Racer 5
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #155
Ranked #3,386
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
Tuesday at 04:24 PM
Mar 27, 2002
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Been some time since had a Racer 5 - ?San Francisco 2017??
Pours a bright very slightly hazed golden with solid two fingers of tight bubbly just off white head.
Aroma of bready malt, floral with touch of pine and big swath of orange, tangerine and tropical fruit - underwhelming at first but popped as warmed just a touch (this is on me!).
Tastes an explosion of hops - citrus, a bit of pine, fruity with notes of mango, tangerine; certainly a floral presence and a bright spicy bitterness that coats the palate balanced by bready caramel malt sweetness.
Medium full mouthfeel with a coating bittersweetness that lingers nicely.
This is a classic for a reason and on a short list of "desert island" beers.
Tuesday at 04:24 PM
Rated: 4.27 by Ananabiya

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Nov 15, 2022
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned Aug/28/22. Poured a semi-lucid golden straw color, with an off white pillowy 2 fingers high head, that leaves a fair amount of lacing, into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass.
Nov 15, 2022
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Reviewed by J_Brew_99 from Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Overall, this is the epitome of a classic west coast style IPA. Not overly hoppy, medium to heavy body, and the notes are more floral than bitter. Doesn't taste like a 7% abv beer and would recommend checking out!
Nov 09, 2022
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I haven’t tasted this beer in a long time. Bear Republic didn’t distribute in my area for a while.
Great beer! If an award was given for balance in an IPA, it should be given to Racer 5.
Light clear, golden amber color. Floral, piney aroma. Silky MF. Piney, spicy taste. Not too hoppy.

Gee- I’m getting nostalgic for the old days of the West Coast IPAs with lots of flavor balance.
Nov 08, 2022
Rated: 4.7 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 20, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 09, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by WIllBonds from Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
A CLASSIC !!! As WC IPAs go, this one should be included on every list. Golden, resinous and a heavier mouthfeel. Here in the southeast, it’s a welcomed standout when I can find it. Pick it up next time you see it, you will not be disappointed.
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JesseJames81 from California

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a rich golden color, with noticeable hop oils, a frothy white foam head

Aroma: A really pleasant aroma Citric and piney. Bready and some caramel notes. Some fruitiness too.

Taste: Up front is piney. Citric and pineapple orange. Some malty hints too. A notable bitterness. The finished lingers, but not too long.

Overall: I've tried this many times before, but this is my first time taking notes. Really enjoyable. Easily one of my all-time go-to beers, when I want to guarantee I have something quality and delicious
Sep 13, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by mkoneil1 from Texas

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Clear, bright amber with a large white head and very good lacing.
Aroma: Pine racing to outshine the grapefruit.
Taste: Herbal, spicy, resinous, citrussy. Lingering aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, well carbonated, medium-to-full bodied.
Overall: Not easy to overlook (or understate) the 5's pedigree. One sniff, one taste will have you reflecting on the glory days of the well crafted American IPA.
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by hester7 from Texas

Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a bright, foggy orange, quickly receding white head collapses to a ring leaving some spotty lacing. Nose gets citrus as do the buds, a nice caramel finish. Medium bodied, great continuing carbonation. I'd like to get this fresh....
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jul 07, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by kodt from Illinois

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by Wadegundy from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very tasty for 7%!
Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, light golden color with a large sticky, white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of orange, grapefruit citrus, stonefruit and apricot. Some caramel malts on teh finish.

Flavor: Strong citrus grapefruit and orange citrus flavors upfront. Sort of fades away in the middle. Some caramel and bread malt to finish. Moderately bitter.

Feel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation. A clean and moderately bitter finish. (3.75)

Compared to Bells' Two Hearted Ale 5/25/22: Pours lighter, milder aromas. More orange, grapefruit citrus. Less apricot, caramel, bitter pine.

Overall: A really drinkable IPA here. Nice citrus and some slight stonefruit notes. Then a clean and moderately bitter finish. Incredibly clean for 7.5%. This one would sneak up on you. Drinks pretty to style for a West-coast IPA. I don't know that there's anything here that makes this one special. Somewhat surprised by the 93 Rating on BeerAdvocate. Surely it's historical. Maybe my expectations were too high. Nonetheless, a good IPA and dangerously drinkable. (Rating: 3.91)
May 25, 2022
Rated: 4.55 by Beecham from California

May 03, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Steviek247 from England

May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Golden color with a quickly dissipated head. Hoppy but not overly so by todays standards. Tastes almost like a cross between a lager and IPA of today with a breadth of malt character. Slightly bitter after finish.

Overall this beer probably isn't as much of a knock out as it was when it first arrived, but it still holds its weight for sure.
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by iamkishanshah from California

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Disclosure: I've always enjoyed racer 5s and this was one of the first IPAs I tasted.

L: Beautiful deep gold color, somewhat hazy, white head

S: Aromas aren't too strong, citrusy orangey & grapefruit-like smell

T: sweet, bread-y, barley malt, orange and mango oriented taste with pleasant mild bitterness

F: Medium and soft mouthfeel with a finish that's dry (but not too dry),

Overall a very refreshing and enjoyable classic west coast IPA.

ABV 7.5 | IBU 75
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a golden with a moderate amount of chill haze, excellent head retention. Some pineapple and pine resin on the nose. Classic malty sweetness up front that gives way to grapefruit and drying peppery bitterness. It's slightly sticky but not super chewy. I wanted a West Coast IPA so I got this.
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by ryand14 from Michigan

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 3.57 by 1509er

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is my first time trying it in 2021 and I could tell it was gonna be old school but this is just bore snore. Medium body with extremely light flavor. This is being dominated on by other breweries. After reading some reviews it sounds like fresh on tap is the preference instead of the cans and bottles on the shelf. Which makes sense. This can is 3 months old and just showed up to the store.
Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by rpw from New York

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz glass on tap.
L: Pours bright fogged deep yellow w a frothy, smooth & creamy white head w excellent retention to end of glass, fine carbo, substantially thick webbed lacing w banding and sheeting.
S: Caramelized malts, citrus, pine, moderately floral,
T: Caramelized malts, pine resin, yeast, citrus zest, grapefruit, moderately sweet, a hint of white bread, melon, fairly full-flavored, lightly bitter finish.
F: Lightly sticky, gently fluffy, fairly smooth medium bodied feel w a rich center and a lightly drying finish with a short linger. There is very light grit.
O: A fantastic tasting, looking and easy drinking American IPA that's packed with California style. It is well balanced, a little fruity and good to the last drop. Quite simply delicious. It is outstanding in its style.
Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 3.86 by Blitz23 from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: golden with a thick white head

Aroma: white bread, caramel, citrus, pine resin

Flavor: Slightly sweet, caramel and bready malts, citrus, grapefruit and slight pine resin, nicely balanced

Body/Overall: medium body
Sep 01, 2021
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I ordered this on tap in Maui of all places and had low expectations going in. Wow did this blow those low expectations out of the water. Malty, citrusy, and bitter, the way an IPA should be. Since then I bought a not-so-fresh six pack, and it wasn’t great. I believe this partially explains the high variance of scores on this site. This beer is underrated for a fresh pour and overrated for a shelf turd. And while that is always the case, it is especially an issue with Racer 5.
Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 5 by mkassab22 from Illinois

Aug 15, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by simonrgilbert57 from California

Aug 07, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Bum4ever from California

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by MGibbons from Maryland

Jul 26, 2021
Racer 5 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 8038 ratings