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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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6,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,602
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 212
Gots: 614 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

HelpMeBloody, Oct 09, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with a 1 finger white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops and citrus. Hops hit the palate immediately - floral and piney, white pepper, tangerine. Light and clean, this one is at the upper limit of being an IPA without becoming a DIPA/IIPA. Another excellent offering from Bear Republic - if you like this one, try their Racer X.

kosmoraios, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of pjwilson
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: i just a got a tulip glass (finally!) so i figgured i'd try out with some racer 5. Wrong glass for style but hey, this one special IPA. looks a dark orange to deep amber color... held to the light it lightens up quite a bit. I would have liked to see the head last longer but it lasts a few minutes. the lacing was pretty good on this one..

Smell: my that's good. you really get a great hop smell on this one. reminds me of pliny the elder. yet this is from a bottle. the hops smells very fresh and quick glance at the website shows that the aroma hops are columbus. mmmm columbus. yes i smell the grapefruit people talk about. also orange..not much trace of the malts...but they aren't missed.

taste: there are the malts. sweet malts that balance right with the hops. the aftertaste washes over you with a mild bitterness. yep this is a balanced beer. there is enough complexity here to keep things interesting. it really feels like the malt and hops are dancing on my tounge....
mouthfeel: just the right mix on this one... watery and chewy at once. i can't of anyway else to say it but yeah....
drinkability: for an ipa this is a sipper....not like say...celebration ale which is a beer that is gone after two sips. no, this an ipa to drink like a beligum and slowy enjoy.
This beer is like a double ipa in character...it's just so well put together. It justifies being only in bombers. (actually in sonoma i saw it in 6 packs but that ruins my point :) i toyed with giving this all 5's since it probably the best ipa i've had...but i guess there is a hair of room for improvment.

pjwilson, Nov 02, 2005
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the finest beers I've tasted for a while. Piney, citrusy, grassy, hoppy, grapefruity... it's all those things, and the brewmaster has managed to balance them well. A rather pale golden colour with a good head that subsides and leaves moderate lacing. Plenty of aroma on raising the glass to the nose and a powerful hit of flavour on the tongue, but it retains a degree of sublety. Slightly oily mouthfeel, but not bad for that. I think this is a one-bottle-a-session beer for me, either to get things underway or round off the night. Either way I'm very happy to drink it, and I think this is a beer that would pair well with very many types of food, even curry.

omnigrits, Jun 28, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – Slightly yellow 1+ finger head leaves nice lacing on the glass while receding to a thin layer, hazy orange/light amber 4
S – Dank grapefruit hops with pine & florals also, minimal biscuit/malt/caramel undertones 4
T – Hops are bountiful and lead here, slightly sweet bready middle with an orange zest/hop resin finish, nice balance for a hop-head like me and a taste I will seek out again for certain 4.5
M – Wonderfully smooth IPA, light to medium body with a whole milk viscosity, very good carbonation throughout the glass really added to the enjoyment of this beer 5
O – A contender and now on my best of IPA list, alcohol not even on the radar, very drinkable and (short) sessionable, looking forward to my next glass and more BR beers 4.5

rsdaugherty, Apr 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Fcip78, Oct 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

EvoJoe, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

blklabel, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Rast
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Round two of the Great Snowstorm IPA Taste-Off (Ed. 2014)

At least 1/4 inch on the ground. Typical, or perhaps archetypical, for an IPA: golden good. Bottle-conditioned and hazy as heck. Lovely foamy head. Nothing particularly smell-nice or taste-nice, just good ol' fashioned hop love. Bitter and balmy. Mouthfeel is especially nice: rich and inviting. Extra-sessionable for a bitter 7-percenter. Obtain multiple.

Rast, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Rare Vos pint glass. Golden brown in color with a nice, 1-finger ecru head and a touch of lacing. Hazy without being opaque.

S: Dried pine needles and some fresh citrus rind. A malted barley undertone with a fresh hop aroma that lingers. It smells inviting.

T: A dry maltiness on the tongue with a rich middle and a hoppy swallow. A bone-dry aftertaste lingers. This beer is a bitter IPA with a strong malt backbone. Flavors of bread with pine nuts, grapefruit rind, dead pine needles, earth, leather, and a pine tar bitterness are the main flavors I taste. An interesting juxtaposition between bready malts and piney hops. Not always blended smoothly...

M: Thick and robust without being overpowering, this beer has a great mouthfeel until the arid swallow and resulting afterfeel suck all of the moisture out of your mouth. Some people may be looking for that, but I like my IPAs a little more consistent.

O: For those interested in a complex, chalk-dry and bitter IPA, this is it. It's tasty, but oddly disjointed and disharmonious. I'd rarely pass one up, but there are more superior IPAs out there. I wish it tasted more like it smelled.

TangTKE402, Sep 06, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden/orange color. Slightly hazy with a small creamy white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

The nose is juicy and citrusy, with a focus on tangerine. Faint hint of sweet honey is also detectable.

Big floral, citrus hop flavors are apparent in the flavor, mostly tangerine and grapefruit with a bit of pine in there as well. Malt backbone plays a superb supporting role in keeping things smooth while letting the hop flavors shine.

Very smooth and creamy, medium-bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

This is a superb balanced AIPA. Tons of C-hop deliciousness without being overly bitter or unbalanced.

MattyV, Feb 21, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, slightly cloudy golden color. Small bubbly head and very little lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a hint of grapefruit and citrus.

T/M: The hops come through much stronger in the taste, with some bitter citrusy hops up front, followed by a bit of refreshing malty sweetness, leading directly into renewed and stronger piney bitterness on the followthrough.

O: Pretty much a textbook American IPA, very nice and straightforward.

sevenarts, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

zaptone, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Illos, May 20, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bear Republic Racer 5 was a flat out excellent IPA. It poured a great golden color with a nice white head and plenty of citrusy hops in the aroma. It was a perfectly balanced IPA with plenty of citrus hops and a slight hint of pine bitterness to keep it interesting. It has to be one of the top IPAs for me. There is not much else to say about the Racer 5 other than it is Fantastic.

brurevu, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Mayo2323, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JothHu, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

orion320, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of bignick
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Publick House in Brookline 4/20/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a huge kick-in-the-mouth American IPA. The smell incredibly pungent; the stong citrusy hop scent foreshadows what's to come. The taste of hops really nails the palate, and it is uncompromised in its dryness. This is one hell of a west-coast IPA, and has long been one of my favorites.

bignick, Apr 21, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

jaylib, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

furthurgone, Jan 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Lightly cloudy, very minimal internal carbonation, copper orange, tiny foamy head

S: Not incredibly fragrant, citrus fruits, hops, star fruit, all very light but simultaneously present

T: Light and delicious in flavor, definite citrus, pineapple, some green apple, perfect balance

M: Incredibly smooth, almost water-like in viscosity, easy to drink, refreshing, aftertaste is moderate, a bit lingering and drying however

O: A nice and smooth ipa, not incredibly flavorful and fragrant however, but refreshing all the same

MatthewWilde, Mar 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

aranton, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

APBT91, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

GatorCoop, Oct 29, 2013
Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 6,602 ratings.