Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at 69 Taps in Akron. The beer is a dark golden amber color with a medium thin light beige head with good retention. Patches of lace. The nose is floral hops, with touches of sweet malt and pine. Medium body with a floral, hoppy character balanced by a fair amount of sweet caramel malt. Touches of citrus here and there too. The finish lightly dry, and is moderately hoppy initially, then offset by sweet malt. Overall this is a well-balanced and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy golden amber with a good off-white head. Aroma is VERY hoppy with a fruity undertone - gets them salivary glads a-workin’! Flavor is seriously hoppy and woody, with a fruity undertone that is mainly apple and pear with a touch of banana. I get a hint of - could that be caramel? Texture is good and firm, with plenty of fizz.

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Photo of blackc5
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap during a local happy hour.

A - Pours a quite dark (for an IPA) reddish amber, pretty cloudy, with minimal head (served with almost none, but I gave it a good swirld) and respectable lacing.

S - Very, very faint actually. The one area this beer disappointed, as I really had to inhale strongly to even catch a whiff of anything at all.

T - I wasn't expecting too much given the aromas (not) coming off, but it actually tasted quite good. It was a mild IPA hop-wise, but had a very nice balance of different hop flavors, with no particular aspect overpowering the others. Some caramel malts there as well that matched up great with the balanced floral, citrus and earthy hops. Pretty mild bitterness, but just enough in the aftertaste. Overall, quite good.

M - Slightly on the watery side for me, but it still had a nice level of carbonation and bitterness.

D - The beer shines here - it could easily be made sessionable despite the ABV.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug from a 22 oz bottle. Typical amber colour and thick off white head that hung around for awhile. Smells of hops and slight citrus. Taste very smooth, hoppy/fruity/citrusy, not overly bitter. Goes down smooth. Zum Wohl!

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Photo of citan133
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a smuttynose pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

Almost no head to speak of, just a very thin, bright white layer of foam that barely covers the beer and dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin ring around the edge of the beer as I drink it. Not a bad color, sort of a light orange. Looks like an ipa.

Smells pretty good, some citrus and fruit hops coming through. Not real intense but some nice smells going on.

Kind of basic, light mouthfeel, pretty bitter hops in the middle and the finish, a little sweetness in the front. Hops are just nice and bitter, not really any fruit coming through and the malt shows up a little in the beginning but is quickly overpowered by the hops. Not an intense bitterness but kind of subdued, just enough to please a hophead but not enough to turn on someone who doesn't normally drink an ipa.no alcohol to speak of.

Kind of nice, maybe light to medium. Hops leave that bitterness on your tongue for a while but nothing cloying.

I could definitely drink a bunch of these in a sitting when it comes to flavor, probably a very nice summer time ipa, refreshing. nothing crazy going on but a solid, drinkable ipa. I'd pick up a six for a hot day but nothing that floored me, even for a regular ipa.

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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 vkv822
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into tulip pint.

The appearance is a clear golden hued yellow body with a thick foamy white head that leaves beautiful lacing.
The hop varieties used give forth predominately citric, floral and pine notes with a very light malt backing.
The flavor is also of citric and floral hops, though there are some slight herbal hop notes as well. The malts I can detect seem to be lending mostly caramel notes with some biscuit notes as well. The hops and malts are very closely balanced, though the hops do come through in the finish to give a bitter, slightly dry finish.
The mouthfeel is decent medium body with good carbonation.
This is a very drinkable and pleasant beer, though I do wish there was a slight stronger emphasize on the hops, as I could easily mistake this for an American Pale Ale.

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

Appearance -- Pours a light amber with a slim sudsy head.

Smell -- Pine, grapefruit, a modicum of tropical fruitiness, mild caramel sweetness.

Taste -- Pine and grapefruit zest up front, along with bready malt, and a mild underlying caramel sweetness. Long resin finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability -- This is certainly a solid IPA, but there are plenty others I would gladly take over this. Perhaps when I come back to this one it will excite me like it has so many other reviewers. Time will tell...

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Photo of foogerd
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden color with a one inch khaki colored head
S- nice upfront grapefruit and fresh piney hops
T- really delicious fresh juicy hops coming through nice solid malt backbone
M- fills out the mouth pretty nicely carbonation tingling the tongue just right
D- very drinkable
A well rounded IPA done to perfection no groundbreaking work here, but no room for disappointment.

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Photo of
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Cloudy, dark orange. Modest, off white head. Minimal lacing and legs.

Aroma was grapefruit and honey. Earthiness and grass in there as well.

Bitter more than sweet, with grapefruit and grass leading the way. Decent biscuity middle. Good balance, but tilted towards the hops. Honey and caramel in there as it warmed.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very good, I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber in the glass with a bone white head leaving some pretty nice lacing.

The aroma is floral hoppy and very fresh with a bit of lemony citrus and background of resin.

The flavor is upfront hoppy but not overly bitter. There is enough malt to keep things in check leaving a pleasant bitterness on the finish which is on the dry side. Hops are equal parts resin and grapefruity citrus with a bit of orange thrown in.

Overall this is a very nice and immensely likeable West coast hop delight, crisp and very drinkable.

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

A fresh hop aroma with citrus notes emanates from the half liter glass mug as the white, one-finger head subsides to a skim, with lacing stuck to the sides.

The brew is a burnt orange color, clouded by a hazy suspension of micro particulate.

Drawing a good mouthful reveals more citrus up front, with not as much hop bitterness as the aroma suggested. Some Pale Ales have as much hop presence, but this offering has enough alcohol content to make the IPA grade. Brisk carbonation pulls the alcohol esters to the nose, allowing the lightly malted grain flavor to peek through.

Not a top-of-the-line IPA, nor as good as the in-house draft, but worth the price of admission.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: I’m getting a collection of hop smells. It’s almost overwhelming, and it’s a bit worrying, seems like this will cause my head to implode. Some minor fruit smells, mainly apple.
Appearance: Great looking beer, a hazy golden orange. Two finger head settled down to about a half finger of thick, fluffy, creamy white head that left tidemarks and impressive lace.
Flavor: There is enough malt to bring all the hops back to somewhere in the area of balance, but as the beer warmed, the hops really picked up and came close to a hop burn. A touch of sweet malt poked though to give a nice overall taste. The hops seem to be noble, Hallertauer perhaps.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, a thick fluid that triggered a chew.
Overall Impression: A very drinkable big brew. Quite easy on the eyes, it’s a beautiful beer. The noble hops kinda threw me, I’m used to more of American cascade, but different is good.

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Photo of tmoore600
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Everything was good, just not excellent.
Initial smell and apperance were very pleasant.
Actually enjoyed the beer right out of the bottle, but as the smell began to fade, so did the drinkability.
Would choose another west coast IPA next time around.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish orange; a bit hazy but with good carbonation and a thick head that shrunk to about a finger and stuck around for the whole point.

Smell is citrus forward, with a small amount of malts in the background -- seems to be a fresh keg.

Good hop bitterness with a lot of the same grapefruit flavors from the smell. Very minimal malt body, at least to my tongue. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, which is nice.

Lighter-bodied, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I found myself wishing for a bit more substance.

Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Lothore
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden red hue with a huge head that seems like it would stay forever. The smell is sweet, hoppy, notes of pine and berries. The taste is very full, bitter bready, pine. Mouthfeel is very thick with quite a bit of carbonation. This beer seems drinkable enough for an IPA. The bitterness makes me just want to sip on it but all in all a good brew.

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Photo of B33R501
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

interesting on the hand pump but i prefer the regular bootle version. thats ok.

light amber, pale look. aromas of floral hops, taste follows, better than the smell. lots and lots of floral hops, nicely malted for balance.
very refreshing, drinkable.


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Photo of bwd110
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into 9oz snifter... How's that work?

A: Nice orange-y amber color, good frothy bright white head. Looks inviting.

S: Slightly citric nose, but mostly an earthy aroma. Reminds me a lot of Anderson Valley brews. Subdued bready sweetness in the background.

T: Heavy on the bitter, light on the citrusy hops. Very much an earthy beer with grass and pine notes. Well balanced, sturdy brew, but not extraordinary for me.

M: Typical mouthfeel for the style, slightly oily.

D: Could pack away a few of these. Goes down without a problem.

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Photo of natron002
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle coded 1/10/15 poured into a goblet. Deep orange-gold with slight haze from yeast in the bottle. Orange/citrus hop aroma with pine, somewhat subdued, with Chico yeast twang. Little malt character. More pine as it opens up. Tastes similar to its aroma, then almost pine-sol like hops burst through after initial balance. Aggressive bitterness, long hoppy finish. Medium-full mouthfeel. I would love a little more hop aroma and slightly less bitterness, and less of the yeast character.

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Photo of garuda
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a thick, soapy white head that has good retention and coats the glass with sticky lacing all he way down. I can't think of how this could look any better.

S - Strong citrus hop aromas of grapefruit and pineapple backed up by only a touch of sweet malts.

T - Again, there are some sweet toffee malts first, but then hop bitterness dominates and lingers long after the finish.

M - Light body, especially for the style. Feels very thin across the palate. Carbonation is medium and perfect, however, creating a thin creamy texture.

D - Misses the mark for me with the very thin body. Feels unbalanced, with almost no malt presence. I like an IPA to feel a bit more substantial. Because of this, I wouldn't seek this out again.

Another thing that bugs me is the fact that Bear Republic prints "Honest Ales" on the six pack packaging, however, no freshness or bottled-on dating can be found anywhere.

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Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright dark gold color with tiny brown flecks caught in suspension. Nice head, pale in color and lasts about 45 seconds or so. Sheet-like lacing. Bright orange citrus aroma, little else. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium. Hops assert early, juicy and chewy in the American style, and backed by aromatic essence. Straight-up orange rind is the biggest imression here. The malt backbone just doesn't punch through much, but the hops have enough depth to give some interest and a complexity of sorts on the bittering side. Clean finish, but definitely pithy. Well-done beer for a hop mood, but how many IPAs tread the same road?

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was delicious.

Appearance- golden honey color, good head, good lacing

Smell- Hops

Taste- Piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This beer is very delicious. I loved it. Will drink it again. Bear Republic does a good job. Wonderful

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of orange with a little haze to it. Nice 1 finger head with great retention and good lacing. Smell is strong of hops but there is a definite malt presence as well, a bit of caramel. Taste is good, however I have to say I was expecting more hops. Hops are there but I think I noticed the malt a little more, especially as the beer warmed. Leaves an oily bitterness as it goes down and slight warming effect from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of MrBendo
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a medium head. Low head retention. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine hops and caramel malt. Flavor is moderately sweet and bitter at the back end. Medium to full body. Slightly astringent. Another fine example of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of gfreed
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On a hot night this is a nice thing to drink. Very piney aroma; leathery smell with a very sharp edge. There's even the smell you get when you pull a strip of scotch tape from the roll-- something you will remember from your grammar-school days, I'm sure. Very tight flavor, full of little pins from the abundant carbonation. It starts out resinous and loaded with pine needles, but mellows into a peachy taste when it warms up. I couldn't drink such a thing in the winter but it's welcome in August.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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