Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,226 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 2,226
Hads: 7,100
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 284
Gots: 949 | 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:
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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Racer 5 India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,226 | Hads: 7,100
Photo of JerryT
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow I am loving this IPA. It's a beautiful hazy golden color, and laces the glass nicely.
Wonderfully flavorful and Bursting with that floral, citrusy, hoppy taste I crave. Now among my top beer choices. (205 characters)

Photo of AceDBaby
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Beer. My buddy Ben turned me onto the Racer. We found it at this little hole in the wall store in Maryland. I don't think they even knew what they had because it was the only quality beer they had. One of my best afternoons was spent drinking this beer with my boy Ben. Heres to you big guy! (308 characters)

Photo of raidertony
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had one of these for the first time,I drank a stone enjoy by(2/14/15)just a little 2 hours before, and I gotta tell you its right up there pound for pound,really really tasty,not to bitter just perfect with a little bit of sweetness awesome fucken beer for $4.99..BTW the stone was $7.99..if I had to pick one I might just pick racer 5 just by a little cuz the price Lol.cheers everyone. (392 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Total Wine, Tampa.

A: Looks like cloudy yellow sunburst!

A: Smells of hops. Centennial hops, if I'm not mistaken and perhaps Simcoe with the tropical fruit.

F: Tastes of tangy tangerine zest upfront that goes to pineapple syrup and finishes with a bitter piney-ness. Layered with some hints of papaya and passionfruit.

M: Really smooth, probably slightly lower carbonation than most IPAs, but within the realm.

O: I give it an A. It's a bright, easy-drinking, über sweet IPA. My only qualms are that the syrupy sweetness is a little too lingering, as I prefer a cleaner, dryer, style. (603 characters)

Photo of mamaraza
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I hadn't picked up one of these before. Its like a party you go to and only know one person there. Then that one person leaves so you don't really know anyone but you're too drunk to leave yourself so you end up sitting in a corner just waiting to sober up. Good stuff. (282 characters)

Photo of snilsen13
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freaking massive! After starting your pint wondering what you've gotten yourself into and you finish ordering another. This beer is special. This hits a limit for how bitter yet delicious a beer can be at this ABV. (217 characters)

Photo of JV-NH
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big hoppy west coast thing. Got some yeast to it...yum. Along with some bigger bubbles that takes away from the potential creamy feel i love. I'll be back. (163 characters)

Photo of avwrite
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The IPA for non snobs. Always reliable and smooth going down. Easily accessible to those who don't normally drink IPA's, and is quite common. You get way more than what you pay for. (184 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a white head. Smells of light flowery citrus. Grapefruit up front, grassy/earthy medium body with nice citrusy resinous aftertaste. (157 characters)

Photo of awayne56
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours golden with a 3 finger head that dissipates quickly/
S: The best part is the aroma which is very citrusy, orange and lemons dominating.
T: Very hoppy up front with a dry finish dominated by pine. Very minimal sweetness if any.
F: Overall mouth feel is light, which is a mirage given the 7.5% ABV.it is refreshing and smooth. Slight burn, in a good way.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer. Tastes, bright, crisp, and clean. If you like your IPA to be hop forward with minimal malt presence, you will love Racer 5. (522 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a bottle that isn't old and has a legible date.

Clear orange with a fluffy two finger white head. Leaves plenty of lace.

Lovely sweet citrus fruit smell to it. Orange and grapefruit with some pine.

Old school west coast thing going on with grapefruit and pine. Little but of bready malt. Bitterness is there with a medium body and carbonation.

I feel like this almost sessionable until I realize it's 7.5%. Nice flavor and a pronounced bitterness that isn't out of control. (493 characters)

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Pretty good beer.
Light head, transparent golden color.
Hoppy, zingy acidity, citrus.
Long, relatively intense, bitter finish.
Not a favorite (Bell's Two Hearted kicks its butt) but far from bad. (195 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Reviewed October 2013.

Color is hazy straw with a nice white head. Aroma is citric and tropical. Flavor is balanced with a bite of hops on the palate backed by a caramel malt. Finish is bitter and lingering. Delicious (223 characters)

Photo of JustShutUpStupid
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

I don't like the Speed Racer label but looks are not important when drinking beer. Like other people I have gravitated to drinking this beer on regular basis. This is definitely one of top taste, ABV, price and always cold beers at the store where I am at in California. Please don't change anything with this beer. Enough said. Enjoy. Update, still drinking it and other beers. Nothing has changed, still the best of the best based on taste, ABV and price. (458 characters)

Photo of IKR
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Appearance: Slightly hazy light-amber color with a generous-sized white head that slowly faded. This is a good looking IPA.

Smell: Piney and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose. I also pick up some mild bready aromas.

Taste:The pine and citrus aromas carry over to the taste. The pine notes are slightly more upfront than the citrus notes. There is a mild sweetness in the finish. This beer is not as bitter as some IPAs in the finish.

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA that I wish had a little bit more crispness in the finish. (603 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best by 05/23/2015?? - poured into a tulip pint)

L: ragged mess of bubbly suds atop a mildly-hazy, yellow-amber liquid

S: corn flakes with strawberries... orange-flavored lip stick... subtle hint of fresh pale malt between the lines... mild undercurrent of lemon and a flower patch at the bottom

T: spicy, hoppy hops with lemon zest, a peck of freshly-chopped garlic, followed by a softly-screaming rush of cleansing, medicinal alcohol in the finish... speaking of which, the finish leaves a nice, clean-swept dryness... maybe a hint of sweetness around the edges, but the soft sizzle of grassy, woody bitterness keeps its transmission scrambled... the pale malt, with just a hint of light crystal, does eventually built a nest in the mid-front of the palate, with a perfumy booze washing each sip away

F: clean, with a bit of lean muscle on the body... approaching medium-bodied... like a fistful of hops packed into the glass - medium-volume astringency from the tannins

O: I could see this going well with spicy, peanut-y Thai food - nice match of flavors... very much a quintessential, typical N Cali IPA... too easy to drink (1,135 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, lightly hazed, with a large yellowish-white head. Ample, piney C-hop aroma. Flavor is aggressive and hop-forward, as promised, without being harsh or bitter. Pretty well balanced, with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Just a little bit to the left of fully and dangerously drinkable. (358 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass beer mug.

A: Pours a transparent golden yellow with a good amount of carbonation. 2 finger head that settles to a nice cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Fruity/Citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and orange peel with a faint bit of malt.

T: Big citrus hop flavors of grapefruit and orange with some malt behind it to balance it all out. Slight biscuity flavor.

M: Very clean and crisp. Extremely drinkable with just the right amount of carbonation. Well balanced with minimal bitterness.

O: To me, this is the quintessential IPA. Clean, crisp, refreshing, and very, very drinkable. This beer is balanced extremely well and I am a big fan of the hop profile. I can drink this over and over again, and I try to have it in my fridge at all times. (802 characters)

Photo of GrimGuzzler
4/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Cloudy, golden-yellow pours to a creamy head with active bubbles. Quickly dissipates and leaves fizzing lacing.

S - Nose full of yeasty sap and citrus pine pitch. Mild esters leave more to be wanted.

T - A musty, tangy syrup of biting hops and aged straw. Gentle yet full bodied malts balance the crisp pine hops to leave a wave of rolling flavors.

M - Light nectar slides off the tongue with small bubbles. The drink has weight - each sip counts.

O - A solid, balanced drink that keeps you calmly engaged. (515 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pale goldern orange with thin white head, leaving lacing
S- Sweet malt, pIney hops, citrus
T- Really well balanced hops and malt. A mellow piney hops
M- Smooth and easy drinking due to the lack of sharp acid

O- pretty tasty (264 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%

Bomber poured into a Sam Adams glass

Clear, golden amber with a steady stream of bubbles. Two finger white foam cap settles to a frothy, half finger lid with great lacings. Looks great.

Aroma of citrus with a hint of floral.

Slight , crisp bitterness on the tip of the tongue quickly leads to a full mouth of hoppy flavor at the middle of the tongue. Smooth hoppy finish.

Suds up well in your mouth, smooth finish.

Very good beer and available all over my area. Don't remember the price, but, it was relatively inexpensive. (532 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Lightly cold hazy (my friend’s that was not as cold was almost transparent), golden yellow with greenish tinge—light foamy head leaves faint ring throughout drink 3/3
S: Grassy and citrusy, but not all that strong 9/12
T: Citrusy middle rounded out with floral notes, with alcoholic tinge throughout, finish is a grapefruity hang 15/20
F: Astringent throughout, light carbonation 4/5
Overall: Perhaps Racer 5 was aggressive when it was first brewed 15-some-years-ago, but this is now a quite pleasant and subdued alternative to the hop-assaults on the market today 7/10
Total = 38/50 (590 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Eureka Burger Fresno

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden yellow with a nice creamy off white head that laces very well.

S: Big sweet tropical fruit and citrus hops with a little malt in the background.

T: Follows the nose, pineapple orange and grapefruit, a little pine in there, all well balanced with malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

O: My go to brew. Deliciously drinkable. (419 characters)

Photo of Hophazzard
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an oustanding beer. It's everything I want in an IPA. It's hoppy with a malty back bone. There's a hint of citrus and pineapple. just love it. This has become my go to beer. I always keep some on hand. If there is ever anyone who says they've never had an IPA or they don't like IPA, this is the beer for them to try. A true classic that shows what a west coast IPA is all about. (387 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer almost looks like an unfiltered Belgian white, except it is a little more translucent. Slight orange tinge with a small white head
S: Could not smell too much besides the decent dose of hops
T: Almost exactly how I want an IPA to taste. Not overly bitter, not overly hoppy, with the right amount of malts to keep it tasting like a normal IPA. Smooth and extremely drinkable, especially for a 7.5% abv. Nice biscuit-y flavor that is mellow but hoppy enough at the same time. One of the most perfect balances of malts and hops in any IPA I have had
M: Crisp, but not too much of a bite. Very smooth
O: One of my favorite IPA's and one of the most drinkable Indian Pale Ales there is. Everyone should try it at least once (730 characters)

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,226 ratings.