairly balanced with hop flavor and residual sweetness. Hop flavor lingers on the palette, but not in an unpleasant way. This is a fairly balanced IPA.

Hard to say, it might just be because this particular bottle is more on the room temp side, but I would like more effervescence. As the beer continues to warm, I get more of a syrupy finish.

A good beer all in all. I will be sure to drink it again, only a little colder and faster.
More drinking, less typing....

breadnerd, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a white head that fades in the snifter. The small bubbles don't leave any lacing. On the nose there is a bright pine presence, not overwhelming, probably due to a sweeter mixture of figs and such below the hops. On the tongue it's predominantly grapefruit. In the mouth it's a little thin, but with a pleasing carbonation that keeps the hops around after the swallow. It's quite drinkable, and I think it's a pretty good example of an IPA.

EricCioe, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Mancer
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a hazy golden orange body with a two finger high off-white head. The foam dissipated into a thick and sticky lace that coated the top of the beer and smothered the glass. Large rinds could be seen floating about the beer. The initial aromas were of citrus, pine, lots of resin, and hints of yeast. The initial flavors were citrus, resin and pine with a bitter and dry bite. It had a medium body with light carbonation which provided a nice bite.

Overall, this is fantastic. This will be my go to IPA for the time being. I think the checkered flag on the front of the bottle suits this podium finishing beer.

Mancer, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a white frothy head, sticks to the side of the glass all the way through. Big citrus hops, lots of grapefruit and mango. Solid. Taste follows suit... citrusy hops with a good amount of bitterness. Finishes pretty dry and clean, giving it great drinkability. I could definitely get most of the way through a sixer if I had a little motivation. Very solid IPA, and one I pick up when I get the opportunity.

khumbard, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of breyton490
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 pack of 12oz bottles in Jan 2011 on the east coast.

Nice hop aroma, similar to what I remember when having this on tap in Heldsberg.

Very clear appearance, nice big rocky head.

Nice bittering, very good IPA, but not very drinkable. Mouth feel was thick and syrupy. Alcohol taste evident.

I don't think I could drink more than one or two bottles in a sitting due to the heavy, sticky, syrup texture of the beer. Prefer the dryer finish found in a Sierra Nevada or Russian River IPA (RR IPA or Blind Pig)

breyton490, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Rafovargas
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer there is nothing else to say. just buy it if you see it. This kind of beer does not last long on the shelves. the smell, taste and mouthfeel is outstanding form beginning to end.
the consistency is jut amazing. Im very impressed by such a quality!

Rafovargas, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear orange color with white head. Some carbonation on the glass but not a ton. Head is small bubbles and rather thin.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, some mango like notes as well. Good hop characters in the nose, very citrus but also some floral notes.

T/M: Well the taste is just like the nose, fantastic. Great consistent fruit notes that really show well. Great amount of hop profile really well done. Easy on the palate, very cleansing but not overly bitter.

D: Loved this beer, I have had it many times and I keep on coming back to it when I want an affordable and consistently good IPA.

mbusster88, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter glass.

A- Looks like copper swimming in a glass. Very little to no head, little carbonation.

S- Hoppy Hoppy Hoppy! Strong citrus hop smell, could wake the dead. Bitter and sugary. this smells amazing!

T- Mash up of different fruits, mostly citrus, bitter hop goodness. Mild floral touch.

M- Sweet, mild and dry.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable. I often pass it up, i will not be so unwise next trip at the beer store. One damn fine IPA.

gabedivision, Feb 05, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,395 ratings.