Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,658 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of circus_cat
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice apricot hue to the body. Could also be described as light amber, almost orange. Mine got a two finger soapy eggshell head which is dissipating at a moderate speed and leaving a lot of lacing.

S: Hop bomb on the aroma. *Satisfied sigh* Just when I was feeling like a really juicy IPA. Website says it's brewed with several hop varieties but I'm really getting the Cascades on the nose. Bigtime grapefruit with a little mango in the background. A floral character. Caramel malt backbone. The nose has got me excited to try what seems like a quintessential well-made standard West Coast IPA.

T: Fruity pebbles at the tip of the tongue followed by bigtime citrus and floral tastes through the middle. Bitter hop end. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, not too tepid but definitely nice and subdued on the carbonation front. I'd like it to coat the mouth a little more, but it's refreshing.

Comment: While 7% isn't huge by the big IPA arms race standard you see in the craft beer world, it's nothing to scoff at either. They do a good job of masking it. Again, this tastes like a quintessential floral, citrus-rich West Coast IPA--if you're a hophead like I am, you'll like it.

Update: I was shocked when I discovered this had 75 IBUs! Felt more hoppy than that.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a clear dark golden color with a small white head. No real retention though the lacing is great.
Smell is evergreen hops, slight malt and some citrus. Balance is alright.
Taste is malty, restrained hops (especially for a west coast US IPA), piney, some alcohol presence. Decently balanced.
Nearly full-bodied, lightly effervescent, warming and smoothish. Overall, a very good beer, one I would gladly do again.

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

A: single finger head with awesome lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: Grains and pale malts with citrus and earthy hops.

T: earthy and citrus hops throughout which are tart. Caramel malts form a nice base. A slight burnt toast character to this one.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is very nicely balanced. The hop character is not all that complex but it's still good.

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3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it into a chilled glass and noticed it's beautiful golden light brown color.

It has the typical smell of an IPA and I wouldn't say it's that strong(smell).

Now I don't usually like the taste of IPAs but this seems to taste more like a normal pale ale than an Indian pale ale, which in my opinion, is a good thing.

As for mouthfeel, it seems to be more rich and thick than most of the IPA's I've had the chance to try which gives it a fuller taste and a more satisfying after taste than the usual IPA.

Over all, it is the best IPA I've had the chance to try, if I were an ipa type of guy I would have given it a 4.5 or better.

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3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a medium size white soapy head that leaves ample lacing.

Aromas begin with a ton of grapefruit and lemony hops, some pine, with a lightly sweet crackery pale malt backbone.

The tastes follow the nose with huge grapefruit and floral hop flavors assaulting the palate leaving a great deal of lingering bitterness. Not much malt backbone even as it warms as the aromas slightly suggested.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is pretty dark bitter and becomes a challenge to enjoy more and more as it warms.

Overall this is just not a very drinkable/enjoyable beer as I find with most West Coast single IPAs. The flavors are all hops and no malt with little balance; great for some, not for me.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,658 ratings.
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