Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
7,653 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:
7,653
Reviews:
2,322
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
1,393
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,653 |  Reviews: 2,322
Photo of Zai
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cdmomo79
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigTobyDog
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of richdeneault
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

california represent! great IPA to drink on a patio - great taste, great feel.

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Photo of Genx
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcall384
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours golden and hazy with a solid 1" head. Hoppy and slightly citrus smell. Slight bitterness with a smooth aftertaste. I am not normally an IPA fan but this was simply an outstanding beer.

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Photo of KIMCHI
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bear Republic is one of those California treasures I miss since I have moved to Texas. The wonderful in-laws on their recent trip to the last great state brought up boxes of Racer 5 and that will make both me and my wife extremely happy. Racer 5 has a beautiful cloudy and bright colour with a heavy nose that may intimidate non IPA drinkers or people who don't like hoppy beer. Do not be turned off by the aromas of wonderfulness for those that don't appreciate hops this beer has a strong yet, smooth and easy to drink flavor. It is very hoppy however, it has delicate nuances of orange with a crisp mouth feel and a bright aftertaste that will not overstay its visit. Racer 5 is one of those rare IPA's where a pro can enjoy it's masterfully unique and esoteric flavours and a new IPA drinker or maybe those who don't consider themselves IPA fans will pour a glass and perhaps fill their fridges. Racer 5 is a 5/5 in every category except it is not easy to find west of the Sierra's and can sometimes be difficult to buy in Southern California. Until these puppies run out though we have a beautiful house full of Racer 5 and that makes me a happy camper. Geonbae!!!!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep honey in color with an off white head. Nose is heavy with hops and the taste does not disappoint. The hops are thick and I love it. Best beer I've had in California so far.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DreDay
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Urk1127
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcghost
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pro45
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold hazy color with a small white frothy head. Smell is citrus, white bread, hops. Taste follows the nose. Oranges are prominent. Also getting some pine and faint dankness. Bitter, dry finish. Very refreshing and an easy drinker for the 7.5%. Best by date was 5/17 so I don't really know the bottling date. Tasted fresh. Very good IPA. Delicious.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of majorlance
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange topped with a soft white fluff.

Smell starts dank, followed by pine, pungent cat piss, and grapefruit.

A definitive orange and grapefruit flavor come through on the tongue, starting bitter then turning sweet, with a little wood, Trix, and either curacao or triple sec.

Somewhat frothy but very dry.

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Photo of Jortonsbeer
2.8/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Hate it. But I hate IPAs

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Photo of laketang
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bottle

hazy amber with a nice white pillow head
citrusy, orange peel, pine herbal
grapefruit and orange
upfront citrus bitterness
long lasting hop aftertaste
bold,long hop finish

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Photo of MarkJP6
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nightgardener
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,653 ratings.
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