Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
7,710 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: 7,710 |  Reviews: 2,337
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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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - 22oz bottle in a nonic.

Appearance - Slightly cloudy amber with a foamy finger thick head that rings the glass as the beverage is consumed.

Smell - Citrus/troical fruity hops to the extreme with a slightly piney note.

Taste - Immediate pineapple taste with a delicious hoppy characteristic that is not overly brutal or bitter. The bitterness is remarkably downplayed and well balanced for a West Coast.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, almost slightly creamy. No astringency at all, despite the 7.0 ABV.

Drinkability - West Coast IPA's have no right to be this drinkable.

Overall Bear Republic put together one of the best West Coast IPA's I have tried.

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 was a beer that a friend of mine suggested that I try. I ran to my local Wegman's and grabbed a bomber of it the next day. Opened it up and it poured out as a really nice yellowish gold color. The head a lacing were very nice. The smell of the beer was really hoppy for just a regular IPA. The taste was also much hoppier than I expected it to be, lots of citrusy pine flavors that fade into a strong bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very drinkable. Overall this beer kicks ass. I could drink this one over and over again. I'd love to try Racer X one day.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden with a small white head.

S: Citrus, particularly orange in the nose.

T: Orange, blood orange(?) flavors. Sweet, a bit floral. Some nice tropical fruit as well.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth enough for an IPA.

O: DELICIOUS! One of the better common IPAs out there in general, but fresh from the brewery the day before the very same batch was sent to the beer festivals, it's amazing.

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

This beer produces a thick, sticky, white head that floats over an unfiltered pale orange body. Lots of yeast floating around in this guy, wasn't really expecting that. Usually if I know there is going to be a lot of yeast I pour the bottle like a home brew. Anyways, the side of the bottle says "real ale is alive, yeast is good", so I guess I'll go with it.

Lots of piney, citrusy hops on the nose. I could smell them right away after I cracked the beer open. Always a good sign of a well crafted IPA. Some malts also come through, but the earthy, grassy hops dominate.

After a couple of sips I can say that this is an excellent IPA. This beer is extremely well balanced. With a lot of IPA's and DIPA's I usually taste hops up front followed by some degree of maltiness, but with Racer 5 the flavors come all at once. Delicious, robust malts mix with hoppy bitterness letting you know this is indeed an IPA, but then the finish is very smooth with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect for an IPA and almost starts to border on what I would expect from a DIPA. Sticky, sweet, smooth and bitter all in one. This beer is highly drinkable. I could drink this all day and all night. I will definitely be seeking this beer out again and looking for more Bear Republic brews.

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

Bright orange color, hazy, nice head. Smells like citrus and hops. The taste is hardcore citrus with a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice. This is a pleasure to drink and the price is fair at $10 per sixer or $4.50 for a bomber. This is a fantastic IPA as far as my palate is concerned.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/21/10

A:Pours a hazy orange color with a fingers worth of bubbly white head, very nice
lacing left down the glass.

S:Fills the nose with delicious citrus, tropical, and grapefruit hops. Nice sweet malts are included in the mix, very inviting.

T:Just as the nose suggest big juicy citrus/tropical hops hit the palate up front followed up by some balancing sweet malts. The backend is left with a small but pleasing
bite of bitterness.

M:A very nice body with excellent carbonation, refreshing to say the least. Palate is left a little dry but begging for more.

D:This was a super enjoyable bottle that I received in a trade, juicy hops really come
thru but are balanced out quite nicely. Easy to drink, very tasty, and as far as I know
reasonably priced. I wish Bear Republic was distrubuted in Indiana because this
would be one of my go to beers.

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

Appearance: A nice, somewhat hazy amber color. Head doesn't live too long, but there's still a good bit of lacing left behind.

Smell: What a bouquet. A lot of grapefruity aromas, but then some other hops in there as well. There's also some other sort of fruit I can't quite pinpoint... almost smells like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles in a way. I'm not sure where I'm getting that.

Taste/Feel: Just so damn impressive. It's an IPA that's more interesting than most, in my opinion. It drinks like a pale ale, but it hits you with the bitterness you'd expect from an IPA. The finish is pale ale-like in that you get the malts... but at the same time, you get the grapefruity flavors. The carbonation is about medium, and the feel is pretty middle-of-the-road. Fits this beer very well, making it super thirst quenching.

Boy am I glad I picked this one up. Something about it just sucks me in... it's a wonderfully constructed IPA that also has a lot of APA in it as well. May well be my favorite IPA.

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

a well-balanced and quite flavorful IPA.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden, rich

Smell: Fragrant Hoppiness with hints of malt

Taste: Initially very full flavored with a balance of hops and malt that slowly tapers to a bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth up front, lingering bitterness

Drinkability: A versatile beer that can be enjoyed as a stand alone or with a meal.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a kick ass beer. Just had it for the first time and now I just drank a second. Really really good. Like really good.

I will do this how I want. I got this because of Beer Advocate, and honestly because of the label was hesitant to buy it. The reason I did buy it was because I was doing a beer run anyway and it is honestly pretty hard to mess up a IPA for me.

So the appearance was a nice golden color that is something that you come to expect from this style. It was all in the taste and smell that floored me. I gave it a 4 for smell because without the taste it would be lower, if that makes any sense. The taste and smell have exactly the same characteristics. They compliment each other so well it was amazing. The mouthfeel is high as well as drinkability because I could seriously have a few of these brews. I finished one bomber and wanted another really bad. This is seriously a unique and amazing brew that I just loved. I highly recommend.


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

This beer is a perfect example of an IPA with a real beer taste/ Smooth as an IPA with a very Hoppy taste and great beer finish make this one of my top 5 favorite beers. Not only works as a compliment to food of many varieties, but works well all on its own as well. I am a big fan of local options, but this beer comes all the way from california and it is worth every mile it travels to get to my store in Pennsylvania Love it!

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Photo of mattloaf1
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is my favorite non-Stone IPA. A nice, west coast Hoppy beer for a session or for just a couple. Great citrus-y hops, perfect color and head, just an all around great beer at a reasonable price. Nothing bad I can say about it. Just try it out.

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

it's hard to score beers when they are above a certain level of goodness. this is an all around great ipa. if you haven't tried it, you're missing out. great mix of hops. nice use of malt. smells wonderful and tastes heavenly too. goes down silky smooth and makes sharp cheese and spicy food even tastier. always room for improvement, but bear republic brings it proper like for a nice price.... i'm a devotee

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

beer poured into a pint glass,about a 1 cm head which dissipated after a few minutes.nice golden orange color.

smell is somewhat sweet and citrus with a subtle hop aroma.

taste is of citrus hop bitterness, with a subtle breadlike malt backround.very refreshing.the alcohol is hidden very well,but a hint of it can be noticed in the after taste.the aftertaste reminds me of how an orange peel smells.this would go well with thai,indian or spicy southern american cuisine.

mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation.not over bearing,but just the right amount.

as far as drinkability goes,the 7% abv could catch up with some people,but other than that this is a very easy to drink beer. the citrus hop bitterness coupled with the bread tasting malt backround gives this beer a nice drinkability.

overall,this is an excellent american ipa.i was elated to see this beer being offered in six packs in ohio.hopefully more of bear republic's beers are offered in that form as opposed to bombers.i don't mind the bombers,but 6 packs allow for a more prolonged experience with the beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A favorite. Up there with Ballast Pt Sculpin, Stone, Titan, Dales Pale Ale.

A - Pours a glowing orange amber, sudsy two inch head that leaves islands and lace down the glass. Nice carbonation, great look. Shining. Lighter in color and glowing!

S - Huge citrus hops, multi-layered due to many hops genres, and a gobs of pine sap. Like a fresh cut saw mill .Some sticky light cracker sweet notes as well. Very fresh, lots of resin. Inviting!

T - Fresh, sticky, resin hoppy delight. Fresh cut grass, hay, coastal trail herbs, and orange peel. Some light sugar, but hops all the way up the trail. Sunny, bright, nice coastal sting, like a dive into 54 degree pacific.

M - smooth and sticky. Good weight, nice carbonation, perfect finish.

Overall - one of the top IPAs, must try. Perhaps will become your favorite.

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

very excellent appearance ont his big bottled beer pored into a fancy pants glass.

A big poufy head of of white sits atop an absolutely clear golden hued beer with visible carbonation.

smells of floral cascade hops (I think) with notable sweetness and a poignant freshness.

very tasty. aftertaste is fresh and hoppy, initial flavor is a little tart, bitter and again, hoppy. really enjoyable big hoppy beer.

a little thin since it's very alcoholic, but not an unpleasent at all. Balance masks the alcohol. Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable. Would be dangerous on tap.

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

Bottle at Five Napkin Burger Hells Kitchen

Orangey-amber colour, 1.5 fingers of white head, dense and lots of lace. Smell is loaded with hops, grapefruit, mange, tangerine, lots of citrus, some malt backbone, subtle notes of pine as well here. Taste is all citrus and fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, tons of bitter hop, light sweet malts keep this from crossing the line of being over the top hoppy, light pine in the finish but gets overtaken by clean smooth citrus. Light-med carbonation, incredibly oily, medium body, slick all over the palate. This might be the best IPA I have ever had, if its not the best it has to be like top 2 anyway, no doubt about it I will drink this again and frequently.

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

Another fine beer by Bear Republic. Pours clear amber. A small head of foam diminishes to a wisp in a matter of seconds. Some nice looking lace remains on the sides of my glass.

Smell is sweet and fruity. Some woody elements too.
Taste is a smooth well balanced blend of malt and hops with a nice piney and citrussy hop kick. Quite smooth --almost peachy or apricot-ish. Excellent.

A velevet like mouthfeel and a great smoothness make this an excellent version of this style. One of my favorite IPAs. Even better on tap.

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


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Photo of troutmask96
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This may be the Holy Grail of mainstream IPA's. Pours a deep amber with thick, very foamy head that lasts forever. Smell is of pine, citrus, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is forever smooth, with a nice, sweet finish and a nice bit of bitterness. A very drinkable IPA. Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye has long been one of my favorites, but Racer 5 outpaces it...

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think I found my new favorite IPA.

Racer 5 is a golden orange color.
Has a nice white head that left some delicate lacing on my glass.

It has a very pleasant citrus aroma.

Hops upfront, but they are not too harsh.
This beer is extremely drinkable. You can just slug this down even though it is full bodied and full of flavor.

The mouthfeel is just crazy good. It has the soft mouthfeel of an ale, the hop bitterness is there, but not over done. There is some sweetness and malts in the background but it is the hops take center stage.

A most excellent beer.

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Photo of Mark_Stanford
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MUTINY
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Hazy copper with about 1/2" of whitish head that recedes kinda quick. Retention actually isn't that bad, nice lacing here.

S: Some grapefruit, mostly resinous pine. (disclosure: I'm struggling with a cold so my olfactory senses suck at the moment)

T: Brilliant! Perfect balance between oily hop bitter & beefy off-sweet malt. Everything here is big, yet in absolute equilibrium. Some piney aspects lead into a grapefruity note toward the finish right before the malt hits...just awesome.

M: Burly. Dense malt with a bit of soapiness balanced against just the right amount of carb.

O: What can I say here? It's a classic & deservedly so.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,710 ratings
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