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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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6,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,189
Reviews: 2,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 187
Gots: 469 | 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 Amalak

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

I had this off cask at Barcade in Brooklyn. It had a dark rust-red color to it. No bubbles (cask) and a nice foamy head. It also had a thick lace that covered the glass all the way around, all the way down.

It's a very bitter IPA. Has a lot of bite to it and is very thick on the palate. Excellent beer and well worth off the cask.

**Of note, I had out of a bottle a year later, and it was not quite as good as before...but still very nice. So I will keep the grade.

01-31-2009 17:52:56 | More by Amalak
Photo of zerofear13

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

I was very excited to see a few beers from Bear Republic at Community Beverage in Elmhurst. I rarely see Bear Republic's on the East Coast, let alone in little old Elmhurst. Brought this brew to beer tasting with a few friends. A first Bear Republic for all of us.

Just an amazing beer. Smells of citrus, cascade/centennial hops. Wonderful hoppy smell, but that fruit background isn't lost. The taste is wonderful. Delicious hop flavor without losing any of that citrus background. I think we were all shocked by it's amazing balance and bold flavors. I think the long-awaited taste of Bear Republic was well worth it, as that first sip proved how great of a beer they can make. This is one of those few brews that I think other breweries should follow as a model as a terrific example of the style.

01-31-2009 06:03:02 | More by zerofear13
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns.

Poured hazy amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Heavy bitter flavor with a medium smooth bitter finish of long duration.

A standout beer.

01-28-2009 19:38:25 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.65/5  rDev +11%

A- Beautiful looking beer with a nice, frothy head on top of a transparent, pale-orange/brown colored body

S- Loads of fresh, citrus hops along with some creamy malt sweetness

T- Well balanced for an IPA. A strong grainy malt presence keeps a rush of hops in-check

M- Amazing mouthfeel. Full body and silky carbonation

D- Easy to quickly enjoy a 22oz bottle

01-28-2009 01:26:05 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of littlekidlover


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured this into a wine glass that I use for most of my beer tasting so I can get my nose in it and swirl it a little. I just finished a Three Floyds Alpha King so I could get a good comparison. The head was about medium, off white and seemed to quickly disappear. The color is on the golden side, as opposed to amber or otherwise. The smeill is grapefruit with some solid bitterness at the back. It tastes like it smells except the sweetness of the malt prevents that bittier aftertaste. This is one of the best IPA's I have tasted that has that malt on the back. A lot of IPA's (Harpoon, Decadent) over do that sweetness for my palette. I would buy this again, but this a once and a while beer. For the price I'm better off some of the better IPA six packs.

01-27-2009 01:15:02 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of MillySox


3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Purchase in 22oz bottle in a liquor store in Chicago. Not used to seeing too many CA beers in these parts. A dark golden IPA with a medium white head. Nothing to wrong with this IPA. On the flipside, nothing to distinguish itself.Smells of plenty of hops. A very balanced beer. Enough malty sweetness to match big hops and kick.

01-26-2009 03:02:50 | More by MillySox
Photo of gibby


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Glad I bought this again. The 1st bomber I had did not taste good at all. At only $6 a bomber I figured why not? Nice amber color with a one finger head. Smelled mostly grapefruit which was fine with me. Very balanced brew but you can certainly taste and smell the hops throughout. Left a nice lacing on the glass. I liked it alot and will be buying again. Recommended.

01-25-2009 01:30:02 | More by gibby
Photo of astrasday


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy golden color with a 1 finger white head. Sticky lacing all the way down.

Smell. Grapefruit, piney hops, malts and apricots. Really good nose on this one.

Taste. Mmm! A delicious blend of citrus, hops and malts. The taste is almost sweet and then turns to a not-too-bitter finish of resiny hops. There is a tinge of alcohol that creeps in there too. Delicious.

A solid beer in the mouthfeel category. Full, slick and oily with a refreshing, but not overwhelming amount of carbonation.

Drinkability. A drinkable offering for sure. It goes down smooth and is a delightful IPA. Perhaps the best American IPA I've had to date. Next time I'll pick up a six pack.

01-23-2009 01:37:28 | More by astrasday
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A: A hazy brown with a very small white head.

S: I like this smell alot. It has the floral hops that I'm smelling more and more. But also, it has some of that hop bitterness I Love. Maybe a bit of honey as well.

T: At first it's hop sweetness/ honey flavor. Then the hop acid sits on your tongue, but it's not overkill. I like this alot!

M: An easy drinker but has a touch of bite on your tongue.

D: A very very nice IPA, very drinkable. I could drink 3 or 4 of these for sure!

01-21-2009 19:22:43 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of Aenema


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy honey with a thick, foamy head. Lacing rings the glass and remains throughout.
Smell - Lots of grapefruit and citrus.
Taste - Grapefruit and floral hops that linger before a crisp, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium-bodied and very well-carbonated. The carbonation scrubs and cleans without distracting.
Drinkability - Surprisingly easy to drink. I could drink this throughout the evening without wanting a change of pace.

01-19-2009 04:26:44 | More by Aenema
Photo of sonicdescent


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A great IPA, reviewed from notes, original had 1/16 at the Headkeeper in Greensburg.

Pour is a weak point, a rather plain red with small head and little lacing. Improved slightly on second go to finish out the bomber.

Smells not your usual overpowering hop scent with an IPA, very nice.

Tastes..smooth is the first word that comes to mind. This is definitely closer to two hearted than a beat you over the head with hops brew.

Mouth is med bodied and low/med carbonation. Very good as it helps the overwhelming smoothness.

This is great stuff and one of my favorite "regular" IPAs.

01-18-2009 06:48:42 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of cschepers


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Bomber bottle poured into a large stein.

A - Pours a clear orangey-honey color. Fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Very nice lacing that sticks around throughout the whole bottle.

S - Piney/cedary hops. Orange & grapefruit peel. A bit of honey sweet malt sneaks through.

T - Bit hit of grapefruit & cedar up front... mostly cedar, but it doesn't dominate like some IPAs. There is lots of caramelly sweet malt that really balances things out nicely. Relatively dry finish considering all the malt in this one. Cedar & grapefruit peel really hangs around in the finish, but not puckeringly so.

M - Fairly thick for an IPA, and thinly carbonated. Thought there might be more carbonation for the amount of head on the beer. I suspect the lack of carbonation might be part of the reason it doesn't taste quite as hop crazy as some IPAs.

D - Seems pretty good for and IPA. I can't really handle a lot of the heavily hopped beers, but this one is very well balanced. The alcohol is well-hidden, so even at only 7% it might sneak up on you. Like the balance in this one.

Nice IPA, good price too. Got this one for $6 I think? Not bad at all, worth a try at the least.

01-18-2009 01:27:23 | More by cschepers
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Semi-foggy amber orange color, few visible bubbles, thick appearance with a dense foam which does not want to call it a night any time soon. Sweet nose of white pit fruit and orange to lemon citrus, feels juicy, dewy flower petals, beeswax, manages to stay sweet given its hoppiness, not the longest finish, tactfully concise. Medium-bodied, noticeably foamy as you start to sip, grapefruit, orange citrus upfront, less floral but perhaps more piney and waxy. The hoppiness bolder here in the mouth, brings a mild astringency to the finish. Tries to achieve a lot, at both ends of the sweet/dry spectrum, and mostly pulls it off.

01-17-2009 23:00:16 | More by farrago
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Received in a recent trade with tzanio, thanks!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with virtually little to no head present. Just a thin sheet rests on top, but this leaves nice lacing rings surprisingly. Smells wonderful as my nose is filled with scents of grapefruit, lemon, grassy hops, floral tones - Mmmmm.

Nice crips hop bitterness right off the bat, but not overly so. Doesn't leave the bitter aftertaste that turns some away. Nice grapefruit-like flavor as well. Some slight caramel flavor hangs in there, but is very subtle. I really like this beer. This is one of my new favorite IPAs.


01-17-2009 19:31:44 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Brewsmith


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Appearance - Deep golden with a decent white head on top, fairly clear.

Aroma - Grapefuity citrus. Very nice

Taste - Definitely hop forward, more of the grapefruit from the aroma coming through. Malt is there, but not heavy or sweet.

Mouthfeel - medium body without being cloying. Dry finish.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A very nice American IPA. One of my favorites.

01-17-2009 07:36:49 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of cvfish


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A - This beer poured a cloudy orange color that produced a frothy white head that that had good retention and left decent lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced were light malts, and heavy on the citrus and hops

T - The malt profile is what hits you first, followed by clean citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange), and ending with a good bit hoppy bitterness

M - The mouth was very smooth, medium bodied, and had a decent amount of carbonation to it

D - This IPA was really good, but in the way of Bear Republic beers, I would defiantly pick up the Rye over this, however, when I am craving a good IPA, this would be a great answer

01-17-2009 03:07:38 | More by cvfish
Photo of Jablonski


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Grabbed a 650 mL bottle for a great deal (1/2 off) at Callandro's the other day, and it's pretty solid for an IPA. The beer was a burnt orange color and had a 2 finger head with decent lacing. The beer smells of piney hops and a bit of citrus. Hops dominate the taste, but it is lacking on something to counterbalance the hops. This beer is more bitter than some of the double IPAs that I have had (not that it's a bad thing, just that there could be more for the style). The thickness of the beer is just about perfect, but it is overcarbonated. Less carbonation would allow me to enjoy the flavor more. The beer is a solid IPA, and definitely worth the cost at the sale price.

01-17-2009 02:34:13 | More by Jablonski
Photo of tapman


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Thin head after moderate pour with decent lacing. Color is very clear with a light orange hue on the skinny bottom of my flute/nonic glass and deepens in color as the glass spreads out towards the top. Looks very appetiving and potentialy sweet, though we'll see.

After a vigorous swirl the nose comes back a myriad bouquet of American grassy, spicy hops mixed with a fruity, bready hop of the English variety. With this, an American IPA I'm inclined to think that the hop profile is all American with a great malt balance and sans English hops, but I'm not ruling out some EKG or something like that. Malt indeed smells quite sweet with a warm and aggressive, though not too fusel, alcohol sting.

Very smooth on the palate. Just enough sugar in beer to sit and linger briefly on the palate before blending the sweet, sweet fruit of the bittering hops. Then comes some more sugar and the flavor come through grassy, resionous, and sticky in the finish. BIG HOP FLAVOR in the end. I would almost be inclinded to think that the largest addition of hops to this brew were at the 20 of the boil, or the relative flavoring point for this recipe. Bravo on the big and complex hop experience.

Right amount of malts to not only balance the hops, but to give this brew a full body without crossing over into syrup country. Strong yet refreshing.

If the alcohol taste wasn't as big this beer would be more drinkable, but it wouldn't be as good if you ask me. I rate drinkability based on can you session the thinkg pared with the criteria for the style. For example, I could just about session some Chimay Blue or some Kwak even though they are relatively large beers. This one almost gets it, but the alcohol finish makes this just shy of sessionable, though by all means a fantastic IPA. Bought to go eat some salmon with this brew. Here I go...mmph... delicious. Would definately reccomend this brew with some seafood. Enjoy!

01-16-2009 04:05:40 | More by tapman
Photo of olmatty


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance- Low creamy white head and brownish copper liquid. Light lacing.

Smell- Stong nose of piney hops

Taste- Piney and resinous fresh and floral hops flavor. Tangerine peel and amber malts, perhaps a bit heavy toward the hops end, but it works.

Mouthfeel- Viscus and a bit frothy.

Drinkability- So much hops that anything lighter in hops will taste like water if drank during the same session. A very strong and enjoyable IPA. Not many better ones out there.

01-13-2009 08:05:49 | More by olmatty
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours cloudy orange with visible sediment. Thin head leaves good lacing. Cotton candy floral nose. Ruby red grapefruit hops with tart Cascade cutting across. Sweet marshmallow malt background. Carbonation adds to light and lively mouthfeel; never clings. Tingly lemon finish, like Italian ice. The 7% ABV is very quiet.

Piles of hops but they're never astringent. Artful.

2nd tasting, 3/3/13 - Madeleine malts, lots of peach/apricot fruit, a good dose of citrus, and real aspirin/IBU finish. Still one of the best.

01-09-2009 17:33:24 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of macster


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel and faint background of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Late palate to finish is moderately bittersweet, but a bit short and syrupy. Overall a fairly solid IPA and worth a visit, but not all that outstanding

01-09-2009 05:17:06 | More by macster
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

Presentation: 24oz. bomber with race themed graphics.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer with high carbonation and a rocky, dense whipped-cream ivory head with great retention. Nice!

Smell: Fresh herbal resiny hops, slightly earthy with a little toasty caramel in the background.

Taste: EARTHY herbal hop flavors with just a hint of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a crisp bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv.

Conclusion: A nice, earthy, raw (in a good way) West Coast IPA.

01-08-2009 19:08:05 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. (date stamped 8/19/08)

A: Nice hazy dark golden color. One finger head lays on top for a brief period before receding.

S: Strong aromatics. Lemon zest, pines, grapefruit come in to play.

T: Big bite of hops on the forefront. Not too overpowering as some IPA's can be, but BR is not to subtle about it either. Not too bitter on the palate, very refreshing aftertaste of the pine.

Drinkability: Yes. This is one of my favorite IPA's. A fine session beer if there ever was one. Will recommend to all.

01-08-2009 01:34:20 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of Brewnami


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Very clear amber color. Not much head, little lace.

S- Pine, citrus, maybe some floral scents.

T- HUGE hop taste. Tastes very similar to smell. Pine, citrus (grapefruit and may some orange peel). If you want to know what hops taste like, this is the beer. Very refreshing... if you are a big IPA fan.

M- Kind of sticky. Very bitter after taste.

D- Not a beer I would ever session with. I bought a 22oz bottle and that is perfect. The hop bitterness is pretty intense. In my opinion, I would say even more so than the DFH 90min. Awesome beer for IPA lovers, will absolutely purchase again.
Highly recommended for anyone with a huge hop pallet.

01-06-2009 00:23:04 | More by Brewnami
Photo of pmcadamis


4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Amber/gold with a nice big fluffy two finger head that looks like a light khaki hue flecked with orange. Big sheets of really fluffy lace coat the glass.

S - Super pine-y hops! This smells like a North West Coast pine forest. Reminds me of how my hands smelled after climbing the big fir tree in our front yard as a kid.

T - Big time hops, just like the nose this is pretty much all about the pine aspects of the hop plant, but some background grapefruit is there, along with a malt backbone that tries to keep up with the hops but is drastically out shined by the star of this show.

M - Medium bodied with some sudsy carbonation and super hoppy semi-dry finish. The hop bitterness sticks to my teeth for hours after drinking one of these.

D - I hat to say it, but this is almost too hoppy in that it's pretty one dimensional and isn't supported by a big malty base like a DIPA. Fortunately, the one dimension shown here is done extremely well. This would be the perfect beer to give to someone who asks "what do hops taste like." Boom, here ya go... this is exactly what hops taste like.

01-05-2009 01:13:17 | More by pmcadamis
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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