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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,902 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,902
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: 6,902 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pour pitcher to pint forming a 1" light khaki head, good retention, the beer is a slightly hazy amber-copper color

s: very hoppy and dripping with tropical fruit juices and a fresh green pine resin, well supported by a moderately sweet, grainy caramel malt

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, medium body

t: moderately sweet caramel malt supporting structure for a heavy-handed dose of juicy and pulpy tropical fruit hops that permeate the entire experience, highly bitter with a grapefruit tartness in the finish

d: highly enjoyable

pitcher at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

Photo of Bounty628
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very hazy orange to amber color with a rather large amount of head upon pour that fades rather slowly. There is a nice amount of lacing along the glass from pour through to completion.

Upon pour, the nose is immediately greeted with a fresh citrus welcome that is highlighted by orange and grapefruit. Though freshness usually comes through more on taste, the smell that this beer gives off immediately leads the drinker down the path that the freshness of this beer is certainly what drives the quality of the offering.

The beer pours a medium body that is free from large amounts of carbonation. Once the head dissipates a bit, the body of the beer is very smooth and drinkable.

What really makes this IPA a true winner is what we all hope for in a beer, an amazing taste. The same hints of citrus that were present in the nose also come through in the taste in a big way up front but then quickly give way to a very spicy and hoppy complexity. Though the citrus emphasis is certainly present in the taste, as hoped for, the citrus merely complements the extensively hoppy flavor that truly is what will bring you back to this beer time and time again.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale is a well crafted west cost style IPA that is crafted brilliantly with the right amount hoppiness, which after all is what this beer is all about.

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

Poured into huge mug to hold all 22 oz (one pour). Hazy orange with suspensions of different shapes and sizes, mostly towards bottom. Being bottle conditioned, this does not bother me a bit. The head is solid and thin-to-medium, with the larger bubbles in the middle piling up higher than the finer bubbles along the periphery. Thin but consistent lacing.

Smells of orange rind with a dry earthy must and mild spicy notes. Sweet yeast scent comes up when shaken and sloshed a bit. A fruity cereal like Fruity Pebbles really comes to mind, which I haven't had in decades (glad I came up with that). Alcohol finally more detectable towards the end.

Citrus-dominated taste has a tempered bitterness that is nicely countered by the well-infused malt. Exceptionally balanced as any West Coast IPA. Is less complexed and hop bombed than I had anticipated. The 7% keeps its heat more subtle until the very end, and would be more difficult to detect at all in a pint. There is an underlying woodiness in there that I've been trying to pinpoint for awhile.

Smooth, soft mouthfeel for an IPA. Medium body. Very drinkable, plush, velvety, and smooth. So well balanced and tempered. Prolly the most drinkable IPA ever. I don't care about criteria - this is a session beer!

Photo of NoonanDBarbarian
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was fairly clear light amber color and had a nice lacey head. I really enjoyed the clean hoppy smell. the fell is very smooth and followed by, The taste came on strong a bitter finish. This beer is defiantly an enjoyable beer for IPA lovers

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

Pours a clear orange/amber with a nice stark white fluffy head that leaves behind good lacing. Nose is pretty much all west coast hops with some slight hops. Taste follows with balls out west coast grapefruit and pine hop flavors. A subtle yet apparent malt presence here that provides a mild sweetness. Some small spice in here, but not much is noticed over the standard west coast hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is just on thick side here for a standard IPA as is the abv. drinkability is quite good. A very slammable IPA. Overall a very good brew, one of the better IPAs around, and one that Im sure would be a staple if it were locally available. Good Beer.

Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Smokestack goblet (3 pours). This beer pours a cloudy amber orange with a big fluffy white head that leaves hints of lacing as the head recedes. The aroma is spot on for a West Coast IPA. Big citrus notes with orange and grapefruit with just a hint of its malt backbone. The taste is much the same with citrusy hops dominating every other flavor, even living a biting bitterness coating your mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated but still very resiney. This is a great IPA that I will definitely be seeking out again now that Bear Republic has found its way to Kansas liquor stores.

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

A: lighter orange, decent sized head with larger bubbles.

S: sweet citrus and floral notes with a underlying fresh cut grass.

T: first sip is sweet citrus and honey that quickly is taken over by a punch of hops that finishes with a nice piney flavor. Overall a very refreshing taste that lingers quite well.

M: smooth and light and refreshing. a tiny bit oily, a good balance.

D: very drinkable brew, nice and light and refreshing... drinks like more of a pale ale than an ipa.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into Long Trail pint glass.

A: Cloudy orange with a good cream colored head that sticks around for awhile. Great lacing.

S: Citrus hops and can definitely pick up the malts as well. Good balance.

T: Citrusy hops. Cannot really pick up the malt, but this may be too cold. Good hop bit that lingers only just enough.

M: Certainly not watered down. Just right and no resiny aftertaste.

D: Good taste and no overwhelming aftertastes give this a thumbs up. The ABV probably makes this a beer that cannot be sessionable...though that 22 oz. went down pretty quickly. Another West Coast IPA that has won my heart and/or liver.

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

Six 12oz bottles purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston for $14. No freshness date found. Pours a nice cloudy gold. (Though a later bottle is more clear, at least by the end of it.) Strong hop aroma. Strong warming American hop flavour. A straight-forward west coast IPA - god bless em.

Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle, color is a dark, cloudy amber. Nice finger and a half head with good lacing.

Smell is very aromatic, kind of a floral, citrusy aroma. Malt is very faint, and flowery amoma is what you get first.

Taste is excellent - powerful, bold and very hoppy. Could pass for a double IPA easily, though alcohol is not overly present. Very complex, full flavor, not often seen outside of d-ipa's.

Mouthfeel is very good -- very light and smooth on the tongue, encourages you to drink more.

Drinkability -- excellent. Tastes much lighter and smoother than the dark cloudy appearance would suggest. I could get lost in several of these.

Some of my absolute favorite beers are double or imperial IPA's, and this is right up there in terms of flavor, hoppiness & taste.

Excellent, and worth a try (or several).

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label says bottle conditioned, & I clearly received the last bit of the bottle. My wife's pint glass looked vastly clearer than my murky cup o' beer. A full pour meant a nice head that went on & on & on & on. Smell is entirely made up of hyper-aggressive hops.

Taste is also hyper-aggressive hops & strangely familiar. My wife made the call: Hopslam! Racer 5 tastes eerily similar to Hopslam, & that's a good thing. No alcohol heat, & not much depth, but for a hophead like myself, that's OK. Hops piled on hops piled on hops, with just a touch of a hoppy aftertaste. Works for me.

Very drinkable with very mild carbonation. Refreshing. I'll try this one again, & that's two-for-two winner from this brewery for me. Time to delve into some more Bear Republic stuff.

Photo of loosey
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle... a vibrant gold with sudsy one inch head into a pint... really really clear... this thing laces like a foam wall inside my glass

i can smell this shit from where its sitting on the table, which is impressive.. but the extremely floral hop aroma drowns just about everything else out, there is something sweet lurking in there

overwhelming sensation of rolling around in hopbushes with your mouth open, you can taste the alcohol with some pine... a little off balance though.. the finish is lip smacking bitter... creamy, medium to heavy bodied, adequately carbonated...

sometimes when the aroma hop is so prevalent it reminds of my youthful days huffing potpourri scented air freshener while making bombs out of christmas balls, gasoline, and styrofoam to throw at the kids up the block while they lounged on the couch in their front lawn, which can be a detraction from enjoying the beer.. that aside this is obviously a well crafted beer and drinkable to a certain extent, id say more than 2 of these bombers might taint my palette beyond my comfort level for one evening

oh.. this will make your face hot

Photo of pinotboy007
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice cloudy amber with a frothy head that initially leaves dense lacing that subsides. Head re-emerges after a swirl. Obvious carbonation that settles over time.

S - Pine and orange juice.

T/M - Hops bust out and pound palate but quickly gives way to citrus, leather, and a touch of clove. The mouthfeel is damn fine with a splendid creaminess and soft carbonation perfect for today's hot weather.

D - Very. I'd serve this to friends with no mental reservation or purpose of evasion.

3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a generous gimme from Beereality...
12 oz. bottle into an Imperial Pint glass.

A short pout produced a creamy, butter colored 1 finger head. Beer pours a hazy, golden straw color. Spotty, dripping lace.

Smells of dusty, piney hops & citrus rind. Nothing special.

The taste is hop forward & a little unbalanced. Spicy & a little sharp on the front. Citrus backgrounds noted in the bitter, dry finish. Alcohol presence throughout.

Lighter bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp & tart with a manageable ABV.

It's taking a little while for me to appreciate IPA's. While not a preferred style, it wasn't too bad & I'm glad I had an opportunity to try it....

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

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

Appears a slightly hazy orange-amber with a one finger off-white head. A bit of particulate matter floating around in there but that may just be because of the moron at Binny's that put my bottle in the box upside down when I wasn't looking.

Aroma is west coast hops all the way. Nice and citrusy, a bit of pine, and a biscuity malt undertone.

Taste is more hops. A bit more piney than the aroma first suggests. The pine comes in first then I get a big kick of grapefruit-like citrus. Towards the finish there is a nice dose of sweet caramel and biscuity malt but that quickly gives in to the bitterness of the hops that coat the tongue in their oils and linger on.

Medium mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation.

Damn good IPA, just enough malt to keep it from being overly bitter, just where I like it. Good stuff.

Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a pint glass.

A= This brew poured a nice light coppery color with a big 2+ inches of fluffy off-white head. The head slowly dropped to leave a patchwork of clumpy lace down the glass.

S= The nose of this one was almost totally hops with a slight whiff of alcohol in the end. The hop aromas were of the West Coast variety - citrus and slight pine.

T= This ale doesn't waste any time before getting right to the bitter hops. Again, grapefruit citrus hop flavors dominate. I found the malt a bit under-strength, giving this ale a bit of an unbalanced flavor. There was also a slight alcohol warming in the super dry finish.

MF= This ale felt good on the tongue, with an appropriately lightish body and hop oiliness. Carbonation was dead on.

D= A bit unbalanced toward the hop side of things, but still, a great tasting ale for those craving hops!

Photo of jjboesen
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My tasting followed an Avery IPA - and the prerequisite cleaning of the palate; so this reveiw should be considered in that light.

The head is about 1 inch and dissipates quickly; there is some lacing that does evaporate over time. The nose did contain some banana ester following a 10 minute temperature acclimation. (It was served rather cold - another factor to consider.) There was a noticable hint of orange as well and this was followed by a hearty hop aftertaste, one that lingers upon the tongue.

All in all, a fine IPA. Though my particular pint was a little less overwhelming than anticipated, I have had superb brews from this Left Coast craft brewer. Perhaps, I just need to drink some more ....?

Photo of beereality
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a one finger of white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little spotty lacing. I get a strong hop smell right off the bat. I almost smell some woody accents. taste is of strong hops and little else. Kind of weak support for such strong hop dominance. A slightly bitter finish. Better than most beers, but not as good as my favorites.

Photo of rodrot
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light amber with a small head that sticks around. Aromas of pine, citrus and sweet malts waft in my nose. Taste is hoppy, citrusy and sweet all at once, and finishes slightly bitter with a touch of alcohol. A light body on this beer makes it very quaffable and refreshing. Kind of on the light side for an American IPA, but very tasty nonetheless. Another winner from Bear Republic.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: some very minor white foam on top of an amber/straw body

s: fresh citrusy and grassy hops; light caramel and grains

t: nice piney hops rise followed by citrus hops; some warm caramel; followed by a rerise of piney hops

m: light carb and light/med body

d: a nice IPA with good hop flavors

Photo of julian
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just like to preface that I'm not a big hophead, nor are IPAs even close to my favorite style. I have been experimenting with my palate and learning to try new things...hoppy beers are growing on me...slowly. So with that in mind here's my review!

A: great color and head! Pours a cloudy apricot color with a generous creamy white head with little retention but lovely lacing all around.

S: strong hoppy aroma up front followed by a barrage of citrus fumes.

T: hop heavy as it first hits your lips with a bitter, piney acidity that gives way to an array of citrusy flavors. It's not overly bitter so I can only assume there's a complimentary helping of malt in there somewhere.

M: medium carbonation, practically unnoticeable abv (although on the high end). crisp, refreshing and flavorful. easily redrinkable. hop lovers rejoice!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/orange in color with one finger foamy white head.

Aroma is equally strong with citrus, malts and hops. Potent and sharp, but not overpowering.

Taste of citrus and hops with some caramel and slightly roasted malts. Hop flavor flows through the mouth followed by the slightly roasted malts, lingering in a bready dry hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with pretty good drinkability.

Photo of Trueant1
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange into the glass. Sits darker and a little cloudy. Some floaties on the bottom. A nice creamy head that leaves incredible lacing globbing to the sides of the glass.

Citrus smells abound. Some typical ipa evergreen. Pineapple.

Tastes clean and fresh. The acidic hops and resulting pine flavors make this a Double Ipa in my book. Sweet, smooth, and creaminess qualities come through the pine acids.
A great Ipa in my book!

Photo of Ricochet
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Chunky! Lots of head with lots of lace. Dark cloudy orange with tons of yeast particulate.

S: Wow. I just reviewed a Michigan Brewing IPA and it didn't smell like an IPA. This does in spades. Sweet, acidic , butterscotch, grapefruit. Splash! I'm swimming in hops! Tops in my book.

M: It's creamy. The carrot stick aftertaste is spot on. The bitter in the mouth, spot on. This is as four as it gets.

T: Lagunitas makes a beer so hoppy, it is like drinking liquid hops. I love it, but it lacks some of the complexities that makes a truly awesome IPA. This has those elements. Alcohol mixes well as grapefruity hops make the bitter, mix with carrot stick and thick malt and add a glowing, sweet, floral orange touch, and you have a damn good bottle.

D: Yep. I'm surprised there are so many reviews when this is the first time I've seen this in my local. Fresh from the tap, this would probably be outstanding.

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

Poured a very nice looking orange color with a 1-finger sized white head that steadily dissipates.

The aroma was just full of (guess what) Hops! Though it was nicely balanced by some really sweet bready malts. The hops were quite floral & piney. The interplay between the sweet malts and hops is fantastic

Taste is outstanding. Very sticky/resiny/piney hop flavors leap out and dance a grandiose jig! A definite and strong hop bitterness that is wonderfully balanced with a great sweet malt flavor. Perfect combo. Wonderfully clean/smooth hop bitterness.

It's full bodied and heavy on the palate but with good carbonation to keep it lively.

Drinkability? It's good. Full bodied yet refreshing and very enjoyable. Just be careful, it's 7% so you'll end up feeling it.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,902 ratings.