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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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6,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,016
Reviews: 2,169
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 171
Gots: 400 | 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

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Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed while in SD, not what I expected from west coast IPA but a terrific beer that I would recommend highly.
12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange with two solid fingers of head. Almost the entire head lasted the full beer. The bubbles were enormous and the lacing was impressive.

S: Smell of a much more mild mannered IPA. The smell picked up more as the head lost some of the protective bubbles. The citrus hops were there but not overpowering at all.

T: A mild IPA that I really enjoyed. This is not the west coast style but flat out great. Sweetness balanced so nicely with the malts and ample bitterness. Bittering hops had a presence more as I drank more. Described as being mind blowingly hoppy but didnt see it but like it.

M: Thin but leaves some oil on the tongue.

D: Through the roof drinkability. Wouldve had many more if wasnt trying out others but this would be the ideal to sit down with and have many over the course of a good night.

Great beer, cant wait to be able to get more in Jersey. Far from what I had expected in a west coast IPA, but still a great drink. Went ridiculously well with sausage tacos at the Linkery.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 20:33:57 | More by marcpal
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint at Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House in San Francisco, an extremely odd mish-mash, which in one way didn't work, and in another totally rocked my world.

Copper body with a large, fluffy white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing. Very floral aroma with lots of citrus. Abundant grapefruit and pineapple in the flavour, which brings a delightful bitterness. There's also great balance provided by the malts, which come through with caramel and honey notes. Medium-light mouthfeel and a medium carbonation work well for the style and make this exceedingly drinkable.

This is a damn good IPA, full of bitterness, but also finely balanced. I could drink this all night!

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 20:51:30 | More by bobsy
Photo of Scoobydank


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Brownish orange color with a thick white full head that sticks around.
S:I pick up a hint of candied apricots mixed in with brown sugar sweet malt
T:Resiny sticky hops that are very floral immediately. At the end there is an awesome candy sweetness.
M: Fills my mouth with full fat bubbles.
D:Another great example of a great IPA baby.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 20:18:13 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of Murchmac


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into the racer mug purchased from the brewpub. Pairing the right beer with the right mug. Go Racer 5 Go!

Pours a little cloudy, beautiful color, awesome looking beer.

Smells a piney, malty, fresh grass smell.

Initial taste of grapefruit nips you in the booboo. Sweet taste, gives you a coated malty aftertaste on your palate, with some bitterness.

Decent mouthfeel, just what you'd expect from an IPA, anything more and we'd be at racer x levels.

This isnt the knight rider of beers, but not the herbie the love bug either. I would say it's a 1961 Dodge Charger. Cherry Red, and kicking Ricky Bobby's ass at Talladega.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 02:19:50 | More by Murchmac
Photo of HopDerek


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed both bottled from MD and on tap at Bear Republic, finally reviewed since its distribution in PA, served on tap at The Drafting Room.

Pours a hazy amber with golden hues, nice off-white head and good lacing. Smells are strong even before it reaches the nose, citrus and floral hops. Taste is great, lots of grapefruit up front followed by orange and lemon peel, a good malt backbone, and a grassy finish. Medium in body with a great balance and good carbonation that lasts throughout the whole glass. A very drinkable IPA, great flavors that don't overpower each other. Good to see it finally be available in Pennsylvania, makes it easier for me to enjoy this one more often.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 00:05:01 | More by HopDerek
Photo of lifebeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

bought this one on vacation at central market in dallas:

a. beautiful orange/amber color that is common to most IPA's, poured with a finger of head, incredible life to this head that grew a mushroom of medium to large iridescent bubbles, surrounded by smaller bubbles, after a while the head settled and the mushroom cap floated, reminding me of a Belgian Trappist

b. amazing, short-lived aroma (noticed more was released as head went down and released the trapped aroma), a sweet, subtly citrus hop bouquet, alcohol fumes with a huge huff

t. surprisingly understated, was expecting a bigger, badder version of the aroma, begins with a sweet ginger, with sweet hops emerging with the swallow, finishing with a subtle bitterness relative to some of the other So Cal IPAs, with time, a nice earthy flavor remains

mf. a little disappointed, kinda watery, but allows for increased drinkability

d. one of the most drinkable IPAs ever, overall delicious (had to slow myself down!), wish had bought some more!

note: MUST be consumed at warmer (room) temperatures. if too cold, the bittering take over.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 04:32:02 | More by lifebeer
Photo of david131


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

A- Slightly cloudy and yellow with a thin but creamy white head. Looks much better with the sediment swirled in.

S- Piney with a nice caramel backing. A little bit of bubble gum aroma in there as well.

T- Piney, sweet, and a little bit of bubble gum. Very good and pretty balanced, but nothing really blows me away.

M- Very creamy but the hop presence sure shines through.

D- A very decent IPA. I am impressed. I would love to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 03:29:05 | More by david131
Photo of PhageLab


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Tap House in Hampton, served in a standard pint glass. First review of 2008!

A - Medium amber coloration witha slight golden hue to it. Nice, big, frothy head which displayed some nice retention, as well as excellent lacing. Great presentation.

S - Mixture of floral and pine notes, but it's a bit weak. Pleasant nonetheless.

T - Excellent balance, decent hop characteristics, citrus undertones, and a great malt backbone. The aftertaste was an odd blend of pine to near mint.

M - Light to medium bodied, creamy feel with an oily residue left over. Great carbonation level.

D - A safe bet and a solid example of an IPA. I'd say it is definitely worth a try. Now I'm interested in finding the Racer X...

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 17:30:26 | More by PhageLab
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 22oz Bomber, poured into Nonic glass. Formed nice 1" head, slowly dissipated into slight layer of foam over top of brew. Nice light amber color, very slightly hazy - Quite nice looking.

My nose was no where near the glass when I caught the brew's hoppy aroma goodness. Sticking my nose into the glass brings fourth it's hops, slight grapefruit smells.

Taste is of hops (of course) and citrus. Very smooth. Citrus become more of pineapple on palate. Bitter but ever pleasant taste is quite smooth very nice finish. I wish I had another bomber of this. Excellent start to the new year as this is my first beer and review of 2008.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 09:53:04 | More by mattster
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly fogged orange amber with a great crème head and a lot of lacing on the way down. Nose is very piney hops. Flavor is super hops. Stays full and unwavering. Feel is smooth with a thicker liquid body and a good carbonation. It feels just as good as it tastes. This is pretty damn drinkable and pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 05:48:55 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ruckzuck


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought on a whim at Central Market.

A - nice amber body, really lovely thick head which left great lacing

S - massive citrus hop burst up the nose. Some floral notes. Fairly piney as well.

T - big citrus action up front, finishes really nicely with some piney bitterness. Very enjotable

M - medium bodied. Nicely carbonated, yet also smooth

D - really good IMO; nice, strong IPA (you can't tell from drinking it) that feels really refreshing. Definitely pick it up. Liking this brewery a lot

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 22:12:51 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of ElGordo


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

This is the first keg I got for my new home draft system. It brings a tear to my eye every time I go to the wall and pull a pint...
Pours a bright golden-orange color, topped by a finger's worth of creamy white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of grassy, sticky hops is exceedingly fresh - strange notes of cannabis and other plant material are a bit off-putting at first until you get used to them. Palate is balanced between floral hops and mildly sweet malt up front, then the full hop assault takes over. Bitter, grassy hops emerge mid-palate and basically erase any trace of malt. Finish is grassy, but not too bitter.
Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky, with a coating of resin left all over the interior of my mouth. While this one goes down easy, it's also a rather heavy hitter, and a bit dangerous to have just flowing out of my living room wall. Oh well, that's the price you pay for greatness, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 06:45:25 | More by ElGordo
Photo of Risser09


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into an oversized goblet - 2007 bottling - Cellar temperature

Appearance: Aggressive pouring makes a 1.5 inch head that is off white in color. The beer itself is transparent and a golden orange color. Carbonation surfaces from the streams that are made from the bottom of the glass. Lace rings are left behind after every gulp is withdrawn from the glass. Coats the glass. Definite 5.

Smell: Grapefruit hoppiness dominates the nose. Orange and lemon peels add subordinate aromas. Fresh grass.

Taste: Hoppy, but not overly so. The bitterness isn't over the top in this beer. Hop flowers fill out the tastebuds, with grapefruit and lavendar scented butter. By this, I mean this is a pretty creamy beer for an IPA. A nice touch. Long, slippery finish that is far from drying. Lots of floral tastes. Bitterness is only 40% of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Again, quite creamy for this style, which is welcomed. Alcohol doesn't feel like it is 7%. Smoothe.

Drinkability: This is an extrenely drinkable IPA, moreso than others. No cloying bitterness or disturbing finish, well hidden alcohol, and floral flavors make this a clea cut winner. While it doesn't blast me with hops, I can still appreciate them in both the aroma and taste. Bear Republic makes another winner in my book. Highly recommended. Could easily do 3 bombers, and at $4 apiece, it wouldn't be so pricey.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 20:23:56 | More by Risser09
Photo of biggmike


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

Poured an attractive golden/orangey color with nice head that hung around for a while. Aroma was nice; very hoppy with notes of pine, citrus, and grass. Taste was very much the same with the same hoppy flavors up front, but ended with a nice malty finish. Mouthfeel was excellent and lacing on the glass was good. This was extremely drinkable and one I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 03:50:24 | More by biggmike
Photo of boogles


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Among the locally available Bear Republic bombers, I usually buy Hop Rod Rye. I couldn't remember why I don't alternate between Racer 5 and Hop Rod, because as good as Hop Rod is, this other beer must be outstanding. Well, it is, but it's not as good. It's not your typical IPA, which is good. It's nice and bitter, plenty of weedy goodness, with an extraordinary finish and aftertaste.

Its weakness is that it's initially sweet and a bit sticky, and the nose is not potent enough. Otherwise, it's great stuff. Not as good as the Hop Rod, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 01:48:07 | More by boogles
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am just getting ready to go for my annually dreaded Christmas shopping so a beer before is definitely in order. I sure am glad I grabbed this bomber. Racer 5 pours with a medium sized head that drops to a thing coating. The lacing sporadically marks the glass. Has a clear peach color

The nose is loaded with hops. Notes of pine, citrus, tropical fruits and than some!

Tastes exactly like the nose. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, pine and some spiciness that I really enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:22:36 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of jsimon816


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber - Production date of 10-16-07

A - Semi-cloudy orange rust color with thick creamy head

S - Pleasant not overwhelming hop bouquet

T - Smooth and creamy with hints of grapefruit, soothing hop flavor

M - Mellow with a nice hop finish on the back of the tongue

D - Fantastic IPA, very drinkable. A perfect balance of flavors, great first experience from this brewer. Sonoma wine country has some competition.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 00:53:54 | More by jsimon816
Photo of pershan


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Clear amber with very little head.

S: Clean, pine-scented hop aroma.

T: Beautiful, clean, piney hop flavor that enveloped the inside of my mouth with that wonderful floral hop goodness. The hop bitterness was lingering, but not unpleasant.

M: Distinct hop flavor and bitterness on the tongue, but not overpowering or overly bitter.

D: Beautifully balanced IPA. Reminds me a bit of Three Floyd's Alpha King, which doesn't seem to be available over here on the East Coast anymore.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 19:56:08 | More by pershan
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

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

it's hard to score beers when they are above a certain level of goodness. this is an all around great ipa. if you haven't tried it, you're missing out. great mix of hops. nice use of malt. smells wonderful and tastes heavenly too. goes down silky smooth and makes sharp cheese and spicy food even tastier. always room for improvement, but bear republic brings it proper like for a nice price.... i'm a devotee

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2007 05:47:36 | More by timtim
Photo of bird18


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a great beer bar, was on a weekend pub crawl in western MA and trying numerous IPAs, this was one of my favorites. The color was nice with a good white creamy head and nice flavor. Not as much lacing on the glass as other IPAs I've tried and not quite as hoppy as some beers I tried that weekend but very drinkable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than other IPAs but I think that lead to how quickly it went down.

I'm a huge hophead and would quickly order this beer again if I came across it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2007 02:09:32 | More by bird18
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark for an IPA, on the orange side of the spectrum. Not much head but tons of sediment throughout the beer.

S: Citrus and piney hops, some sweetness in the background. A bit too subdued.

T: Nice flavor. Strong malt base and plenty of sweetness. The hops are mostly pine, very little of the citrus detected in the scent. Good balance of flavors, the hops are prominent but not as overpowering as in some IPA's.

MF: Crisp and smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Alcohol hit me harder than I would have expected, but I haven't eaten in quit a while. Moderately thick and a very full bodied beer.

D: I like this a lot. It's not quite as hoppy as some IPAs out there, but the balance of flavors is very good. And it's not like there's no bitterness there. The hops have less flavor character than more citrusy beers, but the sweetness of the malt really makes up for this. Better than the Hop Rod Rye in my opinion. Now if only I can get my hands on some Racer X.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 04:36:36 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in SF and immediately fell in love with it because of its nice balance. Poured into a Duvel glass.

H: 1/4" head

A: beautiful dark amber

S: light, hoppy

T: wow, perfect balance of hops/yeast/carbonation

M: rico suave

D: i can drink this all night

this is a great beer to relax to over dinner or in front of the idiot box. this is one of my 'anytime' beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 06:37:48 | More by eatdrinknbmerry
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper in color. Poured with very little head. Light trails of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a walk in piney forest with grapefruit aromas behind the pine. Tastes rich and full, something you want a real mouthful of, not just a sip. Good balance between sweetness of the barley and the astringency of the hops. Alcohol is well disguised. I’m sorry I only bought one, this is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 20:57:19 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of deanhead


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

Appearance- Gold in color with a brilliant dense, white, rocky head.

Aroma- Huge hop bouquet of Citrus, and pine, with a hint of raisins.

Taste- Huge hop bitterness in the front, followed by a maginficently dry alchol finish. The hops lingered with a chewy piney, citrusy taste. the hops seemed to clinge to my tongue like a small child clings to it's mommy. Some cotton candy like sweetness managed to work it's way thru to the front of my palate despite the fireworks of hops in my mouth. Slight grainy phenol present. Devoid of any yeasty taste despite this being an unfiltered offering.

Moutfeel- nicely balanced malt backbone that lends to a medium to full bodied moutheel, complimented with some rich, dank chewey nuggets of hops.

Drinkability- Despite it's alcohol content this beer is remarkably easy to drink. I enjoyed it very much, and would gladly consume another any time after noon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 15:29:34 | More by deanhead
Photo of oelergud


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz tall dark brown bottle with a racer checkered flag on the label with red and yellow print, pewter cap.
Transparent copper golden body with lots of carbonation. Large white rocky head of full range of bubbles. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Smooth buttery hop scent, slightly spiked with almost no malts.
Harsh yet very smooth hop flavor. Hay and grain. Delicios long lasting harsh hop resin aftertaste.
Medium full body good coating and slick.
Great drinkability. Smooth, harsh, delicious.


Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 00:32:58 | More by oelergud
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,016 ratings.