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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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6,701 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,701
Reviews: 2,210
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 223
Gots: 662 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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!

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)

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.

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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.

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.

Photo of unclejazz
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.

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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.

Photo of ficknish
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.

Photo of Murrhey
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.

Photo of D11
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.

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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.

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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.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,701 ratings.