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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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6,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,054
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 175
Gots: 411 | FT: 7
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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New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2012 01:13:17 | More by erha2
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a kick ass beer. Just had it for the first time and now I just drank a second. Really really good. Like really good.

I will do this how I want. I got this because of Beer Advocate, and honestly because of the label was hesitant to buy it. The reason I did buy it was because I was doing a beer run anyway and it is honestly pretty hard to mess up a IPA for me.

So the appearance was a nice golden color that is something that you come to expect from this style. It was all in the taste and smell that floored me. I gave it a 4 for smell because without the taste it would be lower, if that makes any sense. The taste and smell have exactly the same characteristics. They compliment each other so well it was amazing. The mouthfeel is high as well as drinkability because I could seriously have a few of these brews. I finished one bomber and wanted another really bad. This is seriously a unique and amazing brew that I just loved. I highly recommend.


Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 04:30:09 | More by Jmoore50
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-12-2013 20:39:24 | More by csurowiec
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2013 14:37:06 | More by heysuz
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-21-2013 11:45:19 | More by badboy7113
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue topped with a good quarter inch moussy head (white). Sticky lacing. Just slightly cloudy. This is an impressive looking beer.

S: A great crisp grapefruit hop aroma with a substantial malt background. Prominently sweet. Hop aroma is also a little earthy.

T: Grapefruit and piney hop flavor takes front stage. Certainly exhibits a West Coast IPA character. Sweet malt flavor adds some background but this is a damn hoppy IPA. Some earthy hop flavor as well. The beer has a bitter long lasting aftertaste.

MF: Medium full body. Alcohol warming present. Moderate carbonation. Slick, with a very long lingering aftertaste.

D, notes: A great IPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 18:21:05 | More by Nipitato
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My tasting followed an Avery IPA - and the prerequisite cleaning of the palate; so this reveiw should be considered in that light.

The head is about 1 inch and dissipates quickly; there is some lacing that does evaporate over time. The nose did contain some banana ester following a 10 minute temperature acclimation. (It was served rather cold - another factor to consider.) There was a noticable hint of orange as well and this was followed by a hearty hop aftertaste, one that lingers upon the tongue.

All in all, a fine IPA. Though my particular pint was a little less overwhelming than anticipated, I have had superb brews from this Left Coast craft brewer. Perhaps, I just need to drink some more ....?

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 22:40:04 | More by jjboesen
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Map Room pint glass.

Beer pours copper orange with a fair haze. Tough soapy and sticky white head hangs onto the glass and

Aroma is piney and deep resin with sticky citrus, sweet orange oils and a light alcohol Grand Marnier like finish.

Flavor starts with a soapy orange bitterness and proceeds through a with a medium malt body with spiced overtones. Finish has a return of the hoppiness this time with more grapefruit and lemon characters.

Overall an excellent example of the style that would drive most of the drinking public running towards the nearest case of Keystone.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 07:11:57 | More by drewbage
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5/5  rDev +19%

06-22-2012 00:37:05 | More by KingBiscuit
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-30-2012 13:54:45 | More by brealbg
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-06-2014 19:32:39 | More by KornWallace
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-23-2013 02:00:12 | More by Lukebell15
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-30-2013 15:58:01 | More by Barnsley
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-16-2014 01:52:27 | More by aqualung23
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 pours a slightly cloudy amber, with a good sized white head. It has a big aroma of citrus (namely grapefruit and lemon) and pine. The mouthfeel is lively but, a little too thin. This brew is pretty hoppy, not quite as hoppy as it could be, but it has a nice malty backbone. I could easily drink a gallon of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 07:45:50 | More by goschool
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A- golden-orance color with a fluffy one-finger+ head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing. It's a bit less hazy than most of its kind.

S- pine and citrus, very mild aroma for this style.

T-some sweet maltiness followed by citrus hop bitterness. Nice balance.

M-good body and carbonation, yet light and drinkable. Easy on the palate.

O-very solid American IPA, quite drinkable as well at 7%.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:36:55 | More by NiceTaps
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

08-17-2013 19:22:04 | More by SimonTja
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-19-2013 01:57:55 | More by corysmith01
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-31-2013 18:27:48 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-31-2014 07:22:01 | More by jwswigs
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a pint glass

A- A light amber, somewhat orange, very thin head that stays for a while, and forms a nice lacing around the glass.

S-Grapefruits, orangey,apricots.

T- Great tasting IPA. Not too hoppy, very sweet apricot smell towards the end of the sip, but very great tasting, and not to bitter.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is very creamy, somewhat carbonated but the great feel at first takes away the carbonation.

D- Great beer, definitely would love to drink again! Very different from other IPA'S..

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:42:23 | More by thedoubler55
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper orange body. No head even with a hard pour.

S: A simple nose of grapefruit, caramel, & dry bready malts. Not as hop forward as I hoped.

T: Bitter citrus hops followed by sweet & bready malts. Although balanced, the flavor is slightly weak. Dry & bitter finish.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, & crisp mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

O: This one seemed a bit off for the style. Got it from the store's cooler so I think it was fresh, but this one seemed slightly weak and more hop forward. I would drink this again, but believe there are much better American IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:27:07 | More by BrewCrew2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden amber with a creamy off white head....laces and stays up pretty well.
Smells great...piney citrus..floral..pretty intense.
Tastes well balanced ....great big sweet malt with amazing grapefruit-pineapple punch...perfect combination. Good and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel also just right...medium, with good carbonation.
Drinkable?...I could have spent the night with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2006 14:19:12 | More by Hautacam
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Pours a huge head, off-white and real foamy, probably 3 fingers. Excellent head retention. (In fact, when I finished my beer, there was still a huge head at the bottom....In fact, there was still a head in the morning!!!) Pretty orange color and see-through.

Side note...I've been drinking this beer for years, and every bottle I've poured has has an INSANE amount of sediment, I mean chunky as hell, even more than Chimay White... THIS bottle, however, had a small amount of very fine sediment. Did they change their techniques or did I buy a freak bottle?

Smells of perfume. Pungent, fruity, piney, and citrusy hops all rolled into one.

Taste: bitter, but oh-so-round around the edges. Loads of fruit: ruby red grapefruit, tangelos, mangoes, lychee, fruit cocktail with corn syrup. Malts, including carmels, are simply along for the ride. Gives me the slightest headache from the perfumey hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not overly sweet or heavy. Drinkability is very good. No problems here.

Widely available around here. I often overlook it. This one, and the Hop Rod Rye, should not be missed. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 19:48:15 | More by rayjay
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Aug 26, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a nice hazy orange colour. So smooth, nice amount of bitterness. So delicious...did I say how smooth and delicious it was? Fantastic beverage. God, I need this beer again. Can't wait to go back to Buffalo for more of this beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:10:41 | More by WeedKing4
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,054 ratings.