Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,693 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of PorterLambic
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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Photo of kylehay2004
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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Photo of DanJimenez
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of claspada
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%

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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%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date.

appears a pale yellow golden color, almost no head, just some soapy white foam that quickly fades. smells grassy, slightly vegetal. corny pale malt too. taste has very little malt flavor, just a little grainy. floral, grassy light hop flavors dominate. thin body, medium to high carbonation.

overall - not my type of IPA. by the flavor and color, it seems like its all base malt. needs more malt flavor and body for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CJ526
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is almost golden in color and lighter than I would expect. The flavor is good but not too hoppy for an IPA. It goes down very smooth and the hops are more pronounced at the finish. I could see this being a good IPA for warmer days or for social gatherings. I would drink this again and the price was good as well.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,693 ratings.
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