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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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6,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,360
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 532 | 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 gtn80
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired through a trade with StarRaptor.

Poured into a Guinness tulip glass.

Visually, nice fluffly white head. Slightly cloudy, pale yellow color.

Smell has a slight malt, but mostly grassy hops.

Taste is lots of resinous hops, bit of malt, nice balanced bitterness. No citrus from the hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost viscous.

Drinkability is good, but one 22 is enough with this amount of hops, malt, and alcohol.

gtn80, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color, and is topped by a 3 finger tan head. Nice aromas of orange, apricot, and a general pungent fruitiness course through my nose as I take a big whiff. Interestingly enough I also get some notes of just over-ripe plum as I go in for another sniff. The first sip, ahhh, this was the hop fix that I have been looking for. This beer is ripe with hop notes from beginning to end. There is a medium level of sweetness, and a toasted maltiness in the finish. The sweetness helps to pick up and accentuate the fruity hop notes that are in this beer. The hops taste of apricot, lychee, and ripe citrus fruit. It finishes with a solid bitterness that ties the whole beer together and demands that you take another sip. This is the beer I was looking for tonight, it just hits the spot.

Gueuzedude, Mar 02, 2004
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.

rossthefireman, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of xnicknj
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange and gold color with a haze of head. Spotty lacing litters the glass along with a light head and a small filmy retention of foam.

S - Nice bouquet of citrus, hops, malt, caramel, and assorted tropical fruits.

T - Begins with a wave of hoppy citrus which carries from beginning to end. Bitter juicy hops explode from the inital sip, and eventually emitting pineapple and grapefruit. A slightly sweet malt backbone balances everything out but still allows the hops to cry out. The booze is masked well with a dry, yet bitter finish.

M/D - Medium body, bubbly, dry with hops, but still goes down incredibly easy considering the style.

Awesome IPA. Dont sleep on this beer, especially since youre probably wasting money on something far less tasty.

xnicknj, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of awesomeandrew
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

awesomeandrew, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

nrbw23, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

UncleJimbo, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of SAS
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

SAS, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of isthatbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

isthatbeer, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of nukem5
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

nukem5, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of nectar14
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

nectar14, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of felipe2toes
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

felipe2toes, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

grayburn, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mnj21655, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

treyrab, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of mickeymac
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mickeymac, May 05, 2002
Photo of Chincino
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Chincino, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of david23
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

david23, May 02, 2004
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange golden color forming a medium, creamy and thin bubbled beige head. Good retention forming lots of thin and pointy lingering lacings in the glass

S: Sweet pale grains. Very fruity. Strong notes of sweet pale grains, piny hops, grapefruit. Citrus orange zest, pine and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose: Strong notes of flowey hops, orange zest

M: Light body, medium carbonation and nice bitter and grassy aftertaste

D: High. To be drunk in gallons (preferentially, sitting in a pub around the San Francisco bay area :p)

eduardolinhalis, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Blakaeris, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of SeanRedd
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

SeanRedd, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

madtowndmb1, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of mlstarbuck
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

mlstarbuck, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Seanibus, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Atron67, Jun 14, 2007
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,360 ratings.