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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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6,005 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,005
Reviews: 2,169
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 170
Gots: 396 | 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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Photo of ohoove


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

this burnt orange color with an off white head and a sprinkling of what looked like cinnamon " bits" was quite the spectacle. the head was absolutely stunning ,we actually gobbled it up with spoons and the lacing was equally impressive.
Taste and smell were of citrus and pine hops with a malt sweetness and bitter hop finish.
mouthfeel was slick and oily.
drinkability was very good and although the abv is present it's masked well enough to have more than a couple per sitting.
if you like hops this will be a great selection. Definitely worth the time and money!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 22:28:33 | More by ohoove
Photo of ttu94


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from HotterThanHell. After spending the week in Bavaria this beer is a shock to the system. No subtlety here, this is an AIPA and nothing else. Pours a cloudy orange with a good creamy white head. Has a very strong citrus hop smell (that I like). Taste is that of an AIPA but incredibly smooth. Very malty with a citrus hop kick. Not too bitter in the end but very enjoyable. The 7% ABV is a little noticable aftter finishing a whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 03:33:46 | More by ttu94
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - somewhat hazy, golden color with a white head that left plenty of lace.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - very tasty IPA. Strong citrus hop flavor with a malt balanced middle and a bitter hop finish.

M - medium body & medium carbonation.

D - easy to drink, as abv is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 18:55:04 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear republic- Racer 5

Big thanx to Bradford for this 1!

A- Light copper with a big thick heavy lacing head.
S- Pungent grapefruit hops with a hint of caramel malt.
T- Mildly bitter grapefruit with a solid malt backbone .
M- Creamy and sweet with a mild hop bite. Oily green hop flavor in the end. Alc is completely masked!

Overall- A session IPA without a doubt. I polished off a bomber in 10 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 18:38:45 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of arizcards


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

Picked up a bomber in May from Sprouts for $3.59. Had one at a recent tailgate and was reminded how wonderful this beer is. Looking forward to the review!

Beer poured a golden amber color with a well-sustained white head. Nose is of wonderful floral hops that allude to what is about to happen next. Taste is slightly malty to start but those malts are quickly overrun by a blast of those northwest grapefruity hops. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and glides very nicely across the palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect. This is an excellent example of the west coast ipa style which is one of the best values out there given the cost.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 01:27:47 | More by arizcards
Photo of pwoods


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber from Dilly Deli poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pour a light cooper with millions of tiny bubbles. Off white 1 finger head. Good retention and patchy lacing.

S: Piney floral hops. Hops are bursting out of the bottle as soon as I open it and get stronger as I pour. Really looking forward to this. Getting some nice citrus grapefruit.

T/M: Great bitter bite. Man that's good. Packs quite a punch. Grapefruit pops in here and there. Tastes awesome. Malts present themselves enough to save your tongue. Adds a nice sweetness in the back. Medium body and carbonation. Great bitterness hangs out after a very dry finish.

D: Brilliant taste and smooth body make it easy to drink. Much cheaper than I expected, too, adding to it's appeal. I'll be getting this regularly.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:40:30 | More by pwoods
Photo of ManofWax


3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Given the positive reviews on BA, I was pretty disappointed in this beer. I love Hop Rod Rye, so I thought I'd check out this other Bear Republic Brew.

A: A reddish gold with a buttermilk-colored head, about 2mm thick. Nice complementary colors.

S: Smelled of vegetables initially, before giving way to a portentious suggary quality.

T: I did not taste nearly as much hops in this brew as I expected. It was malt through and through. Hints of corriander (said my tasting mates) and fruits, but just too sweet. Not nearly bitter enough.

M: Goes down smooth as can be. Medium body, could stand to be more carbonated.

D: I can't think of too many situations in which I would want to drink this. Overall, a middling experience. Perhaps I had a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 15:20:41 | More by ManofWax
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

22oz bomber poured into nonic pint glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a cloudy deep gold with a fluffy whitish head with a two inch cap that fades down to a ring and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Not too much carbonation working in the glass.

S: Pretty darned sweet aroma here, I can just feel the hops in this, sticky sweet and sugary grapefruit dominates, sort of feel that there are oranges or tangerines or citrus fruits of that matter but with a candied aroma if that makes any sense. This one smells almost like a DIPA, very rich in this sense.

T/MF: Hops go to work right away on the tongue as soon as the beer is sipped. Very bready upfront, but after a bit the beer begins to take on an almost sweet fruit flavor. Oranges and grapefruits are present but subdued behind a nice floral character that balances the beer on both sides. Bits of pine and nut come in and out and the beer finishes with a dry and bitter fruit finish. Pretty silky in the mouth otherwise

D: This one is really fun to drink, a brew that is on the lighter side of medium and not too boozy either in heat or in effect (if you know what I mean). Bomber is the perfect size for this one and would try this again in the future. Can't wait to try the Racer X whenever that might be.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 01:11:20 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of tonistruth


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Yardhouse in San Diego, CA

A- clear bronzed straw, 1 finger white head with great retent

S- fresh citrus and loads of hops

T- hoppy IPA with a malt backbone, typical west coast, mellow, citrus, grassy, caramel

M- medium body, light hop abuse that lingers through after

D- totally drinkable and tasty IPA, must try, well brewed

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 02:34:33 | More by tonistruth
Photo of henrysunset


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

very excellent appearance ont his big bottled beer pored into a fancy pants glass.

A big poufy head of of white sits atop an absolutely clear golden hued beer with visible carbonation.

smells of floral cascade hops (I think) with notable sweetness and a poignant freshness.

very tasty. aftertaste is fresh and hoppy, initial flavor is a little tart, bitter and again, hoppy. really enjoyable big hoppy beer.

a little thin since it's very alcoholic, but not an unpleasent at all. Balance masks the alcohol. Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Would be dangerous on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 05:05:19 | More by henrysunset
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Fresh, strong American-style hops reveal themselves through citric and resinous aromas. And underlying sweet malt background is rich and dense.

Medium-full straw color. Slight haze. Great head.

Crisp hop oils in the attack – very fresh and bright. A rich, tasty maltiness develops just briefly before being lost to a sea of hop bitterness. Quite nice. Faint raspberry tones come and go. Snappy grassiness near the finish. One of the tastiest heads I’ve ever come across – it’s so creamy… like meringue. Finishes very dry.

Medium body, spicy carbonation, and oily tartness hold the mouth together.

Overall: pretty cool. Racer 5 is most certainly an acceptable & worthy AIPA. It’s on the stronger/hoppier side of the IPA spectrum. I like that it’s on yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 03:27:22 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a 22 oz bomber at Bacchus in New Paltz, NY.

A: Body is a clear golden copper with a 1.5-finger off-white head that settles to leave some foamy lacing behind.

S: Smells like it's been well dry-hopped for lack of a better description: it's lemony and citrusy with pine or grass noticed as it warms.

T: Some biscuity malt and fruitiness up front in the mouth, but this is ultimately dominated by the hops -- clean, crisp and dry in feel. There's quite a nice lingering lemony bitterness and a bit of pine as well. Some alcohol warmth on the way down. Nicely balanced all around. The hop profile is close to perfect for an IPA -- not too juicy, not too grapefruity, not too bitter, not too piney. . . but just about right for my tastebuds.

M: Light-to-medium in body, well-carbonated. Dry early but it does become a bit more juicy as it warms.

D: Excellent. If I were to try and create the perfect highly drinkable IPA, I think this would be it. It's tasty without being heavy. There's hoppy bitterness without it being too much. Like I said: nicely balanced. Extremely drinkable, especially for a 7% ABV beer. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 20:19:55 | More by Kendo
Photo of gwood


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Quite pretty really. Slightly burnt orange. Great sticky head that lingers.

S - Citurs, pine, fresh hops all over.

T - Hops hit first but are clean, good mellow malt middle that is surpisingly pronounced. The finish is a long dry piney hop dance that is a like a spinner in the hallway.

M - Just a great carbonation to it - spakles...brilliant. Silky rosins that linger.

D - I'll have another please. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 06:15:06 | More by gwood
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dean & Deluca while on vacation in Napa, CA on September 7, 2007. Served back home in NJ in a pint glass at just over refrigerator temperature.

Appearance- Pours a substantially paler orange than most IPAs, with some chill haze and a supple, three-finger crown.

Smell- A perfect blend of honeyed grapefruit and bicycle handlebars... the aromas of cold metal dance with the huge citrus character evident here.

Taste- The voyage of flavor progression is exciting and unexpected... lip smacking and bitter, the grapefruity hop bite concedes nicely into a bready malt backbone. Then, the hops return and spend an eternity drying the mouth and settling to the deepest recesses of the tongue's sides. An aggressively bitter IPA without question, one that begs an attentive and purposeful tasting. Burps galore on this one.

Mouthfeel- Relatively thin, uninteresting, subdued texture in the mouth.

Drinkability- Easy with regard to the strength... the initial honeymoon, however, fades rather quickly and it gradually becomes much more ordinary in its overall presentation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 04:47:45 | More by yelterdow
Photo of bluejacket74


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear light amber color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel malt, very nice. It tastes like citrusy and piney hops, with some malt noticable in there too. Finishes with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste which lingers around a while. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily/slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very good and refreshing IPA, I'd definitely buy it again, it's worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:37:24 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of peabody


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like weak ice tea with lots of white suds that stay around for quite some time.
Smell is strong grapefruit and caramel with a hint of alcohol that burns the nose just a tad. Hops and yeast tend to dominate the aromas.
Taste is strong bitterness with just a hint of sweetness then the dark hop bitterness comes back. Pretty malty and the alcohol is present but not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a tad warm from the alcohol but the oily hops dominate the aftertaste.
This one tastes strong for a 7%er but it's still a great beer for a night of imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 21:29:48 | More by peabody
Photo of MmmIPA


3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Yards/Standard Tap pint glass.

One finger off white head sits atop of a murky orange body with little floaties in there and ample carbonation.Some small patches of lace.

Hop flavor in the nose

The taste is very bitter and does have some malt at the end of the taste.

Mouthful is good and easy to drink.

Some reason makes me think this beer is old cause it doesnt deem a "Outstanding" to me atleast.This sorda taste like aged SN Celebration.That was the first taste that came to my mind.I would like to sample a fresh bottle or try this from a tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 14:20:30 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God damn dude. This is one hell of an IPA. I'm not easily impressed either.

This beer's head retention clung to the glass for dear life and wouldn't let go all the way to the last sip.

I could smell this beer as it was being poured. Nice earthy, piney, hop aroma. So very inticing.

There is a nice sweetness upfront followied by a great earthy, piney, hop bitterness. Give me MORE!

This beer had a nice mouthfeel, more towards four, but the taste is a little more thatn 4.5, so I balanced it.

I could drink this beer all night and all day. Very nice. Don't know how this beer is in the bottle, but it is one hell of a treat on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 05:48:07 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Floydster


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

Pint from Richmond Bar and Grill

Poured a golden yellow with about an inch and a half of head

Real nice smell filled with hops and hints of citrus

Had this after I had Racer X which was a little better but much darker and stronger

This beer was still amazing

Could drink many of these

Great bitter finish with one of the smoothest IPA textures I have ever had

Keep doing amazing things Bear Republic because you are slowing winning me over into my top three breweries right now

Try Crystal Wit or Racer X if you ever see it, some of the best beer I had this summer

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2007 04:56:29 | More by Floydster
Photo of Overlord


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as I expected.

Not the hoppiest IPA I've had ... by a wide margin, but the lack of those delicious hops hasn't been replaced by much. It has a fairly straightforward bitter with a bare splash of citrus flavor. In comparison to a DIPA, which usually will have more sweet fruit/malt flavors balancing out the hops, there isn't much else going on here. Mostly grapefruit, no real residual sweetness ... maybe a bit of orange/citrus.

Pours a not terribly attractive yellowish orange, but does have great carbonation and a long lasting head (started off four fingered, but quicly disippated to a more manageable finger length .. then lingered at half a finger for the entirety of the drink).

By no means a bad beer, it's just not my favorite IPA. The real problem is the price. For a few dollars more I can get union jack ipa or ruination, for a few dollars less I can get mission street, alaskan, or torpedo ipa, and for the same price I can get celebration ipa.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 09:22:13 | More by Overlord
Photo of wagenvolks


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a tulip glass:
Pours an attractive, golden gamboge-orange color; clear with an ample carbonation level that fuels a behemoth, cloudy, light tan head. Great retention & lacing make for quite the visual.

Aroma is packed with piney, resinous hops balanced perfectly with big, sweet caramel malts. Fruity citrus, mango, pineapple, and pear round out the mouthwatering scent.

This is one of the better tasting IPA's I've had. There's a big time hop note at the beginning, followed by a smooth, biscuity caramel malt backbone that (again) works wonders for the balance to this brew. Mouthfeel is crisp, bubby, and very refreshing with a poignantly bitter hop finish. Overall, this india pale ale is fantastically complex, and both hop-heads and malt-nuts alike will fall in love with it.

Sign of a truly pleasing beer? My girlfriend, who DESPISES hops (I'm working on that, trust me...), actually enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 05:41:54 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of DoubleJ


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea during happy hour, on to the beer:

Orange in color withn a little paleness, it has a nice dense head on the top. Strong aroma of hops rise from the beer with the usual piney notes. The bitterness is not over the top. Very hoppy flavor. Notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and some esters. This beer has an excellent smoothness, which makes this a pleasure to drink despite the strength.

In comparison to the Hop Rod Rye, I prefer this one a little more (although I should point out I had this one on-tap, the Hop Rod came from a bomber). It doesn't have the dryness of that, but the flavor is a bit more tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 03:45:57 | More by DoubleJ
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Cloudy, dark orange. Modest, off white head. Minimal lacing and legs.

Aroma was grapefruit and honey. Earthiness and grass in there as well.

Bitter more than sweet, with grapefruit and grass leading the way. Decent biscuity middle. Good balance, but tilted towards the hops. Honey and caramel in there as it warmed.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very good, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 20:45:51 | More by
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily one of my favorite IPAs. I think it's because I'm attracted to the piney hops over the grapefruit/citrus.

A - About what you'd expect a top tier IPA to look like, fairly dark orange, a sticky pure white head with some craters and excellent lacing.

S - The smell is quite possibly the best part about this beer. It smells like a forest. The pine is overwhelming, definitely a clue of what is to come for the taste.

T - A bit grainy at first with some bready flavors, but quickly turns into the forest from the smell, with lots of piney hops hitting you and lingering through the finish. The great part about this is that you don't get an over the top bitterness at the very end like you do with a lot of other IPAs, I'm not quite sure if that's because of good malt balancing or the hop variety, though.

M - Nice mouthfeel... It's a bit dry on the tongue and will make your tongue feel coarse, but, isn't that what an IPA is supposed to do? The oilyness of the beer makes things feel nice as it is sliding down the ol' pipe.

D - Drinkability is good, this isn't a beer I'd want to session, but, for how extreme the piney hops are, the drinkability doesn't suffer as much as you might think. It's the beer I like to end my night with, especially after I've been drinking malt dominant beers and need that smack in the palate from some nice piney hops.

Overall, it's my favorite all around IPA, and I am lucky to be able to find fresh, affordable six packs in the bay area... Thank you Bear Republic, always consistent, amazing brews from you guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 11:09:54 | More by Bubba83
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently had a Racer 5 at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, ma. A nice IPA from Bear Republic Brewing from California. I definately expected a little more hoppy aroma than I got when I too my first wiff of the brew, but it did much better on taste. I nice strong american IPA mouth feel and great hop finish. May not be the best IPA I have ever had, but definately better than a lot that I have had in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2007 13:24:14 | More by GweedoeBRew
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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