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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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Ratings: 5579
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 ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Drafting Room, Exton; served in an imperial pint

Hazy, golden body with an eerie thickness to it. A bone white head sits proudly on top.

Sweet candied grapefruit, orange rind, lightly toasted biscuits and a touch of evergreens.

Citrus rind and pine needles come to forefront, then a sweet rush of candied grapefruit followed by a mild bitterness. Doesn't push the extremes.

Full bodied and chewy. Cask does great things for the mouthfeel of IPA's.

A pretty solid IPA that doesn't push the envelope of sweetness or bitterness. I could drink a few of these on cask.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2009 22:02:04 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of ffejherb


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Local 44 on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy golden/orange amber-tinted body with two fingers of rocky, off-white foam that deposited attractive lacing around the glass.

S - Veritable garden of fresh hop aroma featuring citrus, pine, resin and floral notes. Very pungent and fresh. Oh yeah, there's some caramel malt sweetness too.

T - Surge of hop goodness with equal parts pine, citrus and resin with a touch of floral character as well. Hops are supported by a sweet caramel malt base. Lots of piney hop flavor in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy texture and smooth cask mouthfeel. Touch of alcohol heat. Fairly aggressive bitter finish.

D - One of my favorite IPAs out there. And how do you make an incredible beer even better? Cask condition, of course! Simply an excellent West Coast IPA.

Serving type: cask

03-10-2009 00:33:16 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Gilgemesh


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Currently on tap in my dining room.

A brief sniff of this elixir is like plunging your head into a box of oranges and lemons. There is the faint odor of a few grapefruits down at the bottom. When you pull your head back you can sense the delicate odors of fresh cut wildflowers. The warm amber liquid, accented by a slight haze, is asking, no, screaming for you to take a taste. As the tender bubbles of carbonation play across your palate you are again reminded of fresh citrus fruits. Then a warmth passes across your tongue, like being curled up in a velvet blanket. This is followed by a tangy, pungent finish that completes the experience and invites you into the next. There will be no speed racing through this pint.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 01:26:16 | More by Gilgemesh
Photo of midnite2sixman


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room in Chicago. Pours a hazy orange with a nice glow surrounding it. Chunky laciing. All over the glass.
Biscuits on the nose with a bit of orange.
Soft and balanced taste with some biscuits and hay. Very easy on the palate, and has a great soft feeling while still retaining the bold flavor.

I like this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 05:24:59 | More by midnite2sixman
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market, it's great to see an established sports bar really step-up their draft selection. Served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark yellow with a thin lasting head that left great lacing. Aroma was a great citrus hop bouquet with some sweet malts. The taste was a great balance with citrus hops just overpowering sweet malts lasting with a great bitter finish. The beer was medium bodied but still crisp and refreshing. I've always enjoyed this beer, and it certainly proves to be just as good if not even better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 02:23:56 | More by atsprings
Photo of Source


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at my local hole in a 12oz pilsner glass. The keg kicked soon after my glass, which may have effected the review.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy orange / amber with a 5mm head which settled quickly. Nice lacing.

S: Strong pine over hops. I usually prefer it the other way around.

T: Similar to the smell but more intense with a strong grapefruit hoppiness. Nice malt background sweetness. Finished with limited bitterness. A unique IPA taste.

M: Nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable, almost sessionable. Nothing outstanding about it, but a unique IPA that I will drink again. Good availability in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 13:49:58 | More by Source
Photo of Kolsch


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap on home system. Hard to find this in sixtel form for home consumption.

Appearance is kinda average yellow, but with a nice 1/4 inch head that sticks around all the way down the glass.

Smell is not dominant hops that you might be thinking but more balanced hop and malt.

Taste is again not overly hop forward. Very smooth and creamy with slight dry aftertaste. Actually a very good balance of hop and malt. This is no hop bomb by any means but rather a balanced attempt at the overly hopped West Coast IPA styles.

Excellent and will have many times again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 12:10:29 | More by Kolsch
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a golden color with a nice inch of head. Smell is glorious hops, plain and simple. The taste is much the same. Mostly citrusy hops and some grassy hops in to balance it out. Very crisp and juicy. Mouthfell is medium bodied and quite nice. Very impressed with this beer.
Incredible on draft. Plus six packs are now available in my area for the low price of $10. This will be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 17:51:06 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of Reneejane


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap. As an IPA it is a little less hoppy than perhaps I've gotten accustomed to. The beer was a pretty bright gold color shading to amber, clear with a creamy off white head that definitely carried the hop aroma. I don't know what hop accomplished this feat but it tasted of tangerines. I hear there is an experimental hop that is supposed to do this and I doubt that is in this beer but something combined to make a distinctive tangerine flavor. It's an unusual thing to notice in an IPA, and sooo tasty. I detected quite a bit of malty sweetness from an IPA. It was highly drinkable, would love this every day in summer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 03:28:10 | More by Reneejane
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this from the cask at the blind tiger, and i had just recently gone thru of a sixpack of bottles - i gotta say i like the bottled racer 5 better - my bottle review would be similar to other posts here - i enjoy this beer - the cask version was extremely mellow -
lighter carbonation and not so much of a hop bite - drank it like water against blind tiger's 7 pepper chili -

Serving type: cask

02-08-2009 15:20:20 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of DIM


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy straw yellow color with some amberish highlights. It was served to me with some thin white froth.

s: Aromas of fresh citrusy hops that were a little grassy and some tingly caramel sweetness.

t: The big citric hops wanted to shine, but there was just a little too much caramel sweetness. Very good overall though.

m: Prickly, oily body and active long lasting carbonation.

d: I wasn't in the mood for a DIPA and I think this borders on one. Just a little too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 11:52:24 | More by DIM
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this off cask at Barcade in Brooklyn. It had a dark rust-red color to it. No bubbles (cask) and a nice foamy head. It also had a thick lace that covered the glass all the way around, all the way down.

It's a very bitter IPA. Has a lot of bite to it and is very thick on the palate. Excellent beer and well worth off the cask.

**Of note, I had out of a bottle a year later, and it was not quite as good as before...but still very nice. So I will keep the grade.

Serving type: cask

01-31-2009 17:52:56 | More by Amalak
Photo of tmoneyba


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns.

Poured hazy amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma.

Medium body with a slick texture.

Heavy bitter flavor with a medium smooth bitter finish of long duration.

A standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 19:38:25 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Brewsmith


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA.

Appearance - Deep golden with a decent white head on top, fairly clear.

Aroma - Grapefuity citrus. Very nice

Taste - Definitely hop forward, more of the grapefruit from the aroma coming through. Malt is there, but not heavy or sweet.

Mouthfeel - medium body without being cloying. Dry finish.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. A very nice American IPA. One of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2009 07:36:49 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of mrandolph


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a cask version, and a case where the brewers made a great effort to match the beer with the medium. The beer presents as a very clear golden color capped with a dense, creamy white head, almost like cool whip, in a good way, which hangs out for a long time.

The aroma is citrus followed by malt. The flavor starts bitter, reminiscent of lemon zest. The middle is sweet malt and it finishes bitter but not dry with sweet flavors as an aftertaste. The mouth feel is dense with good head and a medium body, denser than the color suggests. My overall impression is that this beer is well crafted to excel in the cask beyond what it does in the bottle, and I feel privileged to have gotten a taste from cask.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2009 03:20:43 | More by mrandolph
Photo of hops4me


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg, VA. This was an excellent IPA. The aroma was of pine and citrus with slight malt nose. The taste was hops foward with a malt backbone providing a nice support. Slight toasted grain shows through the hops. This was a medium mouthfeel with very good drinkability. I will definitely buy/order again as it was a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2009 23:57:10 | More by hops4me
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a growler at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow into my Duvel glass with a 3 finger head a fantactic lacing

Smells of alcohol and hops

Tastes is a wonderful balance of hops and sweet malt. Very smooth.

Full bodied beer feels nice and thick in the mouth

I am not a fan of ipas but this one hits it perfect. It is not a hop bomb like some other ipas.

Serving type: growler

12-30-2008 03:38:19 | More by LennyV
Photo of JWD


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving- on tap in home kegerator

A- golden in color, looks rich and full of flavor, good example of the style.

S- HOPS,HOPS very piney

T- bitter with a chewing on pine needles taste, strong hop profile for a single ipa

m- a little thick due to the higher than average abv, but good, coats your mouth.

D- dangerous, the abv will catch up to you. taste is session beer abv is not.

one of the best beers i have had on tap at home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 02:51:29 | More by JWD
Photo of xhcadamx


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent honey amber. A very dense and pitted head that stays til the last drop. Nice lacing.

S - Pine needles and c hops - lovely.

T - More pine needles and c hops. Very bitter and that is a good thing.

M - Syrupy almost makes me think this is a borderline DIPA

D - Several more of these would be appreciated.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 00:29:36 | More by xhcadamx
Photo of gdfan47


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a yellowy red with a good amount of foamy white head and good lacing
S- Hops, lots of them,a little grapefruit to, a wonderful west coast IPA smell
T- very pleasant, not too sweet, ALOT of hops, very refreshing, very fresh
M- just smooth, the hops are out there but not over the top (probably too much for some people but not me)
D- another wonderful west coast IPA, the 7 percent is a little high for me to have all day, but I couldnt really taste or smell the extra alcohol

a must try for anyone who likes hops

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 08:32:32 | More by gdfan47
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Roadhouse in Brookline, MA.

Came to the table with a one inch off-white head that receded to a sticky film and left loads of lacing all up and down the pint glass.

Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. Great pine and citrus going on here backed by a strong caramel malt foundation. Just bitter enough in the taste to get my IPA fix, with lots of grapefruit. An IPA that has this kind of hope profile is great because it beautifully meshes with the 7% ABV. Lately I actually tend to prefer IPAs in that ABV range.

This went great with my pulled pork plate, and I could have easily drank it all night, but alas I had to move on.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 04:04:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hell yes...this is and always will be one of my favorite californian beers. If anyone ever comes to Lake Tahoe, you must have it on tap at the wonderful locals pub The Divided Sky. Pours a beautiful light color with smells of floral hops, a little pine and a light yeast effervescence. Tastes like an american IPA should, hoppy but not overkill with no noticable booze flavor and a good bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 00:00:46 | More by benclimbs
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/9/08. Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a foamy white head. Aroma and flavor of citrus and piney hop, some corn, sweet malt. Very drinkable, especially when cold. A little heavy mouthfeel for a single IPA, not that I minded necessarily....an awesome beer with hop deliciousness.

Update 9/14/08: Thought I'd revist this tasty IPA...Growler from Bellport Beer. Aroma of luscious pine and faint citrus. Flavor of lots of citrus (orange peel) with bitter piney hops in the finish. Quite sweet. Nicely balanced, although more on the hoppier side. Just as tasty as before! (No change in my rate).
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

Serving type: growler

12-02-2008 21:47:55 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with an amazing, soapy head that dies slowly in bunches and leaves lace all over the mug. A very large citric burst in the aroma along with hints of dry malts. While it has a huge hop burn for the taste and finishes dry, it is mostly a smooth and citric flavored beer that does dry the tongue a little as it leaves its mark (not that this is a bad thing). Didn't really taste any malts but there must be some in there because this beer's body had a subdued creaminess to it. ABV hidden well and no alcohol burn; I could have another draft of this any day of the week.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 18:53:05 | More by clayrock81
Photo of tpd975


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small tight head. Very little retention with sparse lacing.

S: Bold citrus aromas with hints of cut grass. There is a sweet caramel malt character as well which balances things out nicely.

T: Nice hop profile without being overthetop. Great grapefruit flavors with hints of lemon zest. There is a real sweetness beneath, which slightly cuts thru the hops, but is a real compliment..

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Very, wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 03:04:29 | More by tpd975
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,579 ratings.