Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,692 Ratings
Racer 5 India Pale AleRacer 5 India Pale Ale

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

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

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Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the mouth of a double-deuce.

Very cloudy indeed. Bright, deep orange head. Plenty of sediment frozen still as if in carbonite. Ice cream float-like head, that stays for a while. A mountain range of lace.

Strong hop presence. Hops are a mix of citrus and pine. Smells like a "wet" beer, so to speak, with those sweet sweet hops.

Has a nice citrusy flavor, before morphing to bitter (though the bitter is also citrusy too). Gets a lot more bitter as it warms; all properties reverse as the temperature goes up: goes from bitter to sweet. Mellows with warmth. Alcohol-bite pervades throughout. The end hops are a grapefruit.

Smooth and even buttery with a bitter ending; bite at the finish. Thickens as it warms, just excellent. Bitter. Creamy. Excellent. A complex IPA.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden to copper with hay-yellow colored hues beneath a pure white head that dissipates to leave a thin, yet dense lacing behind.

Aromas are quite appetizing featuring floral and citrus hops with an underlying malty sweetness. Grass/straw aromas also exist with a faint earthiness.

The taste is similar featuring floral and citrus hops with hints of grass and pine all backed by a sweet malty mid-palate that eventually reverts back to the generous hop flavors.

Medium in body and carbonation with a puckering hops finish.

This is a very tasty IPA that is very well thought out and brewed. One of my favorites at this point.

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Photo of bouncepass
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (dated 12/11/13) to imperial pint glass - 2 finger fluffy white head , noticeable bubbles from carb, clear medium golden color with a slight orange hue

aroma - bursting with fruit--passion fruit, grapefruit

taste - bitter hops but nice malt balance, then good amount of citrus

mouthfeel - great carbonation, medium body, a bit slick, dry finish

overall - this is really a top notch IPA, I need to pick this up more often. I bought a bomber of this while I was on a ski trip in Cali to drink

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Appearance: Arrived in a 10 oz. glass with just a miniscule layer of creamy white head that just barely sticks to the glass. Color instantly reminded me of apple juice.

Smell: Very citrus-like...grapefruits.

Taste: A well-balanced pale ale. I could really taste the grapefruit bitterness. Finished with a touch of sweetness before the hops add some bite.

Mouthfeel: Less crisp than I expected. It was a fuller, smoother, and creamier than I expected.

Drinkability: A well-balanced pale ale. Not as assertively-hopped as some of my favorite IPA's, but not bad. Personally, I just like my IPA's a little hoppier.

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Photo of themind
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am a big IPA fan and had read a decent amount about this brew. I picked up a six and went at it. That said I was not overly impressed by this beer. Pliny, Hopslam and others have dominated my taste buds so Racer 5 fell short for me. Don't get me wrong it's a decent brew but I have not sought it out since.

Bottom Line: Decent IPA worth buying if Hopslam and Pliny are unavailable.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Racer IPA poured a cloudy hazy reddish orange with some solid lacing. The smell of was of cascade hops and a nice citrusy aroma. The Racer 5 was really well built and smooth and well balanced with a strong hop presence. It was sweet and luxurious in the mouth. It was a very pleasing IPA.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden orange with a slight amber hue. Frothy white foam that leaves nice lacing.

S- Floral pine hop nose with some sweet honey and malt scents. Some typical citrus notes as well.

T- Nice piney hop flavor initially. Sweet caramel malt backbone balances nicely leading to a pleasant finish. Not much alcohol flavor to speak of. The hop bitterness seems to be a combination of citrus esters and pine tastes but balanced very well by the malty sweetness.

M- Medium/light bodied. Smooth and well balanced (all most too much for a hophead).

D- Nice IPA to get someone into the style. The hops are very much present but not dominating.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On the bottle: "Keep cold, respect life, don't D+D, real ale is alive, yeast is good"

A: Pours a slightly off-looking transparent straw/copper color. The head is small and fluffy and retains only for a few seconds. Slightly cloudy as well.

S: Starts off with a fragrant sweet note; honey, residual sugars, and a slight whiff of brown sugar. The hops are definitely intense, but the malt background balances very nicely. Smells more like a DIPA than a classic rendition of an AIPA. Nice notes of citrus (lemon peel)

T: Very nice flavor profile. All of that sweetness seems to disappear into a hop heaven. Earthy, floral, fragrant, and bittering aspects of the hops come out. The malt backbone is a slight bit biscuity, and gives a firm balance, but hops are definitely dominant. Not as bitter as some of the other Bear Republic brews (Hop Rod in particular), but definitely intense in its own right. The alcohol (which I just noticed now) is actually very nicely hidden. You get the warmth as it goes down, but not noticeable as you drink.

MF/D: Medium/heavy in body for the style, lingering honey/piney hop finish. Very balanced and highly drinkable.

Really good with a spicy dish. I tried this with homemade Panang Curry and it was perfect!

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amberish color with a fluffy off-white colored head. Big sprucy, Columbus hoppy nose and some bready, grainy, caramel-like malt sweetness in the nose. Malty sweet and grassy up front and a hop smackdown that puts you in the Figure Four leglock and doesn't let go. Dry resiny, hop oily finish. Alcohol is noticable, but behind all those delicious hops, who cares. Finely crafted IPA, and hands-down one of the finest IPAs in the country. Bear Republic is one of my favorite breweries, and we've desperately trying with our Pennsylvania distributors to get in contact with these guys and get their great beers here. The sound of dragging feet is deafening. Good thing I stocked up on a recent trip to New York. I don't want to get to into the East Coast/West Coast thing because it sounds like early 90's gangsta rap, but this the real deal in what would be classified as a West Coast-style IPA.

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Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of yelterdow
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Dean & Deluca while on vacation in Napa, CA on September 7, 2007. Served back home in NJ in a pint glass at just over refrigerator temperature.

Appearance- Pours a substantially paler orange than most IPAs, with some chill haze and a supple, three-finger crown.

Smell- A perfect blend of honeyed grapefruit and bicycle handlebars... the aromas of cold metal dance with the huge citrus character evident here.

Taste- The voyage of flavor progression is exciting and unexpected... lip smacking and bitter, the grapefruity hop bite concedes nicely into a bready malt backbone. Then, the hops return and spend an eternity drying the mouth and settling to the deepest recesses of the tongue's sides. An aggressively bitter IPA without question, one that begs an attentive and purposeful tasting. Burps galore on this one.

Mouthfeel- Relatively thin, uninteresting, subdued texture in the mouth.

Drinkability- Easy with regard to the strength... the initial honeymoon, however, fades rather quickly and it gradually becomes much more ordinary in its overall presentation.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes:

Poured golden orange with a frothy off-white head.

Aroma was dominated by hops. Spices, pineapple, and grapefruit joined in nicely.

Taste was also mostly hoppy. Citrus and pine flavors combined with honey and apricot.

This was a pretty good IPA. Not quite as good as it's rated IMO, but hey, everyones taste is different. Recommend others give it a try.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange amber color with a thin sticky white head. piney herbal and grassy hops dominate the aroma. some grapefruit comes out as it warms. the smell is a little subdued, i don't really pick up anything else. while the aroma doesn't have a lot of grapefruit to it the taste does. the other grassy hebal aspects take a backseat to the grapefruit now, to combine with some really nice piney hops and a light honey-like sweetness that balances things out a little. medium body with subtle carbonation that lends to a nice smoothness that these type of beers are sometimes lacking. good drinkability, i had no trouble finishing the bomber and could easliy finish another with out it getting tiresome. an excellent example of a west coast IPA. highly recomended.

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Photo of beaulabauve
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,692 ratings.
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