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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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6,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,480
Reviews: 2,193
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 208
Gots: 564 | 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 irishkyle21
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am just getting ready to go for my annually dreaded Christmas shopping so a beer before is definitely in order. I sure am glad I grabbed this bomber. Racer 5 pours with a medium sized head that drops to a thing coating. The lacing sporadically marks the glass. Has a clear peach color

The nose is loaded with hops. Notes of pine, citrus, tropical fruits and than some!

Tastes exactly like the nose. Lots of tropical fruits, citrus, pine and some spiciness that I really enjoy.

irishkyle21, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of jsimon816
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber - Production date of 10-16-07

A - Semi-cloudy orange rust color with thick creamy head

S - Pleasant not overwhelming hop bouquet

T - Smooth and creamy with hints of grapefruit, soothing hop flavor

M - Mellow with a nice hop finish on the back of the tongue

D - Fantastic IPA, very drinkable. A perfect balance of flavors, great first experience from this brewer. Sonoma wine country has some competition.

jsimon816, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of pershan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Clear amber with very little head.

S: Clean, pine-scented hop aroma.

T: Beautiful, clean, piney hop flavor that enveloped the inside of my mouth with that wonderful floral hop goodness. The hop bitterness was lingering, but not unpleasant.

M: Distinct hop flavor and bitterness on the tongue, but not overpowering or overly bitter.

D: Beautifully balanced IPA. Reminds me a bit of Three Floyd's Alpha King, which doesn't seem to be available over here on the East Coast anymore.

pershan, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it's hard to score beers when they are above a certain level of goodness. this is an all around great ipa. if you haven't tried it, you're missing out. great mix of hops. nice use of malt. smells wonderful and tastes heavenly too. goes down silky smooth and makes sharp cheese and spicy food even tastier. always room for improvement, but bear republic brings it proper like for a nice price.... i'm a devotee

timtim, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of bird18
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a great beer bar, was on a weekend pub crawl in western MA and trying numerous IPAs, this was one of my favorites. The color was nice with a good white creamy head and nice flavor. Not as much lacing on the glass as other IPAs I've tried and not quite as hoppy as some beers I tried that weekend but very drinkable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than other IPAs but I think that lead to how quickly it went down.

I'm a huge hophead and would quickly order this beer again if I came across it.

bird18, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark for an IPA, on the orange side of the spectrum. Not much head but tons of sediment throughout the beer.

S: Citrus and piney hops, some sweetness in the background. A bit too subdued.

T: Nice flavor. Strong malt base and plenty of sweetness. The hops are mostly pine, very little of the citrus detected in the scent. Good balance of flavors, the hops are prominent but not as overpowering as in some IPA's.

MF: Crisp and smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Alcohol hit me harder than I would have expected, but I haven't eaten in quit a while. Moderately thick and a very full bodied beer.

D: I like this a lot. It's not quite as hoppy as some IPAs out there, but the balance of flavors is very good. And it's not like there's no bitterness there. The hops have less flavor character than more citrusy beers, but the sweetness of the malt really makes up for this. Better than the Hop Rod Rye in my opinion. Now if only I can get my hands on some Racer X.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in SF and immediately fell in love with it because of its nice balance. Poured into a Duvel glass.

H: 1/4" head

A: beautiful dark amber

S: light, hoppy

T: wow, perfect balance of hops/yeast/carbonation

M: rico suave

D: i can drink this all night

this is a great beer to relax to over dinner or in front of the idiot box. this is one of my 'anytime' beers.

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper in color. Poured with very little head. Light trails of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a walk in piney forest with grapefruit aromas behind the pine. Tastes rich and full, something you want a real mouthful of, not just a sip. Good balance between sweetness of the barley and the astringency of the hops. Alcohol is well disguised. I’m sorry I only bought one, this is a very drinkable beer.

CDBeerDisappear, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of deanhead
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gold in color with a brilliant dense, white, rocky head.

Aroma- Huge hop bouquet of Citrus, and pine, with a hint of raisins.

Taste- Huge hop bitterness in the front, followed by a maginficently dry alchol finish. The hops lingered with a chewy piney, citrusy taste. the hops seemed to clinge to my tongue like a small child clings to it's mommy. Some cotton candy like sweetness managed to work it's way thru to the front of my palate despite the fireworks of hops in my mouth. Slight grainy phenol present. Devoid of any yeasty taste despite this being an unfiltered offering.

Moutfeel- nicely balanced malt backbone that lends to a medium to full bodied moutheel, complimented with some rich, dank chewey nuggets of hops.

Drinkability- Despite it's alcohol content this beer is remarkably easy to drink. I enjoyed it very much, and would gladly consume another any time after noon.

deanhead, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz tall dark brown bottle with a racer checkered flag on the label with red and yellow print, pewter cap.
Transparent copper golden body with lots of carbonation. Large white rocky head of full range of bubbles. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Smooth buttery hop scent, slightly spiked with almost no malts.
Harsh yet very smooth hop flavor. Hay and grain. Delicios long lasting harsh hop resin aftertaste.
Medium full body good coating and slick.
Great drinkability. Smooth, harsh, delicious.


oelergud, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange/amber color, solid whit head, good retention and lacing. Nose is absolutely huge, very piney. Taste is surprisingly malty for such a big IPA, along with some bready notes. mouthfeel has a high amount of texture, possibly due to being a bottle conditioned beer. A very nice, well balanced IPA. Flavor is well rounded, abv is just right, would definetly not mind having this again.

BigJTrucker, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of IceEyes
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for years now and it's always been a favorite of mine. It's really a classic west coast IPA in my opinion. The body is full yet also light enough to be quaffable. The bittering is just right with a piney aroma and citrus flavor. It's good to know that this beer is so widely available on the west coast because its a quick choice for easy drinking. A great standby beer. It always kicks up a good fluffy head and goes down real easy. Bear Republic is one of the best breweries in northern California and Racer 5 is a good reason why.

IceEyes, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Orange peel, pine sap, grapefruit, peachy.

Looks: Copper/amber in colour. Tight head, but poor head retention. The head was a dull white. Some good lace. It was a bit foggy.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, orange peel... hmm familiar? There was some tangerine in there too. Honey, caramel, maple sugar (the malty flavours were there, but not dominant). The bitterness was not overly aggressive, but did build up. Oily, resiny... I think I can taste the lupulin glands.

Mouthfeel: Lots of small bubbles. Creamy & smooth. Medium, but on the heavier side of medium bodied.

Overall, this was a really tastey Beer, and a great example of a North West Pacific I.P.A.

BrewSomerville, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber for $2.99 at the local BevMo. Light orange with a sudsy head. Thick sticky lacing as I work my way down. Lots of hops in the smell. Piney and citrusy mainly. Fantastic flavor. Grapefruit, orange, peppery with some malt sweetness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. I could drink this one all night. This is my favorite IPA and I pick this up often. A definate winner imo!

Sleestak, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at 69 Taps in Akron. The beer is a dark golden amber color with a medium thin light beige head with good retention. Patches of lace. The nose is floral hops, with touches of sweet malt and pine. Medium body with a floral, hoppy character balanced by a fair amount of sweet caramel malt. Touches of citrus here and there too. The finish lightly dry, and is moderately hoppy initially, then offset by sweet malt. Overall this is a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA.

Dogbrick, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, sparkly, bright -- nay, luminous amber with a pristine, sticky white head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. Very pretty beer. Pure American hop nose of grapefruit, pine sap and perhaps some chili oil. Malt influence on the nose is subdued -- just a hint of sweet nuts to provide a bit of a base for the hops. On the palate, bracing, fruity bitterness first off, then some big carbonation makes itself known. The mid-palate smooths out a bit to showcase the malts, although things remain wayyy off balance toward the hop side. This is a great American IPA -- brash and harsh and chock full of hops, with fairly little nuance, but the beauty of the hops is, in this case, enough. Excellent.

geexploitation, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is really a good beer that I had to bring back from the northeast US. Immediately upon opening, I detected a strong, hoppy citrus (mostly oranges) and floral aroma. Poured to a slightly hazy orange yellow color with an off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma maintained itself well through the drink, and was joined by a whiff of alcohol late. Mouthfeel was tangy and bitter, and the flavor picked up the citrus hops of the nose, and blended them slightly with a touch of malt.

This all led to a finish which was bitter, dry, long, slightly warming and very good.

I just wish Bear Rep. would come to Atlanta.

kimcgolf, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nearly transparent rusty amber with big thick foamy white head. Head eventually dwindles to 1 finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass. Lots of bottle conditioned yeast is at the bottom of the bottle-when that is poured in it adds lots of flaky yeast sediment and more of a translucent haze.

S- Before I even completely removed the cap a big whiff of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and piny hops hits the nose. This smell is a powerful smack in the face of hop aromas and great! The slightest bit of caramel malt also pops through at the end of the nose.

T-Surprisingly much milder than the smell. Lots of citrus hop flavor upfront with virtually no malt backbone (though I know it has to be there). The piny cascade hops really come out for the finish and are very refreshing-citrus hops take a backseat to these. What lingers is a light-to moderate bitterness and a big dose of refreshing piny hops. Hints of caramel malt sweetness too.

M-Low carbonation and oily body. Very smooth and creamy. Great.

D- Despite the near absence of balance this is a very good IPA. I love the bottle conditioning and the overall smoothness of the body. Not really the best tasting IPA I have had...but it's still very good; and probably in my top 5. Great West Coast IPA.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shaebs99 for this 22 oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden under a pretty impressive white head. A great looking beer indeed.

S: Nice citrusy hops. Zesty grapefruit and oranges with a hint of lemon. Excellent candy-ish type character to it. Some piney elements as well. Just a really great hop aroma.

T: Good balance. Great citrus fruitiness up front ends in a very surprising bitter finish that one may not quite have expected given the up front citrus character. Bitterness preceeded slightly by an earthy hop taste.

M/D: Light on the palate and just a little watery. Carbonation is a tad high but that doesn't spoil the experience at all. This is definately something that I could down many pints of given the chance.

NCSUdo, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 22 oz. bomber, decanted into a standard pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a deep orange/amber colored brew of amazing clarity. A two fingered head tops the glass, which leaves sticky sheets of lacing all the way down.

Nose hit me while I was pouring. It's a huge piney/resiny hop note, with grapefruit rinds and maybe some dry grass. Wow .. this is just the nose.

The taste echoes the nose, in that hops predominate, as should be in an IPA. This one is balanced, with a caramel malt backbone that is easily detected at the back of the palate. The malts are just enough to give balance, and are not cloying. Mouthfeel I would describe as medium, not at all heavy, which adds to the refreshing nature of this quaffable brew. Finish is dry, and the overall experience leaves you wanting more, MORE!

This is a very well done IPA. It's not 'over the top' in any way, and is smooth and easy drinking. The 7% ABV is not noticeable, which makes this even more enjoyable. Well done, Bear Republic! Highly recommended!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of bboven
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best IPA I've ever had in every respect.

Slightly cloudy honey color with a bit of particulate floating about. The head is a finger thick even now; it lasts and leaves thick sticky lacing.

Great hop citrusy hop aroma with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malt.

Almost indescribable taste. The malt carries the hop flavor with a great smoothness. The hops are sweet all the way to the end where there's a tiny, tiny bitter note at the end. Beautiful.

Smooth mouthfeel, that's the best way to say it. Such low carbonation that you'd think it was from a cask. That's a good thing. Actually, it's a wonderful thing.

I bought one bottle of this on my honeymoon in August, so it may have been even better when the hops were fresher. I will buy and trade for this beer every chance I get.

bboven, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of ohoove
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this burnt orange color with an off white head and a sprinkling of what looked like cinnamon " bits" was quite the spectacle. the head was absolutely stunning ,we actually gobbled it up with spoons and the lacing was equally impressive.
Taste and smell were of citrus and pine hops with a malt sweetness and bitter hop finish.
mouthfeel was slick and oily.
drinkability was very good and although the abv is present it's masked well enough to have more than a couple per sitting.
if you like hops this will be a great selection. Definitely worth the time and money!

ohoove, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of ttu94
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from HotterThanHell. After spending the week in Bavaria this beer is a shock to the system. No subtlety here, this is an AIPA and nothing else. Pours a cloudy orange with a good creamy white head. Has a very strong citrus hop smell (that I like). Taste is that of an AIPA but incredibly smooth. Very malty with a citrus hop kick. Not too bitter in the end but very enjoyable. The 7% ABV is a little noticable aftter finishing a whole bomber.

ttu94, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - somewhat hazy, golden color with a white head that left plenty of lace.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - very tasty IPA. Strong citrus hop flavor with a malt balanced middle and a bitter hop finish.

M - medium body & medium carbonation.

D - easy to drink, as abv is hidden well.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear republic- Racer 5

Big thanx to Bradford for this 1!

A- Light copper with a big thick heavy lacing head.
S- Pungent grapefruit hops with a hint of caramel malt.
T- Mildly bitter grapefruit with a solid malt backbone .
M- Creamy and sweet with a mild hop bite. Oily green hop flavor in the end. Alc is completely masked!

Overall- A session IPA without a doubt. I polished off a bomber in 10 minutes.

NJpadreFan, Oct 14, 2007
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,480 ratings.