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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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6,777 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,777
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 233
Gots: 721 | 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:
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 ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Local 44 on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy golden/orange amber-tinted body with two fingers of rocky, off-white foam that deposited attractive lacing around the glass.

S - Veritable garden of fresh hop aroma featuring citrus, pine, resin and floral notes. Very pungent and fresh. Oh yeah, there's some caramel malt sweetness too.

T - Surge of hop goodness with equal parts pine, citrus and resin with a touch of floral character as well. Hops are supported by a sweet caramel malt base. Lots of piney hop flavor in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and smooth cask mouthfeel. Touch of alcohol heat. Fairly aggressive bitter finish.

D - One of my favorite IPAs out there. And how do you make an incredible beer even better? Cask condition, of course! Simply an excellent West Coast IPA.

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

Oooh...thick malty IPAs, I f*ckin love them. The sticky, sappy, wood; hint of caramel, creme brulee scorched sugar ceiling, spicy toffee building a supportive foundation for the hops that hop out the glass. The head rests for a while then slips out the back door, leaving a thick ring of residual sucre lacing. The aroma is so inviting, fresh damp greens and cinnamon bread pudding. The ending bitterness is refreshing and lingers way after the pint is set down. These are the IPAs I crave, the malty backbone IPAs dominate the realm. Hail the perfect relationship of tough malt and aggresive hops.

Photo of JRed
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber hue with large frothy head. A nice aroma of pine, hops, and some citrus. A tad thick in mouthfeel, tastes of hops, pine notes, alcohol, and some tang in the finish. A very good IPA that holds down the fort against the competition. My first Bear Republic but definitely not my last.

Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle obtained in a trade with jleblanc! Crazy I get a CA beer from in a MA trade when I'm in CO.

A - Cascading bubbles at a happy pace. This shoulda maybe gone into my Sam Adams glass rather than a simple pint. Great IPA toasty golden color. Fluffy thick off white head that leaves a great tight lace as it settles.

S - Fresh sweet hops. YUM! If you could smell hops in the dictionary this is what it would smell like. very much more the floral/citrus hops rather than piney

T - Not as sharp and aggressive that the smell might let on. It's much nicer than that. Big hop taste, but well rounded. This is why I like IPAs. This isn't an IPA that is going to knock your teeth out

M - Some dryness after the sip. I don't feel the as much carbonation that I could see after the pour. Light to medium mouthfeel. It's obviously a real beer, but you don't feel big alcohol.

D - very enjoyable and very nice IPA. Wish I didn't have to go trading for this one. It's what drinking an IPA should be.

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little over one finger of light tan head grows to the rim, stabilizes for a few seconds, and then slowly fades, leaving a spotted lace all around the glass. Has the color of aged brass. Smells of oily hops, citrus rinds, and sweetened grapefruit. The hops linger on the palate for a while, before some bitter sweet malts and oranges shine through, balancing everything out. Mouth-feel is medium, and it goes down in a sinewy wave that begs the throat for more. This is a well-rounded, tasty and quite drinkable IPA that truly lives up to it' billing as a top tier IPA.

Photo of Gilgemesh
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Currently on tap in my dining room.

A brief sniff of this elixir is like plunging your head into a box of oranges and lemons. There is the faint odor of a few grapefruits down at the bottom. When you pull your head back you can sense the delicate odors of fresh cut wildflowers. The warm amber liquid, accented by a slight haze, is asking, no, screaming for you to take a taste. As the tender bubbles of carbonation play across your palate you are again reminded of fresh citrus fruits. Then a warmth passes across your tongue, like being curled up in a velvet blanket. This is followed by a tangy, pungent finish that completes the experience and invites you into the next. There will be no speed racing through this pint.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room in Chicago. Pours a hazy orange with a nice glow surrounding it. Chunky laciing. All over the glass.
Biscuits on the nose with a bit of orange.
Soft and balanced taste with some biscuits and hay. Very easy on the palate, and has a great soft feeling while still retaining the bold flavor.

I like this one.

Photo of mtrentm
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Golden copper color with off-white head which reduces to nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit initially jumps out of the glass then leads to pine & more sweet citrus hops.

T: Citrus upfront leading to a sweet malt with a little bit of bitterness at the end.

M: Medium-bodied smooth & creamy with a slightly bitter & dry finish.

D: Extremely drinkable & smooth. I was expecting more bitterness for an IPA, but still very good.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brilliant honey-yellow has the slighest haze from the bottle conditioning and perhaps massive residual hop matter. Billowing white head blooms
like a mushroon in a time-lapse video and hangs on for some time.

Resinous, piney hops dominate the olafactory experience adding some green-leaf, grassy and nearly tobacco-like pungency into the mix. Fleeting vapors of grainy, candy-like sweetness struggle to be noticed.

A raw, evergreen (spruce?) bitternes wallops the palate, but a grapefruit-like fruitiness lends some complexity before lightly toasted, bready-sweet malts bring some balance about. Hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallow are also in the middle. The finish signals the return of the citrus, tree-sap, and tobacco-like hop character. The beer finishes pleasantly dry leaving you to savor addtional fleeting complexities as the hops and malt playfully leave the palate. Just when you think the hops might be overdone, the sturdy malt character keeps things in check, begging another sip. At %7 ABV thought, you'll be taking it easy...right?

The dry finish, massive hop character and whimsical malts make for a spectacular combination - an amazing offering and one of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Prostman81
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one from a 22oz bomber.

This was one of my first introductions to IPAs, and I think this has set the bar for me for this style. Beer has a great color, and the right amount of carbonation. The smell coming from this is awesome, great hop notes, floral, citrus, just wonderful.

The taste is good, again with the hops, man it sure does make its presence felt. Hops hops hops. But not over-powering at all. Each sip refreshes the hop vigor but never gets annoying. I would drink another bomber if I had it around. I'm going to buy this one again, this time in the new six-packs my local store started carrying so I can drink this more often.

Photo of atsprings
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market, it's great to see an established sports bar really step-up their draft selection. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark yellow with a thin lasting head that left great lacing. Aroma was a great citrus hop bouquet with some sweet malts. The taste was a great balance with citrus hops just overpowering sweet malts lasting with a great bitter finish. The beer was medium bodied but still crisp and refreshing. I've always enjoyed this beer, and it certainly proves to be just as good if not even better on draft.

Photo of slk22
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful golden/amber, slightly turbid, with a white head. Aroma was easily discernible, but not overpowering. Nice citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange dominated with pine and honey present as well. Taste was sweater than I expected. Initial flavor on the tongue was ample sweetness of grapefruit and honey, giving way to a strong piney/earthy bitterness, which lingered a bit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this IPA. With the exception of a minor lingering of bitterness, the taste of this IPA was a very pleasant surprise, which continued to impress me to the last drop. Light and refreshing, I could definitely have several.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, had a golden straw color with an impressive head, about 3 fingers, & great "map of the world" lacing. Smell was pretty standard IPA: piney, citric, my wife smelled some pineapple. The taste was all that good stuff PLUS a toasty sweetness up front that stood out like a diamond in the rough, didn't have that bite that most IPAs do. Mouthfeel was nice & creamy, like a cask almost (might've kept the bottle a little long before drinking, but definitely to the beer's benefit), definitely softer than your typical IPA. Good & drinkable.

Photo of nicnut45
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a a hazy tan color. There is little carbonation. A thin layer of carbonation hangs around, and nice sticky lacy on the glass.

Smell: The smell is great, but for the style? I dont know. This to me is more along a belgian or imperial I.P.A. The sweet malt pops out more then the hops. You smell whiffs of sour cider, cotton candy like sweetness and alcohol. I am deperatly trying to get that overwhelming hop smell but yielding nothing.

Taste: Im sorry but to me this is not an I.P.A. sweet malt dominates on the first sip followed by bitterness. This beer changes as you finish it through. But I get hints of marshmallow or kind of like nouget in the finish. Maybe followed by a bit of pepper. WOW! never had anything like that marshmallow taste. But I think you need to let it warm up a bit before you will appreciate it. I cant put a finger on the hops, but the bitterness is there complimenting the sweetness. Its as if the bitter hop character and the alcohol are meddled together.

Mouthfeel: Let this warm up, mouthfeel is soft with light carbonation. Dominate sweetness followed by bitterness will stick to the sides of the mouth after the swallow.

Drinkability: This is a tasty beer, I would have maybe two in a night. There is a lot going on when drinking this. Would I buy it again? Maybe. This beer is labeled as I.P.A. but it does not taste like a standard I.P.A.. So if I was looking for an I.P.A., no. But it is a good brew.

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

Appearance: Golden with a white head. Spiderweb lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Unlike any IPA I've ever inhaled. What is that smell?

Taste: Lemon! That's it! Spice, grapefruit, and lemon. Very unusual but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy for an IPA. Not as biting/oily.

Drinkability: Not as aggressively hopped as IPAs I'm accustomed to, but not a bad example of the style. Unique. I will enjoy this brand again.

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

Served on-tap at my local hole in a 12oz pilsner glass. The keg kicked soon after my glass, which may have effected the review.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy orange / amber with a 5mm head which settled quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Strong pine over hops. I usually prefer it the other way around.

T: Similar to the smell but more intense with a strong grapefruit hoppiness. Nice malt background sweetness. Finished with limited bitterness. A unique IPA taste.

M: Nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable, almost sessionable. Nothing outstanding about it, but a unique IPA that I will drink again. Good availability in my area.

Photo of JollyToper
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle picked up at Top's Liquor in Tempe, AZ into an American pint glass.

Nice head and lace. Orangish color with medium amount of bubbles. Pours very clear and the bottle conditioned yeast stays in the bottle without any effort. Didn't leave a drop behind.

Huge hop nose but with a malt backbone. Tasted hops front middle and finish but was still balanced and driankable. Hoppy but not bitter. I could drink multiple of these.

Photo of Kolsch
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap on home system. Hard to find this in sixtel form for home consumption.

Appearance is kinda average yellow, but with a nice 1/4 inch head that sticks around all the way down the glass.

Smell is not dominant hops that you might be thinking but more balanced hop and malt.

Taste is again not overly hop forward. Very smooth and creamy with slight dry aftertaste. Actually a very good balance of hop and malt. This is no hop bomb by any means but rather a balanced attempt at the overly hopped West Coast IPA styles.

Excellent and will have many times again.

Photo of brewintheLou
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bronze with a
puffy white head that leaves
lacing rings with each drink.

Smell is of piney hops and some breadiness.

Taste is a biitter hop with a decent little malt that lets the hop overpower a bit. Mouthfeel is very nice for a nice drinking higher end ABV IPA. Will never pass up another one of these.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/12/2007 (bottle):

Pours an amber clear yellow colored body, with a big foamy head w/good lacing. Has a hoppy aroma, sweet, almost grapefruity, citrusy. Has a sour sweet taste, a little too bitter, but the aftertaste is clean. Pretty good for a West Coast IPA.

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

A: very opaque mild orange color, lots of yellow hues. nice white head, great retention and lacing.

S: huge sweet oranges and tangerines from the hops, shine through the best.

T: great sweet citrus hop flavor, mostly oranges. wonderful IPA with a great light caramel malt backbone.

M: medium bodied. lightly carbonated. rather creamy mouthfeel.

D: extremely drinkable IPA, top notch in my opinion.

Photo of RichT73
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap after many other varieties of beer about a month ago, and wasn't too happy with the taste. But after my girlfriend picked me up a 22 oz bottle for Valentine's Day, I had to give it another shot. Wow! I don't know what I was thinking the first time around. This was awesome. The pour is beautiful with a deep caramel coloring, despite some particulates floating around. This beer left a nice lacing around the top of my mug.
There is not a lot of carbonation and the alcohol is hidden very well. This was a very easily drinkable IPA. I have my girlfriend to thank for this one.

Photo of seanbhudson
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy (with visible particulates) orange/gold color with a medium white head that dissipates at a normal rate. There is some nice lacing.
Moderate to heavy citrusy hops. Light sweet malts in the background.
Hops throughout a little grapefruit citrus and grass. Light biscuit like malts throughout give it some balance.
Medium bodied beer. Soft carbonation.
Full flavored IPA that has a ton of hops without being harsh on the taste buds.
NOTES: BBCSD-0901-Larry

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

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is glorious hops, plain and simple. The taste is much the same. Mostly citrusy hops and some grassy hops in to balance it out. Very crisp and juicy. Mouthfell is medium bodied and quite nice. Very impressed with this beer.
Incredible on draft. Plus six packs are now available in my area for the low price of $10. This will be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of twbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a amber/orange color with very little head but has lots of bubbles.Good lacing.

S-Sweet sticky caramel malts mixed with sweet citrus hops.A hint of vanilla and maybe a maple syrup aroma.

T-The taste is exactly like the smell,almost too sweet.

M-Lighter than expected.Upfront it is almost prickly yet smooth.It does have a slightly bitter and dry finish.

D-This was not what I expected for an IPA.I could get hooked on these but bet that supply will be limited in my area.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,777 ratings.