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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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6,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,479
Reviews: 2,192
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 208
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 scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Great, doughy, light beige head. Excellent retention. Something you could stick your finger in and feel the foams welcoming grasp. Thick quarter inch head throughout the whole bomber. Great Autumn colored haze with a little sediment suspended nicely throughout the whole brew. Leaves a lot of very sticky lace all over.

Smell- Good, just not as stand out as I feel it should be. You can taste more than you can smell at any point while I'm enjoying this beer. The aroma of citrus zest is only mild while lacking a better balance with the toasted malts.

Taste- Very floral rendition of grapfruit skin. When you sink your teeth into the real thing, its rather unpleasant. But when you drink that same flavor in a beer, it becomes pleasant. Better definition of the mlats, but only as a ,uted hint of what could be.

Mouthfeel- Is chock full of pleasant bitterness, but just lacing that balance needed between malts and hops to be a great IPA.

scruffwhor, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99, I believe, a few months ago. There's some sort of information stamped near the upc symbol on the label, but it's too illegible to tell if it's a freshness date or not.

This is the best looking beer I've had in a while. It poured a golden shade of copper with a big, thick, rocky white head that took it't sime dissipating and left luxurious sheets of lace on the sides of my glass.

This smelled pretty damn good. A mixture of citrus, pine, bread, all perfectly balanced, though a tad more restrained than it could have been (woe likes his hops).

Taste pretty much like it smelled. The bitter, piney aspects of the taste seem to hit the tastebuds first but they are balanced by the more citrusy hops and the subordinate but still sturdy bready malts. Encountered on the rideout is a pleasing but not palate thrashing dryness. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel and carbonation is spot on. Nice, hop oil-ly mouthfeel with a moderate amount of body means no complaints in this department.

I'd be happy to quaff several pints of this at my local were it to be found on tap. But it's not, so I'll have to be content to pencil Bear Republic into the itinerary of the long anticpated, perhaps mythical vacation I'd like to make at somepoint amongst northern California's brewpubs.

woemad, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden amber with a creamy off white head....laces and stays up pretty well.
Smells great...piney citrus..floral..pretty intense.
Tastes well balanced ....great big sweet malt with amazing grapefruit-pineapple punch...perfect combination. Good and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel also just right...medium, with good carbonation.
Drinkable?...I could have spent the night with this one.

Hautacam, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Whoa. This is an impressive beer. Poured it into a snifter so I could really get my nose into it.

Gorgeous reddish-orange color, with a little sediment. Very active head that spills from the open bottle. In the glass, very stubborn, with some beautiful lacing.

Scents of grapefruit peel, hops, pine, even some fresh squeezed orange juice, just jump from the glass. Exceptionally fragrant beer.

Serious hops in the mouth. Wow. Some citrus, malt, and bread keep things nicely balanced. Delicious.

NIce oily texture, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Quite simply, I could sip this stuff all night.

MVassar, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation rising to a great, thick creamy head on top. Exploding aromas of citrus, pine and alcohol on the nose that beg for sniff after sniff. Just enough malt flavor to balance it out but still feature the great hops. I had this six hours ago and I can still smell and taste it. Sit down with a big bowl of chili with this one!!!! Bear Republic continues to impress me.

jj21, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to fartingdog who sent this as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber coloration. Very active carbonation rides to the surface of the beer. This beer produced a nearly uncontrollable head. The head was a thick fluffy biege coloration. The head of the beer never left during the session. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: This beer has a execellent hoppy pine juicy citrus smell. The beer has under currents of sweetness and spicy alcohol.

Taste: This beer delivers a very sweet juicy citrus hoppyness that pairs well with the pine resiney hops. The finish on the beer is dry bitterness. Overall this is a very well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a plus sized medium body. The beer is aggressively carbonated and prickly. The flavors are long lasting. This is a dam fine and tasty IPA. The beer was very easy to drink. I had problems setting this beer down. I could session this over the course of an evening.

nlmartin, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
A - Golden honey color with barely an inch of eggshell tinted foam.
S - Surprisingly sweet citrus smell, bubblegum, nice rich malts.
T - Beautifully balanced between the mild spicy floral hops and the near perfect dose of malt. Light, dry mildly bitter finish. Sweet all the way through. Awesome. This is balance defined.
M - Very smooth and moderately carbonated.
D - This Great IPA from Bear Republic is, to me, a catch 22. It is so good that I just have to have sip after sip, yet at the same time, so close to perfection that I want it to last as long as possible.

ClockworkOrange, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange color with a big foamy head. Beer has a really slight haze to it.

Aroma is citrus, and pine hop goodness. Also a bit floral too.

Taste is crisp and dry.. Hops are very present in the flavor, citrus and a bit bitter up front, yet somewhat creamy on the finish. There is also a hint of alcohol in there. This beer is well made, there is a good balance between the hop bite at the beginning, and the creamy malty finish.

Mouthfeel is good, flavors linger in the back of my mouth.

I have always considered this one of the better made American IPA'.s It is a tad bit high on the alcohol compared to some others, but this is a very good and drinkable beer.

flexabull, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a thick cream colored head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus hops. Grapefruit and oranges are present in the nose. Also a slightly floral hoppiness.

Taste is what is to be expected... Hops, and lots of 'em. Some grapefruit and some lemon zest. There is also a light bread like maltiness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect and this is a pretty drinkable brew.

hckyfn9999, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of trep
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle Thanks to IntriqKen

Hazy orange body with a creamy white head. Leaves a lot of lacing as it fades. A good bit of tiny sediment in suspension and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Juicy hops dominate the aroma with a bit of malt and alcohol as well. Actually, a good bit of alcohol.

Aggressive hop bitterness ignites your tongue from the first drink on. Malt profile is there, but hidden beneath a blanket of hops. Not perfectly balanced like Two-Hearted but pretty close. Very refreshing. Citrus and pine hop flavor is excellent and leaves you with a grapefruit bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium crisp body initially, then after a second the carbonation bubbles up and makes it feel creamy. I like dis. Nice balance between carbonation and body also. Very refreshing and drinkable. I'd like to have a 6-pack of this for a cookout in the summer.

trep, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poursamber with a one finger tan head.

A nice balance of sweet citrus and resins in the nose. A bit of bubblegum.

Sweet caramel and thick resins up front, lead into a slightly astringent middle. Ends with a fantastic malty, resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied, extraordinarily drinkable. Definitely a four pinter.

nortmand, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of isaac
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light, hazy copper with a small, off-white head, which shrinks into clumpy bubbles and lace relatively quickly

S - Very strong hop smell, clean and fresh, very citrusy. Slight hints of alcohol and roasted malt.

T - Wow. Big hops taste from the start that never really leaves - very juicy grapefruit and grass bitterness. Underlying bready malts throughout as well. A bit watery in the middle, however. Finish is dry and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied, maybe even on the thin side. Until the finish that is, which gets nice and thick. Carbonation is a bit overdone

D - Very high. I enjoyed this beer immensely.

isaac, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of dhchatfield
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip on Halloween night.

A - A beautiful light golden copper. Loads of fluffy head. Nice gentle lacing.

S - Sweet hops. Not too bitter to the nose. I am more of a DIPA guy, so this one seems subdued.

T - Fabulous. Hoppy for sure, but again with a balanced bitterness, strongly offset with a very sweet finish.

M - Fluffy on the tongue, very full across the mouth. Fills the palate with a creamy, sweet lasting impression.

D - The highpoint of this beer. I've had this one at least 5 times before, and tonight I honestly can't remember how many times I said to myself "Man! This is a good beer!"

The fact that this beer is readily available makes it even more appealing to me. If you can't find it, trade for it, call Liquid Solutions, do whatever you can to try it. A truly great offering!

dhchatfield, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a golen amber with a frothy and rocky white head that holds fantastically well and leaves tons of lace. The smell is very sweet with tons of citrus hops. The taste is full hop bitterness and flavor but malty enough to not overwhelm you. There was also a bit of piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with nice natural carbonation. Overall a highly drinkable IPA, one of the best IPAs out there.

MSchae1017, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, glowing, hazed orange color, with a healthy, fluffy white head.

Very fresh aroma. Orangy citrus mixed with crisp pine. A sharp tangerine-apricot thing too. Subdued but potent.

Bold flavor, but carefully balanced and structured. Hoppy, juicy, and resiny. A bite of alcohol, along with a good deal of malty backing.

Substantial medium-plus body. Carbonation is fairly strong, matching up with the hops' strong prickle. This beer is a bit too bitter for me to just put down, but if you're into real hoppy beers, this one is real tasty.

This is a big IPA, and it's good. But for me, it doesn't live up to the hype.

akahn, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of nathanho
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. chilled bomber pours cloudy into a 14 oz tulip (shout out to KD Lang) glass. Medium creamy head & a lot of large and small particulate matter, which adds to the glowing amber hue. Not clear at all.

Nose is clean with hops, pine and citrus - maybe cube farm air dulls the olfactories? Hoppy bitter flavor gives sensation of "taking a bite out of a good IPA". Sugary apple delights gustatories and big grapefruit lingers. Straight forward hopped up yummy. Substantially chewy and slick, light chalk on the backside. Makes me hungry.

Outstanding and delicious – I’m in IPA Heaven!

nathanho, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber.

Appearance- Golden yellow. huge head with tons of lacing.

Smell- Big floral hop aroma. Citrusy- mostly grapefruit. Orange and orange peels.

Taste- Very typical big IPA taste. Grapefruit is a powerful force as it is tied to the hops which are dominating in a good way. A bit of caramel flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite smooth. Adequate perhaps perfect carbonation. Can't imagine it being better.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable for a strong IPA. One that would be worth having/seeking out again.

lpayette, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep gold color almost orange. Huge clumpy head that slowly dissolved with peaks and valleys. Deep piney citrus aroma. This IPA is impressive right out of the gate Sweet malt body and mouthfeel with an intense bitterness that dominates but is still balanced. This is a killer IPA that gives you everyting= Killer aroma, great malt body with a wide variety of hop aromas, flavors from the beginning to the finish. This is my first beer from Bear Republic and I am impressed. Almost sessionable for hop-heads and at 7%, not too alcohol heavy. A CHOICE offering.

ByTor2112, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one over the summer at Redbones, and I gotta say that I wasn't exactly impressed with it. Everything deserves a second chance though right? So anyway, this one pours a sort of plain amber color. What made it really pleasing is that the head sticks to the glass like crazy, along with the just barely visible sediment floating here and there. Smell at first seemed slightly metallic, then with another whiff, gave way to some citrusy aromas, really juicy smell. The citrus is accompanied in the taste by a literal attack of hops on the palate. These are some really aggressive hops, that never quite seem to end. The initial citrusy presence seems to end with a more earth based ending. The mouthfeel is medium in body. Drinkability is great, but i guess thats assuming that you really like hops, cause this one definitely has them. Im really glad I gave this beer a second chance. I think i will get it again folks.

jamie2dope, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of loving44
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange amber from the bomber. Large bubbly head fades to a creamy white head... about an inch.

Smell: lots of citrus, mainly grapefruit and orange. Zesty. Sweet with some pine.

taste: sweet malt along with bitter hops up front, juicy and powerful but not overpowering. This has a wonderful balance of hops and malt with a refreshing bitter kick.

Mouthfeel: very creamy and light. low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one of the better IPAs that I have had. This is a hoppy beer but it's no hop bomb, just a very refeshing ans tasty IPA.. I saw this beer in lots of liquor stores, and beer stores and even the local grocery stores many times yet never tried it. My advise to you: pick one up!!! You will not be let down, I could drink this everyday.

loving44, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up outside of LA at Liquorama while there to do a job. Time to give this one a try.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with an aggressive 1" of off white bubbles on top. The head is thick and looks like it is going to be around for quite some time...especially since there are boat loads of bubbles rising to maintain it. A couple minutes after the pour, there is still a huge head on top of this one. There is boo-coo's of lacing left on the glass after drinking leaving sheets on the glass.

Aroma: I get a whole bunch of citrus in the nose with lemons and grapefruit in particular. Deep within it, there is a bit of caramel malt, but the hops are in charge of the aroma through the massive head.

Taste: The flavor has a big introduction of hops with all of the citrus that I got in the nose, but there is a big malt presence to this beer also to give the hops some resistance. There is big malt here, but even bigger hops. The malt never takes control of the flavor profile, but only compliments the hops. It is interesting about this beer in that there is a big floral hop contribution that is apparent late in the finish to go with the citrus hops and the alcoholic warming. The finish of this beer is never aggressively bitter, but there is still a boat load of hops in this one. I like the fact that they actually let it finish hoppy, yet not really hugely bitter and dry with a chalky feeling on the back of the throat. As the beer warms a bit, the malt comes out a bit more and leaves you with a mildly syrupy impression on the back of the throat to enjoy late in the finish.

Opinion: I am not a hophead, but I am really impressed with this beer. Yea, it has the essential huge hop character, but it still remains drinkable. I don't really know what else to say. This is a pretty fricking good beer, and I would certainly drink it again. Nuff said!

SkeeterHawk, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up in Spokane.

Pours a bright golden orange color, with a rocky two finger head, that settles very slowly to a thick, quarter inch head, leaving behind a very thick sheet of lace.

Smell; lots of pine and citric hops, as you would expect, with a soid backbone of caramel malts. There's also a bit of a herbal/grassy aroma. The more i smell this the better it gets.

Taste; as expected the hops are the main part of the flavor profile, with a bit of pine, grapefruit, oranges and those grassy notes. The caramel malts have enough of a presence to offset the hop bitterness a little, with a touch of a biscuits. mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth, with just a great drinkability.

I can't believe I ddn't pick up more of this beer. This has to be my favorite IPA that I've had so far.

RedHaze, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden amber with a giant foamy head. The lacing is great and this has a ton of carbonation. The smell is all citrus hop aromas that are very nice. A nice American IPA that doesn't go crazy with hops. don't get me wrong,this is hoppy,but it's not overly bitter. The citrus flavor and aromas dominate this beer. The taste is very crisp with light bitterness and a very drinkable citrus flavor,grapefruit? This is a truely great beer that should not be missed. A 7% beer that could be a session beer. Cheers.

jmz62565, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Medium amber in color. Pours a 2" head that is fluffy and pillowy. Lots of lacing as I proceed.

S: Pine tar, hop oil, citrus/grapefruit, massively hoppy scents. In fact, the layers of hop scents are all I can smell. Enough to wake a guy up in the morning, but I would have liked some indication of the presence of any malt at all. After tasting it, the aroma does not reflect the balance of the beer.

T: Citric acid, pine sap and oily hop bitterness smacks the palate, making this one take off with a bang. Slight malt sweetness toward the end, mitigating the hops and the late alcohol burn. Excessive in the best way possible; something in the water out in Cali?

M: Really good presence, feels lighter than some of the other high-hopped IPAs I've tried. Keeps the refreshing qualities of a regular Pale Ale.

D: Definitely a hop-bomb, but I love that. The malt sweetness disappeared as I drank, but that's just a function of palate destruction. I really, really liked downing this bomber. Tomorrow after work, I will really enjoy downing another.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bomber into a Stone IPA glass. It took three pours to empty this bottle due to the enormous head created each time, four fingers or more. Head was frothy and bright white. Eventually head faded to a cap leaving clumpy fingers of lace. Body was clear golden, light copper until the last pour when the yeast particles clouded the drink.

Smelled great. Floral, grapefruit. Herbal. Mild alcohol presence. Rich aroma with staying power, nice.

Tasted refreshingly bitter. Very juicy citrus. Rinds and pith. Slightly minty. Dry lingering finish. The last third of the beer was perhaps richer and yeastier/more bready than the earlier pours. Quintessential West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel was zesty, medium bodied.

Easy drinking. No problems with the bomber. I will seek this out again.

Cresant, Sep 23, 2006
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,479 ratings.