Racer 5
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #76
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,526
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
2,384
Ratings:
7,911
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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  1,530
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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Reviews: 2,384 | Ratings: 7,911
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

$ 3.63/ 16 oz can ($ 0.227/oz) at Chalet Party Shoppe, Middlebury, IN. Reviewed 9/22/19.
“BB 07/28/19” stamped on bottom of can. On shelf at store. Stored and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried glass coffee cup.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Yellow, hazy.
Body – Dark yellow, hazy and opaque. When held to the light, becomes a bit translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, average duration, diminishing to a five mm crown and a caldera-like cap. Lots of small pieces of three-dimensional lacing remain on the glass.
Lacing – Excellent. Three-dimensional rows of tiny to small bubbles, connected by short, thin columns and having short, fat stalactites. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Conifers and a hint of malt.
Flavor – 4 – Good balance of piney malt (Or malty pine) with both noticeable and neither dominating. No alcohol (7.5 % ABV) flavor or aroma, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.75 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25. I’m sure that the room temperature shelf storage and being past date contribute to the decreased coniferousness and increased maltiness, but it’s still tasty!

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with white fluffy foam cap and notes of piney hops. Nice classic iPA with floral and slight citrus like notes. Nicely served ice ice cold in frozen glass on draft. Good IPA classic!

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Photo of adab123
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Racer 5 has the distinctive hopiness of an IPA while its harshness has been tempered enough that the beer can be accessible to many non-IPA drinkers. I'd recommend it for those new to IPAs.

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Photo of vinicole
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Golden amber. Slight haze. Thin wispy head.
Hoppy aroma. A balancing biscuit malt shows itself. Some pencil eraser.
The flavour is nicely balanced again. Dry finish.
Soft carbonation.
A first generation AIPA taste and feel. Not many made like this any more.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a clear golden color and had a nice foamy white head. The beer is fruity and sweet to the nose. You can get a nice balance of malts and hops. There are a lot of fruit flavors but the one that sticks out to me is pineapple. It reminds me of the sweet pineapple on a Hawaiian pizza. It is followed by a mild dry bitterness. The beer is a great drink... I want pizza now

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy amber/copper pour. Floral, herbal, spruce sappy, mossy, woody, juicy citrus hops backed by a brown sugar/honey/doughy and biscuity malt profile, nutty and yeasty. Perfectly balanced, throwback IPA. One of the first forwardly floral west coast IPA's that hit the mainstream market, along with AV's Hop Ottin. This one has stood the test of time, still one of the better IPA's out there. Opens up as it warms.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 9/26/19

Pours light burnt orange, slightest cloudiness, and topped with a pillowy, taut off-white head; very nice retention results in thick globs of sudsing trailing down the glass, as well as a dense, foamy cap and sizeable collar.

Aromas of caramelized oranges, sunflowers, apricot, pine, and grapefruit zest fly out front, while citrus and caramel malt builds on the back end and an earthy pungency is interspersed in between; there’s a delicate nuance of florality, piney hops, and citrus that has this quietly standing out.

Taste highlights a mix of candied pineapple, grapefruit pith, bitter, earthy pine, burnt citrus peel, herbal resin, and rice cracker shrouded in an overarching hoppy florality.

Mouthfeel provides a medium body, crisp and mostly dry, and steadily develops a condensed but punchy bitterness; underlying creamy kind of smoothness from a balanced carbonation; slightly oily toward finish leaving a thin layer of earthy resin to coat the palate.

This hits all the right notes and then some for a classic west coast-style IPA; concentrated bitterness, savory pine and grapefruit leanings, and an ultra florality that has it standing on its own. Prime execution and immensely enjoyable on all accounts.

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Photo of ZipDipper
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very light golden color. Strong hoppy flavor, with a persistence that lingers on the back of the tongue. My only complaint was that the aroma was not quite as welcoming as I wished.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Massive head. Bright fizzy marigold. Almost like orange soda. Simply intricate webbing

S: Absolutely wonderful smell. So fruity, so expressive. Definitely citrus. Pineapple? There's some cheesy pungency, a kind of mossy hop. Some english biscuit

T: So smooth, so creamy. There quite a bit going on. Lots of complicated hop flavor that mingles like aged cheese. Well balanced with some caramel malt. Leaves a slight bitterness for a long dry aftertaste.

O: Quite a beer. More like a DIPA. It's a refined and streamlined experience.

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Photo of Maho6611
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice hazy golden color with “off white” head. Smells like a mix of tropical fruits, pine, citrus, and hints of caramel. Nice soapy lacing.
It may be a tad bit too bitter for my taste but nothing to keep me from reaching for another one.
Overall this was a very great IPA and i enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of Beechwood166
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This—more than Lagunitas—was one of the first beers that got me excited about IPAs and craft brewing. Still a fantastic example of the aroma, hop balance, and mouthfeel I look for in a West Coast IPA.

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Photo of WayneRooneyFan
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bear Republic Racer 5 is one of the reasons I fell in love with craft beer. Over the years, I've only had it on tap (for sentimental reasons), but tonight -- for the first time -- I enjoyed it from a 12 oz. bottle purchased from my local beer shop. The pine/floral taste brought back great memories of those early IPA days. Malt plays a supportive, not dominating, role...while there is a pleasant level of bitterness (and even a degree of dryness) that lets you know you are drinking a quality beer. Long may Racer 5 set a standard for which others should strive.

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Photo of edc20
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not an IPA fan but I do enjoy this. Plenty of hoppy bitterness but also citrus notes that balance it out. Good carbonation level that contributes to a thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeanBump
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Im not a huge IPA fan but every year, without fail, I get one bottle of racer 5 as part of a corporate gift basket (which contains 5 other non-related beers shoved into a plain, cardboard 6-pack holder). Every year I shrug and just stick it in the fridge. When the day finally comes that I get a wild hair and decide to crack it open, Im reminded that this is actually a pretty decent beer. Its pretty hoppy but its relatively smooth for being so hoppy. By the time I down my 12 oz. allotment I always find myself wishing they gave me more than one Racer 5.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.3/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S- Fruity hop notes.
L- Quite dark gold. 1mm fine white head.
T- Oh-hhh it's a hop-bomb. Pretty eye-watering. A bad sign on the 1st sip when I wonder whether I can finish it.
M- Intensely hoppy dry, with perfumed notes wafting in afterwards.
O- It's out of balance to me. More like a challenge than an assured and balanced brew.
Bought from M+S at Paddington Station W2. Perhaps aimed at US commuters >< the 'Silicon Triangle' of US corporate offices out to the west from there. No visible BB. £2.75/330ml

Observation: The hoppier a beer, the shorter the reviews people write on it - ?

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Photo of iguanodon
3.1/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. I bought a 6 pack of Hop Shovel, found one was a Racer 5. Pours clear dark gold with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus. Taste is bitter hops, backed with a little malt sweetness. A decent IPA but doesn't stand out when there are so many great ones.

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Photo of mpyle
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber color. Good clarity. Big white head, creamy and lingering.

Floral pine hop aroma. Old school hops. A bit of caramel malt aroma

Nice meld of malt and hop flavors up front. A nice piney/earthy hop flavor. Strong earthy bitterness into the finish. Classic traditional American IPA flavors

Med body and carbonation. Hops are drying on tongue, but not astringent Very slightly warming.

A big and assertive IPA. Big hop flavor and bitterness. A classic.

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Photo of gandres
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:07 PM
22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Sight: amber, of white head disappears slowly, some lacing
Smell: nose: hoppy, citrusy, drink: very fragrant
Taste: very bitter, medium sweetness,
Mouthfeel: long finish, medium body, creamy, average carbonation
Overall: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for

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Photo of Ronl12
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into IPA glass. No Date,
Fairly clear yellow look. Nose is hoppy. Taste is west coast style hop IPA. Feel is fairly light. Overall, I know this is a favorite but I have had better west coast style IPAs. Not bad but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of singletary
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head with good retention and nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of pine and citrus ( grapefruit) to me. The taste is of citrus to begin with and pine then flows, it has a good hop bitterness. The feel leaves a dry feeling from the hops but is smoother than you would expect. Overall a really good IPA, smooth and bitter at the same time.

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Photo of N9MMA
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had my fair share of West Coast Brown IPA's. Sample is a 22 oz from the bottle, served at 37F, in a coozy, while watching a Dodger /Brewers baseball play off game. Very nice pine, citrus and a medium hoppy feel up front. A little thick feeling on my palate. Flavor improves a bit in the citrus department as the beer gets a little closer to room temperature. Consumed over 55 minutes. Citrus and grapefruit and pine finish really stand out as the beer approaches room temperature. No idea what the IBu's are on this one, not really overly hoppy, but has, IMHO, a very well rounded, balanced taste, flavor and finish. Really, really enjoy this IPA. Been drinking it now for a few years, this is the first time I've tried to review it. Great example of a good West Coast style medium flavored and bodied IPA. A keeper. Balanced, I think describes it best. Very well balanced.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frosty, lightly foggy orange with a finger of off-white, foamy head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is pine, citrus, dank, and resin forming a classic IPA aroma. Citrus bodes well with the more evergreen-like hops. Biscuit, bread, and pale malts behind further mellow it out. Flavor profile is a lovely blend of biscuit, bread, and pale malts with resin, dank, and citrus hops. The duo works together well to form a hoppy, but balanced IPA. Hop notes are firmly on the traditional/classical side. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fizzy texture that imparts a little grainy abrasiveness around the edges. This mash up of textures with the slightly thicker feel creates a rather bold mouth feel overall. Overall, this is a great classic IPA. Hop notes are plentiful, but are well balanced out by malts. Neither one side dominates the experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have consumed a variety of beers over the last 10 plus years. I have passed this beer on my way to get other beers to think I have drunk that. Sadly, I learned the other day I have not drunk this classic. I nabbed this beer today as I doing shopping for a BIF. The beer is 43 degrees and served in a pint glass. A firm pour on the beer produced a two finger head with excellent retention. The head is bright white foamy and rocky. The color of the beer is a straw color with golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. The beer is active with effervesce.

The aromas in the beer are grapefruit, pine, citrus, toasted malt, and yeast.

The flavors in the beer are pine, citrus, grapefruit, toasted malt, and yeast.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

A great IPA simple flavors and tasty.

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Photo of timon
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best tasting IPAs I've had. Honey and orange up front with orange zest finish. Look is nothing too great. Smell is very nice fruity and floral in a sweet way. One of my top 3 IPA out of the 20 I've had.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

08/05/18
Blind comparison of 6 IPA's
1. Deschites Fresh Squeezed IPA
2. Cigar City Jai-Alai IPA
3. Southern Tier 2XIPA
4. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
5. Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
6. Avery The Majaraja IPA
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Bottle to Snifter, blind.

LOOK: yellowish color, small head.
AROMA: medium pungency, pine, grapefruit
TASTE: pine, leaf, ash
FEEL: a little thin, ok carbonation.

**

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Racer 5 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 7911 ratings