Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,641 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: 7,641 |  Reviews: 2,318
Photo of Shawnspl
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvanWilliams
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of JCam9981
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ToddThompson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NWHopinator
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbriggs7
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold, with a moderate head that dissipates to a fine layer leaving some lacing.

Interesting and intense aromas of piney/floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste is of piney/floral hops, nicely fresh and intense. Long hoppy finish.

Body is a tad thicker than typical IPAs, with a good carbonation level to give it a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This was a nice beer to have from a tap on a hot afternoon, with an alcohol level that is sessionable. It ranks up there with the better tasting IPAs.

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Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of chilidog
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap on vacation a year ago. Just bought it in the bottle, watch'n Nascar with Racer 5. Living the dream.

Good golden, slight unfiltered haze, white head, lotsa lace, balanced carbonation.

Smooth citric hop balance slightly with a sweetned malt, breadyness.

Very well balanced IPA with good ABV. Easy drinker. Good with a steak, burger or fried pub grub. Oh ya, a Nascar race works too.

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Photo of jriggins6
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Jcorn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 13 oz. tulip glass at Sunset Tap & Grill in Allston, MA

Dark straw, slightly amber in color with only about a 1/8" of white head by the time it made its way to my table. Aroma was pleasant but fairly subdued; piney, citrusy, and floral hops with a nice slightly caramelly malt backbone. Taste was quite good, citrusy and piney hops with a solid malt presence, a touch of sweetness and an assertive but not overwhelming bitterness. Overall fairly well balanced. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit slick from the hop oils yet still somewhat creamy, very nice. Drinkability is good as well. This was quite tasty and well balanced. This is a great IPA with good hop presence that was quite quaffable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A copper color with a slight more reddish tinge to it. A small head that quickly disappears.

S: A good amount of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange. Also some detection of pine. There is a slight malt scent as well.

T: A very well put together flavor of hops. At first sip, a good amount of citrus hops, mixed with a little caramel malt. Finishes strong with more hops, mostly pine.

M: A medium body beer, but missing some carbonation.

D: A really good IPA offering. Although a 7% abv, worth having more than one in a sitting!

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Photo of oelergud
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz tall dark brown bottle with a racer checkered flag on the label with red and yellow print, pewter cap.
Transparent copper golden body with lots of carbonation. Large white rocky head of full range of bubbles. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Smooth buttery hop scent, slightly spiked with almost no malts.
Harsh yet very smooth hop flavor. Hay and grain. Delicios long lasting harsh hop resin aftertaste.
Medium full body good coating and slick.
Great drinkability. Smooth, harsh, delicious.


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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of TGS
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mthomp081
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatandDavid
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-Review 9/5/04

Looks like I had this just a little over a year ago, and this time it was super.

Autumn gold in color, nice malty aroma, sheet lacing. I found the taste to be 100% hop candy. In this I mean the hops were prominent and fresh, but also that there seem to be so much hops packed into the beer that there is actually a candy like note (not syrupy, but candy-like). Very smooth, I had 2 of these which means that I will be making adjustments to my previous tally.

old review:

Had this on tap at Redbones...Color when served was of cloudy apple juice. I didn't pick up too much aroma from this one. Not too much head, but left beautifully striped lacing all through my glass. Taste was very citrusy, fresh, with a nice tart mouthfeel. Not a lot of malty notes in this one. I didn't find it it overhopped or anything, but the one taste sensation was: citrus. Would drink again (actually I have a bomber in my bier kabinett waiting for me). Reminiscent of Rogue Brutal Bitter imo. Pat

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Giant head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. The straw color is slightly hazy.

There is a powerful hop aroma with a bit of pine and lots of citrus and pineapple; the last of which is emphasized by the light malt sweetness.

The flavor is a nice balance of slight malt sweetness and crisp hop
Bitterness; resulting in a dry finish. The hops give off a bit Of a soapy flavor on top of the typical citrus flavor.

The body seems a little on the heavier side for an IPA, but the beer still has good drinkability.

An awesome IPA when fresh. Yum.

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Photo of slim2043
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jscheuf
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,641 ratings.
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