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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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6,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,056
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 175
Gots: 411 | 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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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a sticky looking white head.

Smells great. Piney hops, wet bread, caramel and alcohol. Great combination. The hop aroma is very strong and welcoming.

Really nice piney hop flavor. Warming alcohol. Carmel and toffee malt flavors are there, but subdued by the over-the-top hops. Really nice. Lingering oily hop flavor and malty sweetness on the lips is really nice.

Full bodied, oily mouthfeel. Substantial.

I could get into real trouble with this beer because the taste begs me to have another. Just what I'd hoped for and one of the better AIPAs I've had. Ruination, DFH 60 and 90 Minute fans would like this.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 23:17:54 | More by budsboy
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a hazy gold with a big soapy white head that sticks all around the glass. Good looking IPA. Aroma is strong in the hop oils, some citrus and pine sap in there with a touch of brown sugar. Taste was a bit of a letdown. The hops are there and there's a bitter aftertaste but none of the flavors really jump out. There doesn't seem to be enough malt to offset what is essentially a hop concoction. Beer has a nice bitter aftertaste but it also slightly watery.

I'm a bit disappointed with this brew, I was hoping for a big-hop experience, but i though it paled in comparison to their Hop Rod and XP, both of which were superior. Not a bad brew you should turn down, but there are many better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 08:56:26 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of TheodorHerzl


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to AndySR15 for the trade on this one!

Pours a hazy amber color with one finger of creamy white head that left sheets of lacing on the walls of my imperial pint glass. The smell of this beer hit me as I was pouring it. Big scents of citrus fruit and an earthy grassy scent that both equally vie for your attention. A slight bit of sweet malt is also trying to make itself known on the nose as well. The flavor profile is a duel battle between the sweet caramel malt and the citrus and pine flavor of the hops. Neither flavor dominates each other and this flavor profile is well crafted and well made. The mothfeel is a bit thin, but overall it is medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. The drink ability on this beer is impressive, and it leaves me wanting Bear Republic in Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 03:09:50 | More by TheodorHerzl
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange gold color with large bubbles of carbonation rising to the surface to support a ecru thin head. Leaves plenty of sticky gobs of lacing no doubt due to the hops.

Soft hints of grapefruit and flowers hit the nose. Doesn't smack you in the face like other IPAs.

Reserved hop bill compared to other American versions of the same style. Very balanced with bitter citrus and bready almost caramel like biscuits. Finishes with a sticky bitter aftertaste. Doesn't blow me away, but instead comes off as beautifully balanced. A welcome respite from the overly hopped versions I've grown too used to.

Mouthfeel comes off as smooth, but I'm reaching out for a slight amount more carbonation or perhaps finer carbonation. I'm nitpicking though. Drinkability is very high given the balance. No hint of the alcohol in the nose or taste. While this will not blow you away it won't offend either. Can serve as a great introduction to IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 21:19:09 | More by Jmamay22
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Almost clear (just a tad haze) orange amber. I then sloshed around the dregs and to my surprise a good viscous clump of yeasty goodness pours into my glass. I really love a good bottle-conditioned IPA! I suppose there are two sides to this debate, and i'm on the side that likes the yeasty dregs.

Head retention is stellar. After 15 minutes (was cooking dinner) i came back to see a consistant, though thin, head still remaining.

Aroma is mild at fridge temperature. Earthy floral hops. Dried leaves, hay, grapefruit, pear, melon there too. Got stronger after the 15 minute warming-up hiatus.

Decent carbonation and mouthfeel. A bit toned down compared to some other west coast ipa's. Not too strong with resin/sticky hops. Great balance!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:43:46 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of barefootbrewer


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy yellow/orange with a huge rocky head. The aroma is fresh and green - big hop nose. The taste is bitter and citrus like with a balancing sweetness. It is intense but not harsh. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy. Overall, a great drinking IPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 02:16:26 | More by barefootbrewer
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

man on man i've had some good beers past week. this one is no exception. pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a marginal head, and some decent lacing. the smell is darn good has a wonderful spicy and piney hop aroma. the taste is also very very good, its surprisingly smooth for a dIPA but has enough bitterness and alcohol warmness to make it unique. a real treat of a beer, glad to try it, and hope to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:09:38 | More by 1fastz28
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Om yom yom. This is tasty stuff, and being in Northern California, I think it's fresher than average here, even off random super market shelves.

Foamy, citrusy, hoppy, lively, a cluster bomb of aromatic and taste explosions ripping from my nose to my lips to my tongue to my sinuses to my gullet. I'm full of Bear Republic beer shrapnel, critically wounded by depleted uranium nuclear hoppy goodness, and I'm McLovin it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 03:09:06 | More by watchnerd
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired in trade with Wasatch.

Pours a hazy amber with big fluffy cream colored head that lasts a while. Leaves a good amount of sticky bubbly lace. Impressive head for an IPA.

Nose is full and juicy, with plenty of earthy caramelly malt, brightened by grapefruit, peach, and pear fruitiness. A syrupy sugary sweet overtone rounds it all out.

Taste is lightly sweet, with biscuity grains and a good dose of lighter malts for an overall full taste. Not to be deceived, this IPA has plenty of hops, but they balance well with the overall body and flavor of the beer. Earthy resin cuts through the malt, along with citrusy fruit. A dry bitterness rises nicely at the finish.

Smooth medium-thick body for an IPA. Great characteristic stickiness and oily mouthfeel.

A very tasty version of an IPA, attractive, aromatic, and satisfying. Differentiated among other IPAs by it's light but strong malt profile, slow hop ascension on the palate, and full body. I would drink more of this if I had more to drink. Overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 18:23:56 | More by lightindarkness
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District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGrady's in Bethlehem. Nice seeing this on tap here and Big Bear at the Ho down the street.

A: Translucent, hazy golden amber/orange color with a moderate white head with nice lacing and retention.
S: As expected, citursy (grapefruit), slightly floral, hoppy aroma with malt background present.
T: Very smooth, crisp citrus grapefruit flavor hits first. Slightly sweet but balanced with malt and then the longer it is in the mouth the more the hops dig in. Not overwhelming bitter but hops are very assertive. Very balanced smooth tasting.
M: Full bodied with very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation combined with hop bitterness provides a mouthful.
D: Very flavorful, easy drinking, balanced IPA. Right up there with Two Hearted and Blind Pig for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 02:20:46 | More by yourefragile
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New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Fairly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy/piney hoppy nose. Starts balanced with a hint of sweetness but the hops kick in and dominate, bitter grapefruit finish. Good IPA but I don't like the hops in-your-face which the brewer has done all too well. $4.55 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 23:25:29 | More by jdhilt
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Rich, hoppy/resiny aroma. Clear orange/amber color with thick, long lasting white head. Lots of fine bubbles coming un from bottom of glass even after several minutes. Very hoppy, resiny flavor with a nice malt backbone balanced by plenty of hop bitterness. Medium/light carbonation. Medium body with somewhat sticky finish. Nicely lingering aftertaste of hop flavor and bitterness. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 17:07:07 | More by ojclark
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottled poured into 16 oz pint glass

A: Poured a golden orange with 2 finger off white head that left behind a thick lacing.

S: Citrus hops up front, strong grapefruit smell with piney undertones, and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T: Up front strong hop flavor with sweet citrusy grapefruit dominating. Piney hops flavor comes out more as the beer warms. Caramel malt comes through, but the hops are the dominant flavor.

M: Medium body with good carbonation for an ipa. Very creamy, bitter hop oil lingers, but is not a bad thing.

D: Very solid ipa, definitely something I could enjoy for the night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 07:58:59 | More by GotHood
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3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A light gold / somewhat murky straw colour... a good, bubbly, insanely sticky head. Quite nice.

S: Somewhat sharp grapefruit/pine blend in the aroma, along with some citrus peel. Crisp and clean.

T: Pretty aggressive... huge, full hops explosion. Maybe a little overwhelming, and a bit unbalanced to my palate. Lots of the grapefruit taste, almost like it came complete with the peel. A bit of the taste that I have only been able to compare to 'eating a joint.'

M: A pretty full body, maybe a little sticky/tacky towards the finish.

D: This is perhaps a case where it's 'bigger is not necessarily better' for me. It could be a case of needing to be in the mood for the hops assault, but this is one I think I may hesitate on in the future. I really enjoyed their stout, though, so it hasn't thrown me off the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:57:48 | More by Proteus93
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second sample from Bear Republic, and I am continually impressed by their big, bold, flavorful, aggressive beers... their IPA is an excellent depiction of the style - full-bodied, aggressive, loaded with hops, bittersweet, with caramel and vanilla essences... clear, lucid amber and copper appearance with a strong aroma suggesting of caramel and hops... in terms of taste, the hops certainly do dominate this one... bursting with enormous, strong flavor, the hops really come through on this one, crisp, clean, and ultra-refreshing and thick... great taste that is very true-to-the-style and full of quality... smell is loaded with hops, citrus, lemon, and florals... flavor strongly complements the aroma and does a great job at making its full-flavored quality known... if you're looking for a true, authentic, full-bodied IPA, this is the one for you, great stuff from Bear Republic... great creamy, rich mouthfeel and good drinkability make this a great American brew... really good stuff, and definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 23:48:17 | More by dsa7783
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a mug - enjoyed over an hour or so to observe its evolution. Clean amber color with bountiful head. The frothiness of a root beer float has a decent half-life. This looks like good stuff - slightly cloudy, not overly carbonated. Beautiful flowery hop aroma - so much it's slightly soapy but not offensive. Unfortunately, the soapiness emerges more in taste, tempering the bountiful almost sweet, deep hop taste & texture. The soapiness fortunately dissipates quickly on the longer-than-average but slightly shallow finish. A little puckery in the mouth, consistent with a wonderfully deeply-hopped beer such as this. Drinks well; evolves positively through the length of the bomber. Well-done.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 23:48:37 | More by IBUnit63
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small soapy white head. Aroma is mainly the floral hop variety, with fresh cut grass and pine needles coming to mind. Taste consists of floral and citrus hop flavors, with the slightest of bread like malt flavors behind it. Very clean on the palate for a hop-bomb, 7% ABV is the only real drawback (if any) to this brew. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:45:02 | More by jockstrappy
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent IPA. One of the better American IPA's available. A great hop aroma when you stick your nose in the glass, only to followed by an equally impressive taste and mothfeel. While some might say, slightly over hopped, I feel it hits the style perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 05:27:30 | More by HopHead1982
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Racer IPA poured a cloudy hazy reddish orange with some solid lacing. The smell of was of cascade hops and a nice citrusy aroma. The Racer 5 was really well built and smooth and well balanced with a strong hop presence. It was sweet and luxurious in the mouth. It was a very pleasing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 04:04:23 | More by cswhitehorse
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours somewhat cloudy orange-gold a good whitish lasting head and nice lacing. Smell is very nice and slightly sweet smelling and big floral hops. Taste up front is smooth, clean, refreshing, and hoppy, but not overly so. Finish is with a fair amount of bitterness, but nicely tolerable. As it warms up slightly, it comes together better and is definitely more balanced and a touch sweeter and less bitter. Overall a great IPA, and maybe the first time I downed 22 oz. of any IPA and actually wanted more before.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 21:25:57 | More by JDV
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2.42/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving: A 12oz glass at Frisco Burrito (a great pub) in Columbia, Maryland.

Appearance: It looked like any other pale ale except I've seen Industrial Light Lagers with a better head.

Aroma: It had that great IPA aroma screaming: "Hey, Hop Head, can you take it." OTOH once you got passed the hops, it said vegetables.

Taste: Disappointing. It tasted like an overhopped pale ale without a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between thinner and thinnest

Overall: It was the thinest IPA I have ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 06:13:52 | More by RDAdams
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Sparkling copper with a sticky off-white head that isn't in a hurry.

S- sweet malts and hops.

T- This is a very smooth, balanced IPA. Piney hops balanced by creamy malty goodness. Not much bitterness in the finish, a little earthy and some sweetness in the aftertaste. No noticable alcohal. Exceptionally drinkable, could creep up on you fast.

Mf- So smooth, velvety soft, almost syrupy, nice bite, not too much carbonation.

N- What a great beer! Too bad I can't get sixers of this, I would keep it around at all times. Good for any season, heavy enough to stand up to spicy food, but refreshing enough for something light. This is the shit.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 02:19:30 | More by Ryanbob
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, I'd never even heard of this one when I got to the dive bar in DC that had it on tap. Looked nice, a fairly deep amber color with slight haze and nice looking carbonation. Nose is nice; lots of grapefruit, some deeper malt notes, a good bit of fruitiness as well. Taste is delicious, a really excellent beer. Lots of bitter grapefruitiness, sweet malt, in basically a perfect balance. Feel is fairly thick and tasty with near-perfect carbonation. Overall, I was really blown away by this one. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2008 16:00:21 | More by soupyman10
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy straw gold color with a meaty white head and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, butterscotch, grapefruity citrus, and piney hops.

The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop presence. Finish has a real sugary sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel, slick, and lightly carbonated.

I can't help but feel a bit disappointed after expecting more. Anyway, still a very nice IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 20:21:24 | More by Monkeyknife
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. The golden amber color of autumn's first falling leaves. No real head to speak of from a light pour as I tried to leave all the sediment in the bottle. This is from a bomber and I've had problems in the past with my second drink because of the sediment. I just got a nice big new 22 oz snifter and it was perfect to get the brew as close to clear in one glass after the pour.

Nose is fruity and spicy. Smells like a great big bouquet of slimy greasy hops. If my girl sent me flowers at work, and they smelled like this brew, I'd beat up the kids that made fun of me for getting flowers at work.

Lots of grapefruit from my first couple sips. Powerfully bitter aftertaste, but not a bad bitter. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time. Very interesting almost grassy as it warms. Who knew drinking your yard could be so awesome. Not a bomb, but an ideal shock for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and slippery. Like squeezing a big handful of hops and letting the grease slick right down your gullet. Yeah, I said gullet.

This brew came with a lot of hype, and I'm extremely happy to say that I was not disappointed, even with the 40+ dollar bill for a case of 12 bombers. Thanks to Stockertown for bringing this brew to eastern PA. The only reason I dock points is because the sediment completely changes the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 03:28:20 | More by sjohansen
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,056 ratings.