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 | website

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
Reviews:
2,283
Ratings:
7,468
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.42%
 
 
Wants:
339
Gots:
1,280
For Trade:
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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Pale goldern orange with thin white head, leaving lacing
S- Sweet malt, pIney hops, citrus
T- Really well balanced hops and malt. A mellow piney hops
M- Smooth and easy drinking due to the lack of sharp acid

O- pretty tasty

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%

Bomber poured into a Sam Adams glass

Clear, golden amber with a steady stream of bubbles. Two finger white foam cap settles to a frothy, half finger lid with great lacings. Looks great.

Aroma of citrus with a hint of floral.

Slight , crisp bitterness on the tip of the tongue quickly leads to a full mouth of hoppy flavor at the middle of the tongue. Smooth hoppy finish.

Suds up well in your mouth, smooth finish.

Very good beer and available all over my area. Don't remember the price, but, it was relatively inexpensive.

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Photo of TimZebGir
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Lightly cold hazy (my friend’s that was not as cold was almost transparent), golden yellow with greenish tinge—light foamy head leaves faint ring throughout drink 3/3
S: Grassy and citrusy, but not all that strong 9/12
T: Citrusy middle rounded out with floral notes, with alcoholic tinge throughout, finish is a grapefruity hang 15/20
F: Astringent throughout, light carbonation 4/5
Overall: Perhaps Racer 5 was aggressive when it was first brewed 15-some-years-ago, but this is now a quite pleasant and subdued alternative to the hop-assaults on the market today 7/10
Total = 38/50

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Photo of RyanK252
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Eureka Burger Fresno

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden yellow with a nice creamy off white head that laces very well.

S: Big sweet tropical fruit and citrus hops with a little malt in the background.

T: Follows the nose, pineapple orange and grapefruit, a little pine in there, all well balanced with malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

O: My go to brew. Deliciously drinkable.

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

This is an oustanding beer. It's everything I want in an IPA. It's hoppy with a malty back bone. There's a hint of citrus and pineapple. just love it. This has become my go to beer. I always keep some on hand. If there is ever anyone who says they've never had an IPA or they don't like IPA, this is the beer for them to try. A true classic that shows what a west coast IPA is all about.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer almost looks like an unfiltered Belgian white, except it is a little more translucent. Slight orange tinge with a small white head
S: Could not smell too much besides the decent dose of hops
T: Almost exactly how I want an IPA to taste. Not overly bitter, not overly hoppy, with the right amount of malts to keep it tasting like a normal IPA. Smooth and extremely drinkable, especially for a 7.5% abv. Nice biscuit-y flavor that is mellow but hoppy enough at the same time. One of the most perfect balances of malts and hops in any IPA I have had
M: Crisp, but not too much of a bite. Very smooth
O: One of my favorite IPA's and one of the most drinkable Indian Pale Ales there is. Everyone should try it at least once

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Photo of slusk
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Great head stand.

S:Floral hop aroma with grapefruit, apricot, some mild pine and citrus. The malt filters through the hop aroma with a pilsner and wheat like aroma.

T: Nice hop flavor with apricot, pine and some lemon zest. A malt peeks through with a light caramel, orange and sweet bread character. There is a tinge of alcohol but not overpowering. The floral hop fills the nose as you drink, then a flash of malt sweetness followed by a delayed bitterness that is very much balanced to the hop aroma. Not a powerful bitterness but smooth. The finish is dry with a lingering citrusy bitterness.

M: Medium body, a little slick on the palate with a moderate carbonation. The 7.5% abv gives a pleasant warming late in the finish.

O: A very well done IPA. Smooth balanced bitterness and hop aroma. Surprisingly less bitterness in the finish for an IPA. Nice clean malt profile. A complex and highly drinkable beer. It's an IPA in the beginning but more like an APA in the finish. Love this beer.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Half finger white head sitting on a hazy, unfiltered looking brew. Fine sediment, light/fine carbonation, body appears medium – lacing is moderate and retention is good.

S: Sweet and resinous simultaneously, strong presence of grapefruit with undertones of pineapple and mango. Somewhat of an astringent aroma that is clean as well as mildly dry. Light agitation coaxes out a sterile lemon zest with notes of pine.

T: Clean taste, lemon and grape fruit provide a crisp astringency. Pine needle presents toward the middle mouth and dominates the resinous feel. The middle mouth packs a lot of citrus zest and is drier than I expected. Sweetness arises on the palate as the beer warms, letting on mild notes of mango, honey, and muddled mint leaf. Quite bitter, but well balanced, even a bit tart. The finish has hints of coriander and ginger; hop florals and freshly cut grass.

M: Medium to light body, fine carbonation, good balance between juicy and dry – aftertaste has a coriander soapiness and is again rather dry. Pretty decent drinkability

O: If I did a blind tasting of this, I would think it’s a solid IPA. That being said, I had heard some pretty high praise of this beer and I don’t know that I completely vibe with that. Good drinkability, good full flavor, but I was looking for a juicier palate. Overall, I like this beer, and I like it better warmer.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.52/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

$8.60 plus deposit for a 650 ml bottle at the 8th Street Liquor Store at New West station. This liquor store advertises a selection of over 200 bomber of craft beer, and yes, it is a pretty good selection. I was already in the mood for IPA when I noticed their helpful list of top-rated IPAs that they carry. Based on the list, I picked out this one and a few others.

This beer pours a murky amber with one finger of head. The aroma is fairly mild, fruity and sweet, with a bit of orange, but not heavy on citrus or pine, like many IPAs. It's maybe a bit floral. Overall, on the milder side.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat. I see that the alcohol content is 7%, and after drinking half a bottle, I feel that, but it doesn't taste like it.

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Photo of natron002
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle coded 1/10/15 poured into a goblet. Deep orange-gold with slight haze from yeast in the bottle. Orange/citrus hop aroma with pine, somewhat subdued, with Chico yeast twang. Little malt character. More pine as it opens up. Tastes similar to its aroma, then almost pine-sol like hops burst through after initial balance. Aggressive bitterness, long hoppy finish. Medium-full mouthfeel. I would love a little more hop aroma and slightly less bitterness, and less of the yeast character.

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

Appearance - Golden orange hue.

Smell - Dank, pine and citrus.

Taste - Citrus, malt and pine.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation.

Overall - Nice west coast IPA

Grade (B+)

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Photo of BREWS4LA
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a consistent good beer. Had it on tap and bottle/Glass. Always nice color and lacing. The smelly is very fresh, citrus, grapefruit, some pine. Good medium taste with just the perfect easy bitter finish not overwhelming at all. I find it a bit similar to Firestone Union Jack IPA.

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Photo of hophugger
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Nothing but positive notes about this one. Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with a fluffy head. Aroma has citrusy hops and is fantastic. taste of piney hops with a nice dose of citrus. carbonation is medium and overall this beer has a great hop and citrus balance. one of my favorites of the last year

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Photo of hornet303
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great goto IPA. Had 2 kegs this year on tap and always a fan favorite.

Hoppy and bitter but very well balanced with malt to smooth it out.

Its a high caliber IPA bit also is a great value. $156 for 15 gallons is a steal. I suggest it to anyone who is a fan of west coast IPA's and can fet their hands on it.

Cheers!

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Photo of RobbDogg
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy amber/orange pour with an attractive but quickly dissipating head. A fresh scent of tangerine and lemon. A light and drinkable beer with a nice combination of tangerine (following the nose) and grapefruit. An excellent IPA which I will seek out again and hope to try on tap someday. Thanks Monty in AZ for this one.

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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 gueuzedreg
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this beer has so much Cali IPA stamped all over it

A- Transparent lager light honey, maybe a touch darker than that. Medium head, cloud white in color. Medium retention, no legs as the head sticks to the glass on the way down.

S- Watery cascade, centennial; etc hops. Very light malt in background which makes me happy. Pine lemon zest in background.

T- The 4 C's hops are blowing up this Cali-style IPA. A bit of watery void that lends a break from the hops. Nice balance here.

M- Carb does not make this creamy nor harsh; just right in the middle. Bit of a hop sting that most Cali IPA's tend to have.

O- A very well balanced IPA that is very sessionable (sorry)

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Photo of Ale_Dog
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: bottle at home
Appearance: dark yellow, almost orange hue
Smell: nice hops, not overpowering
Taste: great hop presence with bitterness, but balanced well with excellent malt backbone.
Overall: west coast IPA, but mellowed with nice malt backbone. Not my favorite IPA, but can see why people rave about it. Totally hides the alcohol, would never know its on the high end.

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Photo of 98green
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Circling back for a review June 2016. On tap. Look is orange and clear. Smell is slight fruity hops. You can't smell this from across the room like the new school iPad. Taste is balanced, flowery hops and bready malts. Feel is super thick and creamy, very nice. Overall still excellent, but this is like a classic rock IPA. The style has gone so far this tastes different all over again.

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into glass from bottle. Bought a sixer of this good stuff.

A- Pours a light, yellow-gold color. Medium sized head, well-carbonated when poured.

S - Fresh, hoppy, typical IPA smell. Again, citrus notes.

T - Typical IPA hoppy, fresh, citrus-y. very west-coast. Malt taste at the backend.

MF- Good carbonation, feels fresh in the mouth. Maybe a bit tangy.

A real west-coast IPA. Excellent!

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Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Golden/orange in color with a two finger large bubble head on the pour. Yeast is present, as stated on the bottle. Bottle has best by date of 9/2014.

s. I get yeast, bread, a bit of pine and a bit of sweet citrus.

t. Strangely, the smell is stronger than the taste. Taste is a bit mellow, but rather good - just not strong. Yeast/malt on the front and pine - hoppy in the back. The 7.5 ABV is hidden well. Activating the yeast every once in a while is a good thing to do with this beer.

m. Mouthfeel was very good.

o. Lots to like about this beer. Truly outstanding - will look to try more Beer Republic offerings.

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Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After over a decade of drinking this fine beer I have finally come around to rating this great, all-around, classic, West Coast IPA.

A - Outstanding
S - Outstanding
T - Outstanding
M - Outstanding
O - Outstanding

One of the prototypes of the West Coast IPA.

For me, this is a solid, classic, go-to IPA.

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Photo of RickFromArizona
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you're rating this IPA sub-4, your taste buds are garbage. Great f***ing IPA. This is a top ten IPA if you know or drink them regularly. This is an example of why American micro-brewmasters are mad scientists who challenge the industry at large with a Steve Jobs cockiness of giving you what they like knowing that you'll love it too.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

#8 Best by 8/5/2014
Estimated calories - 225/12oz

Purchased through Lets Pour
Price - $7.40/220z bomber

Pours hazey orange with a frothy 2" head with strong suds that disappear in slow motion. Heavy lacing outlines the pour line and decorates the glass. This is a fine example of how a quality IPA should look, impressive.

The smell is initially malt heavy with an underlying scent of citrus fruit. As it warms, it begins to toy with your nose bouncing between floral, caramel and citrus notes. I cant quite nail down the dominate scent which is driving me nuts.

The flavor is top notch with mango, orange and spices draped over a caramel background. Amazing balance between a sweet and bitter sensation, very well done.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style and the high light of my experience. Sweet upfront followed by a period of grapefruit bitterness which lingers just long enough before I thirst, followed by a warm dry finish which draws the curtains, amazing...

Impressive example of the style with just the aroma holding it back from outstanding all around.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; clear gold, thin layer of head that actually retains pretty well.

smell; very mild citrus and malt.

taste; pretty sweet, for an IPA. pine and citrus are upfront with lots of malt in the backbone.

mouthfeel; medium body, quite creamy, very mild carbonation.

overall; not bad, worth the 5.99 i paid for it. but wouldn't buy again. just too ordinary

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.
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