Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
7,708 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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Ratings: 7,708 |  Reviews: 2,337
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows loads of fruity hops: lychee, melon, apple and pear, with some resinous pine underneath. Also noticeable is a load of crystal malt. Very nice.
Very similar flavours, loads of sweet malt and piney hops. Finishes with an aggressive bitterness.
Lovely creamy med-high carbonation, could be lowered a little.

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Photo of Star80
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold color with a thick head, which is retained throughout and provides a nice heavy lacing. Hmm, no freshness date to be found and I took a chance on this one at $10 a six pack, and was in a cooler which perhaps has contributed to the freshness and hoppiness. Nothing worse than opening an IPA or APA and getting that stale smell, you know what I mean. Brewers, PLEASE, date code your beers, from a consumers standpoint it just isn't right not to. Anyway, fortunately smell greeted me with a big citrus hop twang, nice grapefruit and pine in there and some alcohol in the nose. Taste has nice malt backbone to help balance out some of the hops, overall a nice interplay between the two flavors and I can see how this is an APA as opposed to an IPA. A good residual blast of resinous piney hop aftertaste reminds me I'm drinking a west coast ale. Mouthfeel is rich and quite smooth and this beer is very drinkable for such a high ABV, big pale ale. Overall this beer was a pleasant surprise and was a great drink to go with my hickory BBQ chicken on a cold midwestern night.

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Photo of jmich24
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Dull orange due to a slight hop haze. One finger off white head. Lacing is sticky.
S: Outstanding Citrus, orange, grapefruit. Touch of sweetness.
T: Great bitterness from start to finish. Touch of sweetness. Citrus and a little pine.
M: Medium slightly creamy mouthfeel.
D: Lingering bitterness makes make me wana go for another drink.

Very good IPA. Big Citrus which I love.

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Photo of JHamm
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- nice golden orange tone. clear but rich in appearance.

Smell- very fruity. huge smell of pineapple and citrus.

Taste- not as hoppy as other IPAs I've tried but really balances well with a rich malty flavor.

Mouthfeel- not too oily but leaves a nice coating in the mouth. citrus like flavor dominates with an undertone of floral hops

Drinkability- extremely smooth and pleasant. very well balanced.

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Photo of juankzas
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Orangey gold with a clear beige head that dissipates quickly to a creamy froth. Very cloudy, lots of sediment.

S: Just hoppy bitterness, missed some citrus and floral aromas.

T: The same hoppy bitterness, a bit unidimensional, expected a more complex beer.

M: Good carbonation, as said before heavy on the sediments.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- amber colored and dellightfully hazy, a light tan head dies to a beautiful film.

Smell- very balanced notes of pale and biscuity malts with very strong citrus notes. Citrus hops are dominant but floral and pine are there too. Very balanced.

Taste- the hops cut through quickly and the malt holds up the rear which is a bit unexpected but not unpleasant. A bit astringent, with a bite.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with a sneaky carbonation, not defined at first, but after a second it prickles the palate.

Drinkability- the balancing act of this beer makes it so drinkable.

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

a. nice amber color body with good head retention and some lacing.

s. smell packs a nice punch. very floral and sweet. fruity with a bit of the hoppy bitterness too.

t. very nice hoppy complexion with surrounding citrusy, fruity, and piny flavors.

m. mouthfeel is nice with hoppy notes balancing with the light body feel.

d. overall really really tasty ipa. bear republic knows what to do when it comes to hoppy brews. check out hop rod rye if your a fan of this, that beer is incredible. but, that this is a review for racer 5, this beer is quite incredible as well. there's a reason for the hype.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark golden, mostly transparent. Very thin head, minimal lacing.

S: Grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet hoppiness and nothing else.

T: Hops, citrusy, some pineapple, and a very faint pine. Light malt follow through (in flavor and amount). This ipa is slightly more bitter than sweet. While the malt is detectable, it approaches a pretty clean hop taste.

M: Smooth, no sticky residue.

D: Easy drinking. A perfect session IPA. Big hops and easy drinking. Could easily toss a few back.

This is an IPA that competes with Doubles/Imperials. Huge hops and very fruity.

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Photo of vidisad
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

One of my favorite West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle. appearance was a crystal clear honey color. quickly evident that something wasn't right. zero head, zero carbonation

S - nice aromas of citrusy, lemon rind hops with a touch of pepper.

T - flavor follows aroma but doesn't really explode. nice bitterness, even without any carbonation to help deliver, and just a touch of caramel, biscuit malt flavors.

M - solid medium body but certainly not the best example without any CO2

D - very drinkable. lots of hop flavor/bitterness and not too chewy to make for a nice session IPA

Big fan of Bear Republic. Hop Rod is an outstanding beer. Even though I got, what I think was, a bad bottle...would seek out again based on other beers I've had from BR and reputation alone.

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Photo of heebes
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a light clear amber with minimal head. Nose is mostly grapefruit, big citrus aromas. Taste is floral on the sip, smell transfers to the taste with a big citrus bomb flavour which leaves a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, medium bodied. Drinks really well, I was expecting alot more from the appearance; kinda let down by a weak head/pour. Gonna retry the second bottle I bought with a more aggressive pour. Otherwise this is a great tasting citrus flavoured forward IPA.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 12 oz Pint Glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with a nice foamy one to two inch head that retains and leaves some lacing.

On the aromoa I get grapefruit, pine, along with some citrus scents from pinapple to orange rind. Some malt in the background, but the hops are front and center. (though not as much as a DIPA)

The taste also comes through as citrus, grapefruit, orange, with a nice bitter finish. The hop bite quickly follows and adds to the bitterness. Tastes refreshing and good.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with adequete carbonation, all of which blend well at this abv. I could have more than one without a problem, though I rarely stick to just one style in a sitting.

Overall, a solid IPA, that is a great benchmark for the style. It is a well established favorite and is recommended.I've had both in the bottle and draft, and draft, when fresh seems better imho.

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Photo of Franz4
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale golden color, 2 finger head, just a little lacing

S- floral, citrus (lemon), and grass. pleasant aroma.

T- grass/pine followed closely by a nice lemon flavor before rounding out with just a touch of toffee sweetness, nicely hoppy, nicely balanced.

M- carbonation hits you like the hops do, kind of subtly, but then they're there in full force. light-medium body, lingering aftertaste

D- very nice IPA, definitely one of my top 5 in that category. I've had it several times, I think this bottle may have been a touch too old as it wasn't quite as fresh and vibrant as some of the others. can't read the code on the bottle though.

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Photo of gskitt
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beverage center owner suggested I try this because he did not know next time he was going to be getting any more Bear Republic inventory.
A- Pours a pale golden color, much lacing, thin white head that does not last.
S- The first thing other hops is citrus and a lot of it. Was expecting more hops.
T- Really good, tastes of undefined citrus and is not overpowered by the hops. Balanced.
M- slick and maybe a little oily, not bad though.
D- I would think that you could drink this IPA and be happy.

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Photo of herman77
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light gold yellow with a very white bubbly head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Very floral and fruity hops, more floral. Oranges and a bit of ripe grapefruit. Rich toffee malt as well.

T: A great balance of malts and hops. Floral and light citrus hops, oranges and grapefruit in an incredible balance with carmel and toffee malt. Finishes a tad sweet and a bit bitter with earthy hops. Clean finish.

M: Medium to lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Feels pretty slick.

D: Great drinkability. Tons of balance. Not incredibly hoppy, but just enough to drink lots of.

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

Served on tap in a pint glass. Dark yellow color, clear, with a small half finger head. Good lacing.

Light, but inviting aroma. Hops, citrus, and a little sweet, yeasty malt note.

Well blended flavor of citrusy hops and malt make this brew highly drinkable.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Not a huge head on it 1/2" white head, beer itself had a nice golden color with some tones of amber and copper.

Smell - Strong fresh hop aroma, citrusy with a mix of fresh apple peels, some good stron sweet malty notes are present as well.

Taste - Blast of fresh hops, strong earthness, very floral taste, greatfruit and lemon zest mildly twinge the taste buds, then there is an mild apple like sweetness that finishes off the beer.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium bodied beer, good carbination, like most great IPA's leaves a bitter and dry after taste that leaves you mouth screaming for more of the hoppy goodness.

Drinkability - This beer has the wow factor. Great IPA with great hoppy flavor with a nice balance for sweet maltiness. Not a record breaker but an overall west coast IPA.

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Photo of jchow79
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all day long. WOW so balanced and delicious.

A: Golden orange hue with notable lacing.

S: The bouquet is fantastical! Its as if someone whacked me in the face with a grapefruit and flowers.

T: Delightfully citrusy! Very balanced approach to citrus and bitter.

M: Soft and silky on the tongue

D: I want to drink this all day long.

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Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in 16oz pint glass
A: Hazy orange in color with a thin layer of off-white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing in the glass.
S: Citrus with a touch of pine.
T: Grapefruit is the dominant taste along with some pine. Slightly bitter finish lingers in the mouth.
M: Light to medium body. Slight prickle from carbonation.

A solid West coast IPA. Nothing outstanding to distinguish it from others such as Stone, but nothing bad about it either.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. 11/24 freshness date, so it's about 3 weeks old.

A: Pours a brilliantly clear sunset orange topped by rocky off-white head. Great sudsy lacing and register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: Tons of beautiful citrus. A pure orange pith aroma backed by grapefruit and tangerine. It's also strongly earthy.

T: A pronounced, earthy bitterness, though it's not substantial enough to be a detriment to the flavor. Sweet pale malt provides a backbone against which citrus flavors brace themselves to assault the palate. Lovely washes of orange, grapefruit, tangerine. The finish has a small burst of pine needles.

M: A tad more bitter than I like, but it's not pronounced enough to leave more than a little residue. Medium body with moderate sweetness; it counters the bitterness and supports the hop flavors nicely. Good carbonation.

D: I had this shortly after Heady Topper. While HT is a DIPA and this is an IPA, I was surprised by how well this one held up. It's a neat reminder of how good some off-the-shelf beers can be next to their limited-release counterparts.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass.

The beer is an amber/orange/copper color with a big off white head that slowly recedes leaving behind sheets of lacing that cover the glass.

The nose is full of big, in your face, citrusy hops. Just a beautiful aroma. Not much else going on, but really nothing else is needed. I am dying to get a taste of this beer.

The taste does not disappoint. The flavor is big and full of orange and grapefruit with just a hint of pineapple. I also get a second hop profile that is more piney and earthy. The malty base of this beer is small and unintrusive, just big enough to make its presence known, but not enough to detract from the focus of the beer... Citrusy Hops. Medium bodied and well carbonated, smooth mouthfeel and incredibly easy to drink.

A really well crafted IPA, very smooth and inviting. Definately one of my favorite IPAs now.

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

22 oz Bomber

When trying new beers I am constantly looking for ones to add to my permanent rotation. This IPA makes it to the top portion of that list.

Aroma is what you would expect from an IPA.

Poors light orange, nice lacing.

Taste - A great balance of Hops and malt, a very smooth and balanced beer.

Drinkability - I would consider this a session beer, at 7% it is nothing to take lightly but the taste and quality of this beer would suggest that it is 9%+.

One small thing to mention, this beer was strongly recommended to me and I held of because I thought the labeling looked cheap and generic. I wish I wouldn't have waited.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange golden color forming a medium, creamy and thin bubbled beige head. Good retention forming lots of thin and pointy lingering lacings in the glass

S: Sweet pale grains. Very fruity. Strong notes of sweet pale grains, piny hops, grapefruit. Citrus orange zest, pine and flowery hops

T: Follows the nose: Strong notes of flowey hops, orange zest

M: Light body, medium carbonation and nice bitter and grassy aftertaste

D: High. To be drunk in gallons (preferentially, sitting in a pub around the San Francisco bay area :p)

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Photo of HoppyPopster
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out light amber in color. There was not a lot of head upon pouring, perhaps a bit old? Smells of flowery hops. This beer is so delicious. Not too high in Alcohol, the sweet malt and bitter hops are in perfect balance. Racer 5 is one of the easiest drinking IPA's I have had!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a light straw gold with a finger of loose white head. Very nice aroma dominated by floral hops and pine.

Moderate carbonation and a refreshing, light mouthfeel. Extremely floral character for an IPA with a mild, subtle honey malt sweetness to balance. Just enough citrus bitterness on the finish to keep you coming back.

Wish I hadn't waited so long to try this IPA -- really nicely done!

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,708 ratings
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