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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

6,689 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,689
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 221
Gots: 646 | FT: 8
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 prdstmnky
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes on 9/17/10*

Nice golden pour yields a thick head. A nice array of hop aromas, grapefruit, lemon zest, as well as some floral and pine notes. Very fresh tasting, lots of hops upfront with a decent malt balance - the hops are the standout though, just how I like my IPAs. There is a slightly bitter and dry finish, but remains quite refreshing and drinkable. Solid offering from Bear Republic.

Photo of C_Reid_S
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This *used* to be my favorite beer. Like cars, women, and cheese . . . tastes changes in growth, acquired; this used to be the one.

A good cheap six pack, these days... I get it for most friends, I know enjoyment to prevail, typically.

I feel like this is a true Brown Beer, something you can pull off the shelf, pour into a glass, and piss out knowing itwas't'n joyed.

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

Pours a clear orange/amber with a nice stark white fluffy head that leaves behind good lacing. Nose is pretty much all west coast hops with some slight hops. Taste follows with balls out west coast grapefruit and pine hop flavors. A subtle yet apparent malt presence here that provides a mild sweetness. Some small spice in here, but not much is noticed over the standard west coast hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is just on thick side here for a standard IPA as is the abv. drinkability is quite good. A very slammable IPA. Overall a very good brew, one of the better IPAs around, and one that Im sure would be a staple if it were locally available. Good Beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color. It's got a very nice, foamy one and half finger head. Retention and lacing were good.

Smell: Big piney hops and grapefruit. Other citrus scents are noticeable (a bit of mango, orange, and maybe pineapple). Decent malt presence. Mostly hops and grapefruit. Smells delicious.

Taste: Initially, it's very citrus sweet. The grapefruit really gives it a bitter taste. Hops kick in soon after and only adds to the bitterness. It's nowhere near a DIPA. But, the bitterness is very, very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. Carbonation and abv are pretty much ideal. I really think I could almost session this beer. It's that drinkable. Overall, it's an excellent IPA. Clearly one of favorites in this style. Highly recommended.

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

A: Golden yellow; bubbly with floaties and a decent amount of sediment; head is thin but steady and cream colored; lacing is good

S: Nice citrus hop aroma: grapefruit, orange, lemon rind; a bit of some floral aromatics; also a nice subtle grainy quality from the malt bill; a bit subdued overall though

T: A very nicely balanced IPA; hoppy but not overly bitter; a grainy maltiness but just enough to sit nicely below the star: the grapefruit and citrus from the hops

F: A touch thin on back end but decent overall mouth feel

D: A really well-balanced and drinkable, delicious IPA; kudos again Bear Republic

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

poured light copper, slightly hazy, nice head, great retention, and great lacing.

very floral scents up front. hints of grapefruit and sweet citrus.

very bitter up front and through the finish. hints of white grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and tangerine. slight malt presence at the very end.

very light but full carbonation.

this is one of my favorite IPA's. huge bold flavors but not too huge. i love this.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sunset in a tuli- poured a clear golden/copper color with minimal head, very minimal retention, and some very nice streaky lacing.

Smells of piney hops. A little resiny.

Tastes great- not too bitter but bitter enough and a nice round hop flavor. Pale malt throughout along with a lot of pine hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- not too carbonated but good enough with a light body. Very drinkable ipa- one of the better ones.

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

Nice dark bronze color, very minimal head.

Big citrus hoppy aroma, balanced by the malt. Definite floral and sweetness as well.

Medium body, lots of prickly carbonation. Very crisp floral and citrus hop blend that quickly shows a light caramel sweetness. Becomes slightly bitter in the end and leaves a dry, citrusy aftertaste.

A very nice IPA, more than just the big piney/citrusy IPA's so common.

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

12oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head that retains nicely across the surface and leaves some good lacing behind. The aroma is quite hoppy with fresh grapefruit notes, piney esters, light malt, and a touch of alcohol behind it.

The taste is a assertive piney hop bitterness mixed with a splash of grapefruit citrus that only seems to become more pronounced as it warms. This is nicely balanced by a backbone of sweet bready malt that helps temper all the bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily texture and easy feel to it.

A very solid West Coast IPA. It has a very pronounced hoppiness to it but the citrus element and malt really help keep things in check and make this one hugely sessionable affair.

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

A: Pours out cloudy copper with a thin layer of foamy head on top. The head shows nice lacing on the glass with islands of foam left on top.

S: Big citrusy hops right up front, but not as strong as some other west coast IPAs.

T: Huge grapefruity flavors show up immediately. By mid-mouth, the malt starts to balance out the flavor, but hops dominate throughout.

M: Moderate carbonation helps lift the hop bitterness off the tongue. Overall feel is fairly creamy without being slick.

D: A really refreshing IPA... I could drink several of these tonight ... and just might.

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

This is "just" and IPA??!?!?! All indications lead towards a DIPA. Tons of yeast carbonation, cloudy body and circumference lacing. Pungent orange and citrus flavors, and a nice alcohol kick (DIPA again). Nice and hoppy, slight bitterness towards the end. Chamomile and spice accent its warming alcohol.

Not at all what I was expecting. On the east coast we hear so much about his hop bomb or that "extreme" beer. IMO, this is the one beer that qualifies as both. Great beer.

Photo of bird18
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a great beer bar, was on a weekend pub crawl in western MA and trying numerous IPAs, this was one of my favorites. The color was nice with a good white creamy head and nice flavor. Not as much lacing on the glass as other IPAs I've tried and not quite as hoppy as some beers I tried that weekend but very drinkable. The mouthfeel was a bit lighter than other IPAs but I think that lead to how quickly it went down.

I'm a huge hophead and would quickly order this beer again if I came across it.

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

Split a 22oz bomber with allthetimeineed. Pours a pale amber color, slightly hazy due to dry hopping. Two fingers of white head slowly dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Aroma is hop forward, very flowery, citrusy and somewhat sweet. Flavor to match: floral, citrus, sweet pine and a dry finish. Somewhat heavy mouthfeel with good drinkability. Typical example of the West Coast hop bombs that I love.

Photo of tbraun1
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Bright, hazy golden/orange appearance, minimal head with some lacing as I sipped. A very inviting looking IPA I must say.

S - Getting a little hop spice in there but also some sweet/biscuity malts poking through.

T - Nice hop punch off the bat but the malts in this brew create a wonderful balance. Nice bright hop flavor with a balanced but bitter finish. Delicious.

M - Feels great on the palate, nice carbonation and a clean dry finish.

D - I enjoyed this IPA very much. Was very well crafted and balanced. I could definitely see this becoming a staple in the rotation.

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

A: Poured a clear, bright tangerine orange with a creamy 1 finger macro-bubbly head that was moderately lasting leaving a spotchy lacing. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: a huge sweet pink grapefruity aroma which was smooth and well rounded by nature.

T: sweet/bitter pungent grapefruit that was semi-dry with some dry floral. The hoppiness was very well rounded, grapefruity, and fresh, with a semi-dry floral finish with hints of lemon and sweet citrus, which was incredibly smooth and refined and not at all rough or coarse like others per style. What I really enjoyed was the balance between the bittering/flavor/aroma hopping. The beer had a great strong aroma to start things off. The palate was dominated by the sweet citrusy hop flavor that was very smooth with the bittering hops coming through in the finish, leaving a nice citrusy floral fade on the tongue.

M: medium fullness with a very dry pungent grapefruit and floral hopping and lacing coming through upon warming.

D: Overall great drinkability, even if your not a big hophead. Refreshing, huge citrusy hopping that was very smooth and bitter/sweet, citrusy and dry. Highly recommended.

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

A - Pours a light copper color, with a finger of white head on top that sticks around for a while. The beer is unfiltered, so in addition to hop haze, there are tiny bits of hops suspended in it.

S - Quite a bit of floral and citrus hop aroma coming off it, with a definite alcohol aroma as well.

T - Exceptional taste. Just enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness. A solid toasted cracker flavor in the background to add compexity and amazing hop flavor coming through. I'm getting a lot of floral hops up front with strong grapefruit on the back end.

M - Medium-light body with a fair amount of alcohol heat present. Carbonation complements the beer but doesn't get in the way.

O - One of my favorite IPAs. The malt doesn't add much complexity, and it's not overly bitter, but the hop flavor and aroma is amazingly full.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A. Nice looking IPA pours golden in color with a 1 inch white head that has some staying power.

S. Heavy hops in a mix of delicious fruit. Powerful grapefruit and citrus with some more sweet tropical fruit joining in. Some malt but mostly a showcase of mouth-watering hops.

T. Taste is superb, the hops are not overpowering and there is just enough of a malt backbone to support them.

M. Great medium/light body, smooth and not overly carbonated.

D. Way drinkable, I could polish of a 6 pack easy over a few hours.

This is my go to IPA

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

Racer 5 India Pale Ale has a slightly-cloudy, light-orange colour and a good head and lacing. The smell is quite strong and is mostly of citrussy hops. Some malt is noticable to begin with followed by bitter hops and a delicious citrussy tang. This is a really good IPA.

Photo of tboom29
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big West Coast IPA. This beer was a light copper color, with a huge white fluffy head, with alot of the head clinging to the sides.

This smelled strongly of hops and citrus grapefruit notes were present. A bit of peach throughout as well.

The first sip really coats the mouth with a lot of hop flavor and essence. Balanced by the citrus flavor that was in the nose. There is some malt presence, but make no mistake this one is about the hops. It has a nice medium mouthfeel, and a smooth yet spicy finish. The beer for this review came from a bottle, but I've since tried it on tap and it is even better. Outstanding IPA, stands up well to the likes of Stone.

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

Appearance: Orangish/golden in color, foamy head leaving nice eyecandy lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and piney hops, lovely hop aroma.

Taste: Love the hops here, nice cross between the two hop flavors. Plenty of bitterness. This one is really just for us hopheads.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: For those of us who love hops this thing is going to go down easy and fast. Buy a few of them.

Photo of kk73
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a nice pretty clear honey yellow with a creamy white one finger head. Head slowly disappears into white foam with a little lacing.

S - Smell is of piney, grassy hops and some sweet malt.

T - A piney, grassy, almost spicy hop bite upfront balance with a slightly sweet malt finish. Some alcohol detected.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D - A very good high production west coast IPA. Definite a go to beer if it were available here in the 50th state.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer 5 12oz into snifter

A moderate pour gives a perfectly clear orange body with a half inch
white head. Thins down pretty quickly, bit leaves a thin film and nice
lacing.

Aroma is big time grapefruit. Some ripe peach sweetness as well. Hops
are pungent and powerful in the nose.

Taste comes in layers, grapefruit, pine, peach (among other fruits),
pale malt, and a slightly oily hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and drinkable, with carbonation being on the
lighter side for the style. It doesn't stand out as perfect, but
doesn't seem flawed either. It just works well.

Easy to drink with a solid hop forward flavor and enticing bitterness.
Could easily kick back a few, even at 7% abv.

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of off white head. The color is amber/orange and hazy. The aroma is full of citrus. The caramel malt comes through as well. The taste begins with the citrus flavors. The malt comes through in the middle and I am left with a mild pine bitterness. This is a well balanced beer. I really enjoyed this beer. I will look for it again.

Photo of microbrew52
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy tangerine a little foam cap that laces the glass.
The nose is big with citrusy hops. There's a second variety in there as well, something that gives a slightly more pungeant, earthy aroma. This has great flavor with grapefruit being prominent. The finish is long and increasingly hoppy and the body/mouthfeel is full and buttery smooth.

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

L: Pours a nice clear orange yellow color with a medium bodied and short off white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, a nice citrus aroma, followed by a nice blend of earthy, piney, and citrus-y hop aromas to finish.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts - just the right amount for this beer - followed by a perfectly executed blend of earthy, floral, citrus-y, and some piney hops. It's not too bitter and not overhopped at all.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, the flavors blend well and it's a pretty sessionable IPA.

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,689 ratings.