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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,766 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,766
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 229
Gots: 716 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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
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Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 US fl.oz bottle poured into a globe glass...

A - A very nice hazy orange body to it, with a one-finger beige head. Very nice lacing!

S - Juicy citrus hops, some caramel, and a bit of pine. Smells very inviting and intense.

T - Loads of grapefruit-like hoppiness; definitely packs a solid hob bite! Quite sweet. Hints of pine, butterscotch, and tropical fruits. The after-taste has got some breadiness to it, as well as some lingering bitterness. Tastes very good and balanced!

M - Quite thick; medium-to-full body to it. Mildly carbonated, with slight hints of alcohol. Very smooth.

D - Goes down alright, but I've had more drinkable IPA's.

Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; dated 4/22/10 (packaged)

Lighter orange-copper color with tons of sediment, and an ivory-white head which is thin but sturdy.

Bright citric hoppiness and sweet maltiness to the nose.

Sweet, citric, spicy, hoppy, piny. Notes of orange & grapefruit meld with a distinct herbal character (basil/cannabis leaf). Great flavor.

Nice body; full, quenching, bitter.

Very good IPA; not quite up there for me as the best West Coast IPA (or best offering from BR) but still a solid go-to option for a citric hop blast.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lovely tulip glass. Nice orange gold color to this beer. Pure white head, not the tightest of bubbles but nice. Lacing sticks to the glass a good bit. Pretty beer in the glass. Very citrus aroma forward ipa, great west coast hop aroma right on the nose. Very balanced malt to hop profile. Citrusy, flowery and bitter with a lingering bitter bit on the tongue. Crisp clean ipa taste. For a 7% by volume the alcohol is well masked and tastes like a lower abv ipa. Smooth beer in the mouth and over the tongue with the hop bitterness that makes your tongue take notice. Maybe could be a little more bubbly for me. Like most ipas this one is easy to drink and delightful.

Photo of DaveonBA
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance: Orange to gold with moderate head retention but weak lacing.

Smell: Smells great. Juicy hops and citrus. My first impression reminded me a lot of Hopslam, which was unexpected.

Taste: Slight sweetness up front. Followed by an attack of bitter, citrusy hops. Long bitter finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but I could have used a bit more carbonation. That's really my only gripe with this beer.

Drinkability: Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. The delicious lingering hoppy finish keeps me coming back for another sip, then another bottle. 7% is right in the middle of my ideal range of abv for a 6 pack IPA to drink during the week.

I will be buying this again as a steady drinker. Hopefully my next bottle has a little more carbonation.

Photo of tweeder263
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large 24 oz pilsner type glass. poured out a nice golden/lightamber brew with 1 finger head. Head seems to dissipate quickly.Medium carbonation.Smells of beautiful citric/grapefruit hops. Very nice sweet hoppy taste.Nicely balanced,of course hoppy but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is slightly better then avg.A very good beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazed peachy gold color, topped with the expected impressive creamy head. retention wasn't great, but while it lasted the lacing was quite good.
Citrus greets my nose, mixed with a sort of pungent cattiness. faint alcohol note, bare hint of lightly toasted is the only bit of malt bill I get. I dig it!
It's bitter but not over the top compared to it's IBU level. Ample hop flavor, no diacetyl. There is a little pine to the citrus, and a mild caramel flavor - doesn't finish dry and I guess that's what's hiding some of the hops.
Creamy soft body, barely sticky, carbonation perhaps just a touch low. There is little to slow me down here. A winner!

Photo of BeanBone
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-orange body capped by a little over a finger of whitish head that endures well and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, juicy, citrusy, and mildly piney hops over a sweet caramel body.

Flavor: Up front, juicy, citrusy, slightly resinous, and mildly bitter hops take the lead. Underneath, a biscuity caramel malt backbone keeps everything grounded. It's a rather balanced proposition, though the hops are the primary focus here. The moderately-high alcohol content is masked well, leaving no trace. Biscuity malt and piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: For hop fans, this is as an easy drinker as any IPA with a seven percent kick.

Verdict: Racer 5 is a solid, balanced, and drinkable American IPA and another satisfying brew from Bear Republic. A little more focus on the Cascades, and this could really be up there for me.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this beer back from Oregon recently. Fairly excited to review an IPA that seems to be well liked among BA's. The bottle has been sitting around for a few weeks so it's not super fresh but I am sure it's fine.

The beer poured a golden amber color with a small frothy white head that recedes to some lacing. I did not hold back on the pour and emptied all the yeast into the glass as well.

The smell is of fresh citrus and pine hops.

Taste is great! A nice big fruity blast followed by the citrus and pine hops. Would be interesting to know about the hops used and their flavor profiles. The bitterness is in the finish, the way it should be. The mouthfeel is slick and the carbonation is perfect.

This is a great beer. More pleasant to drink then some IPA's I have had, to me this is very well balanced brew, not to hop heavy. It's not my typical style of beer but it's one I would drink if I could get it.

Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with some floaties. Thick white head that leaves a nice layer after dissipating. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells of citrus hops as well as a yeasty aroma. Very bitter hop bite to this, with some bready malt backbone. I would drink this all the time if we had access to this in Ontario.

Photo of Japerrault
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden ale. Thin white head which dissipated quickly.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple.

T: Pleasent light sweetness and grapefruit throughout, subtle toasted grain melding in the middle. Finishes smoothly with a very mild bitterness.

M: Terrific. Medium body, smooth feeling beer. Lighter carbonation allows the subtle chartacter to show through. Well balanced and rather delicate.

D: Very nice job on this IPA. All the flavor, but nothing harsh. Everything is in balance. One sip invites another.

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow color with a very faint amber hue. Big dense head with thick sticky lacings. Surprisingly light carbonation feel, although dense lazy bubbles would linger in the glass after a bit of a swirl. Light yeasty malt aroma with hints of citrus, orange and grapefruit. Very smooth body with well balanced malt and hop characters. went down very smoothly. Very drinkable.

Photo of scottyb88
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date is, I think, March 16, 2010

A- pours a cloudy dark gold/yellow color with a fluffy white 2-finger head; a lot of sticky lacing

S-nice lemon peel bitterness, grapefruit with some tangerine sweetness

T-lemon/orange peel, grapefruit and pine at the front followed with a malty sweetness but not overly sweet, just enough to cut the bitterness

M-the lingering oily bitterness is very present, but should be expected; great medium body mouthfeel with just enough carbonation

D-if you're looking for a bitter ipa this is a very good example imo; not a great session beer, but it's definitely nice to fulfill your hop cravings; the alcohol is well hidden and a 22oz is easy to finish

Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I have had this beer since my review in 2007. Been a while and it was on for growler fills.

A: Fairly clear light copper color. Poured with a finger of billowy white head with excellent lacing. A great lookiing IPA.

S: The nose lacks a little. Little bit of a piney citrus note. The malt is there as well but a bit subdued. I remember having this years ago and thinking it was super fragrant.

T: Very well balanced. Not that much bitterness. Not that much else besides just a touch of a piney hop note. Finishes super clean.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Lacks that slightly syrupy quality I look for in a IPA. A touch creamy. Great carbonation for a growler.

D: This is a classic. Something I would get on tap at home for a daily drinker. Really nice. Not quite sessionable but I would session it.

Photo of jsanford
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head on 5/12/10

A - Golden in color, perfect clarity. Small head with nice lacing

S - Didn't get a very strong nose from my pouring. Small amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, apricot. Typical of an IPA.

T - Almost a "wheaty" sweetness to it, nice grapefruit finish

M - Light-bodied, went down pretty easy

D - Overall a pretty solid IPA, if a bit "entry level". I will say I had a fresh Maharaja prior to this brew so perhaps my tastebuds were blown. May have to re-visit later.

Photo of haddon
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler at The Lodge in Hilton Head Island. they even threw in a Racer 5 pint glass to go with it!

A- pours golden amber with a nice frothy head. good lacing down the pint glass

S- pine, sweet citrus that's heavy on the grapefruit side. does have a malty backbone. nice balance, nice smell.

T- lemon, pine, orange & hops. good malty undertone. this is a great beer. had a couple with seafood last night... very nice.

M- medium body with adequate carbonation

D- scary drinkable. at 7% abv, I could easily have a few pints on a hot Summer's eve. enjoy!

Photo of malloyca
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color and very cloudy, with visible particles and tons of bubbles. The head was thin and dissipated rather quickly. Aromas were primarily pine and resin, some floral aromas in the background. This is a beer with great backbone and mouthfeel, medium to full bodied without the sweetness that some American IPA's bring. Overall a prototypical West Coast IPA with bitterness and hops that are pronounced but not excessive; this is one of the beers that drew me to liking this style. Since it is not overly sweet or heavy, it would be pretty easy to put away a few of these in short order, and the 7% ABV should be noted.

Photo of EnVinoVeritas
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from Total Wine. A nice golden yellow with great head and nice sticky lacing that trails throughout. Medium-strong carbonation with very light sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Fruity and citrusy - cali hop supreme with great balance. Grapefruit hop nose with some floral and pine notes as well. Light pale malt definitely takes a backseat to this well hopped IPA. Light mouthfeel and easy to drink considering its ABV. This is one of the better IPAs I have tried and if I find it on the shelf, I always try to pick one up. You won't be disappointed here.

Photo of lovindahops
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bomber. Ready for that west coast love

A- a golden straw yellow that posseses a "colorado rockies" type head. The foam recides and leaves a sticky lacing. The carbonation is intense and there is some sediment that is evident. This has west coast ipa all over it

S- grapefruit! Pineapple! Citrus! A tropical fiesta captured in a brew. The piney hops cross with the fruit. This brew screams the themes of caly hops

T- the same scent is involved in the taste. Grapefruit dominates, while the pine and earth hops dominate next. The experence is side stepped with bitter, bitter flavors. Some sweetness coats the tongue during the tasting. The last piece of the brew is some grassy spiced remnants

M- full bodied and carbonated

D- racer 5 is an off the chart west coast ipa that can be dunked anytime. The brew exhibits properties of a tropical hurricane that develop into a bitter hopfest. Any ipa lover will dazzle in the characteristics. I can drop a racer 5 sixer in a instance. So worth it

Photo of UnDeadly
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Beautiful, gold/orange hue. Zero haze. Thick, creamy/foamy head that faded to a small but consistent film, which leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Yup, this is pretty much how an IPA should smell. Biting hop aroma, with light notes of apple cider vinegar and bready malt.

Taste - Hooray hops! Citric hop taste flows over the entire palate. Quite bitter. Slightly burnt malt on the finish with a note of sweet, but the malt profile on this IPA is minimal. A true Californian IPA.

Mouth Feel - Medium on the body, with a good, strong carbonation that fits the style well. Not overwhelming with the bubbles, just about on par with your average, lighter ale.

Drinkability - This is an everyday IPA...and I mean that in the best way possible. Very strong hop presence is well done, and putting away a bomber is no problem. Thank you sir, may I have another?

An all-around great IPA, especially if you are a hop-head. Definitely NOT true to the UK style, but just how I like it. Also, this beer is widely available, at least here in San Diego. I can usually pick up a bomber or ten when I go grocery shopping, or my trips to Bevmo and Holiday. I think I paid about $5-$6...

Photo of larryi86
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A- A yellow/light copper color with a big white head.

S- Hoppy pine/earthy with hints of grapefruit. Make me think that this is a great IPA that need you to drink it.

T- Very well balanced. Hoppy citrus taste at the beginning, followed a very big hoppy flavor and finishes with sweet malts getting you ready for more.

M- Full-bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

D- This beer goes down very easily and is easy to enjoy. I believe that this is the best IPA that I have tried and will never just walk by a 6 six pack of this.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado in San Fran. Poured into pint glass with a small off-white head. Aroma is piney and grassy, not too over the top. Soapy, sticky lacing sticks to the glass. Taste is bitter in the front with mild malt sweetness on the back end. Nice balance, easy to drink. Not the most delicious ipa on earth but solid.

Photo of JamisonM
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: bright orange not much of a head with good lace but head and head retention could be better

S: grapefruit and grapefruit rind and zest along with a bit of pine

T: fresh clean hops well balanced with a crisp finish taste is way better then smell, taste is unreal.

M: med to light body perfect with good carbonation

D: drink this all night long it wont get old

overall: one of the best IPA's I have ever had this beer is sick easy to see why so many BA's love this beer because its great and one of the best IPA's I have ever had.

Photo of Sam21
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into pint glass.

*Note* I'm a hop head so if this thing tastes anything like it smells as I pour then I'm going to love this.

Appearance - Deep gold copper body with a nice white head that leaves nice lacing. Some suspended sediment.

Smell - Big juicy grapefruit and a malt presence with hints of grape and caramel. Nice lively aroma that jumps out of the glass.

Taste - Very hop-heavy balance with the caramel malt poking through the citrusy bitterness where it can. Flavors mingle nicely and the bitterness lingers for a while. Big juicy IPA.

Mouth Feel - Full bodied with delicate carbonation. Coats the mouth in sticky bitter hoppy heaven.

Drinkability - An all around kickass IPA. Right up there with Smuttynose IPA and 90 min on my list. Great grapefruit dominant hop balance with a big body. A big, burly, lip smacking IPA. Unbalanced, but this is how I want my IPAs to taste.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on the hand pump at memphis tap room.

A- a perfect pull this guy know how to pull a pint. A solid finger of dense creamy head on top of golden orange yellow sunshine.

S- sweet malts and big time citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange zest. Caramel. Covered whole grain bread.

T- super well balanced. The hops take the lead but right on its ass the malts jump in. Candied orange suprems and torn open ruby red grapefruit. Cinnamon toast with bruleed brown sugar. Lots of back and forth between the two and its a beautiful dance. I can't get over the balance not to beat a dead horse but damn.

M- well this brew and a hand pump are made for each other. So silky smooth and just the right temp.

5- I love this stuff. I've enjoyed it many times but on cask this shines. All day every day racer 5.

Photo of djhowell
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy amber body with a good sized, bright white, thick head that fades quickly. Leaves lots of lacing.

S Not very aromatic, mostly pine, a hint of citrus.

T This is sweeter than I expected. Piney hops dominate up front, a little more citrus next, and finishes with some mild bitterness.

M Smooth, and lighter than most IPAs I've had. The carbonation is ample and works well with it.

D I like it, it's very drinkable and I would not have guessed at the 7% ABV. It's not as hoppy as I had anticipated based on what I read here. I bought a single bottle but I think I'd like to try and find a few more.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,766 ratings.