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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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6,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,228
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 481 | 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 Brewlore


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
Photo of theghost3


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
Photo of ABHatter

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
Photo of peck95


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
Photo of omnigrits


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
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


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
Photo of seanh99


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
Photo of watkins

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
Photo of bkilpatr


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
Photo of Rootdog316


3.98/5  rDev -5%

Pours slightly hazy amber with off white one finger head. Nose of citrus and piney hops with a hint of malt. Flavor is actually pretty incredible- hits harsh and bitter but subsides into an incredibly smooth aftertaste. Nice citrus (grapefruit) and pine elements. Palate is great- despite its 'pale ale' status its actually quite rich and by no means watery or thin. Lots of alpha acids and great palate make this a definite winner.

06-18-2008 23:24:12 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Reagan1984


3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Served from a bomber

Caramel/deep copper in color with a slight haze.
2 fingers of dense off white head that lasted.
There was an insane amount of lacing.

Aroma was malty sweet and did not have a fresh hop aroma.

The flavor unfortunately matched the aroma.

The flavor was Malty/Caramel/sweet with a cooked/dead hop bitterness.

I don't think this is very well balanced at all and our tasting group placed this near the bottom of the IPA & DPA's that we all sampled.

If you are a hop head, look elsewhere.

06-16-2008 13:55:31 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of jordoo


4.4/5  rDev +5%

22oz bottle poored into an oversized beer mug.

Thick frothy fluffy huge bright white glowing head, hazey brillaint orange in color. Smells of sweet carmal malts tropical fruit and some floral and piney sents. Tastes beautifully bitter with a spicey hop note throughout carmal malt backbone with some citrus fruit flavors here and there. Feel grand on the palate and 22oz may not be enough. LOL

06-15-2008 19:26:39 | More by jordoo
Photo of sinistermadman


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a chilled golden color with a slight, frothy head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Taste has a solid pale malt background with some rind like citrus hop bitterness. Very juicy flavor and mouthfeel. Not an overly complex hop flavor, but satisfying nonetheless. Mouthfeel is slick, almost watery with a medium body and carbonation. Not being overly aggressive helps the drinkability, which is quite good. Recommended.

06-14-2008 02:21:33 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of JBogan


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Nice clear orange color with a good two finger white head which stuck around and left a fair amount of lacing.

The scent was of hops and a bit of pine, along with some citric accents.

Tasted of hops and even a bit of orange, with some malt present as well. Nicely balanced.

Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth with a carbonation crispness.

I'm not normally a big IPA fan (so sue me), but this was a beer I really enjoyed and will certainly revisit. Thankfully one of our local liqour store chains is now carrying some of the Bear Republic brews, and I am certainly thankful for that. Another excellent choice from a fine brewer.

06-14-2008 01:12:12 | More by JBogan
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

I am very impressed with this brewery so far. Not distributed to my area, I have to pick these up when I travel to Ohio. So far, every beer from this brewery has been finely attenuated, but rich in proteins and all have supurb head retention / formation. Racer X is no exception. The onset brings a rich, but clean looking copper / amber color, thick foamstand, and lively co2. The beer takes on a rich, biscuity malt character in the aromas and flavors. I was really impressed with the clean attenuation, with no harshness-- a perfect balance. Great hop balance for IPA-- I would prefer a stronger sharper hop influence, but I think I got an aged bottle where the hops have settled out a bit. At any rate, this is a truely expressive, hop-oriented IPA. Citrus notes hinge more on oranges than grapefruits due to the sturdy malt base and ester profile. Very full to the palate, again close to a Double IPA. The finish is very clean, crisp, and cracker-like, but with a long dry hop flavor and a touch of caramel. An extremely nice beer. I'll take a few points off because of the sediment in the bottle which may come from too much age, but look forward to trying a fresher bottle.

06-13-2008 02:58:53 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of albern


4.15/5  rDev -1%

This is a very nice IPA, and one that I have heard nothing about. I bought this at Julio's, MA. Apparently, this is quite ubiquitous given the number of reviews. I thought I was trying something less popular. The beer pours a golden amber with lots of carbonation, a foamy head, some retention and lacing. The aroma is all hop, juicy, estery, oily hop. There are grapefruit notes and florals too. You can whiff a bit of biscuity malt if you try. The taste is a blast of pungent, citrusy hop, with plenty of estery and oily resinous hop as well. There is a nice creamy backbone to the beer that balances out the hop bite. The grapefruit like tartness and the malty breadiness in the rear make this a fine offering. The beer is quite well carbonated, very refreshing, lots of effervescence, and just nice all around. The aftertaste is about right, not too mild, not too lingering. L'Chaim.

06-08-2008 16:46:37 | More by albern
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a clear golden amber with a three-finger pillowy off-white head that fades real slowly leaving lots of sticky lace behind. Great retention.

Smell is nothing but hops. Lots of floral notes and juicy citrus fruit: fresh squeezed OJ, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste is dominated by floral and citrus hops, but there are notes of toasted bread and a faint toffee-like sweetness. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.

Medium, well carbonated mouthfeel. Very crisp and dry.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Another IPA I wish was available in NH.

06-08-2008 15:18:10 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Homerbag


4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Clear amber body with foamy head.

An old school Mike Tyson uppercut of citric hops assault the nose. If this had a tooth or two, it would bite your ear off. Second fiddle is some more resiny/woody hops. Straight forward with no room for malts or anything, this is a hop and hop alone.
Taste is much the same, no malts just juicy hops. A hop heads dream. This is wreak your palate for any other beers that would follow . Feel is suprisingly thin for so many hops, no sticky or oily felling.
Very rarely do I saw an IPA needs more malts, but this could use a pinch. I'm not complaining at all. I love the assaut, but some malts could frame this and make it even more punchy.

06-08-2008 10:58:59 | More by Homerbag
Photo of RixBeer


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Peach juice. Hazy thick orange with a thin white head. Fades into a thick ring along the edges.

A very sharp grapefruit and citrus punch with a strong pininess.

A very forceful and persistent hop flavor. Pretty spicy and has a strong punch of hops.

A tiny bit watery in the end but it helps balance the hops.

A very drinkable IPA and one that I really do appreciate for what it is. However the ABV will actually shock you. It creeps up on you.

06-05-2008 23:37:24 | More by RixBeer
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Split a 22oz bomber with allthetimeineed. Pours a pale amber color, slightly hazy due to dry hopping. Two fingers of white head slowly dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is hop forward, very flowery, citrusy and somewhat sweet. Flavor to match: floral, citrus, sweet pine and a dry finish. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with good drinkability. Typical example of the West Coast hop bombs that I love.

06-05-2008 12:49:08 | More by TheBCrew
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

I'm not sure how I've never reviewed this beer seeing as now that it is in 6 pack form - it's pretty much a staple in my refrigerator.

This is what a West Coast IPA should be - HUGE hop profile filled with citrus, pine with a slight sweetness. It's glorious.

You have probably had one by now - if not go get one now.

06-04-2008 22:11:11 | More by sloejams
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,228 ratings.