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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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6,195 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,195
Reviews: 2,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 188
Gots: 468 | 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 tozerm


4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Had one of these after a hard days work. The hops were definitely prevalent but not overpowering. There was enough malt backbone to balance it out and keep it out of "hop bomb" range for my taste. Nice 1/2 inch head. Great copper color. Tight bubbles coming out of solution. It had a great, floral hop nose that really invited you into the glass. Very nice beer.

10-11-2008 21:58:49 | More by tozerm
Photo of gau8a


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

this beer has to be tried! if you like "hop bombs"then this beer will turn into an every day pleasure. not quite stones ruination ipa but is still a superb brew!! after being exposed to the breweries that brew these double ipa creations & their other varieties, everything i've had before is not as appealing.

10-10-2008 22:57:44 | More by gau8a
Photo of Silenus89


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

POured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A. Hazy gold in color with a nice one finger head that left lacing

S. Fruity hops smell with alittle malt to it

T. Pine and fruity hops finished with a malty sweetness

MF> Medium bodied with good carbonation

D. This has a good drink ability i need more, definitely!

10-10-2008 06:05:15 | More by Silenus89
Photo of naterock


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

poours extremely cloudy with unbelievably sticky head. nice golden slightly orange color.

smells extremely hoppy, piney and spicy hops.

wow this is hoppy, but still has a decent balance with the malt. piney hops, tastes a lot like simcoe and cascades.

smooth on the mouth, but a bit oily, a spicyness really helps bring the bitterness to the tongue. easily drinkable but would probably move to something different after a few.

10-10-2008 01:21:11 | More by naterock
Photo of emanon


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Oh ya. Last night I found that one of the local liquor stores had this stuff in all the time along with other Bear Republic Brews...

A: Woah, Dark Orangish Red Color, very Hazy with very little light that pulled thru. I could not see my fingers thru the glass after my initial pour although it did lighten up as it settled. Solid one finger head fairly thick with sticky lace.

S: Grassy, sweet citrus notes. Floral notes as well with a very slight "dirt" smell.

T: Delicious!!! Hoppy Grapefruity yummyness. Hops are certainly present without being overbearing, more balanced then many west coast IPA's. Very good, taste seemed more profound at the colder tempetures. As it 'warmed up' it was still good but i got more out of it cold.

M: Medium body, slightly "chewy" pretty wet on the finish but smooth. The bite from the hops was felt on the side of my tongue and back of palate Nice finish.

D: Very High for an IPA, I could have had a couple more easy. Very smooth not too bitter and not too dry which allowed for a very refreshing IPA.

10-09-2008 16:03:25 | More by emanon
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a cloudy orange with ample tight, white head that leaves a nice lace after several minutes. There are floaties in the glass, showing a non-pasteurized, non-filtered, REAL LIVE BEER!

Aroma is of biscuity, honey-caramel malt, and tons of grapefruit and piney hops. A somewhat typical but exceptionally well done beer. Nothing really stands out about the aroma except that it's wonderful. Not out of the ordinary in any element other than its exceptionality (if that makes any sense at all...).

Flavor is much the same... well balanced at first, then turning towards citrus hops that overwhelm the rest and finish very grapefruity. The grapefruit-citrus flavor lasts long after each swallow, and leaves you wanting more.

Carbonation is medium-high, body is pretty full and lightly creamy, with a dry, lightly astringent finish.
An excellent, well-balanced, very drinkable IPA. Highly recommended.

10-07-2008 22:18:45 | More by khiasmus
Photo of lhaqq


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Hazy orange color. Small amount of head once I received it.
S: Smell is citrus and especially grapefruit. Not very overpowering, but definitely noticeable.
T: Taste is also of grapefruit, and also has some malty sweetness to it.
M: Mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy. Was expecting something sharper with a much more pronounced aftertaste, but was pleasantly surprised with its feel and the slowly fading aftertaste.
D: Very drinkable, may not get again on tap but will likely pick some up to enjoy at home.

10-04-2008 21:44:56 | More by lhaqq
Photo of jdg204


4.65/5  rDev +11%

Had this bad boy on tap at Porter's Pub in Easton PA, saw it on the tap list and had to try!

A: Hazy copper with a healthy fluffy white head that stuck around for the ride.

S: Blended citrus, grapefruit and hops with a sweet note fruit.

T: Balance, balance, balance! Big hop start as you take a drink with nice citrus middle and the good hoppy bitter finish, also to be noted the very clean finish as well extremly well balanced not overlly alcholly seems to have just the right amount of everything.

M: Very smooth, good carbonation level, nice medium body. Pretty easy drinker for an IPA.

D: Excellent balance for an IPA, extremely impressive. I continue to fall deeper in love with the West Coast IPA's. My first offering from Bear Republic, a new fav brewery who's other offerings I'll be trying soon!

10-04-2008 15:17:02 | More by jdg204
Photo of garyc2112


4.4/5  rDev +5%

Bought this on recommendation from the store owner. I'm a big fan of IPA's. This one doesn't disappoint.
A - Hazy reddish copper.
S - Hoppy but not overpowering.
T - Great balance of hops with very little bite. Doesn't leave a lingering aftertaste that you get with some other IPA's.
M - Mild carbonation.
D - A very balanced IPA. Great hop taste and just enough malt. This is a great beer to sit and chill with at an afterwork happy hour, yet hoppy enough for hardcore hopheads!

10-03-2008 01:28:10 | More by garyc2112
Photo of SpecialK088


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A-Cloudy copper with a big fluffy white head, amazing head retention.

S-Classic IPA citrus, grapefruit and hops also has a sweet note fruit.

T-Big hop start as you take a drink with nice citrus middle and the good hoppy bitter finish, also to be noted the very clean finish as well extremly well balanced not overlly alcholly seems to have just the right amount of everything.

M-Nice and smooth good carbonation level nice medium body

D-Easy to drink not nessarally the first IPA I would reach for but one i'll for sure go after againit should also be noted that the 750 was only 4.99 which makes it an exceptional value.

10-02-2008 20:50:02 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of bceaglejoe


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Purchased 22oz bomber at Brookline Liquor Mart, Sept. 30, 2008.

Presentation: Poured a translucent, burnt orange color into a traditional pint glass. Thick, foamy head quickly formed and clung to the glass, leaving a slight residue. It appeared slightly lighter than most IPAs that I've had. I thought that the beer retained its head very well (1.5 fingers) and looked appealing and approachable. It had a pleasant citric aroma with a hoppy undertone that became more pronounced as I took additional breaths.

Tasting: Sweet and tangy as it crossed the threshold of my lips, the beer's hoppiness came across as I drank more of it. With an aggressive hop character, this is a classic example of the American IPA. In my opinion, it is one of the best. It finishes very clean and doesn't overwhelm the palate with bitterness as some other IPAs do. The slightly higher alcohol content is present, but not overwhelming, on the palate. However, it does affect drinkability, as this would not be appropriate for a session.

I've enjoyed this beer on tap before, but I had never had the chance to review it. From memory, it's slightly better on tap, but the bottle is very good, too. If I can't decide when I'm at my favorite beer bar, I'll always go back to this beer. This is a fine example of the style and an essential for anyone seeking a broad understanding of American IPAs.

10-01-2008 01:25:01 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of bifrostguard


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

A - A reddish orange center with yellow edges. A nice white head that floats on top of the surface leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Some sediment floating about.

S - Citrus hops, pine hops and caramel malt.

T - Bitter up front followed by a citrus and malt sweetness and then bitter again. Very nice.

M - Pretty thick and enjoyable.

D - I would like to rate this a little higher but it is on the citrusy end of the IPA scale for me. Very bitter which is what I look for most in an IPA. I will come back to this one.

09-30-2008 07:33:40 | More by bifrostguard
Photo of RedChrome


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A light haze in the medium orange colored body. Half an inch of off white head faded over a few minutes. Only a small stream of carbonation in the center. Sticky sheets of lace.

A blend of floral and citric scents from the hops were strong right out of the bottle. Citrus scent is of a strong grapefruit aroma. Malt gets overpowered.

A very nice balance. Malt hits for half a second before a hop burst. Grapefruit taste reinforces the scents. A hint of resin like hops oil.

Sticky on the tongue. Carbonation effect is very minimal but helps the flavors in the mouth.

A very good brew. Works perfectly for a chicken tandoori dish. A great brew in the style. Well worth trying to find yourself a bottle.

09-27-2008 05:19:50 | More by RedChrome
Photo of DefenCorps


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle received from hwwty4 in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly BIF. Thanks Bill! This has a date of 14th August 2008 stamped on the side. Into my trusted Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a massive white head that settles to a disk, leaving gorgeous lacework,

S: Tons of citrus fruit on the nose with orange, orange zest, some pine. Excellent hop aroma.

T: Starts off with a ton of hop flavor with a lot of citrus fruit character - lots of orange, grapefruit and some sharp zest. Some pine bitterness is present at well. As with my favorite IPAs, there really isn't much malt present- it's a ton of hop flavor that carries on through the dry finish with a pleasing bitter character

M: Excellent for an IPA - light, mildly resiny, bitter, dry, ample carbonation

D: This is one of the better IPAs I've had. I do wish this was closer to the 6% range, I'd drink a ton. At it's price, there's few better

09-27-2008 03:36:36 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of MisterClean


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

On tap at the Bear Republic tasting at the Rubicon tonight.

Note: This beer isn't worth drinking if it's not on tap. Truly a classic IPA.

A - Light golden, carbonated, slight head, with slight legs.

S - Malts, pine, flowers, and slight earthiness.

T - Pretty much the same.

M - Good. Balance between hops and malts with a nice bitter aftertaste you'd expect from an IPA.

D - Very excellent. Am always down to get a pitcher. I always use this IPA as the standard for comparison.

09-26-2008 05:30:37 | More by MisterClean
Photo of ironlung


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Amber color. Soft Pour resulting in 1/2" head that dissapated quickly.

S: Musty hops with a woodsy sweetness.

T: Nice bitterness comes thru,though a little sweeter than i like my ipa's.

M: Carbonation dosen't hit my tounge as much as other ipa's (maybe not bottle conditioned?)Lingers nicely on my palate. Pretty good balance.

D: At 7% it'll do the trick if your liver's not pickled. For a veteran a good session ipa.

09-23-2008 14:31:20 | More by ironlung
Photo of djwilson


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a nice copper, burnt orange color. Very light head, leaving a nice lace accross the back of the glass.

Smell: light caramel, rasted malt, very light hop aroma..expected more from a west coast IPA.

Taste: sweet caramel notes up front, alcohol accross the middle of the tounge, and just enough hop the clean off the pallet to take away the sweetness and leave a nice bitter dry finish in the mouth.

Mothfeel: Very full body, can really feel the heat from the alcohol in my mouth, I really like that! not a typical IPA in my mind, very unique without straying to far from the style.

Drinkability: Can see this beer being a problem for me! goes down very smooth and quick could lead to intoxication rather quickly.

09-22-2008 23:37:16 | More by djwilson
Photo of PerzentRizen


4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

This is one fine IPA. I have to say that at 7% it is drinkable and tasty. I loved it to the last drop.

I poured my Racer 5 into a duvel glass. The head formed quickly and remained from pour to pour from my 22 oz bomber. The warmer this one got the more robust the dry hopped aroma became.

The smell of west coast fresh hops and pine with an earthy background rip through you as you drink this excellent beer. I never thought I could like this as well as Hop Rod Rye, but I was definately wrong. This beer has huge character.

The taste is backed up by the aroma. The earthy taste, pine resin, and extra bitter finish make this an excellent IPA - strong within its class (a difficult style to stand out among such great beers.

The mouthfeel is strong but not too thick. It is just about perfect for an IPA. It may be, perhaps, a little too carbonated (it is bottle conditioned so it will have some variance).

This is a very drinkable beer that you will try to savor to the last drop, but no matter what you do you won't be able to have your cake and eat it too (it will end). Stop crying and buy some more Racer 5. Enjoy friends!

09-22-2008 01:35:59 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of orangedive


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

A - Nice appearance. 1.5 inch head, off-white that dissipated slowly. Orangish Gold in color. 75% clear.

S - Strong Apricots & Oranges (lots of citrus). Smells deliciously floral and sweet and somewhat hoppy. Not overwhelmingly hoppy, given it's an IPA.

T - Candy-ish. A little like an orange toostie-roll lollipop. It was a little too sweet to be a solid IPA; however, the aftertaste was slightly bitter.

M - Even. Not thin, not chewy, not thick...just average.

D - Easy drinking for a 7% IPA. Goes down smoothly. I imagine it would be a good beer for pairing with food.

09-22-2008 00:15:46 | More by orangedive
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Hazy, glowing golden orange body, with languous bubbles of fine carbonation. Head it creamy white, leaving amazing lacing. Great looking IPA.

Smell is also great, a beautiful tropical fruit hit - tastes of passionfruit, pineapple, menthol and pawpaw. It's not as overtly powerful as it could be, but it's very nice all the same.

Taste is a resinous bitter character, quite sharp, but clean and fresh, full of character. There's not a huge amount of complexity there, but it's tasty. Strong and robust hop bitterness that resonates through to the back palate. Mouthfeel is a little thin, surprisingly, but the sparkling character matches the hop bite nicely.

This is a pretty decent IPA - it doesn't knock my socks off, but it's solid, drinkable and enjoyable. At least it's a good example of the style.

09-21-2008 21:33:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Zadok


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured a multilayered copper with a monstrous frothy head and lacing to match. Really quite nice to look at. The head borders on legendary.

Very nice hoppy aroma, earthy and piney undertones.

A very solid and what seems to be balanced brew. Nice hop flavor but not overdone. Light tones of citrus. Mild hoppy aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

One of the more drinkable IPA's I have had. Not sure which is better this or the Hop Rod. Not sure I have personally ever had a head this impressive; at one point was two inches out of the glass without falling apart.

09-20-2008 21:41:51 | More by Zadok
Photo of gmfessen


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a pillowy, one finger, off-white head. The beer leaves a wall of lacing around the edge of the glass as the beer recedes. The smell is all hops, very west coast IPA. Citrusy like grapefruit, slightly piney. The taste starts like the smell, all citrusy hops, slightly sweet and finishes very bitter leaving the mouth dry and puckered. The alcohol is pretty well covered by the bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Drinkability suffers slightly due to the unbalanced finish. If they could maintain the excellent initial flavor throughout, they'd really have something. As it is, this beer is a good IPA, just not as good as it could be.

09-19-2008 22:58:04 | More by gmfessen
Photo of illidurit


4.15/5  rDev -1%

On tap at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz. Poured into a pint glass. Light clear amber color with a tan head that recedes to a ring leaving some wispy lacing. Aroma is pretty much just citrus and pine. Hops galore. Flavor is piny with some neutral malt. Clean and herbal, high bitterness with no astringency. Nice prickly mouthfeel, crisp and dry. A solid drinkable IPA.

09-18-2008 08:30:11 | More by illidurit
Photo of John_M


4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a light peachy amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose includes the typical grapefruit lime aroma, with some sweet malt as well that is not overdone. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with the beer having a nice balance of sweet malt and hops. There is good underlying bitterness to this IPA, but your palate is not overwhelmed by it. This IPA is medium bodied and the abv. is remarkably well hidden. So this beer is very drinkable for an IPA, and remains one of my fall back beers if I do not see anything else particularly of interest on a beer menu.

There are so many good IPA's on the market these days that I rarely order Racer V. Nevertheless, this remains one of the better IPA's on the market, and quality is refreshingly consistent. Unfortunately, after having it's stable mate, the Racer X, I just find it difficult to get too excited about Racer V any more. Still, this remains a good quality, solid IPA.

09-15-2008 16:28:45 | More by John_M
Photo of erikm25


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pours very orange with a tinge of gold throughout and almost a very light lime sparkle. The head is huge, fluffy, and creamy with very decent long lasting lacing.

S: Lots of sharp pine, citrus, and lime aroma. The latter aroma, for some reason or another, popped out immediately. However, there was also a roasted malty sweetness that was apparent and added and interesting balance to the smell.

T: Huge citrus, grassy, and herbal hops blast. Very clean and complex tasting. Floral and grapefruit with the alcohol hidden in the backdrop. The taste is still very sweet and that balances nicely with a bready malt flavor.

M: Decent medium body and carbonation. Impressively rich and the hops bitter hits the tastebuds in every direction.

D: While this was not intensely aggressive it was still a great IPA and very drinkable. I still have other favorites but I would put this back into the rotation.

09-13-2008 21:00:31 | More by erikm25
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,195 ratings.