Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 7,701 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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,701 |  Reviews: 2,335
Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Buick222
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of crashoveride
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Fitzmke
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear golden with one finger white head with moderate lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A lot of citrus hops a little pine and sweet malt.

T - Follows the smell, great hop balance with a nice initial sweetness with a great dry bitter finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic IPA!

 346 characters

Photo of Bob320
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 40ontarget
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of musicsherlock
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of rockaday
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Rekrule
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of asafarc2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of brnavarra
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of timbre
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of doucmehu
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to oversize wine goblet during Super Bowl 46.

A: Glowing golden, slightly opaque with small eggshell head

S: Tons of juicy sweet citrus hops. A very inviting and mouthwatering aroma has me anxious to dive into another one of these.l

T: Juicy fruit gum, orange and pink grapefruit, caramel malts, some earthy pine bitterness. Hop forward, but with enough malt backbone to balance things out in the end.

M: Full bodied but not sticky, significant hop bitterness on finish.

O: This is a top notch, highly drinkable and well put together IPA. I never have a problem going back to this one whenever we get it in stock here in western WI.

 644 characters

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cosmo4u
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | 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.

 566 characters

Photo of raynmoon
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice light orange color. It is a little but cloudy. The color is not very deep though.

S: The smell is nicely balanced. Up front are some nice piney hops, maybe a little bit of citrus like orange, which is followed up by some nutty, roasty malt.

T: The hops are right up front, which goes down slightly bitter, but still delicious, Mixed in nicely are those roasted malt characters.

M: It's almost dry from the bitterness of the hops. The carbonation is perfect for the style.

 487 characters

Photo of neubert1974
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of danielp215
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rydev24
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of KevlarBrewing
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 7,701 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.