Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
2,303 Reviews
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
Reviews:
2,303
Ratings:
7,579
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
347
Gots:
1,365
For Trade:
10
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Reviews: 2,303 | Ratings: 7,579
Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had hype behind the name. Got a bomber and was let down... Average IPA with a nice balance but if a beer is hyped and I get my hopes up and they are shattered by a par beer... I weap. It had some fruity notes to it with a balance of malt in there... Drank a Stone cail-belgi after and enjoyed that about 3 x more.

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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 breyton490
3.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 pack of 12oz bottles in Jan 2011 on the east coast.

Nice hop aroma, similar to what I remember when having this on tap in Heldsberg.

Very clear appearance, nice big rocky head.

Nice bittering, very good IPA, but not very drinkable. Mouth feel was thick and syrupy. Alcohol taste evident.

I don't think I could drink more than one or two bottles in a sitting due to the heavy, sticky, syrup texture of the beer. Prefer the dryer finish found in a Sierra Nevada or Russian River IPA (RR IPA or Blind Pig)

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Photo of Fitzgerald
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a nice creamy off-white head which leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

S- Getting some faint scents of citrus maybe some fresh cut grass maybe a little alcohol and some bready malt aroma.

T- Great subtle taste of citrus and bitter hops competing with a sweet caramel malt flavor with a little bread or biscuit taste also.

MF- Medium body with a bitter tongue at first but followed with smooth finish.

D- A very nice I.P.A. by Bear Republic brewery, bought a 22.oz of this ale drank it with my wife and we both enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of juankzas
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served in an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Orangey gold with a clear beige head that dissipates quickly to a creamy froth. Very cloudy, lots of sediment.

S: Just hoppy bitterness, missed some citrus and floral aromas.

T: The same hoppy bitterness, a bit unidimensional, expected a more complex beer.

M: Good carbonation, as said before heavy on the sediments.

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Photo of ajayma
2.89/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

LOOK. Nice honey-colored tones. Dense head on the pour but short-lived.

AROMA. Green, zesty, fresh hops. Like hops right off the vine that you crush between between the palms of your hands.

BODY. Medium-heavy in body, oily, with a firm carbonation.

TASTE. Grabs you by the tongue right off the bat with a bitter, resinous, pine sap attack. Finishes with an oily, medicinally bitter finish. Malt is there, but feels like it's just hanging out, not really bringing enough to balance the harshness of the hops.

AFTERMATH. Not my favorite. I would have liked a little more balance. It smells really, really wonderful though.

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Photo of jimiv73
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well this beer falls in the category of least favorites of IPAs!!! i got this on tap @ barneys beanery in santa monica a great place for food too! lots of draft beers too! anyway it poured off an orangey gold yellow color! th esmell was amazing i loved it but then i tasted it and was not impressed! it smell very citrusy and grassy sorta!! i did not enjoy the mouthfeel too much it was a bit nippy and finished bitter!! i givve it a low drinkability because i was barely able to get this one down!! ugh!!

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Photo of flydudehsv
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Real nice IPA. Not the hoppiest, but it has some zip. Nice sweet malt in the background but really smooth for the 7% ABV. Initial aroma is pine forest. Orange amber color with a moderate off white head. Flavor starts fruity (apricot, orange) turning light grapefruit bitter and finishing kinda dry and orange rind bitter. Medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of awmiller
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

These IPAs are starting to appeal to me! This brew poured up a cloudy/hazy golden-orange body with a frothy head possessing excellent retention and lacing. Loads of aromas of citrusy hops with just a tiny hint of roasted malts. It has a good sharp bite all the way through followed up with just enough sweet malts to smooth it out for a nice, crisp, clean finish with no harsh aftertaste; almost like a mixture of flavors of cotton candy and caramel lingering on the finish. As it warms the hops and malts blend so much more ‘flavorfully’.

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Photo of _alex
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA is a fantastic "gateway" beer for those considering new styles of beers. If you are interested in trying craft style American brews, this one opens the doors to a new take on beers. The taste is mild hoppy, no bells and whistles, and is a solid IPA.

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

Just shared a Lenny RIPA and a HOP STOOPID for the first time and although satisfied, I'm jonesing for a Racer5 on deck.

My goto is Bell's 2H, but to all hop seekers who haven't found Utopia, please enjoy an R5 if you can.

It's still in the fridge and I haven't had one since a visit to Yardhouse San Diego months ago, but I will tell you it satisfies everything you need if you love hop slanted monster IPAs.

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

I've been drinking this beer for years now and it's always been a favorite of mine. It's really a classic west coast IPA in my opinion. The body is full yet also light enough to be quaffable. The bittering is just right with a piney aroma and citrus flavor. It's good to know that this beer is so widely available on the west coast because its a quick choice for easy drinking. A great standby beer. It always kicks up a good fluffy head and goes down real easy. Bear Republic is one of the best breweries in northern California and Racer 5 is a good reason why.

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

I was in San Diego, CA at the Yard House when I ordered this one. I got it poured from draft into a half yard glass. It was smooth with a really nice citrus ting. The beer left a nice full lacing on the long yard glass. This offering has a nice clean, fresh taste that leads to a really great social beverage. Awesome head retention.

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Photo of GweedoeBRew
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently had a Racer 5 at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth, ma. A nice IPA from Bear Republic Brewing from California. I definately expected a little more hoppy aroma than I got when I too my first wiff of the brew, but it did much better on taste. I nice strong american IPA mouth feel and great hop finish. May not be the best IPA I have ever had, but definately better than a lot that I have had in the past.

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

I didn't find this IPA as nice as the other Bear republic brews.. but still an excellent brew. Deep copper color with ample froth which lightly laced the glass. Nose is hoppy with pine really standing out. A gentle bitterness which is nice and the way I personally like IPA's to be. Good to the finish with consistent flavor throughout.

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Photo of exparte
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Lovely strong aroma of sweet malt and pineapple citrus hops. Beautiful clear golden color with a substantial sticky white head that forms a web down the glass. Quite bitter but even more sweet. Full bodied and smooth with a long finish that manages to be both sweet and bitter. Finely crafted but a bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of chrisgalvin
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just such a great beer. So big and bold and fits the area in which it is brewed. Big hop notes center around a balanced malt character with a nice finish. Two of these and you're set. Such a nice change when you are touring around the area drinking other AIPAs too. Not to say the other are crap, this is just a different and well-rounded beer.

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

Awesome! This beer is an extremely pleasant surprise. It pours a golden honey color, not super clear, but you can tell it means business. The aroma is perfect. Hoppy and clean. And then the taste backs it up. This one talks the talk, and walks the walk too.

Very very good.

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Photo of jojoluvsbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that lingers around for a while before forming a nice ring. Nice lacing on the glass as well. Nose is pine, grapefruit and citrus. Taste is all about hops with a pine taste, and nice balancing sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is high.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. . The latest in my IPA taste comparison (bottles). Heads and shoulders above any others I've tried. Amazing from first sip to finish. Deep gold with clear, subtle carbonation. Piney citrus hops presence in the nose and a rich malt backbone. The flavors mixed and mingled on the tongue in a way that I couldn't wait for the next sip to see how it would taste. Excellent IPA. Definitely recommending this and drinking it again.

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

Bear Republic Racer 5.. Enjoyed out of my Sam Adams Glass (which I absolutely love) listening to some random techno album. Picked up in trade with wiebull

Appearance: One finger head, fades quick but doesn't die. Pure golden color. There is a light haze.

Aroma: Big hoppy nose. Aggressive floral notes that have been punched in the face with a grapefruit.

Flavor: Bold hoppy flavor up front that dies off little bit but picks up in to big and beautiful finish. Very floral on the finish, dries out and becomes a lingering soft bitter.

Mouth Feel: Up front is a distinct west coast hoppyness that coast the mouth. This one might be a tought over carbonated for the amount of flavors that are jam packed in there.

Drinkability: I wish I could get it in Boise Thank you again Jason for hooking me up! I would love to buy a six pack of this beer and hike up to the top of camelsback at dust and share with fellow with fellow BA's and enjoy a fine Idaho sunset.

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Photo of btuthill
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours glowing amber from 22 oz bottle. Enormous, creamy, delicious head grows with time. The taste is fantastic -- for lack of better descriptors, it tastes like a west coast Two Hearted Ale. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little sticky, and lingering. I would gladly drink this regularly, and probably will. Great new (to STL) IPA for the rotation.

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Photo of mvforegonian
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As soon as I cracked this open wafts of hops hit me and it was incredible. this is the classic IPA. The hops were not listed, my pet peeve with IPAs... Hoppy, amazing aromas and lingering finish! I was expected something huge though based on the aromas.

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Photo of Emerson1310
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great appearance, cloudy and deep gold. Head and lacing were minimal, maybe because I had it super-cold.

The aroma is good, hoppy and fruity.

The taste is great! Kind of like a mini Pliny, with nice fruity, hoppy flavors and a smooth finish with no hop-bitterness build-up, and no honey flavor to mask the fruit/hops.

I will buy more of this to enjoy this summer!!

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

I give this beer a 5 based on it's representation of what I feel an IPA should be. I typically do not prefer IPAs and I actually find this one very enjoyable.

All I have to say is that it looks tantalizing and retains an amazing, creamy head to the end. Nice medium carbonation can be seen through the clear amber. The smell is sweet with strong tropical fruit hop smell. The taste is a spot-on balance of sweet maltiness and piney/tropical hop bitterness that sits just right, not too bitter and minimal bitter finish. It feels thick and chewy but not overbearing. It is truly an easy, smooth drinker with a slight resinous and oily feel to chew on. I gotta say I really like this one and will be the only IPA other than Pliny that I would actually purchase.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,579 ratings.
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