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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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6,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,783
Reviews: 2,224
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 233
Gots: 727 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-27-2002

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PVMT
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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

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.

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

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.

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

This, to me, is what the standard for IPA's should be. This IPA has a great hop flavor, great floral /citrus/grapefruit nose and good carbonation. Its the perfect balance of flavor and weight. Some IPA's get that 'heavy' taste ,(too much hops, not enough carbonation) this one doesnt but still maintains the exceptional hop flavor that IPA's should have. Altough this isnt my absolute favorite IPA ever, its in my top three. I recommend this to everyone trying their first IPA.
Great orange color on the pour, good foamy head and the aromas during the pour are fantasticly pleasing.

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

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.

Photo of rye726
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light cedar color. Silky beige head with perfect lacing. Nose has a bouquet of floral and fruity malts over caramel malts. Taste has nice citrus and piney hops over bready malts. Well balanced ale. Nice medium body has a crisp carbonation and lingering bitter finish.

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

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!

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

Pours a very clear, golden orange color. A sticky, ivory colored head tops this brew. All the carbonation bubbles look like they're having a party. A great and inviting appearance. Aromas of strong, delicious hops. Pine. Hop oils. Citrus. The taste is sweet with intense hops. Intense in an awesome way. The head was thick and creamy and laced amazingly through the 22oz. Great balanced between the hops and sweet malt. A good bitterness lingers. I very muched enjoyed this brew. Will look to pick up another.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tiny bubbles forming into bigger ones. The head turned into a creamy film. Orange gold body color. Awesome creamy lacing on the glass. It's quite a nice looking beer.

Pine is quite evident in the aroma along with some malts. Really nice combination of the two.

Wow! What a great tasting IPA! Piney hops, citrus, sweet maltiness and a great bitterness at the end. It works so simply together but works so well. Definitely on my top five IPA list.

Light to approaching medium body. Goes down easily with its creamy head. Carbonation helps to meld the flavors together.

This is one tasty, easy drinking IPA. Very close to perfection as far as an IPA goes. Definitely on my top five IPA list.

Photo of Emerson1310
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance, cloudy and deep gold. Head and lacing were minimal, maybe because I had it super-cold.

The aroma is good, hoppy and fruity.

The taste is great! Kind of like a mini Pliny, with nice fruity, hoppy flavors and a smooth finish with no hop-bitterness build-up, and no honey flavor to mask the fruit/hops.

I will buy more of this to enjoy this summer!!

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

I went to Red Bones for dinner tonight. Red Bones always has an excellent beer selection. This was served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with a creamy thin white head that clings to the glass leaving nice lace.

Smell: A nice, strong, citric hop aroma is dominant, with a more subdued bready maltiness.

Taste: Sweet bready and toasty malts and an intense tart citric hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, tingly carbonation, with a lightly oily texture.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, the alcohol is also well hidden.

Overall: A very nice IPA. The toasty and bready malts balance but don't steal focus from the hops.

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

Bear Republic Raser 5
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

* Enjoyed during 02-12-2006 east coast blizzard *

Pours a murky and hazy orange. A touch of bronze with mini carbonation bubble activity. Thick head on top that leaves excellent patterns of sticky lace.

Whiffs of citrus and pepper. Deeply floral nose that is very pleasant.

Juicy, grainy mouthfeel with a superb hop profile. Sweet orange flavors with a slight pepper bite. I love the liberal usage of Cascade hops. Extremely smooth and drinkable.

What else is there to say? This is an awesome West coast IPA. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

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

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a big loose head that resists fading. Good lacing generated. The smell is big too...orange citrus, pine and grapefruit. Very sweet smelling. Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated, smooth and creamy. It complements the full fruity hop flavor and is balanced nicely by a solid malt character. This is a really good drinker. Well done.

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

Poured from a bomber courtesy of HogtownHarry of ratebeer. Pours a beautiful golden classic IPA colour with a nice thick white creamy head. Smell is very floral. Smell reminds of Stone IPA. Taste is very balanced with a fantastic hoppy sweet malt backbone. Very flavourful and aromatic. Everything one could want in an IPA. Medium carbonation and extremely quaffable. I could drink this every day. A wonderful classic west coast IPA.

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

Secret Santa 2005 # 8

Slighty hazy light orange body topped by several scoops worth of sticky off-white ice cream and whip cream which rose above the rim. Very good lacing.

Nice grapefruity nose, but tamer than I expected. Still inviting though.

Taste wise, the sweet caramel barely gets pass the starter's flag before the hops come roaring down the straightaway, passing on all sides. They don't scratch the paint abrasively though, and the beer down shifts into a nicely fruity victory lap.

Good medium mouthfeel, neither syrupy or watery. Enough body that you know its there.

Drinkability is just fine thanks. This bomber's fuel gauge will be reading empty all too soon.

All in all, a race well run.

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

On tap, Central Kitchen in Cambridge. New favorite. Clean reddish gold color, full hoppy slightly sweet smell—knew it would taste good as soon as I smelled it.

(First real review so forgive me if I don't know what I'm talking about!) Flavor overall is hoppy, fresh, and clean. Some citrus and hop resin flavor and aroma up front, hoppy and fruity in the body with a full but unmuddled flavor. Mouthfeel is full and thick for an IPA, sticks to your mouth just the right amount. Finish is clean and satisfying with lighter non-bitter sweetness of fruit and hop, very nice.

Overall this is an excellent IPA with a full on confident hop flavor, that's very easy to drink and not overwhelming. It's a great balance and I think close to ideal for an IPA to me. Looking forward to trying it again!

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,783 ratings.