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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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6,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,191
Reviews: 2,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 188
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 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
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

Cloudy orange, nice thin lacing. Impressive clumps of stickage all the way down the glass. Pine sap, mint, and citrus aroma's. The nose is all about the hops here, with nary a hint of cracker maltiness. Crisp mouthfeel, with lively carbonation. Hops attack and scour the tongue, with and array of citrus and pine resins. This is a hopheads dream. No hint of 7 % abv. Dangerously drinkable. So happy to finally see this available here in NC. This immediatly goes into the regular rotation along with Foothills, Founders, and Stone as a killer hop fix. Great stuff.

01-04-2009 02:09:34 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of redneckchugger


4.65/5  rDev +11%

bomber poured into an imperial pint glass, light amber beer, white head, loads of cascading lacing.
smells of earthy herbal hops,.
taste is a hop blast, earthy, piney hops, bitter, but not over the top, but tons upon tons of hop flavor, the malt is there, but barely, and i love it.
this beer may be my favorite ipa of all time.

01-03-2009 04:00:24 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of mrandolph


4.93/5  rDev +17.7%

This was a cask version, and a case where the brewers made a great effort to match the beer with the medium. The beer presents as a very clear golden color capped with a dense, creamy white head, almost like cool whip, in a good way, which hangs out for a long time.

The aroma is citrus followed by malt. The flavor starts bitter, reminiscent of lemon zest. The middle is sweet malt and it finishes bitter but not dry with sweet flavors as an aftertaste. The mouth feel is dense with good head and a medium body, denser than the color suggests. My overall impression is that this beer is well crafted to excel in the cask beyond what it does in the bottle, and I feel privileged to have gotten a taste from cask.

01-03-2009 03:20:43 | More by mrandolph
Photo of hops4me


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. This was an excellent IPA. The aroma was of pine and citrus with slight malt nose. The taste was hops foward with a malt backbone providing a nice support. Slight toasted grain shows through the hops. This was a medium mouthfeel with very good drinkability. I will definitely buy/order again as it was a very nice example of the style.

01-02-2009 23:57:10 | More by hops4me
Photo of mugglesandhops


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

Got this bottle in trade, can't remember from who. I have had this on cask before and it was amazing. The bottle was just as good.

Poured a a golden orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a while, decent lacing, Smelled like grapefruit, orange. Tasted awesome, less grapefruit then in the smell but still there, had a piny aftertaste. Medium bodied with a nice oily/creamy feel. Very drinkable beer @ 7%

12-31-2008 17:54:11 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

The 12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a lightly-hazed bronze-amber body capped with two fingers of fine-beaded white foam. The head settles into a rocky, spongy formation that leaves chunky webs of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pungently herbal with zesty citrus. Sweetly floral notes contribute to the hop-bombery of the bouquet.

The taste is more balanced that the aroma might indicate, but is still as blatantly hop-forward as expected. Notes of spicy citrus and oily, bitter, sticky herbs clash headlong with toasty, biscuity malt forces, resulting in one hell of a delicious collision. Dryly malty syrup lingers in the aftertaste, spiked with lime zest and bitter-ass snipped spruce needles.

The drink is medium-bodied with nice carbonation, and is a succulent, poundable IPA. More great stuff from Bear Republic!

12-31-2008 02:32:17 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Purchased a growler at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow into my Duvel glass with a 3 finger head a fantactic lacing

Smells of alcohol and hops

Tastes is a wonderful balance of hops and sweet malt. Very smooth.

Full bodied beer feels nice and thick in the mouth

I am not a fan of ipas but this one hits it perfect. It is not a hop bomb like some other ipas.

12-30-2008 03:38:19 | More by LennyV
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

Beautiful orange pour with a solid pure white head. Citrus fruit in the head, mainly oranges with a tangerine back. Huge orange and grapefruit aroma makes one feel like they are standing in a fruit grove. Very well balanced and one of my favorite IPAs.

12-30-2008 03:30:58 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of JWD


4/5  rDev -4.5%

serving- on tap in home kegerator

A- golden in color, looks rich and full of flavor, good example of the style.

S- HOPS,HOPS very piney

T- bitter with a chewing on pine needles taste, strong hop profile for a single ipa

m- a little thick due to the higher than average abv, but good, coats your mouth.

D- dangerous, the abv will catch up to you. taste is session beer abv is not.

one of the best beers i have had on tap at home.

12-29-2008 02:51:29 | More by JWD
Photo of miramanmike


4.97/5  rDev +18.6%

This is my favorite beer,so far. The hoppy sweet smell is intoxicating, and 7.00 ABV dosen't hurt. I really can't say anything bad about this beer. I have been drinking every weekend rof the last three weeks. The number spaek louder than I do....A great beer!

12-27-2008 05:50:42 | More by miramanmike
Photo of SShelly


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

A christmas left over...

Pours a light gold with bright white head that sticks around for a minute or 2.

I might have just blown out my nose with dinner but this really has a very mellow aroma, slight citrus, way less than I was expecting.

Flavor is a nice balance between malt and light citrus flavors, a tad on the sweeter side of things. Nice and lively in the mouth and leaves the pallet with a nice light bitterness.

A decent ipa, not really as big as I was expecting it to be but very serviceable.

12-26-2008 06:51:35 | More by SShelly
Photo of Deuane


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

From the bottle at family Christmas gathering.

A beer from the bottle almost as good as from the tap? Does not happen very often but this may be an exception to the rule!

A-Slightly hazy, turbid golden tinged copper with a thick off-white head that reduces to a thinner head and leaves copious lace!

S-Tangerine and orange scented hops with a backing floral boquet! Sweet biscuity malt backing.

T-Hop smack in the face of spicy citrus, tangerine/orange. Support of sweet biscuit malt backs thing up. A nice honor to the hops...with a pleasant drying bitterness and a honey-like sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body with nice lingering flavours.

D-Wow! Racer 5 out of the bottle ROCKS! I am impressed with the hop pop and smooth biscuity sweetness. A surprising amount of flavour for a beer that has been left in the bottle for months. A bomber of this was easy to finish off.

12-25-2008 20:24:15 | More by Deuane
Photo of daythree16


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger head.

Aroma is primarily citrus hoppiness. Taste is citrus as well with a piny bitterness, although the slight malty sweetness manages to keep it balanced . Very smooth finish despite the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is awesome.

12-23-2008 05:54:55 | More by daythree16
Photo of tzchandler


4/5  rDev -4.5%

A pleasant brew but not strong on the hops. Well rounded beer that I'd enjoy anytime but nothing that blew me away. I'd like to try this beer on tap.

This beer has your typical color and head. All round great beer. Too bad this does not come in a 24 pack as I would definitely rate it above most IPAs in the market today.

12-20-2008 04:21:49 | More by tzchandler
Photo of xhcadamx


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

A- Translucent honey amber. A very dense and pitted head that stays til the last drop. Nice lacing.

S - Pine needles and c hops - lovely.

T - More pine needles and c hops. Very bitter and that is a good thing.

M - Syrupy almost makes me think this is a borderline DIPA

D - Several more of these would be appreciated.

12-19-2008 00:29:36 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of gdfan47


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

A- pours a yellowy red with a good amount of foamy white head and good lacing
S- Hops, lots of them,a little grapefruit to, a wonderful west coast IPA smell
T- very pleasant, not too sweet, ALOT of hops, very refreshing, very fresh
M- just smooth, the hops are out there but not over the top (probably too much for some people but not me)
D- another wonderful west coast IPA, the 7 percent is a little high for me to have all day, but I couldnt really taste or smell the extra alcohol

a must try for anyone who likes hops

12-16-2008 08:32:32 | More by gdfan47
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

On tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA.

Came to the table with a one inch off-white head that receded to a sticky film and left loads of lacing all up and down the pint glass.

Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. Great pine and citrus going on here backed by a strong caramel malt foundation. Just bitter enough in the taste to get my IPA fix, with lots of grapefruit. An IPA that has this kind of hope profile is great because it beautifully meshes with the 7% ABV. Lately I actually tend to prefer IPAs in that ABV range.

This went great with my pulled pork plate, and I could have easily drank it all night, but alas I had to move on.

12-15-2008 04:04:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of jkrich


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date

Poured a deep, gold to new penny copper color. It was mostly clear with noticeable suspended particles floating.

After removing the cap, I immediately smelled the open bottle and was strong with a familiar west coast pine aroma.

This aroma carried over into the pint glass. The taste was an initial assault of hoppy bitterness and a very faint, fleeting malt flavor. It is a little abrasive on the tongue. This one is all about the hop bitters; it could use more balance, but it is satifying. It mellows somewhat as it warms, allowing more malt flavor.

Agressive hopping gives this one a rather strong piney aftertaste that lingers. Not overly carbonated and medium bodied.

Not as good as I thought it would be. I purchased this one at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio unrefrigerated. As it does not have a freshness date, I may have purchased an old six-pack. This well worth trying if it is in your area. The 7.0 ABV may keep this one from being sessionable.

12-13-2008 23:36:47 | More by jkrich
Photo of gpogo


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A- Brilliantly clear copper color with large off-white rocky head. I'm very impressed with the clarity, I've never seen such great clarity with a beer that I assume to be dry hopped.

A- Citrusy hops, but backed by a malty aroma as well.

T- Citrus hop flavor. Throughout I get a strong malt backbone. This is an incredibly balanced IPA. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew with medium-low carbonation. There is a definite alcohol warming.

D- Quite drinkable. A very balanced IPA, but at the same time quite satisfying for any respectable hophead.

12-13-2008 02:13:31 | More by gpogo
Photo of Pup


4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured about an inch head, nice amber/copper color, bubbly.

Smell of citrus, strong hops, diving in...

Taste reminded me of a Stone Ale, strong bitter hoppy taste.

Sparklingly refreshing, medium carbonation, yet dryer and little bitter aftertaste.

Quaffable, would definitely down 3-4 of these if work didn't demand my presence tomorrow.

12-12-2008 07:34:43 | More by Pup
Photo of rossthefireman


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

This, to me, is what the standard for IPA's should be. This IPA has a great hop flavor, great floral /citrus/grapefruit nose and good carbonation. Its the perfect balance of flavor and weight. Some IPA's get that 'heavy' taste ,(too much hops, not enough carbonation) this one doesnt but still maintains the exceptional hop flavor that IPA's should have. Altough this isnt my absolute favorite IPA ever, its in my top three. I recommend this to everyone trying their first IPA.
Great orange color on the pour, good foamy head and the aromas during the pour are fantasticly pleasing.

12-11-2008 23:17:33 | More by rossthefireman
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

Racer 5 is a cloudy orange ale with many small particles. The head is a fluffy, lumpy white one. The aroma is very hoppy-- almost soapy. Fruity sweetness and citrus peel dominate. It is medium-light on the tongue and quite smooth. It has a very fresh hop flavor. the balance is well done between the hop aroma and hop flavor, as well as between the bitterness and the body. The ugli fruit flavor lingers lightly for quite a while. I have punished many a pitcher of this at Zeitgeist in SF. Classic.
(rated Jun 11, 2007)

12-11-2008 04:34:56 | More by yesyouam
Photo of armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of citrus hops a great scent

T - Starts off with those wonderful hops and gets balanced by the malts sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink IPA another solid beer from Bear Republic that I can't say anything bad about

12-10-2008 15:46:44 | More by armock
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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