Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,226 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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
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Reviews: 2,226 | Hads: 7,100
Photo of slusk
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Great head stand.

S:Floral hop aroma with grapefruit, apricot, some mild pine and citrus. The malt filters through the hop aroma with a pilsner and wheat like aroma.

T: Nice hop flavor with apricot, pine and some lemon zest. A malt peeks through with a light caramel, orange and sweet bread character. There is a tinge of alcohol but not overpowering. The floral hop fills the nose as you drink, then a flash of malt sweetness followed by a delayed bitterness that is very much balanced to the hop aroma. Not a powerful bitterness but smooth. The finish is dry with a lingering citrusy bitterness.

M: Medium body, a little slick on the palate with a moderate carbonation. The 7.5% abv gives a pleasant warming late in the finish.

O: A very well done IPA. Smooth balanced bitterness and hop aroma. Surprisingly less bitterness in the finish for an IPA. Nice clean malt profile. A complex and highly drinkable beer. It's an IPA in the beginning but more like an APA in the finish. Love this beer. (1,048 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Half finger white head sitting on a hazy, unfiltered looking brew. Fine sediment, light/fine carbonation, body appears medium – lacing is moderate and retention is good.

S: Sweet and resinous simultaneously, strong presence of grapefruit with undertones of pineapple and mango. Somewhat of an astringent aroma that is clean as well as mildly dry. Light agitation coaxes out a sterile lemon zest with notes of pine.

T: Clean taste, lemon and grape fruit provide a crisp astringency. Pine needle presents toward the middle mouth and dominates the resinous feel. The middle mouth packs a lot of citrus zest and is drier than I expected. Sweetness arises on the palate as the beer warms, letting on mild notes of mango, honey, and muddled mint leaf. Quite bitter, but well balanced, even a bit tart. The finish has hints of coriander and ginger; hop florals and freshly cut grass.

M: Medium to light body, fine carbonation, good balance between juicy and dry – aftertaste has a coriander soapiness and is again rather dry. Pretty decent drinkability

O: If I did a blind tasting of this, I would think it’s a solid IPA. That being said, I had heard some pretty high praise of this beer and I don’t know that I completely vibe with that. Good drinkability, good full flavor, but I was looking for a juicier palate. Overall, I like this beer, and I like it better warmer. (1,410 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$8.60 plus deposit for a 650 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station. This liquor store advertises a selection of over 200 bomber of craft beer, and yes, it is a pretty good selection. I was already in the mood for IPA when I noticed their helpful list of top-rated IPAs that they carry. Based on the list, I picked out this one and a few others.

This beer pours a murky amber with one finger of head. The aroma is fairly mild, fruity and sweet, with a bit of orange, but not heavy on citrus or pine, like many IPAs. It's maybe a bit floral. Overall, on the milder side.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat. I see that the alcohol content is 7%, and after drinking half a bottle, I feel that, but it doesn't taste like it. (733 characters)

Photo of natron002
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle coded 1/10/15 poured into a goblet. Deep orange-gold with slight haze from yeast in the bottle. Orange/citrus hop aroma with pine, somewhat subdued, with Chico yeast twang. Little malt character. More pine as it opens up. Tastes similar to its aroma, then almost pine-sol like hops burst through after initial balance. Aggressive bitterness, long hoppy finish. Medium-full mouthfeel. I would love a little more hop aroma and slightly less bitterness, and less of the yeast character. (497 characters)

Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Dank, pine and citrus.

Taste - Citrus, malt and pine.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Overall - Nice west coast IPA

Grade (B+) (184 characters)

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a consistent good beer. Had it on tap and bottle/Glass. Always nice color and lacing. The smelly is very fresh, citrus, grapefruit, some pine. Good medium taste with just the perfect easy bitter finish not overwhelming at all. I find it a bit similar to Firestone Union Jack IPA. (287 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Nothing but positive notes about this one. Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with a fluffy head. Aroma has citrusy hops and is fantastic. taste of piney hops with a nice dose of citrus. carbonation is medium and overall this beer has a great hop and citrus balance. one of my favorites of the last year (301 characters)

Photo of hornet303
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great goto IPA. Had 2 kegs this year on tap and always a fan favorite.

Hoppy and bitter but very well balanced with malt to smooth it out.

Its a high caliber IPA bit also is a great value. $156 for 15 gallons is a steal. I suggest it to anyone who is a fan of west coast IPA's and can fet their hands on it.

Cheers! (323 characters)

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

A cloudy amber/orange pour with an attractive but quickly dissipating head. A fresh scent of tangerine and lemon. A light and drinkable beer with a nice combination of tangerine (following the nose) and grapefruit. An excellent IPA which I will seek out again and hope to try on tap someday. Thanks Monty in AZ for this one. (324 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Orange with a nice, thick white head. Everything about the look is bad ass, especially the unfiltered snow globe in the glass; awesome! Lacing is excellent!
Smell - citrus hop aroma with some noticeable oily hops. Some toasted malt presents itself underneath the hops!
Taste - lots of hop flavor, but the strength of the malts provides enough of a calm biscuit flavor that lasts!
Feel - bitterness from the hops linger but never overcomes the balance from the malt!
Overall - a classic IPA that will please any IPA fan! (573 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this beer has so much Cali IPA stamped all over it

A- Transparent lager light honey, maybe a touch darker than that. Medium head, cloud white in color. Medium retention, no legs as the head sticks to the glass on the way down.

S- Watery cascade, centennial; etc hops. Very light malt in background which makes me happy. Pine lemon zest in background.

T- The 4 C's hops are blowing up this Cali-style IPA. A bit of watery void that lends a break from the hops. Nice balance here.

M- Carb does not make this creamy nor harsh; just right in the middle. Bit of a hop sting that most Cali IPA's tend to have.

O- A very well balanced IPA that is very sessionable (sorry) (673 characters)

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: bottle at home
Appearance: dark yellow, almost orange hue
Smell: nice hops, not overpowering
Taste: great hop presence with bitterness, but balanced well with excellent malt backbone.
Overall: west coast IPA, but mellowed with nice malt backbone. Not my favorite IPA, but can see why people rave about it. Totally hides the alcohol, would never know its on the high end. (379 characters)

Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from bottle. Bought a sixer of this good stuff.

A- Pours a light, yellow-gold color. Medium sized head, well-carbonated when poured.

S - Fresh, hoppy, typical IPA smell. Again, citrus notes.

T - Typical IPA hoppy, fresh, citrus-y. very west-coast. Malt taste at the backend.

MF- Good carbonation, feels fresh in the mouth. Maybe a bit tangy.

A real west-coast IPA. Excellent! (401 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Golden/orange in color with a two finger large bubble head on the pour. Yeast is present, as stated on the bottle. Bottle has best by date of 9/2014.

s. I get yeast, bread, a bit of pine and a bit of sweet citrus.

t. Strangely, the smell is stronger than the taste. Taste is a bit mellow, but rather good - just not strong. Yeast/malt on the front and pine - hoppy in the back. The 7.5 ABV is hidden well. Activating the yeast every once in a while is a good thing to do with this beer.

m. Mouthfeel was very good.

o. Lots to like about this beer. Truly outstanding - will look to try more Beer Republic offerings. (621 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After over a decade of drinking this fine beer I have finally come around to rating this great, all-around, classic, West Coast IPA.

A - Outstanding
S - Outstanding
T - Outstanding
M - Outstanding
O - Outstanding

One of the prototypes of the West Coast IPA.

For me, this is a solid, classic, go-to IPA. (305 characters)

Photo of RickFromArizona
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're rating this IPA sub-4, your taste buds are garbage. Great f***ing IPA. This is a top ten IPA if you know or drink them regularly. This is an example of why American micro-brewmasters are mad scientists who challenge the industry at large with a Steve Jobs cockiness of giving you what they like knowing that you'll love it too. (337 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

#8 Best by 8/5/2014
Estimated calories - 225/12oz

Purchased through Lets Pour
Price - $7.40/220z bomber

Pours hazey orange with a frothy 2" head with strong suds that disappear in slow motion. Heavy lacing outlines the pour line and decorates the glass. This is a fine example of how a quality IPA should look, impressive.

The smell is initially malt heavy with an underlying scent of citrus fruit. As it warms, it begins to toy with your nose bouncing between floral, caramel and citrus notes. I cant quite nail down the dominate scent which is driving me nuts.

The flavor is top notch with mango, orange and spices draped over a caramel background. Amazing balance between a sweet and bitter sensation, very well done.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style and the high light of my experience. Sweet upfront followed by a period of grapefruit bitterness which lingers just long enough before I thirst, followed by a warm dry finish which draws the curtains, amazing...

Impressive example of the style with just the aroma holding it back from outstanding all around. (1,071 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; clear gold, thin layer of head that actually retains pretty well.

smell; very mild citrus and malt.

taste; pretty sweet, for an IPA. pine and citrus are upfront with lots of malt in the backbone.

mouthfeel; medium body, quite creamy, very mild carbonation.

overall; not bad, worth the 5.99 i paid for it. but wouldn't buy again. just too ordinary (362 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unfiltered light golden yellow color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Hoppy, citrusy, a little pine and resin, and some toasted malt backbone

Taste: Starts with the hops, citrus, pine, and resin. Good amount of bitterness, spot on for the style. Decent toasted malt backbone, with some caramel in there.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: A solid IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear yellowish copper color. This offering is slightly effervescent with a finger of fluffy head that seemed to linger forever and left rings of lace behind reminiscent of a nitro-tapped beer. The malt profile seems solid, if not remarkable and the hoppiness is good for a single IPA.

This offering does suffer from an odd trace of booziness which makes it less drinkable than some higher ABV DIPAs that I’ve sampled in the past. (450 characters)

Photo of Reeks
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was fairly new to the craft beer world when I was introduced to Racer 5. That was over 6 years ago and this beer has been a staple in my rotation.
It has a harsh bite at first sip. Nothing subtle about the boldness of its flavor.
The texture gets stickier as the temperature drops. Its very sweet and bitter all at once and leaves a very hoppy after taste. (360 characters)

Photo of Jnashed
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in a simple pint glass. Date on bottle 10/30/13, so maybe a bit dated for an IPA but kept in a cool fridge.

A: cloudy pale orange. Moderate head and retention

S: biggie and citrus notes. Muted compared to others but maybe because of age on it. Still lots of orange rind and piney notes

T: yum.... Solid pine hop notes upfront with resin on the back end. Some fruit but not as fruity as many newer IPAs. Nice malt balance though.

M: nice full body and moderate carbonation.

O: Soild if not exceptional. Hits all the right notes of a good West coat IPA which of course it is. (593 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L: light gold ... yellow-gold with just hint of amber up to light; not 100% clear (bottle-conditioned debris?) but mostly clear; big 1-inch head or more of mostly white foam, really sticks and a bit of lacing

S: grapefruit; some definite malt and grain, pretty sweet

T: citrus, grapefruit; some grain in there, and for an IPA, there is a lot of malt trying like hell to push through all that bitter hoppy hops ... impressive

F: smooth and watery, almost silky ... the bottle conditioning possibly could use a bit more time to push the CO2 into this thing -- it's not bad at all but watery all the same

O: I could deal with this beer any day of the week, but with that said, there are other IPAs I enjoy more. I can see why this is considered by many to be a classic, for it's easy drinking and plenty tasty -- and the bitter bite here is not a crazy in-your-face deal that ruins your palate. (933 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

well balanced bitey Ipa. had fresh, enjoy by 8/24. from tulip glass. orange color, white head, smell travels , piney, mango, citrus, resin, dankness. flavor has all the bitterness it needs, fruitry citrusy and fresh , clean. lovin this, wish I picked up a whole case (266 characters)

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

Look isn't anything special, orange in color. Typical look for an ipa. Malty with a hoppy aroma . . . Go figure. What this beer lacks in appearance and aroma it makes up for in taste. Oranges and other citrus flavors with a excellent bitter finish. Smooth and a good amount of carbonation. I like this brew alot. It's an easy drinker but still hoppy and bitter enough to make most hopheads happy. Racer 5 is one of those ipa's that got me over the ipa hump so to speak. (469 characters)

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