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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,338 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,338
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 525 | 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 StoryOfTheGhost
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A- Golden orange, a bit hazey with a decent white head, and leaves plenty of lacing

S- pine, citrus, bubble gummy

T- Grape-fruit, bubble gum, pine, very hoppy and fresh tasting, with a nice malty balance

M- Medium body, high carbonation, can feel the hop oils. Only complaint is that taste does not stay with you for long

O- I really appreciate how readily available this beer is, and how little it costs for the quality. The only thing that I would change is that I would have it have a bit more body, and be a bit chewyier, but overall, and excellent beer.

StoryOfTheGhost, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of mjl21
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and comes in at 7%.

A-Color reminds me of orange marmalade. Has a 1/2 finger white head that dissolves quickly, leaving scattered clumps of foam and a small ring.

S-Citrus hops as well as some floral hops hit fast giving this a really nice hoppy bouquet. Also pick up some sweet malt notes.

T-The hops hit fast. Once it hits my mouth orange zest comes quickly followed by grapefruit. Pine can also be detected. This beer leaves a really good level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation that works well for the beer.

D-The 7% is extremely well hidden and all those hops along with the fact that it is not sweet mean it is highly drinkable.

A great beer that can meet my hop demands and it is easily available.Along with SNPA, this has been my old standby for years when out at local restaurants and/or pubs with limited beer menus.

mjl21, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

22 oz. bottle

A: Copper, hazy red with thin sticky white head with good retention.

S: Grapefruit, citric hops, with malt and some tropical fruit, mango and papaya.

T: The tropical fruit shows its stuff, but also brings a more bracing pine bitterness, not overpowering, very balanced, especially for a West Coast IPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied, with almost a chewy bitterness.

D: Very good, a delicious example of the West Coast IPA style, its balanced character makes it a good anytime beer, the alcohol level does not show at all. Another great offering from the fellas at Bear Republic.

Halcyondays, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured clear and amber in color. It started with a very nice frothy white head that quickly started to leave chunks of lacing on the glass. The head had average retention but left excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a very juicy hop presence to it with some grapefruit, pineapple, mango and a hint of pine coming through. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste also shows some of the juicy, tropical hoppy flavors. Some pineapple, grapefruit and a bit of peach all come out in the intense hoppiness. A moderate bitterness comes through in the finish. Beautiful hoppy flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on a little below medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good, it had some great hoppy flavors to it and went down very smoothly. Excellent beer overall, and one of my personal favorites.

billab914, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to Jason for this brew.

A: It pours a nice rich golden color, with hints of orange. Nice slightly white head.

S: Piney hops racing with orange/tangerine notes, as well as a slight sweet maltyness.

T: The piney taste is there along with a healthy dose of orange. There is a mild taste of grapefruit and pineapple. Well balanced, the sweet malt and bitterness play along very well.

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth and clean. Good carbination, refreshing! I rather enjoyed this beer.

kylehayworth, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of cbak999
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Purchased at Green's Beverage Warehouse in Columbia, SC.

A- Pours a golden, light amber color. A nice white head sticks with the beer and also nicely laces the glass.

S- pine and citrus hops. Very typical of a west coast IPA.

T- Very good. Bitter, but not to bitter. Not hop forward, but a lot of hop aftertaste.

D- This IPA is very good and very drinkable. Great amount of carbonation. I can see drinking this beer on a hot summer day, or on a cool fall day. Very good example of a west coast IPA. I will seek this on out again! For sure!

cbak999, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Orange with a nice, thick white head. Everything about the look is bad ass, especially the unfiltered snow globe in the glass; awesome! Lacing is excellent!
Smell - citrus hop aroma with some noticeable oily hops. Some toasted malt presents itself underneath the hops!
Taste - lots of hop flavor, but the strength of the malts provides enough of a calm biscuit flavor that lasts!
Feel - bitterness from the hops linger but never overcomes the balance from the malt!
Overall - a classic IPA that will please any IPA fan!

DenverHopHead, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of NCBeernut
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Hazy translucent golden amber that gets a nice deep orange color in the middle of the glass. Nice solid dense head, leaving a thick chunk of lace at the top, but not really much more as it works its way down the glass. Nice color. Aroma has some fruit candy-like sweetness. Complex hop aroma, but not potent - citrus with a little grassy earthiness that comes out more when you swirl it. A little biscuity malt, but sweet-smelling. Nice balance, not a puckering bitterness, but not syrupy sweet, but the hops still get to shine. A touch of white pepper spiciness, with grassy, citrus hops that lean toward sugar dusted grapefruit flavors. I'm pretty sure there are definitely some Amarillo in there. Malt is sweet caramel that never gets in the way of the hop show. Finishes with some bitterness, but right in the middle of the dry-sweet spectrum. Perfect amount of carbonation and not too syrupy or bitter to enjoy on a summer day.

NCBeernut, May 27, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice white head that slowly subsided and left a lot of lacing.

Aroma hits hard with some nice citrus hops upfront as well as some lighter notes of piney and earthy hops in the background.

Taste again reveals a burst of citrus with the grapefruit notes upfront along with some more floral hops and a slight earthiness in the back. Some malt comes through in the end but this is mostly dominated by the hops. Very flavorful and quite satisfying.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Despite the higher ABV, this is still highly drinkable. Having this on tap is a real treat and I'll absolutely be drinking this again.

Vengeance526, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Yellow and light tan, almost pilsner looking in my glass. Unfiltered stuff floats around :)

Smell - Hops, citrus, light alcohol and malts, some spices

Taste - Piney hoppy kick starts off. Some oranges and grapefruit overtones. The malts are tangy and yummy. This is a standard hoppy ipa done very well. Pretty strong, about as strong as you can get before treading into imperial territory.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops cover your whole mouth. Your palette will be a little wrecked, but not ruined. The aftertaste leaves your mouth a little dry and begging for more.

Drinkabilty - I took a chance on this since hop rod is soooo good, i grabbed a 6- pack of this and man im happy. This is right up there wwith all my favorite ipa's. Will drink again

wvsabbath, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A pint on the hand pump at memphis tap room.

A- a perfect pull this guy know how to pull a pint. A solid finger of dense creamy head on top of golden orange yellow sunshine.

S- sweet malts and big time citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange zest. Caramel. Covered whole grain bread.

T- super well balanced. The hops take the lead but right on its ass the malts jump in. Candied orange suprems and torn open ruby red grapefruit. Cinnamon toast with bruleed brown sugar. Lots of back and forth between the two and its a beautiful dance. I can't get over the balance not to beat a dead horse but damn.

M- well this brew and a hand pump are made for each other. So silky smooth and just the right temp.


5- I love this stuff. I've enjoyed it many times but on cask this shines. All day every day racer 5.

oglmcdgl, May 15, 2010
Photo of jimj21
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Bought a single of this in New York. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pour produces about one finger of fluffy, white head. Fades pretty quickly but good lacing. Beer pours a light, golden color. Fairly clear with a little haze. Some bubbles rising in the glass.

Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit with some orange and tangerine. Some bready malt character in the background.

Taste starts out with citrusy hops as well. Mostly grapefruit. Good malt backbone in the middle provides some sweetness which helps the balance. A little piney on the finish. Drying. The alcohol makes itself known on the finish a little in the taste as well as some warming.

Good mouthfeel. Carbonation level is excellent. Very crisp on the tongue but goes down smooth.

This is a great IPA. Excellent taste and drinkability. Tons of hops, but still some balance. Between an IPA and DIPA in strength. My first beer from Bear Republic and it's fantastic.

jimj21, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Served on tap in a pint glass. Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

FanofHefe, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

It's got a cloudy yellow look to it, just enough foam to show that it's still alive.
Delicate, inviting aroma.
It tastes about as good as any IPA I've had. This is excellent beer. It invites rapid sipping.
It has a mellow taste of evergreen and flowers. Not malty, but there is enough body to this beer to make it pretty filling.

industrialswill, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of joeworrall
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

tonight I am comparing this beer vs. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid vs. Great Divide Hercules in my search for the perfect IPA.

poured from a bottle into a lager glass, it's honey colored with a nice head. Very un-hopped aroma compared to the other two beers, but the flavor is very balanced: it has a subtle hop flavor with just the right amount of malt. Very easy to drink, in fact, you need to be careful not to drink too quickly because this is not a low alcohol beverage.

of the 3 beers I'm tasting tonght, this is the most balanced, but least IPA-like: the hop flavor is so subtle.

I'll keep searching for the perfect IPA, but I will definitely be drinking Racer 5 again!

joeworrall, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of CorvetteMike
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Light gold color with one full finger head. Foam settles quickly.

S: Pine with a slight hint of malt.

T: Refreshing with a slight bitterness to it. Very enjoyable taste, and smoothness to it.

M: Medium bodied, well balanced, some carbonation, slight hops presence.

O: Outstanding beer. Purchased only one in a self chosen 6 pack. Will definitely purchase a six pack in the future.

CorvetteMike, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of maxcoinage
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Bomber (dated 12/11/13) to imperial pint glass - 2 finger fluffy white head , noticeable bubbles from carb, clear medium golden color with a slight orange hue

aroma - bursting with fruit--passion fruit, grapefruit

taste - bitter hops but nice malt balance, then good amount of citrus

mouthfeel - great carbonation, medium body, a bit slick, dry finish

overall - this is really a top notch IPA, I need to pick this up more often. I bought a bomber of this while I was on a ski trip in Cali to drink

maxcoinage, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz.

Pours a light, very slightly hazy honey gold, fine sudsy white head retains as a film.

Potent piney and grapefruit hops in the nose, perhaps a hint of honey and citrus as well.

Balanced body between bready caramel malts and fruity hops with a bitter bite in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body with a mild tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A smooth, highly drinkable ale, good IPA character but it strikes me as also having the potential to be enjoyable to someone who otherwise doesn't care too much for hoppy beers. It's got a great flavor balance in that regard. A top tier beer.

Cylinsier, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

How could I not have reviewed Racer 5 by this point in my beer reviewing career? I didn’t even realize it until I started looking at the “top ___” lists. There’s a few omissions that I visit frequently and this, my trivia night staple, is definitely one of them.

The Racer 5 pours an amber-tan color, with a rich, caramel-orange-tinged hue. It has this wonderful candied-orange hop aroma to it, with an orange-heavy hop profile. Malty sweetness turns into a bitter piney finish. Dependable, reliable, and I’m glad I’m finally giving it its due.

elNopalero, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Poured into my pint glass, this IPA pours a golden yellow with a white capped head. This brew is leaving excellent lacing, which is why it is deserving of a 4.5.

S: The aroma is classic IPA, but just is lacking the strength that I've come to appreciate in a West Coast IPA. The hops are leaning towards fruit and citrus notes, with very little pine.

T: The flavor is excellent for an IPA and hops are pronounced. What sets this apart is it's malty sweetness that comes from the pale malt. A good balance is key with this brew.

MF: With the amount of pale malt, I was expecting a little more body in this brew, but it is just on the hairy edge of a 4.5.

D: At 7%, and with it's incredible balance, this brew is definitely a good drinking IPA.

TKEbeerman, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of emanon
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Oh ya. Last night I found that one of the local liquor stores had this stuff in all the time along with other Bear Republic Brews...

A: Woah, Dark Orangish Red Color, very Hazy with very little light that pulled thru. I could not see my fingers thru the glass after my initial pour although it did lighten up as it settled. Solid one finger head fairly thick with sticky lace.

S: Grassy, sweet citrus notes. Floral notes as well with a very slight "dirt" smell.

T: Delicious!!! Hoppy Grapefruity yummyness. Hops are certainly present without being overbearing, more balanced then many west coast IPA's. Very good, taste seemed more profound at the colder tempetures. As it 'warmed up' it was still good but i got more out of it cold.

M: Medium body, slightly "chewy" pretty wet on the finish but smooth. The bite from the hops was felt on the side of my tongue and back of palate Nice finish.

D: Very High for an IPA, I could have had a couple more easy. Very smooth not too bitter and not too dry which allowed for a very refreshing IPA.

emanon, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Can't believe I never reviewed this one. Picked it up so I can cross this one off the list.

Pours a light amber color. Slightly hazy but mostly clear. Nice sticky IPA type head created by the hops. Very nice lacing.

Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Typical California IPA aroma. Wish there was a bit more but not bad.

Taste is excellent. Hoppy but well balances for the style. Hops are the front runner with a pine/grapefruit taste dominant. Slight malt flavor rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but not bad. Great carb.

Overall i love this beer and it's one I try to pick up every once in a while. Might pick up a keg to have on tap since I see it around alot.

PeprSprYoFace, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Stubbie1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Golden color with a thick white head. Little to no lace. Citrus and pine come across the nose. The flavor is thick chewy and creamy, citrus and malt come strong. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is way way good. Another IPA that can be enjoyed all night, any night.

Stubbie1, May 10, 2004
Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance. Golden-amber with a finger of fluffy, white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Pink grapefruit rinds, piney hops, and a little roasty malt.

Taste. Pink grapefruit, bitter piney hops, ssome pineapple and tangerines with a hint of roasty malt.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied with smooth, medium carbonation.

Drinkability. A good drinker. Medium bodided but 7% is concealed nicely. This bomber is going, going, gone!

Rutager, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of squirrelpirate
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Bear Republic Racer 5 poured a clear, light orange hue with a pillowy white head. The aroma is packed with hops. Excellent citrus and pine notes with a hint of malt sweetness as well.

This beer started out with a sweet, bready feeling on the tongue with a piney bitterness. The hops quickly drown out the malt and power through the aftertaste. A very floral, clover taste lingers on the tongue.

Moderate body and and mild carbonation. Solid medium mouthfeel and very drinkable if you can stand the huge hops. An exceptional IPA.

squirrelpirate, Sep 14, 2009
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,338 ratings.