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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,900 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,900
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 257
Gots: 810 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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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Ratings: 6,900 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of Duttonic
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle, poured into a dogfish head pint.

A- Hazy orange, 1 1/4 fingers of head (off-white), excellent lacing.

S- Floral, hops, grapefruit, maybe a hint of lemon.

T/M- Exceptional flavor, mouth-puckering hops, extremely enjoyable. Creamy, grapefruit, leaves that patented sticky & bitter aftertaste of a quality IPA.

D- Not for the faint of heart. If you don't care for IPA's, this will be way out of your league. Great benchmark of the style. These can definitely be enjoyed one after the other in a sitting.

I know that since it is 7% abv it probably shouldn't be a session, but this is one of my favorite IPA's to drink in numbers if I'm at a pub or bar. Highly recommended for hop-heads.

Photo of gameface23
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange body with a minimal head that does leave a surprising amount of lacing.

S: A blast of citrus hops (mostly orange and grapefruit) along with a supporting role from a honeyed caramel sweetness and slight earthy mint notes.

T: Surprisingly soft citrus fruit bitterness up front. This is certainly a bitter beer, but it seems like it's restrained just at the verge of crossing over the threshold of a throat thrasher.

M: Medium bodied, but the carbonation is lacking.

D: That English BA user that always yells at people for referring to beers over 4% ABV as session ales is going to be pissed in 3...2...1: This is the closest I've ever found to a sessionable beer at 7% ABV. It is easy drinking and very flavorful.

Photo of Lakes
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My oh my I love Racer 5.

I have this frequently both from a 22oz bottle at Enoteca and on tap at Capone's.

Both from bottle and on tap it's appearance is exceptional. It's color is a bright vibrant golden orange that seems not content to sit in the glass. It's full frothy head beckons to be sipped.

Racer 5's aroma is room filling. It's a buoyant citrus full of grapefruit, tangerine with mild pine notes at the back.

The taste follows the aroma perfectly, filling the mouth with strong rich American hops. A bold grapefruit/citrus blast with bright spots of pine, orange peel and tangerine. The malt backs up the hops but doesn't take away anything. It's like a framework for the hops to rest on. Just wonderful

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying and it's drinkability has been tested and proven outstanding many MANY times.

Photo of appenzeller
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy drk gold with a modest head. Aroma is HOPS and citrus, standard West Coast IPA/DIPA. Taste is the same, this beer is all hops, just a hint of light bready malt underneath. Nothing complex here, if you like hop bombs, this is yet one more beer that'll do the job for you. Occasionally I enjoy that and on those occasions, I'd buy another.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Very orange in color, looks kind of like a Blue Moon. Good carbonation. 1 finger's worth of foam.

Smell - Very citrusy, but I couldn't make out any other distinct aromas.

Taste - Typical IPA taste, very hopy, but with a good balance, probably from the citrus taste. It really hits the top front of the palate.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light, not too creamy.

Drinkability - Pretty good beer in general, maybe a little too IPA for me though. But a worthy beer nonetheless.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is currently my go-to for a session beer. MAINLY because I am in the mood for IPAs and this is the best one I can get in a case at my local liquor store. For the record I just opened my.. 5th 12 pack case of it tonight. Thought it proper to give it

Vigorous pour yields a less than impressive head, and nothing is worse than bad head.. but is there really such think? Where were we? Oh yes, a beer review. On the up side, lacing is usually good with this beer. I'm on my 5th case of the stuff, trust me : )

Smells good. Not overpowering. Pine and citrus are the dominant scents coming through.

OK. Taste. Wow. It's got everything you could want in a session IPA. Hops are there, and tangy, but beautifully balanced by the malt backbone. It's really as simple as that. And this is why I am on my 5th case of the stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium body. The malts hold the hops in check and it never develops into a sour twang that some IPAs can evolve to.

Stupidly drinkable. This is my 5th case of the stuff. Until Russian River starts selling Pliny by the case, this WILL be my go-to session beer until the weather starts to cool off and I start looking for browns, porters, and stouts.

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My notes from last summer rear their ugly head. This will be my third different serving style of this beer! I do not think that even any of LNCBC's beers hold that distinction.

My server, to be named later, brought this to me with a finger of bone-white head with good retention, Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with pine-y hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a palate-cleansing hoppiness. Don't hold back! Finish was gaspingly bone-dry. More, please, Raquel!

Photo of zebco
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear, golden orange color. A sticky, ivory colored head tops this brew. All the carbonation bubbles look like they're having a party. A great and inviting appearance. Aromas of strong, delicious hops. Pine. Hop oils. Citrus. The taste is sweet with intense hops. Intense in an awesome way. The head was thick and creamy and laced amazingly through the 22oz. Great balanced between the hops and sweet malt. A good bitterness lingers. I very muched enjoyed this brew. Will look to pick up another.

Photo of TheSarge
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours decently to produce a finger and a half thick off white head. The body is copperish gold in color, and has slight chill haze.

In the aroma freshly cut grass and pine dominate with a slight lemon presence.

The taste is of spruce with lemon and other citrusy notes.

The feel of this brew is kind of dry and coarse upfront, but the citrusy finish leaves the palate wet.

Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 US fl.oz bottle poured into a globe glass...

A - A very nice hazy orange body to it, with a one-finger beige head. Very nice lacing!

S - Juicy citrus hops, some caramel, and a bit of pine. Smells very inviting and intense.

T - Loads of grapefruit-like hoppiness; definitely packs a solid hob bite! Quite sweet. Hints of pine, butterscotch, and tropical fruits. The after-taste has got some breadiness to it, as well as some lingering bitterness. Tastes very good and balanced!

M - Quite thick; medium-to-full body to it. Mildly carbonated, with slight hints of alcohol. Very smooth.

D - Goes down alright, but I've had more drinkable IPA's.

Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; dated 4/22/10 (packaged)

Lighter orange-copper color with tons of sediment, and an ivory-white head which is thin but sturdy.

Bright citric hoppiness and sweet maltiness to the nose.

Sweet, citric, spicy, hoppy, piny. Notes of orange & grapefruit meld with a distinct herbal character (basil/cannabis leaf). Great flavor.

Nice body; full, quenching, bitter.

Very good IPA; not quite up there for me as the best West Coast IPA (or best offering from BR) but still a solid go-to option for a citric hop blast.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a lovely tulip glass. Nice orange gold color to this beer. Pure white head, not the tightest of bubbles but nice. Lacing sticks to the glass a good bit. Pretty beer in the glass. Very citrus aroma forward ipa, great west coast hop aroma right on the nose. Very balanced malt to hop profile. Citrusy, flowery and bitter with a lingering bitter bit on the tongue. Crisp clean ipa taste. For a 7% by volume the alcohol is well masked and tastes like a lower abv ipa. Smooth beer in the mouth and over the tongue with the hop bitterness that makes your tongue take notice. Maybe could be a little more bubbly for me. Like most ipas this one is easy to drink and delightful.

Photo of DaveonBA
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.

Appearance: Orange to gold with moderate head retention but weak lacing.

Smell: Smells great. Juicy hops and citrus. My first impression reminded me a lot of Hopslam, which was unexpected.

Taste: Slight sweetness up front. Followed by an attack of bitter, citrusy hops. Long bitter finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but I could have used a bit more carbonation. That's really my only gripe with this beer.

Drinkability: Overall this was a very enjoyable beer. The delicious lingering hoppy finish keeps me coming back for another sip, then another bottle. 7% is right in the middle of my ideal range of abv for a 6 pack IPA to drink during the week.

I will be buying this again as a steady drinker. Hopefully my next bottle has a little more carbonation.

Photo of tweeder263
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large 24 oz pilsner type glass. poured out a nice golden/lightamber brew with 1 finger head. Head seems to dissipate quickly.Medium carbonation.Smells of beautiful citric/grapefruit hops. Very nice sweet hoppy taste.Nicely balanced,of course hoppy but not overbearing. Mouthfeel is slightly better then avg.A very good beer.

Photo of udubdawg
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazed peachy gold color, topped with the expected impressive creamy head. retention wasn't great, but while it lasted the lacing was quite good.
Citrus greets my nose, mixed with a sort of pungent cattiness. faint alcohol note, bare hint of lightly toasted is the only bit of malt bill I get. I dig it!
It's bitter but not over the top compared to it's IBU level. Ample hop flavor, no diacetyl. There is a little pine to the citrus, and a mild caramel flavor - doesn't finish dry and I guess that's what's hiding some of the hops.
Creamy soft body, barely sticky, carbonation perhaps just a touch low. There is little to slow me down here. A winner!

Photo of BeanBone
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nicely hazy golden-orange body capped by a little over a finger of whitish head that endures well and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, juicy, citrusy, and mildly piney hops over a sweet caramel body.

Flavor: Up front, juicy, citrusy, slightly resinous, and mildly bitter hops take the lead. Underneath, a biscuity caramel malt backbone keeps everything grounded. It's a rather balanced proposition, though the hops are the primary focus here. The moderately-high alcohol content is masked well, leaving no trace. Biscuity malt and piney hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: For hop fans, this is as an easy drinker as any IPA with a seven percent kick.

Verdict: Racer 5 is a solid, balanced, and drinkable American IPA and another satisfying brew from Bear Republic. A little more focus on the Cascades, and this could really be up there for me.

Photo of alpineclimber
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this beer back from Oregon recently. Fairly excited to review an IPA that seems to be well liked among BA's. The bottle has been sitting around for a few weeks so it's not super fresh but I am sure it's fine.

The beer poured a golden amber color with a small frothy white head that recedes to some lacing. I did not hold back on the pour and emptied all the yeast into the glass as well.

The smell is of fresh citrus and pine hops.

Taste is great! A nice big fruity blast followed by the citrus and pine hops. Would be interesting to know about the hops used and their flavor profiles. The bitterness is in the finish, the way it should be. The mouthfeel is slick and the carbonation is perfect.

This is a great beer. More pleasant to drink then some IPA's I have had, to me this is very well balanced brew, not to hop heavy. It's not my typical style of beer but it's one I would drink if I could get it.

Photo of kwjd
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with some floaties. Thick white head that leaves a nice layer after dissipating. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells of citrus hops as well as a yeasty aroma. Very bitter hop bite to this, with some bready malt backbone. I would drink this all the time if we had access to this in Ontario.

Photo of Japerrault
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden ale. Thin white head which dissipated quickly.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple.

T: Pleasent light sweetness and grapefruit throughout, subtle toasted grain melding in the middle. Finishes smoothly with a very mild bitterness.

M: Terrific. Medium body, smooth feeling beer. Lighter carbonation allows the subtle chartacter to show through. Well balanced and rather delicate.

D: Very nice job on this IPA. All the flavor, but nothing harsh. Everything is in balance. One sip invites another.

Photo of IronLover
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow color with a very faint amber hue. Big dense head with thick sticky lacings. Surprisingly light carbonation feel, although dense lazy bubbles would linger in the glass after a bit of a swirl. Light yeasty malt aroma with hints of citrus, orange and grapefruit. Very smooth body with well balanced malt and hop characters. went down very smoothly. Very drinkable.

Photo of scottyb88
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled date is, I think, March 16, 2010

A- pours a cloudy dark gold/yellow color with a fluffy white 2-finger head; a lot of sticky lacing

S-nice lemon peel bitterness, grapefruit with some tangerine sweetness

T-lemon/orange peel, grapefruit and pine at the front followed with a malty sweetness but not overly sweet, just enough to cut the bitterness

M-the lingering oily bitterness is very present, but should be expected; great medium body mouthfeel with just enough carbonation

D-if you're looking for a bitter ipa this is a very good example imo; not a great session beer, but it's definitely nice to fulfill your hop cravings; the alcohol is well hidden and a 22oz is easy to finish

Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't think I have had this beer since my review in 2007. Been a while and it was on for growler fills.

A: Fairly clear light copper color. Poured with a finger of billowy white head with excellent lacing. A great lookiing IPA.

S: The nose lacks a little. Little bit of a piney citrus note. The malt is there as well but a bit subdued. I remember having this years ago and thinking it was super fragrant.

T: Very well balanced. Not that much bitterness. Not that much else besides just a touch of a piney hop note. Finishes super clean.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Lacks that slightly syrupy quality I look for in a IPA. A touch creamy. Great carbonation for a growler.

D: This is a classic. Something I would get on tap at home for a daily drinker. Really nice. Not quite sessionable but I would session it.

Photo of jsanford
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head on 5/12/10

A - Golden in color, perfect clarity. Small head with nice lacing

S - Didn't get a very strong nose from my pouring. Small amounts of grapefruit, pineapple, apricot. Typical of an IPA.

T - Almost a "wheaty" sweetness to it, nice grapefruit finish

M - Light-bodied, went down pretty easy

D - Overall a pretty solid IPA, if a bit "entry level". I will say I had a fresh Maharaja prior to this brew so perhaps my tastebuds were blown. May have to re-visit later.

Photo of haddon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler at The Lodge in Hilton Head Island. they even threw in a Racer 5 pint glass to go with it!

A- pours golden amber with a nice frothy head. good lacing down the pint glass

S- pine, sweet citrus that's heavy on the grapefruit side. does have a malty backbone. nice balance, nice smell.

T- lemon, pine, orange & hops. good malty undertone. this is a great beer. had a couple with seafood last night... very nice.

M- medium body with adequate carbonation

D- scary drinkable. at 7% abv, I could easily have a few pints on a hot Summer's eve. enjoy!

Photo of malloyca
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color and very cloudy, with visible particles and tons of bubbles. The head was thin and dissipated rather quickly. Aromas were primarily pine and resin, some floral aromas in the background. This is a beer with great backbone and mouthfeel, medium to full bodied without the sweetness that some American IPA's bring. Overall a prototypical West Coast IPA with bitterness and hops that are pronounced but not excessive; this is one of the beers that drew me to liking this style. Since it is not overly sweet or heavy, it would be pretty easy to put away a few of these in short order, and the 7% ABV should be noted.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,900 ratings.