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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,837
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 249
Gots: 777 | FT: 10
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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Photo of dogfoodman
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A local beer for me. Brewed within 50 miles of my home. Short lived head, burnt copper color, nice hop come on with a slowly pleasant diminishing of the hop aftertaste. A beer to keep around! fairly persistent lacing, nice clarity. The brewery has recently started to distribute this beverage in six packs, as opposed to only in 22oz bottles.

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

Great smelling. Hoppy, floral, biscuit.
Poured into a red wine glass, the head dissipated fairly quickly but left some decent lacing. I got my nose in again, some butter, plenty of malt as well.

Taste was excellent, balanced, full mouth feel some hoppy crispness at the front, and an almost truffley taste.

Overall very good.

Photo of rrski198
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 inch solid white head. Pale color, not amber.

S: Cascade? Chinook? Very good nose.

T: The smell really brings the taste home. Not overpowering, nicely balanced. For a regular IPA, this is quite nice.

M: Smooth. Again not overpowering. Feel the hops but not a palate wrecker.

D: Overall, excellent. A great version of an American IPA. Very drinkable. I love big IPAs, this is not one of those. But, it is a perfect example of this style of beer.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a big off-white head.

Delicious notes of thick pine needles and lemon zest. Sweet malts balance against the assertive hop character very nicely. This is very easy on the nose.

I'm surprised by how bitter the Racer 5 ISN'T. Compared to the nose, the hops are more refined, less "in your face" than you would expect, but still pleasantly hoppy, and perfectly in line with the style. The sweet, fruity, thick bodied malt tastes roll along the tongue so smoothly, I almost want to compare it to a sweet milkshake (lol), but that wouldn't be quite appropriate. Very delicious, nonetheless. Easy drinking, medium-thick bodied, velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 12oz into snifter

A moderate pour gives a perfectly clear orange body with a half inch
white head. Thins down pretty quickly, bit leaves a thin film and nice

Aroma is big time grapefruit. Some ripe peach sweetness as well. Hops
are pungent and powerful in the nose.

Taste comes in layers, grapefruit, pine, peach (among other fruits),
pale malt, and a slightly oily hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with carbonation being on the
lighter side for the style. It doesn't stand out as perfect, but
doesn't seem flawed either. It just works well.

Easy to drink with a solid hop forward flavor and enticing bitterness.
Could easily kick back a few, even at 7% abv.

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

A: Pours a burnt orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipated leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Notes of citrus and hops, simply put.

T: Very nice hop presence with a hint of citrus.

M: Has a light to medium body with a slight carbonation.

D: Quite smooth for a hoppy west coast IPA, an easy 7% ABV. Tastes just like an IPA should be, very tasty.

Photo of silentjay
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours an orange-copper, a rigorous pour is needed to create a decent head, but it sticks around and laces well. tiny bit of sediment is visible from the bottle-conditioning.

smells of flowers and citrus with a lot of grapefruit.

Tastes like a west-coast IPA is supposed to. lots of citrus, bitter, with a slightly sweet yet very acidic citric aftertaste. a bit of pine can be detected in the finish.

Mouthfeel is great for an IPA. enough carbonation to bite your tongue, but bottle-conditioned and smooth going down.

Drinkability is great, as well. Citric, bitter, sweet, acidic, and smooth combine to make one great IPA. 7% alcohol is hidden well.

One of my favorites. probably the beer that I have had the most of over the past year, a very consistent brew that I'm sure to visit again and again. I love the bottle-conditioning, the up-front citrus followed by a bit of pine and oh-so pleasant bitterness. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jessearellano
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Poured into a tulip style pint glass*


Three finger head, mostly creamy, cloudy orange honey body with light carbonation. Also I can tell the beer is not filtered because there are traces of hops floating in the beer, AWESOME!


LOTS of hops, really smells great. Floural with maybe a tiny hint of grapefruit citrus, defiantly can smell some malt and bitterness.


AWESOME tasting beer, theirs a hint of pine combined with taste of hops and a little bit of bitterness. The hops and bitterness are perfect, not to overpowering, perfectly balanced.


A bit warming mouth feel that goes down easy. The aftertaste will finish a bit dry but will not leave you thirsty.


A little bitter but very smooth, very easy to drink. 7 percent alcohol??? you can't taste it at all!! Goes down really easy, I bet I could chug this entire pint no problem...

Awesome, awesome IPA, this might be my favorite beer!! Extremely well balanced, their is a strong hop presence but not overpowering and goes down so smooth, it taste so great!! PLEASE TRY THIS BEER!!!

Photo of Philabeerphia
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

tonight I had a moment. Maybe it's the fact that my wife and I served this beer at our wedding. Not sure... but this beer is so sensuous. Extremely fresh - on tap at Monk's - poured into a shaker pint.

Light golden hues, nicely hazed with a firm, ivory head sitting one half finger high. Emitting both light khaki and warmer amber highlights when held to the bar light. Straight. Not far off in the nose - bold with an easy blend of pine, grapefruit and an echo of sugary sweet grains. The epitome of IPA, if not totally memorable. This classic nose is taken much further in the mouth, and especially the mouthfeel. The drink starts off with a small kick of light bready malts, just enough to stand at attention, then blossoms smoothly into a pungent blend of flowers, fruit and mothers milk. An experience of wilderness brought to life by the brewer. mountain grasses, pineapple, mango and mealy apple are brightened by some high sugary notes and a lightly crisp carbonation. steady as she goes, full as the beer has spread, floral hops and supple yeast combine in the back of the mouth to provide a soothing sense of satisfaction. Velvety. Long. soft. finish, but not a lurking presence... fades with a slow dial. No bitter resins pooling, instead the fade is lightly sweet and milky. truly gorgeous. The brewer has tuned in to a recipe that should not be touched. Difficult to improve this experience. I can't capture the full satisfaction with words. Truly special.

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

A - Poured a deep, cloudy golden amber with very little head retention.

S - A blast of citrus hops; grapefruit and floral nose.

T - Bitter citrus with some floral notes. A nice clean aftertaste.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A great west coast IPA. Definitely worthy of being a regular in my fridge.

Photo of wise456
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

A: Slightly cloudy/hazy golden body capped by a thick two finger head which stuck around for a while.

S: Typical West Coast blast of piny hops with a bit of clove-like spiciness.

T: Wow - much smoother than your usual hop-bomb. This one is crisp and clean like all well-made IPAs but instead of the usual grapefruit-driven bitterness, this beer is driven by a less sour acidic attack normally seen in the style. It is almost like the hoppiness hits the back of the mouth rather than the front of the palate and pleasantly lingers for a while.

M: Medium body, no oily slickness.

D: Sir, may I have another? A unique IPA which disappeared all too quickly and deserves a place in the top shelf of my fridge.

Photo of diamondc
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six pack bought for $10.99. No freshness date, just some obscure numbers on the bottom of the bottles.

A: Classic (unfiltered) IPA appearance .. golden, hazy, with a lot of yeast floaters dancing. Not that much head retention, yet there is some nice lacing clinging on every sip.

S: Citrus-y, tangerine & orange skins, grapefruit. Not much pine or floral hop characteristics in there, if at all.

T: More citrus goodness .. hops leave a pleasant bitter grapefruit skin aftertaste. Not the most complex IPA I've had, but they really nailed the fruity/citrus thing down.

M/D: The most drinkable IPA I've had so far. Alcohol is near undetectable. Carbonation is spot on, with bitterness kept to a minimal level. Only after two, I actually felt a slight buzz going on. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of xanok
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was psyched to find out I still had one of these hangin around from my trip to Mass two months ago. Quickly became one of my favorite regular IPAs.

A-Hazy, medium gold in color. Head is small with little retention.

S-Lots of citrusy goodness goin on here. Grapefruit, pineapple are very present. Malts take a back seat, but still pretty noticeable.

T-A bit of honey up front, and follows the nose mostly after that. Malt backbone is solid, but the citrus notes are the stars here. Floral hops are awesome here.

M-Almost too smooth. Carb is almost perfect. The aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired.

D-7% abv isn't too bad, and if I had a couple more, they would likely disappear by the end of the night as well. I'll have ot make sure I get some more of these next time I'm in Mass.

Photo of exparte
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Lovely strong aroma of sweet malt and pineapple citrus hops. Beautiful clear golden color with a substantial sticky white head that forms a web down the glass. Quite bitter but even more sweet. Full bodied and smooth with a long finish that manages to be both sweet and bitter. Finely crafted but a bit too sweet for my taste.

Photo of cdizinno
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with floaties. Minimal white head with some lacing.

S: Clean, fresh citrus hop aroma. Light alcohol and toasted malt lay underneath the hops.

T&M: Crisp, smooth up front with a medium body. Mostly citrus, semi-sweet with a mild piney hop taste. Semi-rough carbonation and hop bitterness on the fade.

Very good IPA. Probably not at the top of my favorites, but high quality nonetheless.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like Bear Republic, don't like their lawsuit.

Gold with floating yeasties bobbing around. Bulbous white head forms a mound in the glass center like a turtle shell. Retention is said turtle shell descending like a scuba diver when the tide is going out. That's a good thing.

Pineapple, grapefruit and soft pine aroma. Taste is citrus and tropical fruit (lots of pineapple) hop with a full resiny mouthfeel. Though hop forward, the malt puts up a fight in it's own right being just the right amount of dryness and just the right amount of fullness. I'm getting watermelon with the swallow?

Though I will stand up for East coast IPAs in their own right (Berkshire Lost Sailor, Smuttynose, Mayflower, etc) I'm a sucker for a West coast citrus bomb. This is a go to when I have the urge.

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

A: At first glance, I'm a little disappointed by the look of this brew. In a standard pint glass, it looks a little thin, with a see-through golden orange color. A medium-hard pour leaves about a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly. The carbonation looks great, however, as does the thin, thready, lacing the sticks on the side of the glass.

S: Mostly sweet citrus notes come upfront; is is a nice orange and lemon scent. A little bit of oily, pine-y hops support the citrus smell. As with the appearance, the word thin comes to mind. It does not have a big aroma, but it does have a nice aroma.

T: The taste, however, is not thin and this makes this guy quite happy. There is a very delicious balance between the sweet citrus flavors and the pleasant, dry, pine hop tastes. The finish has that nice, lingering dryness that I really enjoy from a quality IPA.

M: A good, warming feel that spreads joy to all parts of the palate. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth.

D: Not a palate-ruining IPA at all and its crisp, clean citrus tastes lead me to believe that I could drink several of these puppies and be pretty joyful.

Photo of Bfarr
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bright orange color with virtually no head (which may have been the way it it was poured). It has a wonderfully robust fruity hop aroma complements the sweetness of the beer. A nice velvety feel lingers with the bitterness and sweet alcohol flavor.

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

I was sent this beer unsolicited by one of my traders because I had previously given it a very bad review. he felt I should give it another try... Thanks Russ (2dogbrew)!

Bottle poured into pint glass

pours a pale apricot color. Whitish head lasts half way through before becoming a swirl of faint bubbles. Chunks of lacing remain firmly in place.

Smells of grapefruit and citrus hops. Not smelling malts, but it is still rather pleasant. So far, much better than the other one I had.

Taste follows nose. There is a nice sweetness present from the malts. Also this one had a slight sour citrus- like a hint of lemony goodness. Actually very pleased.

This is right where it should be for an A IPA. Good light/medium body with solid amount of carbonation.

I will delete my original review. This guy deserves an A.

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

On Cask @ The Grey Lodge

Look: Amber orange, clear, with thick head and excellent lacing

Smell: Citrus and pine - very floral!

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, citrus. particularly orange
Finish: Apricot, tropical fruit, and nice malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a creamy and smooth body

Drinkability: Malty, fruity, and not too hoppy. Very easy to drink

Overall Impression: This is an excellent IPA from California! This beer should go over well with Newbeez that do not have an aversion to hops.

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice clear orange yellow color with a medium bodied and short off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice citrus aroma, followed by a nice blend of earthy, piney, and citrus-y hop aromas to finish.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts - just the right amount for this beer - followed by a perfectly executed blend of earthy, floral, citrus-y, and some piney hops. It's not too bitter and not overhopped at all.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, the flavors blend well and it's a pretty sessionable IPA.

Photo of ocmpoma
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange-gold into my pilsner glass. Settled down with a couple of millimeters of foam which faded out. The beer leaves some great lacing.

The nose is strong. Extremely complex, with lots of citrus and tang and hops, and even some mustiness, all mixing together -- it's a great aroma, one of the best I've experienced in an IPA. And the taste delivers what is promised by the nose: a very rich, very complex and lasting flavor. The bitterness is not only balanced, but enhanced by the complexity of the flavors. There's lemon and candied orange and I get some mint and spices... it's a wonderfully rich taste that's hard to describe fully -- knocks me out with each swig.

The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for such a great, complex beer, but it's so delicious I could drink a sixer if I wasn't careful. An absolutely outstanding beer, one of my favorites.

Photo of DeauxBoy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, honey amber, mildly carbonated with a slight, creamy, short-lived head and light lacing

S: Citrusy, slightly grassy with faint alcohol

T: Hops up front, with some hints of a honey malt, mild alcohol, and a bitter hop finish that stays for a while

M: Wow-- this stuff is smooth. Perfect carbonation

D: Very drinkable beer that I could easily see becoming a staple IPA in my beer diet.

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

Pours a yellowy copper color with medium white head which dissipates quickly for an IPA, but leaves plenty of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation in the beer.

Lots of pine and citrus aromas, with a bit of an herbal/grassy note as well. Taste is very bitter, lots more hop flavors and very grassy flavors. Plenty of citrus as well, with less pine. A bit of malt comes through but is subtle compared to the hops flavors.

The bitterness of this beer combines with a bit of sweetness to produce a light to medium body, and the carbonation gives it a bit of a crisp, almost silky feel in the mouth.

Photo of Celt44
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've always eyed this one but have never picked it up..here goes..

Appearance - Transparent light gold - very light for the style...Nice frothy head and lacing that lasts...

Aroma - Piney floral hops up front...Malty, bready aroma towards the end...

Taste - Excellent - Citrusy and sweet. Hops are not overly bitter...just right. Finishes with a sweetness that reminds me of prunes....

Mouthfeel - The smoothest IPA I've had in recent memory....almost silky.

Drinkability - One of the best. I like different types of IPAs and this one is an excellent hoppy treat. Great job Bear Republic...

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,837 ratings.