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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,898
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 256
Gots: 806 | FT: 10
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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Ratings: 6,898 | Reviews: 2,236
Photo of Lldeegan
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice hazy deep burning orange color. Minimal white lingering head, leaves a finely bubbled lace on the glass.
The nose is caramel and hoppy, followed by a very dominant deep malt. Not sure what malt was used but reminds me of the bags of Munich malt that a lugged around the NOLA brewery for a day or two this summer. I am surprised by the smell of this, I was expecting more hops than malt in the smell, but besides the initial floral hop note, malt is the lead here. Bit of a buttery smell as it lingers.
Taste has a quick bitter roll into the back of the mouth, followed by a nice sweet malt taste, immediately erases my presuppositions about IPAs. A few sips in and I have already decided to buy it again next time I go to Steins.
This beer has a really smooth feel to it in the mouth, it is crisp and has a quick finish that leaves you wanting more. I think this beer has the perfect level of carbonation, not too much, but it's there and it has all liveliness on my tongue to let me know it's a fresh beer.
Finding a beer with such drinkability is like having an epiphany. Just had Brooklyn lager the other day and it was the same. This is another very pleasant surprise. I have always avoided IPAs, but I had a feeling that this one would turn the tide.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden. The head was white and very compact and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was muted hops and slight caramel. Hop aroma was low and there was also present a fruity and spicy aroma.

The flavor was malty and sweet yet well balanced with hop bitterness. The hop bitterness and flavor increase while the maltiness fades leading to a complexity in the flavor.

The finish was slightly sweet then trailed off to dry with a slight hop bitterness which increased into the aftertaste. The body was medium to medium full.

Great beer!

22 ounce bottle. (I think I have had this beer awhile and the hop aroma has faded somewhat.)

Photo of Kadonny
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from cask into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A cloudy golden orange color with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Nice citrus hops with some floral and pine notes and a sweet caramel malt smell. Nice and mellow.

T: Hops shine through with hints of citrus, floral, grass and some slight pine. Along side the hops the malt in this really melds in perfectly with caramel sweetness and creamy smoothness. Finish is clean and crisp, but not real bitter.

M: Medium and creamy. No hint of alcohol and of course light carbonation. Not much bitterness either.

D: Unfortunately, very high. These are so creamy smooth and oh so delicious.

This is a great beer from C02, kick that up a notch with the cask conditioning. Simply superb. What a west coast treat that we are lucky to have here in PA. Thanks to Jeff at TJs for bringing in this gem for us to try.

Photo of Chugmonkey
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try it. Well worth waiting for. Light golden color, somewhat hazy, nice off white head.

Very inviting citrusy aromas. Yummy citrus taste, nice smooth bitterness, finishs with a nice pure citrus note. Very tasty, made me want another sip immediately. Extremely drinkable, lacks a bitter bite of some IPAs.

Well done. I loved it. This beer is right up my alley and I can't wait to get some more.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into tulip.

A – Slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of foamy and clingy white head that left lacing down the glass.

S – Hops, floral, citrus, grapefruit.

T – Solid hop punch right out of the gate. Bitterness from the hops sticks right in. Has a nice balanced citrus following with orange and grapefruit. Almost a slight caramel malt flavor. Bit of piney flavor to finish.

M – Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy palate.

O – I am growing fonder of IPA’s everyday and this one really has great tastes. It ranks high on my list with a nice balance of light sweet and hop punch. Winner from Bear, wish they sent these east.

Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from The Man...Gusler! A hard pour produced a voluminous, ever-so-slightly off-white head, which settled into a lasting 1/4" topping. Bubbles were tight and fine, and lacing was ample down the glass. The color was a medium golden, with a bit of particulate hovering about within (though not enough to distract in any way, at least for me, anyhow).

The nose was quite pleasant, with a suggestion of bready malt trying to come forth. It was put in its place by a healthy dose of grapefruity hops. A real nice combo.

Body was well within the medium range, and it had a bit of chewiness to it. The golden nectar slid smoothly over the tongue and belly-wards.

I just received this via parcel today, and being impatient, I didn't give it much time in the fridge to chill. Nonetheless, enjoyed at about 50-55F, it had a wealth of flavors. A bready, crackery aspect is present at the outset, yet the dominant driver here was the hops. A plethora of Cascade-like tastes bombard the tongue, and just linger and linger. There's no getting rid of the hop aftertaste, not that you'd want to. A pleasing, warm sensation develops in the belly, too! This one can park in my winners circle!

Thnx again to Gusler for supplying me with my first taste of the Bear! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy yellow gold in color. About a finger's worth of sticky, white head leaves copious amounts of lacing as the beer drains from the glass.

S: Huge citrus hop nose with notes of apple, orange, and floral characteristics. There is a faint sweet maltiness there as well, but it only seeks to accent the hops.

T: Pungent citrus hops on the front end followed by a brief sweetness that develops with increasing bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely a drinker. Lighter body adds to the drinkability while the fresh citrus flavor makes you want to drink more. A great beer all around and one I'll be visiting again soon.

Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given and comes in at 7%.

A-Color reminds me of orange marmalade. Has a 1/2 finger white head that dissolves quickly, leaving scattered clumps of foam and a small ring.

S-Citrus hops as well as some floral hops hit fast giving this a really nice hoppy bouquet. Also pick up some sweet malt notes.

T-The hops hit fast. Once it hits my mouth orange zest comes quickly followed by grapefruit. Pine can also be detected. This beer leaves a really good level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with a light level of carbonation that works well for the beer.

D-The 7% is extremely well hidden and all those hops along with the fact that it is not sweet mean it is highly drinkable.

A great beer that can meet my hop demands and it is easily available.Along with SNPA, this has been my old standby for years when out at local restaurants and/or pubs with limited beer menus.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle

A: Copper, hazy red with thin sticky white head with good retention.

S: Grapefruit, citric hops, with malt and some tropical fruit, mango and papaya.

T: The tropical fruit shows its stuff, but also brings a more bracing pine bitterness, not overpowering, very balanced, especially for a West Coast IPA.

M: Creamy, full bodied, with almost a chewy bitterness.

D: Very good, a delicious example of the West Coast IPA style, its balanced character makes it a good anytime beer, the alcohol level does not show at all. Another great offering from the fellas at Bear Republic.

Photo of robbieracer
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbak999
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Green's Beverage Warehouse in Columbia, SC.

A- Pours a golden, light amber color. A nice white head sticks with the beer and also nicely laces the glass.

S- pine and citrus hops. Very typical of a west coast IPA.

T- Very good. Bitter, but not to bitter. Not hop forward, but a lot of hop aftertaste.

D- This IPA is very good and very drinkable. Great amount of carbonation. I can see drinking this beer on a hot summer day, or on a cool fall day. Very good example of a west coast IPA. I will seek this on out again! For sure!

Photo of MarioM
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into tulip

A: Great cloudy dark gold almost orange color with a creamy white head that lingered for a while with some good lacing. Bottle conditioning is obvious with yeast particles floating around, great looking beer!

S: Citrus like hop aroma and a sweet maltiness that is very pleasant. Smeels great, you just know its going to be a great tasting beer.

T: Bitterness is balanced very well with the sweet maltiness. Very nice hoppiness, citrus like, opposed to pine like or soapy like some say. Carbonation is just right and very refreshing.

M: A bit dry with a bitter aftertaste, as expected. Malt character is apparent and lingers with some citrus notes.

O: Great example of what comes out of California. Bear republic knows whats up. This is a balanced IPA, maybe a bit on the maltier side but nonetheless a must have. Brew looks good, smells great and tastes like an IPA should.

Photo of NCBeernut
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy translucent golden amber that gets a nice deep orange color in the middle of the glass. Nice solid dense head, leaving a thick chunk of lace at the top, but not really much more as it works its way down the glass. Nice color. Aroma has some fruit candy-like sweetness. Complex hop aroma, but not potent - citrus with a little grassy earthiness that comes out more when you swirl it. A little biscuity malt, but sweet-smelling. Nice balance, not a puckering bitterness, but not syrupy sweet, but the hops still get to shine. A touch of white pepper spiciness, with grassy, citrus hops that lean toward sugar dusted grapefruit flavors. I'm pretty sure there are definitely some Amarillo in there. Malt is sweet caramel that never gets in the way of the hop show. Finishes with some bitterness, but right in the middle of the dry-sweet spectrum. Perfect amount of carbonation and not too syrupy or bitter to enjoy on a summer day.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Yellow and light tan, almost pilsner looking in my glass. Unfiltered stuff floats around :)

Smell - Hops, citrus, light alcohol and malts, some spices

Taste - Piney hoppy kick starts off. Some oranges and grapefruit overtones. The malts are tangy and yummy. This is a standard hoppy ipa done very well. Pretty strong, about as strong as you can get before treading into imperial territory.

Mouthfeel - Bitter hops cover your whole mouth. Your palette will be a little wrecked, but not ruined. The aftertaste leaves your mouth a little dry and begging for more.

Drinkabilty - I took a chance on this since hop rod is soooo good, i grabbed a 6- pack of this and man im happy. This is right up there wwith all my favorite ipa's. Will drink again

Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the finest beers I've tasted for a while. Piney, citrusy, grassy, hoppy, grapefruity... it's all those things, and the brewmaster has managed to balance them well. A rather pale golden colour with a good head that subsides and leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of aroma on raising the glass to the nose and a powerful hit of flavour on the tongue, but it retains a degree of sublety. Slightly oily mouthfeel, but not bad for that. I think this is a one-bottle-a-session beer for me, either to get things underway or round off the night. Either way I'm very happy to drink it, and I think this is a beer that would pair well with very many types of food, even curry.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on the hand pump at memphis tap room.

A- a perfect pull this guy know how to pull a pint. A solid finger of dense creamy head on top of golden orange yellow sunshine.

S- sweet malts and big time citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange zest. Caramel. Covered whole grain bread.

T- super well balanced. The hops take the lead but right on its ass the malts jump in. Candied orange suprems and torn open ruby red grapefruit. Cinnamon toast with bruleed brown sugar. Lots of back and forth between the two and its a beautiful dance. I can't get over the balance not to beat a dead horse but damn.

M- well this brew and a hand pump are made for each other. So silky smooth and just the right temp.

5- I love this stuff. I've enjoyed it many times but on cask this shines. All day every day racer 5.

Photo of jimj21
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this in New York. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pour produces about one finger of fluffy, white head. Fades pretty quickly but good lacing. Beer pours a light, golden color. Fairly clear with a little haze. Some bubbles rising in the glass.

Lots of citrusy hop aroma. Mostly grapefruit with some orange and tangerine. Some bready malt character in the background.

Taste starts out with citrusy hops as well. Mostly grapefruit. Good malt backbone in the middle provides some sweetness which helps the balance. A little piney on the finish. Drying. The alcohol makes itself known on the finish a little in the taste as well as some warming.

Good mouthfeel. Carbonation level is excellent. Very crisp on the tongue but goes down smooth.

This is a great IPA. Excellent taste and drinkability. Tons of hops, but still some balance. Between an IPA and DIPA in strength. My first beer from Bear Republic and it's fantastic.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

Photo of industrialswill
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's got a cloudy yellow look to it, just enough foam to show that it's still alive.
Delicate, inviting aroma.
It tastes about as good as any IPA I've had. This is excellent beer. It invites rapid sipping.
It has a mellow taste of evergreen and flowers. Not malty, but there is enough body to this beer to make it pretty filling.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic hotel cup, honey amber colored with a nice white head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: floral and citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, bright light pine

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle sweetens with citrus orange pineapple lemon, finish is bitter with light floral

M: medium with good carbonation

O: very solid West Coast IPA, good balance of bitter and sweet

Photo of SteveO1231
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome IPA!

Poured a gold color with orange highlights. Thin, fizzy white head, very good nice lacing.

Very strong hop aroma, powerful. Woke me up when I took a whiff.

Awesome malt flavor, very smooth. Hard hitting hop finish, so bitter that it's sweet. Nice cirtus, like grapefruit in there.

That hoppy bitterness sticks to the back of you tongue. I like this one.

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Nice balance, very drinkable.


Photo of MilesRaymond
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a clear amber/copper with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, pine resin, caramel malts, tropical fruits.

Taste - Bold and bitter citrus hops along with pine resin, citrus peel, tropical fruits and biscuity caramel malts. Finishes with a clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall - A beer that does not fail to amaze me, especially since it has been on my "want" list for quite some time. Excellent hop bitterness and flavour by the mouthful.

Photo of pburland23
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a coppery amber with a faint head that quickly recedes and leaves a generous amount of lacing.

In my opinion, Racer 5 is one of the best smelling beers on the market. One whiff revels a cascade of piney and citrus hops aroma. It's the quintessential West Coast IPA aroma.

Taste is highlighted by an aggressive hops bitterness but is balanced out my the malt.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. For a beer topping out at 7.0%, Racer 5 is ridiculously drinkable. In my opinion, this one of the best IPAs available at the moment. It never fails to deliver.

Photo of Sox311
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great West Coast IPA, should have the reputation of Sculpin.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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