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
Reviews:
2,288
Ratings:
7,495
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.42%
 
 
Wants:
343
Gots:
1,291
For Trade:
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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Village Draft House in Raleigh

Arrived a light copper with no head, carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Nose is citrus and hop flowers. Taste is mildly sweet with grapefruit-citrus and floral hops. The bitterness from the hops is evident, but very well balanced and mild. Medium body and nicely carbonated. I could drink this beer for hours (as I have done in the past).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange, ripe peach, with a good, white, and actively bubbly head of foam atop. Aroma: instantly sharp and spicy, with spikey hits of citric fruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, plus pine, and flowers, and more. Intense!
Hop attack begins in earnest on first sip and never wants to quit! A torrent, no, a blizzard, no an ever-loving bitter monsoon! A definite threat to the senses!
Tingly, spicy, and ever-so-tasty!
This would go great with food, I think, but I also think that it would go great with anything, anytime!
Body feels thin, though, compared to the massive hop-heaviness on the palate.
More malt, please, sir!
There are many layering effects, though, and many rewards for this souped-up ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle giving a simple nice cloudy dark orange body. Really good white head with some decent lacing.

Bouquet at first gives a weak bread smell, then to a simple faint grapefruit. Strangely it doesn't seem big on hops on the nose to me, as small as the smells on the nose are they are there and kind of make this quite pleasant.

Taste goes to a very straight forward simple citrus fruit orange. There is a really good oil of grapefruit and hops with this on the finish and mid palate taste, almost a rind chewing quality which is quite nice.

A very soild American IPA that I would have again.

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the entire drink down. Smell is all about the hops: grassy, herbal, earthy, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is mainly of grassy and herbal hops with a malt backbone to support everything. There is a mild bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good IPA but it features a hop profile that I am not all that crazy about.

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

Served on-tap at the La Jolla Brewhouse in CA. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it pours a clear yellow-gold color with a thin, filmy head. Well rounded aromas of sweet malt and light hops, with citrus and slight spicy highlights. The flavors are bitter and sour initially, with a bit of green and peppery taste at the end. The body is creamy and buttery; very smooth. Hoppy and tart aftertaste, which is very pleasant, and an easy, smooth finish. A very tasty brew!

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

Bomber bottle. No freshness dating. Pours nice auburn, with some golden hues, white,tiny bubble head and leaves alot of intricate lacing. Hoppy, hoppy nose. Large malty backbone, biscuity. Grapefruit, pine, grainy hops carry the weight here. Pac. NW jolt of HOPS is what were talkin' here. Big and bold IPA. High quality creation, seek-drink-enjoy.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed an off bottle on 4/26/11, came back to it again to give it a second chance.

A – Light gold body. White head with ok retention, but good lace.

S – Woody, leafy hop character. Light honey sweetness.

T – Soft malt into an orange and ginger middle. Herbal backend of thyme and rosemary. Great balance, but the end of the profiled is blemished by a dry dustiness.

M – Medium body with a lightly sweet finish.

O – Not a bad IPA. The dusty note on the backend keep this a solid point lower than where it could have been imho.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is amber, clear until the yeast poured into the glass (my bad). Carbonation is steady, head forms full and white, falls away leaving a diffuse head behind and some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hop filled wonderment. I love sniffing this beer. There are some beers that I wouldn't care if I never took a drink, this is one of them. I would love to just smell this beer over and over again, but I digress.

Full bodied, hits all parts of the palate, high bitterness on the back end, the hop oils coat your tongue. There is not a dominant aftertaste, amazingly. Some sweetness on the front, one of the best American IPAs I've ever had.

Hop heads take notice, track this down, find it. The hop character is a nicely balanced mixture of pine and citrus. A great great beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/23/05- Had on tap at the Englander in Dublin, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden color approaching an amber color. Smaller head by the time it arrived at my table. Nice lacing rounds it off.

Smell- Definite hops presence. More fruity than anything. Definte malt as well though.

Taste- For some reason I get more of a malt taste whenever I have this brew. I do get the hops as well, but to me it's a well rounded brew that leans towards a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level.

Drinkability- Classic example of a good session brew. Wish they came in 6 packs rather than bombers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep, cloudy golden amber with very little head retention.

S - A blast of citrus hops; grapefruit and floral nose.

T - Bitter citrus with some floral notes. A nice clean aftertaste.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A great west coast IPA. Definitely worthy of being a regular in my fridge.

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

Poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a nice finger of head and left good sticky lacing on the glass. The aromas given off from the beer were quite enjoyable with the hops dominating the nose but had a good sweet malt presence and hints of citrus grapefruit and slight caramel notes. As far as the taste the piney hop were a little bit more punchier but still maintained a decent balance between the sweet malts. The citrus grapefruit also helped out some to enhance the bitter flavors on the palate and I could also detect a caramel undertone. The beer was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation for an IPA and had a slight sweet but sticky bitter finish. Overall the beer was good across the board and drank exceptionally well without a huge alcohol punch considering the ABV.

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Photo of tempest
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

Poured into a weizen glass, this beer looks awesome. As I drink it down, its possibly the best look IPA I ever seen, let alone beer I've seen in the past few months. A hazy orange with white head and lacing all the way down the long weizen glass.

Smell and taste, however, are less amazing. Smells and tastes of west coast hops, very cascade like. Piney, citrus, grapefruit together at once. It was a good and balanced flavor, but lacks the complexity that would make this a great beer. Not overly bitter for the sake of being bitter like some IPAs, it earns it bitterness and flavor.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. I had no idea this was 7%, felt like any other good IPA. If I had this all night, I might end up on the floor.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, well. A very solid IPA from BR. $5 for a 22oz bottle. Good deal.
A slightly hazed golden, apricot color to the body. Good head, mix of dense and loosened foam. Some chunk.

Aroma is a mix of citrus, pine and resin/earthy. Herbal hints. Has a bit of a musk in the end. It's not powerful, but good and solid.

Malt backbone on the flavor is just barely holding up. Hope are strong, but not over powering. It seems they serve to up the abv and preserve the beer...like an IPA is supposed to do. I get some butteriness in the end. Quite an odd feeling for this style imo.

Good crispness and bitterness. Slight metallic flavor in the end.
A very nice beer. Not surprising from BR.

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

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades. The aroma is good. It has a very intense, but pleasant citrous hop scent that is enhanced with a nice pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a complex pale malt core with a wonderful bitter hop flavor. It refreshes and goes down easy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good IPA. It has a malty character and good hop additions; very well balanced.

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Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a orange color with dark yellow highlights. A large 3" head lasts forever. Carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the top. Mild lacing develops.

Smell: oranges and a strong bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt layer, balanced with some orange slices, lemon zest, and a perfect piney bitterness. This is a great example of what an American IPA should be.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a bite of crispness at the start and finish. The aftertaste is short with the flavor tones.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable. This should be a staple in everyone's refridgerator.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is floral hops with some citrus and some malty sweetness. The flavor is grassy, piney hops. There is some hop bitterness, but it is secondary to the hop flavor. A nice, fruity well-balanced American IPA. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden/light orange. Huge three-finger slightly off-white head that last a ridiculous amount of time in all it's glory. Literally looks like an ice cream float with the head. Lacing is above average as well.

S- Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. I love it.

T- Hellacious grapefruit. Citrus. Some pine. Hop profile is awesome..."Lingering bitterness"

M- Medium mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation for me.

D/O- What an awesome IPA! Would have no qualms with putting down a few of these given the opportunity. Racer 5...you my only friend.

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

On-tap at the Yard House in Brea during happy hour, on to the beer:

Orange in color withn a little paleness, it has a nice dense head on the top. Strong aroma of hops rise from the beer with the usual piney notes. The bitterness is not over the top. Very hoppy flavor. Notes of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and some esters. This beer has an excellent smoothness, which makes this a pleasure to drink despite the strength.

In comparison to the Hop Rod Rye, I prefer this one a little more (although I should point out I had this one on-tap, the Hop Rod came from a bomber). It doesn't have the dryness of that, but the flavor is a bit more tasty.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber, light head and minimal lacing. Nice fresh sweet herbal hop and malt aroma. Citrus, hops, light malt. Grapefruit and light pine. Hop and citrus aftertaste. Moderate body. A pleasant, moderately intense IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slighty cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge foamy head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops aplenty, sweet malts, yeast, and citrus.

T - The taste is sweet and bitter. Very nice bite at the finish. The finish is also dry.

M - Medium body. Very nice balanced and slightly carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. This is my first BR brew. I've heard great things about Racer 5 and now I know why. This IPA is very tasty, one of the best I've ever had. I'm glad I bought 2 bombers.

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

12oz fresh bottle poured into a regular kitchen glass. I seem to be revisiting alot of Bear Republic products this company, they do good work.

A- Racer 5 has a light golden color with some sediment seen in suspension. A nice frothy white head with small bubbles within rose up to an inch than faded into nothing, Light lacing on the top of the glass.

S- Big burst of citrus hops giving off the usual characteristics. This is backed by some malt, some bread and even lighter caramel which is a nice change.

T- A damn fine IPA, pretty balanced to, although my bottle is about a month old, so Im assuming the hops have faded just a bit. Some grass taste in the middle followed by a nice malt kick but that is light as well. A small earthy aftertaste, not so bitter.

M&D- Below medium bodied with light carbonation as well, but it is felt on the mouth. Kind of a slick feel going down. Not sessionable at 7%, but who cares, this is good stuff and a sixer would not be a problem in the course of a day.

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

Pours a clear copper color, and is topped by a 3 finger tan head. Nice aromas of orange, apricot, and a general pungent fruitiness course through my nose as I take a big whiff. Interestingly enough I also get some notes of just over-ripe plum as I go in for another sniff. The first sip, ahhh, this was the hop fix that I have been looking for. This beer is ripe with hop notes from beginning to end. There is a medium level of sweetness, and a toasted maltiness in the finish. The sweetness helps to pick up and accentuate the fruity hop notes that are in this beer. The hops taste of apricot, lychee, and ripe citrus fruit. It finishes with a solid bitterness that ties the whole beer together and demands that you take another sip. This is the beer I was looking for tonight, it just hits the spot.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is dominated by hops, some citrus and hints of malts, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brought over tonight by SAS while we were packing up a couple boxes for trade... my half from my New Belgium snifter.

3/4" head.. left good lacing.. hazy honey colored brew (I got the bottom half) ..

Aroma is C-hops all the way around.. it smells fresh... grapefruit .. slight but present pale malts.. with touches of yeasty fruitiness.

WOW! Flavor is big even for a CA IPA. Big grapefruit and Flintstone vitamin hops (only way I can describe it).. fruity and a little minerally at the same time. Nearly absurdly big hop flavors squash the pale malts that are present.. I am getting just enough sweetness to balance the big bitterness. Fairly thick mouthfeel for the style but the oily hoppiness lends to a pleasant slickness ... but I am definitely not complaining. Finish is a long fruity hoppiness.

Racer 5 would be a staple in my home if I had access... definitely verges on DIPA territory.. but still utterly fantastic... I could drink this until my palate was long blown.. but I would somehow try to find a way to slink one more in.

I've only had this brew one time before.. but I am truly thankful I had the chance to try it again.

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

Appearance: Copper in color with a small bubbly head. Some lacing dots the glass.

Smell: Strong malt aroma with floral hops chiming in.

Taste: Very well balanced. Prickly hops adding just enough bitterness to round out the malt bill. Toffee/caramel like malt. Distant herbal grapefruit hops. Zest. Even lightly spicy. Tasty. Good bite but not an overbite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect. Makes me want another sip.

Drinkability: Well rounded. Could drink alot of this. Solid craft brewery in Bear Republic, who make a fine array of hoppy beers.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,495 ratings.
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