Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,644 Ratings
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 7,644 |  Reviews: 2,318
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SheepNutz
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy reddish-orange with 1 small finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a rich hoppy floral aroma, with some fruitiness also. The taste has good hops, and isn't overpowering, like some bigger IPAs. There are also some cirtus notes, and just enough malt for balance. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. The drinkability is very nice for being 7%. A good offering for hophead rookies.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this hopped up beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was hoppy smelling and poured a cloudy wheat looking color. The smell and taste also was like it had pineapple in it and was fruity beyond what I like tasting. I will not buy again.

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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours golden in color with a slight amber hue and a large off-white head that dissipates slowly and doesn't leave much lace, but leaves a lot of floating foam.

Smell: Buttery sweetness with citric hops and slight floral notes.

Taste: Begins buttery and sweet with a mild citrus hint, finishing with more toasty malt and a balanced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good IPA. Not quite the best, but this is a beer that's definitely worth a try and is one I would be more than happy to drink again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass.

A- golden-orance color with a fluffy one-finger+ head. Good carbonation and lots of lacing. It's a bit less hazy than most of its kind.

S- pine and citrus, very mild aroma for this style.

T-some sweet maltiness followed by citrus hop bitterness. Nice balance.

M-good body and carbonation, yet light and drinkable. Easy on the palate.

O-very solid American IPA, quite drinkable as well at 7%.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy brown with a very small white head.

S: I like this smell alot. It has the floral hops that I'm smelling more and more. But also, it has some of that hop bitterness I Love. Maybe a bit of honey as well.

T: At first it's hop sweetness/ honey flavor. Then the hop acid sits on your tongue, but it's not overkill. I like this alot!

M: An easy drinker but has a touch of bite on your tongue.

D: A very very nice IPA, very drinkable. I could drink 3 or 4 of these for sure!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of whynot44
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot gold color with some hints of pink and a decent foamy white head that lingers and produces some ice lacing.

The aroma is Grapefruit and crushed pine needles with just a hint of malt.

The taste is similar starting with a kick of grapefruit, then light bready caramel malt, finishing dry and piney with a lingering pine aftertaste that somehow makes you want more. Seriously hoppy, not for the faint hearted light beer fan.

Light/medium bodied, nicely smooth, crisp and refreshing, nicely drinkable. Definitely worth a try for the hop heads out there.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Clear orangey-amber color with a 1 finger bubbly white head with good retention and lacing.

Very delightful floral hops on the nose with light citrus, orange zest and caramel malt.

Flavor has a nice sweet caramel malt character balanced very nicely with floral hop notes and a candy-like sweet finish.

Light-med. bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall I've had this a few times and I really like it along with every other Bear Republic beer I've had. This one didn't seem quite as fresh as others I've had in the past but still a very nice beer.

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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,644 ratings.
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