Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
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7,693 Ratings
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:
7,693
Reviews:
2,332
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,403
For Trade:
8
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy orange with a big foamy white head. Fairly good retention, lots of lacing.

S: Crystal malt, orange marmalade, orange peel, pine, woody hops.

T: Candied orange peel, grapefruit pith, orange marmalade, crystal malt, dried candied mango, some pine, earth/wood. Fairly sweet.

F: Medium-bodied, slick, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O: A decent IPA. Pretty well made.

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Photo of Khaack
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mcthfg
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Moderate foam lingers and laces throughout drinking. There's hops in the nose, hops in the taste, and there would be hops in the sound if it had one. Pine zing. The malts are underneath and they follow but primarily (for me at least) in their presence is the sense of sweetness and heft that is there but not in the spotlight. Not to self - research the difference between IPA and DIPA... does this not tread the line a little bit?

A great measuring post for IPAs.

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Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PurpleEagle90
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kayakguy
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick head and rich gold color. As the beer warmed the smell and taste intensefid. Strong hop finish of a West Coast IPA. I first encountered this beer ten years ago at the Bear Republic Brew Pub in Healdaburg,CA. This is a west coast classic. Not for those who drive the speed limit. Racer 5 puts the peddle to the metal. Outstanding.

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Photo of Darwin68
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ntanner83
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HamdenHector
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 2+ finger off white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is floral with pine and caramel;

T: pine, floral, and caramel; the finish is more pine; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of von_kaiser
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jermichael
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tampalocal5577
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great malt and hop balance with a good blend of tropical fruits!

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Photo of CaptD
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Looks great with a short frothy head. Citrus aroma with just the right hoppy bitterness. California breweries have great beer and this doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of OldTownBeerGeek
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of al2913
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienArk
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I thought I reviewed this years ago.
One of the best IPAs out there.
Huge white head and tons of lacing caked-on the glass.
Tasty light corn-like malts and light zesty citrus from unfiltered California goodness all living in a bottle. Finish is superb. Dry but perfectly so.
This went down the best one year straight from the bottle, in cold weather on the lake going for striped bass. It'll always be a go-to for that reason. Not long ago the brewery yanked itself from TX due to their state's critical drought, but I've seen it appear as of lately so it seems all is good again for when I need a highly-drinkable world class IPA.

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Photo of Jubes07
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyForeign
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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