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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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6,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,262
Reviews: 2,183
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 191
Gots: 491 | 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 jrallen34


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark orange with a white head and decent lacing. THe color is a really pretty orange with and head lastes about 30 seconds.

It smells very bitter, the hops show through with a nice combination of orange and coriander peeking through. Great smell.

This tastes great, nice slow start with a citrus tinge and great smooth finish, with a very very late bitter finish. Wonderful tasting beer. Here.

08-18-2009 01:13:19 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Daehpoh


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours an amber orange color with nice puffy head. Good lacing and retention.
Great floral, piney hop aroma. Caramel malts evident as well. Good depth, not one dimensional.
Taste is just what I'm looking for in an IPA. Fresh, slightly piney hops with just enough malt to provide structure.
Somewhat slick feel, but ends dry.
Quite drinkable even with 7% abv and typical bitterness associated with this style.
This is a great West Coast IPA. Distinctive, substantial and even addicting by some standards. This one gets my recommedation for sure.

05-27-2007 02:27:33 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of brendanbeer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

a. nice amber color body with good head retention and some lacing.

s. smell packs a nice punch. very floral and sweet. fruity with a bit of the hoppy bitterness too.

t. very nice hoppy complexion with surrounding citrusy, fruity, and piny flavors.

m. mouthfeel is nice with hoppy notes balancing with the light body feel.

d. overall really really tasty ipa. bear republic knows what to do when it comes to hoppy brews. check out hop rod rye if your a fan of this, that beer is incredible. but, that this is a review for racer 5, this beer is quite incredible as well. there's a reason for the hype.

12-27-2010 01:12:09 | More by brendanbeer
Photo of Flounder57


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

I poured the bomber into a tulip glass. I have had this beer plenty of times and now have sat down to right a review about it.

Appearance: It pours a golden amber/orange color. A white head of foam is produced when poured into the glass and then the lacing from the foam remains on the glass as it is consumed. There is also a decent amount of carbonation throughout the glass as I am writing this revies.

Smell: The hops dominate with a citrus and piney aroma. There is a slight aroma from the malt used to produce this beer.

Taste: The hoppy bitterness hits the mouth and followed by the piney taste. Finished off with a slight taste of the sweet malt. There is only a slight bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer. Also followed with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. Very easy to enjoy the 22 oz bomber by yourself or with friends. Very easy to consume and given the 7% ABV. A must try for an IPA fan or one looking to try an IPA.

03-07-2011 03:20:42 | More by Flounder57
Photo of jsimon816


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

22oz Bomber - Production date of 10-16-07

A - Semi-cloudy orange rust color with thick creamy head

S - Pleasant not overwhelming hop bouquet

T - Smooth and creamy with hints of grapefruit, soothing hop flavor

M - Mellow with a nice hop finish on the back of the tongue

D - Fantastic IPA, very drinkable. A perfect balance of flavors, great first experience from this brewer. Sonoma wine country has some competition.

12-17-2007 00:53:54 | More by jsimon816
Photo of naterock


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

poours extremely cloudy with unbelievably sticky head. nice golden slightly orange color.

smells extremely hoppy, piney and spicy hops.

wow this is hoppy, but still has a decent balance with the malt. piney hops, tastes a lot like simcoe and cascades.

smooth on the mouth, but a bit oily, a spicyness really helps bring the bitterness to the tongue. easily drinkable but would probably move to something different after a few.

10-10-2008 01:21:11 | More by naterock
Photo of MDDMD


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A-pale golden yellow color with decent white head with good lacing

S-floral and citrus notes with some hints of bitterness

T-citrus and nice floral flavors with good hop finish

F-medium body with good balance and moderate carbonation

O-an excellent IPA with good balance and nice flavor

11-19-2011 01:18:27 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Love this brew the more I drink it. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep amber with a one finger head on a gentle pour. Smell is super fresh hoppy goodness, some pines and other woods. Taste buds get super excited with the brew rolling over my tongue, just the right amount of alcohol, bittering hops, aromic hops, and malts. Highly drinkable for any hophead.

05-09-2008 02:29:40 | More by ballewblake
Photo of ballz50401


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice dense head and moderate carbonation. Strong caramel aromas dance very elegantly with the bright citrusy hops. After a nice palate saturation I get waves of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with some spicy/citrus hop flavor. Mouthfeel feels nice, full, and creamy with a mellow hop bitterness. Love the taste and aroma on this one, more please.

07-18-2010 05:40:08 | More by ballz50401
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

From a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a thick orangey-white head. Persistent lace. Smell is big citrus and floral hops. More sweet smelling than bitter.

Taste is fruity and citrusy. Nice malt backbone to lets the lupulins shine. Hoppy bitterness but lots of more complex flavors in there too. Dandelion and daisy flavors if you can believe it. Grapefuity citrus and a slow assertive lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and rounded hop profile. Very drinkable IPA and refreshingly complex. A good bet for sure.

04-15-2004 01:40:43 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Guiness Pint

Appearance: 1 finger head, nice honey comb head shape with bubbles of foam in peaks. Amber orange color that is slightly hazy.

Smell: Smells fantastic. Almost like Nugget Nectar with the fresh hops aroma comming through. Pine, lemon grass, rosemary, grapefruit.

Taste: tastes very crisp and fresh. Great grapefruit and citrus components. Nice leathery, woody midpalate. All in all a great IPA. Bordering on the level of hops of many DIPAs out there.

Mouthfeel: Nice viscous, sticky texture that coats the palate well.

Drinkability: Solid IPA. Over the top in terms of hops for most IPAs out there and it borders on the flavor and intensity of DIPAs but its delicious so that makes this very drinkable and sessionable.

12-10-2009 02:18:15 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of Walken


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

Bear Republic: Racer 5, India Pale Ale (Tasted 01/27/10)
22 oz. Bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Received as an extra in a trade with Alen, thanks for the fresh goodness man!

Appearance: Hazy golden liquid, like freaking sunshine, I tell you. Loads of bubbles rushing up from the bottom of the glass, feeding the bubbly, fluffy head. Blotches of bubbles chill out on the edges of the glass and the head fades down, but there's still a giant iceberg of foam that stays intact.
Odor: Well rounded citrus aroma, pineapple richness on top of tangy grapefruit with a blanket of resiny, fresh aromas in the background.
Consistency: Smooth and slick, definitely the hop oils are responsible for making this light bodied beer feel like it is on the verge of medium. Carbonation is not as aggressive as the bubbles would lead one to belive, but it's certainly lively and low enough to give a juicy feel.
Taste: Hops make short work of showing their strength, a rush of grapefruity bitterness and flavor with the pungent herbal background noise I expect from the dankest of the dank, Columbus. Some sweet fruitiness from the Cascades in the background. Malt peeks in here and there, white bread, slightly crackery. Finish is long and hoppy, with plenty of bitter resin on the tongue.

Bear Republics strength as a brewery, seems to be getting the most out of their hops. The distinctive qualities of three relatively similar hop varieties all come out in this beer. Love.

01-27-2010 20:02:42 | More by Walken
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

A: A golden/orange amber with some yeasty haze. The head is thick and frothy, and settles slowly to a thin frothy covering overhead. Some nice sheets and rings of lace form down the whole glass.

S: Bold citrus hops. Some faint bready/biscuity malt aroma.

T&M: Pleasant hoppy grapefruit, some grainy biscuit malt, and an earthy, musky and bitter finish. Everything's top-class until the finish--it's just not as pleasant as I would like. Body is medium with a brisk carbonation and a lightly oily feel.

D: Racer 5 is a top-notch American IPA. It's higher ABV and less-than-pleasant finish limit drinkability somewhat, but Racer 5 is still a damn fine example of the style.

06-03-2008 21:49:09 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of GameOfBeers


4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

08-18-2014 17:58:22 | More by GameOfBeers
Photo of hoppheadIPA


4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

08-28-2014 17:26:13 | More by hoppheadIPA
Photo of snarygare


4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

A- nice almost orange like look, good 1 finger head

S- pleasant hoppy scents of grapefruit, pine, a bit of orange

T- not being a huge hop fan this is very nice i must say. Robust mix of hops and some malt..Hops are definitely there and not overbearing. Maybe its the malt balancing it out? Dry in the end..

M- Medium body smooth dry finish

O- This is probably one of the best IPA's I have tried given my taste tends to the maltier styles of beer. I give it two thumbs up for that! Id even buy it again!

01-30-2013 03:12:35 | More by snarygare
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

A: At first glance, I'm a little disappointed by the look of this brew. In a standard pint glass, it looks a little thin, with a see-through golden orange color. A medium-hard pour leaves about a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly. The carbonation looks great, however, as does the thin, thready, lacing the sticks on the side of the glass.

S: Mostly sweet citrus notes come upfront; is is a nice orange and lemon scent. A little bit of oily, pine-y hops support the citrus smell. As with the appearance, the word thin comes to mind. It does not have a big aroma, but it does have a nice aroma.

T: The taste, however, is not thin and this makes this guy quite happy. There is a very delicious balance between the sweet citrus flavors and the pleasant, dry, pine hop tastes. The finish has that nice, lingering dryness that I really enjoy from a quality IPA.

M: A good, warming feel that spreads joy to all parts of the palate. Crisp and refreshing in the mouth.

D: Not a palate-ruining IPA at all and its crisp, clean citrus tastes lead me to believe that I could drink several of these puppies and be pretty joyful.

03-01-2010 01:10:31 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

08-15-2014 19:03:23 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Clear amber pour. Voluminous, creamy, eggshell-white head hangs in there like meringue on a lemon pie. Thick, creamy spider-web lace.
Smell: Holy hops! Olfactory assault of floral and citrus hops, hop oils, piney, toasty malt in the background with a decent whiff of alcohol and breadiness.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied caramel malt followed by a sharp whack of piney/pitchy hops, clean crisp carbonation at the top, bitter/citrus hops dry to the bone leaving a flowery and oily/acidic hop aftertaste. Better balance than implied by the nose.
Drinkability: A superbly balanced IPA. I'll be looking for this again and again.

12-20-2003 00:24:26 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Frothy soapy white head graces the glass by about an inch, but quickly dissipates to leave minimal lacing, more like a fake snow sprayed on the tulip glass.

Strong grapefruit and other citrus on the nose, a decent amount of hop oil and composting grass, just great smelling.

Sweet, with mild barley bread and evenly spaced with hops, nothing too extreme, I expected a good kick from this but it is relatively mild for an IPA. Some ground pepper as well as red pepper and cayenne which is a surprise, as well as the fume promised grapefruit, I might just say this is the damn best IPA I've had in a year, sorry Avery. Just balanced and sweet, like a rose garden in fact I taste rose petals as well.

Great wet and medium heavy mouthfeel, refreshing with a semi light carbonation load.

I would recommend this to all!

02-22-2011 03:22:54 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of tempest


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer looks awesome. As I drink it down, its possibly the best look IPA I ever seen, let alone beer I've seen in the past few months. A hazy orange with white head and lacing all the way down the long weizen glass.

Smell and taste, however, are less amazing. Smells and tastes of west coast hops, very cascade like. Piney, citrus, grapefruit together at once. It was a good and balanced flavor, but lacks the complexity that would make this a great beer. Not overly bitter for the sake of being bitter like some IPAs, it earns it bitterness and flavor.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had no idea this was 7%, felt like any other good IPA. If I had this all night, I might end up on the floor.

05-09-2006 04:21:34 | More by tempest
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle

Pours a light clear amber with minimal head. Nose is mostly grapefruit, big citrus aromas. Taste is floral on the sip, smell transfers to the taste with a big citrus bomb flavour which leaves a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, medium bodied. Drinks really well, I was expecting alot more from the appearance; kinda let down by a weak head/pour. Gonna retry the second bottle I bought with a more aggressive pour. Otherwise this is a great tasting citrus flavoured forward IPA.

12-23-2010 00:14:38 | More by heebes
Photo of alleykatking


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Got this in a trade with Pecorasc. Thanks for everything once again Sam! Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice hazy almost burnt orange color. Good size 1 1/2 finger cloudy white head that stayed around for a short bit. Nice streaking lacing on the sides of the glass. Wonderful looking beer.

S- This IPA leans more toward bright citrus (grapefuit and orange) hop tones right off the bat. I really enjoyed the front end of this one. More earthy piney hops come crashing in the nose after the first citrus hops. Some light bready sweet malt backbones comes and goes during a sniff. This is quickly overtaken by hops almost right away though.

T- This is a nice tasting IPA. Something I haven't had in a while...just a nice tasting IPA. Citrus hops make the first apperance fast and strong...this is followed by a quick flash of piney resiny hops. The malt backbone comes through a little more in the middle to ending of this beer. It makes with a nice bready balance. The ending has some bitter hops to it...and they last!

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Nice hop resin left on the palate and on the teeth. Citrus and piney hops left on the palate and deep into the aftertaste. Crisp in most aspects during drinking. Very clean tasting.

D- This was was a very drinkable IPA. I was actually quite shocked as to how much I enjoyed this beer. The drinkability on this is good but not over the top. After about 3 of these I would like to move onto something else.

01-30-2010 06:04:12 | More by alleykatking
Photo of EgadBananas


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Light golden in color, big fluffy 2+ finger head that sticks around for the duration.

Smell is very floral, bitter, with some grapefruit and slight malts.

Taste is in your face bitter, earthy, with some sweet citrus and floral notes. Can't really ask for much more!

Feel is solid medium in body. An easy "good".

This is a perfectly balanced, and superbly drinkable IPA.

09-01-2010 00:11:49 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of DontCallMeSurly


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

I got this in a trade a few weeks back but I can't remember who sent it so I can't give the proper recognition. Whomever it was, thank you very much.

As this beer pours from a 12 oz bottle I'm immediately greeted with a wonderful pine-like aroma. I can't wait to settle into this one. As I finish pouring I am left with an inch of tiny micro-bubbled foam, reminiscent of egg whites. Retention lasts less than a minute. Lacing is nice and sticky. AS expected the piney hops are very evident in the aroma. This has a really mellow flavor profile with a nice bitter bite at the end. Slightly carbonated with an oily feel that coats your entire mouth. Very nice. I'm sure I'll be cracking open a few of these over the next few months!

06-26-2008 03:04:54 | More by DontCallMeSurly
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,262 ratings.