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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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6,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,900
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 257
Gots: 811 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 6,900 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of xhcadamx
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent honey amber. A very dense and pitted head that stays til the last drop. Nice lacing.

S - Pine needles and c hops - lovely.

T - More pine needles and c hops. Very bitter and that is a good thing.

M - Syrupy almost makes me think this is a borderline DIPA

D - Several more of these would be appreciated.

Photo of gdfan47
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a yellowy red with a good amount of foamy white head and good lacing
S- Hops, lots of them,a little grapefruit to, a wonderful west coast IPA smell
T- very pleasant, not too sweet, ALOT of hops, very refreshing, very fresh
M- just smooth, the hops are out there but not over the top (probably too much for some people but not me)
D- another wonderful west coast IPA, the 7 percent is a little high for me to have all day, but I couldnt really taste or smell the extra alcohol

a must try for anyone who likes hops

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA.

Came to the table with a one inch off-white head that receded to a sticky film and left loads of lacing all up and down the pint glass.

Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. Great pine and citrus going on here backed by a strong caramel malt foundation. Just bitter enough in the taste to get my IPA fix, with lots of grapefruit. An IPA that has this kind of hope profile is great because it beautifully meshes with the 7% ABV. Lately I actually tend to prefer IPAs in that ABV range.

This went great with my pulled pork plate, and I could have easily drank it all night, but alas I had to move on.

Photo of jkrich
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date

Poured a deep, gold to new penny copper color. It was mostly clear with noticeable suspended particles floating.

After removing the cap, I immediately smelled the open bottle and was strong with a familiar west coast pine aroma.

This aroma carried over into the pint glass. The taste was an initial assault of hoppy bitterness and a very faint, fleeting malt flavor. It is a little abrasive on the tongue. This one is all about the hop bitters; it could use more balance, but it is satifying. It mellows somewhat as it warms, allowing more malt flavor.

Agressive hopping gives this one a rather strong piney aftertaste that lingers. Not overly carbonated and medium bodied.

Not as good as I thought it would be. I purchased this one at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio unrefrigerated. As it does not have a freshness date, I may have purchased an old six-pack. This well worth trying if it is in your area. The 7.0 ABV may keep this one from being sessionable.

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

A- Brilliantly clear copper color with large off-white rocky head. I'm very impressed with the clarity, I've never seen such great clarity with a beer that I assume to be dry hopped.

A- Citrusy hops, but backed by a malty aroma as well.

T- Citrus hop flavor. Throughout I get a strong malt backbone. This is an incredibly balanced IPA. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew with medium-low carbonation. There is a definite alcohol warming.

D- Quite drinkable. A very balanced IPA, but at the same time quite satisfying for any respectable hophead.

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

Poured about an inch head, nice amber/copper color, bubbly.

Smell of citrus, strong hops, diving in...

Taste reminded me of a Stone Ale, strong bitter hoppy taste.

Sparklingly refreshing, medium carbonation, yet dryer and little bitter aftertaste.

Quaffable, would definitely down 3-4 of these if work didn't demand my presence tomorrow.

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

This, to me, is what the standard for IPA's should be. This IPA has a great hop flavor, great floral /citrus/grapefruit nose and good carbonation. Its the perfect balance of flavor and weight. Some IPA's get that 'heavy' taste ,(too much hops, not enough carbonation) this one doesnt but still maintains the exceptional hop flavor that IPA's should have. Altough this isnt my absolute favorite IPA ever, its in my top three. I recommend this to everyone trying their first IPA.
Great orange color on the pour, good foamy head and the aromas during the pour are fantasticly pleasing.

Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 is a cloudy orange ale with many small particles. The head is a fluffy, lumpy white one. The aroma is very hoppy-- almost soapy. Fruity sweetness and citrus peel dominate. It is medium-light on the tongue and quite smooth. It has a very fresh hop flavor. the balance is well done between the hop aroma and hop flavor, as well as between the bitterness and the body. The ugli fruit flavor lingers lightly for quite a while. I have punished many a pitcher of this at Zeitgeist in SF. Classic.
(rated Jun 11, 2007)

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of citrus hops a great scent

T - Starts off with those wonderful hops and gets balanced by the malts sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink IPA another solid beer from Bear Republic that I can't say anything bad about

Photo of hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this one for a while now. I've heard a lot of good stuff about it.

I pours a hazy deep golden color. It has a nice medium head when poured vigerously in the glass, but it dissapates fast, blink one time and the head's gone. But it is creamy and leaves ok to desent lacing. Ok, the second pours, the beer has clarified a little. And the head stays a lot longer, with thicker lace.

The aroma is up in your face hops of citrus and floral and pine. As the head leaves, I pick up some pale malts. But swirl the glass good and the hops come back. I detect fresh orange zest. And lemon zest.

The flavor is pretty bitter, which is to be expected, but as it warms, the bitterness gets softer. Much softer. I get a good balance of malts and hops. Not boozy at all. Very pungent hop character. Strong citrus and resinous pine.

The mouthfeel is full bodied for sure. Has a a little dryness to it, which is good IMO. Pretty smooth for an IPA od this calaber. Really seems like a double IPA to me.

A very good IPA, glad it was recomended to me.

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

Split this with fellow BAer treyrab at tasting a couple weeks ago..

Pours a very hazy light copper, with a bone white 2 finger head, and as the head dissipates, a nice layer of lacing is left behind. There is very little activity in body.

In the nose, one finds a lot of lighter fruits, particularly apricot, some white grapes, orange, and a lot smoothed out sweetness.

On the palate, it comes across with a little bitterness right off the bat. Some heaviness comes in body and flavoring in the form of apricot, as mentioned above. A really smooth finish to end, with a ton of orange and grapefruit.

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

Plain yellow color with some bubbles. Sweet grapefruit smell. Tastes like straight up hops. What make this beer exceptional is even though it has way too many hops it is not over the top. It is just a great example of a floral and bitter hoppy bear nothing more nothing less. What keeps it normal and drinkable?

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

Hell yes...this is and always will be one of my favorite californian beers. If anyone ever comes to Lake Tahoe, you must have it on tap at the wonderful locals pub The Divided Sky. Pours a beautiful light color with smells of floral hops, a little pine and a light yeast effervescence. Tastes like an american IPA should, hoppy but not overkill with no noticable booze flavor and a good bitter finish.

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

Orange-gold out of the bottle with a big, fluffy head. Aroma of grapefruit hops and fresh-cut pine trees. Smooth hop taste that is tempered by the malt without drowning it. More of a bittersweet West Coast IPA than a pucker bomb. Its toned-down but still has a strong hop flavor. A nice change of pace for hopheads.

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

Reviewed on 5/9/08. Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and piney hop, some corn, sweet malt. Very drinkable, especially when cold. A little heavy mouthfeel for a single IPA, not that I minded necessarily....an awesome beer with hop deliciousness.

Update 9/14/08: Thought I'd revist this tasty IPA...Growler from Bellport Beer. Aroma of luscious pine and faint citrus. Flavor of lots of citrus (orange peel) with bitter piney hops in the finish. Quite sweet. Nicely balanced, although more on the hoppier side. Just as tasty as before! (No change in my rate).
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with an amazing, soapy head that dies slowly in bunches and leaves lace all over the mug. A very large citric burst in the aroma along with hints of dry malts. While it has a huge hop burn for the taste and finishes dry, it is mostly a smooth and citric flavored beer that does dry the tongue a little as it leaves its mark (not that this is a bad thing). Didn't really taste any malts but there must be some in there because this beer's body had a subdued creaminess to it. ABV hidden well and no alcohol burn; I could have another draft of this any day of the week.

Photo of lynx1245
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden crystal clear body with a white head that recedes quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet, floral, citrusy. What's not to like?

Taste: Nice mixture of malts and hops. Personally I think the malts win out on this one - a little more sweet than bitter. I'm really just nitpicking though, the hop bite is still there.

Mouthfeel: Not too much carbonation with a medium body. Doesn't finish as dry as I'd like.

Drinkability: Not too bitter, very sweet. All around a very pleasant drinking experience. I'll definitely try it again. I could drink this beer til it comes out my nose (in a good way).

Photo of Squelch
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal Clear golden colored. Small off white head that doesn't last a long time. Medium lacing:

Smell: Good mix of earthy, piney, lemony hop aromas. No malt aroma. could be bumped a bit more.

Taste: Wonderful hop flavor. Mildly harsh. Citrus up front followed by earthy british noble hop flavors. Nice balance with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy. Feels like an IIPA. Syrupy.

Drinkability: Very nice IPA. Will drink it again if I can find it!

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

I've heard about this brewer being a leader in the West Coast Way, so I jumped at the opportunity to procure a bottle of this whilst checking out the retail beer scene in friendly Austin, Texas a few weeks ago. Best not to let the purported aromas of the the style fade away by neglecting it, so here we go, into an American pint glass...

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper colour, with a few fingers of thick puffy white head, that persists for a good while, slowly leaving a solid ring of lace around the glass. The smell is big grapefruit citrus hops, with a little bit of pine in there too. I'm not getting much in the way of specific malt, other than a general sweetness mixed in with the hop essence. The flavour is a large smack of citrus and pine hops at the front, which are quite astringent. They carry through right to the finish, dancing the watusi on my tastebuds. The malt body is there, but I only detect it in the mouthfeel, which is actually quite full, with a moderate carbonation. Any warming from the elevated alcohol is hard to discern: I'm all warm and fuzzy from a hop coma. This is indeed tasty, and obviously unbalanced at first due to all its bitter goodness. But as it warmed and I became accustomed to the bitterness, the sweet malt finish became much more evident. This slow to arrive balance would make for a decent drinkability, once suitably primed.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer is tan with a small head, but pretty damn good retention. There is a small head during the entire beer, with great lacing. The nose on the beer is sweet and hoppy, and pretty balance. Mostly a fruity aroma from the malts and yeast though. It was different than I expected. When taking a drink the beer hits you with a large amount of hop flavour and bitterness. A bit of alcohol comes through with the hops as well, which is okay. Behind the huge amount of hops comes a slightly fruity flavour, but it's hidden by the slight watery mouthfeel. The beer is pretty god damn drinkable!

Photo of blackjack000
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Deep honey gold. Beautiful, frothy head--thick-looking, like the head on a root beer float.

Smell: Citrus and sugary. Grapefruit rolls into my nose and singes my nosehairs.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Grapefruit comes out right off the bat. Big time. Wow. Overwhelming grapefruit flavor. Very strong grapefruit aftertaste. A sweet, malty backtaste sits in the background. The grapefruit is turned to 10, it's hard to notice anything else going on. The tingly carbonation works well to highlight the citrus puckering flavor. The overall feel almost makes me feel like I'm drinking some kind of grapefruit soda/beer drink.

Drinkability: A very nice IPA. Very distinct. However, that being said . . . I don't know if I would be down to drink more than one at a sitting. The citrus tends to blow me away. I don't think I'm man enough to sit through another wave.

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

22oz bottle.

Poured a deep, hazy amber color with a large off white head. A couple of floaters. Nice hoppy, piney aroma with light citrus. Tastes for pin citrus (Grapefruit) and some light caramel in the tastes as well. Nice and bitter. Overall a very good IPA.

Notes from 10/20/04

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass:

P: Pours light-copper out of the bottle and sits a very clear, deep golden-copper (almost orangish) color in the glass. Produces a fluffy, tooth-white colored head made up of medium-sized bubbles, which has great retention! It finally dies down to form a nice cap of foam on top that never quits. Leaves great, chunky webs of lacing down the glass as well.

A: Smells of ripe grapefruit, citrusy hops, and toasted malts to compliment.

T: Starts with a citrusy-twang that tastes a bit like grapefruit rinds with a toasty malt backbone that provides the trunk to which the big hop flavors seem to branch out from. Upon the dry, and quite smoooth finish, the hops provide some significant spice to the back of the throat and tongue. Racer 5 leaves an aftertaste of those same citrusy, spicy hop flavors for what seems like forever and a day. Delicious!

M: Body is medium-full, smooth, massaging, and perfect for an IPA of this character.

D: Drinkability is very high with this one. A 22 oz. bottle just seemed to vanish into thin air in a matter of minutes. Very easy drinking!

Notes: This is one excellent version of a West Coast IPA. Citrusy hops, grapefruity flavors, toasted malt backbone, with just the right amount of bitterness without being overpowering. The touch of spice on the dry, and long-lasting finish just puts a nice little ribbon and bow on this great brew! Predictable. After all, does Bear Republic ever make anything less than a stellar beer?

West Coast!!!

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small tight head. Very little retention with sparse lacing.

S: Bold citrus aromas with hints of cut grass. There is a sweet caramel malt character as well which balances things out nicely.

T: Nice hop profile without being overthetop. Great grapefruit flavors with hints of lemon zest. There is a real sweetness beneath, which slightly cuts thru the hops, but is a real compliment..

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Very, wonderful beer.

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

This is a strong ale with a very citrusy smell and taste. it's sweet, but it's not.

How much sugar did you put on your grapefruit when you were a kid? A lot? Well, this is less than that.

It's bitter but it's not actively angry. It's piney, but it's not sticky.

It's good, but not a favorite.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,900 ratings.