1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,839 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,839
Reviews: 2,232
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 249
Gots: 779 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Racer 5 India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,839 | Reviews: 2,232 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Reagan1984
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bomber

Caramel/deep copper in color with a slight haze.
2 fingers of dense off white head that lasted.
There was an insane amount of lacing.

Aroma was malty sweet and did not have a fresh hop aroma.

The flavor unfortunately matched the aroma.

The flavor was Malty/Caramel/sweet with a cooked/dead hop bitterness.

I don't think this is very well balanced at all and our tasting group placed this near the bottom of the IPA & DPA's that we all sampled.

If you are a hop head, look elsewhere.

Photo of jordoo
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poored into an oversized beer mug.

Thick frothy fluffy huge bright white glowing head, hazey brillaint orange in color. Smells of sweet carmal malts tropical fruit and some floral and piney sents. Tastes beautifully bitter with a spicey hop note throughout carmal malt backbone with some citrus fruit flavors here and there. Feel grand on the palate and 22oz may not be enough. LOL

Photo of sinistermadman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chilled golden color with a slight, frothy head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Taste has a solid pale malt background with some rind like citrus hop bitterness. Very juicy flavor and mouthfeel. Not an overly complex hop flavor, but satisfying nonetheless. Mouthfeel is slick, almost watery with a medium body and carbonation. Not being overly aggressive helps the drinkability, which is quite good. Recommended.

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

Nice clear orange color with a good two finger white head which stuck around and left a fair amount of lacing.

The scent was of hops and a bit of pine, along with some citric accents.

Tasted of hops and even a bit of orange, with some malt present as well. Nicely balanced.

Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and smooth with a carbonation crispness.

I'm not normally a big IPA fan (so sue me), but this was a beer I really enjoyed and will certainly revisit. Thankfully one of our local liqour store chains is now carrying some of the Bear Republic brews, and I am certainly thankful for that. Another excellent choice from a fine brewer.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am very impressed with this brewery so far. Not distributed to my area, I have to pick these up when I travel to Ohio. So far, every beer from this brewery has been finely attenuated, but rich in proteins and all have supurb head retention / formation. Racer X is no exception. The onset brings a rich, but clean looking copper / amber color, thick foamstand, and lively co2. The beer takes on a rich, biscuity malt character in the aromas and flavors. I was really impressed with the clean attenuation, with no harshness-- a perfect balance. Great hop balance for IPA-- I would prefer a stronger sharper hop influence, but I think I got an aged bottle where the hops have settled out a bit. At any rate, this is a truely expressive, hop-oriented IPA. Citrus notes hinge more on oranges than grapefruits due to the sturdy malt base and ester profile. Very full to the palate, again close to a Double IPA. The finish is very clean, crisp, and cracker-like, but with a long dry hop flavor and a touch of caramel. An extremely nice beer. I'll take a few points off because of the sediment in the bottle which may come from too much age, but look forward to trying a fresher bottle.

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

This is a very nice IPA, and one that I have heard nothing about. I bought this at Julio's, MA. Apparently, this is quite ubiquitous given the number of reviews. I thought I was trying something less popular. The beer pours a golden amber with lots of carbonation, a foamy head, some retention and lacing. The aroma is all hop, juicy, estery, oily hop. There are grapefruit notes and florals too. You can whiff a bit of biscuity malt if you try. The taste is a blast of pungent, citrusy hop, with plenty of estery and oily resinous hop as well. There is a nice creamy backbone to the beer that balances out the hop bite. The grapefruit like tartness and the malty breadiness in the rear make this a fine offering. The beer is quite well carbonated, very refreshing, lots of effervescence, and just nice all around. The aftertaste is about right, not too mild, not too lingering. L'Chaim.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a three-finger pillowy off-white head that fades real slowly leaving lots of sticky lace behind. Great retention.

Smell is nothing but hops. Lots of floral notes and juicy citrus fruit: fresh squeezed OJ, lemon zest and grapefruit.

Taste is dominated by floral and citrus hops, but there are notes of toasted bread and a faint toffee-like sweetness. Finishes dry with a grapefruit bitterness.

Medium, well carbonated mouthfeel. Very crisp and dry.

Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Another IPA I wish was available in NH.

Photo of Homerbag
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with foamy head.

An old school Mike Tyson uppercut of citric hops assault the nose. If this had a tooth or two, it would bite your ear off. Second fiddle is some more resiny/woody hops. Straight forward with no room for malts or anything, this is a hop and hop alone.
Taste is much the same, no malts just juicy hops. A hop heads dream. This is wreak your palate for any other beers that would follow . Feel is suprisingly thin for so many hops, no sticky or oily felling.
Very rarely do I saw an IPA needs more malts, but this could use a pinch. I'm not complaining at all. I love the assaut, but some malts could frame this and make it even more punchy.

Photo of RixBeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peach juice. Hazy thick orange with a thin white head. Fades into a thick ring along the edges.

A very sharp grapefruit and citrus punch with a strong pininess.

A very forceful and persistent hop flavor. Pretty spicy and has a strong punch of hops.

A tiny bit watery in the end but it helps balance the hops.

A very drinkable IPA and one that I really do appreciate for what it is. However the ABV will actually shock you. It creeps up on you.

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

Split a 22oz bomber with allthetimeineed. Pours a pale amber color, slightly hazy due to dry hopping. Two fingers of white head slowly dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is hop forward, very flowery, citrusy and somewhat sweet. Flavor to match: floral, citrus, sweet pine and a dry finish. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with good drinkability. Typical example of the West Coast hop bombs that I love.

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

I'm not sure how I've never reviewed this beer seeing as now that it is in 6 pack form - it's pretty much a staple in my refrigerator.

This is what a West Coast IPA should be - HUGE hop profile filled with citrus, pine with a slight sweetness. It's glorious.

You have probably had one by now - if not go get one now.

Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been one of my "go to" IPAs for a while, and it never disappoints!

Pours a clear, golden/orange color, with a tremendous rocky off-white head, which stays put! Leaves behind a ton of lacing. Smell is piney, with a good amount of sweet malt in the nose. Taste is beautifully balanced, the citrus & pine of the hops duke it out with the malty goodness. Nice bitter & slightly floral finish. Incredibly drinkable IPA, and in terms of what I have easy access to, quite possibly the best.

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

Poured into pint glass

A - Great off-white head that retains excellently and leaves a ton of lacing behind. Golden/amber in color. Translucent.

S - A very nice floral, citrusy hop aroma is very prevalent. Some grain in the background. A faint malt backbone is also detectable.

T&M - Initial flavor is delicious and balanced. The citrus hops blend very well with the bready malt backbone. Honestly, I'd say that malts win out. However, the hops reassert themselves with a floral and bittering finish. Medium to full bodied. Appropriate carbonation level. The bitterness that coats the palate seems to build with every sip; it's not the most pleasant bitterness, but it doesn't bother me too much - it's just there. The flavor is bold and endures very well. From the nose, I expected a more hoppy flavor, but it's a pleasant one, nevertheless.

D - I feel that this is a very drinkable brew. The abv is a little on the higher side, and it is a bit of a fuller body, but it is tasty and, to me, not difficult to drink.

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

A: A golden/orange amber with some yeasty haze. The head is thick and frothy, and settles slowly to a thin frothy covering overhead. Some nice sheets and rings of lace form down the whole glass.

S: Bold citrus hops. Some faint bready/biscuity malt aroma.

T&M: Pleasant hoppy grapefruit, some grainy biscuit malt, and an earthy, musky and bitter finish. Everything's top-class until the finish--it's just not as pleasant as I would like. Body is medium with a brisk carbonation and a lightly oily feel.

D: Racer 5 is a top-notch American IPA. It's higher ABV and less-than-pleasant finish limit drinkability somewhat, but Racer 5 is still a damn fine example of the style.

Photo of becktone
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes:

Eye: Great head sixe and retention. Color is off white, tannish tones in there. Color of the beer itself is orangy-amber with yellow hints, very clear and alive with carbonation. One good looking IPA. How come beers at bars don't look this good? Well I think its the sanitizer, though I don't see any lacing here.

Nose: Very nice, citrus flower aroma right up front. This is what I want from an IPA. Glorious, Glorious hops. There is some malt to support, but it can't discern what its attributes are. I just know that there is a a smell behind the hops(that doesn't belong to hops or yeast)that supports them. Just great with the hops, overall..wonderful.

Tongue: Bitterness hits the palate first then a wave of hp flavors-citrus, floral, and some fruit. Like the aroma the malt flavor isn't too pronounced, but its there to support and give substance to the hops, which make up the rest of the beverage. Finish is bitter and tastes of citrus hops. Its interesting to note how the citrus flavor of the hops mix with the sweet malt to create a real unique sweet(not in terms of palate) flavor profile found here.e

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one I'll buy again, what a great IPA. Goes down smooth and the higher level of alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Carbonation at first seemed a bit high and too prickley, but is actually quite fitting given the characteristics for the rest of the beer. This is one tot try, get out there and find it. I'll most likely be getting this again, most likely when I'm in the mood for a good IPA. One of the better IPAs I've drank.

Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head that left a good amount of layered lacing. There was also a good amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass and floating about in this brew.

S- Nice hoppy smells both piney and citrus right off the bat.

T- Citrus hops mainly a grapefruit, then a piney/floral hop taste and then a bit of malt. Hops are the dominant flavour here.

M- Medium in body with a good carbonation. Very smooth and a little creamy.

D- A very nice and solid brew. Will be picking some more of this up.

Photo of ewright
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out cloudy copper with a thin layer of foamy head on top. The head shows nice lacing on the glass with islands of foam left on top.

S: Big citrusy hops right up front, but not as strong as some other west coast IPAs.

T: Huge grapefruity flavors show up immediately. By mid-mouth, the malt starts to balance out the flavor, but hops dominate throughout.

M: Moderate carbonation helps lift the hop bitterness off the tongue. Overall feel is fairly creamy without being slick.

D: A really refreshing IPA... I could drink several of these tonight ... and just might.

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

22oz standard brown bomber. Pours out a bit cloudy. Light amber in color with an orange tinge. Small head that doesn't last.

Smell is lighter than I expected but I do pick up some grassy hops in the background. Some malt hints as well. Very lightly carbonated.

Much more balanced and integrated than I expected. Lovely, consistant hops notes throughout. The aftertaste has something spritzy that I can't identify. Seems to last for 10-15 seconds.

The light balance makes this extremely drinkable. No way of telling this is 7% abv. If you like balanced, drinkable IPA's, this is for you. Well done.

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

Got in trade thanks to mhewes!
Poured from 22oz bottle to tulip glass, peachy hazy golden color, excellent head retention, creamy white

smells of citrus hops, malts

tastes of citrus peel, spiciness, yeast, malts are heavy and really bring it all together, the balance is great and make this ipa very drinkable

mouthfeel is thick bitter, very drinkable, a really good ipa

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of orange with a little haze to it. Nice 1 finger head with great retention and good lacing. Smell is strong of hops but there is a definite malt presence as well, a bit of caramel. Taste is good, however I have to say I was expecting more hops. Hops are there but I think I noticed the malt a little more, especially as the beer warmed. Leaves an oily bitterness as it goes down and slight warming effect from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 5-22-08.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a one-finger, pitted, off-white head. Takes lacing to a new art form with sheets of sticky froth that languish throughout the session.

Floral hoppy nose with aromas of pine and citrus.

Opens with a malty sweetness that quickly transitions to a sharp and bitter middle. Moves on to notes of pine, grapefruit and citrus rinds. Finishes crisp and bitter. Overall, a nicely balanced amalgam of bitter hops and sweet malt.

Chewy mouthfeel. Smooth and sessionable. Take a couple laps and pull Racer 5 into the pits for a high-performance bitter fix.

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

Pours an awe-inspiring shiny golden color. The type that some ancient civilization would probably worship. Its almost bright orange and the head is rich and creamy white. It looks like a pancake ready to be flipped!

Smell is extremely citrusy. Think lemons and grapefruits, not to mention fresh cascade hops. I love the way those Pacific Northwest hops can transform the smell of a beer from casual to just plain amazing.

First sip of this beer is tongue numbing. Absolute hop bitterness. Tastes like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with a cane sugar finish to balance things out. This beer is very refreshing. Its hard not to take big sips of this. I should have bought a second bottle so I could savor the tastes of that one and drank this one in big mouthfuls like the hop pig that I am. Great job Bear Republic!

Photo of ph2001
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle in pint glass

decent amount of head that lingers well. its a hazy apricot color. smells hoppy and delicious.

has a sharp bite that leaves quickly, although the hops stick around for a bit. a slightly piney aftertaste. a bit thick mouthfeel. well balanced. a little mild for an IPA, but in no way weak.

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

Great looking IPA on tap as well. A little light colored, but that just leaves more room for the hops right? The nose is pungent as hell, very fresh smelling, with lots of citrics and slightly floral.

Mouthfeel and flavor are a little thin and one-sided. But is that so bad, when the hops are so good? Excellent and flavorful IPA, highly recommended for a fix of bitterness.

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

Pours a hazy tennessee orange with a sticky white topping. Nose is definitely juicy grapefruit as well as pine-tree car freshener, citrus dominates for me. Taste is juicy at first with the spicy hops and a slight alcohol burn taking over quickly which makes you smack your lips after each sip. A very good west coast style IPA, this brewery does a wonderful job with the style.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,839 ratings.