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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,900
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 256
Gots: 809 | FT: 11
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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Ratings: 6,900 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of obrike
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 12 pack at Round Rock Specs for 15.99...very nice price.

Easily one of the better IPAs on the market. Bear Republic has two of my favorite beers out there, this along with Hop Rod.

Looks a bit cloudier than most IPAs I've had, but a nice spotty lacing that lasts through the entire glass.

Fantastic piney, citrusy scent, not overly sweet...exactly what a fresh IPA should smell like. Let's you know what you're in store for.

Yum...piney goodness in a glass. Not just pine though...grapefruit, maybe some lemon...malt balance is not as pronounced...and I like that!

Absolutely drinkable, and very affordable. At 7% abv, packs a nice punch, but not too strong, but still quite easy to go through a few in a sitting.

If you're an IPA fan and have not tried this, do yourself a favor and pick some up.

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

This beer pours up a nice golden orange / amber color & a little lacking in the head department. The smell is nice and citrusy... I get orange (unfortunately I have terrible sinus problems and smell isn't my forte).

I can say that after the first taste I was rather impressed. It's hoppy for sure with a hint of sweetness. The hops are piney and resiny with a nice bitter undertone throughout the taste. The bitterness lends to dryness & while both are ever present, there is still a small war in my mouth mid to late taste between the hops and malty sweetness. In my opinion this tastes more similarly to a lot of DIPAs I've had than regular IPAs - and it's right on the verge at 7%.

I never really paid attention to this beer. It is always on the shelf at the local shop, very affordable and doesn't have a stand-out label (I know this shouldn't matter but a label can go a long way in making you notice a beer on a shelf among 100s of others). It's a real gem though - very drinkable; I'll have a few more for sure.

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

A: Translucent amber, thin head, moderate carbonation, sediment

S: Hops, pine and grapefruit (smells awesome)

T: Lots of hops. Grapefruit. Balanced perfectly with the malt. Bitter. Finishes dry and bitter. 7% ABV is detectable, but not off-putting.

M: Great. Medium body. Creamy.

D: Good. I finished the 22 oz bomber and wanted more.

This did not let me down. Instantly became one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Swedes21
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - beer poured with a good 2 finger white, foamy head.. Hazy ale colour you can see a LOT of carbonation present. The lacing and retention was pretty amazing as well.

Smell - fantastic smelling beer! Lot of smells come to life early , including the pine and hops. There are citrus nodes in there too. very well seperated!

taste - such a powerful beer, hops galore along with a solid pine taste. There is some sweetness to be found as well, overall very smooth with a flavour packed tasting.

mouthfeel - everything in the beer comes fwd more, found the aftertaste was around a lot longer and more overall bitterness.

drinkability - this is a beer for someone who likes powerful IPA's. If you've never had one, wouldnt recomend starting off with this beer. Wish i had more, looking fwd to the DIPA now!

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.
Purchase Price: $10.99
Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Upon examining the unopened bottle, a fair amount of "floaties" are noticed at the bottom of the bottle. After posting a thread, still not sure if this is normal or not. Some say it's from the bottle conditioning and others say the same thing but it also may be an old bottle. Pours a rather hazy, opaque deep honey color. A one finger, white foamy head on the initial pour put it quickly fades. A good amount of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Decent lacing on the side of the glass after finishing.

S - A very nice aroma of spicy hops and citrus.

T - A very nice tasting IPA. A nice bitter bite from the hops is offset by the grapefruit taste. A decent malt backbone. Overall, decently balanced beer which leans towards the bitter side than the sweet side. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - A well carbonated beer. A slightly bitter aftertaste lingers after each sip.

D - This could easily be a beer that you could spend the night drinking even at the 7% ABV. They go down rather easily.

Overall: A really good IPA. This is my first experience with Bear Republic and I was pleasantly surprised. Recommended.

Cheers!

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a copper/gold with a thin white head that has a long lasting layer. No cascading/lacing to speak of.

S-Citrus hops with a slight malt backbone.

T-Hoppy citrus notes of the grapefruit variety with a biscuity malt backbone. Not very complex, but it tastes good.

M-Nicely carbonated, just about right for the style.

D-Not overly hoppy, so I don't think palate fatigue would impact drinkability. I could probably drink a couple of these in a setting.

Overall, this was better than the bottle version because it was fresher. However, there are other versions of the style I prefer over this one.

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

The most upfront component of this complex IPA is the gratefruit flavor. The gratefruit flavor blends nicely with the strong hoppy character. It is not a brew for those that don't care for the citrus / hop bite in an IPA. In the glass the Racer 5 is lovely. It is a gritty golden-orange color. The aroma is light and the mouthfeel is pleasantly bitter. This beer is very drinkable. Give it a try.

Photo of mattalive
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very impressed with racer 5 ipa. Not being a huge ipa guy i thought i'd finally give it a go. Sure glad i did! Appearance had me thinking i made the right decision right from the start nice reddish-brrown hue with an and above average malty head. Good aroma and tasted even better, excellent drinkability with every mouthful, definitely shoots right into my top five faves!!!

Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank this one straight from the bottle.

The smell of this one was a clean hopped up smell that was not too strong or too weak, it seemed perfectly balanced with the sweet Carmel smell that it had.

The taste of this was a hoppy one at first but not as hoppy and bitter as most other IPA's that I have tried. The hops quickly fade out into a nice calm Carmel like sweetness that is easy to wash down.

The mouthfeel was fairly dry and it was on the lighter side of things to me.

I find this one pretty drinkable due to the smoothness of it's hop flavor and could definitely see this as a good introduction to someone that has not tried an IPA.

Good IPA, but not the hop attack I was craving.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Shakespeare's. Review input from notes.

Slightly hazed golden yellow body. Slight head remaining when pint glass gets to the table. The retention was decent, moderate lacing cements itself to the walls of the glass.

Fairly dominant citrus hop aroma with nice floral backing. Grapefruit up front, with apricot and pineapple just behind. A touch of caramel malt lies in the back.

Dominant citrus flavor up front is balanced by a caramel maltiness which falls just behind. The hops flavor balances the sweet citrus flavors with a touch of pithy bitterness. The caramel flavor is a but too strong for my preference but it does not become distracting.

Medium mouth feel. The hops are a bit oily on the tongue. Finish is fairly dry.

Very drinkable IPA. While it falls short of the top tier I would have no issues drinking a few in a sitting. I do hope we see Bear Republic expanding their offerings availability in Michigan, I will certainly pick this one up.

Photo of Sbkrogers
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, murky, yellow in colour. Excited to see this pour into a glass. Good one finger head, dissapates over a minute or so.

Smell: Hops. Not sure what else I can say.

Taste: WOW! Hops hit you right in the face. Crisp, clean and super sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, but pretty sweet so couldnt see this being a session beer.

One of my favourites, have only had a few times but this is one of the best beers I've had, regardless of score. Something about the total package that is really excellent.

Photo of hiku7
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - A slightly cloudy deep orange amber with a white head.

S - Immediate piney smell followed by citrus and melon fruity aromas with a light malt smell coming through.

T - Small malty sweetness followed by a hop blast that takes control and doesn't let go. Eventually, the hop blast settles into your palate into a nice lingering hoppiness that I wanted to taste all night.

M - Somewhat creamy with low to moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth on the back end.

D - Every time I have Racer 5 I want another, but I usually end up savoring one for a while.

Photo of orangesol
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. No info was given as to what type of hops were added to the cask. If I had to guess, I would say "TONS!"

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of sticky lacing down the glass.

S - I knew I had to get this one when I smelled it from across our table. HUGE pungent hop punch right off the bat with hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit. A tiny bit of sweet caramel malt comes thru but this one is really all about the hops.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front never really leaving the pallet. Light caramel malt and grapefruit acidity offer as much contrast as they can but this one is truly all about the hops. A bit dry in the finish with some lingering hop bitterness. The taste wasn't as good as the nose but I still really enjoyed this one. One of my all time favorites revved up a few extra notches.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel with a bit of dryness toward the end. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very good. I really like racer 5 quite a bit and this version was even better. A touch one dimensional with all those pungent hops but that really isn't a bad thing.

Photo of Flounder57
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured the bomber into a tulip glass. I have had this beer plenty of times and now have sat down to right a review about it.

Appearance: It pours a golden amber/orange color. A white head of foam is produced when poured into the glass and then the lacing from the foam remains on the glass as it is consumed. There is also a decent amount of carbonation throughout the glass as I am writing this revies.

Smell: The hops dominate with a citrus and piney aroma. There is a slight aroma from the malt used to produce this beer.

Taste: The hoppy bitterness hits the mouth and followed by the piney taste. Finished off with a slight taste of the sweet malt. There is only a slight bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer. Also followed with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. Very easy to enjoy the 22 oz bomber by yourself or with friends. Very easy to consume and given the 7% ABV. A must try for an IPA fan or one looking to try an IPA.

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on cask at Al's of Hampden, served in a Nonic.

The color is golden hued with amber accents and thick collar of light white w/ a light yellow accent. The clarity is lightly hazed and the bead is very fine. I love the array of fruit odors this ipa presents - very citrus and tropical tinged yet is has a moderately high amount of pine from the hops too. I like the grapefruity presence -it is so pungent it is like smashing your face into a pile of grapefruits. The feel is both bitter and yet smooth at the same time, plenty of natural carbonation with a blend of yeast and softness from the oils of the hops giving a slight dry and the malt body adds a gentle sweetness level.

This IPA is delicous, just so tangy and citrus flavored with some herbal elements giving a well round flavor of bitter orange/grapefruit notes that aren't hampered by the malt. The taste of the malt is very dry, only enough sweetness there to compliment the slight pineapple quality. The bitterness level is optimal with a low level of astringency and the hop goodness lasts for a while after the swallow. I could enjoy a quart of this IPA it is so drinkable on cask, I have enjoyed it equally in each delivery method -tap, bottle and now cask, just delicious in every way. I would prefer it on cask as the hops seem so much more vibrant and fresh this way.

Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color. There is a two finger off white head of which a layer remains.

Smell: Sweet citrus hops dominate with some mild herbal notes. Some of the sweetness comes from the malt.

Taste: Citrus hop bitterness hits the tongue pretty hard initially. There is some sweet malt in the background. The flavor is a bit peppery and the finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and an appropriate level of carbonation. There isn't any dryness at all.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer. I really like the hop profile and will visit it again.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at home

A: cloudy with a light caramel/pumpkin color. Short head and compact bubbles

S: hoppy but not overwhekming.

T: crisp with a bit on the heavy side of hops. sour finish with lingering bitterness

M: hearty and will stand on its own

D: Little unbalanced on the hoppy side. Serious beer that won't leave you underwhelmed. As good on the last sip as the first.

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

Had this a few times on tap and from a bottle. This review is from last night at the Kung Fu Saloon. Served in a shaker pint.

The pour last night came with almost no head and the glass wan't that clean... At least they had a beer of this quality available. From the times I've had it before (including with Thanksgiving dinner last year), it has poured with a nice white head. The beer itself looks like a typical IPA... maybe a bit thicker and hazier? Either way, it's not a bad looker.

This beer is dominated by citrusy and piney hops. The first word that comes to mind is resin. However, it's not too bitter. Each sip invites me back for more. It's one of those beers that tastes sticky going down your throat in every right way. The balance of hop flavor and the weight of the beer make this a very solid IPA. I'll never be disappointed to see this on tap.

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

Appearance- Poured a clear golden color with 1 finger of white head.

Smell- Very nice hop aroma, with some citrus notes.

Taste- Really much sweeter than one would expect for an IPA. Not as much hop bitterness a I am used to.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied....low on the carbonation.

Drinkability- This was a good beer. Smooth and drinkable. Just felt more like an PA than an IPA.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a standard copper color with a small whispy head. Smells hoppy with grapefruit and orange. Palate is suprisingly balanced. Sweet and bready malts provide a canvas for the citrusy west coast hops. Soft bitterness in the finish. Moderate body and low carbonation. Very solid and tasty IPA that would probably be better fresh and on-tap.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle of this from Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear super light amber colour with less than a one finger head that faded a bit fast leaving a white cloud and some slight side lacing.

S - Nice oily pine resin here as soon as I opened the bottle. Pine and grapefruit dominate the nose.

T - Just like the nose here. You get that nice west coast hop charactistics with the nice strong pine resin flavours right off the bat followed by some barely there citrus notes. Mostly just bitter pines here with a typical dry finish.

M - Low carbonation here with a pleasantly dry finish.

D - This is a quite nice west coast IPA. everything is really good for this brew. Very drinkable if just slightly one dimensional with just pine being front and center.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.09/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have rarely seen a head this chunky. Super Chunk. So much lacing too. intriguing to watch. Very Clear pale golden body.
Aroma is less potent then i suspected, but citrus is the theme coming through the pipeline here. Same thing with the aroma, it's mostly a citrus show, but there is baked biscuit and subtle caramel in here. Wish i had a bottle date. Has good flavors but the amplitude needs to go up a few levels. I can tell this is a good beer, but i'll pass on it until they get me some bottle dating.

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

Pours a filtered golden, and has a smooth white head with good lacing. Smell is very hoppy, with a slight yeast note. Taste is amazing, very smooth for 7%. Not super sour, but with a good kick. Has a fruityness that is quite light. This is a solid beer!

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

on tap in pint glass

A-poured a yellow/orange sunset color with a nice white 1 finger white head
S- was pine first then grapefruit,some tropical/floral hops and a a sweet caramel mixed with bread

T- was strong pine and floral hops lots of tropical hop flavors it was excellent well done with a little malt to balance out the hops

M-clean and crisp with big pine hop resins well carbonated

D- super easy to polish off the pint a well done west coast ipa..had this in the bottle many times ..but it was so much better on tap

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

No clear freshness indication.

A - clear golden straw, small white head. I can see a lot of floaties left in the bottle, so I'm guessing when I pour the rest of it, it's not gonna be anything as pretty - turns out I was wrong. It's still quite clear.

S - This is the second recent west coast IPA that has this ridiculous bitter smell. I'm beginning to think it's simcoe...kind of smells like pot? but more bitter? Well, whatever it is, there's a lot of it, as well as some sweeter tropical fruit and vanilla notes and some other citrusy hops.

T - What I've decided are simcoe hops are a big part of this taste. The taste is basically exactly in line with the nose, which is something I appreciate. I don't like it that much though. It's a fine IPA, not my favorite. To be specific: bitter, pot-like hops up front, some tropical fruit sweetness in the middle, bitter and dry citrus linger.

M - It's smooth enough, but it's kind of thin for its heft.

D - As much as I am put off by the simcoe (which, admittedly, is only a little bit), there's something very charming about this beer. It's well balanced, and light, and complex enough to keep you wondering. It wants me to drink it more than I want it to be drunk by me. Interesting..

Edit: just visited Bear Republic's website. They don't use Simcoe hops in this beer, but rather Chinook, Cascade, Columbus and Centennial. The beer that this reminds me of (Green Flash West Coast) uses the latter three of those plus Simcoe.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,900 ratings.