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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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6,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,050
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 174
Gots: 407 | 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 eduardolinhalis


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

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clean orange golden color with a small beige head. Good retention and many lacings left around

S: Smells like a traditional American craft IPA. Very citric, earthy and mainly grassy smell of fresh hops.

T: Follows the nose: Bitter and refreshing. You can feel some malts and yeasts but its trademark is, of course, the hops. Very dry and bitter stuff... Simply delicious

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)

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 03:39:34 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys


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

This is an awesome IPA!!! As all of Bear Republics' beers they are beatiful when poured even gently it produces a fantastic head, thet lingers and leaves a sticky lace around the glass. 5 is generously hopped, but very drinkable for such a big beer. The aroma is great, flavor is right on, looks great, there is little to flaw here just a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 15:14:40 | More by InandOutBeerGuys
Photo of TrevorGW


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dirty golden color ...

Aroma is not as huge with hops as you would expect. I immediately anticipate an oily, slick hop flavor.

The flavor is unbelievably well-balance. The malt stands up to the hops and allows the bitterness to instantly bounce off the caramel malts instead of blasting you and lingering, like most American IPAs. Pine and grass are in the flavor, but are countered by a subtle and stable sweetness on the tongue and in the aftertaste.

A truly drinkable (double) IPA, with the strong malt responsible for the high alcohol. Not too intense, but with a killer taste.

Definitely a legendary American beer that deserves the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 20:11:24 | More by TrevorGW
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

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

Poured from growler to form a nice fluffy head that laced well, Good orange hue with maybe a touch of gold luster.
Ahhh the american IPA, nice malty tones that are complimentary of the american citrusy piney hops.If there is no AIPA in heaven, I do not want to go!
Resonous piney hop forward with smooth interplaying malt sweet bready. The lingering peppery finish drys just right.
Excellant carbonation and a nice creaminess.
The last time I had this I went late into the night in old sac town! Much to the chigrin of my wife, as she left me to stagger back to the motel, LOL. Good stuff here, seek and drink!

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 01:51:22 | More by welldigger888
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours white head that dissipates very quickly, amazingly clear light amber color. Nice bold hop smell. Strong but controlled bitterness, then easy malt flavors followed by the pine/citrus bitterness that lingers in your mouth with a touch of sweetness. Mouth feel is good, if the bitterness wasn't keeping it under control you could say it's slightly syrupy. Carbonation is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 07:21:54 | More by fbinla
Photo of kaseydad


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

A golden colored ale with a nice fluffy head to it.

A fruity, sweet aroma with hints of pineapple and of the hop bitterness to come.

Major hoppy blast on the initial sip. As much as the hoppiness hits you, there is a smoothness on the swallow which makes for a nice combination.

I have always enjoyed this beer and though it took me awhile to review it, this is another great beer from the Bear Republic folks.

Job well done!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 15:37:53 | More by kaseydad
Photo of patriot76

New York

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

12oz. bottle served in a pint glass

A- Cloudy amber in color with sediment. Nice 1 inch very dense head. Looks good and not too carbonated.

S- Great smelling beer. Floral hops combined with malt, brown sugar and rye. Smells more like a rye ale instead of an IPA. Can smell some alcohol as well. Extemely appetizing smell.

T- Right away you get the very nice floral hops with rye. A very smooth middle leads into a smooth yet nicely bitter finish. Although this is a full bodied strong IPA, it is very smooth. No grapefruit ending, rather bitter hops and lingering rye. Drinks a bit more like a rye ale.

M- Very smooth mouthfeel all around. This is not in the class of IPA that gives you cotton mouth. Low carbonation. Instead of the beer going to the back of palate as per usual with many, it seems to be everywhere.

D- Very nice, balanced and drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. All around a nice complex and flavorful beer that puts a different spin on an IPA. Not a traditional IPA, but very good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:00:18 | More by patriot76
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Rhode Island

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

Had this on tap. Same as my bottle review, just a wee bit more intense. Great hop flavors, great body, great drinkability. Piney, bitter hops dominate, but on tap more floral hops come through. Very good blend of bittering and aromatic. This beer is pretty damn good. I would recommend this one to any IPA fan. Went great with BBQ Chicken Pizza at Big City in Allston, MA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 00:13:09 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of boogles


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

Among the locally available Bear Republic bombers, I usually buy Hop Rod Rye. I couldn't remember why I don't alternate between Racer 5 and Hop Rod, because as good as Hop Rod is, this other beer must be outstanding. Well, it is, but it's not as good. It's not your typical IPA, which is good. It's nice and bitter, plenty of weedy goodness, with an extraordinary finish and aftertaste.

Its weakness is that it's initially sweet and a bit sticky, and the nose is not potent enough. Otherwise, it's great stuff. Not as good as the Hop Rod, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 01:48:07 | More by boogles
Photo of udubdawg


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

pours a hazed peachy gold color, topped with the expected impressive creamy head. retention wasn't great, but while it lasted the lacing was quite good.
Citrus greets my nose, mixed with a sort of pungent cattiness. faint alcohol note, bare hint of lightly toasted is the only bit of malt bill I get. I dig it!
It's bitter but not over the top compared to it's IBU level. Ample hop flavor, no diacetyl. There is a little pine to the citrus, and a mild caramel flavor - doesn't finish dry and I guess that's what's hiding some of the hops.
Creamy soft body, barely sticky, carbonation perhaps just a touch low. There is little to slow me down here. A winner!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:28:31 | More by udubdawg
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of redmagik99


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
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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
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,050 ratings.