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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,360
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 532 | 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 Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Orange-brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Hops and crisp citrus.

T: Pleasantly hoppy with tastes of citrus fruits

M: Medium body, smooth, hoppy, but not too strong in that regard.

D: Very drinkable; one of my favorite IPAs.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull yellow tone with a finger, finger and a half of a frothy, off-white head. very good retention and lacing, but ultimately the presentation is middling to slightly above average; nothing really to write home about in a style chalked full of great ones.

strong citrus hops (grapefruit) are out in front in the nose, followed by a few pine and floral notes and then a malty presence in the background. solid, inviting aroma.

taste IMO exceeds everything else about this beer... which, if you're going to excel in one category this would be the one to do it. nice balance between the citrus/pine hops and the malts. very tasty.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation... great drinkability. i could easily session this beer. not to be confused with a session beer...

perrymarcus, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of pburland23
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Beer pours a coppery amber with a faint head that quickly recedes and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

In my opinion, Racer 5 is one of the best smelling beers on the market. One whiff revels a cascade of piney and citrus hops aroma. It's the quintessential West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste is highlighted by an aggressive hops bitterness but is balanced out my the malt.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. For a beer topping out at 7.0%, Racer 5 is ridiculously drinkable. In my opinion, this one of the best IPAs available at the moment. It never fails to deliver.

pburland23, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Sam Adams pint from a 12oz bottle.

A: light amber with an orange hue. Slightly hazy with a foamy head

The aroma was pine mixed with citrus. There was also a malty smell in the background.

The taste was similar to the aroma. It had a dry sour hop taste that included pine and citrus rind. This also had a good malt profile that provided a nice caramel roasted flavor. For the most part the ABV was not noticeable in the taste.

M/F: light carbonation

Drinkability: give me a 6-er and I'm good

Overall: this is one of the better American IPA's that is readily available. The malt profile is what makes this one stand out for me. I like the interplay between the sour hops and the malt. It is simple but it works.

LacquerHead, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour with off-white head, moderate upon pouring, good retention. Lace is very good indeed. Thick, curtainy, like a funeral veil. Slow bead; yeah looks pretty good.

Smell is citric. Very hoppy with slight resinous notes. Lemon, lime, slight woodiness and a hint of wax. Slight malty undercurrent. Raisiny edge to the malt. Quite nice, but not mind-blowing as an IPA.

Taste is quite nice. Malty for the most part with raisiny edges and an apricot tinge, cake-batter sweetness and then hop notes come in midway. Citric and quite tangy, without a lot of complex hop flavour but provides a nice floral finish that hangs around pleasantly. Again pretty good but could use more hop flavour.

Nice and filling mouthfeel, good texture atop a nice body. Suits the style and the flavour well.

A good solid IPA. It isn't blowing my mind, but there's lots of nice West Coast hop character and a good balance struck for nice easy drinking.

laituegonflable, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of crestwood37
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have tasted a lot of IPAs and this one is top notch. For a higher alcohol content, it is very drinkable. The taste is not too strong - smooth with a hoppy feel to it.

I am disappointed that I only have five left in the six pack. I would love to give it a 5.0 rating for drinkability but I do not believe I can truly justify it yet.

crestwood37, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange yellow color. A huge fluffy head with ok lacing, very white and very American IPA at its heart.

My nose it a touch congested but I think I'm able to smell well enough to judge this. There isn't a huge hop aroma, but it certainly is there. Grape fruit, lemon, zesty, yet a sweetness from the malt.

The taste is very hop forward. A huge hop presence biting the tongue giving off grape fruit notes all over the place. The finish has a distinct almost buttery caramel malt flavor which I really like.

A good bite, crisp hop finish and a lingering malt flavor at the end. This is darn drinkable an darn enjoyable to drink.

A true shame I can't get this locally and only have this one bottle. Reminds me a good bit of stone IPA but the malt has more a role in this one and well I can't say one is better or not but I'd love to make a choice between them from time to time.

This is an IPA at its best. There are many that could be describe this way but I think this one does a few things exceptionally. First, the carbonation is just wonderful. Second, while having a wonderful hop forward attack the malt shines wonderfully in the back. Finally, the mouth feel here is beyond exceptional. Cannot recommend this beer more and the price as I recall was extremely reasonable.

bobhits, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

89th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- Very nice bright pale orange with some yellow highlights. Had a nice two finger head on it.

Smell- Very nice hop profile with a piney smell (IMO) as well. Smells like a good IPA should.

Taste- Very smooth IPA. Very good finish with a crisp bite to it. Im suprised by how smooth it was. Didn't think Bear Republic did this good of an IPA.

Mouth- Nice med. carb body with a great slightly bitter finish

Drink- Why didn't I have this before. Very nice beer. Could easily session this.

FosterJM, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mbarbuto2002
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice amber color with a 1 finger head.

S- Hoppy, hints of grapefruit.

Taste- Just enough bitterness without leaving a lasting impression.

M- Carbonation only sticks around for a few seconds, smooth going down.

D- a very drinkable IPA. Not as much "pop" as a lot of other West Coast IPA's.

mbarbuto2002, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Estocker
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my SN 30th tulip.

... OH NO! It says it was bottled only three weeks ago, but there is almost NO carbonation. It seems I will have to review this one from memory. Good thing I have it fairly often.

Smell: This is one of the best examples of how a hoppy west coast IPA smells. Huge citrus presence makes the pine take a backseat. Although the smell isn't particularly incredible, it is exactly what I am looking for as far as IPAs go.

Taste: No surprise here, tastes like it smells. Big grapefruit taste, some wet pinecones. West Coast IPA to the T.

This is made exactly like a west coast IPA should be, but unfortunately it just doesn't quite compete with the big dogs. Although, for the price, and style-wise, I haven't found anything that matches it.

Estocker, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of kk73
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a nice pretty clear honey yellow with a creamy white one finger head. Head slowly disappears into white foam with a little lacing.

S - Smell is of piney, grassy hops and some sweet malt.

T - A piney, grassy, almost spicy hop bite upfront balance with a slightly sweet malt finish. Some alcohol detected.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - A very good high production west coast IPA. Definite a go to beer if it were available here in the 50th state.

kk73, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours hazy amber with a one finger off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing and holds a small foamy cap.

Aroma is pine and citrus, grapefruit rind, oranges, pineapple, some floral and grassy hops, some bready and caramel malt underneath. Good strength.

Flavor is bitter citrus, grapefruit and grapefruit rind, oranges, some resinous hops, a small caramel malt backbone with minimal and short-lived sweetness finishing dry with good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and slick, medium carbonation.

Very good IPA, just wish I knew how fresh this was. Seems to be within a reasonable timeframe for freshness but who knows?

elgiacomo, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a pint glass

A- A light amber, somewhat orange, very thin head that stays for a while, and forms a nice lacing around the glass.

S-Grapefruits, orangey,apricots.

T- Great tasting IPA. Not too hoppy, very sweet apricot smell towards the end of the sip, but very great tasting, and not to bitter.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is very creamy, somewhat carbonated but the great feel at first takes away the carbonation.

D- Great beer, definitely would love to drink again! Very different from other IPA'S..

thedoubler55, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a hazy golden orange color with some decent looking white head. lots of sediment. good retention and some spotty lace.

lots of resiny, sticky, dank hops in the aroma. lots of floral and citrus going on. the hops smell wonderful. a nice sweet caramel malt backbone struggles to be noticed through the hops.

wonderful floral and citrus hops blend with a nice sweet caramel malt, definatly more hopforward though. fiery alcohol makes it all come together.

feels great on the palate, just like an ipa should, aggresivly bitter, resinous, sticky lingers for while. medium bodied, carb feels just right, a touch tingly.

i just want to keep sipping and sipping, great drinability. and 5$ a bomber makes this very sessionable. one of the best IPAs going...go get yourself some!

dogfishandi, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of volklshred
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bomber into a wine glass.

A-Quite a bit of sediment in my pour. Blond color when held into light.

S-Smell is heavy citrus grapefruit. I am also tasting a touch of alcohol, grass and lilac flowers. There is metallic in the aroma as well.

T-Mostly bitter grapefruit in the front but not to intense. All around mild and pale.

M-Very nice mouth feel with balanced carbonation which leaves the mouth cleanly and promptly.

D-Very drinkable ipa.

volklshred, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of drewba
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - transparent, sparkling golden yellow with huge, frothy bubbles and a two finger head.

S - grapefruit, lemon zest, resin, grass, a little ethyl alcohol.

T - Front of the flavor spectrum is a slew of fantastic floral and citrusy hops. Lots of lemon, grapefruit and a hint of mango. The grass in the aroma is definitely here in the taste. The malt profile shows up as a cracker flavor with a hint of sweet caramel.

M - Crisp and at the same time satisfyingly creamy.

D - Awesome crisp and juicy with a clean, semi grapefruit and mixed citrus bitter finish makes for a highly drinkable beer. As expected, letting this warm a bit pumps up the bitter finish, still very nice. The $4 per bomber price tag also exponentially helps drinkability, wish I could give this a 6/5.

I did this review in about 15 minutes, versus the normal hour or so it takes me to review. I think that's a testament to how straightforward, clean and delicious Racer 5 is.

drewba, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. The color is amber/orange and hazy. The aroma is full of citrus. The caramel malt comes through as well. The taste begins with the citrus flavors. The malt comes through in the middle and I am left with a mild pine bitterness. This is a well balanced beer. I really enjoyed this beer. I will look for it again.

buschbeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber haze witha thin white foam head. Has an aroma of grapefruit with a subtle hint of cinnamon. Has a resinous taste with more malt than usual for its style. Gives it a different aftertaste. The malt lingers. Plenty of sweet on the front end. Good IPA, more of a DIPA feel. Definitely worth a try.

chalsk, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz into an Allagash Tulip. Bottled on 10/18/10.

Pours an attractive golden orange. A frothy one finger head falls into the beer, leaving sticky lacing in its place.

Aroma is fantastic. Bright citrus hops erupt from the golden liquid, mingling with a barely present alcohol element.

Taste is among the best American IPAs I've had. A sharp bitter bite gives way to juicy, juicy hops. The bitterness gives way to a slight sweetness before morphing back into a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is a classic west coast citrus bomb.

Mouth is pretty much perfect, and I could drink this one all day. Easily A top 5 American IPA, in the same league with Sculpin, 2 Hearted, and other highly heralded IPAs.

mondegreen, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Samp01
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden hue, with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, and grapefruit notes. Taste is floral hops, citrus, slight sweet notes of caramel and malt. Palate is nice medium body, smooth crisp mouth feel, nice carbonation. Finish is floral hops some citrus, spices some malt and good amount of bitterness towards the end but well balanced by slight malty presence, hop presence dominate. Overall a very nice, smooth and drinkable IPA. Very enjoyable

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BA kylehayworth for this gem.

Clear, light copper with a pillowy white head that leaves sticky sheets of lace on the glass. Candied grapefruit, pine sap and sugar cookie in the nose, this beer smells really good. Racer 5 has what I really like in an IPA, tons of fruity hop flavor and a subtle but strong malty backbone. I am not sure of the hop bill but I think it must contain Centennial, Cascade and other C-hops it is magnificent. Medium bodied and hop oily with soft carbonation. Racer 5 is a nearly perfect IPA for my tastes. World Class.

biggred1, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For around $5 you can't find a better IPA, in my humble opinion. This one won't knock your head off like others but delivers all the heavy hoppyness you expect from an IPA while maintaining a light, drinkable side.

A - Gold, almosth lagerish body with a nice thick head that produces wonderufl lacing througout the glass.

S - A boost of citrus hops marry a grainy earthy finish, with hints of oatmeal.

T - What starts as a boost of orange on the tongue takes a slightly sour turn releasing a grapefuit precense and finishes with a malty alcohol salutation. Although I feel the alcohol is more present here than other IPA's it is balanced so well I actualy would be let down without it.

M - clean, fresh; a nice amount of carbonation boosts those sensations. Lingers in mouth for quite a while after a drink but not because of the odd IPA film that is sometimes left in the mouth.

D - All night long baby. Light enough to "keep em coming" and heavy enough to know you're drinking a real beer. If you are an Odell IPA or Two Hearted fan I feel this is right up that heavenly alley.

Bombers4Benedict, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for this brew.

A: It pours a nice rich golden color, with hints of orange. Nice slightly white head.

S: Piney hops racing with orange/tangerine notes, as well as a slight sweet maltyness.

T: The piney taste is there along with a healthy dose of orange. There is a mild taste of grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced, the sweet malt and bitterness play along very well.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth and clean. Good carbination, refreshing! I rather enjoyed this beer.

kylehayworth, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden/light orange. Huge three-finger slightly off-white head that last a ridiculous amount of time in all it's glory. Literally looks like an ice cream float with the head. Lacing is above average as well.

S- Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. I love it.

T- Hellacious grapefruit. Citrus. Some pine. Hop profile is awesome..."Lingering bitterness"

M- Medium mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation for me.

D/O- What an awesome IPA! Would have no qualms with putting down a few of these given the opportunity. Racer 5...you my only friend.

Duff27, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of halo21
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this strong into my tulip glass; its a nice golden haze yellow to orange with a thin solid inch thick white cap that dissipated . Decent lacing on the way down with small active carbonation.

Smell: A whole bunch of hops coming at you in a number of ways; citrus - mostly lime and lemon rind - followed by a dose of alcohol.

Taste: Big hop flavor followed by a nice, mild toasty malt balance. This one brings a whole bunch of hops; the cascade coming through nicely to me. There is a nice toasty buscuit finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium creamy bodied with a drying finish.

Drinkability: High; potent but very smooth.

Notes: An amazingly good beer that lives up to its hype. A balanced hop bomb that is quite drinkable with perfect mouthfeel.

halo21, Nov 19, 2010
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,360 ratings.