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Racer 5 India Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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2,231 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,231
Hads: 7,129
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 294
Gots: 996 | 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
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Reviews: 2,231 | Hads: 7,129
Photo of happybear
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark golden color with good lacing

S- hops, hops tons of hops, clean citrus smell heavy with grapefruit and pine follow through

T- bitter hops, well balanced

M- left my mouth dry and sticky? if that makes sense

D- drinks well and despite ABV of 7%, you can drink in session (280 characters)

Photo of LieutenantWort
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. Color is a light, coppery amber, slightly cloudy. Very little head.

S: Really nice nose. Usually I'm pretty bad at differentiating citrus variants, but I have to agree with the other reviewers that there's a definite, specific grapefruit aroma here. Also maybe a tiny bit of lemon and pine.

T: Very nice. Initially both hoppy and fruity at the same time, with wheaty, grassy notes as well. Slightly bitter finish and aftertaste. My palate adapted really quickly to this one, though (maybe it was all those deep inhalations trying to pinpoint the nose?), and by the fifth or sixth sip it was basically a smooth hop delivery system.

M: Also good. Smooth without being creamy. Carbonation is very subtle (which I guess explains the minimal head), makes for a highly drinkable brew.

Overall this beer reminds me a lot of the fabulous Stone Ruination IPA. It's a little less complex and more straightforward in its flavor profile, but both beers have a terrific fruity nose and sustained drinkability despite their hoppiness. I'll think of this as Ruination's little brother, which is quite a compliment. (1,161 characters)

Photo of TonyVic
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is delicious... I highly recommend it.

Nice foam head that last... leaves foam rings through the drink. Pours golden-yellow with a slight cloud.

Beautiful aroma. Nice citrus notes of grapefruit and pineapple. There are also hints of pine.

Taste is crisp. Has a lemony-citrus finish.

Medium body... true to category. (326 characters)

Photo of SeattleAdam
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden with amazing 1.5 finger foamy white head. Pretty damn clear.

S- Citrus, floral, piny. Everything you want to smell in a hoppy American I.P.A.

T- Takes a second to bloom. Hits cold and explodes into piny, citrus, goodness. Finishes very clean.

M- Effervescent, medium bodied and carbonated perfectly. Not heavy in the least and not thin and fizzy by any stretch of the imagination.

D- Very drinkable. This is a great American I.P.A. This is is my favorite stlye so I'm a little biased but the great crisp, refreshing, piny taste is there. Pour me another please! (581 characters)

Photo of jxhill
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy deep orange color. Nice white head. Well balanced hops and toasted malt smells, citrusy and herbal. Flavor much the same. Very tangy, earthy hops flavor that is not at all aggressive or bitter. Nice maltiness and medium body. Slight citric sourness towards back of tongue. Nice long pleasant finish fading to soft grassy hops, then biscuity malt. Good lacing. A delicious and well-balanced IPA. (408 characters)

Photo of aquaphiliac
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer for $9.99.

A: Nice dark gold color with a decent head. Very Pretty

S: Smells of hops mostly; some sweetness in the scent.

T: Kinda the opposite of the smell... dominating malt sweetness and a little bit of hops. Still pretty bitter on the finish, I guess I was expecting something totally different. Not bad though.

M: Perfect body IMO; on the full side.

D: Didn't really want more than 2 of these in a row, definitely not the most drinkable IPA I've tried.

Overall decent value but will probably not buy again just because I'd appreciate a little less malt. (582 characters)

Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For around $5 you can't find a better IPA, in my humble opinion. This one won't knock your head off like others but delivers all the heavy hoppyness you expect from an IPA while maintaining a light, drinkable side.

A - Gold, almosth lagerish body with a nice thick head that produces wonderufl lacing througout the glass.

S - A boost of citrus hops marry a grainy earthy finish, with hints of oatmeal.

T - What starts as a boost of orange on the tongue takes a slightly sour turn releasing a grapefuit precense and finishes with a malty alcohol salutation. Although I feel the alcohol is more present here than other IPA's it is balanced so well I actualy would be let down without it.

M - clean, fresh; a nice amount of carbonation boosts those sensations. Lingers in mouth for quite a while after a drink but not because of the odd IPA film that is sometimes left in the mouth.

D - All night long baby. Light enough to "keep em coming" and heavy enough to know you're drinking a real beer. If you are an Odell IPA or Two Hearted fan I feel this is right up that heavenly alley. (1,084 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out of a bottle into a snifter.

a - hazy, golden hue with a half inch head. retention is decent and there's lovely lacing down the glass as it goes down

s - hoppy. first hit is piney resin followed by grapfruit, tangerine, and whiff of sweet tropical fruits. some light and sweet malt is present. overall, nose is not strong, but pleasantly light and airy.

t - again, piney hops and ripe clementines in the foreground with hints of mango and peach. the malt provides a subdued honey, bready background. whoa, this is a sweet ipa! the bitterness is subdued, and there is a very light feel to it - almost as if it's a summer version.

m - is on the thin side with limited carbonation. def wish there was some more carbonation and bitterness to make the mouthfeel more substantial. ehh, one may call it thin, another would call it sessionable.

this is a very pleasant beer. def not a hop bomb, but it's still enjoyable. by far the most sessionable ipa i've ever had. (977 characters)

Photo of david23
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hop lover's dream. Pours a light golden amber with an off white head that disapates to a thin layer but leaves a nice thin lacing as you enjoy. Hops is what this is all about.A lttle to cloudy for my taste. Initially just a wonderful wake up call to your taste buds and then settles down to a maltly feel but not for long. Get ready for a hop explosion that just continues and finishes with a dry hop flavor that just begs you to have another to quench your thirst.This is just a great example of an American IPA that has raised the bar of what can be done. A definite keeper. Bittering is a little heavy but i love that. Not for the uninitiated. (656 characters)

Photo of ressletr
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice amber like color, with an awesome head. You can definitely tell that this beer was bottle conditioned. Extremley smooth for an IPA. I would actually consider this beer to be quite dangerous, no alcohol taste at all. The malt in it is outstanding, it laced the glass all the way down. I never had such a smooth IPA, if you haven't tried it yet, be sure to do so. I'm an Alesmith IPA freak but when you are looking for a smooth IPA please look at the Racer 5. I was pleasantly surprised with this ale. This beer is awesome, can hardly imagine it being an IPA,. I have seen a beer that laces all the way down to the bottom,. :-) (649 characters)

Photo of jomo
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange with a 2" head that disipates quickly.

Smell is light but pleasant. Piney and hoppy. I also smell a little malt in there.

Taste is pretty much like the smell. A little citrus added. Pretty light, but refreshing. Finish is lightly bitter.

Nice, fine carbonation. Medium viscosity.

Drinkability? Oh my yes.

This is a good, refreshing IPA. Not quite as "big" as advertised on the bottle. (418 characters)

Photo of jsimon816
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber - Production date of 10-16-07

A - Semi-cloudy orange rust color with thick creamy head

S - Pleasant not overwhelming hop bouquet

T - Smooth and creamy with hints of grapefruit, soothing hop flavor

M - Mellow with a nice hop finish on the back of the tongue

D - Fantastic IPA, very drinkable. A perfect balance of flavors, great first experience from this brewer. Sonoma wine country has some competition. (422 characters)

Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time in SF and immediately fell in love with it because of its nice balance. Poured into a Duvel glass.

H: 1/4" head

A: beautiful dark amber

S: light, hoppy

T: wow, perfect balance of hops/yeast/carbonation

M: rico suave

D: i can drink this all night

this is a great beer to relax to over dinner or in front of the idiot box. this is one of my 'anytime' beers. (390 characters)

Photo of FACSman
2.34/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark honey color with a decent head, slight haze. Head was quick to dissapate.

S - Rather astringent smell with little hop flower detecable.

T - Like an overhopped pale ale, not a very good IPA. No complexity to the hop character, just unpleasant bitterness.

M - Thin for an IPA, light carbonation.

D - I didn't want to finish my 22 oz. bottle.

I was really looking forward to this beer as I have heard many good things about the brewery. I was very disappointed. (474 characters)

Photo of JollyToper
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle picked up at Top's Liquor in Tempe, AZ into an American pint glass.

Nice head and lace. Orangish color with medium amount of bubbles. Pours very clear and the bottle conditioned yeast stays in the bottle without any effort. Didn't leave a drop behind.

Huge hop nose but with a malt backbone. Tasted hops front middle and finish but was still balanced and driankable. Hoppy but not bitter. I could drink multiple of these. (449 characters)

Photo of MCfunkyJ
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the best beer I could choose from the store I got it at.

I have had this about a year ago but forgot how tasty this brew truly is. Not a bad pickup for $9.99 + tax.

I would rather drink Hop Rod Rye but this was the only option available at the time. (260 characters)

Photo of Ladybugger
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into two standard pint glasses. Beery is a crystal clear honey-amber color with a quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is of hops, with some citrusy grapefruit and woodsy notes. The flavor is very hoppy, with the woodsy hop flavor dominating but other less identifiable notes present as well. There is a hint of malt at the end, but little to no sweetness - this is a dry beer. The ABV is high, but this brew doesn't taste strongly of alcohol - just a hint of heat indicates the strength. The carbonation really carries the hop flavor through my mouth, and the hop bitterness lingers long after I've swallowed due to the way it coats your mouth. This beer feels good in the mouth, with an appropriate amount of body, and plenty of carbonation. This is truly a great IPA, very drinkable. (858 characters)

Photo of jchow79
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all day long. WOW so balanced and delicious.

A: Golden orange hue with notable lacing.

S: The bouquet is fantastical! Its as if someone whacked me in the face with a grapefruit and flowers.

T: Delightfully citrusy! Very balanced approach to citrus and bitter.

M: Soft and silky on the tongue

D: I want to drink this all day long. (357 characters)

Photo of taulpepper
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz into a pint glass (nonic).

Appearance: Small head, great clarity and golden-amber color.

Smell: Noticeably hop nose, not the biggest or most complex I've had, but a good aroma, great for an American IPA.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness hits you right up front, but it's very well-balanced with sweetness and a strong citrusy flavor, maybe some grapefruit.

Overall: A very refreshing beer and a great example of an American IPA, big American hop smell and flavor, but very the bitterness is very well-balanced with malty sweetness. (551 characters)

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. (458 characters)

Photo of Bluetick
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep Golden

S - Pine Hops

T - Complex Hops. Biting at first with a very floral finish. Kind of a sweet flavor as well.

M - Surprisingly light for 7.00 ABV

D - Extremely drinkable. Easy to slam a few of these on a hot summer day. Very smooth.

Perhaps one of my favorite IPAs. I regularly get these for home. (315 characters)

Photo of isthatbeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip shaped glass.

A: Golden coppery hue with about a finger of head which quickly disipates.

S: A little yeast, a little biscuit, and lots of tropical fruit--pineapple, oranges, mangoes. It just smells luscious!

T: There's some up front fruit and malt but that quickly gives way to a pleasantly dry finish with hints of pine resin.

M: Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation.

A really great IPA! I'll be having more of this one. (464 characters)

Photo of chaswisler
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thin pale head stayed around the whole time. Lacey foam all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

A-Looks like a beer should. Beautiful copper sunset color. Carbonation continues to rise throughout the beer.

S-Not much of a smell, but pleasant.

T-Outstanding, Apple and citrus, very refreshing.

D-I could easily down a 6 pack, will definitely buy this one again. (397 characters)

Photo of TripT
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a restaurant, I erroreously thought I was ordering Racer X. Oh well. The beer arrived at my table in a standard pint glass, and by the time it got to me there was only a thin circle of white around the perimeter of the glass. The beer was nearly clear with just a slight haziness. Color was difficult to discern due to the low lighting. Certainly smells like an IPA. Pine and citrus are evident. The taste was consistent with the smell, but a bit more perfumey. Very hoppy. Apparently my palate is not sophisticated enough to comment on the malt character, as I really detected none. Just alot of juicy hop bitterness. That's not a bad thing. Went well with pizza. I enjoy the occasional super-hoppy beer, but only one per session. (748 characters)

Photo of Brian14608
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I love the west coast IPA's where there is a blast of citrus and piney tones. The big bubble head was one to two finger depending on the pour. The lacing was like a steam of clinger-ons without rings. But whoa, the fragrance is my kind of IPA whereas the blast is complex and delightful grapefruit and piney resins. The taste is equally good. I love this beer. The price is right and the lack of alcohol presence is just mt style. Try this one soon. (457 characters)

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.