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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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6,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,019
Reviews: 2,170
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 401 | FT: 7
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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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 5-22-08.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a one-finger, pitted, off-white head. Takes lacing to a new art form with sheets of sticky froth that languish throughout the session.

Floral hoppy nose with aromas of pine and citrus.

Opens with a malty sweetness that quickly transitions to a sharp and bitter middle. Moves on to notes of pine, grapefruit and citrus rinds. Finishes crisp and bitter. Overall, a nicely balanced amalgam of bitter hops and sweet malt.

Chewy mouthfeel. Smooth and sessionable. Take a couple laps and pull Racer 5 into the pits for a high-performance bitter fix.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 02:15:49 | More by CaptainIPA
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awe-inspiring shiny golden color. The type that some ancient civilization would probably worship. Its almost bright orange and the head is rich and creamy white. It looks like a pancake ready to be flipped!

Smell is extremely citrusy. Think lemons and grapefruits, not to mention fresh cascade hops. I love the way those Pacific Northwest hops can transform the smell of a beer from casual to just plain amazing.

First sip of this beer is tongue numbing. Absolute hop bitterness. Tastes like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a cane sugar finish to balance things out. This beer is very refreshing. Its hard not to take big sips of this. I should have bought a second bottle so I could savor the tastes of that one and drank this one in big mouthfuls like the hop pig that I am. Great job Bear Republic!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 20:01:13 | More by indiapaleale
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

decent amount of head that lingers well. its a hazy apricot color. smells hoppy and delicious.

has a sharp bite that leaves quickly, although the hops stick around for a bit. a slightly piney aftertaste. a bit thick mouthfeel. well balanced. a little mild for an IPA, but in no way weak.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 18:59:31 | More by ph2001
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking IPA on tap as well. A little light colored, but that just leaves more room for the hops right? The nose is pungent as hell, very fresh smelling, with lots of citrics and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel and flavor are a little thin and one-sided. But is that so bad, when the hops are so good? Excellent and flavorful IPA, highly recommended for a fix of bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 03:17:56 | More by BretSikkink
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy tennessee orange with a sticky white topping. Nose is definitely juicy grapefruit as well as pine-tree car freshener, citrus dominates for me. Taste is juicy at first with the spicy hops and a slight alcohol burn taking over quickly which makes you smack your lips after each sip. A very good west coast style IPA, this brewery does a wonderful job with the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 01:52:31 | More by masikon
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue topped with a good quarter inch moussy head (white). Sticky lacing. Just slightly cloudy. This is an impressive looking beer.

S: A great crisp grapefruit hop aroma with a substantial malt background. Prominently sweet. Hop aroma is also a little earthy.

T: Grapefruit and piney hop flavor takes front stage. Certainly exhibits a West Coast IPA character. Sweet malt flavor adds some background but this is a damn hoppy IPA. Some earthy hop flavor as well. The beer has a bitter long lasting aftertaste.

MF: Medium full body. Alcohol warming present. Moderate carbonation. Slick, with a very long lingering aftertaste.

D, notes: A great IPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 18:21:05 | More by Nipitato
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beer poured into a pint glass,about a 1 cm head which dissipated after a few minutes.nice golden orange color.

smell is somewhat sweet and citrus with a subtle hop aroma.

taste is of citrus hop bitterness, with a subtle breadlike malt backround.very refreshing.the alcohol is hidden very well,but a hint of it can be noticed in the after taste.the aftertaste reminds me of how an orange peel smells.this would go well with thai,indian or spicy southern american cuisine.

mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation.not over bearing,but just the right amount.

as far as drinkability goes,the 7% abv could catch up with some people,but other than that this is a very easy to drink beer. the citrus hop bitterness coupled with the bread tasting malt backround gives this beer a nice drinkability.

overall,this is an excellent american ipa.i was elated to see this beer being offered in six packs in ohio.hopefully more of bear republic's beers are offered in that form as opposed to bombers.i don't mind the bombers,but 6 packs allow for a more prolonged experience with the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 04:35:46 | More by wyattshotmaker
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Very nice hop aroma. Gives you the hello, you're about the hang with some hops chat. Nice flavor, hoppy, but not obnoxiously over the top. Pleasantly hoppy that goes nicely with the malt. Good lasting aftertaste. One I will have to get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:02:49 | More by Dubbercody
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange-straw color with a huge billowy white head that latches onto the glass and doesnt let go.

Smell - WOW! This is my style for sure! Big hop aroma. You name a citrus aroma and I bet you'll find it in here. Slight sweetness but it's hard to get through those hops.

Taste - By the aroma I was expecting more citrus tones. I taste mostly grapefruit with a little orange. It starts off big but mellows out quickly. Seems to be missing something to set it over the edge like the aroma suggests. Good bitterness, could even do slightly more. Ends slightly dry.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, good carbonation.

Overall, I cant get enough of this aroma! It's a truly amazing hop aroma profile. However, the taste just doesnt live up to the hype the aroma sets forth. Still a very good beer and one I will definately go back to. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:51:45 | More by Lenny2884
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a pillowy head the falls into a thin cap.
Citrus peels, hint of pine, honey and caramel round out the smell.
Flavors of Grapefruit/orange peel, a little pine and some honey/caramel maltiness on the front of the tongue.
Good mouthfeel. It sticks around, but in a good way.
Fairly drinkable in that the palate is not so overwhelmed that it will be tired after one of these. At 7% this is not a session beer, but not so over the top that you'll be slurring your words after 2.
Very good beer and it's not just hop tea with some alcohol. Very well rounded for a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:14:24 | More by gabeerfan
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with some reddish hue to it, a good-sized fluffy white head. Very slight lacing left behind.

Aroma is citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, also some orange. Very minor piney notes, and a slight earthy malt in the back.

Very well balanced flavor of citrus, pine, bready malts. Nothing overpowering, all of them well defined and a good progress from one to another.

A nice amount of carbonation, smooth, medium body leaning towards light, finishes dry.

An extremely pleasant, drinkable brew, great balance, not overpowering in any way but thoroughly solid and flavorful. Would highly recommend this brew to all comers.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 21:57:42 | More by Drewcifer
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly leaving thin lacing behind.

Grapefruit hop nose, not as overpowering as some.

Typical IPA with a tasteful balance that is quite enjoyable, crisp, and light.

Mouthfeel is mellow and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:15:20 | More by techdiver
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep golden with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a decent swirl of bubbles on top. Minimal lacing.

S: Smell is mostly fruit hops - grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest. Mild bready malt smell balances it out a little, though it's mostly a light fruit hop smell.

T: Initial taste of grapefruit, lemon and general fruity hops followed by the malty sweetness. The finish actually has a bit of resiny hops but is fairly crisp for an IPA.

M: Fairly light mouthfeel with a decent carbonation.

D: Drinkability is actually pretty high on this and I could drink this one most of the night.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 03:48:47 | More by gford217
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this brew the more I drink it. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep amber with a one finger head on a gentle pour. Smell is super fresh hoppy goodness, some pines and other woods. Taste buds get super excited with the brew rolling over my tongue, just the right amount of alcohol, bittering hops, aromic hops, and malts. Highly drinkable for any hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:29:40 | More by ballewblake
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a creamy one and a half finger cap of foam, lacing clings lightly to the sides and carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops rise forward. A strong orangey citrus flows into the nostrils. Light malts linger but the hops dominate. Cascade hops are likely in the ale as well.

Taste- Creamy and quite thick with citrus and a light soapy character. I taste Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and just a bit of Centennial pine in the finish. Very light an effervescent.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated, not astringent and effervescent.

Drinkability- Nicely drinkable. Bear Republic's best effort yet. Worth a revisit soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 19:59:33 | More by blakesell
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold liquid and an inch of thick creamy head. I could probably stand on this.

S - Big raw pine obliterates anything else that might be in here.

T - Again, pine is the biggest flavour here, followed by a healthy dose of throat losenge. This is powerful stuff. Quite sweet as well with a healthy boozy touch.

M - Silky smooth.

D - Not my favorite. Actually does remind me of throat medicine somewhat. I know it's an IPA, but the hops are harsh, coarse and tough to handle.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:28:17 | More by allergictomacros
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep yeloowish orange color with off white head. Great lacing in glass.

S - Citrusy hops and a hint of some sweetness. Not sure where to place the sweetness though.

T - Excellent balance between citrusy and piney hops and a sweet malt backbone.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Bitterness is a little strong but by IPA standards it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:08:03 | More by ckeegan04
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The beer had a murky orange look with some slight amber in the light. Eventual lacing from its thin head. The aromas of alcohol were pretty strong, supplementing the hop and malt flavors. The taste was similar to the smell: bittersweet with malty, hoppy goodness. Medium body helps this pretty malty IPA be an enjoyable drink for the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2008 16:41:41 | More by fitzy84
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really beautiful copper color. A little cloudy (not murky though). Has the color of an IPA, but the body of Hoegaarden. Off-white head with some sticky lacing.

S - This beer smells amazing! Really well balanced. It smells like a forest. There are notes of pine, cedar, moss, earth...

T - Big hops and citrus up front and with a pine and whiskey-like oaky finish. Stays with you in the back of the tongue.

M - Nice and bold. Crisp finish, but not too dry.

D - Overall, this is a really great, extremely well balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 02:28:31 | More by Maudite
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very similar to the pale ale from bear republic, only slighter darker. Intricate balance between the hops and malts yet again from them. Smell contains a slight bit of pine needles, but really balanced by a heap of sweetness of malt. Lots of sweetness, richness and theres always a bitter side hanging on the background but really only stays there on the back of the palate. Only a slight bit of spice to the "piney" side to this balanced IPA. This beer is 100% a school girl that is smart as hell and down for doing work, and always good to bring to your parents house. Great IPA. Did i say creamy malts?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 05:11:51 | More by Twerknasty
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label offers the brewery's motto "bigger is better". While that's not always the case, I will never argue to the contrary. "Bigger" definitely describes the head I got from the pour, a huge fluffy cap of cream on top of what the label very correctly describes as "golden". Easy enough.

Aroma is a thing of wonder, especially if hops are your thing. Big piney presence in the nose, with plenty of malty sweetness balancing it out, and lighter, more delicate flowery spices dotting the aroma. Almost a gingerbread thing lurking around there somewhere.

Flavor is generally big, rich, tingly and sweet. If you know the finest IPAs and Double IPAs, then you'll know what this is all about. This is a DIPA-leaning IPA, with the hops winning out in assertiveness and sharpness over the gooey malts that try their best to balance. Nice spicy/herbal accents throughout. Malty sweetness carries over into the finish, rich and caramel-like. Then once again trumped by a sharp layer of prickly, piney hops.

Mouthfeel is maybe a little too tingly, perhaps a little rough for the richness of flavor. Because it almost tastes like a double IPA, I expected that level of creaminess, but this is actually drier and more like your typical IPA...but there is enough buttery roundness to give a hint of creaminess.

Really, really good IPA, one of the best ever, up there with Bell's, Stone, and Green Flash versions of the style (among exalted others). Yum.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 21:29:00 | More by Metalmonk
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Opaque and light golden caramel color. Lacing is patchy and head is quite minimal.

S- The first smell that hit me is sassafrass. This is the first time I have ever used that term in a review but that is what I smell. Caramelized malts and strong hoppy tones round out the nose.

T- Nice and bitter with some sweetness from the malts. Citrusy and earthy tastes make it more complex and different.

M- Oily and medium thickness with medium carbonation.

D- Little too sweet and bitter (making it rich) for a session beer, but outstanding for a stand alone drink.

Overall- Very good brew. I am impressed and would definitely seek this one out.

Thanks again to hurleymanvw for sharing this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 17:16:53 | More by MMAJYK
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deeper hazy golden orange, with a tremendous 3 in rocky head that stuck around almost the entire time, this is much cloudier that previous IPA and seems to pour much fuller than others also.

S - Rich full aroma of bitter hops, little citrus, earthy wheats, and sweet floral. It strikes a nice balance between them.

T - More of a complex palate with noticable bitter hops, semi-sweet floral and citrus flavors and a lasting formitable after taste reminds you this is a great IPA.

M - Has a fuller body than other IPA, with high carbonation that makes it a very lively beer, with a clean lasting finish.

D - A joy to have and easy to enjoy, Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 15:37:23 | More by trackstar1043
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint at South Philly Tap Room.

Darkish amber brew with nice 1/2 inch tan head, intricate lacing, classic IPA look.

The aroma is a typically wonderful fresh, floral, fruity, citrusy hop burst. On the palate there is a fruitiness up front, with a sweetness that doesn't cloy, isn't really sweet actually, just serves to perfectly balance an experience of complex hop flavors that come on citrus and fruit, finishing with pine and flowers. Classicly near-perfect West Coast IPA, closely resembles Stone to me (need to try these side-by side). Great effort, wonderfully drinkable beer. Reaffirms my love of the balanced IPA, no DIPAs for me...

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 14:36:48 | More by kenito799
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Racer 5.. Enjoyed out of my Sam Adams Glass (which I absolutely love) listening to some random techno album. Picked up in trade with wiebull

Appearance: One finger head, fades quick but doesn't die. Pure golden color. There is a light haze.

Aroma: Big hoppy nose. Aggressive floral notes that have been punched in the face with a grapefruit.

Flavor: Bold hoppy flavor up front that dies off little bit but picks up in to big and beautiful finish. Very floral on the finish, dries out and becomes a lingering soft bitter.

Mouth Feel: Up front is a distinct west coast hoppyness that coast the mouth. This one might be a tought over carbonated for the amount of flavors that are jam packed in there.

Drinkability: I wish I could get it in Boise Thank you again Jason for hooking me up! I would love to buy a six pack of this beer and hike up to the top of camelsback at dust and share with fellow with fellow BA's and enjoy a fine Idaho sunset.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:37:30 | More by SAS
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,019 ratings.