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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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6,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,346
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 529 | 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 hopshopshops
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this due to the high rankings here. A bit, just a bit, disappointing. This is a West Coast style, with the refreshing, grapefruit hop taste but the body and finish left me a little wanting. I would guess this needs both an infusion of added hops and malt. This is still a good beer and among the best IPA's that I've tried, but not up to Torpedo or Green Flash--and without a side-by-side test, even below Lagunitas IPA.

I've had this both on draft and in the bottle.

(You might wonder why this translates to an "A-" rating with what I say. I just like IPA's, and a flawed IPA is still a damn good beer)

hopshopshops, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden yellow color with a decent head that leaves lacing around the glass as it recedes.

Nice Citrus notes and grapefruit come through in the smell, as well as a small amount of malt.

This is a very well balanced beer between the hop and malt characters. its not overly bitter and you can definitely detect the malt backbone

Mouth is a little off for me the dryness with the malt backbone coming through leave a slighlty weird feeling, other than that its a fairly drinkable beer

rowingbrewer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow; bubbly with floaties and a decent amount of sediment; head is thin but steady and cream colored; lacing is good

S: Nice citrus hop aroma: grapefruit, orange, lemon rind; a bit of some floral aromatics; also a nice subtle grainy quality from the malt bill; a bit subdued overall though

T: A very nicely balanced IPA; hoppy but not overly bitter; a grainy maltiness but just enough to sit nicely below the star: the grapefruit and citrus from the hops

F: A touch thin on back end but decent overall mouth feel

D: A really well-balanced and drinkable, delicious IPA; kudos again Bear Republic

dbossman, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with little bits of sediment floating around. A thin head but it left a big puddle of lace throughout the whole beer.

The nose is a subtle blend of mild fruits (mango,orange,grapefruit) with a piney hop resin mixed in. A slight malt sweetness as well.

Fruity hop blast but not a large bitterness that comes with west coast IPAs. Well balanced hops with a toffee malt flavor backing. Massive hop characteristics but its not a slap to the face.

Drinks easier than most IPAs. It has a mild carbonation and is very refreshing. Went well with a nice cut of sirloin.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mckeowbc
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, OH. Was served on tap in a pint glass.

A - Racer 5 is clear and light gold in color. Mine came with a light foamy head that produced decent lacing on the glass. Overall the appearance pleasing, but nothing impressive. It looks like a much lighter beer than it is.
S - The nose on this beer is a little lighter than other comparable IPAs like Bell's Two Hearted. It has a nice piney, citrus hop smell with really no detectable malt.
T - Taste is much the same as the nose. Piney, citrus, hoppy with a little sour finish. The flavor reminds you of grapefruit. Overall the flavor is very clean.
M - The mouthfeel of this beer is light and crisp. The slightly higher alcohol content doesn't seem to give this beer any heaviness and really you get no sense of malt in the mouthfeel. Overall it's actually refreshing.
D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. The lightness and crispness of this beer, combined with the citrus hop bite that isn't overdone makes this beer enjoyable without being tiring. This would definitely be a good session beer, although the 7% ABV might make it a shorter session.

mckeowbc, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of 3 or 4 IPA's of the night- a very enjoyable beer.

Nice pour from 22oz with maybe a touch too much yeast sediment?

Still smelled pretty fresh- not sure on bottle date.Enough hops, but not overpowering.

Tastes as it smells- very refreshing

Feels like an IPA should except again maybe some sediment?

Very drinkable- either with dinner or for the whole evening

mendonjoebeer, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a great fluffy off-white head with great retention. Lacing formed all over the place as it finally began to dissipate.

(S)- A complex citrus profile of pine needle, lemon, grapefruit, and lime.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Very dry and piney with a good citrus aspect like the smell had.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit too bitter. I realize it should be, but this is just a bit too much. Great piney citrus though.

(D)- Definitely a great IPA. Has everything you would expect. Good stuff.

sweemzander, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange - nice fluffy head - white that lingers around a while.

S: Smell is pine hops and floral. A bit of malt

T: Love the taste - hops up front, malt comes through, more bitter in the finish - just a fantastic AIPA.

M: Medium - goes down smooth with little fiz to keep me from gulping this down when i feel the urge

D: High - have had this one before but finally decided to grab a single to add it to my reviews. Great offering.

beerman207, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows loads of fruity hops: lychee, melon, apple and pear, with some resinous pine underneath. Also noticeable is a load of crystal malt. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, loads of sweet malt and piney hops. Finishes with an aggressive bitterness.
Lovely creamy med-high carbonation, could be lowered a little.

CrazyDavros, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Star80
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold color with a thick head, which is retained throughout and provides a nice heavy lacing. Hmm, no freshness date to be found and I took a chance on this one at $10 a six pack, and was in a cooler which perhaps has contributed to the freshness and hoppiness. Nothing worse than opening an IPA or APA and getting that stale smell, you know what I mean. Brewers, PLEASE, date code your beers, from a consumers standpoint it just isn't right not to. Anyway, fortunately smell greeted me with a big citrus hop twang, nice grapefruit and pine in there and some alcohol in the nose. Taste has nice malt backbone to help balance out some of the hops, overall a nice interplay between the two flavors and I can see how this is an APA as opposed to an IPA. A good residual blast of resinous piney hop aftertaste reminds me I'm drinking a west coast ale. Mouthfeel is rich and quite smooth and this beer is very drinkable for such a high ABV, big pale ale. Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise and was a great drink to go with my hickory BBQ chicken on a cold midwestern night.

Star80, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Dull orange due to a slight hop haze. One finger off white head. Lacing is sticky.
S: Outstanding Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Touch of sweetness.
T: Great bitterness from start to finish. Touch of sweetness. Citrus and a little pine.
M: Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.
D: Lingering bitterness makes make me wana go for another drink.

Very good IPA. Big Citrus which I love.

jmich24, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of JHamm
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice golden orange tone. clear but rich in appearance.

Smell- very fruity. huge smell of pineapple and citrus.

Taste- not as hoppy as other IPAs I've tried but really balances well with a rich malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- not too oily but leaves a nice coating in the mouth. citrus like flavor dominates with an undertone of floral hops

Drinkability- extremely smooth and pleasant. very well balanced.

JHamm, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of juankzas
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Orangey gold with a clear beige head that dissipates quickly to a creamy froth. Very cloudy, lots of sediment.

S: Just hoppy bitterness, missed some citrus and floral aromas.

T: The same hoppy bitterness, a bit unidimensional, expected a more complex beer.

M: Good carbonation, as said before heavy on the sediments.

juankzas, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of ztaylor1
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- amber colored and dellightfully hazy, a light tan head dies to a beautiful film.

Smell- very balanced notes of pale and biscuity malts with very strong citrus notes. Citrus hops are dominant but floral and pine are there too. Very balanced.

Taste- the hops cut through quickly and the malt holds up the rear which is a bit unexpected but not unpleasant. A bit astringent, with a bite.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a sneaky carbonation, not defined at first, but after a second it prickles the palate.

Drinkability- the balancing act of this beer makes it so drinkable.

ztaylor1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of brendanbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. nice amber color body with good head retention and some lacing.

s. smell packs a nice punch. very floral and sweet. fruity with a bit of the hoppy bitterness too.

t. very nice hoppy complexion with surrounding citrusy, fruity, and piny flavors.

m. mouthfeel is nice with hoppy notes balancing with the light body feel.

d. overall really really tasty ipa. bear republic knows what to do when it comes to hoppy brews. check out hop rod rye if your a fan of this, that beer is incredible. but, that this is a review for racer 5, this beer is quite incredible as well. there's a reason for the hype.

brendanbeer, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of birderbeerer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden, mostly transparent. Very thin head, minimal lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet hoppiness and nothing else.

T: Hops, citrusy, some pineapple, and a very faint pine. Light malt follow through (in flavor and amount). This ipa is slightly more bitter than sweet. While the malt is detectable, it approaches a pretty clean hop taste.

M: Smooth, no sticky residue.

D: Easy drinking. A perfect session IPA. Big hops and easy drinking. Could easily toss a few back.

This is an IPA that competes with Doubles/Imperials. Huge hops and very fruity.

birderbeerer, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of vidisad
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

One of my favorite West Coast IPAs.

vidisad, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle. appearance was a crystal clear honey color. quickly evident that something wasn't right. zero head, zero carbonation

S - nice aromas of citrusy, lemon rind hops with a touch of pepper.

T - flavor follows aroma but doesn't really explode. nice bitterness, even without any carbonation to help deliver, and just a touch of caramel, biscuit malt flavors.

M - solid medium body but certainly not the best example without any CO2

D - very drinkable. lots of hop flavor/bitterness and not too chewy to make for a nice session IPA

Big fan of Bear Republic. Hop Rod is an outstanding beer. Even though I got, what I think was, a bad bottle...would seek out again based on other beers I've had from BR and reputation alone.

PeterLemonjello, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a light clear amber with minimal head. Nose is mostly grapefruit, big citrus aromas. Taste is floral on the sip, smell transfers to the taste with a big citrus bomb flavour which leaves a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, medium bodied. Drinks really well, I was expecting alot more from the appearance; kinda let down by a weak head/pour. Gonna retry the second bottle I bought with a more aggressive pour. Otherwise this is a great tasting citrus flavoured forward IPA.

heebes, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Retsinis
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz Pint Glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice foamy one to two inch head that retains and leaves some lacing.

On the aromoa I get grapefruit, pine, along with some citrus scents from pinapple to orange rind. Some malt in the background, but the hops are front and center. (though not as much as a DIPA)

The taste also comes through as citrus, grapefruit, orange, with a nice bitter finish. The hop bite quickly follows and adds to the bitterness. Tastes refreshing and good.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with adequete carbonation, all of which blend well at this abv. I could have more than one without a problem, though I rarely stick to just one style in a sitting.

Overall, a solid IPA, that is a great benchmark for the style. It is a well established favorite and is recommended.I've had both in the bottle and draft, and draft, when fresh seems better imho.

Retsinis, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Franz4
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden color, 2 finger head, just a little lacing

S- floral, citrus (lemon), and grass. pleasant aroma.

T- grass/pine followed closely by a nice lemon flavor before rounding out with just a touch of toffee sweetness, nicely hoppy, nicely balanced.

M- carbonation hits you like the hops do, kind of subtly, but then they're there in full force. light-medium body, lingering aftertaste

D- very nice IPA, definitely one of my top 5 in that category. I've had it several times, I think this bottle may have been a touch too old as it wasn't quite as fresh and vibrant as some of the others. can't read the code on the bottle though.

Franz4, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of gskitt
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beverage center owner suggested I try this because he did not know next time he was going to be getting any more Bear Republic inventory.
A- Pours a pale golden color, much lacing, thin white head that does not last.
S- The first thing other hops is citrus and a lot of it. Was expecting more hops.
T- Really good, tastes of undefined citrus and is not overpowered by the hops. Balanced.
M- slick and maybe a little oily, not bad though.
D- I would think that you could drink this IPA and be happy.

gskitt, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light gold yellow with a very white bubbly head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Very floral and fruity hops, more floral. Oranges and a bit of ripe grapefruit. Rich toffee malt as well.

T: A great balance of malts and hops. Floral and light citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit in an incredible balance with carmel and toffee malt. Finishes a tad sweet and a bit bitter with earthy hops. Clean finish.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Feels pretty slick.

D: Great drinkability. Tons of balance. Not incredibly hoppy, but just enough to drink lots of.

herman77, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

FanofHefe, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of CONOR8832
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Not a huge head on it 1/2" white head, beer itself had a nice golden color with some tones of amber and copper.

Smell - Strong fresh hop aroma, citrusy with a mix of fresh apple peels, some good stron sweet malty notes are present as well.

Taste - Blast of fresh hops, strong earthness, very floral taste, greatfruit and lemon zest mildly twinge the taste buds, then there is an mild apple like sweetness that finishes off the beer.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium bodied beer, good carbination, like most great IPA's leaves a bitter and dry after taste that leaves you mouth screaming for more of the hoppy goodness.

Drinkability - This beer has the wow factor. Great IPA with great hoppy flavor with a nice balance for sweet maltiness. Not a record breaker but an overall west coast IPA.

CONOR8832, Dec 17, 2010
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,346 ratings.