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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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6,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,026
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 172
Gots: 403 | 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 Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bottle

A: Copper, hazy red with thin sticky white head with good retention.

S: Grapefruit, citric hops, with malt and some tropical fruit, mango and papaya.

T: The tropical fruit shows its stuff, but also brings a more bracing pine bitterness, not overpowering, very balanced, especially for a West Coast IPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied, with almost a chewy bitterness.

D: Very good, a delicious example of the West Coast IPA style, its balanced character makes it a good anytime beer, the alcohol level does not show at all. Another great offering from the fellas at Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 04:33:21 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of largadeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-amber, transparent with a long-lasting head.

Smell: Citric hops with a sweet, malty backbone - it's like a ripe grapefruit.

Taste: Slightly grainy and bready. Lots of hops, but they're by no means overpowering. They have a nice citrus quality, sharp but balanced, with a subdued but distinct sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style. Medium-bodied, very crisp, fine bubbles, not at all harsh.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, but not exactly sessionable due to the fairly high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2007 21:33:59 | More by largadeer
Photo of barknee

New York

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

Pouring with a super massive over the top meringue like head, this reddish topaz brew shows lots of sediment and all the good stuff left in, relatively unusual for an IPA. This is a great beer; beautifully balanced piney and citric hops and huge malting make for an IPA with all the right elements to make this a very refreshing and very impressive brew. Careful metering of the ingredients result in an IPA that is properly and proportionally put together. Everlasting, never ending, and lip smacking sticky hop sensations last for minutes in the mouth and tongue. This is a brew made to a recipe that reflects integrity, ingenuity and restraint resulting in a beer that is well beyond the sum of its parts. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 23:03:47 | More by barknee
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint, but is mostly of caramelized malt & citrus with a light background of hops.

T: The taste is excellently balanced with flavors of floral hops, citrus sweetness and caramel. The hops bitterness isn’t as strong as most IPA’s but it good enough without overpowering you. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and very clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, nice kick, good representation of style, this beer is certainly on the lighter side for an IPA, but it works very well. I could definitely stick with this beer for a full evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 03:50:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of giblet


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

veddy veddy goood!!!

this is one yummy IPAl. i would love to put a pony keg of this in my fridgetater! poured from a bottle and was happy with all the usual...head, carbonation, lace, color, etc

if you like IPA, i highly recomend you search for this like your long lost pup! hell i would rather have a supply of these rather than any mangy k9!

suckem up and movem out!!!


Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 17:43:57 | More by giblet
Photo of Atlas1


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

Poured from the bomber into one of my DFH tulip pint glasses. The Racer 5 delivers a brightly colored orange/amber body with a full-bodied, off-white head. Sticky lace remnants cling to the sides of the glass as the beer recedes, and the foamy head soon dies down, leaving thick, clumpy foam globules in the middle of the beer. I like what I see so far. The nose on this beer is bold and hoppy, with strong grapefruit and pine scents being the most recognizable. Also apparent are some malty cut-grass scents, and other resiny citrus smells. The taste is tart and tangy up front, with a nice malt balance in the middle, and a pleasant hop bitterness in the finish that lingers for a while. More pine than citrus in the overall taste, with some light fruity esters permeating throughout. Mouthfeel is sturdy. A nice, strong IPA here. Even modest fans of hops might find a few things to enjoy here, and devout hopheads should definitely seek this out as yet another addition to the repertoire. Bold and refreshing, but unoffensive. An all-season beer, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 20:39:02 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Redwood21


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

A: great look to it has a nice amber look with a great white head that lasts until the beer is 100% gone very quality look,
S: once again the nice hop aroma, nothing too strong. sorry i cant elaborate on tis but very good nothing special
T: very solid. i got a 22ozer at the bar. it tasted very nice, with some hops and a slight fruit citrus taste but nothing overwhelming. it was less bitter and more light than i expected but was extremely drinkable because of this. is was very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:13:15 | More by Redwood21
Photo of RJLarse


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

On tap the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is hazy. Smallish foamy white head. Resilient rings of lace on the glass.

There is a mild aroma. Fresh and piney.

Sweet citrus flavor with a mild bitter finish. Juniper and pink grape fruit flavors. Bit of sweet bread flavor underneath. Not your typical hopped up IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth light and mildly carbonated.

This is a very drinkable IPA. Not overly bitter. I'd have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2007 05:52:55 | More by RJLarse
Photo of willjschmidt


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

Poured from a 220oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: A golden color with an orange hue as well. Large thick white head forms on top.

S: Your standard IPA aromas; piney hops, light citrus, pale malts.

T: Delicious hops dominate the palate. The hops are not bitter, but instead very flavorful and tasty. There is a small fruit middle, but not as dominate as a lot of other IPA's. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Lots of hop oils in there as well.

D: A very drinkable IPA due to the great flavor of the hops. Not a lot of bitterness in this brew so it goes down east. A classic IPA in my book, one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 15:41:28 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of MrMcGibblets


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

lighter in color than i expected, this was a hazy bright apricot with thick off-white lacing. looks enticing. as soon as i cracked the bomber the sweet malt notes jumped out at me. tropical and citrus fruit notes were also present, along with some fresh bread dough. overall a wonderful bouqet. taste is a wonderfully balanced interplay between the sweet malts and the significant hop bitterness. not a soapy or rough bitterness either, instead it is cleansing in character. again, the balance of this beer is phenomenal. medium in body with a lively, creamy mouthfeel. nice long finish. the alcohol in this is not discernable. i normally score lower in drinkability for beers above 6.5% abv but i can't for this one. a must try beer.
update: have had this many times since it's release in 6ers and it hasn't been as impressive as in the bomber format. hops have seemed faded in both aroma and taste, leading it to be a bit on the sweetish side and overall not quite as impressive. Have even started seeing some particulates.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 02:52:29 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Atron67


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

A-has a nice copper color with massive head, that stuck around forever and left huge lacing
S- has a big hop smell piney, a little malt but mainly hops
T- has a great big hop burst flavor, malty, very smooth and tasteful
M- medium/light body with a crisp carbonation flows very well over the ton
D- high, could drink a ton if i wanted

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 23:06:38 | More by Atron67
Photo of jeffjfindley


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy orange color, with a very substantial head that goes the extra mile. Smell is lively west coast IPA all the way, pine & citrus. Taste is typical, nothing out of the ordinary. Big, cloying nugget hops dominate. Mouthfeel is rich and sticky. Not in love with this one. It's well-executed and all, but pales (sorry) in comparison to offerings from some other west coast micros. I loved the Hop Rod, but found this rather one-dimensional and not terribly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 06:45:52 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a nice orange-ish hue, and a white head. Hops in the aroma, somewhat smell like pine. A nice malt that leaves a sweet presence, pine like hops, and a nice dry finish. A very tasty beer, I wish this would be a bit easier to get around here. I think that it would a regular staple beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 17:20:19 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of frazbri


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

Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA poured clear copper with a strong, bright white head. Aroma had a strong pine punch with a little floral accent. Flavor is strongly bitter, especially out front, with a touch of citrus and sweetness. Body was medium high in carbonation and thickness and a little dry in the finish.

This is a west coast IPA. It's a not so subtle, highly hopped beer that may scare the uninitiated, but is a good choice for the hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 03:39:41 | More by frazbri
Photo of Damian


3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank on-tap at The Mission Bar & Grille, Boston, MA

Poured a clear, copperish-amber with a small, foamy, white head that faded to a lasting ring of lace.

The aroma was fragrantly hoppy, yet well balanced. Flowery, aromatic hops were met by ripe tropical fruits, citrus and some candy-like sweetness.

The taste however was punchy, one-dimensional and completely unbalanced. Intense cascade hops and hop oils took over from the very start and never let up. The hoppiness was grapefruit-like, piney and resiny. Just when I thought things could not get anymore intense, the hops crescendoed into the puckeringly bitter and slightly dry finish.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and rather sticky.

All in all, this was a hop monster, pure and simple. While the 7% ABV was rather well hidden, I found my tolerance for the lack of balance and overwhelming bitterness waning from the very start. I really had a difficult time finishing this one. Definitely a beer to be enjoyed only by a true hop head.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 06:48:59 | More by Damian
Photo of Daehpoh


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

Pours an amber orange color with nice puffy head. Good lacing and retention.
Great floral, piney hop aroma. Caramel malts evident as well. Good depth, not one dimensional.
Taste is just what I'm looking for in an IPA. Fresh, slightly piney hops with just enough malt to provide structure.
Somewhat slick feel, but ends dry.
Quite drinkable even with 7% abv and typical bitterness associated with this style.
This is a great West Coast IPA. Distinctive, substantial and even addicting by some standards. This one gets my recommedation for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 02:27:33 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of mghotbi


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

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a bit of bottle sediment and thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Lots of lacing. Magnificent nose of floral hops, orange and faint pine. Creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Oily, resinous hops up front, followed by a faint but present malt sweetness that gives way to a lingering dry bitterness. Alcohol is well masked, but sneaks up on you at 7% and limits the drinkability.

An excellent IPA. I'd rank it second only to Moonlight's Bombay by Boat.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:10:13 | More by mghotbi
Photo of mjc410


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

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a creamy, very light tan head that never reaches one finger in height. It is hesitant to fall into the semi-translucent copper body below. The bubbles rising with fervor help to keep it visually stimulating. The lacing sticks around for the whole show, too.

The nose is full of a hoppy combination of pine and citrus, with a strong malty, bready, caramelly backbone. It's quite nice, and not at all overpowering.

This is a finely balanced IPA! It's sweet at first, with a nice oily citrus-pine tang, and then the real power of the malt takes over with caramel, before ending hoppy and just slightly bitter. Pretty nice.

The mouth is medium thick, with excellent carbonation, just enough to keep things lively. This is an easy drinking, stimulating IPA that I could see myself trying every once and a while, despite the fact that I often don't like the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 00:07:22 | More by mjc410
Photo of kirok1999


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

Pours a ruddy gold with a very slight head and just a little lacing.
Smells mostly of grassy and piney hops, just a little citrus and some sweet malts.
Taste is the same, very nice IPA. Grass, pine, citrus, sweet caramel and toffee, slight plum notes too.
Feels thick and hearty.
Downed this one after mowing an acre of lawn and it was really sweet. Gotta get some water now to balance the body but if I could thrive on this, I would do so gladly.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 00:02:57 | More by kirok1999
Photo of jomo


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange with a 2" head that disipates quickly.

Smell is light but pleasant. Piney and hoppy. I also smell a little malt in there.

Taste is pretty much like the smell. A little citrus added. Pretty light, but refreshing. Finish is lightly bitter.

Nice, fine carbonation. Medium viscosity.

Drinkability? Oh my yes.

This is a good, refreshing IPA. Not quite as "big" as advertised on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:39:42 | More by jomo
Photo of klewis


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Brewkettle, Strongsvile, OH 5/13/07

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden and left lots of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Strong citrusy hops aromas. Very nice.

T: Lots of hop presence with citrus and bubble gum flavors and a light bitterness in the finish. A spicy hop character adds depth and complexity.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp hop bite.

D: This one reminds me an awful lot of Two-Hearted, and it's consistently as good. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2007 17:30:34 | More by klewis
Photo of jdoncbus


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-orange with a modest head and decent lacing. Smells of lemony-pineapple and mild malt. Outstanding floral flavor with a pleasing firm touch of hops - extremely smooth; alcohol does not stand out. The mouthhfeel is nice with a smooth, oil finish and mild tart.

Overall a very nice beer - I admit that I prefer the Hop Rye a little more regardless this is an outstanding session beer. Props to "From the Vine" on Polaris and Old State - for continually bringing in new and interesting beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 00:15:10 | More by jdoncbus
Photo of bigdeuce


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

This beer is absolutely outstanding. Pours a dark straw color with a tan, creamy head, that follows the body down to the end of the glass. Nose is of sweet, sticky, pine needles..really a great smelling brew. High hop concentration but balanced by some rich malt which gives it tremendous balance. Great summer thirst quencher!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 22:49:11 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Bierguy5


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

12 oz. bottle, 7% ABV. Hazy golden on color, with a slight shade of copper thrown in. Nice fluffy off-white head, that hold up very well for some time. When it does fade, and the beer disappears, there are some impressive sheets of lace resting on the sides of the glass.

Great hop aroma, citrusy, mainly grapefruit, and pine resin. Maybe a hint of floral in the back. A bit of sweet maltyness in the nose as well.

Up front, there is a good amount of sweetness. Seems to be a very solid malt character, which may be slightly toasty. Hops coming into play immediately in citrusy and piney form, just as the nose told me. Bitterness is solid, without being harsh.

Good body and carbonation. Very nice here. A solid IPA. Glad to see it in Ohio now.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 03:09:35 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color. It's got a very nice, foamy one and half finger head. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: Big piney hops and grapefruit. Other citrus scents are noticeable (a bit of mango, orange, and maybe pineapple). Decent malt presence. Mostly hops and grapefruit. Smells delicious.

Taste: Initially, it's very citrus sweet. The grapefruit really gives it a bitter taste. Hops kick in soon after and only adds to the bitterness. It's nowhere near a DIPA. But, the bitterness is very, very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation and abv are pretty much ideal. I really think I could almost session this beer. It's that drinkable. Overall, it's an excellent IPA. Clearly one of favorites in this style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 01:12:17 | More by prototypic
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,026 ratings.