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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,466
Reviews: 2,192
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 206
Gots: 565 | 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 JDV
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours somewhat cloudy orange-gold a good whitish lasting head and nice lacing. Smell is very nice and slightly sweet smelling and big floral hops. Taste up front is smooth, clean, refreshing, and hoppy, but not overly so. Finish is with a fair amount of bitterness, but nicely tolerable. As it warms up slightly, it comes together better and is definitely more balanced and a touch sweeter and less bitter. Overall a great IPA, and maybe the first time I downed 22 oz. of any IPA and actually wanted more before.

JDV, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of RDAdams
2.42/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving: A 12oz glass at Frisco Burrito (a great pub) in Columbia, Maryland.

Appearance: It looked like any other pale ale except I've seen Industrial Light Lagers with a better head.

Aroma: It had that great IPA aroma screaming: "Hey, Hop Head, can you take it." OTOH once you got passed the hops, it said vegetables.

Taste: Disappointing. It tasted like an overhopped pale ale without a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between thinner and thinnest

Overall: It was the thinest IPA I have ever tasted.

RDAdams, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Ryanbob
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Sparkling copper with a sticky off-white head that isn't in a hurry.

S- sweet malts and hops.

T- This is a very smooth, balanced IPA. Piney hops balanced by creamy malty goodness. Not much bitterness in the finish, a little earthy and some sweetness in the aftertaste. No noticable alcohal. Exceptionally drinkable, could creep up on you fast.

Mf- So smooth, velvety soft, almost syrupy, nice bite, not too much carbonation.

N- What a great beer! Too bad I can't get sixers of this, I would keep it around at all times. Good for any season, heavy enough to stand up to spicy food, but refreshing enough for something light. This is the shit.

Ryanbob, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, I'd never even heard of this one when I got to the dive bar in DC that had it on tap. Looked nice, a fairly deep amber color with slight haze and nice looking carbonation. Nose is nice; lots of grapefruit, some deeper malt notes, a good bit of fruitiness as well. Taste is delicious, a really excellent beer. Lots of bitter grapefruitiness, sweet malt, in basically a perfect balance. Feel is fairly thick and tasty with near-perfect carbonation. Overall, I was really blown away by this one. One of the best IPAs I've had.

soupyman10, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy straw gold color with a meaty white head and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, butterscotch, grapefruity citrus, and piney hops.

The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop presence. Finish has a real sugary sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel, slick, and lightly carbonated.

I can't help but feel a bit disappointed after expecting more. Anyway, still a very nice IPA for sure.

Monkeyknife, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. The golden amber color of autumn's first falling leaves. No real head to speak of from a light pour as I tried to leave all the sediment in the bottle. This is from a bomber and I've had problems in the past with my second drink because of the sediment. I just got a nice big new 22 oz snifter and it was perfect to get the brew as close to clear in one glass after the pour.

Nose is fruity and spicy. Smells like a great big bouquet of slimy greasy hops. If my girl sent me flowers at work, and they smelled like this brew, I'd beat up the kids that made fun of me for getting flowers at work.

Lots of grapefruit from my first couple sips. Powerfully bitter aftertaste, but not a bad bitter. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time. Very interesting almost grassy as it warms. Who knew drinking your yard could be so awesome. Not a bomb, but an ideal shock for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and slippery. Like squeezing a big handful of hops and letting the grease slick right down your gullet. Yeah, I said gullet.

This brew came with a lot of hype, and I'm extremely happy to say that I was not disappointed, even with the 40+ dollar bill for a case of 12 bombers. Thanks to Stockertown for bringing this brew to eastern PA. The only reason I dock points is because the sediment completely changes the beer.

sjohansen, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a wide mouth mug. It has the color of a nice organic apple juice. A very cute amber with a fine off white head that lasts a while and finally settles into little islands of bubbles that range in size.

Smell is initially of sweet honey and then moves into some smooth hops. A clean scent that has some maltiness in the background paired with some citrus and floral.

Yum. Its a sweet brew that has some nice citrus flavor with malts and honey. A good workhorse of a brew. This one is cheap in the stores, has big flavor and is very pleasing to drink. Not a big hop bitterness, aroma or flavor but there is enough there to make me smile and look for more of it in the store.

jbphoto88, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Hephaestus
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden orange color, thin but ample amount of head

S: This one actually filled the air (with hop aroma), no need to bother with putting your nose up to the glass, although that reveals more detailed aromas. Somewhat of a citrus smell, but also pine notes.

T: Initial sip was a bit bitter, but what IPA isn't when starting a session? A sweeter IPA than the majority, but sweet in a citrus-like way. This is somewhat confusing because they use Columbus and Cascade hops, which normally don't put that taste off so strongly, if at all. Cascades definitely gave it a pine undertone.

M: Smooth but bitter, perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA.

D: Good all around IPA, very cheap too (Under $5 for 22oz)

Drank this while brewing a homebrew this past weekend.

Hephaestus, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear orange hue, thin white bubbly head dissipates, good lacing on the glass

Smell is hops, a nice mix of pine-floral-citrus, backbone of sweet pale/caramel malts, some bubblegum/cotton candy

Taste is oily pine/citrus hops with a sugary sweet follow-up, finishes sweet and prickly

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and oily texture coats the mouth, moderately high carbonation

Drinkability is high, this is a nicely sweetened IPA with strong hop presence, the alcohol is lurking at 7% but this is could be an all-night drinker

Stoneman78, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber pours a light orange amber color, great clarity with some soft bubble action and a huge, rocky two plus inches of off-white creamy head. Retains more than just a lace, it's quite thick and leaves lots of stick.

Smells of pine and grapefruity citrus hops, very fragrant, with a little bit of an indication of caramel malt for balance. Hops smell fantastic.

Taste is super fruity with lots of hop flavor. Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit flavor and plenty of pine also. Some caramel malt sweetness but not a huge malt backbone. It does the trick though because the hops have so much flavor, and although the hop bitterness is pronounced it doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, soft carbonation is very nice. Good medium body.

This is one hell of a drinkable IPA. Great flavor, manageable bitterness. Fantastic beer.

number1bum, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of head and nice lacing.

S: The hops jump out of the glass at you. There is leamon, grapefruit, and pine.

T: Caramel, toffee, alcohol, geapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest and pith. The more you drink the more the hops flavors build.

M: Creamy with a bitter puck on the tongue.

D: This is quite bitter but a lovely IPA to enjoy a full bomber of. I would order this if I saw it while I was out.

Biscuit033, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange with just a film of head. Small dots of lacing.

S- The strongest scent on this one is orange, sort of a Mandarin sweet orange. With extensive smelling I can detect caramel and light butterscotch notes.

T- Quite sweet, once again with the orange and the caramel. I'd say the taste of this is somewhat of an English, malt forward, beer, but with American hops. The problem I have is that the hops just aren't doing it for me.

M- The alcohol hits me hard for this beer. Not so much in the palate, but down my throat I feel it. The beer is smooth enough for my taste, and the carbonation treats it well.

O- This is a decent beer, and probably even worth the small price I paid for it. But not an exceptional IPA, the complexity isn't quite there.

zdk9, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey amber, minimal haze, good head that fades to a persistent thin layer on top. moderate lacing.

the hops come at you right away. oily, piney, citrusy hops. fresh and herbal. some malt will peek through.

again, hops and more hops. definitely in-your-face, but in a good way. can be a bit resiny, but is smoothed over by the citrus and pine overtones. malt could use just a tiny bit more boost though. quite bitter, so be prepared to experience it all the way to the finish line. was tempted to only give this a 3.5 on taste, but really, it's about a 3.8, which is what i think the overall score should be.

smooth with slight astringency, definitely doesn't let you forget there are some powerful hops here.

quite the IPA, but honestly just a bit overrated

tai4ji2x, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely clear copper with a creamy slightly off white head that had pretty great retetnion.

Nose featured carmel sweet matls, pine, pineapple, extremely floral and fragrent

Pine hoppiness, there was something about the taste that I wasn't quite into with this beer, it seemed to have a very sweet malt profile...which mixed with the hops in a strange way

Creamy body with moderate carbonation, good mouthfeel

A solid beer, not a favorite of mine, but worth a try for sure

DaggerEyes, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark gold, big head, good lacing.

Smell: Strong citrus, with some sweetness.

Taste: Nice sweetness followed by a big citrus hop kick. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very tasty and relatively cheap for a 22oz bottle. But it's only in Wisconsin, not Minnesota.

I noticed Chicone's finally got this back in, so I picked up a bottle. Just as good as I remembered, very close between this beer and Hop Rod Rye for my favorite Bear Republic brew.

Mdog, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 poured a nice dark tan color from the bottle and had a nice head form at the pour. Unfortunately the head faded to a thin wisp, but it did lace the glass. The smell was a wonderful bouquet of earthy and spicy hops. There aroma was crisp and clean and adds nicely to the overall enjoyment of the beer. The taste did not disappoint. It first touches the tongue with good carbonation and then the earthy hops are right there on the tongue. The beer finishes nice with the spicy hops leaving a pleasant aftertaste. This beer has a great body for an IPA, not too thick and definitely not watery. A very drinkable beer and easy to enjoy. A great offering from Bear Republic!

DevilDogBeer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The vibrant orange color mixed with the unfiltered haziness looks like a lava lamp from a distance. This one poured a big thick head that leaves large webs of lace. The smell of fresh grapefruit and fresh melons,and floral accents. Bright citrus fruit and hoppy sting on the palate. The mouthfeel is lacking some malt-backbone for you traditional types. But if your a true hop head this over the top assault of hops is just for you! I also like that the abv. is not to high. very drinkable at 7%.abv. The fruit and hops aftertaste last for a long time. What a great find!

athensbeermaster, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 13 oz. tulip glass at Sunset Tap & Grill in Allston, MA

Dark straw, slightly amber in color with only about a 1/8" of white head by the time it made its way to my table. Aroma was pleasant but fairly subdued; piney, citrusy, and floral hops with a nice slightly caramelly malt backbone. Taste was quite good, citrusy and piney hops with a solid malt presence, a touch of sweetness and an assertive but not overwhelming bitterness. Overall fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit slick from the hop oils yet still somewhat creamy, very nice. Drinkability is good as well. This was quite tasty and well balanced. This is a great IPA with good hop presence that was quite quaffable.

mnj21655, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap into pint glass. great looking IPA- nice burnt orange color sith slight haze. Good off white one finger head, leaves good lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine, with slight alcohol finish. Taste is divine. This is a true IPA, or at least what I wish I could always have when I choose an IPA. Great Hop bitter bite, but finishes fairly smooth- great balance here. Bear Republic does it again for me!

DrDogbeer, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of mbunje
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into a Pint Glass....

1/2" head minimizes to a thin film after a few minutes. Foam is white and dense. Lacing is pretty sticky as it slides down the glass.

Smell is nice. At first I smell a light champagne like scent. becoming a piney hop scent with a little bit of wheat.

Taste is nice, hoppy for sure but not over the top. Pretty good balance. Hops are more pine than citrus and there is a bready/malt balance hear. hides the alcohol pretty well at 7%.

I think the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer. Good hop oil presence, mild carbonation to keep it dancing on the tongue, and a general thickness to the beer

I could probably drink a few of these bombers. Taste is substantial, but not so much as to ruin you after one.

Must have this if you like IPAs


mbunje, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and it came out a clear (unfiltered) golden orange color with a two finger tan head that was very fluffy and lasted a while, and it has some thick lacing that just covered the glass. It has a strong malt aroma along with some mild citrus smells like lemon and oranges and has slight hint of that all familiar alcohol scent. Very smooth on the tongue and mouth which is completely not what I expected, it has a very hoppy flavor with some mild citrusy undertone and a lasting bitter aftertaste with a medium body all around. This is a pretty good IPA

vickersspitfire, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed while in SD, not what I expected from west coast IPA but a terrific beer that I would recommend highly.
12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange with two solid fingers of head. Almost the entire head lasted the full beer. The bubbles were enormous and the lacing was impressive.

S: Smell of a much more mild mannered IPA. The smell picked up more as the head lost some of the protective bubbles. The citrus hops were there but not overpowering at all.

T: A mild IPA that I really enjoyed. This is not the west coast style but flat out great. Sweetness balanced so nicely with the malts and ample bitterness. Bittering hops had a presence more as I drank more. Described as being mind blowingly hoppy but didnt see it but like it.

M: Thin but leaves some oil on the tongue.

D: Through the roof drinkability. Wouldve had many more if wasnt trying out others but this would be the ideal to sit down with and have many over the course of a good night.

Great beer, cant wait to be able to get more in Jersey. Far from what I had expected in a west coast IPA, but still a great drink. Went ridiculously well with sausage tacos at the Linkery.

marcpal, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint at Kennedy's Irish Pub and Curry House in San Francisco, an extremely odd mish-mash, which in one way didn't work, and in another totally rocked my world.

Copper body with a large, fluffy white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing. Very floral aroma with lots of citrus. Abundant grapefruit and pineapple in the flavour, which brings a delightful bitterness. There's also great balance provided by the malts, which come through with caramel and honey notes. Medium-light mouthfeel and a medium carbonation work well for the style and make this exceedingly drinkable.

This is a damn good IPA, full of bitterness, but also finely balanced. I could drink this all night!

bobsy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Brownish orange color with a thick white full head that sticks around.
S:I pick up a hint of candied apricots mixed in with brown sugar sweet malt
T:Resiny sticky hops that are very floral immediately. At the end there is an awesome candy sweetness.
M: Fills my mouth with full fat bubbles.
D:Another great example of a great IPA baby.

Scoobydank, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into the racer mug purchased from the brewpub. Pairing the right beer with the right mug. Go Racer 5 Go!

Pours a little cloudy, beautiful color, awesome looking beer.

Smells a piney, malty, fresh grass smell.

Initial taste of grapefruit nips you in the booboo. Sweet taste, gives you a coated malty aftertaste on your palate, with some bitterness.

Decent mouthfeel, just what you'd expect from an IPA, anything more and we'd be at racer x levels.

This isnt the knight rider of beers, but not the herbie the love bug either. I would say it's a 1961 Dodge Charger. Cherry Red, and kicking Ricky Bobby's ass at Talladega.

Murchmac, Jan 06, 2008
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,466 ratings.