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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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6,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,397
Reviews: 2,190
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 202
Gots: 541 | 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 JHamm
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice golden orange tone. clear but rich in appearance.

Smell- very fruity. huge smell of pineapple and citrus.

Taste- not as hoppy as other IPAs I've tried but really balances well with a rich malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- not too oily but leaves a nice coating in the mouth. citrus like flavor dominates with an undertone of floral hops

Drinkability- extremely smooth and pleasant. very well balanced.

JHamm, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of dpcoz
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5

A - amber/ copper complexion, hazy appearance, two fingers of an alabaster head that fades away

S - sweet malts, strong citrusy hops, some piney hops as well

T - intriguing balance between the sweet of the malts and the bitter of the hops; neither is dominant yet both are easily identifiable. Grapefruit and pine bring the hops while a light Carmel comes out in the malts. 

M - medium body, again, excellent balance, light hop and sweet at the beginning, finish is slightly bitter. Warming finish Diego the ABV.

D - this isn't going to be a hophead's delight, still, this is an interesting West Coast take on an IPA. great balance, attractive combination of hops and malts and at $5 for a 22oz bomber, it's not going to break the bank. Racer 5 may become a new standby on my list!

dpcoz, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Smokee
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great smelling. Hoppy, floral, biscuit.
Poured into a red wine glass, the head dissipated fairly quickly but left some decent lacing. I got my nose in again, some butter, plenty of malt as well.

Taste was excellent, balanced, full mouth feel some hoppy crispness at the front, and an almost truffley taste.

Overall very good.

Smokee, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn... had one all typed it out and it was wiped out.

Anyway, poured from a 22 oz. into a pint glass... milky orangeish color with a creamy 2-finger or so head. The aroma is mostly hops, but also some sweet citrus breaking through. The taste is more of the same, very well balanced.

This is probably my favorite Bear Republic offering to date, and one of my favorite IPAs as well.

theboozecruise, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of tjsprague
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a nice dark golden orange color with a pale white head. Nice carbonation bubbles trailing the sides of the glass.

The first thing i noticed when I opened the bottle was a nice floral aroma of hops. The beer keeps putting out a pleasant floral hop aroma from the glass.

The taste is excellent. An excellent hop bitterness throughout the whole sip. A nice malt background. Finishes with a strong hop bite.

Mouthfeel is resiny from the hops and slightly bitter.

I would drink this beer over and over, a great American IPA

tjsprague, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to shaebs99 for this 22 oz bottle.

A: Crystal clear golden under a pretty impressive white head. A great looking beer indeed.

S: Nice citrusy hops. Zesty grapefruit and oranges with a hint of lemon. Excellent candy-ish type character to it. Some piney elements as well. Just a really great hop aroma.

T: Good balance. Great citrus fruitiness up front ends in a very surprising bitter finish that one may not quite have expected given the up front citrus character. Bitterness preceeded slightly by an earthy hop taste.

M/D: Light on the palate and just a little watery. Carbonation is a tad high but that doesn't spoil the experience at all. This is definately something that I could down many pints of given the chance.

NCSUdo, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 India Pale Ale
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.00 %

Had this with a buddy in Puerto Rico during a visit in 1/2010. There is a budding craft distribution market starting up in PR, and it was nice to see this on the island.

This brew surprised me as a very approachable IPA for non hopheads. It has a very solid malty backbone with noticeable hops for support in IPA fashion. It reminded me a full body amber with the hop schedule dialed up to IPA status. Malty sweet without being cloying. I enjoyed this brew much more than I expected.

unclejimbay, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Rumrunner
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

This is a very nicely created IPA.

A dusky bright amber. Some elements floating in my glass. A huge frothy white head. Very good lacing. Scents are floral and fruity. Hops are mild. A nice malty quality to the scent.

Nice bitter hop bite at first. Then it mellows in to a fruit taste. Some sweet lemon. A malty ending that is smooth compared to the hop bitterness at first.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied. A little density to this IPA. It drinks very easy. A very minor syrup quality to the feel of the IPA. A well thought out and complex IPA. I'll have another.

Rumrunner, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap with my lunch at RedBones on March 2. Poured a slightly brown-tainted orange. Thin white head that was a result of the batender's pour. Some spots of lace. Nose was fruitily hoppy--citrus and apples. really rose out of the glass nicely.

Flavor was a classic Californian IPA. Lods of hops up front that was loadied full of sun-warmed fruit. Oranges, lemons, apples and pears. The bitterness was balanced erfectly by a nice malty background. Actually, it was maltier than I was expecting from its appearance. Very full mouthfeel. Juicy and chewy. that 7%ABV really snuck up on me too. I could have staed at RBs all afternoon sipping a couple pints of this beer.

MuddyFeet, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of a lot of citrus hops a great scent

T - Starts off with those wonderful hops and gets balanced by the malts sweetness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink IPA another solid beer from Bear Republic that I can't say anything bad about

armock, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of kevanb
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really nice color, reminiscent of an orange peel. Nice head, a bit foamy, but really welcoming. Nice texture, you can definitely see the sediment floating around in the glass.

S: Smells incredible, grapefruit is really prominent as well as a lot of floral notes with underlying hop aroma. I could just smell this beer all day.

T: Citrus, a nice tang of grapefruit but an enjoyable sweetness of an orange or tangerine right off the bat, but with a nice amount of hop flavor, amply bitter, but really balanced.

M: Crisp and sharp at the start. Carbonated, yet more emphasis on the full texture. Super smooth going down.

O: Really amazing brew, certainly one of the best IPAs from California, and it's on tap pretty much everywhere I've been that has a decent beer menu here in LA. Really top notch beer and I am looking forward to finishing this 6 pack this week.

kevanb, May 02, 2011
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
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,397 ratings.