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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,840 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,840
Reviews: 2,233
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 251
Gots: 780 | FT: 10
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 chilidog
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap on vacation a year ago. Just bought it in the bottle, watch'n Nascar with Racer 5. Living the dream.

Good golden, slight unfiltered haze, white head, lotsa lace, balanced carbonation.

Smooth citric hop balance slightly with a sweetned malt, breadyness.

Very well balanced IPA with good ABV. Easy drinker. Good with a steak, burger or fried pub grub. Oh ya, a Nascar race works too.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A nice dark golden with sediment floating. Really nice head retention and tons of lace. Impressive.

S - Citrusy hops, delicous. Wow, smells great.

T - heavenly. Bitter up front at 1st taste, and then it moves into a floraly hops and citrus flavor. Just damn tasty.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Not crisp, but smooth.

D - fantastic. This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. It's up there with Cigar City's Jai Alai in my opinion. A Tier 1 IPA. Give me more!

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper orange body. No head even with a hard pour.

S: A simple nose of grapefruit, caramel, & dry bready malts. Not as hop forward as I hoped.

T: Bitter citrus hops followed by sweet & bready malts. Although balanced, the flavor is slightly weak. Dry & bitter finish.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, & crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

O: This one seemed a bit off for the style. Got it from the store's cooler so I think it was fresh, but this one seemed slightly weak and more hop forward. I would drink this again, but believe there are much better American IPAs out there.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Came looking copperish orange with more than a finger of off white puffy head. The head stuck around and always lay as a skim on the brew.

S: Beautiful floral and citrus hop aroma. Some light freshly baked biscuits. I mean this things smells like a fresh sunny day. Very powerful scents coming off here.

T: The hops smack me upfront with bitterness then apologize with more of that perfect citrus and floral elegance through to the end. This thing is juicy with hoperfection. There is enough malt here to stand this thing up but it never overpowers the hops. It just sits there and provides a few biscuity notes. Finishes very slightly sweet and crisp with bitterness.

M: Nothing special here but the right amount of syrupyness and carbonation to support the drink.

O: I cant believe the score on this but the brew was near perfection for me. Juicy hoppiness with the right amount of malt and bitterness. So floral and citrusy. I drank two.

Photo of JayAre46
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass no freshness date observed
A - Hazy orange with particles floating around remaining active pushing through the delicately floating living monsters like nemo in the middle of a jellyfish swarm.which i don't remember happening from other bottles ive had but anyway not bothersome, 2 fingers of white head reducing down to a nice layer of bubbles clinging to the glass.

A - Citrusy hops, sweet fruits maybe suggesting pineapple, subtle malt presence in the nose.

T - good malts up front bread like, then comes pine and less citrus hop flavors some orange peel flavors for a dry taste, good bitterness in the finish. for a west coast brew this is almost balanced in comparison to other west coast ipa's

M - Medium carbonation that Prickly on the tongue like microscopic paramecium's sharing pogo sticks with arrowheads on the bottom, wait where am i? smooth maybe not but still pleasant.

O - can't go wrong buying this one for $5 a bomber. this is a good ipa and i enjoyed the different malt presence, not my favorite ipa but i don't know what is. I wouldn't mind some more tropical flavors for deviation...

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy apple cider orange with very puffy 3 finger head that thickens and dissipates very slowly, leaving a good amount of lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - Good amounts of grapefruit, orange, and zest up front. A bit of piney hops in the background. Some hints of banana in there as well.

T - Very, very sweet up front, I even puckered just a bit. But then the piney hops force their way in and remind me how much of an IPA this is. I love a good IPA that takes the chance to try and knock me on my ass. The sweetness was again that grapefruit and zest. Very nice.

M - Quite thick, leaves a thick coating in the mouth. Alcohol completely hidden. Kind of leaves a bit of a phlegmy feeling the back of the throat.

Overall - A fantastic IPA. I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was a little too sweet at the beginning but the bitter hops really helped balance it out. The mouthfeel left a bit to be desired, but I thought this was a top IPA.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Giant head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. The straw color is slightly hazy.

There is a powerful hop aroma with a bit of pine and lots of citrus and pineapple; the last of which is emphasized by the light malt sweetness.

The flavor is a nice balance of slight malt sweetness and crisp hop
Bitterness; resulting in a dry finish. The hops give off a bit Of a soapy flavor on top of the typical citrus flavor.

The body seems a little on the heavier side for an IPA, but the beer still has good drinkability.

An awesome IPA when fresh. Yum.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a clear yellow-gold color with a thin, filmy head. Well rounded aromas of sweet malt and light hops, with citrus and slight spicy highlights. The flavors are bitter and sour initially, with a bit of green and peppery taste at the end. The body is creamy and buttery; very smooth. Hoppy and tart aftertaste, which is very pleasant, and an easy, smooth finish. A very tasty brew!

Photo of jerskine
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: very nice cloudy orange hue with about half an inch of foam and lots of lacing

S: you can pick up on some lemon and grapefruit scents, maybe even some caramel; not much hop aroma

T: very crisp citrus taste with hop flavor bursting through at the end

M: very crisp and clean; perfect level of carbonation

O: Bear Republic beers all have a very distinguishable taste; it's the essence of California. No matter what your preference is, definitely check this one out.

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

I'll try to keep this short just to piss off those who think every review needs to be overflowing with mounds of flavors, nuances, smells of various fruits.
Bottom line is, this is a fine West Coast IPA. Mellow, smooth, light citrus, well balanced.
If you want details, read other reviews or go to their website.
Very enjoyable and too drinkable. Not a sipping beer unless you possess tremendous restraint.
I don't.
Bomber finished in a flash.

Photo of Pecafaced
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice golden color with about a finger width of white head.

S- Picked up on some grassy and citrus notes. It wasn't as hoppy as I was expecting it to be.

T- Definitely an IPA. The hops hits you first with those grassy and citrus flavors. Then some mild biscuity malt flavors follow. But the hops dominate this beer flavor.

M- Good carbonation in the bottle. Very light in body.

O- A good IPA. But not great. I'm not sure of how fresh this one was but I'm sure it would be better the fresher you can get it.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (dated 2/17/11) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy golden yellow/really light copper. Looks exactly like an apricot preserve. I get about 1.5 inch frothy head that bubbles away slowly. Tons of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, pine, caramel, some tropical fruits (pineapple, maybe a little apricot).

T: The tropical fruit is in the forefront, though it doesn't exactly burst onto the palate like some other IPAs. As the carbonation fizzes out the pine comes out of the background, though not all that strong. There's a good bit of bitterness with it, but nothing too powerful. It's balanced. Unfortunately the juicy fruit flavors start to fade fairly quickly from the middle to the finish, leaving with a very light malt body and some light pine bitterness. Finish is a light, clean moderately bitter pine and pineapple. There's a touch of sugar to lend a little juiciness up front, but it fades and overall the malt bill is very light. I do like IPAs that aren't sweet and malty, but this seems just a little too week on the malt/sweetness side.

M: Moderate to light carbonation, light to medium body (though very murky and unfiltered). There is a nice smoothness and ample pine resin from the middle through finish.

O: For a single IPA, this is great stuff. It's nothing extreme, just juicy tropical fruits with a good balance of bitterness and a light malt body. I tend to love the more extreme IPAs, but this is really solid for what it is.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottling date. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger frothy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a clear deep goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and stringy with moderate stick. A good looking beer overall.

S: Nose is caramel, pine, cane sugar, and slight hints of citrus. Moderately aromatic but rather subtle considering the style.

T: Opens honey, cane sugar, and tropical fruit. Lychee, pineapple, and citrus. Sappy and piney hops in the middle though its lost much of its bitterness. Yeasty towards the end and slightly spicy. Resiny hop bitterness finally peaks its head in the end. Bitter, dry aftertaste. This one's not hoppy at all and actually very mellow. Makes me think its not totally fresh but I can't be sure without a bottling date.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and watery in the mouth with a slight prickle going down. Finish is dry with a dry aftertaste that lingers. Very nice feel here. The perfect combination of carbonation and smoothness.

O: I'm a bit dissapointed by this considering the accolades that it gets... to the point where I question the freshness of the bottle I had. Taste overall was just too mellow with nothing really standing out. Definitely worth another visit in my opinion.




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


Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a huge size frothy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation, and there is some really good spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerine/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and grapefruit/tangerine juice and zest. The beer finishes with a hoppy and malty sweet aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely one of my favourite IPA's but I might have ran into an old keg. It seemed to have a more toned down flavour than it did from the bottles I've had in the past.

Photo of veinless
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just about a half-finger white head tops this cloudy orange beer. Head doesn't retain well and leaves spotty lace on the glass. Deep color of the beer is approaching brown, but is still in orange territory.

Big mango and citrus aroma up front, with sticky caramel behind not anything to be trifled with either. Really pleased with the balance of grapefruit with tropical scents, as it's full and sweet smelling while still being crisp and refreshing on the nose.

Boy the taste is a huge tropical caramel bomb at the start, and the citrus does little to stop the rush of sweetness. Eventually pine and hoppy bitterness take charge and lead the beer to the dry finish. Stickiness remains from start to finish, and is at a pleasant level at the end. This beer approaches too sweet at the beginning, but it never gets there so all is well.

Mouthfeel is very sticky, very full, and only slightly carbonated. This is a very malty beer, and the caramel malts add a lot more to the feel than the hops. The finish is nicely bittersweet. Drinkability is helped a lot by that, and also by the fruity beginning to each sip, although the sweetness may put some off. I'm sure this beer when really, really fresh is a hop monster to be reckoned with. Definitely one of the better single IPAs on the market along with Surly Furious.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy amber body, frothy white pancake batter head with good retention.

Smell - Strong bitter lime peel and hop.

Taste - Hoppy kick in the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Great, creamy mouth and full bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Best IPA I've had so far.

Photo of trappistlover
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my favorite IPA. It has everything that I expect from an IPA without being "extreme'/ 'imperial'/ 'double": a nice fruity aroma which explodes with great hop flavor. In spite of the hoppiness, it maintains a nice malt balance. I love it!!

Photo of TheSignPost
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome! This beer is an extremely pleasant surprise. It pours a golden honey color, not super clear, but you can tell it means business. The aroma is perfect. Hoppy and clean. And then the taste backs it up. This one talks the talk, and walks the walk too.

Very very good.

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

Hazy cloudy gold piss color with nice white head. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen.

Smells like a nice balance of malts and a little bit of tropical hops.

Taste is balanced between easy malts, good amount of ibttering and a healthy dose of aroma. It has the typical Racer 5 yeast (anyone care to comment? send me a PM with what kind of yeast it is.)

Mouthfeel is great... a tad bit towards the sweeter side however this may be an old bottle.

Overall this is a very good go-to beer!

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

A- On tap poured into a pint glass. A bright, clear golden apricot with a soft and frothy three finger head, which lingers. As it slowly recedes the head leaves chunks of nice lacing.

S- In a word: Yummy. A rich pale and caramel malt base of crisp sweetness covered with snappy notes of pine and citrus. A very crisp and appetizing nose.

T/M- Absolutely delicious. Almost a bit buttery it's so smooth from the tight but soft carbonation and a firm, crackery malt base. Then the hops lay in with a soft tropical fruit juiciness. Layers of pine and citrus join in adding to the nuance. Lingering soft hop flavors with a touch of grapefruit and a crisp- but now very subdued- malt sweetness on the finish.

O- What a great beer. It doesn't go over the top, but that's part of what makes it so great- it just hits all it's marks quite perfectly and on time. This may very well be the standard-bearer in my opinion. It's somewhere between IPA and DIPA in the way it feels and tastes, but it's all goodness. So well balanced and drinkable it's scary.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice gold color with small thin white head.

S: Nose was floral, citrus and well hopped

T: Taste followed the nose very well. No surprises. Lots of caramel malt, more malts than hops I thought, floral notes mainly with citrus notes.

M: Finished slightly bitter but smooth. The hops blast was late and good.

D: Good

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second beer of the night last night at the Yard House, Dedham, as my drink with appetizers. Served on tap into a pint glass. Bright yellow color with a fizzy white head and plenty of carbonation. Smell was hoppy, but not overly powerful. Taste was much more agreeable than I expected. While I am not a huge IPA fan, this one tasted excellent. It had hops, sure, but it didn't blow your palate off. Just a nice dose of hops that tasted great. Mouthfeel was not overly bitter like some IPAs, but instead was smooth and crisp. This IPA was a surprise because of how much I liked it, and it rose to the top of my list of the style. Very well made beer for all types of craft beer lovers.

Photo of chilly460
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly cloudy deep orange amber with huge billowy white head. Great lacing, head simmers down to a single cap on the beer.

S - Immediate piney smell followed by citrus and melon fruity aromas with plenty of biscuit malts along with some lightly sweet malt smell coming through.

T - Small malty sweetness followed by a solid hop presence. Pine and grapefruit, quite clean tasting, some sweeter citrus as wel. Great balance.

M - Somewhat creamy with low to moderate carbonation.

O - Actually the first time I've had this beer, and I can understand the popularity, great sessionable IPA.

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

Broke in my NB globe glass with a careful pour that nets a frothy one finger head over a hazy orange body. Spotty lacing all over the glass.

Pretty strong, floral and pungent pine over citrus with a sweet underlying caramel malt character. Slightly breathy alcohol and a steady hop character. Makes me excited to take the first sip.

Pleasant drink, bright hop kick on the drink followed by some toasty malts and residual sweetness to balance it out. Hops are a good balance of citrus and pine with a bit more of the former, bitterness doesn't linger as much as some other IPAs but there is a pleasant accumulation of spicy notes on the back end. A little bit of yeast character helps to tone down the bitterness as well, thick and earthy.

Medium bodied,yeast doesn't really make an impact and well carbonated, I did notice that for a bottle conditioned brew the feel over the palate was a bit watery. Very smooth.

This IPA is certainly unique in the way the yeast and malts combine to balance out the hops. This combination makes for a beer that delivers in hops yet is delicate and very well balanced.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a bone white head about an inch thick. Left tons of lacing which was very sticky and streaming. Color was a clear honey.

Aromas of earthy hops are abundant as well as a sweet malty background. Lots of complex citrus as well. Orange grapefruit and sap.

Bam there it is. Holy hops batman! This is a one way ticket to flavor country. Really unique bouquet of hops and has a imediate bitter resignation. Although it's in your face it's very well balanced with the malt profile.

Overall it's extremely drinkable and palpable. Two thumbs up.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,840 ratings.