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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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6,614 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,614
Reviews: 2,199
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 212
Gots: 622 | FT: 8
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 uberabr
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Found this bad boy at my local wine store. I hadn't heard too much about it and decided to give it a try...

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. A hazy golden-brown amber with minimal head retention but decent lace. Carbonation is excellent.

Smell is very nice and quite strong. The hops are overwhelming and of the Western grapefruit/cascade variety...there are definitely a few types of different hops working together here. Some peach, mango, and of course grapefruit, along with a subtle buttery biscuit as well. Overall a very fresh and woodsy quality that's hard to describe and present in all of my favorite pale ales from Cali. Very nice.

The taste is a virtual explosion of hops that starts with a fruity pine and ends with a bitter grapefruit bite, along with a creamy, buttery aftertaste that was present in the nose. It's very complex and very well rounded, a noteworthy combination...giving a bold quality that is ideal for this style of IPA. Mouthfeel is perfect: Full and bubbly and easy all the way down. Drinkability is great too, although this brew is definitely more of a sipper because the taste is so rich. I would definitely drink this one again.

uberabr, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a red wine glass at 45 degrees.

A - At first, it was a clear pale straw color with a mild off-white head, but as I added more, it took on more of an orange hue that was very cloudy. The still-off-white head was much more pronounced and left sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Delightful aroma of citrus and floral hops. Some grassy notes in the background. More on the fruity end.

T - Delicious, very well-balanced flavors of juicy citrus fruits and earthy floral notes...all atop a powerful backbone of hops. Bitterness comes through in the end. Can't be much more descriptive, other than this is what every IPA should taste like.

M - Medium body (but not too filling) with a creamy, bitter finish. No detection of alcohol...except when the whole bottle was gone.

D - As I mentioned earlier, this is exactly what I expect from an IPA. My favorite style has become a DIPA, but they're obviously not too drinkable because of the high ABV. This would make for a perfect session beer and one of my top after-work selections.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA, but given all the excellent American IPAs/APAs on the market, I thought it above average in its style, but not a truly elite beer. I think that Great Divide Titan IPA and Bell's Two Hearted are both significantly better as far as "big," hoppy US IPAs go.

I had this beer on-tap at Roman's in Milwaukee.

It poured a copper/amber color with a fairly abundant head with good staying power (and left nice lacing). Aroma is Cascade/citus hop goodness, but is not overpowering (BTW - I like overpowering Cascade/citrus-ness). Taste is more of the same; assertively citrus-y, but not really powerful flavor. Mouthfeel is good, but not overly sticky. I liked this beer, but with so many wonderful choices in this category, I have a hard time putting it at the top of the stack.

BeerBelcher, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Map Room 1/20/07.

A: Nice looking hazy golden color. Served with a bubbly one finger head that quickly dissolved to a faint, whispy skim. Low carbonation.

S: Major aroma of pineapple. Hops very dominant in this one.

T: Begins with pineapple that slowly changes over to pine towards the finish. The malt is not very pronounced but it lends a perfect balance and makes the hops toe the line.

M: Bitter, drying mouthfeel that feels almost perfect.

D: The balance makes the drinkability high with this one. The wonderful hops and subdued malt are an exercise in expert balance. Good thing this beer has excellent distribution in IL.

GbVDave, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great IPA. Made a pilgrimage to "Half Time" in Poughkeepsie, NY and this was one of my trophies. Pours a hazy amber color with some "chunks" in it. Nice big white head and good lacing. This beer has a good, spicy/citrusy aroma to it. You would know this was going to be a memorable experience just by the smell. The taste is outstanding, citrusy, spicy and above all a nice bitter hops flavor. This is comparable to Hop Otten, Celebration Ale and any of the other good IPAs I have enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, compared with Celebration Ale, but the taste is the deciding factor in making this a great beer.

I would consider this as high on the drinkability scale as 7.0 abv would allow. This is a very enjoyable IPA and I would look forward to having another if offered.

JayQue, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of brushpig
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got one at Sam's wines and liquors in Chicago. In the 22oz bottle.

Fairly hazy orange tint, the head was nice and frothy but left rather quickly.

The aroma was very hoppy, with light citrus, and roasted malts.

the flavor was a great balence of hops and malts, with a great bitterness in the end. Flavors of citrus and light sweetness. Very smooth and drinkable for how hoppy it was.

This is one of the best American IPA's I have tried..get one.

brushpig, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. An orange color with a fairly thick, sticky head. It had a floral aroma, with a little bit of grapefruit. Nicely hopped, not too aggressive. Good in the mouth, again kind of understated. This is an IPA to enjoy. Certainly will have this again.

lordofthewiens, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber courtesy of HogtownHarry of ratebeer. Pours a beautiful golden classic IPA colour with a nice thick white creamy head. Smell is very floral. Smell reminds of Stone IPA. Taste is very balanced with a fantastic hoppy sweet malt backbone. Very flavourful and aromatic. Everything one could want in an IPA. Medium carbonation and extremely quaffable. I could drink this every day. A wonderful classic west coast IPA.

oakbluff, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of babydoc
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy stuff. Popping the cap released grapefruit aroma before I even started pouring. Pours golden apricot, slightly chill-hazed, with a yellow-white head that faded too soon. Left bits of lace. Nose is grapefruit, tart citrus almost smothering sweet hints of peach and malt.

There was more malt sweetness up front than I anticipated. Nice!! It was quicklu and wonderfully offest by citrus sweeping in as expected. Nice mouthfeel, a quaffable beer. Would love to try it on tap.

babydoc, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops is totally dominating. Taste is also dominated by fresh C-hops and can be best describe as chewing on a grapefruit. This is truly the most ‘’grapefruit’’ I have experience in an IPA. While this is a very interesting beer, it is also a one-dimensional beer lacking complexity IMO.

Phyl21ca, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of tboom29
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big West Coast IPA. This beer was a light copper color, with a huge white fluffy head, with alot of the head clinging to the sides.

This smelled strongly of hops and citrus grapefruit notes were present. A bit of peach throughout as well.

The first sip really coats the mouth with a lot of hop flavor and essence. Balanced by the citrus flavor that was in the nose. There is some malt presence, but make no mistake this one is about the hops. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, and a smooth yet spicy finish. The beer for this review came from a bottle, but I've since tried it on tap and it is even better. Outstanding IPA, stands up well to the likes of Stone.

tboom29, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark amber color with moderate thick white head and large amount of lacing throughout drinking.

Smell: very floral, light spiciness, citrus, lemon, orange, grapefruit, sweet caramel malts. Smells very juicy with a pleasant pine resin overtone.

Taste: Initial strong caramel malt and vague honey flavor. Moderate pine hops with citrus dry finish. The orange is a strong player in this brew. There is a new balance between the fruitiness and the pine hops. Distinct floral and earthy tones.

Medium bodied, very heavy on the malt in a pleasant way. The alcohol is well used. Very easy to drink. Sessionable. I wish I could have this more often. It would be part of my standard line up.

I've also had this from the bottle and it is equally good.

laintringulis, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden yellow with a small white head.

The aroma is of intense citrus fruits and sappy pine resin.

The flavor of the beer has an assertive hop character that's both resiny and citrusy (grapefruit). The maltiness of the beer was lightly sweet and biscuity.

The mouthfeel was light, which aids to the drinkability of this great beer. The carbonation was tight and dialed in.

This beer's been around for a while and anyone who sips a pint will surely hope that it stays for some time to come. An American classic.

SacoDeToro, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy and carbonated ingot gold. A finger of off-white head settles evenly to a berber rug of froth. Hillocks of lacing landscape the inside of the glass.

The aroma sees sweet malt twisting caramel and toffee, along with biscuit and berry fruit. A light sense of citrus and pine dances gingerly about an airy hint of alcohol.

Upon tasting, it's malt first with caramel, blueberry, and melon, after which the hops stomp on the sweetness, drying the grounds with resinous pine, crisp grapefruit, and a lesser tinge of juicy orange. A slight yeasty tang and baked dough lead into a biting, dry bitterness, lingering long. As hoppy as it is, the malt stands strong for a nicely blended balance.

Medium bodied, the malt is chewy, the hops oily, and the palate well pleased.

Its reputation precedes it, and it does not disappoint. It's full, lively, balanced, blended, and damned good. The ABV is moderate, but aptly wrapped inside a very drinkable offering. So, Trixie cries, Go Speed, beat the Acrobatic Team! Oh, and bring me another Racer 5, too!

Foxman, Dec 18, 2006
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
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,614 ratings.