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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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5,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 5576
Reviews: 2157
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%

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 Scoobydank


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:Brownish orange color with a thick white full head that sticks around.
S:I pick up a hint of candied apricots mixed in with brown sugar sweet malt
T:Resiny sticky hops that are very floral immediately. At the end there is an awesome candy sweetness.
M: Fills my mouth with full fat bubbles.
D:Another great example of a great IPA baby.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 20:18:13 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of praufs01


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy amber with a nice creamy, pillow like tan head. This is one good looking brew.

Aroma - Sugar and pink grapefruit

Mouthfeel - Light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Fruity, grapefruit and orange zest, that rests on a nice malty base.

Overall - Wow! One of the best well balanced IPA's I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 00:04:15 | More by praufs01
Photo of mempath


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is just fine, nothing 'special' but nice, nearly clear golden. settles very fast, very little if no lacing

smell steps up the ante...a nice floral-herbal sense

taste etc places all the cards on the table...slam! not overly hoppy at all, but quite a punch with a continued herbal sense keeps the balance in tow. glad i have the big bottle to savor and further unravel the mystery. the expected grapefruit is more like a fresh, slightly grilled grapefruit. something a bit caramelized or something. i really love the unique malt-hop twang that is at once creamy sweet and tangy bitter.

the moderate ABV will keep this from being a deep session brew (as well as it richness)...quite drinkable, esp. for the hopsters...but one i'd rather savor over several hours (as i am doing now)

very recommended. i really scored on my brew hauls this past weekend. can't wait to try the rye hop rod from Bear Republic

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 23:16:11 | More by mempath
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bomber at fridge temperature into a tulip glass.

A-Slightly veiled apricot with a creamy eggshell head that settles rapidly with some decent attractive lacing.

S-Pungent, delicious perfumey citrus hops, with a whiff of malt.

T-Sweet malts balanced by floral and citrus hops with a nice drying hop twang on the back end. Remarkably well balanced in every way. This is one hell of a nice tasting brew, and could very well be the best tasting IPA I have ever had. I keep debating whether to give this a 4.5 or a 5 on the taste, but the 5 wins out due to the sheer balance of this beer. You must hand it to Bear to not to make the IBU's steal the show here.

M-Medium, but slightly chewy, well balanced carbonation and mouthfeel.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. Big flavor without the big ABV. My "go to" IPA, session brew, cooler filler. There are better IPA's out there, but none so drinkable as this.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 19:37:02 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of tyanow


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am addicted to Racer 5. I recently called Bear Republic to arrange for some kegs and I told the lady who works there about my addiction. She replied, "I hear that a lot".

Lighter than expected orangish yellow with a nice puff head that lingers and laces.

Overwhelming (in a good way) citrus hop aroma. Distinctly grapefruit and a slight pine note. The taste is a lot more hop than malt but both are very apparent. The word that always comes to mind is fresh.

It is crisper than you'd imagine a 7% beer to be.

This is a bold beer but remarkably drinkable.

I am not a huge hophead - or should I say I wasn't before Racer 5. In my mind this is right up there with Pliny.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 03:20:00 | More by tyanow
Photo of BigMike


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz nonic glass.

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with alot of yeasty floaties.
A bubbly two fingers worth of white head.

Smell is off the hook with this one. SO many different aromas hitting my nose at once. Pineapple, orange, floral, mango, spice and herbs. major hops going on here.

Nice! This one is a real HOP BOMB and i love it. Taste is just like the smell says and more. Tons of wonderful hop bitterness.

Verygood mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation. A bit of hop oiliness on the tongue.

Drinkability is great with this one. Its got everything i love in a beer going on. This is one i will be having again, and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 01:59:39 | More by BigMike
Photo of trappistlover


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my favorite IPA. It has everything that I expect from an IPA without being "extreme'/ 'imperial'/ 'double": a nice fruity aroma which explodes with great hop flavor. In spite of the hoppiness, it maintains a nice malt balance. I love it!!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:47:08 | More by trappistlover
Photo of yesferro


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a surprise box from an BA'er here who's screen name I don't know.

Pours a light orange with a little bit of head, beautiful! Smells very citrussy, little hoppy but overal extremely inviting. Tastes so many things at once, buttery, citrus, hoppy ooo this is nice! There is an alcohol kick toward the end that I didn't expect but it's not bothersome at all. Overal a great beer, wish we could get it in MS!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:43:24 | More by yesferro
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Light golden amber color, very clear, 2 finger off white head upon a slightly vigorous pour.

S: A bouquet of fruity, floral, and citrusy hops burst forward. Getting whiffs of sweet applesauce. Smells really good.

T: Same fruity/floral hop flavors up front with a good amount of malt to balance it all out. Slight bitter twang on the end.

M: Slightly creamy, medium bodied, somewhat light on the carbonation, extremely drinkable.

O: For a standard IPA, it doesn't get much better than this. Perfectly balanced and hoppy in all the right ways. This is the kind of IPA that you keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 05:17:29 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of Dieseljaxx


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic rarely disappoints. They are one of the most consistent breweries going and definitely have an appreciation for hoppy beers. This beer has a wonderful color, smells delicious and the taste meets those expectations. This is a tasty IPA that provides that crisp hoppiness you get with a good IPA but doesn't overwhelm the palate. This beer is very drinkable and should be consumed often.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:18:51 | More by Dieseljaxx
Photo of fsvan


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap Millers Pub in Chicago....Drive by mobile review.

A- Nice orange in color

S- Citrus hops...lots of 'em

T- In a word awesome. A truw west coast IPA hop bomb. Oily, clinging citrus hop bitterness.

M- light of medium. Great for thr style.

O- The hype this beer gets is for a reason...it's awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 20:08:18 | More by fsvan
Photo of Floyd12


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap poured into a pint glass.

A- A moderately hazy amber color with a thick foamy and creamy head of about two fingers. The head lingered for most of the beer and left fantastic lasing all over the glass.

S- Very hoppy with a slight malt. Citrusy underones with an earthy grainy smell as well.

T- Strong hard hop taste with a little bit of bitterness but not over the top. Again slightly citrusy but the hops take control without going overboard.

M- Very crisp and refreshing with a long dry hoppy finish.

O- This is one of my new favorite beers. I love this but have only seen this at White Horse in Boston. This needs to expand on the east coast.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 04:40:42 | More by Floyd12
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA has a thin, white head (wide-brim glass) and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of orange and citric acid, and taste is of piney hops, oranges, sugar, and sweet bread. The mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Racer 5 finishes mostly dry and highly drinkable. Although I think the hop bitterness could stand to be a tad bit harsher, I still love this, and I rate it outstanding.


Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 15:39:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of earthling


4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Racer 5 must be consumed as fresh as possible. It's a classic dry-hopped California IPA with loads of citrus hop aroma. It has a strong bitterness, though it's well balanced with a pretty heavy malt. It's at hoppier end of IPAs, though it isn't going to blow your head off. A great regular drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 18:36:21 | More by earthling
Photo of BeerManDan


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow,I really love this beer. The balance if just great. There is a little bitterness in the finish, with a hint of lemon. I would put this beer as one of my favorites. One sip and I couldn't imagine anyone not loving the taste and balance hops and yeast of this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2002 15:00:37 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of gwfrankpsu


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. Sitting in Healdsburg, pondering the bicycles and pondering this beer. So rich, great balance of malt and hops, but the finish - bordering on one of the best IPA's. One of life's pleasures.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2002 15:44:48 | More by gwfrankpsu
Photo of Realale


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper. Very fine white head settles to a complete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nose is citric hop over a slightly rich biscuity malt. Very well-balanced.

Balance carries through to the palate. Lots of malt, and lots of wonderfully extracted hop flavor. Finish is long, and well-balanced between hop bitterness and malty sweetness.

Very soft beautiful bottle-conditioned mouthfeel really keeps the hop bitterness in check. Simply excellent. Its nice to find an American IPA that has the malt to balance, not just support, the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 04:11:48 | More by Realale
Photo of mynie


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA pour. Perfect, large head atop orange bomb pop opaque at the top and hazy honey bottom.

Excellent, eye opening layered zest hops. Grapefruit and citrus and caramel and pine all pour at you in buckets.

Tastes like resinous pine that moves into huge, giant grapefruit and then a more subdued dry hop. All backed up by a wonderful caramel. The hops are gigantic and the malt is perfect.

World Class.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2006 19:35:04 | More by mynie
Photo of klewis


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Brewkettle, Strongsvile, OH 5/13/07

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden and left lots of lacing on the pint glass.

S: Strong citrusy hops aromas. Very nice.

T: Lots of hop presence with citrus and bubble gum flavors and a light bitterness in the finish. A spicy hop character adds depth and complexity.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a crisp hop bite.

D: This one reminds me an awful lot of Two-Hearted, and it's consistently as good. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2007 17:30:34 | More by klewis
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So freaking psyched to finally get ahold of this one....

A - Poured a deep orange amber, great two inch head formed on top and left a ton of lace down the glass once it finally decided to let go. Nice carbonation, great overall look, just like an IPA should.

S - Huge citrus hops, and a ton of pine. Some sticky sweet notes as well. Very fresh taste, lots of resiny aromas. Really great smell.

T - Perfect. Just a phenomonal fresh, sticky, resin hoppy bomb of delight. Such a sticky pine fresh taste, lots of fresh cut grass and orange peel. Some light sugar, but a bomb al the way.

M - Super smooth and very very sticky. A bit thick. Very nice carbonation, could put this down all night long with ease.

D - Damn near perfect. Not strong enough to be a sipper, a little heavy though to throw down a ton, but otherwise just about perfect. I would love to try this one on tap, seems like it would be perfect.

Overall this totally lived up to my expectations. It was just great. I would love to have this again and again. I am glad I have a couple more bottles. Just a damn fine IPA if I have ever had one.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 00:17:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

God damn dude. This is one hell of an IPA. I'm not easily impressed either.

This beer's head retention clung to the glass for dear life and wouldn't let go all the way to the last sip.

I could smell this beer as it was being poured. Nice earthy, piney, hop aroma. So very inticing.

There is a nice sweetness upfront followied by a great earthy, piney, hop bitterness. Give me MORE!

This beer had a nice mouthfeel, more towards four, but the taste is a little more thatn 4.5, so I balanced it.

I could drink this beer all night and all day. Very nice. Don't know how this beer is in the bottle, but it is one hell of a treat on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 05:48:07 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap into pint glass. great looking IPA- nice burnt orange color sith slight haze. Good off white one finger head, leaves good lacing. Smell is of citrus and pine, with slight alcohol finish. Taste is divine. This is a true IPA, or at least what I wish I could always have when I choose an IPA. Great Hop bitter bite, but finishes fairly smooth- great balance here. Bear Republic does it again for me!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2008 01:19:28 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of cameraman


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber to golden color, with a half inch white colored head. The strong scent of grapefruit and pine strike the nose at first sniff, that is followed by the mellow fragrance of malt at the end. The malt comes out at the start of the taste, then it blends to an intense grapefruit, grassy, earthy bitterness takes over and dominates till the end. A thin watery feel at bthe front, it then gradually becomes more of a medium bodied feel. This a really good IPA, bringing a strong aroma and excellent flavor, which are the backbone of a great beer, makes this one outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:11:35 | More by cameraman
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orange pour with a solid pure white head. Citrus fruit in the head, mainly oranges with a tangerine back. Huge orange and grapefruit aroma makes one feel like they are standing in a fruit grove. Very well balanced and one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 03:30:58 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of jsh420


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours golden orange with a 1+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing all down the glass

smells of pine citrus hops with a good amount of malt

taste - this is the best of both worlds - west coast pine & citrus hops but is very balanced - it has a nice malt backbone to fall on

mouthfeel is light/medium with low carbonation so pts off for that

drinkability is great - this beer is in my top 5 of all-time great ipa's

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 05:07:31 | More by jsh420
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