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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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6,227 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,227
Reviews: 2,179
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 190
Gots: 481 | 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 woodychandler


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

My notes from last summer rear their ugly head. This will be my third different serving style of this beer! I do not think that even any of LNCBC's beers hold that distinction.

My server, to be named later, brought this to me with a finger of bone-white head with good retention, Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with pine-y hops. Mouthfeel was medium with a palate-cleansing hoppiness. Don't hold back! Finish was gaspingly bone-dry. More, please, Raquel!

06-24-2010 19:46:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of SickNukes


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

This is one of my favorite IPA's a definite go to when I want a good IPA and don't want to risk trying something new. Has just the right amount of hoppyness to give it a kick without being overpowering. Very Smooth and easy to drink would never guess it was packing 7% alcohol. It also looks spectacular I poured it in to a pint glass and it has a spectacular orangish hue with a fluffy orange tinged head that lasted all the way till it was gone.

08-27-2011 19:46:56 | More by SickNukes
Photo of rjochman


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: pours a copper/orange color with a small amount of white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A lot of hops. get tones of citrus and fruit. very sweet.

T: Matches the smell perfectly. Really sweet, hoppy fruit flavor.Not too bit with but very flavorful.

M: very sweet and finishes dry.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Passed this beer up one time before and really glad i went with this at dinner tonight. Will definitely be getting this again very soon.

02-12-2011 00:26:22 | More by rjochman
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Poured with a nice, large, frothy white head that hung around for a while before dissipating to 1/2-finger or so. Nice lacing on the glass. Body is mostly clear with a little haze and some particles floating around, and a orange color.

S: Pleasant aroma of heavy hops, some pine, and a lot of orange citrus.

T: Awesome flavor here. The citrus (orange) bursts through at the beginning, with some pine in there as well, and a very hoppy, bitter finish. Still manages to be smooth, however.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: This is an excellent IPA... very flavorful and hoppy, but still quite easy to drink.

11-30-2009 18:25:29 | More by berley31
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a deep amber hue and a cloudy consistency. Also, it had bits of sediment floating around. There was a decent-sized head and good lacing.

S: Had a strong aroma of hops, citrus and bit of malt. Not overpowering, but certainly noteworthy.

T: This one had quite a complex taste, though it was dominated by hops. There was a faint taste of citrus (orange?) and a hint of malt to balance things out.

M: Vibrant carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is definitely a full-bodied beer.

D: If you like IPAs, this is one for you. It goes down very easy and has a lively personality.

04-18-2008 14:23:03 | More by avalon07
Photo of brakspear


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

22 oz bomber bottle.

A very good and extremely drinkable Westcoast IPA, dangerously so at 7% apv.

The appearance is a soft and "relatively" clear light orange with a clumpy white head. But for some reason this bottle has sheets of sediment floating. I thought they were hop flower petals at first. They really detract from the appearance, but have no effect on taste or mouthfeel.

The aroma is a nice grapefruit/citrus blend, but not overpowering to scare off newcomers to the hoppier Westcoast IPAs.

The flavors are a very nice blend of malts and bracing hoppiness. A generous malty breadlike flavor gives way to smooth bitterness with just a slight snap in the finish. Very drinkable for a beer of its potency.

I would definitely put this in the stable of cross-overs beers into the more extreme IPAs available on the Westcoast.

09-24-2003 01:00:36 | More by brakspear
Photo of Deuane


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

From the bottle at family Christmas gathering.

A beer from the bottle almost as good as from the tap? Does not happen very often but this may be an exception to the rule!

A-Slightly hazy, turbid golden tinged copper with a thick off-white head that reduces to a thinner head and leaves copious lace!

S-Tangerine and orange scented hops with a backing floral boquet! Sweet biscuity malt backing.

T-Hop smack in the face of spicy citrus, tangerine/orange. Support of sweet biscuit malt backs thing up. A nice honor to the hops...with a pleasant drying bitterness and a honey-like sweetness in the finish.

M-Medium body with nice lingering flavours.

D-Wow! Racer 5 out of the bottle ROCKS! I am impressed with the hop pop and smooth biscuity sweetness. A surprising amount of flavour for a beer that has been left in the bottle for months. A bomber of this was easy to finish off.

12-25-2008 20:24:15 | More by Deuane
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into a pint glass. Holy cow there are a lot of yeast floaties in this one. Was unaware they would not have settled after keeping it upright for weeks but... bottle says yeast is good so... will keep those little guys in mind when tasting. Beautiful thick head, golden amber color otherwise. The yeast do detract from the overall appearance.

Smells crisp and hoppy (almost fresh hop-hoppy)with floral honey notes. Tastes very sweet for an IPA with distinctly not-bitter orange notes. Almost like I'm drinking it and sucking on an orange slice. Otherwise there is definitely the nice hoppy IPA bitterness, though not too assuming. I'd have thought there'd be a little more yeast taste but it doesn't come through as bready, instead rounds the beer flavor out a little more. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, carbonation is not peppery and compliments the orange flavor well. Fairly medium-bodied. Quite drinkable. Extremely refreshing.

The bottle-conditioned thing had me a little at first, but this is a pretty solid beer. I'm gonna poke around now for some Racer X!

10-23-2009 01:54:47 | More by abuliarose
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Clear copper color with a rocky, off white head. It faded quickly and left scattered lacing.

S - Nice fruity, citrusy hop aroma with slightly sweet undertones.

T - Grapefruit bitterness hits up front, but a surprisingly sweet malt backbone balances things out. Sharp hop bite on the finish, but no lingering aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and creamy going down. Moderate carbonation.

D = This is a very good IPA. I always expect anything from the west coast to be a completely unbalanced hop bomb, but that wasn't the case with Racer 5. If it wasn't so damned expensive, this would be in my regular rotation.

04-30-2009 00:59:45 | More by gabe23
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Happy to do the 1,001st review for this brew!

A: Pours a pretty pale copper color with a thin fluffy white head that leaves nice sticky lacing in its wake.

S: Nice crisp citrus nose with a touch of pine blended in.

T: Big grapefruit up front with the pine laying low underneath. A touch of malt and a nice hop presence.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Hop oiliness left in your mouth.

D: All night long!

04-22-2009 00:32:23 | More by drgonzo3705
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A- Brilliantly clear copper color with large off-white rocky head. I'm very impressed with the clarity, I've never seen such great clarity with a beer that I assume to be dry hopped.

A- Citrusy hops, but backed by a malty aroma as well.

T- Citrus hop flavor. Throughout I get a strong malt backbone. This is an incredibly balanced IPA. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Smooth medium bodied brew with medium-low carbonation. There is a definite alcohol warming.

D- Quite drinkable. A very balanced IPA, but at the same time quite satisfying for any respectable hophead.

12-13-2008 02:13:31 | More by gpogo
Photo of beachbum1975


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Thanks to newtonty for letting me snag this 12 ouncer while watching the Bengals game.

Pours a cloudy, rusty brown with a white, attractive head. Nice lacing on the walls of my glass.

Smells of sweet grapefruit and other citrus.

Like the nose, the predominant flavor is moderately bitter grapefruit. Bitter through the middle and end of the drink. Nice and hop forward with just the right amount of malts to keep things in check.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored beer. Very drinkable and worth trying!

11-16-2008 20:51:05 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of SteveO1231


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Awesome IPA!

Poured a gold color with orange highlights. Thin, fizzy white head, very good nice lacing.

Very strong hop aroma, powerful. Woke me up when I took a whiff.

Awesome malt flavor, very smooth. Hard hitting hop finish, so bitter that it's sweet. Nice cirtus, like grapefruit in there.

That hoppy bitterness sticks to the back of you tongue. I like this one.

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Nice balance, very drinkable.


10-09-2005 06:33:25 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of mavbrew


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Pours a burnt orange with a two finger head that slowly dissipated leaving a nice lace on the glass.

S: Notes of citrus and hops, simply put.

T: Very nice hop presence with a hint of citrus.

M: Has a light to medium body with a slight carbonation.

D: Quite smooth for a hoppy west coast IPA, an easy 7% ABV. Tastes just like an IPA should be, very tasty.

03-14-2010 21:01:09 | More by mavbrew
Photo of jboucher


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

75+ IBU's

Appearance: Hazy golden amber color with a very nice, chunky two finger head, which settles down quickly. Thick and chunky lacing. Mediocre visible carbonation. Bottle conditioned, although no visible sediment.

Smell: Very nice citrus/floral aromas on the nose. Nice hop/malt balance. Smells a little like buttered bread in the background. A little on the sweet side.

Taste: Wow! This beer is amazingly balanced. The bitterness is there, but it's not overwhelming. Toasted biscuit notes take up the rear while grapefruit, pine, spice, and other citrus notes take the lead. On the sweeter side as IPAs range. The finish is comprised of lemon notes accompanied by butter. I think this would pair very well with baked haddock sprinkled with buttered bread crumbs and lemon juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Not dry, and not oily. It's right in the middle where a beer belongs.

Ending notes: This is one of my favorite IPAs. It's on the complex side, and it's very sessionable. I will definitely be getting this one again.

05-13-2011 02:39:48 | More by jboucher
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

22oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pine resin, caramel malts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Bold and bitter citrus hops along with pine resin, citrus peel, tropical fruits and biscuity caramel malts. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall - A beer that does not fail to amaze me, especially since it has been on my "want" list for quite some time. Excellent hop bitterness and flavour by the mouthful.

01-13-2014 04:47:54 | More by leaddog
Photo of Duff27


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A- Pours a dark golden/light orange. Huge three-finger slightly off-white head that last a ridiculous amount of time in all it's glory. Literally looks like an ice cream float with the head. Lacing is above average as well.

S- Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. I love it.

T- Hellacious grapefruit. Citrus. Some pine. Hop profile is awesome..."Lingering bitterness"

M- Medium mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation for me.

D/O- What an awesome IPA! Would have no qualms with putting down a few of these given the opportunity. Racer 5...you my only friend.

11-19-2010 03:11:39 | More by Duff27
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

07-14-2014 02:03:22 | More by TaylorIPA19
Photo of ph2001


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

05-26-2008 18:59:31 | More by ph2001
Photo of ipazilla


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

I had this beer on draft at a local seafood place, they are known for having great beers and this was no exception.
Bright orange golden color with a nice head.
Very very floral and grapefruit flavored extra bitter and crisp.
It goes down smooth and leaves a great pine after taste.
Perfect for a hot day.

09-05-2009 14:04:58 | More by ipazilla
Photo of ujsplace


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured into a nonic.

Boasts a big white fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace along the sides of the glass and leaves big, chunky islands floating on top of a deep, hazy orange-golden colored brew. great looking IPA.

Big citrus nose, grapefruit, oranges, piney.

Tastes of pink grapefruit, sweet mild tangerine and some piney hops - balanced with some sweet toasty caramel maltiness. Excellent balance here.

Full/meduim mouthfeel that is smooth as butter.

Wow. This is a great American IPA. Really what a great brew. Looking forward to finishing up this six pack and then getting some more for the hot summer.

05-20-2011 00:24:57 | More by ujsplace
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue topped with a good quarter inch moussy head (white). Sticky lacing. Just slightly cloudy. This is an impressive looking beer.

S: A great crisp grapefruit hop aroma with a substantial malt background. Prominently sweet. Hop aroma is also a little earthy.

T: Grapefruit and piney hop flavor takes front stage. Certainly exhibits a West Coast IPA character. Sweet malt flavor adds some background but this is a damn hoppy IPA. Some earthy hop flavor as well. The beer has a bitter long lasting aftertaste.

MF: Medium full body. Alcohol warming present. Moderate carbonation. Slick, with a very long lingering aftertaste.

D, notes: A great IPA. Very drinkable.

05-21-2008 18:21:05 | More by Nipitato
Photo of RedChrome


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

A light haze in the medium orange colored body. Half an inch of off white head faded over a few minutes. Only a small stream of carbonation in the center. Sticky sheets of lace.

A blend of floral and citric scents from the hops were strong right out of the bottle. Citrus scent is of a strong grapefruit aroma. Malt gets overpowered.

A very nice balance. Malt hits for half a second before a hop burst. Grapefruit taste reinforces the scents. A hint of resin like hops oil.

Sticky on the tongue. Carbonation effect is very minimal but helps the flavors in the mouth.

A very good brew. Works perfectly for a chicken tandoori dish. A great brew in the style. Well worth trying to find yourself a bottle.

09-27-2008 05:19:50 | More by RedChrome
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

From the bomber, this IPA poured a light sparkling gold topped off by a medium snow white head. The aroma of hops wafts potently up from the bubbles, and the grapefruit esters are prevelant as I bring the pint glass to the nose. The taste is tart and hoppy--very hoppy. The bitter grapefruit aroma dominates too in the taste, but there is a strong nutty current--this is nicely intricate, well-balanced, and with a substantial mouthfeel. Much like the Dogfish Head 60. I like. A lot.

03-12-2004 23:12:41 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

The good ol' wife just picked up a 6'r of these for me from Olive Tree Market here in OB for $10.99 - I poured them into an Old Speckled Hen pint glass.

A: Pours a clean effervescent golden, light honey hue with a decent head that sticks around for a few sips leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Good amount of hop upfront - fresh cut grass and citrus rind balanced nicely with grain and biscuit finishing with a hint of carmel malt - the hop is present throughout.

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but the hop is even more prevalent - resinous, very earthy with a citrus bight. The hoppiness is balanced well with sweet malt, toasted grain, and flavors of fresh brewed herbal and black tea with just a slight hint of booze in the mix as well.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style, extremely dry - not sticky at all with a very slight amount of lingering bitterness from the hop (wish there was just a bit more bitterness).

D: I'm into my third beer from the 6'r - no worries and don't plan on stoppin til they're all gone. Super easy drinker!

02-27-2011 05:27:56 | More by DeanMoriarty
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,227 ratings.