Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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

Added by kbub6f on 03-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,141
Reviews:
2,342
Ratings:
7,738
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
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352
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Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this bottle in a recent trade with BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a nice amber colour with a huge, rocky, dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. orange and grapefruit. nice bready malt. hint of roast too. almost makes me think of a slice of whole wheat toast. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. tons of malt. hint of alcohol. nice moderate bitterness level. grapefruit and orange. slightly floral. bit of caramel. the hint of roast from the aroma is here too, strengthening the malt presence.

mouthfeel is great. carbonation level is on the low side, but i enjoy this. good body without being heavy.

drinkability is excellent. you'd never guess this one is 7%. delicious and very well balanced. fantastic.

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Photo of Ru55ell
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass beer mug.

A: Pours a transparent golden yellow with a good amount of carbonation. 2 finger head that settles to a nice cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Fruity/Citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and orange peel with a faint bit of malt.

T: Big citrus hop flavors of grapefruit and orange with some malt behind it to balance it all out. Slight biscuity flavor.

M: Very clean and crisp. Extremely drinkable with just the right amount of carbonation. Well balanced with minimal bitterness.

O: To me, this is the quintessential IPA. Clean, crisp, refreshing, and very, very drinkable. This beer is balanced extremely well and I am a big fan of the hop profile. I can drink this over and over again, and I try to have it in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of twilight
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I have to gush about beeradvocate turning me on to good beer. The appearance was this golden reddish colour, with hop schmutz floating around the glass. Being a homebrewer, I appreciated this touch, even though it was probably unintentional, and would have settled to the bottom had I kept the bottle in the fridge longer. The smell is slightly sweet with a clean and crisp hop aroma. The taste- yum yum yum- a sweet malt flavor that coats the mouth with a great balance of hops. More hops than in normal beers, but deliciously balanced by the malt. While drinking it, the phrase smooth bitterness popped into my head. This feels full, rich, delicious with light carbonation and a dry hop aftertaste. I love this beer. Can't wait to try more. Am particularly lucky to have found this in NYC. Let's hope my supply doesn't dry up.

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Photo of RonGale
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mamaraza
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I hadn't picked up one of these before. Its like a party you go to and only know one person there. Then that one person leaves so you don't really know anyone but you're too drunk to leave yourself so you end up sitting in a corner just waiting to sober up. Good stuff.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like apricot, peach, grapefruit, orange citrus, bready caramel malt, with dank spicy herbal pine and woodsy earthy grass. Tastes like apricots, peach, sweet orange, grapefruit, bready caramel malts, with dank spicy herbal pine and woodsy earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

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Photo of jordoo
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poored into an oversized beer mug.

Thick frothy fluffy huge bright white glowing head, hazey brillaint orange in color. Smells of sweet carmal malts tropical fruit and some floral and piney sents. Tastes beautifully bitter with a spicey hop note throughout carmal malt backbone with some citrus fruit flavors here and there. Feel grand on the palate and 22oz may not be enough. LOL

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Photo of Eddie729
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikeWard
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled date of 8/14/13, so a little under 2 months

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a generous 2 finger frothy white head. Head diminished to a little under a finger and maintained to the end. Excellent small carbonation bubbles. Some lacing.

Smell is fresh & fruity citrus hops

Taste is outstanding. Mostly grapefruit. Incredibly refreshing.

Mouth is between full & medium, really nice on the tongue.

This is a top notch IPA, and a no-brainer go to beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. poured into and drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a clear golden colored body with a small, lasting, bright white head that leaves sticky walls of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- a faint odor of caramel/toffee malt is detected and then...woah! hops! loads of citrus coming from this one. tons of grapefruit. lots of pine as well.

T- just like the smell, this one is dominated by hops. nice. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. very bitter.

M- medium bodied, well carbonated, and sticky. leaves my mouth feeling very dry.

D- easy to finish and i wish i had grabbed a bomber. a great example of american IPA. ultra hoppy. check this one out if you havnt had it before or in a while.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at McGrady's in Bethlehem. Nice seeing this on tap here and Big Bear at the Ho down the street.

A: Translucent, hazy golden amber/orange color with a moderate white head with nice lacing and retention.
S: As expected, citursy (grapefruit), slightly floral, hoppy aroma with malt background present.
T: Very smooth, crisp citrus grapefruit flavor hits first. Slightly sweet but balanced with malt and then the longer it is in the mouth the more the hops dig in. Not overwhelming bitter but hops are very assertive. Very balanced smooth tasting.
M: Full bodied with very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation combined with hop bitterness provides a mouthful.
D: Very flavorful, easy drinking, balanced IPA. Right up there with Two Hearted and Blind Pig for me.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber bottle.

Om yom yom. This is tasty stuff, and being in Northern California, I think it's fresher than average here, even off random super market shelves.

Foamy, citrusy, hoppy, lively, a cluster bomb of aromatic and taste explosions ripping from my nose to my lips to my tongue to my sinuses to my gullet. I'm full of Bear Republic beer shrapnel, critically wounded by depleted uranium nuclear hoppy goodness, and I'm McLovin it.

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Photo of tmm313
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is gorgeous. Bright amber color with 1 finger, creamy head. Great lacing.

Smell is amazing. Tropical fruit, tangerine, orange, malt, pine, and a little lemon.

Taste is hop forward, but you taste the malt almost immediately following. Good mix of sweet grapefruit and pine. Finishes with slight booze and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Gradually morphs into a sticky, oily coating.

Overall: Very satisfied. My favorite feature was the smell, but very well balanced as a whole. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - Orange with a nice, thick white head. Everything about the look is bad ass, especially the unfiltered snow globe in the glass; awesome! Lacing is excellent!
Smell - citrus hop aroma with some noticeable oily hops. Some toasted malt presents itself underneath the hops!
Taste - lots of hop flavor, but the strength of the malts provides enough of a calm biscuit flavor that lasts!
Feel - bitterness from the hops linger but never overcomes the balance from the malt!
Overall - a classic IPA that will please any IPA fan!

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Photo of Blksab99
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid IPA; definitly a go to IPA. I'm sad to see it leave my disto area here in MA.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 makes its status as a high-IBU IPA known at the first whiff, which reveals strong grapefruit and pine notes, countered by the sugary rosewater smell that occasionally accompanies high levels of hops. A white grape aroma adds to the bouquet, partnered with apricots and peaches.

On the tongue, the beer is of course quite hoppy, the bitterness tasting of both grapefruit and pine notes (making this a fairly balanced IPA, as compared to those that only feature, say pine notes). But there is a good malt base beneath those hops, replete with strong brown sugar tastes, molasses, vanilla, lychee nut, and toasted pecans. These malty flavors last well into the mouthful, peeling back at the end to expose a sheer hop base, which dominates the aftertaste, and lingers for quite a while on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is a good IPA, featuring strong, balanced, and flavorful hops. Beginners might find the intensity of these hops overpowering, but hop-heads will surely rejoice.

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Photo of mattffrost
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a light amber that is neither clear nor really cloudy kind of in the middle of the two. Head is white. Decent lacing on the glass.

Smell Very nice citrus/grapefruit/lemon smell. I also get a bit of carmel. Very pleasant beer to smell. Very nice hops.

Taste I like the taste of Big IPA's and Racer 5 is a great example of this style. The low carbonation with the citrus up front finishes a little bitter which I really like. I also note the spiceness and a touch of sweet carmel taste. I reall think this beer has a lot going on and its well balanced.

Mouthful: Low carbonation with the tanginess in the mouth is reall cool. Very pleasant.

Drinkability. So refresing I really like drinking these IPA's like this one.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruit hops with an underlying earthiness and good amounts of pale malts.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn somewhat herbal and all flavors carry through to a mildly bitter and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall this is a standout among standby's in the world of IPA's. Worth a shot if you haven't had it.

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Photo of ojclark
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Rich, hoppy/resiny aroma. Clear orange/amber color with thick, long lasting white head. Lots of fine bubbles coming un from bottom of glass even after several minutes. Very hoppy, resiny flavor with a nice malt backbone balanced by plenty of hop bitterness. Medium/light carbonation. Medium body with somewhat sticky finish. Nicely lingering aftertaste of hop flavor and bitterness. Excellent beer.

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Photo of haddon
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a growler at The Lodge in Hilton Head Island. they even threw in a Racer 5 pint glass to go with it!

A- pours golden amber with a nice frothy head. good lacing down the pint glass

S- pine, sweet citrus that's heavy on the grapefruit side. does have a malty backbone. nice balance, nice smell.

T- lemon, pine, orange & hops. good malty undertone. this is a great beer. had a couple with seafood last night... very nice.

M- medium body with adequate carbonation

D- scary drinkable. at 7% abv, I could easily have a few pints on a hot Summer's eve. enjoy!

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Photo of HopHed
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a beautiful, slightly hazy, dark amber with a thick two finger head with great lacing that you have to wash off.

AROMA: A noticeably piney and citrusy hop scent permeate this beer.

FLAVOR: A definitely noticeable strong grapefruit, citrus hop note with a lighter piney hop taste. A great sweet, honey, caramel, malt flavor to finish, with some continued hop bitterness. Flavors definitely pop more as this warms, ideal temp is 45-50º per the bottle.

PALATE: A great IPA, with noticeably piney hop bitterness, balanced perfectly with a nice sweet malt note and dry finish. It's no wonder this brew has won many awards.

MOUTH FEEL: A light to medium carbonation, very creamy feeling.

NOTES: An enjoyable light to medium carbonated 7.0% ABV IPA that keeps you coming back. The alcohol is hidden until it's too late, and the beer is smooth as can be.

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Photo of Samp01
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden hue, with a small white head. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, and grapefruit notes. Taste is floral hops, citrus, slight sweet notes of caramel and malt. Palate is nice medium body, smooth crisp mouth feel, nice carbonation. Finish is floral hops some citrus, spices some malt and good amount of bitterness towards the end but well balanced by slight malty presence, hop presence dominate. Overall a very nice, smooth and drinkable IPA. Very enjoyable

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,738 ratings
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