Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
2,283
Ratings:
7,468
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
17.42%
 
 
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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

pours a cloudy golden color with a slight, quickly dissipating head.

grassy, hoppy aroma on the nose. not a huge hop bomb like I expected.

taste is, again, quite subdued. hops and malts are both there but aren't in your face huge. good citrus aftertaste with no alcohol present. higher side of medium bodied with low carbonation. decent drinkability.

overall, like other bear republic beers I've had, this one is lacking on that big kick of flavor. its balanced but the flavors just aren't intense. this isn't a favorite of mine.

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Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The color has a rich orange color and lots of carbonation.

The aroma has a nice juicy citrus, grapefruit and malt sweetness.

The flavor has a hoppy freshness with grapefruit, orange, pine, and then it finish with a bitter dry finish.

The body and malt backbone stand out for this beer. It's very well crafted with its drinkability. The refreshing grapefruit just keeps wanting you to drink more and more.

I'm re-reviewing this because I didn't care for this beer at all. Having this for the second time fresh on tap, this was fantastic.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has a code of 06 03 09

This pours a hazy bright orange colour with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some nice lacing to go with this very good looking brew.

The smell is very hoppy with big notes of citrus and lesser of pine. It's not without some malt as I get a bit of caramel sneaking in as well as an earthiness.

The taste has a good grapefruit bitterness with some earthy tones which I'm not all that fond of, a light touch of pine, but not much of any sweet malt. This is pretty bitter....I don't remember it being this bitter from the times I had in the past, which must be a few years now. Oh well. It's still pretty good with the flavour.

Fairly light bodied, it has medium carbonation and finishes decidedly bitter with a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability? For me, it drinks stronger than the 7%abv it carries and the flavours don't tickle my fancy that much so....it will probably be a while before I revisit this brew.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear orange/amber color. Pored a 2 finger light tan head with good retention settling to an even skim. Sticky lacing throughour. Decanted lightly.

S: Floral hops and grapefruit. Sweet malt well in the background. Not really much on the nose.

T: Wow! Big, slightly sweet malts really come through. Floral, resiny hops - in the flavor and in the finish - blanace nicely.

M: Full side of medium body. Balanced carbonation. Smooth and coating, but not syrupy or sweet. Bitter finish provides great balance.

D: Very drinkable. Lots of flavor, but great balance. Disguises the abv well.

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

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 2/9/12

A chill haze in a golden copper body, just a few tiny bubbles but the foam is as big as you desire, gentle pour leaves a massive three finger cream colored head that slowly falls too a thick film leaving plenty of random lace

S tropical citrus nose with some sweet orange, lemon and lime, faint pine and lots of caramel

T much like the nose really, not as hoppy as I expected but there's something to be said for a balanced beer, well concealed booze

M much more carbonation then one would think after looking at the lack of bubbles in the liquid, a mellow bite and more citrus on the finish

O a straight up "good" beer, I was expecting something much more intense but I liked it nonetheless

I'm a little surprised this ones in the Beers Of Fame list as high as it is but I'm stoked I finally got to try it

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a huge size frothy off-white coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation, and there is some really good spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerine/grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly thin on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of caramel mixed with hops and grapefruit/tangerine juice and zest. The beer finishes with a hoppy and malty sweet aftertaste.

Drink - Definitely one of my favourite IPA's but I might have ran into an old keg. It seemed to have a more toned down flavour than it did from the bottles I've had in the past.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity, been meaning to get to this one.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the clear golden amber brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with heavy but sporadic frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly lemony hops with an undercurrent of controlled sweetness. Taste is upfront a nicely balanced flavor of grains and citrus hops, which slowly gives way to allow the hops to gain center stage. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean, and drinkability is superb. One of the more controlled West Coast IPAs, I like it.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy gold pour with rapidly rising bubbles produces a thick white to off-white film that produces splotchy flecs of lace. As it pours melon, tropical fruit, light bread crust and slight dank earthy aromas rise from the glass. The palate starts with melon, light biscuit to bread crumb and citrus flavors that linger. The malt flavors have a light sweetness but the hops balance the sweetness well. Hop driven fruit flavors are medium to medium high. The bitterness is medium high but is well balanced by the light malt sweetness. this moderately creamy beer has just under a medium body and has medium to medium high carbonation. This is a full flavored, easy to drink American IPA that is good enough to stock up on.

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

A-Golden in color with a sturdy head.

S-Citrusy hops and a doughy malt combination. Quite fruity.

T-Delicious fruity hops. Swell bitter taste gives way to a thick dough malt. The fruity hop taste lingers exceptionally well.

M-Medium bodied. Light enough to consume several, heavy enough to make you remember its a beast.

D-One of my go-to brews. Love the taste. Not too much booze. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of barczar
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a solid one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving significant lacing.

Citrus, resin, and pine dominate the initial aroma, with grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, and mango taking center stage. There's a bit of dankness, leading to a bit of sweet caramel malt.

Flavor is also heavily citrus hopped, with vibrant grapefruit and lemon at the forefront, followed by a melange of pine, bitter resin, and a fairly peppery finish. The aftertaste is minty and herbal. Notes of tropical fruits add complexity. Caramel malt is fairly subdued, but surfaces more as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a moderate amount of hop astringency.

Overall, an excellent, complex ipa. It really hits on all the right hop notes. Definitely not for the faint of hop!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear light amber color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Aroma is mainly citrusy (grapefruit) hops and caramel malt, very nice. It tastes like citrusy and piney hops, with some malt noticable in there too. Finishes with a nice bitter hoppy aftertaste which lingers around a while. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily/slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very good and refreshing IPA, I'd definitely buy it again, it's worth the money.

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

Appearance- Great, doughy, light beige head. Excellent retention. Something you could stick your finger in and feel the foams welcoming grasp. Thick quarter inch head throughout the whole bomber. Great Autumn colored haze with a little sediment suspended nicely throughout the whole brew. Leaves a lot of very sticky lace all over.

Smell- Good, just not as stand out as I feel it should be. You can taste more than you can smell at any point while I'm enjoying this beer. The aroma of citrus zest is only mild while lacking a better balance with the toasted malts.

Taste- Very floral rendition of grapfruit skin. When you sink your teeth into the real thing, its rather unpleasant. But when you drink that same flavor in a beer, it becomes pleasant. Better definition of the mlats, but only as a ,uted hint of what could be.

Mouthfeel- Is chock full of pleasant bitterness, but just lacing that balance needed between malts and hops to be a great IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer recommended to me by the BA community to be a highly drinkable IPA

A - Hazy light copper in color. Golden could easily be seen with a nice foamy white head. Slight yeast bits hope doesn't inflict review.
S - Grapefruit straight up. Then citrus and other malts are smelt.
T - Wow an overwhelming yet great hops taste. Loved it!
M - Refreshing yet dry. Just what expected from this IPA.
D - Man I need a case of this! A+!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewing snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that soon fades to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing clings to the side of the glass leaving a thick ring behind.

S- Incredibly sharp, zesty hop aroma. A bit of malt sweetness too with a hop fume that cuts like a knife. Very unique and enticing.

T- Flavor follows suit with more citrusy sharpness and juicy grapefruit notes. The bitterness has a very tangy attack which sort of complements the somewhat high alcohol presence. Decent malt backbone provides just the right amount of sweetness to back up the brightness of the hops.

M- Big bites of hops all the way through, actually more stinging but in a great way. Medium carbonation and a body that's just a tad on the lighter side.

O- An excellent and unique IPA that I always love to drink. Has that west coast citrus bomb aspect to it but in a way that's still different and remarkable.

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Photo of DrJay
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slighty hazy orange colour with a generous, fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. Toasted, malty aroma with mostly pine and some citrus hop character that is more on the orange side. Also just a bit spicy. Excellent balance with plenty of bitterness balanced by bready, biscuity malts. Hop flavour is strong pine, citrus, and spice, without being over the top. Sweetness backs off towards the end, which lets the resinous bitterness come forward, along with more orange hop flavour, and a bit of alcohol warming appear. Finishes off-dry. Body is a little on the heavy side, moderate carbonation. Bottle conditioning seems to contribute to the creamy smooth texture, which improves even more as it warms. Very nice...

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a deep amber hue and a cloudy consistency. Also, it had bits of sediment floating around. There was a decent-sized head and good lacing.

S: Had a strong aroma of hops, citrus and bit of malt. Not overpowering, but certainly noteworthy.

T: This one had quite a complex taste, though it was dominated by hops. There was a faint taste of citrus (orange?) and a hint of malt to balance things out.

M: Vibrant carbonation level and a smooth finish. This is definitely a full-bodied beer.

D: If you like IPAs, this is one for you. It goes down very easy and has a lively personality.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color that produced a great fluffy off-white head with great retention. Lacing formed all over the place as it finally began to dissipate.

(S)- A complex citrus profile of pine needle, lemon, grapefruit, and lime.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Very dry and piney with a good citrus aspect like the smell had.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit too bitter. I realize it should be, but this is just a bit too much. Great piney citrus though.

(D)- Definitely a great IPA. Has everything you would expect. Good stuff.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orangy amber, fluffy, creamy hand pumped head.

S: Piney hops, faint hints of citrus and spice. Decent malt presence.

T: Piney hops with spicy flavors. Hints of citrus and decent malt backbone. Bitter and Earthy.

M: Big boddied, slightly oily and coating. Some aftertaste.

D: Good, but not great. Odd combo of strong piney hops and malt backbone. Cask is not my favorite IPA serving device.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-copper color with floaties (?) and a thick head that fades down, leaving lacing.

Aroma is full of floral hops and biscuity malt in the nose. Standard for the style.

Taste is full of floral hop bitterness upfront with a strong alcohol warmth and not much else showing up in the middle. Bready, biscuity flavors do make an appearance though.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and malt and alcohol warmth. I'm not sure what the floaties are but they don't seem to affect the taste much as I can tell.

Not bad but it would probably be better fresh. Again, it's a case of me not reading the bottling date before buying. Still a decent IPA though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received from hwwty4 in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly BIF. Thanks Bill! This has a date of 14th August 2008 stamped on the side. Into my trusted Duvel tulip

A: Hazy orange with a massive white head that settles to a disk, leaving gorgeous lacework,

S: Tons of citrus fruit on the nose with orange, orange zest, some pine. Excellent hop aroma.

T: Starts off with a ton of hop flavor with a lot of citrus fruit character - lots of orange, grapefruit and some sharp zest. Some pine bitterness is present at well. As with my favorite IPAs, there really isn't much malt present- it's a ton of hop flavor that carries on through the dry finish with a pleasing bitter character

M: Excellent for an IPA - light, mildly resiny, bitter, dry, ample carbonation

D: This is one of the better IPAs I've had. I do wish this was closer to the 6% range, I'd drink a ton. At it's price, there's few better

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange brown in color

Smell: citrus hops, pine hops, and brown sugar

Taste: floral hops, slight pine hops, bread, and caramel malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweetish start with a moderately bitter middle and end

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these. A decent IPA that is very true to style.

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Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden/orange, thick white head forms, lots of lacing, great retention, head lasts until the end. Smell is rad, pine and grapefruit up front, pineapple, toffee, citrus, superbly balanced. taste is grapefruit and pine, pineapple again, oranges, maybe some vanilla, nice and full flavoured. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Very clean bitterness in the finish, great balance. Excellent IPA.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from IGA in Potsdam.

A - Pours a light copper with moderate carbonation. Bright. One finger of creamy off white head. Good lacing all over the glass but just a small film of retention.

S - Smells of aggressive hops right off the pop of the bottle. Prickly pineapple and grapefruit with some breadiness.

T - Big hops with caramel to boot. Lot's of citrus fruit with some earthiness. Many layers make this quite complex. Citrusy grapefruit and pineapple are most of the layers for hop profile but there's also a nice breadiness with caramel to back it up.

M - Nice bitterness in the finish. Medium body with some chew and good carbonation.

O/D - A pretty solid example of the style. A good hop forward IPA that is nice to drink. Highly drinkable and well executed.

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

Update on June 30, 2004:

This is a lot better IPA than I rated previously. I bumped straight 4's to straight 4.5s. I've had this a couple times over the past few months and it has impressed every time. Great aroma. Juicy hop taste. Just a very high quality IPA.


Hazy golden with fine particles of matter in suspension. Nice bubbly and rocky white head. Piney/citrus aroma. I can taste a little sting of alcohol in this one. But it also has a really good bitterness. Nice malt backbone and good hop tones. Slight pine and citrus on the palate. Easy drinking brew. Good IPA.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a nice full off-white light tan head, nice carbonation, and nice lace. Big pine hop aroma and flavors. Nice hoppiness without being overly bitter; seems nicer than the XP Pale Ale; Good balance. Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a bitter hop finish; maybe a touch airy.

Worth trying and good but not my favorite ... a possible repurchase.

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned.

Per BR website: American grains. Two Pacific Northwest hops, Columbus and Cascade. Columbus is used mostly for bittering, but used heavily as an aromatic in this strong brew. Cascade is the balance that ties the malt and bittering hops together.
1999 GABF - Gold.
og 1.070, ABV 7.0%, IBU 69.

Per B.A.B. book: 5.9%ABV (wrong). Columbus hops adn dry-hopped with Cascade (wrong?)

($3.99 / 22 oz.)

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.
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