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

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Ratings: 7,693 |  Reviews: 2,332
Photo of GimmeAles
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brilliant honey-yellow has the slighest haze from the bottle conditioning and perhaps massive residual hop matter. Billowing white head blooms
like a mushroon in a time-lapse video and hangs on for some time.

Resinous, piney hops dominate the olafactory experience adding some green-leaf, grassy and nearly tobacco-like pungency into the mix. Fleeting vapors of grainy, candy-like sweetness struggle to be noticed.

A raw, evergreen (spruce?) bitternes wallops the palate, but a grapefruit-like fruitiness lends some complexity before lightly toasted, bready-sweet malts bring some balance about. Hints of vanilla and toasted marshmallow are also in the middle. The finish signals the return of the citrus, tree-sap, and tobacco-like hop character. The beer finishes pleasantly dry leaving you to savor addtional fleeting complexities as the hops and malt playfully leave the palate. Just when you think the hops might be overdone, the sturdy malt character keeps things in check, begging another sip. At %7 ABV thought, you'll be taking it easy...right?

The dry finish, massive hop character and whimsical malts make for a spectacular combination - an amazing offering and one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with some haze from the bottle-conditioning and strings of carbonation. Thin, sticky, creamy head on top is a permanent fixture and leaves thin sheets of lacing. Smells very appealing - freshly squeezed citrus hops, candied and rich. Juicy citrus hop flavor with sugary malts to balance. Oh yeah, this is very delicious. Drying rind with a floral sweetness in the end. Solid medium mouthfeel with fine carbonation and a smooth bitterness.

A fruity, juicy IPA...all out hops yet, this is far from one dimensional. Pure, fresh squeezed Cascade and Columbus hop juice. Top notch.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright gold tinged with reddish hues , a solid finger of off-white head and great retention. Smell was more subtle than I expected, sweet malt, orange and grapefruit hops. The taste of this is excellent--nice pine needle hoppiness upfront, a smooth sweet malt balancing perfecting, and an assault of citrus and grapefruit hops leaving a long hoppy finish. Medium bodied with a slick juicy hop-coating feel--feels just like an IPA should. Another very well balanced IPA from the west coast that I could drink all night long.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber poured into my Imperial Pint Glass

A - Poured a hazy deep orange/copper color. I didn't very much head just some bubbly lacing around the side of the glass
S - Wow, get strong piney hops in the nose, fresh hops, grapefruit

T - Ok, i thought the smell was strong. The taste follows the nose but I got the strong citrus hops upfront and some strong piney resiny hops in the back. I get the sweet malty background but the hops are much more, I wouldn't say this very balance but it is delicious
M - Medium body, not much carbonation. I got a real strong pine resin finish at the end
D - This was an awesome beer. I'll admit this was pretty complex for me in the beginning. But the more I sipped the more I could realize all of its beautiful complexities. This beer was great!!

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Photo of fx20736
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 8/1/15 from Beers of the World. Served cold in a Duvel tulip. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.Hazy apricot. A pork pie mound of offwhite head, tatters of lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor of orange marmalade and grapefruit atop bready malt. Mouthfeel is thick and full. This is a tasty beer. thick

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Photo of nathanho
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. chilled bomber pours cloudy into a 14 oz tulip (shout out to KD Lang) glass. Medium creamy head & a lot of large and small particulate matter, which adds to the glowing amber hue. Not clear at all.

Nose is clean with hops, pine and citrus - maybe cube farm air dulls the olfactories? Hoppy bitter flavor gives sensation of "taking a bite out of a good IPA". Sugary apple delights gustatories and big grapefruit lingers. Straight forward hopped up yummy. Substantially chewy and slick, light chalk on the backside. Makes me hungry.

Outstanding and delicious – I’m in IPA Heaven!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bear Republic Racer 5

Appearance: Amber, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrus, hops, and slight sweetness.

Taste: Orange peel, mandarin orange, lemon peel, and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and bitter.

A refreshing and pleasant IPA. It has a good citrus and hops balance. This would go great on a warm day.

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Photo of mirish72
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours an orange amber with a decent head, nice lacing. Fruity, hoppy aroma, lots of great piney and grapefruit smells going on here. Really solid beer from start to finish, probably much better fresh on the West Coast, but a really nice beer overall.

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Photo of digitalbullet
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: deep golden color with a relatively thick head that dissapates fairly quickly. A lot of lacing present.
Smell: crisp pine needles. Good malty sweetness present as well.
Taste: clean grassy hops. Citrus grapefruit bitterness. Slightly sweet malt present.
Mouthfeel: light and well balanced. Crisp and minimal aftertaste that can be present on some IPAs.
Drinkability. This beer is the bomb! So smooth and easy to drink. Excellent session beer

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Photo of Adam5150
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, with a tint of red, and a medium sized white foamy head. Excellent lacing. Strong floral and citrus hop aroma, well-balanced w/ a smooth malt finish and a bitter aftertaste that goes down smoothly. Medium mouthfeel. Refreshing and very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Braz
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold color similar to adjucnt lagers. Nice fluffy pure white head. Aromatics are citrusy, orange, cedar and grass. Taste has excellent balance between sweet and bitter. It is dry and finishes with some nice spice notes, black peppery. Aftertaste is bitter and lingers a bit. Very good IPA. I have yet to have anything disapointing from this brewery.

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Photo of srrn
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep straw to reddish yellow, smell is piney hops. Taste is fresh, lots of piney hops and citrus with enough malt to balance it just a bit, this is a hop bomb, almost a DIPA? Which was what I first thought. Mouthfeel is perfect, slightly oily and chewy. This did not get a chance to warm, very drinkable, but too high an abv to session. I would buy this again, really enjoyable.

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Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange color with a big foamy head. Beer has a really slight haze to it.

Aroma is citrus, and pine hop goodness. Also a bit floral too.

Taste is crisp and dry.. Hops are very present in the flavor, citrus and a bit bitter up front, yet somewhat creamy on the finish. There is also a hint of alcohol in there. This beer is well made, there is a good balance between the hop bite at the beginning, and the creamy malty finish.

Mouthfeel is good, flavors linger in the back of my mouth.

I have always considered this one of the better made American IPA'.s It is a tad bit high on the alcohol compared to some others, but this is a very good and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Jmikepow
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of claminat420
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured in my melt cafe (cleveland, oh. best bar you'll ever go!!) pint glass. has a transparent but slight hazy golden color with a frothy white head. leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S- just a nice citrusy hop scent which an ipa should have.

T- at first the alcohol is undetected by the bitterness but after a couple it's noticable. has that nice citrusy hop taste like the smell. malt isn't that much of a star here which makes sence it being an ipa. 40 or 60 caramel malt i would guess.

M- solid medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- will def buy more down the road.

Overall- this beer is better than two hearted but behind huma lupa in my opinion. this is my first six pack but hope the rest i buy are all solid unlike my luck with two hearted's consistency. the only thing negativie i can really say is the $11.99 six pack isn't too great.

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Photo of jojoluvsbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that lingers around for a while before forming a nice ring. Nice lacing on the glass as well. Nose is pine, grapefruit and citrus. Taste is all about hops with a pine taste, and nice balancing sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is high.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The color has a rich orange color and lots of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice juicy citrus, grapefruit and malt sweetness.

The flavor has a hoppy freshness with grapefruit, orange, pine, and then it finish with a bitter dry finish.

The body and malt backbone stand out for this beer. It's very well crafted with its drinkability. The refreshing grapefruit just keeps wanting you to drink more and more.

I'm re-reviewing this because I didn't care for this beer at all. Having this for the second time fresh on tap, this was fantastic.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Glowing peachy orange color with hints of red. Light bubbly head. Solid natural carbonation.

Smell: Blast of grass and and pine hops accompanied by a nice grainy almost English style backing malt. The beer packs a punch of tropical fruits, melon rind, and spices. Nice mild pale aromas which are very inviting. The sweetness is so alluring.

Taste: Melon-rind and grapefruit citrus accompanied by bread, grass and papaya. Hop forward but with a balanced malt backing that makes this beer quaffer. A quick flash of bitterness is ended with a sweet sugary lingering. Sweet at the point of perfection.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing. Full of flavor but somewhat watery in texture. Not as sticky and resinous as Torpedo and not as malty is Stone IPA. It is right in between and the balance makes this a perfect go to IPA.

Drinkability: Hands down one of the most drinkable IPA's in existence. No wonder this one flys off the shelves with such regularity. A solid hopped up IPA that even a timid beer drinker could appreciate.

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Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For around $5 you can't find a better IPA, in my humble opinion. This one won't knock your head off like others but delivers all the heavy hoppyness you expect from an IPA while maintaining a light, drinkable side.

A - Gold, almosth lagerish body with a nice thick head that produces wonderufl lacing througout the glass.

S - A boost of citrus hops marry a grainy earthy finish, with hints of oatmeal.

T - What starts as a boost of orange on the tongue takes a slightly sour turn releasing a grapefuit precense and finishes with a malty alcohol salutation. Although I feel the alcohol is more present here than other IPA's it is balanced so well I actualy would be let down without it.

M - clean, fresh; a nice amount of carbonation boosts those sensations. Lingers in mouth for quite a while after a drink but not because of the odd IPA film that is sometimes left in the mouth.

D - All night long baby. Light enough to "keep em coming" and heavy enough to know you're drinking a real beer. If you are an Odell IPA or Two Hearted fan I feel this is right up that heavenly alley.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a white head that laces and fades quickly

S - Hop aromas with a sweet backbone

T - Strong sweet malt on the forefront accompanied by bittering hops and a gorgeous floral/citrus note.

M - Medium carbonation and medium in body, lasting finish.

D - Wow, this one knocked my socks off. What a great available IPA. Perfect bitterness and citrus matched with quite a bit of maltiness.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a 16oz mug at a local pizza joint.

A= Cloudy at first, but generally translucent orange-brown, thin white head at first that left a thin ring and ringed lacing throughout.

S= Floral and citrusy, but with a unique dried strawberry note in front.

T= Very pleasantly tart. A very sharp citrus peel hits the tongue at first and mellows slightly through. The most prominent flavor is a refreshing floral arrangement of citurs blossoms. Hint of malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Minimal alchohol presence.

M= Light to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D= This is a very cool and refreshing IPA that did not lack any character or complexity. Great on a hot day with any flavorful cuisine.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Color is in the orange-mango range with a bubbly 1/2 finger head that quickly went to a thin ring. The appearance is noticeably cloudy with a bit of small yeast floating around.

The aroma has a lot of fruity notes, pineapple, orange, mango and little grapefruit rind. The hops are definitely there though, pine, and small amount of tree sap notes come through. Letting it sit a bit brings out the malt character, i get a bit of underlying earthy and doughy notes.

The taste is dominated by hops, floral, slightly dry and with a distinctive lemon rind flavor. it is bitter throughout but not over the top, just the right amount of bitterness. The malt comes out toward the end and in the aftertaste, lingering dough-like malt on the tongue only appears after the rush of hops and bitterness have faded some. Medium-bodied and light to medium carbonation.

A great IPA! I like my IPAs to be generously hopped but have the malt to just slightly bring the balance back. This beer does that perfectly.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Reviewed October 2013.

Color is hazy straw with a nice white head. Aroma is citric and tropical. Flavor is balanced with a bite of hops on the palate backed by a caramel malt. Finish is bitter and lingering. Delicious

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Photo of Goodiifitgoes
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of peacebone116
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from my tap at home into an imperial pint glass; last cleaned the tap 3 days earlier.

A: Small creamy head with carbonation clinging to the inside of the glass in beautiful effervescent rings. The body is golden and clear. Fairly light in color.

N: Citris; grapefruit and orange; with a slight hint of pine needles.

T/M: Citrus, pine, and a honey sweetness that is almost like peach or pineapple. (This sweetness really comes to the forefront when I eat a jalapeño.) Rich and flavorful with little lingering bitterness, as with many IPA. This has a very complex taste for a single IPA, in my opinion. There is a light touch of maltiness, but this remains fairly hidden due to the great hopping.
This beer is a bit thick on the mouth--very oily--but it goes down very easily. It is hard to believe this has 7%ABV!

Considering that this is locally made (for me) and it is so delicious certainly explains why I continuously opt to put 15-gal kegs in my kegerator! Cheers!

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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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