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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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6,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,360
Reviews: 2,188
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 199
Gots: 532 | 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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Photo of GallowsThief
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bomber into tulip.

A – Slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of foamy and clingy white head that left lacing down the glass.

S – Hops, floral, citrus, grapefruit.

T – Solid hop punch right out of the gate. Bitterness from the hops sticks right in. Has a nice balanced citrus following with orange and grapefruit. Almost a slight caramel malt flavor. Bit of piney flavor to finish.

M – Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy palate.

O – I am growing fonder of IPA’s everyday and this one really has great tastes. It ranks high on my list with a nice balance of light sweet and hop punch. Winner from Bear, wish they sent these east.

GallowsThief, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -4.5%

AlexM, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -4.5%

sbanacho, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Barnsley
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Barnsley, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Guitars_and_beer, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of fisherman34
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
Photo of Naes
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has a nice golden brown color with a large white head that provides plenty of lacing.
The aroma is of citrusy hops.
The flavor is just as it smells. Hops and citrus. There is a grapefruit presence and a nice bitter finish. The malt is subtle, yet it does surface throughout the sip.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and semi oily.
This is good stuff, just wish it came in 12oz bottles instead.

Naes, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rondufresne
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

rondufresne, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of dubdrop
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dubdrop, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%

Appearence - 5.0
Aroma 4.75
Taste 5.0
Mouthfeel 4.50
Overall 4.75

Pours a hazy golden could with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are moderate. Grassy, citric aroma. Resin. Hoppy. Great malty flavor that blends nicely with a grassy hoppy bitterness. A slight grapefruit, citric taste at the end. Great bitter aftertaste. Slightly soapy. This has been and still is one of my favorite beers and breweries overall.

jngrizzaffi, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

HuntDaddy540, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a copper/gold with a thin white head that has a long lasting layer. No cascading/lacing to speak of.

S-Citrus hops with a slight malt backbone.

T-Hoppy citrus notes of the grapefruit variety with a biscuity malt backbone. Not very complex, but it tastes good.

M-Nicely carbonated, just about right for the style.

D-Not overly hoppy, so I don't think palate fatigue would impact drinkability. I could probably drink a couple of these in a setting.

Overall, this was better than the bottle version because it was fresher. However, there are other versions of the style I prefer over this one.

thegodfather2701, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter glass.

A- Looks like copper swimming in a glass. Very little to no head, little carbonation.

S- Hoppy Hoppy Hoppy! Strong citrus hop smell, could wake the dead. Bitter and sugary. this smells amazing!

T- Mash up of different fruits, mostly citrus, bitter hop goodness. Mild floral touch.

M- Sweet, mild and dry.

D- This beer is extremely drinkable. I often pass it up, i will not be so unwise next trip at the beer store. One damn fine IPA.

gabedivision, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with lots of sediment floating around. Thin white head that does leave some lacing. Smells prominently of oranges and citrusy hops. Definitely mildly hoppy on the nose but nothing incredibly surprising yet. Very pleasant smell though.

Ooo this one is for hop heads. Very bitter on the palate as all taste buds scream to bitter citrusy hops. Under the apparent 80-something IBU's is a complex mix of citrus flavors that come together nicely as a complement to the huge hoppiness felt throughout every sip. There is a hint of alcohol if you're looking for it, but for all intents and purposes, the bitter hops distract from that booziness, but in a good way. I think I expected something more fruity from the orange-ish nose it let off, but really this beer is an IPA til the bitter end. The citrus notes are there but only add to the hop profile. The mouthfeel is carbonated and bitter, but surprisingly the bitter aftertaste seems to dissapate quickly.

I gotta say, this is one really good IPA. I'm an IPA guy and this one is heavy on the hops but also balanced in a way that is perfectly pleasant. Really good beer.

chodinheaven, Apr 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Larrydoherty, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

KlayWey, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ParkbrauFan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

ParkbrauFan, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of JHendu
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

JHendu, May 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

foxyaardvark27, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

CB_Crowe, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of a0lbudman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold with a small white head that leave a little lace on the glass
S-pine resin, with a citrus aroma that does have a slight malt smell
T-grapefruit with a piney hop bitterness that gives you a crisp hop aftertaste that stays with you
M-full body and medium carbonation
O- great fine with almost everything I love in a APA

a0lbudman, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Popp24, Dec 28, 2011
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 6,360 ratings.