Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.19/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,261
Reviews:
2,357
Ratings:
7,807
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,473
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,807 |  Reviews: 2,357
Photo of entenduintransit
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boilerup
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahypercube
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I remember when I first had this beer. I think this is the one that made me decide that IPAs and me were gonna be a thing.

L: Opaque body, orange-tinted peach in color. Lots of white head. Beautiful lacing. Classic IPA look.

S: Peach cobbler, applesauce, pineapple, mango peel, banana, navel orange and pine.

T: So tasty. Sour apple and peach up front with that topical fruit right behind, a bit of cooked onion that doesn't really make it through on the nose. Finish is granny smith apple peel with some grapefruit and pine. Very mellow profile for 7.5%.

F: Super smooth. The only brewery to beat out Stone and Sierra Nevada for supremely drinkable IPA.

O: World class, my ass. There's only one place in the world they make beer this good and that's southern Cali. Whattup!

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Photo of bigbeerfan
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear golden orange color with a creamy thick white head that leaves about an inch on top and rings of lacing all around the glass.

S: Citrusy, floral and earthy hops mixed with some sweet malt. Very inviting.

T: Citrus, earthy and floral hops, so.e tropical fruit mixed with some sweet malt and a medium to strong bitterness. Slight onion and alcohol at the end.

F: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: This is a classic IPA.

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Photo of CobraDC23
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mlassalle
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and balanced; great head of foam with good lacing. Would definitely recommend!

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

Photo of reggie3025
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbelair
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of slight piney hops, citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is a noticeable hop bitterness. Tastes of slight piney hops, citrus hops, floral hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good blend, body, appearance, and aroma. It has been soooo many years since I have had a Bear Republic ... I've missed you ole buddy.

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Photo of alwaldron11
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EMH73
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, pours a clear Amber with a half inch fluffy white head that left blotches of lacing. Smells of citrus fruits and pine. Tastes predominately of bright citrus fruits, pine and some sweet malt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, mild bitterness, slightly dry finish, crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Hopsohard
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from 2014. This west coast IPA has a bit of a softer side. Piney, light citrus hops, light amber body with soft head, some lacing. Taste is more citrus than pine, easy on the palate, smooth, sweet and delicious. Not as "in your face" as so mmany other left coast IPAs.

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Photo of monkist
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been wanting to try this beer for quite a long time and now finally I was able to find it. Although it wasn't a fresh batch anymore, I was absolutely satisfied with it and do agree that it lives up to its fame!
Looks: perfectly rich hazy golden amber. Smells suggest citrus and pine that comes to life richly in its flavor: hop galore. Citruses and mostly pine that dominates with a certain character that makes it distinct and different from the rest. It is very well balanced, no wateriness, no weak spots but not too hardcore either - a perfrct balance of pleasantly drinkable brew all the way, without a flaw. Nomen est omen: a number 5 IPA in overall. This is Racer 5! Go! Go! Go!

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

Photo of msink28
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, plastic hotel cup, best by 6/28/18 (come on Bear Republic, use a packaged on date!!!).

Racer 5 is the color of honey and has a delicate white head of about a finger. The lacing is nice.

The aroma is sharp, the oily citrus hops are like sharp edges to the olfactory sense. Resin plays around the edges.

Hops and carbonation combine for a biting sip. After that comes the hop assault with orange, grapefruit, and resin as bitterness and malt roll further and further back. The malt is caramel, but savory or rather a bit biscuity, which helps contain that cheap sweetness.

It's the mouthfeel that makes this beer. It is all at once crisp, biting, tangy, and full. There's plenty of carbonation.

When I picked up this six pack and checked just to make sure I'd reviewed this home state brew, I was surprised to see I had not. It's a pleasure to get reacquainted with one of the original great West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yes it is a classic hoppy West Coast IPA, clean and well crafted, but I find it too one-note and overly bitter. As it warms and breathes it certainly mellows out and by the end of a bomber I was appreciating it as a pretty delightfully balanced drink; however, this journey took too long and my senses were probably dulled by that time.
It is alive with juicy, tropical, citrusy, and piney hops and all those notes are great but for the puckering bitterness.

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Photo of EvgeniProdanov
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Germanchavez
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,807 ratings