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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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6,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,355
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 530 | 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 daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Docrock
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Surly pint glass:

A - a nice golden amber color with a 1" off whit head that quickly settles to a very thin cap and spotty lacing.

S - slight pine and grassiness.

T - pine and citrus with a nice malty base.

M - medium bodied with decent carbonation, slight lingering piney aftertaste.

O - enjoyable, good solid example for the style. Will definitely enjoy more of this when looking for a good IPA.

Docrock, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful golden color and lots of lacing.

S: Tons of citrus hops, some pine, great balance with the malt, though.

T: Very similar to the nose. The grapefruit and floral flavors from the hops are great, and there is a very present bitterness. Not quite as malty as the scents might indicate.

M: Good medium body, and no unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

D: A great IPA that you could drink all day.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well balanced and drinkable IPA. Bittering and aroma hops are well balanced, pine and floral nose dominate with malt being overpowered by alcohol and dry hop character. Served from bottle and cold. Drinkable but quite heavy in body. Carbonation lighten the beer overall. Dry but not lasting bitter finish.

BeerCentralWA, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my favs, thanks for the bomber honey. pours golden hue, good foamy head ok retention. nose and mouth are caramel overbalanced by citrus. Yum! mouth is slightly sticky but a very drinkable 7%. always get me in trouble when more that 36 oz is down the hatch.

UDbeernut, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of LennyV
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow into my Duvel glass with a 3 finger head a fantactic lacing

Smells of alcohol and hops

Tastes is a wonderful balance of hops and sweet malt. Very smooth.

Full bodied beer feels nice and thick in the mouth

I am not a fan of ipas but this one hits it perfect. It is not a hop bomb like some other ipas.

LennyV, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of merryjoulton
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is golden with a good head that falls apart quickly. It smells very sticky, piny, citrusy, all things hoppy. Tastes bitter with hardly any malt character. Mouthfeel is good, just enough body. Drinkability is good. I would have this again and again, one of the best IPA's I've tried.

merryjoulton, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden amber color. A two finger white head forms, and leaves lots of sticky lace behind.
S: A wonderful hop aroma. Citrus, piney, floral, and grassy hops. Light grapefruit, and bitterness. A good sweetness in the nose to balance everything out.
T: Well balanced between the citrus and floral hops and malty sweetness. Actually one of the best balanced IPA's I have had.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A good creaminess as well. An easy beer to drink. One of the few IPA's I can session.

This is a great IPA. That is coming from someone that is not a great fan of the style. Really well balanced. Highly recommended.

champ103, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of rfabian
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm yellowish white head that leaves nice lacing. The color is light amber with slight cloudiness. The aroma is nice with spice and a bit of citrus hops. The taste is really good with strong spice and a little citrus taste with nice sweet maltiness and mild to moderate bitterness. The feel is full bodied, not at all watery, with moderate carbonation. The finish is as good as the start. I could drink this all day long.

I don't understand why they named it what they did. There must be a story there somewhere.

rfabian, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this 22oz bottle in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Eagerly waiting to drink my first Bear Republic brew. As luck would have it I was at the Union Brewhouse a few nights ago and had several on tap but wasn't in a reviewing situation. Blabber, blabber.. on to the review.

A: orangy, hazy copper with nice off whitehead and nice lacing throughout

S:orange marmalade, piney hops, citrus

T:pineapples, oranges, hoppy but not overly bitter by any means

M: smooth and creamy, sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. has a medium body

D: very drinkable. I find the 7% abv well hidden

My first journey to Bear Republic was fantastic. I must try other offerings

Rainintheface, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of gskitt
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beverage center owner suggested I try this because he did not know next time he was going to be getting any more Bear Republic inventory.
A- Pours a pale golden color, much lacing, thin white head that does not last.
S- The first thing other hops is citrus and a lot of it. Was expecting more hops.
T- Really good, tastes of undefined citrus and is not overpowered by the hops. Balanced.
M- slick and maybe a little oily, not bad though.
D- I would think that you could drink this IPA and be happy.

gskitt, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Slightly hazy orange/gold color with about a 1-finger head, soapy & sticky looking with not so good retention. Lite Co2 can be seen, left some splotchy lacing.

S - A bit floral with a dry pine & mild sap like aroma. Some fresh & fruity mango & pineapple are about as pronounced as the dry/floral/pine like notes. A bit of rind like notes, some underlying biscuit/cracker like malts are there but are so soft there hardly noticeable until it warms.

T - Fresh orange & mango juice flavors upfront. Some semi bright citrus is noticeable as it rolls to the sides of the tongue, as well as some puckering rind flavor. Moderately sweet, finishes with mild toasted malt flavors, touch of sap, and burnt like hop bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue. Bitterness isn't over the top but pretty high.

M - Smooth with with lite-moderate crispness. Around medium-full but allot closer to medium bodied.

D - I'd sit down and enjoy a couple pints I'd say. This is a pretty damn good IPA, maybe not my favorite but I'd buy this one again sometime. Definitely recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of cichief
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Friscoes Grille in Columbia, MD.

A- Deep orangish-gold in color, with a nice white head.

S- Very flowery hoppy, citrusy and piney, very inviting.

T- Powerful hoppy flavor, again piney and citrusy.

M- Good carbonation, very well done.

D- I had three pints, and can't get enough. Unfortunately, at 7% ABV I cannot have many.

cichief, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is what an IPA should be. Hoppy but balanced, slightly creamy, a bit malty, and just plain refreshing. An immensely pleasurable beer to drink, especially on tap. Pours with a thick rocky head, nice lacing. Smells slightly sweet, floral. Taste is slightly sweet caramel malt up front, lots of hops, well balanced, crisp hop finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. A great IPA, not quite a double IPA, but close.

ChrisBowers, May 13, 2005
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lighter in color than i expected, this was a hazy bright apricot with thick off-white lacing. looks enticing. as soon as i cracked the bomber the sweet malt notes jumped out at me. tropical and citrus fruit notes were also present, along with some fresh bread dough. overall a wonderful bouqet. taste is a wonderfully balanced interplay between the sweet malts and the significant hop bitterness. not a soapy or rough bitterness either, instead it is cleansing in character. again, the balance of this beer is phenomenal. medium in body with a lively, creamy mouthfeel. nice long finish. the alcohol in this is not discernable. i normally score lower in drinkability for beers above 6.5% abv but i can't for this one. a must try beer.
update: have had this many times since it's release in 6ers and it hasn't been as impressive as in the bomber format. hops have seemed faded in both aroma and taste, leading it to be a bit on the sweetish side and overall not quite as impressive. Have even started seeing some particulates.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of BigCheese
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle , no freshness date, fingers crossed.

A: Nice Amber/orange, on the lighter side in appearance for style. Thing white head, dissipated rather quickly. Not totally clear, a hint of cloudiness. Some lacing but nothing overly impressive.

S: Definitely a citrus hop aroma. Very tropical in scent, mango/pineapple and lemon. Some honey sweetness too. Pungent.

T: Hits you with some grapefruit/pineapple/piney hop flavor up front. Then slightly lemon/lime/mandarin. Then a nice honey/caramel malt sweetness smooths over the palate. Very sweet and bitter at same time. Finish is mix of Pine/Citrus/floral and dry.

M: Seems well carbonated. Actually has a hint of booziness in finish, suprsing for ABV but not unpleasant. Soft on palate, a bit oily.

O: This is what you want when you buy an IPA. Awesome hop extraction, well rounded bouquet of flavors. West coast classic. A tad over hyped IMO but certainly a heavy hitter in the category.

BigCheese, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. No info was given as to what type of hops were added to the cask. If I had to guess, I would say "TONS!"

A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving thick rings of sticky lacing down the glass.

S - I knew I had to get this one when I smelled it from across our table. HUGE pungent hop punch right off the bat with hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit. A tiny bit of sweet caramel malt comes thru but this one is really all about the hops.

T - Nice grassy hop bite up front never really leaving the pallet. Light caramel malt and grapefruit acidity offer as much contrast as they can but this one is truly all about the hops. A bit dry in the finish with some lingering hop bitterness. The taste wasn't as good as the nose but I still really enjoyed this one. One of my all time favorites revved up a few extra notches.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel with a bit of dryness toward the end. Plenty of hop bitterness in the finish but it doesn't linger for very long.

D - Very good. I really like racer 5 quite a bit and this version was even better. A touch one dimensional with all those pungent hops but that really isn't a bad thing.

orangesol, Mar 07, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,355 ratings.