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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,774
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 232
Gots: 720 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of JDizzle
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a sixer tonight while out of town for $7.69 in East Lansing, MI. :):)

Poured from a 12 oz bottle and looks like a perfect IPA. Great copper, rusty, amber color with a thin white-off white head.

This smells great!! Citrusy, sweet malt, grassy-very hoppy. One of the better smelling IPA's with a great balance of hops and malt.

The hops are very "West Coast" style forward. It's a bitter beer that is balanced nicely with a breaded malt upfront and finishes with a blast of hops and grapefruit. For some reason I get a lactose flavor with this. Not complaining and can't really explain it, but thought I would mention it.
Superb mouthfeel with a medium body and a great aftertate that is not too bitter but creamy.
You really can't detect the alcohol in this one and it's very drinkable. Bear Republic makes great beer, just wish they sold it in Indiana!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a small yellowish head that fades to the edges.

S - Malts, grass, oranges.

T - Sweet malts with a floral finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet style west coaster.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Rare Vos pint glass. Golden brown in color with a nice, 1-finger ecru head and a touch of lacing. Hazy without being opaque.

S: Dried pine needles and some fresh citrus rind. A malted barley undertone with a fresh hop aroma that lingers. It smells inviting.

T: A dry maltiness on the tongue with a rich middle and a hoppy swallow. A bone-dry aftertaste lingers. This beer is a bitter IPA with a strong malt backbone. Flavors of bread with pine nuts, grapefruit rind, dead pine needles, earth, leather, and a pine tar bitterness are the main flavors I taste. An interesting juxtaposition between bready malts and piney hops. Not always blended smoothly...

M: Thick and robust without being overpowering, this beer has a great mouthfeel until the arid swallow and resulting afterfeel suck all of the moisture out of your mouth. Some people may be looking for that, but I like my IPAs a little more consistent.

O: For those interested in a complex, chalk-dry and bitter IPA, this is it. It's tasty, but oddly disjointed and disharmonious. I'd rarely pass one up, but there are more superior IPAs out there. I wish it tasted more like it smelled.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Citrus hop aroma, hints of orange and pineapple. Pithy and aggressive. Just a slight hint of sweet malt.

Not surprising hop forward flavor in the west coast style. Not much flavor from the malt. Hop flavors include citrus with subtle hints of grass and mint. Bitter finish. The flavor is just not that complex or interesting.

Not abuntantly carbonated but that was probably because of a day in a growler. Medium bodied.

No doubt a well made beer that perhaps did not show its best to this drinker. Just not enough complexity to excite.

Photo of dansmcd
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange in body, rich in sediment, no head, no lace.

S - Big hop hit of grass and pine.

T - Very hoppy but not the tropical fruit overload I expected. Some orange and passionfruit but not in excess by any means. Quite dry.

M - Oily and smooth, medium body, tangy and dry. Lingering hop bitterness.

O - Id heard fantastic reports of this so was a little bit disappointed. A solid IPA but I think are many better out there.

Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from IGA in Potsdam.

A - Pours a light copper with moderate carbonation. Bright. One finger of creamy off white head. Good lacing all over the glass but just a small film of retention.

S - Smells of aggressive hops right off the pop of the bottle. Prickly pineapple and grapefruit with some breadiness.

T - Big hops with caramel to boot. Lot's of citrus fruit with some earthiness. Many layers make this quite complex. Citrusy grapefruit and pineapple are most of the layers for hop profile but there's also a nice breadiness with caramel to back it up.

M - Nice bitterness in the finish. Medium body with some chew and good carbonation.

O/D - A pretty solid example of the style. A good hop forward IPA that is nice to drink. Highly drinkable and well executed.

Photo of baconbourbon
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5: bottle
Appearance: Dark gold/light amber with hardly any head at all. There is a minute amount of lacing and it is also rather murky.

Smell: Nice mixture of light citrus hops with a slightly sweet hint of malt.

Taste: Quite citrusy up front, followed by a much stronger flavor of malt than I am used to in a west coast IPA, and a nice and gentle bitter finish. These three elements combine to grant this beer a very well balanced taste.

Mouth feel: It goes down very smoothly with a small hint of carbonation that gives me a minor bubbly feeling in my mouth.

Overall: At first glance, this beer does not look spectacular, but everything beyond the look of it is actually pretty excellent. This is an easy drinking beer and I would have no trouble downing a few (assuming that I had more than one).

Photo of Burt
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Light amber that is hazy, thick head the dispersed slowly and left thin lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is of floral hops with a little sweet malt. Kind of missing that big west coast hop aroma.

Taste is like a red grapefruit in the beginning, then turns floral and a little sweet in the middle, finishes bitter and some what dry.

Tried this for the first time and was expecting a little more from a west coast IPA. It wasn't a bad IPA, just seemed to be little subdued.

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle picked up over in Westchester, NY.

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with a large head.
Its`s smell has grapefruit, resin, caramel, floral hops...it is indeed an inviting aroma. The taste has quite a bit of hops, more grapefruit, pineapple too, biscuit, a very enjoyable ipa. MF is medium with quite a bit of carboantion. A very good IPA from Bear Republic.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, this beer is on the Top 100, and I’ve been lusting after its supposedly refreshing hoppiness ever since I knew it existed. Thanks to tripelhops, I’m finally getting a taste. Thanks, dude!

A: Nice, hazy golden-amber color on this one. It’s a bit thicker than most IPA’s I’ve seen, but it’s not without a good shine. The head is a nice, white micro-bubbles, and the lacing is even more impressive; thin, webbed strands of film encircle the glass. Lovely look.

S: Much more malt-forward than I was expecting; they’re much stronger than the hops. Caramel and dark fruit come out big and syrupy first, much like a Belgian Dark Ale. If just given the nose, I don’t think I’d be able to identify this as an IPA. Light floral notes from the hops are just evident towards the end of the nose. Very mild, especially for a big Cali IPA, but the aromas are unique and inviting.

T: This one has an excellent base of plum and caramel-apple tastes in the malts; unexpectedly rich, but in the best way. Some hints of fruity sweetness make their way forward, to the tune of citrus and melon rind. The bitterness that shows up is mellow, never overtaking the main malts. They add some fruity tanginess that’s followed by a slow moment of alcohol warmth. It finishes out with some astringency, but there’s also some Sam Adams-style cheap grains, too. A unique palate, for sure.

M: Pretty thick for 7%. Very little carb leads this one to nowhere special, especially when you consider how much the aftertaste needed a distracting bit of pop.

O: Well, it’s far from perfect, but it’s damn tasty. I wouldn’t be surprised if this one were called a Belgian-Style IPA; it has that dark smell and malty flavor that I’d expect from an import. Very nice. It makes me even more excited for the Hop Rod Rye in my fridge!

Photo of BigPlay1824
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a beautiful golden color with a few carbonation bubbles and is perfectly clear, pours with a small amount of head that dissipates quickly
S: intense citrus hop scent which i love with great floral notes and a sweetness like honey
T: hits first with hop bitterness followed by grapefruit then a slight earthy tone in the middle followed by more grapefruit and finishes with a certain driness
M: smooth, medium carbonation, leaves the mouth dry
O: a very nice IPA not my favorite due to a slightly backed down smell, but definitely highly drinkable and a great brew on the whole

Photo of spokeydonkey
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light copper color, with a finger of white head on top that sticks around for a while. The beer is unfiltered, so in addition to hop haze, there are tiny bits of hops suspended in it.

S - Quite a bit of floral and citrus hop aroma coming off it, with a definite alcohol aroma as well.

T - Exceptional taste. Just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness. A solid toasted cracker flavor in the background to add compexity and amazing hop flavor coming through. I'm getting a lot of floral hops up front with strong grapefruit on the back end.

M - Medium-light body with a fair amount of alcohol heat present. Carbonation complements the beer but doesn't get in the way.

O - One of my favorite IPAs. The malt doesn't add much complexity, and it's not overly bitter, but the hop flavor and aroma is amazingly full.

Photo of kflorence
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a small amount of foamy head that dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look spot on. Looks tasty and refreshing.

S: Very light aroma for a West coast IPA. Lots of citrus and grapefruit hops, tropical fruits and an earthy, malt characteristic in the background. Subtle floral notes.

T: Similar to the aroma, but with more punch. Bitter up front with tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit, some tropical fruits like mango and apricot and a very subtle, bready malt backbone. Finishes dry and bitter with a prominent grapefruit flavor. Higher ABV is masked nicely, though it does come out a bit more as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This brew packs a bit of substance and a nice amount of chewiness, keeping it drinkable and pleasant on the tongue. Very smooth.

O: As my introduction to this brewery, I was quite impressed. A prominent grapefruit hop profile lives up to the West coast IPA style and is sure to please hop enthusiasts, especially those (like me) that love citrus. I wouldn't call this a balanced brew, as the malts are very subtle and hardly noticeable, but it doesn't come off as overly bitter or overwhelming like some IPAs. I look forward to trying out more from this brewery. Cheers!

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Plenty of hops at Bliss today. This case-in-point pours a mostly clear sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light grass, greens, grapefruit zest, orange zest, lemon peel, and a few drops of honey in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, withe the citrus and greens really complimenting each other quite nicely. The malt is almost completely drowned-out, but the hops somehow don't o'erpower the tongue, even though they easily could. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice, hop-forward IPA that doesn't strangle the 'buds with lupulin. Pretty damn enjoyable.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely dark gold color; not much of a head; faint lacing.

Restrained floral hop aroma.

Classic, balanced tasting IPA, good bitterness, subdued floral, citrus, and pine notes. Decent maltiness behind it all.

Creamy mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation. Very nice. Highly drinkable.

This is a good one; falls short of the hop bomb category; not overtly bitter and has a fairly crisp finish. Really nice, mainstream example of a West Coast IPA.

Photo of brewski101
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came across this one by happenstance as the due to a mixup when my better half was deciding between a few different options - anyways, when the bartender said it was a IPA instead of the scotch ale, I was the beneficiary of the Racer5. The pour was at the perfect temperature with- foam was modest. Minor floral and fruit aroma. Taste was of citrus. Clean. Definitely will keep on my list.

Photo of SickNukes
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's a definite go to when I want a good IPA and don't want to risk trying something new. Has just the right amount of hoppyness to give it a kick without being overpowering. Very Smooth and easy to drink would never guess it was packing 7% alcohol. It also looks spectacular I poured it in to a pint glass and it has a spectacular orangish hue with a fluffy orange tinged head that lasted all the way till it was gone.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Orangish yellow in color with a 1/8 inch head and no retention but lots of lacing

Smell: Huge aroma of citrus and floral hops which is quite pleasant.

Taste: Perfectly balanced IPA the citrus and floral hops are first and foremost but then the malt takes over and balances out the beer and leaves a grapefruit and bisquity finish in your mouth

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation and leaves a dry tart finish

Overall: A really great IPA this could be one of my favorite IPA that I have had.

Photo of isthatbeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip shaped glass.

A: Golden coppery hue with about a finger of head which quickly disipates.

S: A little yeast, a little biscuit, and lots of tropical fruit--pineapple, oranges, mangoes. It just smells luscious!

T: There's some up front fruit and malt but that quickly gives way to a pleasantly dry finish with hints of pine resin.

M: Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

A really great IPA! I'll be having more of this one.

Photo of BMoldy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold in color, clear, with an unimpressive one-finger head that disappears rapidly. Fine lacing. Aroma is very appealing, with a wide range of hop notes. Lots of tropical fruit like kiwi and papaya, some baked pie, and pine notes toward the end. Strong bready malt aroma present as well as the head dissipates and the hop notes subside. Taste is mildly bitter, with more wonderful fruit (this time more pineapple-like) in the beginning. Sweetness comes out midway through, but remains constrained by the hops. Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel. Perhaps a little under-carbonated. Ends on a bit of an herbal bitterness, but remains smooth.

Possibly one of my new favorite IPAs, this brew is complex but fantastically drinkable. Not excessively bitter by any means, it really showcases well the several different kind of hops involved. Considering I'm probably not going to be seeing too many AIPAs in the coming months, I'm glad I grabbed this when I did.

Photo of Jimmys
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazed orange with a bit of particulate that can be seen. head is a bit disappointing, off-white half inch sized head dies quickly without very good retention. and it aint the glass. some lacing.

S: hints of bubble gum mix with pineapple and toasted malts. rich in munich perhaps? something bready and rich, but not until the hops make their presence felt. bits of pine work into the hop medley, but this thing is mostly tropical.

T: tropical fruit. mangos and watermelon. very similar to the nose, after the hop attack the palate moves into a slightly chewy toasted malt flavor. however, bitterness does remain throughout. lingering bitterness and dry finish.

M: pretty moderate carbonation on a medium bodied brew.

D: pretty light drinking AIPA considering the 7%ABV nametag. well balanced while accenting tropical american hops. not my all time favorite, but certainly in the conversation of great AIPA's.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy body the color of mango, with dandelion highlights. Plenty of CO2 jetting to the cap. It started as a nice, frothy two finger head, but it has slowly dwindled to a film, leaving white lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Lots of spice and hops. The hops err on the side of citrus. It is really crisp. Maybe lemon, a little orange, and even some musty lime flavor. Malts need not apply. A good IPA nose.

Taste: A zing of hop bitterness instantly sucks your cheeks in. Then there are the more subtle flavors. The hops are a little more on the wheat side, than citrus. There are hints of lemon bitterness and grapefruit mid swallow.

Once it starts rolling down the back of the throat, the cereal grain malt comes out and fills the mouth a bit. Good thing the hops bitterness is still there. They almost turn floral as they degrade.

Obviously a bunch of action in this drink. Is it good? You bet.

Mouth feel: I prefer my IPA's to be a little thicker than this, not even thicker, just creamy. This is more medium to light because of the higher carbonation. Not that it does not fit the style, just not how I enjoy it, and that is what counts ladies and gentlemen.

Overall: The head could stick around longer, but the body sure is pretty. It smells good, and it tastes good. Not many complaints there. Not sure why the hops need to be so grainy, just dump that aspect all together. And carbonation is a little too high, it is still a great IPA though.

RACE to your nearest beer establishment and grab the BEAR by the REPUBLIC. Close enough.

Photo of fields336
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orangey yellow, with a finger of tight carbonated white bubbly head. dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a good sized ring around the edge of the glass. the lacing stays around on the sides of the glass.

S: Oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, tons of citrus, a good amount of malt and some sweetness as well. some grassy hops maybe in the background

T: Hits your palate with a wave of citrus and then smooths it away with a delicious bready malty backbone. citrusy hops tickle your tongue after the beer dissipates.

M: Medium bodied with really nice carbonation

Photo of ReservaPrivada
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type : 22oz Bomber that I picked up for $4.99

First this beer is a hell of a steal at $4.99 for a 22oz bomber!!!

A- A slightly hazy orange with little to no head. Mild Carbonation.

S- I could smell this beer the minute I opened it. Juicy juicy hops overcame the dinning room. Very citrus aroma with a subtle pine and resin in the back. Very little malt pick up

T- Not what I was expecting at $4.99 This beer is incredible. Right up there with Smuttynose and Ithaca Flower power. It reminded me specifically of flower power. The hop profile is very similar! Very delicious and has started to quench my thirst!

M- A little lighter than I would like or expect from a IPA. Perhaps they slimmed on the grain bill. No taste or smell or malt or grain. Very smooth and tingly from the mild carbonation. Overall a great mouthfeel. This is my first time having this and I put it down rather quick :)

Get this beer! You will love it, and if you paid what I did for it you will be in one of those WIN WIN situations! Cheers!

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange. Just slightly hazy. A little bit of carbonation rising up. Very small head, but sick lacing!

S: Distinct astringent hop smell. Grapefruit with grass and pine mixed in. It smells cold and dry. Do not detect much if any malts on the initial pour, but they show themselves (only slightly) as the beer warms. As the brew warms, juicy pineapple presents itself.

T: Great hop flavor with a nice bite, gotta love it. The malts linger in the background to the citrus hop flavor. I get mainly grapefruit rind along with some of the pith. A bit of lemon zest. Very dry. Totally digging this brew.

M: Medium with soft carbonation. Just about perfect for me.

Hell yeah. This was the kind of hop bite I've been craving. I'm a total hop head and few IPAs can quench my thirst for bitter hop flavor like this one can.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,774 ratings.