Racer 5 India Pale Ale | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

7,694 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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Ratings: 7,694 |  Reviews: 2,333
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

A class IPA. Great look; head retention was fantastic, sexy lace. A nice mixed nose of grass, pine, hints of tropical fruits and nicely integrated malt notes. Solid bitterness and a full, well balanced mouth feel. Aftertaste is long, persistent and pleasant. Overall a really sexy beer that has balance and flavour in spades. A good benchmark.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

At the Henrietta MacGregor's I had one of these today. It wasn't my first time, but I haven't reviewed this one yet.
Bear Republic is a brewer that defines quality. They take great time and effort in the concocting of every beer that leaves the brewery. Racer 5 is no exception.
Pouring a wonderfully hazy copper colour and blanketed in a beautiful white, frothy head, it is everything a good IPA should look like. The head lasted quite a while and left a spider web of lace as I drank the beer.
The head released a strong floral aroma of roses and also a soft citrus scent. This led to an easy to drink, yet complex taste. At first I noticed a sweetness accented by a floral and grassy feel. It finished with a bittersweet citrus taste. It's wonderful what hops can do.
Racer 5 is one of the IPA's that is really putting micro brews on the map. It is a quality ale that is, without a doubt, everything a good IPA should be. I found it easy to drink and rather refreshing.
Who is this beer for? The people who would enjoy this most are the more discriminating drinkers. Someone who truly appreciates a complex ale such as this. I would also suggest that someone who is just starting to build their palate stay away from this until they develope a strong palate for hops. This is a true west coast IPA. There is little balance in order for the hops to make their pressance known.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber with great clarity. It forms an off-white head that's foamy and rich, and a full finger deep. It fades to a small cap, but laces the glass well. Adding the yeast dregs doesn't really change the look much.

Smell: This brew has a great hoppy aroma with lots of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. A touch of sweet caramelly malt is present.

Taste: Full flavored with a fair amount of hop bitterness, but lots of hops flavor. Great use of dry-hopping here... Hefty doses of piney resin, grapefruit, and a touch of a floral taste. It induces pine-soaked burps... There's a nice malt backbone, which is slightly sweet with a strong caramel flavor. A bit of a toasted, bready character is in there too. A touch of alcohol on the tail end. Very well balanced, this is a damn good IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Has the perfect amount of dryness to arouse my hunger. It's just right...

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkability for a 7% India Pale Ale. If it wasn't for the higher strength, I could sip this all night.

Another fantastic brew from Bear Republic. The more I try these California micros, the more I want to move out there...

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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass hazy orange with a thick white head, good lacing, but lots of sediment. Smell isn't too strong, but has floral hop hints. Taste is very smooth. A nice hop bite up front, could use a little more sweet flavor on the back end, but it doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste like most AIPA's do.n The mouthfeel is good.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best By 12/01/15

Appearance: hazy orange golden color with a two finger creamy off white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing. One of the better looking IPAs my eyes have laid on

Smell: A wonderful bouquet of tropical and citrus fruits and pine with a subtle sweet malt undertone

Taste: Tropical fruits upfront, pine midpalate, finishes piney and citrusy. I get more malt in the taste than the smell

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Super smooth and creamy with a dry bitter finish

Overall: I could see this being a top tier IPA back in the day, and i probably would have rated it higher even five years ago. There are newer IPAs with a better hop profile, but this is one of the better oldschool ones. The look and mouthfeel alone are worth picking this up.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Brunite
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a clear golden color with 1 finger of white head.

Smell- Very nice hop aroma, with some citrus notes.

Taste- Really much sweeter than one would expect for an IPA. Not as much hop bitterness a I am used to.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied....low on the carbonation.

Drinkability- This was a good beer. Smooth and drinkable. Just felt more like an PA than an IPA.

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Racer 5 India Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 7,694 ratings.
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