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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,773
Reviews: 2,223
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 232
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 lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber acquired in trade with Wasatch.

Pours a hazy amber with big fluffy cream colored head that lasts a while. Leaves a good amount of sticky bubbly lace. Impressive head for an IPA.

Nose is full and juicy, with plenty of earthy caramelly malt, brightened by grapefruit, peach, and pear fruitiness. A syrupy sugary sweet overtone rounds it all out.

Taste is lightly sweet, with biscuity grains and a good dose of lighter malts for an overall full taste. Not to be deceived, this IPA has plenty of hops, but they balance well with the overall body and flavor of the beer. Earthy resin cuts through the malt, along with citrusy fruit. A dry bitterness rises nicely at the finish.

Smooth medium-thick body for an IPA. Great characteristic stickiness and oily mouthfeel.

A very tasty version of an IPA, attractive, aromatic, and satisfying. Differentiated among other IPAs by it's light but strong malt profile, slow hop ascension on the palate, and full body. I would drink more of this if I had more to drink. Overall a great beer.

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

On tap at McGrady's in Bethlehem. Nice seeing this on tap here and Big Bear at the Ho down the street.

A: Translucent, hazy golden amber/orange color with a moderate white head with nice lacing and retention.
S: As expected, citursy (grapefruit), slightly floral, hoppy aroma with malt background present.
T: Very smooth, crisp citrus grapefruit flavor hits first. Slightly sweet but balanced with malt and then the longer it is in the mouth the more the hops dig in. Not overwhelming bitter but hops are very assertive. Very balanced smooth tasting.
M: Full bodied with very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation combined with hop bitterness provides a mouthful.
D: Very flavorful, easy drinking, balanced IPA. Right up there with Two Hearted and Blind Pig for me.

Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Fairly clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy/piney hoppy nose. Starts balanced with a hint of sweetness but the hops kick in and dominate, bitter grapefruit finish. Good IPA but I don't like the hops in-your-face which the brewer has done all too well. $4.55 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Bottle. Rich, hoppy/resiny aroma. Clear orange/amber color with thick, long lasting white head. Lots of fine bubbles coming un from bottom of glass even after several minutes. Very hoppy, resiny flavor with a nice malt backbone balanced by plenty of hop bitterness. Medium/light carbonation. Medium body with somewhat sticky finish. Nicely lingering aftertaste of hop flavor and bitterness. Excellent beer.

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

22 oz bottled poured into 16 oz pint glass

A: Poured a golden orange with 2 finger off white head that left behind a thick lacing.

S: Citrus hops up front, strong grapefruit smell with piney undertones, and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T: Up front strong hop flavor with sweet citrusy grapefruit dominating. Piney hops flavor comes out more as the beer warms. Caramel malt comes through, but the hops are the dominant flavor.

M: Medium body with good carbonation for an ipa. Very creamy, bitter hop oil lingers, but is not a bad thing.

D: Very solid ipa, definitely something I could enjoy for the night.

Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A light gold / somewhat murky straw colour... a good, bubbly, insanely sticky head. Quite nice.

S: Somewhat sharp grapefruit/pine blend in the aroma, along with some citrus peel. Crisp and clean.

T: Pretty aggressive... huge, full hops explosion. Maybe a little overwhelming, and a bit unbalanced to my palate. Lots of the grapefruit taste, almost like it came complete with the peel. A bit of the taste that I have only been able to compare to 'eating a joint.'

M: A pretty full body, maybe a little sticky/tacky towards the finish.

D: This is perhaps a case where it's 'bigger is not necessarily better' for me. It could be a case of needing to be in the mood for the hops assault, but this is one I think I may hesitate on in the future. I really enjoyed their stout, though, so it hasn't thrown me off the brewery.

Photo of dsa7783
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second sample from Bear Republic, and I am continually impressed by their big, bold, flavorful, aggressive beers... their IPA is an excellent depiction of the style - full-bodied, aggressive, loaded with hops, bittersweet, with caramel and vanilla essences... clear, lucid amber and copper appearance with a strong aroma suggesting of caramel and hops... in terms of taste, the hops certainly do dominate this one... bursting with enormous, strong flavor, the hops really come through on this one, crisp, clean, and ultra-refreshing and thick... great taste that is very true-to-the-style and full of quality... smell is loaded with hops, citrus, lemon, and florals... flavor strongly complements the aroma and does a great job at making its full-flavored quality known... if you're looking for a true, authentic, full-bodied IPA, this is the one for you, great stuff from Bear Republic... great creamy, rich mouthfeel and good drinkability make this a great American brew... really good stuff, and definitely recommended...

Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a mug - enjoyed over an hour or so to observe its evolution. Clean amber color with bountiful head. The frothiness of a root beer float has a decent half-life. This looks like good stuff - slightly cloudy, not overly carbonated. Beautiful flowery hop aroma - so much it's slightly soapy but not offensive. Unfortunately, the soapiness emerges more in taste, tempering the bountiful almost sweet, deep hop taste & texture. The soapiness fortunately dissipates quickly on the longer-than-average but slightly shallow finish. A little puckery in the mouth, consistent with a wonderfully deeply-hopped beer such as this. Drinks well; evolves positively through the length of the bomber. Well-done.

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

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small soapy white head. Aroma is mainly the floral hop variety, with fresh cut grass and pine needles coming to mind. Taste consists of floral and citrus hop flavors, with the slightest of bread like malt flavors behind it. Very clean on the palate for a hop-bomb, 7% ABV is the only real drawback (if any) to this brew. Awesome!

Photo of HopHead1982
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent IPA. One of the better American IPA's available. A great hop aroma when you stick your nose in the glass, only to followed by an equally impressive taste and mothfeel. While some might say, slightly over hopped, I feel it hits the style perfectly.

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

The Racer IPA poured a cloudy hazy reddish orange with some solid lacing. The smell of was of cascade hops and a nice citrusy aroma. The Racer 5 was really well built and smooth and well balanced with a strong hop presence. It was sweet and luxurious in the mouth. It was a very pleasing IPA.

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

Pours somewhat cloudy orange-gold a good whitish lasting head and nice lacing. Smell is very nice and slightly sweet smelling and big floral hops. Taste up front is smooth, clean, refreshing, and hoppy, but not overly so. Finish is with a fair amount of bitterness, but nicely tolerable. As it warms up slightly, it comes together better and is definitely more balanced and a touch sweeter and less bitter. Overall a great IPA, and maybe the first time I downed 22 oz. of any IPA and actually wanted more before.

Photo of RDAdams
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving: A 12oz glass at Frisco Burrito (a great pub) in Columbia, Maryland.

Appearance: It looked like any other pale ale except I've seen Industrial Light Lagers with a better head.

Aroma: It had that great IPA aroma screaming: "Hey, Hop Head, can you take it." OTOH once you got passed the hops, it said vegetables.

Taste: Disappointing. It tasted like an overhopped pale ale without a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between thinner and thinnest

Overall: It was the thinest IPA I have ever tasted.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Sparkling copper with a sticky off-white head that isn't in a hurry.

S- sweet malts and hops.

T- This is a very smooth, balanced IPA. Piney hops balanced by creamy malty goodness. Not much bitterness in the finish, a little earthy and some sweetness in the aftertaste. No noticable alcohal. Exceptionally drinkable, could creep up on you fast.

Mf- So smooth, velvety soft, almost syrupy, nice bite, not too much carbonation.

N- What a great beer! Too bad I can't get sixers of this, I would keep it around at all times. Good for any season, heavy enough to stand up to spicy food, but refreshing enough for something light. This is the shit.

Photo of soupyman10
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, I'd never even heard of this one when I got to the dive bar in DC that had it on tap. Looked nice, a fairly deep amber color with slight haze and nice looking carbonation. Nose is nice; lots of grapefruit, some deeper malt notes, a good bit of fruitiness as well. Taste is delicious, a really excellent beer. Lots of bitter grapefruitiness, sweet malt, in basically a perfect balance. Feel is fairly thick and tasty with near-perfect carbonation. Overall, I was really blown away by this one. One of the best IPAs I've had.

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

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy straw gold color with a meaty white head and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, butterscotch, grapefruity citrus, and piney hops.

The taste is sweet and malty with a nice hop presence. Finish has a real sugary sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel, slick, and lightly carbonated.

I can't help but feel a bit disappointed after expecting more. Anyway, still a very nice IPA for sure.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber. The golden amber color of autumn's first falling leaves. No real head to speak of from a light pour as I tried to leave all the sediment in the bottle. This is from a bomber and I've had problems in the past with my second drink because of the sediment. I just got a nice big new 22 oz snifter and it was perfect to get the brew as close to clear in one glass after the pour.

Nose is fruity and spicy. Smells like a great big bouquet of slimy greasy hops. If my girl sent me flowers at work, and they smelled like this brew, I'd beat up the kids that made fun of me for getting flowers at work.

Lots of grapefruit from my first couple sips. Powerfully bitter aftertaste, but not a bad bitter. The finish is sweet and bitter at the same time. Very interesting almost grassy as it warms. Who knew drinking your yard could be so awesome. Not a bomb, but an ideal shock for an IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and slippery. Like squeezing a big handful of hops and letting the grease slick right down your gullet. Yeah, I said gullet.

This brew came with a lot of hype, and I'm extremely happy to say that I was not disappointed, even with the 40+ dollar bill for a case of 12 bombers. Thanks to Stockertown for bringing this brew to eastern PA. The only reason I dock points is because the sediment completely changes the beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a wide mouth mug. It has the color of a nice organic apple juice. A very cute amber with a fine off white head that lasts a while and finally settles into little islands of bubbles that range in size.

Smell is initially of sweet honey and then moves into some smooth hops. A clean scent that has some maltiness in the background paired with some citrus and floral.

Yum. Its a sweet brew that has some nice citrus flavor with malts and honey. A good workhorse of a brew. This one is cheap in the stores, has big flavor and is very pleasing to drink. Not a big hop bitterness, aroma or flavor but there is enough there to make me smile and look for more of it in the store.

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

A: Golden orange color, thin but ample amount of head

S: This one actually filled the air (with hop aroma), no need to bother with putting your nose up to the glass, although that reveals more detailed aromas. Somewhat of a citrus smell, but also pine notes.

T: Initial sip was a bit bitter, but what IPA isn't when starting a session? A sweeter IPA than the majority, but sweet in a citrus-like way. This is somewhat confusing because they use Columbus and Cascade hops, which normally don't put that taste off so strongly, if at all. Cascades definitely gave it a pine undertone.

M: Smooth but bitter, perfect amount of carbonation for an IPA.

D: Good all around IPA, very cheap too (Under $5 for 22oz)

Drank this while brewing a homebrew this past weekend.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at O'Brien's

Appearance is a clear orange hue, thin white bubbly head dissipates, good lacing on the glass

Smell is hops, a nice mix of pine-floral-citrus, backbone of sweet pale/caramel malts, some bubblegum/cotton candy

Taste is oily pine/citrus hops with a sugary sweet follow-up, finishes sweet and prickly

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, slick and oily texture coats the mouth, moderately high carbonation

Drinkability is high, this is a nicely sweetened IPA with strong hop presence, the alcohol is lurking at 7% but this is could be an all-night drinker

Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber pours a light orange amber color, great clarity with some soft bubble action and a huge, rocky two plus inches of off-white creamy head. Retains more than just a lace, it's quite thick and leaves lots of stick.

Smells of pine and grapefruity citrus hops, very fragrant, with a little bit of an indication of caramel malt for balance. Hops smell fantastic.

Taste is super fruity with lots of hop flavor. Very citrusy, lots of grapefruit flavor and plenty of pine also. Some caramel malt sweetness but not a huge malt backbone. It does the trick though because the hops have so much flavor, and although the hop bitterness is pronounced it doesn't overwhelm.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy, soft carbonation is very nice. Good medium body.

This is one hell of a drinkable IPA. Great flavor, manageable bitterness. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with two fingers of head and nice lacing.

S: The hops jump out of the glass at you. There is leamon, grapefruit, and pine.

T: Caramel, toffee, alcohol, geapefruit, and a bit of lemon zest and pith. The more you drink the more the hops flavors build.

M: Creamy with a bitter puck on the tongue.

D: This is quite bitter but a lovely IPA to enjoy a full bomber of. I would order this if I saw it while I was out.

Photo of zdk9
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange with just a film of head. Small dots of lacing.

S- The strongest scent on this one is orange, sort of a Mandarin sweet orange. With extensive smelling I can detect caramel and light butterscotch notes.

T- Quite sweet, once again with the orange and the caramel. I'd say the taste of this is somewhat of an English, malt forward, beer, but with American hops. The problem I have is that the hops just aren't doing it for me.

M- The alcohol hits me hard for this beer. Not so much in the palate, but down my throat I feel it. The beer is smooth enough for my taste, and the carbonation treats it well.

O- This is a decent beer, and probably even worth the small price I paid for it. But not an exceptional IPA, the complexity isn't quite there.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey amber, minimal haze, good head that fades to a persistent thin layer on top. moderate lacing.

the hops come at you right away. oily, piney, citrusy hops. fresh and herbal. some malt will peek through.

again, hops and more hops. definitely in-your-face, but in a good way. can be a bit resiny, but is smoothed over by the citrus and pine overtones. malt could use just a tiny bit more boost though. quite bitter, so be prepared to experience it all the way to the finish line. was tempted to only give this a 3.5 on taste, but really, it's about a 3.8, which is what i think the overall score should be.

smooth with slight astringency, definitely doesn't let you forget there are some powerful hops here.

quite the IPA, but honestly just a bit overrated

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

Poured an extremely clear copper with a creamy slightly off white head that had pretty great retetnion.

Nose featured carmel sweet matls, pine, pineapple, extremely floral and fragrent

Pine hoppiness, there was something about the taste that I wasn't quite into with this beer, it seemed to have a very sweet malt profile...which mixed with the hops in a strange way

Creamy body with moderate carbonation, good mouthfeel

A solid beer, not a favorite of mine, but worth a try for sure

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,773 ratings.