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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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6,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,353
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 198
Gots: 530 | FT: 9
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jhartley, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dugly2ugly, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Beerandboards
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass

A - somewhat foggy translucent light copper color. Thick dense white head, even an aggressive pour produces only an inch or so of head. Nice.

S - light profile of citrus. Lemon and grapefruit. Some light malty notes.

T - grapefruit bomb. Grapefruit peel, orange peel, pithy citrus. Light malty backbone. Smooth finish. Very solid.

M - nice, creamy, super easy drinking.

O - good IPA. The grapefruit profile is not quite my thing, almost too mild of a profile for the overriding bitterness if the grapefruit. I would definitely order this again though.

Beerandboards, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ample fruity hops are backed by sweet malt notes which make Racer 5, for as big a beer as it is, suprisingly well balanced. It's not about the IBUs with this beer, it's about the flavor, and Racer 5 drinks as though the brewers thought long and hard about which hops would match with this concentration of malt. Floral, green, and spicy at first, the beer develops into a honeyed, even somewhat grapey brew that fumes with herbal hop oil.

The bittering is almost unbearably ripening and unlike anything I've ever had. Instead of striking the back of my tongue, the beer floats right on by and the bittering doesn't kick in until this jet fuel hits the back of my throat. The latent finish from the bittering is oddly of grass and mentholated licorice.

This is a tightrope walk above an orchard of fruit and a pit of wildfire crackling pine needles; the wind is calm, the feet secure.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of UDbeernut
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of my favs, thanks for the bomber honey. pours golden hue, good foamy head ok retention. nose and mouth are caramel overbalanced by citrus. Yum! mouth is slightly sticky but a very drinkable 7%. always get me in trouble when more that 36 oz is down the hatch.

UDbeernut, Sep 18, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber courtesy of HogtownHarry of ratebeer. Pours a beautiful golden classic IPA colour with a nice thick white creamy head. Smell is very floral. Smell reminds of Stone IPA. Taste is very balanced with a fantastic hoppy sweet malt backbone. Very flavourful and aromatic. Everything one could want in an IPA. Medium carbonation and extremely quaffable. I could drink this every day. A wonderful classic west coast IPA.

oakbluff, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of rousee
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine beer by Bear Republic. Pours clear amber. A small head of foam diminishes to a wisp in a matter of seconds. Some nice looking lace remains on the sides of my glass.

Smell is sweet and fruity. Some woody elements too.
Taste is a smooth well balanced blend of malt and hops with a nice piney and citrussy hop kick. Quite smooth --almost peachy or apricot-ish. Excellent.

A velevet like mouthfeel and a great smoothness make this an excellent version of this style. One of my favorite IPAs. Even better on tap.

rousee, Mar 15, 2006
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the 22oz bottle.

This beer pours a golen amber with a frothy and rocky white head that holds fantastically well and leaves tons of lace. The smell is very sweet with tons of citrus hops. The taste is full hop bitterness and flavor but malty enough to not overwhelm you. There was also a bit of piney hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with nice natural carbonation. Overall a highly drinkable IPA, one of the best IPAs out there.

MSchae1017, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its peachy orange body is very murky. Some hop haze could account for this but it's mostly due to the bits of sediment suspended from top to bottom in the beer. A finger's worth of white bubbly head recedes quickly to a thin ring but leaves ample amounts of patchy lace as it does so.

Overly ripe pineapple with healthy doses of candied grapefruit give the nose a tropical punch. Papaya adds an extra layer of sweetness while sublte earthy hops make sure it doesn't get too out of hand. Caramel drizzled toast is far in the back, barely showing itself but with its presence, the beer stays true to the staple characteristics of the style.

Pineapple and mango dance along the tongue as soon as it enters the mouth. The bitter hop component to this beer, which follows right after, surprised me. It's more floral, spicy and well rounded instead of overly pronounced and tropical. Toasty malts with a sweet edge do almost too well at keeping the floral hop bitterness tamed in the finish. I purchased this only a week and a half ago from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo but I wonder if this IPA is still at its best.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth with a light creaminess. A great balance is struck throughout but great balance between malt and hops isn't what I look for in an AIPA. The carbonation is unobtrusive, clean, and does well at making this beer refreshing.

All around, this is a very good AIPA. I do like a more assertive hop presence in this style but I am iffy on how fresh this is. As already stated, I purchased this at PG on a shelf at room temp. I would love to try this knowing it was fresh and will take the opportunity if it presents itself. Again, a very good AIPA but far from the best in the style.

ludachris, May 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Beer pours a light golden color, straw coloured head that lingered

aroma is of hops, pine and citrus

taste is bitter hops up front, with a follow up of citrus flavor (grapefruit/lemon)

mouthfeel is average, mildly carbonated, fairly easy to drink this

drinkability - could definetly drink this for a bit

I'm just starting to get an appreciation for the Pale ales, APA's/IPA's and DIPA'S. I feel like I got a good start with this entry, a reasonably priced bomber (~4.50) and a beer with good flavor.

keithmurray, Apr 06, 2010
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

jpd026, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

sfr26, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

PaulyB83, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

tenacioustomato, May 05, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber serving, been saving this one for a while. Glad that tonight is finally the night to break it out.

Beautiful pour! Golden/amber body with a slight haze to it. Huge frothy sticky white head that lasts and lasts. Curtains of lace, really impressive. To me, this is, in terms of appearance, a perfect IPA.

Nice hop nose, sharp and invigorating.

Taste is very nice indeed. Spicy and tasty hops are the flavor leaders, balanced with a proportional malt base. This is a very interesting IPA with a variety of fruity, piney and tart citrus flavors to consider. There is also a curious spiciness that kind of reminds me of SNCA. An instant classic in my book. I'm giving it top marks.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy with lots of great carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. Could be a great session beer. Just a little too costly and somewhat hard to find around here. I will grab this one again.

ghostwalker, Nov 30, 2005
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bomber and into an American pint glass. The beer is a deep golden/light amber color. Chunky, frothy head and very active carbonation. It smells like sweet grapefruit, chlorophyll, and apples. The taste is pleasant. The hops aren't as explosive as the smell hinted at leaving a very smooth, yet dry mouthfeel. Dry and bitter up front with sweeter, more forgiving citrus in the middle followed by a very sharp bitter grassy taste at the very end. Smooth and rich flavor profile, not overly teeming with flavor keeping it light and refreshing. Slight alcohol heat after a few more drinks. Great example of an American IPA. Quite similar to Southern tier IPA.

Rudgers73, Jul 09, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Shmeal, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

davesway10, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

sneezye, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

AlexM, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

sbanacho, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

fsck, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Light orange in colour with lots of carbonation and a bit of haze. Very floral aroma with some mild background notes of orange and black pepper. Medium bitterness, with flavor notes of green hop cone, orange, grapefruit, light (yet fairly sweet) malt, and a touch of pine. A bit light bodied for the style and AVB, but would be a good IPA for warmer weather drinking. Solid.

fisherman34, Feb 03, 2006
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,353 ratings.