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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,065 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,065
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 177
Gots: 416 | 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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Naerhu

Japan

4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange-gold body with amazing white lacing.
Aroma: Orange, pepper and tangerine aroma.
Taste: Orange rinds, light malt and everlasting polite bitterness. The light malt stands aside to allow the hops to shine, however the bitterness does not overwhelm.
Mouthfeel: Great balance, the nice acidity makes this beer quite refreshing.
Drinkability: This is a beer from heaven, give me more and more every day. The beer is very easy drinking (even my Mom who thinks beer is ‘horrid’ liked this).

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 04:17:33 | More by Naerhu
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Boto

Connecticut

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

22oz. Bomber: This one pours a hazy, slightly orangish color. There is a fairly strong white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. The aroma is a mix of grapefuit and pine hops. The taste is actually a touch sweet before the hops kick in. They are strong without being overpowering. A really decent beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 17:51:38 | More by Boto
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange color with a big fluffy off white head that leaves gobs of lace. Love bottle condition beers, like stuff floating in my glass know it might not be proper for some folks but I like it.
Aroma is citrusy mixed with some pine big on west coast hops the way we like them grapefruit and orange peel with a couple of pine cones thrown in for good measure.
Taste is good sweet malty to start then some tart grapefruit peel takes over adding citrus rind flavors that mix with the yeast to add a earthy like flavor in my glass to make a nice tasting IPA that finishes with a bitterness milder then the smell. Overall very nice could use a little more bitterness but still not bad.
Mouthfeel is close to medium nice amount of carbonation aides this fine IPA.
Drinkability is good a nice drinkable IPA from a good brewery can't wait to try their double.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 01:40:58 | More by mntlover
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Crotor

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear medium gold with some yeast floaties, with one finger of white head with good retention and some slight dimples.

The aroma is all sharp grapefruit rind, big and bad and swaggering.

A quintessential west-coast IPA, the taste is predominantly cirtus hops, with a respectable but not extreme bitterness. I can feel a hint of caramel sweetness after a grapefruit-hop burp, but the malt feels mostly crisp, and maybe slightly grassy. Not exactly balanced, but not overwhelming. Excellent hop flavor without heavy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean, especially for a 7.0% brew. This makes for dangerously easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2005 22:01:59 | More by Crotor
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Bought in a 22 oz bomber, first time I had seen this beer in Salem.
What a beautiful looking beer. Really hazy dark orange with a fantastic thick,frothy, pure white head..lovelly.
Very "piney" aroma,quite fresh and enjoyable
Very very nice hoppy West coats IPA, very much bitter lemon tasting, not so much "grapefruit",below there is some semblance of malts, but this is a hop monster.
Very nice and invigorating on the tongue, refreshing to the taste buds.
Very nice IPA on of the best in my estimation..will buy again..soon!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 04:35:41 | More by Reidrover
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altctrlsdelete

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!

Finished my session with one of these tonight. Not billed as an IPA, which has led me away from this beer in the past. An IPA this beer unquestionably is.

Lots and lots of hops in the nose, with lots and lots of lacing left behind to remind me of just how flavorful and thick this beer is. Not something for those who don't appreciate the beauty and power of the hop, and thus something made specially for me.

My only complaint about this beer is that I've not tried it before. From now on, when this is on the menu and there's nothing new that jumps out at me, I won't have to spend 5 minutes deciding what I want to try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2005 04:52:18 | More by altctrlsdelete
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sweethome

Illinois

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

Bomber bottle. Pour- a nice golden color, with plenty of hops floating throughout! I grassy nose with a hint of bready malts. A medium mouthfeel, not quite as full as I would expect for a 7% beer. The hops kick right away. A nice british maltiness is in back, but this is all about the lush hop flavor and bittering. Alcohol is present and provides a warming feel. The hops really build. It feels chewy after about half a glass. Break out the lawn mower, there is grass on my tongue! This not just a cascade-laden IPA.

I wasn't overly impressed on the nose or first few sips, but this beer really grew on me as the hops build and entice for another taste. The alcohol presents well too.

Go speed racer, go!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 02:56:18 | More by sweethome
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Troyone

California

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One pint six oz. bottle, poured a true copper color with a three inch head and some carbonation action, clear at first until I reached the bottom then the clearness turned into haze and then hop (minute) flakes.
Smells rich in hops with a sweet malt background.
The taste is unique with hops that has some tea background notes and sweet malt that is crisp with carbonation. The aftertaste does not linger in fact disappears however the hop notes still linger from the mouth.
The mouthfeel is not too syrupy with an even mix of carbonation that is more evident with the aftertaste.
The drinkability is excellent and maybe a session beer until the seven percent is too much before the not too syrupy taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 09:56:14 | More by Troyone
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored this bomber at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA. Colorful presentation, but not much usable info on the bottle.

Pours a hazy copper gold under a 2.5 finger white head, thick and long-lived. The lacing in the first glass was a bit thin, but ample upon second pour. Lots of citrus and pine greet the nose - yum! The mouth is very prickly and medium-bodied. The taste presents a race, with distinct sweet citrus and malt contending wiht the pine and espresso bitter. Nicely balanced, this one is smooth and subdued, at least compared to some other IPAs. The finish is mild, almost fruity, but the race isn't over yet. The true dry espresso-grinds experience comes through in the aftertaste, leaving a delicious bitterness (and the one enjoying it) as the ultimate winner. Very interesting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2004 04:31:00 | More by Globetrotter
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a medium head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - mostly pine and grassy hops, but there is some citrus there too. Caremel malt flavor with a strong hop presence. A bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 18:00:26 | More by clvand0
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IceAce

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light-copper body poured with less than one finger of foam due in large part to a lack of skill behind the bar. Lacing was exceptional (80%) all the way down to the last drop.

Aroma: Hoppy / sweet nose with a delightful citrus undertone. The high quality malt also makes an appearance.

Taste: Very bright foretaste with a refreshing role played by the CO². Light on the palate for an IPA with a very good West Coast style finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice malt / hop balance with a complimentary CO² level.

Drinkability: A pleasure to consume from start to finish...definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2004 20:21:45 | More by IceAce
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longarm

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear and orange. Good carbonation. The bottle conditioning (22 oz.) makes it somewhat difficult to achieve clarity at the end of the pour, but this is not a big deal.

Aroma balances citrus hops with a foundation of caramel malt. Has a typical NW-U.S. hops character to it.

Flavor is mildly bitter, but like the aroma, hops is balanced with a solid dose of caramel malt. A slightly astrignent aftertaste and bite in the finish diminishes the overall quality. Hop flavor weighted more towards pine than citrus.

Lots of body and lingering sweetness make it a little heavy, but also not bad for the style.

Drinkability. This is basically a hophead's delight, but it's also on the moderately flavored for an American IPA. For anyone attempting an American IPA for the first time, it's a good example of the style that won't overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 15:34:48 | More by longarm
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Shaw

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this on-tap at the 2002 Oregon Brewer's Festival in Portland. I visited the brewery the next year and this year I brought a bottle back from San Diego to share with two friends in Florida.

As I remembered, this is a good IPA. It's a real West Coast styled IPA: nice and hoppy. My friend and homebrew partner Alec said he tasted blueberry in this brew! I can't say I tasted the same but there are complex flavors in this brew.

Bear Republic is a great little brewery and brewpub. If you live in their small distribution area I'm guessing you've already tried their brews. Too bad the rest of us can't enjoy their good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 07:22:01 | More by Shaw
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Go speed racer go speed racer go,sorry.Pours a light golden with a orange tint to it as I neared the bottem of my bottle the chunks and floaties came.A very floral aroma poured a foot and a half away from my nose and picked up the citrus and piney aroma very tantalizing and bold.Taste is a hop heads dream but there is a firm malt backbone very piney almost medicinal in its hop character with a light nuttiness coming thru late.A hop fix for me really liked this beer wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 00:51:59 | More by oberon
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazey orange/amber colored ale with a nice off white head, no lace. A lovely hop boquet both piney and a sweet grapefruit intertwined. A sharp piney hops at the start of the taste with a smooth hint of grapefruit sweetness on the finish. Another good west coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 20:26:38 | More by ybnorml
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Bear Republic is becoming one of my favorite breweries, and it's all because of the hops. Anyway. Racer 5 pours an orange-golden with a fluffy, off-white head. Smells of big, piney, resiny, citrus-tinged hops. But there's also a sweet, sugary malt backbone. Taste is much like the smell. Nice, sugary malt backbone up front, followed by big, fresh evergreen logs, dipped in grapefruit juice. Dry finish, with lingering maltiness. Full-bodied, chewy malts, yum. One of my favorite West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 03:30:47 | More by alexgash
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. Pretty hoppy and bitter, citrus rind, lychee, pine. Intense, but nice softness round the edges, and really good balance, which setes it apart from the slightly stickier versions of the style you find in the US, really well made and just plain tasty. Yummy stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 08:55:59 | More by rastaman
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guinness33

New Jersey

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

pours a crisp orange colour with a bubbly, foamy head that sticks all over the glass. smell is a balanced mix of caramel, other sweet candy, hops, bread, coconut and bubble gum. no one thing dominates here. the flavour weighs a bit mor eto the hop/bread side than the sweetness picked up in the nose, though that characteristic is still here in the flavour. starts out a bit sweet and juicy even, then moves into a touch of malt biscuit flavour before being hit with a full on hop attack that, while not huge, is a nice kick in flavour and mouthfeel. an overall tasty ipa from bear republic.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 02:29:45 | More by guinness33
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amberish color with a fluffy off-white colored head. Big sprucy, Columbus hoppy nose and some bready, grainy, caramel-like malt sweetness in the nose. Malty sweet and grassy up front and a hop smackdown that puts you in the Figure Four leglock and doesn't let go. Dry resiny, hop oily finish. Alcohol is noticable, but behind all those delicious hops, who cares. Finely crafted IPA, and hands-down one of the finest IPAs in the country. Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries, and we've desperately trying with our Pennsylvania distributors to get in contact with these guys and get their great beers here. The sound of dragging feet is deafening. Good thing I stocked up on a recent trip to New York. I don't want to get to into the East Coast/West Coast thing because it sounds like early 90's gangsta rap, but this the real deal in what would be classified as a West Coast-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 18:24:03 | More by crookedhalo
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber hue, paper thin bright white head, decent lacing maintained. A decent hop/citrus nose, you can nearly smell a 1/2 pound of beautiful hops awaiting to be destroyed! Pine and citrusy offerings, very well balanced up front; the obvious hop presence is felt, thick and creamy. Juicy hops in the body, backed with a decent malt-base. Finishes a touch piney and dry, yet very satisfying, a top-five IPA in my book!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 01:59:56 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Southernbrew

Georgia

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

Nice dark bronze color, very minimal head.

Big citrus hoppy aroma, balanced by the malt. Definite floral and sweetness as well.

Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation. Very crisp floral and citrus hop blend that quickly shows a light caramel sweetness. Becomes slightly bitter in the end and leaves a dry, citrusy aftertaste.

A very nice IPA, more than just the big piney/citrusy IPA's so common.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2004 03:17:27 | More by Southernbrew
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ample fruity hops are backed by sweet malt notes which make Racer 5, for as big a beer as it is, suprisingly well balanced. It's not about the IBUs with this beer, it's about the flavor, and Racer 5 drinks as though the brewers thought long and hard about which hops would match with this concentration of malt. Floral, green, and spicy at first, the beer develops into a honeyed, even somewhat grapey brew that fumes with herbal hop oil.

The bittering is almost unbearably ripening and unlike anything I've ever had. Instead of striking the back of my tongue, the beer floats right on by and the bittering doesn't kick in until this jet fuel hits the back of my throat. The latent finish from the bittering is oddly of grass and mentholated licorice.

This is a tightrope walk above an orchard of fruit and a pit of wildfire crackling pine needles; the wind is calm, the feet secure.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 20:09:04 | More by ngandhi
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carln26

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper, with a nice head. No lace to speak of from the bomber I had. WOW, citrus, grass, flowers from the nose. This is a hops forward beer. An explosion of fresh hops on your tongue when you drink. Because it appears so fresh, the flavor is of grass and flowers, with a slight bitterness on the back, It has a nice mild mouth feel, and a great dinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 01:00:31 | More by carln26
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oggg

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gorgeous brown yellow, with a tempting dense tan head. The nose is a little lacking. I get malt and alcohol and a little bit of hop aroma. The hop taste is also underwhelming. Lots of nice malt and a fair amount of alcohol. The hops are complex with a little citrus and little something else. I could not find a freshness date, so I definitely need to try this again, maybe on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 18:25:04 | More by oggg
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dmbfrat420beers

Germany

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz. bomber with racing flag background and golden bear. Nice logo. Hales itself as "an aggressive styled India Pale Ale." Grammar police would tell them that it is aggressively, as it is being used as an adverb.

Appearance: poars a thick white, slightly tan tight head. Slightly tanslucent, orange/amber hue. Nice, nothing special I guess.

Aroma: Hops

Mouthfeel: fairly light carbonation feel. light/medium body with a kind of interesting, silky? mouthfeel. Different from other stuff I have been drinking lately. Exceptional.

Taste: Definitely strong hop profile. I am finding it a bit hard to discern some of the other flavors. Starts out a bit sweet, then the hops kick in with very good flavor. Definitely some bitterness, but suprisingly in control given the overall hop character of this beer. Bitterness hangs on, very good in my opinion. Slight warming sensation down the throat from the alcohol. Felt like there was a little bit of fruit in there, want to say orange, but not really sure.

In conclusion, I don't quite have the expertise to say why this beer was particularly good, but stands out a bit from some of the other IPA's I have had. More balanced than many, has the taste I expect from a California IPA, but not quite as good, IMHO, as DFH 60-minute and some other premiere IPA's. Nonetheless, very drinkable, but then again, American IPA is my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 05:08:43 | More by dmbfrat420beers
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,065 ratings.