Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,654 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden color with a nice head that dissolves to a thin layer and great lacing.

S - Nice, strong citric and piney hops. A nice malty backbone as well. A great smell for an IPA.

T - Much like the nose, strong piney and citric hops balance with caramel malt to form a great IPA that is surprisingly well-balanced.

M - Light bodied (a little lighter than I would like). It is very smooth and drinkable though.

O - Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA is a great American IPA. If you want a great example of the seemingly ubiquitous style, this is it.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a very enjoyable beer that was easy to drink and did not come on too strong with the hops. Had a hop kick in the end but was not overpowering. Not bitter at all and, while it may not be overly important, had a very cool label and was eye catching. With that said, good beer, not my favorite IPA but its near the top

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

Could not find an "enjoy by" date. Poured slowly and carefully into a standard one pint glass.

A: A copper to orange color with an off white head of about half a finger, but leaves a nice lacing.

A: The aroma is a sweet pine with some citrus.

M: Smooth and almost creamy and leaves a slick coating. It has a heavy body.

T: It begins with a sweetness that gives way to pine and resin and then a little orange citrus joins in.

0: Outstanding overall. A very pleasant hops forward taste, but doesn't need to hit you over the head with it. The begining blend of sweet malt and pine and resin is a great start for the transition to the slight orange. The heavy body really works well here, too.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours light, clear with about a one-finger head. Carbonation visible.

S: Hop aroma up front - citrus & floral, not much in the way of malt aroma.

T: The taste is more balanced than expected with caramel hops coming through more than typical for a beer with this IBU. Moderately lingering hop flavor on the back.

M: Nice & light, with a clean finish.

O: An excellent & drinkable beer. On par with CCB Jai Alai for a truly excellent IPA that you can grab in a six-pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought this 22 ounce bomber simply because I recognized it as a highly rated IPA on beeradvocate. Poured into a New Belgium beer snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with about an inch of white foam. Large bubbles and tiny ones too. Head retreats quickly and leaves nice lacing on my glass, although I see reports of little to no lacing in other reviews. The appearance of many chunks/flakes/pieces of yeast is a little creepy, but bottle conditioned ales should show yeast. I am just not a fan of chunky looking brews. I wont hold it against this one though, since it warns you on the bottle.

S- This one might smell like pine and citrus, or I might be smelling the last really strong IPA I had in this glass. I poured it a little colder than recommended, so that might be the issue, but this thing has a very thin aroma if any.

T- I started tasting this one at around 35 degrees and tasted it through almost room temp. Early on I tasted nothing but a little fruit, but later it really opened up nicely. Grapefruit, pine, lemon peel, tangerine and fresh biscuits. Definitely has some hops in it, although it is not as bitter as I normally like.

M- By far the best trait of this one is the mouthfeel. It hits the tongue and for almost half a second it acts like its going to have more fizz than a ginger ale, but then suddenly it softens to a nice creamy feel that one might expect from a cask-conditioned ale. Very well done.

O- Overall I would say this is a winner and the high ranking on beeradvocate is well deserved. It could have been one of my all time favorites for an IPA if it had more aroma. I never did get over the lack of scent. Would purchase again to share with friends.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a Star Wars Cantina glass. Orange-Gold in appearance, which is the way an IPA should look.

Well, it certainly smells great. Similar to Loose Cannon - scent is dominated by pine with a touch of citrus. As for taste, near perfect balance of flavors and bitterness. The bitterness sticks around for a few seconds after each sip which I like.

I've heard great things about this beer and it did not disappoint. However, I rank it behind Stone and Loose Cannon but not by much.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,654 ratings.
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