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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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6,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,190
Reviews: 2,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 187
Gots: 469 | 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 pinotboy007


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

A - Very nice cloudy amber with a frothy head that initially leaves dense lacing that subsides. Head re-emerges after a swirl. Obvious carbonation that settles over time.

S - Pine and orange juice.

T/M - Hops bust out and pound palate but quickly gives way to citrus, leather, and a touch of clove. The mouthfeel is damn fine with a splendid creaminess and soft carbonation perfect for today's hot weather.

D - Very. I'd serve this to friends with no mental reservation or purpose of evasion.

07-26-2008 23:10:41 | More by pinotboy007


3.03/5  rDev -27.7%

This was a generous gimme from Beereality...
12 oz. bottle into an Imperial Pint glass.

A short pout produced a creamy, butter colored 1 finger head. Beer pours a hazy, golden straw color. Spotty, dripping lace.

Smells of dusty, piney hops & citrus rind. Nothing special.

The taste is hop forward & a little unbalanced. Spicy & a little sharp on the front. Citrus backgrounds noted in the bitter, dry finish. Alcohol presence throughout.

Lighter bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp & tart with a manageable ABV.

It's taking a little while for me to appreciate IPA's. While not a preferred style, it wasn't too bad & I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it....

07-25-2008 03:27:53 | More by TATTORSO
Photo of roadhouse


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a slightly hazy orange-amber with a one finger off-white head. A bit of particulate matter floating around in there but that may just be because of the moron at Binny's that put my bottle in the box upside down when I wasn't looking.

Aroma is west coast hops all the way. Nice and citrusy, a bit of pine, and a biscuity malt undertone.

Taste is more hops. A bit more piney than the aroma first suggests. The pine comes in first then I get a big kick of grapefruit-like citrus. Towards the finish there is a nice dose of sweet caramel and biscuity malt but that quickly gives in to the bitterness of the hops that coat the tongue in their oils and linger on.

Medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.

Damn good IPA, just enough malt to keep it from being overly bitter, just where I like it. Good stuff.

07-25-2008 02:13:15 | More by roadhouse
Photo of spointon


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A= This brew poured a nice light coppery color with a big 2+ inches of fluffy off-white head. The head slowly dropped to leave a patchwork of clumpy lace down the glass.

S= The nose of this one was almost totally hops with a slight whiff of alcohol in the end. The hop aromas were of the West Coast variety - citrus and slight pine.

T= This ale doesn't waste any time before getting right to the bitter hops. Again, grapefruit citrus hop flavors dominate. I found the malt a bit under-strength, giving this ale a bit of an unbalanced flavor. There was also a slight alcohol warming in the super dry finish.

MF= This ale felt good on the tongue, with an appropriately lightish body and hop oiliness. Carbonation was dead on.

D= A bit unbalanced toward the hop side of things, but still, a great tasting ale for those craving hops!

07-21-2008 01:01:01 | More by spointon
Photo of jjboesen


3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

My tasting followed an Avery IPA - and the prerequisite cleaning of the palate; so this reveiw should be considered in that light.

The head is about 1 inch and dissipates quickly; there is some lacing that does evaporate over time. The nose did contain some banana ester following a 10 minute temperature acclimation. (It was served rather cold - another factor to consider.) There was a noticable hint of orange as well and this was followed by a hearty hop aftertaste, one that lingers upon the tongue.

All in all, a fine IPA. Though my particular pint was a little less overwhelming than anticipated, I have had superb brews from this Left Coast craft brewer. Perhaps, I just need to drink some more ....?

07-20-2008 22:40:04 | More by jjboesen
Photo of beereality


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a light golden with a one finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little spotty lacing. I get a strong hop smell right off the bat. I almost smell some woody accents. taste is of strong hops and little else. Kind of weak support for such strong hop dominance. A slightly bitter finish. Better than most beers, but not as good as my favorites.

07-19-2008 00:47:39 | More by beereality
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear, light amber with a small head that sticks around. Aromas of pine, citrus and sweet malts waft in my nose. Taste is hoppy, citrusy and sweet all at once, and finishes slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol. A light body on this beer makes it very quaffable and refreshing. Kind of on the light side for an American IPA, but very tasty nonetheless. Another winner from Bear Republic.

07-18-2008 23:29:54 | More by rodrot
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.98/5  rDev -5%

a: some very minor white foam on top of an amber/straw body

s: fresh citrusy and grassy hops; light caramel and grains

t: nice piney hops rise followed by citrus hops; some warm caramel; followed by a rerise of piney hops

m: light carb and light/med body

d: a nice IPA with good hop flavors

07-15-2008 04:31:34 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of julian


3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Just like to preface that I'm not a big hophead, nor are IPAs even close to my favorite style. I have been experimenting with my palate and learning to try new things...hoppy beers are growing on me...slowly. So with that in mind here's my review!

A: great color and head! Pours a cloudy apricot color with a generous creamy white head with little retention but lovely lacing all around.

S: strong hoppy aroma up front followed by a barrage of citrus fumes.

T: hop heavy as it first hits your lips with a bitter, piney acidity that gives way to an array of citrusy flavors. It's not overly bitter so I can only assume there's a complimentary helping of malt in there somewhere.

M: medium carbonation, practically unnoticeable abv (although on the high end). crisp, refreshing and flavorful. easily redrinkable. hop lovers rejoice!

07-15-2008 00:42:15 | More by julian
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4.15/5  rDev -1%

Pours golden/orange in color with one finger foamy white head.

Aroma is equally strong with citrus, malts and hops. Potent and sharp, but not overpowering.

Taste of citrus and hops with some caramel and slightly roasted malts. Hop flavor flows through the mouth followed by the slightly roasted malts, lingering in a bready dry hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with pretty good drinkability.

07-13-2008 00:58:45 | More by paco1029384756
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4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours a light orange into the glass. Sits darker and a little cloudy. Some floaties on the bottom. A nice creamy head that leaves incredible lacing globbing to the sides of the glass.

Citrus smells abound. Some typical ipa evergreen. Pineapple.

Tastes clean and fresh. The acidic hops and resulting pine flavors make this a Double Ipa in my book. Sweet, smooth, and creaminess qualities come through the pine acids.
A great Ipa in my book!

07-12-2008 15:20:29 | More by Trueant1
Photo of Ricochet


4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

A: Chunky! Lots of head with lots of lace. Dark cloudy orange with tons of yeast particulate.

S: Wow. I just reviewed a Michigan Brewing IPA and it didn't smell like an IPA. This does in spades. Sweet, acidic , butterscotch, grapefruit. Splash! I'm swimming in hops! Tops in my book.

M: It's creamy. The carrot stick aftertaste is spot on. The bitter in the mouth, spot on. This is as four as it gets.

T: Lagunitas makes a beer so hoppy, it is like drinking liquid hops. I love it, but it lacks some of the complexities that makes a truly awesome IPA. This has those elements. Alcohol mixes well as grapefruity hops make the bitter, mix with carrot stick and thick malt and add a glowing, sweet, floral orange touch, and you have a damn good bottle.

D: Yep. I'm surprised there are so many reviews when this is the first time I've seen this in my local. Fresh from the tap, this would probably be outstanding.

07-11-2008 06:12:49 | More by Ricochet
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured a very nice looking orange color with a 1-finger sized white head that steadily dissipates.

The aroma was just full of (guess what) Hops! Though it was nicely balanced by some really sweet bready malts. The hops were quite floral & piney. The interplay between the sweet malts and hops is fantastic

Taste is outstanding. Very sticky/resiny/piney hop flavors leap out and dance a grandiose jig! A definite and strong hop bitterness that is wonderfully balanced with a great sweet malt flavor. Perfect combo. Wonderfully clean/smooth hop bitterness.

It's full bodied and heavy on the palate but with good carbonation to keep it lively.

Drinkability? It's good. Full bodied yet refreshing and very enjoyable. Just be careful, it's 7% so you'll end up feeling it.

07-08-2008 16:02:54 | More by Brewlore
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3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance is burnt orange with an intferesting thick white head with very light orange tones. Smell is strong of citrus, specifically grapefruit, apricot, and floral/herbal hops. Taste is very strong of grapefruit and herbal hops. It is interesting in that it has a crisp, almost sweet flavor at first, then has an acidic bitter taste as it goes down. Overall, a nice IPA that has a bite to it.

07-08-2008 03:02:55 | More by theghost3
Photo of atigerlife


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours golden that is slightly cloudy. Small white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroms is flowery, hops and light malts.

Taste is hops....and more hops!! Wow! There is some malt in there...but it is the hops show and they take the spotlight.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and smooth. Very nice.

Overall, a very nice IPA. I'm looking forward to having this one again.

07-05-2008 01:29:42 | More by atigerlife
Photo of marksto


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

Picked up a bottle at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. Never had any Bear Republic beers before; they enjoy a good reputation.

Pours orange with a slight haze, medium head with dense bubbles and good retention. Aroma is mostly hops with a little malt in the background, citrus notes dominate. Flavor displays a nice balance between hop flavor (citrus and a little mint) and bitterness, with a fairly solid malt backbone,

Overall, a very respectable American IPA - nothing I'd go out of my way for but worth sampling if you have the chance.

07-04-2008 01:58:09 | More by marksto
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22oz btl into 16oz Tumbler & 3oz into Grand Marnier snifter. Unintentional conservative pour leaves a very small head which quickly runs for cover but also leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass. Beautiful burnt auburn color.
The nose on this is pretty nice, A little toffee smell from the malt comes through with a nice enchanted forest pineyness and a slight soapy smell.

Nice caramel malt upfront, Then a fantastic grapefruity hop rush, Which then shifts into second gear with an even more intense bitterness then finishes off with a mild sweetness. . Mouthfeel & drinkibility is also exceptional due to the great balance.
All in all this is a top notch IPA. A Very nice job from Bear Republic once again.

07-02-2008 01:56:05 | More by ABHatter
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

This is one fine beer, by far the best standard ipa I've tasted so far. How I wish I could try this on tap or buy some within my area.
The appearance is nothing special a nice tannish color with a small head and little lacing
The smell is expectational like smelling a freshly opened bag of vacuum sealed hops.
The taste is also awesome a very piney taste with a rich malt complement
This is a very smooth and drinkable beer for the amount of hops, malts, and alcohol involved.

06-28-2008 02:48:59 | More by peck95
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

This is one of the finest beers I've tasted for a while. Piney, citrusy, grassy, hoppy, grapefruity... it's all those things, and the brewmaster has managed to balance them well. A rather pale golden colour with a good head that subsides and leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of aroma on raising the glass to the nose and a powerful hit of flavour on the tongue, but it retains a degree of sublety. Slightly oily mouthfeel, but not bad for that. I think this is a one-bottle-a-session beer for me, either to get things underway or round off the night. Either way I'm very happy to drink it, and I think this is a beer that would pair well with very many types of food, even curry.

06-28-2008 00:16:50 | More by omnigrits
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

I got this in a trade a few weeks back but I can't remember who sent it so I can't give the proper recognition. Whomever it was, thank you very much.

As this beer pours from a 12 oz bottle I'm immediately greeted with a wonderful pine-like aroma. I can't wait to settle into this one. As I finish pouring I am left with an inch of tiny micro-bubbled foam, reminiscent of egg whites. Retention lasts less than a minute. Lacing is nice and sticky. AS expected the piney hops are very evident in the aroma. This has a really mellow flavor profile with a nice bitter bite at the end. Slightly carbonated with an oily feel that coats your entire mouth. Very nice. I'm sure I'll be cracking open a few of these over the next few months!

06-26-2008 03:04:54 | More by DontCallMeSurly
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

I was in San Diego, CA at the Yard House when I ordered this one. I got it poured from draft into a half yard glass. It was smooth with a really nice citrus ting. The beer left a nice full lacing on the long yard glass. This offering has a nice clean, fresh taste that leads to a really great social beverage. Awesome head retention.

06-25-2008 20:50:27 | More by Bobdope
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a Harpoon IPA glass:

A: Hazy orange with a lacey off white-tan head.

S: Noted Citrus first and then some maltieness.

T: Nice, Liked the grapefruitiness, the malt character is mellow and delicious

M: Lighter-bodied, I liked the amount of carbonation, as it scrubbed the hop bitterness off my tounge so it did not build sip after sip.

D: I got to try it at the Fest and was surprised about how drinkable I thought it was for a West Coast IPA. After drinking the Bomber thought that maybe it was good drinker, but a bit more than I want for a regular night,

Serving type: 22oz bomber

06-25-2008 14:44:44 | More by seanh99
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -11%

Poured into a pint glass:

A: Hazy orange-brown with hardly any head to speak of.

S: Smells sweet and malty with a muted hop scent.

T: Nice lemon-citrus notes, finished by a bitter hoppy bite, though not as floral as other IPAs can be.

M: Medium-bodied, great carbonation, for a heavier beer, sits on the tongue lighter than most despite its alcohol content.

D: This might be a once a month or two purchase for me, though I do love IPAs, I've definitely had fuller, more complex ones, namely Coast's HopArt here in Charleston, SC.

06-25-2008 04:57:21 | More by watkins
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/21/08.

Pours a bright clear golden color with about two fingers of soft beige head. The head faded slowly leaving moderate lacing. Strong aromas of grassy hops and citrus.

Taste is lots of grassy hops, citrus (especially lemon, orange, and coriander). A nice amount of bready malt balances out the flavor. Finish is nice and bitter with hops.

Feel is very nice, with medium body and carbonation. It feels pretty smooth and leaves some nice stickiness on the tongue. Drinkability is very good. The bitterness doesn't overwhelm and the alcohol stays hidden.

A very good IPA, I definitely recommend it.

06-22-2008 00:36:42 | More by bkilpatr
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pint glass. Real good lacing, nice head. But the nose...WOW!! I went around the house and got the wife, kid, and finally the cat to sniff this baby (Yes, he even licked some foam!!)!! Awesome! Taste, just as good. Beautiful and drinkable, too drinkable. I've had some of this stuff a year ago in a trade, and now it's available locally in PA. Thank the good Lord! I will be gettin' this stuff often. One of my fav IPA. Cheers, shertz

06-21-2008 00:43:50 | More by shertz
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,190 ratings.