Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,861 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 102 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Racer X is an uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X is balance in a bottle.

2009 California State Fair – BRONZE
2009 San Diego International Beer Competition – 2nd
2009 West Coast Beer Fest - GOLD

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of Nazzz
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Color is slightly hazy honey gold with a massive white head. Very good retention and lacing. Aroma is really tropical and fruity with grapefruit and some sweet bread. Very nice. Flavor is like caramelized grapefruit on palate - sweet and biting at the same time. The caramel shines through along with tangerine and mango and the finish is more grapefruit. Very nice. I'd call this a balanced DIPA. Body is medium/full with a lot of hop resins.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Maybe a touch more on the sweet side than my ideal DIPA, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Akravatz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of InkedinRi
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good Double IPA.. Get it fresh and enjoy.. It's not a stone enjoy by or a hop stupid but respectable.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is huge! One of those beers you smell as soon as it's opened. Floral and perfumy with tons of tropical and citrus fruits along with hints of tangerine, orange peel, caramel, and subtle butterscotch. The taste follows suit with gobs of juicy tangerine and bitter orange peel along with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny, piney, herbal fresh hops, caramel, vanilla, grass, and bread dough. The mouthfeel is oily and subtly creamy with mouth puckering bitter hops with just enough sweet caramel malts to add a measure of balance. Overall, an incredibly bold and flavorful Double IPA that is totally drinkable. Highly recommended!

Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a dark orange to light brown color with a huge foamy white head. The beer is cloudy and there is quite a bit of thick lacing. The odor is a pleasant IPA scent, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, tropical fruits, apricot, mango, pine, malt, resin, some honey as well. The taste is very fruity, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, with some bitterness throughout.

Photo of tappangordo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of hillind
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of Frex
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Straycorn
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a massive head of off-white colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew hits the nose right as you open the beer. A wave of tropical fruits, heaviest of tangerine and mango, greet the nose, along with a very nice heavy showing of a grapefruit hop smell. With these aromas, so too comes other aromas of a bready and caramel smell as well as a rather decent showing of a pine and earthy smell. With a little bit of an herbal hop rounding out the aroma, a very rich and pleasant IPA smell is produced overall.

Taste – The taste begins with caramel, sweet, doughy taste mixed with a whole lot of tangerine and orange. Some grapefruit is present at the start as well, with it gaining intensity up to the middle of the taste. Once the grapefruit maximizes, other hop flavors of a resinous pine and herbal flavor start hitting the tongue. While these start out lighter, they increase to the end, with the combination of the two overpowering the grapefruit when all is said and done. The sweetness, all the while, fades a bit (but not too much) with the caramel being the most pronounced loss. In the end, a light alcohol taste and a bit of earth come to the tongue, producing a very citrus fruity and resinously hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is very nice for the mix of citrus and resinous flavors, bathing the tongue in all the rich and complex flavors of the brew. These flavors and light alcohol taste are even further accentuated by the lighter carbonation, with the combo of body and carbonation creating a very nice sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty double IPA. The rich complex flavors delight the taste buds as they glide upon and then linger on the tongue. Very nice.

Photo of jvodom
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CraigFarrell
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of HopDeezy
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A - clear bright orange, 1 inch off white head.

S - citrus, orange, sweet pine

T - sweet malts, oranges, citrus, grapefruit with a nice hoppy bitter bite on the finish

M - buttery texture, smooth, bitter carbonation

O - really enjoyed this double. Drank on 12-10-14 and dated best by 1/30/15 so this may have a few months of age on it but still very good. I'd like to get one a little fresher to compare. I have only a few weeks to do so as bear Republic is pulling it's distribution out of MA in 2015. Hope to see them back in the future.

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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