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Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#1,116
Reviews:
2,340
Ratings:
7,717
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
352
Gots:
1,423
Trade:
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Ratings: 7,717 |  Reviews: 2,340
Photo of Streetcore
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head.

S: Ripe citrus, some tropical fruit, pine.

T: Citrus, pine, herbal, spice, light malt body.

M: Crisp, nice lingering bitterness.

O: Tasty IPA, with a great nose. I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of axisjones
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amberish orange with a touch of cloudiness. A nice fluffy head sits on top with a decent lacing on the way down.

The smell is quite wonderful. Typical of a west coast IPA, you have the strong cascade aroma, pine, grapefruit, citrus, floral, with just a dash of passionfruit.

Once again, this is definitely in the West Coast IPA family. I have always found this group to have more juiciness and citric flavors and this is no exception. While it is in the company of great west coast IPAs, it is unique. A crisp bitterness carries a bit of spice which is balanced by a biscuity malt all the way through. While still on the hopped the hell out end of the spectrum, it is well balanced and the finish is lingering.

Highly drinkable. Had a bomber on a hot day and it went down like candy. I was begging for more. Another great west coast brew. Perfect for sessions or whatever. Super versatile, flavorful, Racer 5 is always a good choice. If you are begging for more hops, Racer X is your answer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the Henrietta MacGregor's I had one of these today. It wasn't my first time, but I haven't reviewed this one yet.
Bear Republic is a brewer that defines quality. They take great time and effort in the concocting of every beer that leaves the brewery. Racer 5 is no exception.
Pouring a wonderfully hazy copper colour and blanketed in a beautiful white, frothy head, it is everything a good IPA should look like. The head lasted quite a while and left a spider web of lace as I drank the beer.
The head released a strong floral aroma of roses and also a soft citrus scent. This led to an easy to drink, yet complex taste. At first I noticed a sweetness accented by a floral and grassy feel. It finished with a bittersweet citrus taste. It's wonderful what hops can do.
Racer 5 is one of the IPA's that is really putting micro brews on the map. It is a quality ale that is, without a doubt, everything a good IPA should be. I found it easy to drink and rather refreshing.
Who is this beer for? The people who would enjoy this most are the more discriminating drinkers. Someone who truly appreciates a complex ale such as this. I would also suggest that someone who is just starting to build their palate stay away from this until they develope a strong palate for hops. This is a true west coast IPA. There is little balance in order for the hops to make their pressance known.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty hazy brew, light gold color on the bottom half and a darker orange color on the top half. Small white head leaves its impression on the glass. Sweet malts backed by sticky hop sap for the scent. Mmm. Thats a goodin. Sweet malt start gets dominated by a nice thick blend of hops. Citrusy, oily, flowery, bitter. This brews for the hop-lovers. Medium bodied and smooth. Lovely drink.

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Photo of Urs
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of donteatpoop
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I will buy this beer for the rest of my life. I want to make sweet sweet love to it and raise a family together. I want to wake up every morning to have this beer staring back at me. I want to mount it from behind and ride it into the sunset. Nothing can compare to the passion that I have developed upon first taste. I will always remember this moment of my first Racer 5.

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Photo of jj21
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation rising to a great, thick creamy head on top. Exploding aromas of citrus, pine and alcohol on the nose that beg for sniff after sniff. Just enough malt flavor to balance it out but still feature the great hops. I had this six hours ago and I can still smell and taste it. Sit down with a big bowl of chili with this one!!!! Bear Republic continues to impress me.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter.

A- Very pale orange color with a small one finger head that lingers on the top of the beer

S- Some malt up front that leads the way into some really citrusy hop flavor.

T- Lots of citrus from the hops right up front but the malt takes over and balances it very well.

M- A nice medium body on it, the carbonation complimented the taste. Hops dried it out, made me want another sip, great.

O- This is one of my favorite IPAs so far. Very drinkable and one of the most balanced in my opinion.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a hazy burnt orange color, a few carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed a creamy 1 finger thick and retained nicely and clung to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Floral and citrus hops, very enticing.

Taste: The hops almost seemed to attack my tastebuds from the beginning. Nice combination of piney and citrus hops with the citrus getting stronger throughout. There was a nice bready maltiness that remained in the background but balanced nicely. The finish was all hops, mainly citrus, and lingered for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly smooth. The carbonation was more lively than the appearance let on, and balanced out well.

Overall: If you like big hoppy IPAs you'll love this one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Star Wars Cantina glass. Orange-Gold in appearance, which is the way an IPA should look.

Well, it certainly smells great. Similar to Loose Cannon - scent is dominated by pine with a touch of citrus. As for taste, near perfect balance of flavors and bitterness. The bitterness sticks around for a few seconds after each sip which I like.

I've heard great things about this beer and it did not disappoint. However, I rank it behind Stone and Loose Cannon but not by much.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a nearly transparent rusty amber with big thick foamy white head. Head eventually dwindles to 1 finger and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass. Lots of bottle conditioned yeast is at the bottom of the bottle-when that is poured in it adds lots of flaky yeast sediment and more of a translucent haze.

S- Before I even completely removed the cap a big whiff of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and piny hops hits the nose. This smell is a powerful smack in the face of hop aromas and great! The slightest bit of caramel malt also pops through at the end of the nose.

T-Surprisingly much milder than the smell. Lots of citrus hop flavor upfront with virtually no malt backbone (though I know it has to be there). The piny cascade hops really come out for the finish and are very refreshing-citrus hops take a backseat to these. What lingers is a light-to moderate bitterness and a big dose of refreshing piny hops. Hints of caramel malt sweetness too.

M-Low carbonation and oily body. Very smooth and creamy. Great.

D- Despite the near absence of balance this is a very good IPA. I love the bottle conditioning and the overall smoothness of the body. Not really the best tasting IPA I have had...but it's still very good; and probably in my top 5. Great West Coast IPA.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

man on man i've had some good beers past week. this one is no exception. pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a marginal head, and some decent lacing. the smell is darn good has a wonderful spicy and piney hop aroma. the taste is also very very good, its surprisingly smooth for a dIPA but has enough bitterness and alcohol warmness to make it unique. a real treat of a beer, glad to try it, and hope to have again.

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Photo of wknight167
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy (with suspended particles) amber orange with a 1 finger white head with decent staying power and some really nice lacing.

Nose- Sweet orange, grapefruit and pineapple all jump out individually and are accompanied by a floral presence.

Palate- The large amount of hops is not quite enough to hide the generous malt bill as it seems a good amount of emphasis was on hop flavor which is by no means a bad thing. Spicy citrus with toasted notes. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation level

Drinkability- I'm going to have another right now.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with some reddish hue to it, a good-sized fluffy white head. Very slight lacing left behind.

Aroma is citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, also some orange. Very minor piney notes, and a slight earthy malt in the back.

Very well balanced flavor of citrus, pine, bready malts. Nothing overpowering, all of them well defined and a good progress from one to another.

A nice amount of carbonation, smooth, medium body leaning towards light, finishes dry.

An extremely pleasant, drinkable brew, great balance, not overpowering in any way but thoroughly solid and flavorful. Would highly recommend this brew to all comers.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very opaque mild orange color, lots of yellow hues. nice white head, great retention and lacing.

S: huge sweet oranges and tangerines from the hops, shine through the best.

T: great sweet citrus hop flavor, mostly oranges. wonderful IPA with a great light caramel malt backbone.

M: medium bodied. lightly carbonated. rather creamy mouthfeel.

D: extremely drinkable IPA, top notch in my opinion.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into my pint glass. It has a dark golden amber appearance.

The first smell that jumps out at me is some resinous piney hops, there are some sweeter hops to balance it but the resinous bitter hop smell is pronounced at 40 degrees.

The taste is glorious, lots of hops. It starts fruity floral but finishes bitter and resinous. I would say It is perfectly balanced.

The mouth feel is pretty light, for all the flavor Racer 5 goes down pretty easy.

As it warms up it becomes more enjoyable.

Overall I knew this was a fresh bottle and when fresh this is a must try IPA.

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Photo of MGL
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Racer 5 and MNF, what a great combination.

A- Golden amber in color with nice head retention and moderate lacing in a Pinot wine glass.

S- Citrus and honey

T- This has become one of my favorite beers. Racer 5 has gained popularity in the Philly area and deservedly (sp?) so. Very hoppy , grapefruit, honey and nice malt spine holding it all together.

M- Moderate viscosity and carbonation. Very pleasing to the palate.

D- I could and have drank this beer all night long

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this beer, been hearing about it forever.

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. Nice golden orange color, very pungent hoppy smell.. always a good sign. Nice and bitter and the hops are definitely upfront, but manages to stay well balanced and makes for a smooth beer that's dangerously drinkable. A very good IPA and worthy trying for sure.

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Photo of MarineHokie
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Redish gold color slightly hazy. Ample head sticks around & leaves light crystal lacing.

S - Pine, fresh garden veggies and hints of juniper. A little scent of malt sweetness sneaks by as well.

T - Soft piney hop bitterness attacks the tip of the tongue with spreading out across its breadth. The malt fights through briefly and futiley before being crushed by a bitter hop finish.

M - Light body, smooth carbonation, nearly mouth puckering bitterness.

D - Amazingly drinkable considering the ABV & IBUs. Like this brew in a 22 oz bottle, but nearly amazing on tap.

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Photo of wl0307
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The most casual and unrelated-to-beer-like beer label I've ever seen this beer has... Got this bottle by courtesy of another BA based in NY City, Bultrey(Ben), and I couldn't find any best before date or anything like that on the bottle. It's supposed to last for a long time~~I reckon?

Appearance: served in a big tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a slightly cloudy orange amber hue, coming with an extremely foamy, thick, off-white beer head which lasts quite well. Low carbonation detected.
Smell: extremely heavily hopped--profou...ndly perfumy and floral hops exploding right under my nose, along with aggressively fruity (sweet buttery lemon-cake, ripe peach+plum+apples) aroma...it's powerful yet not overpowering, as the deeply-sweet and grainy flavour of malts sustains well following the hop parade.
Taste: oily-hoppy and richly candyish-malty mouthfeel from the very beginning... a bittersweet nutty plus some grapefruit-zesty taste prevails right afterwards, underlined by a rounded, orange-peel oily flavour sitting firmly at the background, leaving a warmish mouthfeel of fruity hops and lingering but not overly strong bitterness. It's so satisfying and settled that almost no particular alcoholic touch is left behind. The balance b/w malts and hops is good, though for me the mouthfeel is a bit overly sweet.
Drinkability: absolutely an explosive and powerful American IPA for me--a delicious present from Bultrey!

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Photo of dasenebler
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber lacking a freshness date pours a hazy copper, with a solid head and great lacing.

Nose is big, hoppy and juicy, with lots of apricot. I love taking a whiff of that immediate release of aromas from an IPA bottle.

Flavor is very clean, bitter and hoppy. Lots of citrus, with the slightest bit of peppery spice. Fruity and perfumy, but not sweet. Definitely a dry, west-coast IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, if a little thin. Great carbonation. No detection of the 7 percent ABV.

I would assume this bottle isn't too old given the level of hop flavor, but I wouldn't call it super fresh, even though my review yields an "A". Sky's the limit for this drinking man's IPA.

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Photo of IceEyes
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this beer for years now and it's always been a favorite of mine. It's really a classic west coast IPA in my opinion. The body is full yet also light enough to be quaffable. The bittering is just right with a piney aroma and citrus flavor. It's good to know that this beer is so widely available on the west coast because its a quick choice for easy drinking. A great standby beer. It always kicks up a good fluffy head and goes down real easy. Bear Republic is one of the best breweries in northern California and Racer 5 is a good reason why.

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Photo of biggmike
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive golden/orangey color with nice head that hung around for a while. Aroma was nice; very hoppy with notes of pine, citrus, and grass. Taste was very much the same with the same hoppy flavors up front, but ended with a nice malty finish. Mouthfeel was excellent and lacing on the glass was good. This was extremely drinkable and one I will buy again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of carbonation. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and piney hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop scent of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and lemon. Earthy hop hints of pine resin and grass. Malt hints of grains, cracker, and wheat with yeast. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Ripe citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, tangerine, and apricot. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Nicely bitter. Backing malt notes of cracker, grains, and wheat along with some yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good West Coast IPA. Good ripe citrus and pine flavor.

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Photo of btuthill
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours glowing amber from 22 oz bottle. Enormous, creamy, delicious head grows with time. The taste is fantastic -- for lack of better descriptors, it tastes like a west coast Two Hearted Ale. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little sticky, and lingering. I would gladly drink this regularly, and probably will. Great new (to STL) IPA for the rotation.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 7,717 ratings
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