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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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6,029 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,029
Reviews: 2,171
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 173
Gots: 403 | 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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Photo of Zundo


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy with flakes (must be old or they like yeast) golden orange one-finger, frothy white head.

Smell: Pineapple, grapefruit, mild orange

Taste:Tart/bitter pineapple-grapefruit. Very florally. Pretty fruity as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, medium body, doughy, chewy finish.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, a touch dry on the finish though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 03:01:24 | More by Zundo
Photo of tectactoe


4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one has eluded me for a long time, mainly because I couldn't find a fresh bottle. Finally got one last week, looking forward to finally trying this one. Pours almost a completely opaque, bright amber and light copper color. Big eggshell head builds up nice and foamy-like, leaving lots of chunky lace on the glass nearly all the way down. Awesome looking IPA.

The nose is quiet at first, but I believe I served this one to myself a little too cold. Once it warmed up, the aroma came out strong; big-time citric hops immediately send your senses into a frenzy. Plentiful grapefruit and dense orange peel, thick layers of pine needles, with a light perfume-like characteristic that lingers about. The citrus is sweet, mildly bitter, and potent; the hops are humongous in character - sticky, oily, and brash... this is one goddamn wet and hoppy IPA. Not quite reaching "dank" status, but the piney hops have a largely resinous aroma.

Malt? Not too much. It's certainly underplayed on the nose, but that's to be expected. I take one sip and I'm strapped in for the hop-coaster. Big, wet, pine-encrusted hops glide across my palate and smack my taste buds - powerful and bitter without being too harsh or abrasive. Large, white-pepper sprinkled grapefruit peels and other various citrus rinds coat every corner of my mouth. Couple that with the thick and dense resins and hop oils, you've got yourself a sticky-delicious IPA.

Lots of pine in the finish with a nudge of bitterness that grazes the palate without completely raping it. It's actually quite mellow, really, and becomes even more mellow with time. Warming also brings out a large floral and perfume character that wasn't as evident before. Just like with many other IPAs, the malts coming in much more handy in the flavor than the aroma - biscuity and bready, the malts here perform a very nice balancing act with the aggressive hop profile, something I love to see. Fresh aftertaste with pines, oils, bread, and orange peels. The mouth feel is slick, clean, snappy, and lively; medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Wow, I can't believe this stuff went under my nose for such a long time, it really is a delicious IPA. Very good perception of extreme hoppiness while maintaining a great balance with the malt that keeps this beer drinkable as all hell. Goes down like a champ - and it helps that the 7% ABV goes primarily unnoticed. Delicious stuff, no joke.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 16:11:58 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewing snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing clings to the side of the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Incredibly sharp, zesty hop aroma. A bit of malt sweetness too with a hop fume that cuts like a knife. Very unique and enticing.

T- Flavor follows suit with more citrusy sharpness and juicy grapefruit notes. The bitterness has a very tangy attack which sort of complements the somewhat high alcohol presence. Decent malt backbone provides just the right amount of sweetness to back up the brightness of the hops.

M- Big bites of hops all the way through, actually more stinging but in a great way. Medium carbonation and a body that's just a tad on the lighter side.

O- An excellent and unique IPA that I always love to drink. Has that west coast citrus bomb aspect to it but in a way that's still different and remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:13:40 | More by Immortale25
Photo of BREWS4LA


4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a consistent good beer. Had it on tap and bottle/Glass. Always nice color and lacing. The smelly is very fresh, citrus, grapefruit, some pine. Good medium taste with just the perfect easy bitter finish not overwhelming at all. I find it a bit similar to Firestone Union Jack IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2014 03:50:02 | More by BREWS4LA
Photo of aubuc1


4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber with unknown date poured into imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep golden with thick whiteish head.

Very nice floral, grapefruity smell.

Taste is initially slightly metallic biscuity then the pleasant, rich bitterness comes in.

Mouthfeel is perhaps slightly thin, but very drinkable. Not a creamy ipa, but one you drink faster and faster searching for satiation.

This really is a very good beer. I was nervous about its freshness, but however old it is, it is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 23:04:16 | More by aubuc1
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean and transparent light copper body with a two finger white head which reduced down to a lump looking mass.

A nice typical IPA aroma with hints of grapefruit and pine. A good bit of sweet malt as well. This IPA tastes really good. Its flavor covers the three basic hop flavors: citrus with hints of grapefruit, pine, and a finish of bitter resin. This is all balanced with a slightly sweet malt which makes this brew really balanced. Hop bitterness is good as well and stronger than most IPAs. Nicely crafted and true to the style although a touch more bitter than most.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but still coats well enough to provide lingering time for tasting. If this was a bit heavier this would be right on par with what I woudl expect. Drikability is really what this beer is about and some of that could be due to the lighter mouthfeel in my opinion. No problems will be encountered finishing this bomber off.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 02:13:33 | More by blitz134
Photo of mattster


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 22oz Bomber, poured into Nonic glass. Formed nice 1" head, slowly dissipated into slight layer of foam over top of brew. Nice light amber color, very slightly hazy - Quite nice looking.

My nose was no where near the glass when I caught the brew's hoppy aroma goodness. Sticking my nose into the glass brings fourth it's hops, slight grapefruit smells.

Taste is of hops (of course) and citrus. Very smooth. Citrus become more of pineapple on palate. Bitter but ever pleasant taste is quite smooth very nice finish. I wish I had another bomber of this. Excellent start to the new year as this is my first beer and review of 2008.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 09:53:04 | More by mattster
Photo of Stigs


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose white film. the beer is slightly hazy, bright gold in color.

S - strong and assertive with tropical fruits...candied grapefruit and pineapple. nice kiss of pine and floral hops round out into subtle sweetness.

T - starts off with awakening bitter hops, flash of pine and grass before a more delicate pineapple, sugared grapefruit, and orange rinds. big and juicy. slightly noticeable alcohol at the end on top of crackery malts.

M - somewhat thickish and syrupy body, touched by lightly pirckly carbonation, almost lacking.

D - dont think i've ever realized what a great beer this is. west coast hoppy goodness all the way. this will be making more appearances in my fridge very soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:43:34 | More by Stigs
Photo of Glibber


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer with some carbination and a decent head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. Plenty of hops and a nice subtle pine taste that was not overpowering. Felt very good in the mouth and was quite smooth going down despite the up front hoppiness. Some citrus flavors helped this beer stand out among other IPAs I had recently.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 19:17:46 | More by Glibber
Photo of Spikester


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-poured orange color with an average head with lots of lacing.

S-Fruity pine herbal.

T-Taste is complex- citrus, resinous pine, bitter. Slightly sweet malts help cushion the bitter hops. Good crisp IPA.

M-Better than average

D-Due to relatively high abv I wouldn't call this a session brew but two 12's or one 22 oz. would be great anytime. Very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 03:24:11 | More by Spikester
Photo of SpecialK088


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip

A-Cloudy copper with a big fluffy white head, amazing head retention.

S-Classic IPA citrus, grapefruit and hops also has a sweet note fruit.

T-Big hop start as you take a drink with nice citrus middle and the good hoppy bitter finish, also to be noted the very clean finish as well extremly well balanced not overlly alcholly seems to have just the right amount of everything.

M-Nice and smooth good carbonation level nice medium body

D-Easy to drink not nessarally the first IPA I would reach for but one i'll for sure go after againit should also be noted that the 750 was only 4.99 which makes it an exceptional value.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 20:50:02 | More by SpecialK088
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden, pretty translucent. last time i had one there was no head so this time i poured vigorously, getting about a 1.5 finger layer of white fluff. Smells like citrus hops - primarily grapefruit and orange, maybe some pinapple. Citrusy hops dominate the taste too. Bitterness is about optimal - not palate-assaulting, but you know it's an ipa. The sweet, biscuity malt that pairs with the hops really makes for a wonderful balance. or at least as much balance as you would want in an ipa. medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes great, very drinkable, yet the bitterness keeps you from guzzling it down. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 01:05:46 | More by redmagik99
Photo of largadeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden-amber, transparent with a long-lasting head.

Smell: Citric hops with a sweet, malty backbone - it's like a ripe grapefruit.

Taste: Slightly grainy and bready. Lots of hops, but they're by no means overpowering. They have a nice citrus quality, sharp but balanced, with a subdued but distinct sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style. Medium-bodied, very crisp, fine bubbles, not at all harsh.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, but not exactly sessionable due to the fairly high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2007 21:33:59 | More by largadeer
Photo of mbudner


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazy, golden-orange, 2-finger white head with big bubbles on top, looks quite frothy.

S- Citrus, fruity and/or floral hops, bready flavor, orange rinds

T- Very floral, tastes of whole hop flowers with a bitter citrusy bite at the end. Very clean tasting. Slight biscuity flavor balances out the hops in the finish, but I wouldn't call this a "balanced" IPA by any means (to me this is a GOOD thing)

M- Very sticky with nice carbonation, slick hop oils coat my entire mouth and my lips are left sticky

D- All around, a phenomenal American IPA. I could drink these all night. I am aware that the boundaries are quite loose and pliable, but for an American IPA (not a double, imperial, "triple", etc.) this is one of the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 03:47:56 | More by mbudner
Photo of HopHead1982


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent IPA. One of the better American IPA's available. A great hop aroma when you stick your nose in the glass, only to followed by an equally impressive taste and mothfeel. While some might say, slightly over hopped, I feel it hits the style perfectly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 05:27:30 | More by HopHead1982
Photo of Megahertz


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle carefully decanted into a Hoffman House chalice. Bottled on 08/20/12.

A - Crystal clear golden with a large, tightly packed, foamy white head. Gorgeous.

S - Massive citrusy grapefruit. Hard to get past.

T - Bready malt and slight caramel with massive fruity hop flavors. Transitions into a hop bitterness that is the very picture of clean. Bone. Dry. Finish.

M - Light body with medium to low carbonation. Only thing I can stick it for. Probably varies from batch to batch.

O - I want more. This is the photograph of an american IPA. Classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:27:12 | More by Megahertz
Photo of vinhgoh

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the second IPA that I absolutely love from Bear Republic. Definitely a solid 4.5. Don't like it as much as their Hop Rod. But definitely well balanced...A newcomer to IPA would know that this is definitely a good IPA. Hoppiness isn't too strong nor weak. Its fruity accents make it seem like a "dessert beer." Fruity guy to freshen your breath? No, Racer 5.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:59:02 | More by vinhgoh
Photo of Joshpu


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A golden orange color. Spotty lacing, fair amount of carbonation. About a finger and a half of white head. Its got that typical looking west coast ipa head.

S: Definitely getting the hops smell, along with lemon, and grapefruit.

T: Really good example of a west coast IPA, in my opinion. Hop forward with grapefruit.

M: Fairly crisp and medium body feel. The hops linger for a little while. For some reason it seems to have a little too much carbonation for me.

O: This is a great IPA. I like this up there with Stone's IPA and also Greenflash's IPA. Definitely a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 07:04:12 | More by Joshpu
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with lots of sediment floating around. Thin white head that does leave some lacing. Smells prominently of oranges and citrusy hops. Definitely mildly hoppy on the nose but nothing incredibly surprising yet. Very pleasant smell though.

Ooo this one is for hop heads. Very bitter on the palate as all taste buds scream to bitter citrusy hops. Under the apparent 80-something IBU's is a complex mix of citrus flavors that come together nicely as a complement to the huge hoppiness felt throughout every sip. There is a hint of alcohol if you're looking for it, but for all intents and purposes, the bitter hops distract from that booziness, but in a good way. I think I expected something more fruity from the orange-ish nose it let off, but really this beer is an IPA til the bitter end. The citrus notes are there but only add to the hop profile. The mouthfeel is carbonated and bitter, but surprisingly the bitter aftertaste seems to dissapate quickly.

I gotta say, this is one really good IPA. I'm an IPA guy and this one is heavy on the hops but also balanced in a way that is perfectly pleasant. Really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:01:09 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Homerbag


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber body with foamy head.

An old school Mike Tyson uppercut of citric hops assault the nose. If this had a tooth or two, it would bite your ear off. Second fiddle is some more resiny/woody hops. Straight forward with no room for malts or anything, this is a hop and hop alone.
Taste is much the same, no malts just juicy hops. A hop heads dream. This is wreak your palate for any other beers that would follow . Feel is suprisingly thin for so many hops, no sticky or oily felling.
Very rarely do I saw an IPA needs more malts, but this could use a pinch. I'm not complaining at all. I love the assaut, but some malts could frame this and make it even more punchy.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 10:58:59 | More by Homerbag
Photo of jockstrappy


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small soapy white head. Aroma is mainly the floral hop variety, with fresh cut grass and pine needles coming to mind. Taste consists of floral and citrus hop flavors, with the slightest of bread like malt flavors behind it. Very clean on the palate for a hop-bomb, 7% ABV is the only real drawback (if any) to this brew. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:45:02 | More by jockstrappy
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--from notes

I have had the chance to drink this beer on a number of occasions, and it always pleases. Really a great beer after it warms down a bit. Great citrusy hops. Holds the glass great, and delivers a great, dark amber color and a really fresh aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 05:45:08 | More by mjsheehan08
Photo of AtLagerHeads


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another one of the very fine SoCal IPAs, this one has a great level of hopping that seems perfectly mated to the fine malt base. The clear copper body is covered by a single finger of off white head that laces the glass very abundantly. The aromas are equally well balanced between a fine carmel malt and the lovely floral hops.

The taste of this beer is just great with strong malt and hop presence. The feel is great as well with a nice medium body and a crisp and dry finish. Very good drinkability from this nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 23:46:30 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very orange, hazy, nice head though a bit small. Bold nectarine-orange aroma that is sweet like candy. Good balance of toasted malts and smooth fruity bitterness. The finish is too clean in my opinion, disappearing before I want it to. I want a little bite that is just not there. Ultra-smooth and insanely drinkable, the bomber was empty before I knew it and I still wanted more.

This is a very good, enjoyable, quaffable beer. That being said, nothing about it really stands out to me - I feel as though I have had many beers very similar to this, though not many better. Possibly the least distinct beer in the top 100 currently, but I will enjoy it now and then since it is, indeed, a very pleasurable drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 02:09:41 | More by waughbrew
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District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper, amber color.
Good bubbly, head. The variance in size of bubbles making up the head, almost give it a lumpy appearance.
Floral hop aroma with a pine musk.
Lingering rings of lace appear, marking each step in the process of emptying the glass.
Sharp hop bite with a slight citrus taste. The hop flavor slowly disipates as a nearly sweet feeling skates across the tounge. Liking hops is a pre-requisite for this one.
At 7% I may not be able to type well after a full 22 ounces.
Maybe I should eat...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:36:30 | More by hungryghost
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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