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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,344 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,344
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 529 | 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 slk22
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden/amber, slightly turbid, with a white head. Aroma was easily discernible, but not overpowering. Nice citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange dominated with pine and honey present as well. Taste was sweater than I expected. Initial flavor on the tongue was ample sweetness of grapefruit and honey, giving way to a strong piney/earthy bitterness, which lingered a bit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. With the exception of a minor lingering of bitterness, the taste of this IPA was a very pleasant surprise, which continued to impress me to the last drop. Light and refreshing, I could definitely have several.

slk22, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, had a golden straw color with an impressive head, about 3 fingers, & great "map of the world" lacing. Smell was pretty standard IPA: piney, citric, my wife smelled some pineapple. The taste was all that good stuff PLUS a toasty sweetness up front that stood out like a diamond in the rough, didn't have that bite that most IPAs do. Mouthfeel was nice & creamy, like a cask almost (might've kept the bottle a little long before drinking, but definitely to the beer's benefit), definitely softer than your typical IPA. Good & drinkable.

OneDropSoup, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a a hazy tan color. There is little carbonation. A thin layer of carbonation hangs around, and nice sticky lacy on the glass.

Smell: The smell is great, but for the style? I dont know. This to me is more along a belgian or imperial I.P.A. The sweet malt pops out more then the hops. You smell whiffs of sour cider, cotton candy like sweetness and alcohol. I am deperatly trying to get that overwhelming hop smell but yielding nothing.

Taste: Im sorry but to me this is not an I.P.A. sweet malt dominates on the first sip followed by bitterness. This beer changes as you finish it through. But I get hints of marshmallow or kind of like nouget in the finish. Maybe followed by a bit of pepper. WOW! never had anything like that marshmallow taste. But I think you need to let it warm up a bit before you will appreciate it. I cant put a finger on the hops, but the bitterness is there complimenting the sweetness. Its as if the bitter hop character and the alcohol are meddled together.

Mouthfeel: Let this warm up, mouthfeel is soft with light carbonation. Dominate sweetness followed by bitterness will stick to the sides of the mouth after the swallow.

Drinkability: This is a tasty beer, I would have maybe two in a night. There is a lot going on when drinking this. Would I buy it again? Maybe. This beer is labeled as I.P.A. but it does not taste like a standard I.P.A.. So if I was looking for an I.P.A., no. But it is a good brew.

nicnut45, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a white head. Spiderweb lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Unlike any IPA I've ever inhaled. What is that smell?

Taste: Lemon! That's it! Spice, grapefruit, and lemon. Very unusual but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy for an IPA. Not as biting/oily.

Drinkability: Not as aggressively hopped as IPAs I'm accustomed to, but not a bad example of the style. Unique. I will enjoy this brand again.

smanders, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Source
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at my local hole in a 12oz pilsner glass. The keg kicked soon after my glass, which may have effected the review.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy orange / amber with a 5mm head which settled quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Strong pine over hops. I usually prefer it the other way around.

T: Similar to the smell but more intense with a strong grapefruit hoppiness. Nice malt background sweetness. Finished with limited bitterness. A unique IPA taste.

M: Nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable, almost sessionable. Nothing outstanding about it, but a unique IPA that I will drink again. Good availability in my area.

Source, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JollyToper
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle picked up at Top's Liquor in Tempe, AZ into an American pint glass.

Nice head and lace. Orangish color with medium amount of bubbles. Pours very clear and the bottle conditioned yeast stays in the bottle without any effort. Didn't leave a drop behind.

Huge hop nose but with a malt backbone. Tasted hops front middle and finish but was still balanced and driankable. Hoppy but not bitter. I could drink multiple of these.

JollyToper, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap on home system. Hard to find this in sixtel form for home consumption.

Appearance is kinda average yellow, but with a nice 1/4 inch head that sticks around all the way down the glass.

Smell is not dominant hops that you might be thinking but more balanced hop and malt.

Taste is again not overly hop forward. Very smooth and creamy with slight dry aftertaste. Actually a very good balance of hop and malt. This is no hop bomb by any means but rather a balanced attempt at the overly hopped West Coast IPA styles.

Excellent and will have many times again.

Kolsch, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze with a
puffy white head that leaves
lacing rings with each drink.

Smell is of piney hops and some breadiness.

Taste is a biitter hop with a decent little malt that lets the hop overpower a bit. Mouthfeel is very nice for a nice drinking higher end ABV IPA. Will never pass up another one of these.

brewintheLou, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/12/2007 (bottle):

Pours an amber clear yellow colored body, with a big foamy head w/good lacing. Has a hoppy aroma, sweet, almost grapefruity, citrusy. Has a sour sweet taste, a little too bitter, but the aftertaste is clean. Pretty good for a West Coast IPA.

jujubeast6000, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very opaque mild orange color, lots of yellow hues. nice white head, great retention and lacing.

S: huge sweet oranges and tangerines from the hops, shine through the best.

T: great sweet citrus hop flavor, mostly oranges. wonderful IPA with a great light caramel malt backbone.

M: medium bodied. lightly carbonated. rather creamy mouthfeel.

D: extremely drinkable IPA, top notch in my opinion.

paulthebeerguru, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of RichT73
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap after many other varieties of beer about a month ago, and wasn't too happy with the taste. But after my girlfriend picked me up a 22 oz bottle for Valentine's Day, I had to give it another shot. Wow! I don't know what I was thinking the first time around. This was awesome. The pour is beautiful with a deep caramel coloring, despite some particulates floating around. This beer left a nice lacing around the top of my mug.
There is not a lot of carbonation and the alcohol is hidden very well. This was a very easily drinkable IPA. I have my girlfriend to thank for this one.

RichT73, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a cloudy (with visible particulates) orange/gold color with a medium white head that dissipates at a normal rate. There is some nice lacing.
AROMA:
Moderate to heavy citrusy hops. Light sweet malts in the background.
FLAVOR:
Hops throughout a little grapefruit citrus and grass. Light biscuit like malts throughout give it some balance.
MOUTHFEEL:
Medium bodied beer. Soft carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
Full flavored IPA that has a ton of hops without being harsh on the taste buds.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Larry

seanbhudson, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is glorious hops, plain and simple. The taste is much the same. Mostly citrusy hops and some grassy hops in to balance it out. Very crisp and juicy. Mouthfell is medium bodied and quite nice. Very impressed with this beer.
Incredible on draft. Plus six packs are now available in my area for the low price of $10. This will be a staple in my fridge.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of twbrewer
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a amber/orange color with very little head but has lots of bubbles.Good lacing.

S-Sweet sticky caramel malts mixed with sweet citrus hops.A hint of vanilla and maybe a maple syrup aroma.

T-The taste is exactly like the smell,almost too sweet.

M-Lighter than expected.Upfront it is almost prickly yet smooth.It does have a slightly bitter and dry finish.

D-This was not what I expected for an IPA.I could get hooked on these but bet that supply will be limited in my area.

twbrewer, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Reneejane
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap. As an IPA it is a little less hoppy than perhaps I've gotten accustomed to. The beer was a pretty bright gold color shading to amber, clear with a creamy off white head that definitely carried the hop aroma. I don't know what hop accomplished this feat but it tasted of tangerines. I hear there is an experimental hop that is supposed to do this and I doubt that is in this beer but something combined to make a distinctive tangerine flavor. It's an unusual thing to notice in an IPA, and sooo tasty. I detected quite a bit of malty sweetness from an IPA. It was highly drinkable, would love this every day in summer!

Reneejane, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle into Mason jar

A - amber color with off-white 3/4 inch head.
head reduces with lacing. 2nd pour was a bit more cloudy, and had some sediment.

S - citrus hops, some pine, sweet and maybe a hint of alcohol

T - sweet, citrus hops with malt at the end.
tiny amount of bitterness at the end.
I thought the sweetness was coming from the malt at first, but as is warms, I
think its actually the hops. expected more alcohol to come through,
but it didn't. very nice!

M - good carbonation, medium body and leaves a decent stickiness

D - very refreshing IPA that I have had many times and will continue to buy when it's an option.
I think I enjoy this beer in the 12 Oz bottle over the Bomber. Regardless...its good.

alamode, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- pours a light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing

S- smells of piney hops, grapefruit, and malted undertones

T- can definitely taste the hops and citrus up front. Kind of flowery and earthy. Malts come into play nicely, a well balanced IPA.

M- medium- bodied, and carbonated

D- this is a really nice IPA. Very well balanced and it is reasonably priced and very drinkable. I could easily drink this beer any time during any season.

KBoudreau66, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

Pours a medium honey color with a moderate head that leaves plenty of lace. Tiny bit of murkiness adds to the character.

Aroma is fresh hops and big malt. Earthy piny hops and toffee with buttered rolls. Sweet candy sugar and doughnuts.

Taste is upfront hops, bright and floral. Citrus hops are not very big here but piny earthy and floral tones are huge. Malt is there as a supporting actor and could be bigger. It's a shame it's not more represented, as the malt flavors in his beer are delicious. Vanilla cake and caramel with a touch of oakiness. Creamy milk-like characters of the malt are intriguing and good.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, slick and oily the malt has body without a ton of flavor which is a shame.

Wow, this beer would be in my top five if the malt were bigger and balanced the huge hop hit more. Even more so, as the malt character that comes through is very good.

wheatyweiss, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this from the cask at the blind tiger, and i had just recently gone thru of a sixpack of bottles - i gotta say i like the bottled racer 5 better - my bottle review would be similar to other posts here - i enjoy this beer - the cask version was extremely mellow -
lighter carbonation and not so much of a hop bite - drank it like water against blind tiger's 7 pepper chili -

JoeBloe, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lady friend picked this up at Whole Foods. She used it to barter for some cheese. Clever one that one.

Appearance - Nice light copper-orangish color. A little hazy with a half inch of head sticking around. Laces nicely all the way down.

Smell - Very nice. I definitely get the grapefruit, and the citrus, although there is something almost astringent lingering. Nice hoppy character.

Taste - Pretty hoppy up front. Definitely some of that citrus and grapefruit. Cascadish I might say. Can actually taste some bread in there as well. It dries pretty harshly however on the finish. Almost feels like I just used mouthwash. It's a little harsh on the back end. Also, there seems to be another level where this one can't quite reach. I could ask for a little more complexity.

Mouthfeel - Pretty rich. Coating the tongue, and a tad syrupy. Nothing too unpleasant though, pretty hearty.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. I enjoy it, and could put back a couple. The booze is pretty well disguised.

Overall, this is a nice IPA. It's got some good floral hoppiness, and decent intensity. It's just lacking a back end, and that extra something that sets the great ones apart. Still, a very solid bev. I've always thought of it as a reliably good beer, and this has done nothing to dissuade that opinion.

callmescraps, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12oz from Archer Liquors in Chicago, IL.

A: Pale yellowish amber with white head and good lacing on the glass.

S: smells like a certain type of hops that i can't pick out, citrus

T: Hoppy but in a more suble way than some other IPAs I've had recently, slight bitter finish...i wish the flavor was more intense

M: Coats the palate, nice and full bodied IPA

D: Pretty sessionable, alcohol is well hidden. I just wish there was more flavor...but the combination makes this very drinkable

dukedevil0, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, glowing orange, thin white ring with a few soap bubbles floating about, yet still leaves a sheet of lace down the glass.

S - fresh hops, light fruity sweetness, floral, I'd be hardpressed to call it grapefruit, leans towards orange w/ honey.

T - more of the traditional grapefruit flavour comes through, but it's still got that sweet-fruit flavour, malt character is virtually non-descript, seems to be providing some basic sweetness and a decent backbone, hops are quite strong, but don't have any bite, very smooth bitterness, aftertaste is lingering sweet hops and alcohol which blend quite nicely.

M - bit more body than some IPAs, but still no more than medium, very smooth and creamy, carbonation is medium and keeps it light, alcohol is evident, but quite mild

D - yeah, this is a damn good IPA, and slightly different from the norm.

Website says they are using Columbus and Cascade, but this tastes far sweeter and less dank than what I would expect from that combo. The bitterness isn't huge, and the malt bill is basic, but it's still very tasty and is one of the more interesting IPAs I've tasted.

markaberrant, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of mechamifune
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 oz bottle from sams in durham (the only place in the region that, to my knowledge, you can buy anything from bear republic.

upon pouring the beer had a relatively cloudy, thick appearance (noticeably more so that the founders double i had had the previous day). there was more of a malt undercurrent to the beer than i was expecting and a result the beer had more of a smooth taste than the crisper finish that i usually like in IPA's.

obvious bitter aftertaste and, due to the smoothness, easy to keep drinking. still, as a whole i was a little dissapointed, as i had fonder memories of this beer from my trip to southern california a few months earlier.

all in all still an anjoyable enough ipa, but there are a good many i would choose before it.

mechamifune, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy straw yellow color with some amberish highlights. It was served to me with some thin white froth.

s: Aromas of fresh citrusy hops that were a little grassy and some tingly caramel sweetness.

t: The big citric hops wanted to shine, but there was just a little too much caramel sweetness. Very good overall though.

m: Prickly, oily body and active long lasting carbonation.

d: I wasn't in the mood for a DIPA and I think this borders on one. Just a little too sweet for my taste.

DIM, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber bottle bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a frothy off white head that is relatively small. The head settles down to a covering of bubbles but never completely goes away. Each swallow leaves a coat of lacing behind.

S: A hint of malt mixed with nice floral and citrus hop aromas.

T: Starts off showing off the nice malty backbone. Then the citrus hop flavors really give you a kick in the mouth all the way through the finish. A very nice balanced IPA that isn't trying to be a Double IPA like many others in the style seem to be these days.

M: The never ending head on this one gives it a nice creamy texture. The body is of medium thickness. Its enjoyable to roll around in the mouth.

D: The nice balance makes this one very drinkable. This is a great example of an IPA.

GatorBeerNerd, Feb 02, 2009
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,344 ratings.