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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,060 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,060
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 175
Gots: 412 | FT: 7
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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awesomeandrew

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper gold, thin white head, good lacing

smell: toasty, herbal scent, extremely hoppy scent

taste: flowery, biscuity, nutty, piney, very hoppy as expected

mouthfeel: smooth while drinking, bitter aftertaste, very drinkable

Overall: Very drinkable IPA not excessively hoppy, great to sip on. One of the better IPA's i've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 08:04:55 | More by awesomeandrew
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice fluffy white head that left a good amount of layered lacing. There was also a good amount of sediment in the bottom of my glass and floating about in this brew.

S- Nice hoppy smells both piney and citrus right off the bat.

T- Citrus hops mainly a grapefruit, then a piney/floral hop taste and then a bit of malt. Hops are the dominant flavour here.

M- Medium in body with a good carbonation. Very smooth and a little creamy.

D- A very nice and solid brew. Will be picking some more of this up.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 20:46:05 | More by nrbw23
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This IPA poured a hazy, copper color with white foam that settled to a thin coat that clung to the glass a bit. The smell was sweet malt and fruity hops. The taste was sweet and tangy malt balanced with fruity, floral hops, and some hoppy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and very hoppy, though well balanced with malt. The body was medium with modest carbonation. The finish was dry. This was a very nice IPA. I would like to try this in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2003 06:57:31 | More by UncleJimbo
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SAS

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Racer 5.. Enjoyed out of my Sam Adams Glass (which I absolutely love) listening to some random techno album. Picked up in trade with wiebull

Appearance: One finger head, fades quick but doesn't die. Pure golden color. There is a light haze.

Aroma: Big hoppy nose. Aggressive floral notes that have been punched in the face with a grapefruit.

Flavor: Bold hoppy flavor up front that dies off little bit but picks up in to big and beautiful finish. Very floral on the finish, dries out and becomes a lingering soft bitter.

Mouth Feel: Up front is a distinct west coast hoppyness that coast the mouth. This one might be a tought over carbonated for the amount of flavors that are jam packed in there.

Drinkability: I wish I could get it in Boise Thank you again Jason for hooking me up! I would love to buy a six pack of this beer and hike up to the top of camelsback at dust and share with fellow with fellow BA's and enjoy a fine Idaho sunset.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:37:30 | More by SAS
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isthatbeer

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip shaped glass.

A: Golden coppery hue with about a finger of head which quickly disipates.

S: A little yeast, a little biscuit, and lots of tropical fruit--pineapple, oranges, mangoes. It just smells luscious!

T: There's some up front fruit and malt but that quickly gives way to a pleasantly dry finish with hints of pine resin.

M: Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

A really great IPA! I'll be having more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 01:32:18 | More by isthatbeer
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:First pour differs from 2nd pour, 1st is clear and bubbly fine lacing and nice head; 2nd is mostly the same but has yeasty bits floating around.

S: Very hoppy and citrus aroma resonates throughout nice floral

T: Very hopped up and smooth. Every sip is a mouthful of grapefruit and lemon ... mmm

M: Creamy and rich nice body, medium.

D: Like this one could drink a few on tap and would be liking it very much.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:56:05 | More by nukem5
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nectar14

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber...
Has a pleasant light copper/gold color and a 1/4 to 1/2 inch white head that does fade rather quickly, leaving decent lacing on the glass. Smells piny and hoppy (which I like). Has a very nice combination of bitter hops on the palate and maltiness. The two balance each other nicely; this is not an over-the-top Hop Bomb. Mouthfeel is also pleasant, and this drinks very smoothly. Very easy to like, and at the moment, this is my favorite California IPA next to the Ballast Point Sculpin... it's wonderfully balanced and very drinkable. I found it for $2.99 for 22 oz, which ain't too bad. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:22:21 | More by nectar14
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felipe2toes

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden orange, with a thick foamy head that left some nice lacing.

S: Smelled of resiny and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple on the nose as well.

T: Dominant hops, but not incredibly bitter like I expected. Well-balanced though with bitter grapefruit up front and then some sweetness on the finish.

M: Good carbonation on this, resiny and sticky mouthfeel.

D: For me, this was an easy drinking beer. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 01:24:17 | More by felipe2toes
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A frothy sunburnt orange into the glass with big head and nice lacing. Cloudy with some sediment floating about.

Spot on American IPA nose, very citrusy with some minty notes coming on in the back

An excellently well rounded brew, the taste and mouthfeel combine perfectly into a creamy bitter blend. There is just enough carbonation to carry the flavor around, with a sweet almost vanilla note on the finish. Great.

I could drink this beer all night, hides the abv well, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:51:44 | More by grayburn
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 13 oz. tulip glass at Sunset Tap & Grill in Allston, MA

Dark straw, slightly amber in color with only about a 1/8" of white head by the time it made its way to my table. Aroma was pleasant but fairly subdued; piney, citrusy, and floral hops with a nice slightly caramelly malt backbone. Taste was quite good, citrusy and piney hops with a solid malt presence, a touch of sweetness and an assertive but not overwhelming bitterness. Overall fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit slick from the hop oils yet still somewhat creamy, very nice. Drinkability is good as well. This was quite tasty and well balanced. This is a great IPA with good hop presence that was quite quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 03:14:57 | More by mnj21655
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treyrab

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out last night. Poured into a standard pint glass...

A: Pours a pretty clear, semi haze, light copper. A nice white foamy head that sits for a while before settling down to a nice ring.

S: The smell is fantastic on this. Very bitter hop aroma, but that is complemented nicely with nice hints of fruit: apricot, lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

T: This is a very nice balance of bitterness and sweet fruit flavors. Not extremely bitter like some other IPAs, but the perfect amount of bitterness to sweet malt/fruit flavors.

Overall, this was a very, very good IPA and another good beer by Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 21:09:33 | More by treyrab
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another damn fine west coast IPA. A nice gold/orange color with that familiar Cascade smell and piney undertones. Head retention is good, but it leaves minimal lace on the glass. I'd enjoy it more with a bit more malty sweetness, but I'm not complaining.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 17:25:02 | More by mickeymac
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at a bar in San Francisco. It was in a pint glass and poured to be a copper color. It smelled of citrus and pine. This beer was very crisp, hoppy, and flavorful. It was medium-bodied. Medium carbonation with this beer and good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 13:22:58 | More by Chincino
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david23

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop lover's dream. Pours a light golden amber with an off white head that disapates to a thin layer but leaves a nice thin lacing as you enjoy. Hops is what this is all about.A lttle to cloudy for my taste. Initially just a wonderful wake up call to your taste buds and then settles down to a maltly feel but not for long. Get ready for a hop explosion that just continues and finishes with a dry hop flavor that just begs you to have another to quench your thirst.This is just a great example of an American IPA that has raised the bar of what can be done. A definite keeper. Bittering is a little heavy but i love that. Not for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 20:32:46 | More by david23
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poursn hazy orange-apricot with a huge frothy head that leaves intricate lacing.

Smell is citrus hop with excellent peach character. The malt backbone adds stability. Very juicy.

Taste is much more mild and balanced than expected. Once again the floral/citrus hop character stands out. Caramel malt and mild fruit add balance and complexity. Finish is mildly bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slightly oily, and very smooth.

This is a really good IPA. Very smooth and drinkable. Hops are aggressive, but not overpowering when compared to the malty fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 01:22:44 | More by Blakaeris
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SeanRedd

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh...thick malty IPAs, I f*ckin love them. The sticky, sappy, wood; hint of caramel, creme brulee scorched sugar ceiling, spicy toffee building a supportive foundation for the hops that hop out the glass. The head rests for a while then slips out the back door, leaving a thick ring of residual sucre lacing. The aroma is so inviting, fresh damp greens and cinnamon bread pudding. The ending bitterness is refreshing and lingers way after the pint is set down. These are the IPAs I crave, the malty backbone IPAs dominate the realm. Hail the perfect relationship of tough malt and aggresive hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 20:08:30 | More by SeanRedd
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy brown with a very small white head.

S: I like this smell alot. It has the floral hops that I'm smelling more and more. But also, it has some of that hop bitterness I Love. Maybe a bit of honey as well.

T: At first it's hop sweetness/ honey flavor. Then the hop acid sits on your tongue, but it's not overkill. I like this alot!

M: An easy drinker but has a touch of bite on your tongue.

D: A very very nice IPA, very drinkable. I could drink 3 or 4 of these for sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 19:22:43 | More by madtowndmb1
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mlstarbuck

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Translucent amber, thin head, moderate carbonation, sediment

S: Hops, pine and grapefruit (smells awesome)

T: Lots of hops. Grapefruit. Balanced perfectly with the malt. Bitter. Finishes dry and bitter. 7% ABV is detectable, but not off-putting.

M: Great. Medium body. Creamy.

D: Good. I finished the 22 oz bomber and wanted more.

This did not let me down. Instantly became one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:07:30 | More by mlstarbuck
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Seanibus

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a luscious beer.

Pours clear orange with a fluffy but short-lived head (though I have seen it on draft where it is quite cloudy. I have yet to have anyone explain this to me, but it seems far too extreme for chill haze. But maybe).

The aroma is quite hoppy, fresh and crisp, with pine and grapefruit. The flavor is clean and hoppy, strong pine, strong grapefruit, maybe some simcoe there? The malt is just a backbone for the gorgeous West Coast hop bombing, but the overall effect is not out of balance for the type.

The mouthfeel is clingy, highlighting the deep hop bitterness that lingers. There may be a hint of alcohol heat in there too, but nothing unbalanced.

Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:22:49 | More by Seanibus
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-has a nice copper color with massive head, that stuck around forever and left huge lacing
S- has a big hop smell piney, a little malt but mainly hops
T- has a great big hop burst flavor, malty, very smooth and tasteful
M- medium/light body with a crisp carbonation flows very well over the ton
D- high, could drink a ton if i wanted

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 23:06:38 | More by Atron67
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack purchased at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Bottle did not have any dating but states it's bottle conditioned - freshness not a problem. Pours a dark amber color with a fairly thin lacing. Piney aroma which is quite suggestive of its overall taste.

I particularly enjoy IPA's and this one seems to be somewhere between a typical IPA and a Double IPA. 7% alcohol but very balanced with a clean and bitter finish. Definitely hoppy but maybe not to the extent of some West Coast IPA's.

If this were available in my home state, it would be a worthy competitor for Smuttynose IPA which, to me, it very much resembles.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 16:18:34 | More by Greenlabel
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow in color - respectable head with good lacing and hops suspended throughout the beer ... guess the crud on the bottom of the bottle got in there ... oh well. Decent hop aromas, but nothing overwhelming. Hops certainly come out in the taste - somewhat floral ... a little grapefruit as well. Medium in body with a creamy texture and a lingering hop finish. Very nice. This ranks right up there with some of the more costly IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 12:42:37 | More by brendaniel
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Intimidtor

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my X-Mas in July Winking Lizard glass. This beer is a nice golden color with arousing smell. I just love IPAs but this wasn't just any other beer. It's smooth with a great finish. Would be great with steak dinner. Described as an "agressive IPA" this is no joke. Try it if you get the chance. If you like IPAs then this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 00:07:18 | More by Intimidtor
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gabeerfan

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a pillowy head the falls into a thin cap.
Citrus peels, hint of pine, honey and caramel round out the smell.
Flavors of Grapefruit/orange peel, a little pine and some honey/caramel maltiness on the front of the tongue.
Good mouthfeel. It sticks around, but in a good way.
Fairly drinkable in that the palate is not so overwhelmed that it will be tired after one of these. At 7% this is not a session beer, but not so over the top that you'll be slurring your words after 2.
Very good beer and it's not just hop tea with some alcohol. Very well rounded for a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:14:24 | More by gabeerfan
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crayphish

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Racer 5 IPA poured a golden copper liquid with a thick fluffy head that lingered and left a fair amount of lacing. Smell is strong piney hops. Some citrus notes as well. Some sweet malts. Taste is all hops, and quite wonderful. The hops are piney with grapefruit tones. An awesome tasting IPA. The malt is almost nondescript due to the hop overload. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with a bit of the piney resin leaving the hops on the palate. I found this to be one of the most drinkable IPA's that I have tried in a while. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 16:38:37 | More by crayphish
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,060 ratings.