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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,776
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 233
Gots: 720 | 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 Onenote81
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade with tzanio, thanks!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with virtually little to no head present. Just a thin sheet rests on top, but this leaves nice lacing rings surprisingly. Smells wonderful as my nose is filled with scents of grapefruit, lemon, grassy hops, floral tones - Mmmmm.

Nice crips hop bitterness right off the bat, but not overly so. Doesn't leave the bitter aftertaste that turns some away. Nice grapefruit-like flavor as well. Some slight caramel flavor hangs in there, but is very subtle. I really like this beer. This is one of my new favorite IPAs.


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

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Appearance - Deep golden with a decent white head on top, fairly clear.

Aroma - Grapefuity citrus. Very nice

Taste - Definitely hop forward, more of the grapefruit from the aroma coming through. Malt is there, but not heavy or sweet.

Mouthfeel - medium body without being cloying. Dry finish.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A very nice American IPA. One of my favorites.

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

A - This beer poured a cloudy orange color that produced a frothy white head that that had good retention and left decent lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas that were produced were light malts, and heavy on the citrus and hops

T - The malt profile is what hits you first, followed by clean citrus flavors (grapefruit and orange), and ending with a good bit hoppy bitterness

M - The mouth was very smooth, medium bodied, and had a decent amount of carbonation to it

D - This IPA was really good, but in the way of Bear Republic beers, I would defiantly pick up the Rye over this, however, when I am craving a good IPA, this would be a great answer

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

Grabbed a 650 mL bottle for a great deal (1/2 off) at Callandro's the other day, and it's pretty solid for an IPA. The beer was a burnt orange color and had a 2 finger head with decent lacing. The beer smells of piney hops and a bit of citrus. Hops dominate the taste, but it is lacking on something to counterbalance the hops. This beer is more bitter than some of the double IPAs that I have had (not that it's a bad thing, just that there could be more for the style). The thickness of the beer is just about perfect, but it is overcarbonated. Less carbonation would allow me to enjoy the flavor more. The beer is a solid IPA, and definitely worth the cost at the sale price.

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

Thin head after moderate pour with decent lacing. Color is very clear with a light orange hue on the skinny bottom of my flute/nonic glass and deepens in color as the glass spreads out towards the top. Looks very appetiving and potentialy sweet, though we'll see.

After a vigorous swirl the nose comes back a myriad bouquet of American grassy, spicy hops mixed with a fruity, bready hop of the English variety. With this, an American IPA I'm inclined to think that the hop profile is all American with a great malt balance and sans English hops, but I'm not ruling out some EKG or something like that. Malt indeed smells quite sweet with a warm and aggressive, though not too fusel, alcohol sting.

Very smooth on the palate. Just enough sugar in beer to sit and linger briefly on the palate before blending the sweet, sweet fruit of the bittering hops. Then comes some more sugar and the flavor come through grassy, resionous, and sticky in the finish. BIG HOP FLAVOR in the end. I would almost be inclinded to think that the largest addition of hops to this brew were at the 20 of the boil, or the relative flavoring point for this recipe. Bravo on the big and complex hop experience.

Right amount of malts to not only balance the hops, but to give this brew a full body without crossing over into syrup country. Strong yet refreshing.

If the alcohol taste wasn't as big this beer would be more drinkable, but it wouldn't be as good if you ask me. I rate drinkability based on can you session the thinkg pared with the criteria for the style. For example, I could just about session some Chimay Blue or some Kwak even though they are relatively large beers. This one almost gets it, but the alcohol finish makes this just shy of sessionable, though by all means a fantastic IPA. Bought to go eat some salmon with this brew. Here I go...mmph... delicious. Would definately reccomend this brew with some seafood. Enjoy!

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

Appearance- Low creamy white head and brownish copper liquid. Light lacing.

Smell- Stong nose of piney hops

Taste- Piney and resinous fresh and floral hops flavor. Tangerine peel and amber malts, perhaps a bit heavy toward the hops end, but it works.

Mouthfeel- Viscus and a bit frothy.

Drinkability- So much hops that anything lighter in hops will taste like water if drank during the same session. A very strong and enjoyable IPA. Not many better ones out there.

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

Pours cloudy orange with visible sediment. Thin head leaves good lacing. Cotton candy floral nose. Ruby red grapefruit hops with tart Cascade cutting across. Sweet marshmallow malt background. Carbonation adds to light and lively mouthfeel; never clings. Tingly lemon finish, like Italian ice. The 7% ABV is very quiet.

Piles of hops but they're never astringent. Artful.

2nd tasting, 3/3/13 - Madeleine malts, lots of peach/apricot fruit, a good dose of citrus, and real aspirin/IBU finish. Still one of the best.

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

Bomber bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a tight, thick off-white head. The Columbus aromatic hops come through nicely, but a bit restrained, resulting in a fragrant pine needle and spice nose with just a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel was creamy and full with a subdued carbonation level. Initial flavor was a well balanced presentation of orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel and faint background of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Late palate to finish is moderately bittersweet, but a bit short and syrupy. Overall a fairly solid IPA and worth a visit, but not all that outstanding

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

Presentation: 24oz. bomber with race themed graphics.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer with high carbonation and a rocky, dense whipped-cream ivory head with great retention. Nice!

Smell: Fresh herbal resiny hops, slightly earthy with a little toasty caramel in the background.

Taste: EARTHY herbal hop flavors with just a hint of caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a crisp bitter finish

Drinkability: Pretty high for the abv.

Conclusion: A nice, earthy, raw (in a good way) West Coast IPA.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. (date stamped 8/19/08)

A: Nice hazy dark golden color. One finger head lays on top for a brief period before receding.

S: Strong aromatics. Lemon zest, pines, grapefruit come in to play.

T: Big bite of hops on the forefront. Not too overpowering as some IPA's can be, but BR is not to subtle about it either. Not too bitter on the palate, very refreshing aftertaste of the pine.

Drinkability: Yes. This is one of my favorite IPA's. A fine session beer if there ever was one. Will recommend to all.

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

A- Very clear amber color. Not much head, little lace.

S- Pine, citrus, maybe some floral scents.

T- HUGE hop taste. Tastes very similar to smell. Pine, citrus (grapefruit and may some orange peel). If you want to know what hops taste like, this is the beer. Very refreshing... if you are a big IPA fan.

M- Kind of sticky. Very bitter after taste.

D- Not a beer I would ever session with. I bought a 22oz bottle and that is perfect. The hop bitterness is pretty intense. In my opinion, I would say even more so than the DFH 90min. Awesome beer for IPA lovers, will absolutely purchase again.
Highly recommended for anyone with a huge hop pallet.

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

A - Amber/gold with a nice big fluffy two finger head that looks like a light khaki hue flecked with orange. Big sheets of really fluffy lace coat the glass.

S - Super pine-y hops! This smells like a North West Coast pine forest. Reminds me of how my hands smelled after climbing the big fir tree in our front yard as a kid.

T - Big time hops, just like the nose this is pretty much all about the pine aspects of the hop plant, but some background grapefruit is there, along with a malt backbone that tries to keep up with the hops but is drastically out shined by the star of this show.

M - Medium bodied with some sudsy carbonation and super hoppy semi-dry finish. The hop bitterness sticks to my teeth for hours after drinking one of these.

D - I hat to say it, but this is almost too hoppy in that it's pretty one dimensional and isn't supported by a big malty base like a DIPA. Fortunately, the one dimension shown here is done extremely well. This would be the perfect beer to give to someone who asks "what do hops taste like." Boom, here ya go... this is exactly what hops taste like.

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

Cloudy orange, nice thin lacing. Impressive clumps of stickage all the way down the glass. Pine sap, mint, and citrus aroma's. The nose is all about the hops here, with nary a hint of cracker maltiness. Crisp mouthfeel, with lively carbonation. Hops attack and scour the tongue, with and array of citrus and pine resins. This is a hopheads dream. No hint of 7 % abv. Dangerously drinkable. So happy to finally see this available here in NC. This immediatly goes into the regular rotation along with Foothills, Founders, and Stone as a killer hop fix. Great stuff.

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

bomber poured into an imperial pint glass, light amber beer, white head, loads of cascading lacing.
smells of earthy herbal hops,.
taste is a hop blast, earthy, piney hops, bitter, but not over the top, but tons upon tons of hop flavor, the malt is there, but barely, and i love it.
this beer may be my favorite ipa of all time.

Photo of mrandolph
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a cask version, and a case where the brewers made a great effort to match the beer with the medium. The beer presents as a very clear golden color capped with a dense, creamy white head, almost like cool whip, in a good way, which hangs out for a long time.

The aroma is citrus followed by malt. The flavor starts bitter, reminiscent of lemon zest. The middle is sweet malt and it finishes bitter but not dry with sweet flavors as an aftertaste. The mouth feel is dense with good head and a medium body, denser than the color suggests. My overall impression is that this beer is well crafted to excel in the cask beyond what it does in the bottle, and I feel privileged to have gotten a taste from cask.

Photo of hops4me
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. This was an excellent IPA. The aroma was of pine and citrus with slight malt nose. The taste was hops foward with a malt backbone providing a nice support. Slight toasted grain shows through the hops. This was a medium mouthfeel with very good drinkability. I will definitely buy/order again as it was a very nice example of the style.

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

Got this bottle in trade, can't remember from who. I have had this on cask before and it was amazing. The bottle was just as good.

Poured a a golden orange color with a nice 1.5 finger head that stuck around for a while, decent lacing, Smelled like grapefruit, orange. Tasted awesome, less grapefruit then in the smell but still there, had a piny aftertaste. Medium bodied with a nice oily/creamy feel. Very drinkable beer @ 7%

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

The 12-ounce bottle poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a lightly-hazed bronze-amber body capped with two fingers of fine-beaded white foam. The head settles into a rocky, spongy formation that leaves chunky webs of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pungently herbal with zesty citrus. Sweetly floral notes contribute to the hop-bombery of the bouquet.

The taste is more balanced that the aroma might indicate, but is still as blatantly hop-forward as expected. Notes of spicy citrus and oily, bitter, sticky herbs clash headlong with toasty, biscuity malt forces, resulting in one hell of a delicious collision. Dryly malty syrup lingers in the aftertaste, spiked with lime zest and bitter-ass snipped spruce needles.

The drink is medium-bodied with nice carbonation, and is a succulent, poundable IPA. More great stuff from Bear Republic!

Photo of LennyV
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow into my Duvel glass with a 3 finger head a fantactic lacing

Smells of alcohol and hops

Tastes is a wonderful balance of hops and sweet malt. Very smooth.

Full bodied beer feels nice and thick in the mouth

I am not a fan of ipas but this one hits it perfect. It is not a hop bomb like some other ipas.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange pour with a solid pure white head. Citrus fruit in the head, mainly oranges with a tangerine back. Huge orange and grapefruit aroma makes one feel like they are standing in a fruit grove. Very well balanced and one of my favorite IPAs.

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

serving- on tap in home kegerator

A- golden in color, looks rich and full of flavor, good example of the style.

S- HOPS,HOPS very piney

T- bitter with a chewing on pine needles taste, strong hop profile for a single ipa

m- a little thick due to the higher than average abv, but good, coats your mouth.

D- dangerous, the abv will catch up to you. taste is session beer abv is not.

one of the best beers i have had on tap at home.

Photo of miramanmike
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer,so far. The hoppy sweet smell is intoxicating, and 7.00 ABV dosen't hurt. I really can't say anything bad about this beer. I have been drinking every weekend rof the last three weeks. The number spaek louder than I do....A great beer!

Photo of SShelly
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A christmas left over...

Pours a light gold with bright white head that sticks around for a minute or 2.

I might have just blown out my nose with dinner but this really has a very mellow aroma, slight citrus, way less than I was expecting.

Flavor is a nice balance between malt and light citrus flavors, a tad on the sweeter side of things. Nice and lively in the mouth and leaves the pallet with a nice light bitterness.

A decent ipa, not really as big as I was expecting it to be but very serviceable.

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

From the bottle at family Christmas gathering.

A beer from the bottle almost as good as from the tap? Does not happen very often but this may be an exception to the rule!

A-Slightly hazy, turbid golden tinged copper with a thick off-white head that reduces to a thinner head and leaves copious lace!

S-Tangerine and orange scented hops with a backing floral boquet! Sweet biscuity malt backing.

T-Hop smack in the face of spicy citrus, tangerine/orange. Support of sweet biscuit malt backs thing up. A nice honor to the hops...with a pleasant drying bitterness and a honey-like sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body with nice lingering flavours.

D-Wow! Racer 5 out of the bottle ROCKS! I am impressed with the hop pop and smooth biscuity sweetness. A surprising amount of flavour for a beer that has been left in the bottle for months. A bomber of this was easy to finish off.

Photo of daythree16
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a two-finger head.

Aroma is primarily citrus hoppiness. Taste is citrus as well with a piny bitterness, although the slight malty sweetness manages to keep it balanced . Very smooth finish despite the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is awesome.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,776 ratings.