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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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5,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,943
Reviews: 2,168
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 167
Gots: 382 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer with some carbination and a decent head that left plenty of lacing on the glass. Plenty of hops and a nice subtle pine taste that was not overpowering. Felt very good in the mouth and was quite smooth going down despite the up front hoppiness. Some citrus flavors helped this beer stand out among other IPAs I had recently.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 19:17:46 | More by Glibber
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-08-2013 23:20:01 | More by JHendu
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-21-2012 01:20:28 | More by Jmick28
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-13-2013 18:20:02 | More by CB_Crowe
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a wonderful find that I made the last time I was in Pittsburgh. Fathead's had this on the hand pull and I had to give it a try. The pour was textbook IPA with big lacing. Nose is strong, floral with hints of grapefruit.

The flavour on this was perfect though, this is the kind of balanced IPA that I love, it has a huge grassy floral flavour from the hops that were used, but is is also balanced back by a strong malt presence. The hops are always there and you know you're drinking an IPA, but it's not completely out of balance like so many brews in this style are. The warmer temperature of the cask likely improved the depth, of course.

Mouth and drinkability both solid, I could have a few of these, decent bitters but not remarkable, it's not a gargantuan beer in your mouth, but it does its job.

Bottom line: I'd never even heard of this brewery, but I try almost anything that is put on a hand pull. Bear Republic delivered with a great IPA though, and one I'll definitely have again if I run into it.

Serving type: cask

06-17-2009 12:48:03 | More by CortexBomb
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-27-2012 17:19:35 | More by jhartley
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-14-2012 01:57:19 | More by BugTownPub
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-06-2014 12:38:50 | More by craftbrew502
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-16-2013 22:59:42 | More by Bromine
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-09-2013 01:54:49 | More by LostHighway
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

02-02-2013 05:13:00 | More by NHbeerfishing
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-20-2013 04:11:36 | More by Swift989
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-26-2014 04:32:35 | More by DeFaz
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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A winner of an IPA. This was one of the first IPA's my palate decided it liked. Drinking it now, I'm surprised I liked something this bitter and piney. The pour results in a orange body teeming with head. In fact, the head is a tad too robust for me. I like head on my beers, but on an IPA I want an inch or so, not 3 inches. The lacing is masterful, better than anything else I've witnessed recently. If it wasn't for the gushing head, the appearance would rate a 5. Nose is nice and balanced ... lots of caramel malt, and lots of grapefruit and pine. Almost exactly what I want out of an IPA. Taste starts piney, edges into grapefruit, and orange and finishes lemon and caramel. Mouth is massive, carbonation runs rampant, but in an orchestrated fashion, blitzing over the mouth in a mission to please. Mission accomplished.
Certainly a sessionable IPA. I'd be more than glad to do so if I found it in sixers or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 05:41:41 | More by TheBungyo
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-23-2011 00:44:35 | More by PthPndr
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden orange with a little bit of an amber tint. A big frothy head stays quite well and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A nice bit of pine with some citrus fruit in there. A nice malty backbone helps balance off the nose.

T- A bit of grapefruit, some pine and a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Hops are somewhat subdued in this one. I was expecting more of a west coast hop bomb. Not bad nonetheless.

M- Medium bodied brew that has a bit of a smoothness to it. There is hardly any bite on the tongue meaning not too much bitterness.

D- This is a pretty easy drinking IPA. It is not bad but there is nothing that really distinguishes it from other IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:41:54 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2012 14:56:01 | More by terence
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-06-2014 23:09:24 | More by Skillz
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-22-2014 00:39:48 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Gold in color with a brilliant dense, white, rocky head.

Aroma- Huge hop bouquet of Citrus, and pine, with a hint of raisins.

Taste- Huge hop bitterness in the front, followed by a maginficently dry alchol finish. The hops lingered with a chewy piney, citrusy taste. the hops seemed to clinge to my tongue like a small child clings to it's mommy. Some cotton candy like sweetness managed to work it's way thru to the front of my palate despite the fireworks of hops in my mouth. Slight grainy phenol present. Devoid of any yeasty taste despite this being an unfiltered offering.

Moutfeel- nicely balanced malt backbone that lends to a medium to full bodied moutheel, complimented with some rich, dank chewey nuggets of hops.

Drinkability- Despite it's alcohol content this beer is remarkably easy to drink. I enjoyed it very much, and would gladly consume another any time after noon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 15:29:34 | More by deanhead
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA is my favorite style along with Double IPA This tends to affect my scores. This one came from a 22 oz bottle. Love that label. Deep golden color tending toward amber with a rich and foamy off white head. Aroma of hops with citrus in the background. Nice feel in the mouth and a very fresh taste that makes this a pleasure to drink. Finish is hoppy, with just the correct bitterness. The alcohol is present but is again well balanced with the malts and hops. An excellent IPA, and for me is about as good as a beer can get. We have a lot of great IPA’s around here. I guess it is time for a blind tasting IPA party to sort out the very best.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 05:15:15 | More by rkuhnel
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and it came out a clear (unfiltered) golden orange color with a two finger tan head that was very fluffy and lasted a while, and it has some thick lacing that just covered the glass. It has a strong malt aroma along with some mild citrus smells like lemon and oranges and has slight hint of that all familiar alcohol scent. Very smooth on the tongue and mouth which is completely not what I expected, it has a very hoppy flavor with some mild citrusy undertone and a lasting bitter aftertaste with a medium body all around. This is a pretty good IPA

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:40:05 | More by vickersspitfire
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from a few days ago. 12oz bottle poured in a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Light tangerine color. Not much head. Some nice lined lacing, mostly at the top of the glass

S: A good amount of hops and citrus. Accompanied by sweet fruit and a small malt presence

T: Follows the smell, which is what I was hoping for. Citrus and pine, with a bready malt appearing once the beer warmed a bit

M: Light bodied. Sticky finish but also leaves the back on the tongue dry

D: Just a rock solid IPA. Seems sessionable to me, but I see it listed at 7%. Already kicking myself that I picked up just one bottle instead of an entire 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 16:42:24 | More by Brez07
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-23-2013 15:09:00 | More by sonofliberty2
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a light orange-copper with a a finger of white head. Nice retention and lacing. Looks nice.

S - Sweet grapefruit hops and a bit of pine. A background of caramel malt is also present.

T - Blown away by tropical fruit hops and caramel sweetness. Perfect balance. One of the best of the style. Approaches Sculpin territory, but not quite. Similar to a Double IPA.

M - Medium body and impossibly smooth. Nice carbonation. Goes down so easily.

O - One of the best IPAs around. I'm actually excited when I see it on the draft list. That said, it is a huge under-performer in the bottle. I've never had a bottled Racer 5 that can come close to comparing to having it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 02:53:19 | More by greenmonstah
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,943 ratings.