Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
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7,641 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:
7,641
Reviews:
2,318
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
349
Gots:
1,383
For Trade:
8
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 7,641 |  Reviews: 2,318
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

Photo of hypnotoad1
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Orny18
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Colin32
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Based on the name and label I almost passed this up. Being on the east coast I wasn't familiar with Bear Republic Picked one up at a grocery near Wilmington, Delaware a few months ago. Since then I have been picking up this classic IPA on a regular basis. Poured one tonight into a pint glass. Nice coloring and beautiful smell. Taste is smooth and hoppy. I always end wanting to open another one.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gearsm
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClePaul
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying to rate this objectively, because honestly, it's not really my thing. Pours a semi-cloudy light gold. Little bit of a white head but not much lacing. Aroma is more malt forward - some citrus and piney hops - nothing exhilarating. Taste is balance between sweet malts and some hops, with a moderately bitter finish. Feel is smooth, but a little under-carbonated for my taste. Overall, I feel this is more suited for people who like things that are less hop-forward. Hop-lovers beware, this may not be up your alley. It's a clean tasting brew, but a little too gentle for the IPA style.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Wayniac
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just got a bottle at my LHBS and opened it while brewing my own homebrew IPA. Nice golden orange color and a huge thick soapy head. Faint aroma of floral hops. Nice medium body and mouthfeel. Surprisingly strong taste of alcohol. Further tastes of light floral and herbal hops, medium bitterness that lingers for a while. Also tasting nice malt flavor, more so than in most IPAs these days. Not what I was expecting, a little disappointed after all of the hype... but a decent malty IPA.

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Photo of Mikey440
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden color with a medium size head. The nose has strong pine elements but also some faint mango aroma to it. Fairly bitter upfront followed by some fruitiness. Medium body without too much carbonation. Not the most complex IPA but definitely a tasty one.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,641 ratings.
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