Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,678
Reviews:
2,328
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
1,399
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Rhinehart
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Silverandblack5
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sammy1185
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden color, light head, moderate to heavy carb

S: Apple cider, pine, caramel, orange peel

T: Truly an exceptional brew. One of the best IPA's available in Missouri. Opens up with a little sweet malt right alongside fresh squeezed grapefruit. Comes alive shortly afterwards with very bright hops. Slightly bitter finish that lingers, but the good kind of lingering around. Kinda like Jay and Silent Bob hanging around front of a liquor store lingering. It works really well

M: Medium bodied and easy drinking for an IPA

O: I'm definitely a fan. 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. You can definitely tell this is a refined beer.

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

Pours a golden amberish color with a fluffy off-white colored head. Big sprucy, Columbus hoppy nose and some bready, grainy, caramel-like malt sweetness in the nose. Malty sweet and grassy up front and a hop smackdown that puts you in the Figure Four leglock and doesn't let go. Dry resiny, hop oily finish. Alcohol is noticable, but behind all those delicious hops, who cares. Finely crafted IPA, and hands-down one of the finest IPAs in the country. Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries, and we've desperately trying with our Pennsylvania distributors to get in contact with these guys and get their great beers here. The sound of dragging feet is deafening. Good thing I stocked up on a recent trip to New York. I don't want to get to into the East Coast/West Coast thing because it sounds like early 90's gangsta rap, but this the real deal in what would be classified as a West Coast-style IPA.

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

Photo of TomFdds
4.44/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Mikey55
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

I was fortunate to have this on draft. However, the lights in the pub were low so I didn't get a good look at it. Nonetheless it had a light but persistent head. The taste was amazing. Very smooth and thought the hops were evident, they were also subtle... satisfying to perhaps all but those who must have the hops forward Double and Imperial IPAs. This would make a great session IPA if not for the moderately high ABV.

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

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

Photo of Fremont897
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of flyersfan900
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutHunter
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Racer 5 India Pale Ale a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was impressed with my first beer from Bear Republic, Hop Rod Rye, So I decided to see what else they are working with and picked up a bottle of Racer 5, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good and keeps with the vintage car racing scheme that Hop Rod Rye had. It poured a orange/golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- The aroma is pretty much dominated by the hops in this beer. It's got three different hoppy aromas going on. First is the citrus with pineapple sticking out the most along with a little bit of mango, orange zest, and grapefruit. The second was pine which imparted some dank and resiny aromas. The third was floral hops which isn't as strong as the other two but adds a nice subtle complexity to the aroma. The hops took over the aroma so I really couldn't pick up any of the malts in the aroma.

T- The malts actually come through in the flavor and to me they taste like a mixture of pale and caramel malts that make for a nice base for this beer and it has just the right amount of sweetness. The hops are still the major player here, just like they should be. At first I pick up a good amount of pineapple along with a little bit of orange zest. The pney and floral hops come out on the finish along with some grapefruit to make for a nice medium amount of bitterness that fits this beer perfectly.

M- Smooth, slightly dry, and meduim bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is just right for an IPA.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good IPA. The hops are there in abundance and are pretty assertive and combine citrus, pine, and floral hops together to make for a great hop profile that is balanced well and doesn't completely overshadow the malt base like it did in the aroma. Everything was pretty spot on in this IPA and I liked the drinkability and mouthfeel the most with the rest being almost as good, if I had another one I would drink it, it hits the spot on this warm summer night. I would buy this beer again, I like how it combined the different aspects of hops together rather then just focusing one aspect. I recommend this beer to any hop head or IPA lover, it will calm your hop cravings. This was another home run for Bear Republic, now I feel like I have to try the rest of their lineup since everything I have had from them so far has been very well done.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhchatfield
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip on Halloween night.

A - A beautiful light golden copper. Loads of fluffy head. Nice gentle lacing.

S - Sweet hops. Not too bitter to the nose. I am more of a DIPA guy, so this one seems subdued.

T - Fabulous. Hoppy for sure, but again with a balanced bitterness, strongly offset with a very sweet finish.

M - Fluffy on the tongue, very full across the mouth. Fills the palate with a creamy, sweet lasting impression.

D - The highpoint of this beer. I've had this one at least 5 times before, and tonight I honestly can't remember how many times I said to myself "Man! This is a good beer!"

The fact that this beer is readily available makes it even more appealing to me. If you can't find it, trade for it, call Liquid Solutions, do whatever you can to try it. A truly great offering!

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Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

got this bottle in a recent trade with BigLove. thanks travis!

pours a nice amber colour with a huge, rocky, dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. orange and grapefruit. nice bready malt. hint of roast too. almost makes me think of a slice of whole wheat toast. hint of alcohol.

taste is great. tons of malt. hint of alcohol. nice moderate bitterness level. grapefruit and orange. slightly floral. bit of caramel. the hint of roast from the aroma is here too, strengthening the malt presence.

mouthfeel is great. carbonation level is on the low side, but i enjoy this. good body without being heavy.

drinkability is excellent. you'd never guess this one is 7%. delicious and very well balanced. fantastic.

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Photo of Ru55ell
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShibbyMayne
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hophazzard
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an oustanding beer. It's everything I want in an IPA. It's hoppy with a malty back bone. There's a hint of citrus and pineapple. just love it. This has become my go to beer. I always keep some on hand. If there is ever anyone who says they've never had an IPA or they don't like IPA, this is the beer for them to try. A true classic that shows what a west coast IPA is all about.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass beer mug.

A: Pours a transparent golden yellow with a good amount of carbonation. 2 finger head that settles to a nice cap and leaves a decent amount of lacing behind.

S: Fruity/Citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and orange peel with a faint bit of malt.

T: Big citrus hop flavors of grapefruit and orange with some malt behind it to balance it all out. Slight biscuity flavor.

M: Very clean and crisp. Extremely drinkable with just the right amount of carbonation. Well balanced with minimal bitterness.

O: To me, this is the quintessential IPA. Clean, crisp, refreshing, and very, very drinkable. This beer is balanced extremely well and I am a big fan of the hop profile. I can drink this over and over again, and I try to have it in my fridge at all times.

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Photo of twilight
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I have to gush about beeradvocate turning me on to good beer. The appearance was this golden reddish colour, with hop schmutz floating around the glass. Being a homebrewer, I appreciated this touch, even though it was probably unintentional, and would have settled to the bottom had I kept the bottle in the fridge longer. The smell is slightly sweet with a clean and crisp hop aroma. The taste- yum yum yum- a sweet malt flavor that coats the mouth with a great balance of hops. More hops than in normal beers, but deliciously balanced by the malt. While drinking it, the phrase smooth bitterness popped into my head. This feels full, rich, delicious with light carbonation and a dry hop aftertaste. I love this beer. Can't wait to try more. Am particularly lucky to have found this in NYC. Let's hope my supply doesn't dry up.

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Photo of RonGale
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mamaraza
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why I hadn't picked up one of these before. Its like a party you go to and only know one person there. Then that one person leaves so you don't really know anyone but you're too drunk to leave yourself so you end up sitting in a corner just waiting to sober up. Good stuff.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like apricot, peach, grapefruit, orange citrus, bready caramel malt, with dank spicy herbal pine and woodsy earthy grass. Tastes like apricots, peach, sweet orange, grapefruit, bready caramel malts, with dank spicy herbal pine and woodsy earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,678 ratings.
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