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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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2,242 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,242
Hads: 7,208
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,057 | 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
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Reviews: 2,242 | Hads: 7,208
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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+)

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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.

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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

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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.


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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.