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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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6,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,337
Reviews: 2,186
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 196
Gots: 524 | 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 Dspohn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Nice looking IPA pours golden in color with a 1 inch white head that has some staying power.

S. Heavy hops in a mix of delicious fruit. Powerful grapefruit and citrus with some more sweet tropical fruit joining in. Some malt but mostly a showcase of mouth-watering hops.

T. Taste is superb, the hops are not overpowering and there is just enough of a malt backbone to support them.

M. Great medium/light body, smooth and not overly carbonated.

D. Way drinkable, I could polish of a 6 pack easy over a few hours.

This is my go to IPA

Dspohn, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of vandemonian
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale has a slightly-cloudy, light-orange colour and a good head and lacing. The smell is quite strong and is mostly of citrussy hops. Some malt is noticable to begin with followed by bitter hops and a delicious citrussy tang. This is a really good IPA.

vandemonian, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of tboom29
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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 tattooedtolley
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Orangish/golden in color, foamy head leaving nice eyecandy lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and piney hops, lovely hop aroma.

Taste: Love the hops here, nice cross between the two hop flavors. Plenty of bitterness. This one is really just for us hopheads.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: For those of us who love hops this thing is going to go down easy and fast. Buy a few of them.

tattooedtolley, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of kk73
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a nice pretty clear honey yellow with a creamy white one finger head. Head slowly disappears into white foam with a little lacing.

S - Smell is of piney, grassy hops and some sweet malt.

T - A piney, grassy, almost spicy hop bite upfront balance with a slightly sweet malt finish. Some alcohol detected.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - A very good high production west coast IPA. Definite a go to beer if it were available here in the 50th state.

kk73, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Racer 5 12oz into snifter

A moderate pour gives a perfectly clear orange body with a half inch
white head. Thins down pretty quickly, bit leaves a thin film and nice

Aroma is big time grapefruit. Some ripe peach sweetness as well. Hops
are pungent and powerful in the nose.

Taste comes in layers, grapefruit, pine, peach (among other fruits),
pale malt, and a slightly oily hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with carbonation being on the
lighter side for the style. It doesn't stand out as perfect, but
doesn't seem flawed either. It just works well.

Easy to drink with a solid hop forward flavor and enticing bitterness.
Could easily kick back a few, even at 7% abv.

Flashsp2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. The color is amber/orange and hazy. The aroma is full of citrus. The caramel malt comes through as well. The taste begins with the citrus flavors. The malt comes through in the middle and I am left with a mild pine bitterness. This is a well balanced beer. I really enjoyed this beer. I will look for it again.

buschbeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of microbrew52
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

This pours hazy tangerine a little foam cap that laces the glass.
The nose is big with citrusy hops. There's a second variety in there as well, something that gives a slightly more pungeant, earthy aroma. This has great flavor with grapefruit being prominent. The finish is long and increasingly hoppy and the body/mouthfeel is full and buttery smooth.

microbrew52, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

L: Pours a nice clear orange yellow color with a medium bodied and short off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice citrus aroma, followed by a nice blend of earthy, piney, and citrus-y hop aromas to finish.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts - just the right amount for this beer - followed by a perfectly executed blend of earthy, floral, citrus-y, and some piney hops. It's not too bitter and not overhopped at all.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, the flavors blend well and it's a pretty sessionable IPA.

erosier, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Clear caramel, copper pour with quickly fading head and great lacing. Big West Coast piney, citrus nose with a nice caramel malt background. The taste is perfectly balanced with the sweet bready malts complementing the bitterness of the hops. Tangerines dominate the citrus side. The finish is crisp and dry with with a slightly resiny, chewy mouthfeel. The balance makes this extremely drinkable. A great beer from a great brewery!

beerdrifter, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is glorious hops, plain and simple. The taste is much the same. Mostly citrusy hops and some grassy hops in to balance it out. Very crisp and juicy. Mouthfell is medium bodied and quite nice. Very impressed with this beer.
Incredible on draft. Plus six packs are now available in my area for the low price of $10. This will be a staple in my fridge.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of johnrobe
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Dark gold - light orange amber, a tad lighter than its American IPA peers. Off-white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Grapefruit, pinepapple, a little citrus and pine.....all the glory that is Cascade!

Taste and mouthfeel: Hopheads rejoice! Bear Republic has managed to extract a ton of PNW hops flavor into this brew with only a scant amount of bitterness. All the aforementioned smells translate to the palate backed by a sweet, bready, lightly kilned maltiness. Creamy, slightly chewy mouthfeel, yet a bit lighter than say, a Stone IPA. Good Stuff!

johnrobe, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of GeezLynn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Nice cloudy orange color with a little white head that disappears faster than Steinbrenner writes checks.

S: Fresh hops. Mainly citrus fruits, (not much pine or malt) with a little spicyness. Nice floral scents.

T: First and foremost, sweet juicy grapefruit. Along with citrus hop flavors, the breadiness and pale malt are apparent just before the enjoyable finishing punch of bitterness.

M: Very smooth. Could stand to have a little more carbonation, but that's really minor.

Very good IPA, up there with the best of them. Especially nice combination of citrus and bitterness. I would drink this regularly if I was fortunate enough to have access.

GeezLynn, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a hazy copper colored brew.

Smell is malt and hops that tickle your nose. The hops are a mellow citrus smelling variety.

Taste is a well-balanced ale with the hops and malt just about perfectly balanced against one another. The hops give this a dry astringent after taste.

Mouthfeel is quite good.

A very drinkable brew. The label on this reminds me of "Speed Racer." Go Speed Racer Go!

Zorro, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of titosupertramp
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Received from Dim. Thanks!

A: Honey colored, great carbonation, some lacing.

S: Nothing overpowering, but nice subtle citrus notes and sweetness

T: Excellent bitterness. Grapefruit, honey sweetness..a little spicey when it warms. Taste is the highlight of the beer.

M: Dry, but in a good way.

D: While 7.0% ABV isn't terribly high, there's no traces of alcohol here. Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. Great example of a West Coast IPA.

titosupertramp, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

One of 3 or 4 IPA's of the night- a very enjoyable beer.

Nice pour from 22oz with maybe a touch too much yeast sediment?

Still smelled pretty fresh- not sure on bottle date.Enough hops, but not overpowering.

Tastes as it smells- very refreshing

Feels like an IPA should except again maybe some sediment?

Very drinkable- either with dinner or for the whole evening

mendonjoebeer, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Picked this up today at the Beer Dispensary in Apex. I didn't realize I haven't reviewed it yet. Pours golden colored and full of sediment with modest head but budding lace. The nose is pine and citrus based but not overpowering.

Taste is compact and clean with nice balance. Flavorful but not overwhelming bitterness has heavy tints of pine against a solid amber malt backbone. The whole package is neat and well crafted. Alcohol is hinted at but is nigh undetectable. Carbonation could maybe be tweaked down a notch but its hardly a problem.

For seven percent this is extremely drinkable and satisfying. Also for only five bones for a 22 oz this is good value .

daliandragon, May 12, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

on tap in pint glass

A-poured a yellow/orange sunset color with a nice white 1 finger white head
S- was pine first then grapefruit,some tropical/floral hops and a a sweet caramel mixed with bread

T- was strong pine and floral hops lots of tropical hop flavors it was excellent well done with a little malt to balance out the hops

M-clean and crisp with big pine hop resins well carbonated

D- super easy to polish off the pint a well done west coast ipa..had this in the bottle many times ..but it was so much better on tap

gatornation, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought in a 22 oz bomber, first time I had seen this beer in Salem.
What a beautiful looking beer. Really hazy dark orange with a fantastic thick,frothy, pure white head..lovelly.
Very "piney" aroma,quite fresh and enjoyable
Very very nice hoppy West coats IPA, very much bitter lemon tasting, not so much "grapefruit",below there is some semblance of malts, but this is a hop monster.
Very nice and invigorating on the tongue, refreshing to the taste buds.
Very nice IPA on of the best in my estimation..will buy again..soon!

Reidrover, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Reddish copper with a big frothy head and some suspended yeasty bits swirling in my pint glass. Lots of floral and citric hop aroma, some yeasty notes and just a little malt sweetness. The aroma is good but seems a little subdued. Tastes great. Grapefruit hop bitterness mixed with quite a lot of fruityness gives me my needed hop fix. A bready malt character evens things out a bit and makes it very drinkable. Vinous, lingering bitter finish, alittle on the oily side. Well balanced but still hop forward.

gimmehead, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange in color with some very light visible carbonation and some moderate sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces a little but remains as a very thick layer evenly over the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lighter aromas of caramel malts that are then superseded by the wonderful hop aromas - I get some citrus, some tropical, and just a hint of pine. The citrus are more along the orange zest note and the topical is all pineapple. There is a nice complexity to the blend of hop aromas.

T: The taste very much follows the nose of this beer with the sweet caramel malts coming out initially but then being taken over by the hop flavors and bitterness. There is a pleasant and light lingering bitterness but nothing aggressive. The hop flavor are bitter orange zest, pineapple, and the slightest hint of pine resin with the pineapple being in the finish and lingering the longest.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: This is a very approachable and easily enjoyed beer - for fans of IPAs or people just getting started with the style. The beer has a really nice smell and taste, while hoppy is not overly aggressive in the bitterness. I could definitely have more than one of these at a sitting and will likely do so. This beer is easy to drink.

dbrauneis, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz bottle served in a GI IPA tulip - welcome back to Wisconsin, Bear Republic!

A - Cloudy, rich amber, relatively large white head, and very good lacing

S - Grapefruit, floral hops, and clover honey

T - Floral hops, lots of grapefruit bitterness --> caramel malts and more hops, a touch of apricot --> pine needles and orange rind on the finish, with a touch of malt backing up the bitter.

M - Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D - Yes, a sessionable 7%er

A perennial favorite, Racer 5 sitting on the shelf at Barriques Fitchburg was a sight for sore eyes. This is a fantastic IPA and always a worthwhile purchase.

klikger, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jmich24
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Dull orange due to a slight hop haze. One finger off white head. Lacing is sticky.
S: Outstanding Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Touch of sweetness.
T: Great bitterness from start to finish. Touch of sweetness. Citrus and a little pine.
M: Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.
D: Lingering bitterness makes make me wana go for another drink.

Very good IPA. Big Citrus which I love.

jmich24, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

A: Orange-brown color with a nice off-white head.

S: Hops and crisp citrus.

T: Pleasantly hoppy with tastes of citrus fruits

M: Medium body, smooth, hoppy, but not too strong in that regard.

D: Very drinkable; one of my favorite IPAs.

Rifugium, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a nice orange-ish hue, and a white head. Hops in the aroma, somewhat smell like pine. A nice malt that leaves a sweet presence, pine like hops, and a nice dry finish. A very tasty beer, I wish this would be a bit easier to get around here. I think that it would a regular staple beer for me.

OWSLEY069, Jun 10, 2007
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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