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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

1,933 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 132 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

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
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Ratings: 1,933 | Reviews: 489 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tridge85
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsnyder61
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This double IPA pours a bright orange with a thick frothy white head that has true staying power and as it dissipates displays some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Nose of deep rich caramel, citrus notes of oranges and lemons,. and bittering hops. Flavors are deep and boasting of a great sweet malt backbone and waves of citrus hops. heavy alcohol and a slight grain flavor comes through on the back....very warming. Aftertaste boasts sweet and bitter in a delicious harmony. very good. happy to have had it!

Cheers!

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwps214
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy glass, lots of particulate matter, amber blonde with a cover of white lace that doesn't lace.

Smell: Hoppy hop hops. Great citric and rose elements that are somewhat like Two Hearted Ale, very inviting.

Taste: Sweetness from the crystal malt balances the hoppy citric main flavor wonderfully and gives some balance. Hops are flavorful without going too bitter.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation, clean finish.

Overall: Yum! Great west coast IPA that doesn't go too bitter and brings a load of fresh hop flavor. I'll be looking for more... MOAR!!!

Photo of sirhc3034
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigjoe786
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, age unknown, questionable:
Need to review when more certain of freshness, which seems not the newest.

Nice sweetness, biscuit, some citrus - following what can be sensed from pretty weak nose; nice body, little alcohol burn.

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers that I really badly wanted to try, never found, and then forgot about it. Also one of the very earliest double IPAs to generate lots of hype--every few months, some jackelope would post about how Bear Republic was going to start releasing it in sixers and/or start sending it to the midwest, but neither of those things ever happened.

Also, incidentally, the one time I ever got burned a trade I was supposed to get this beer in exchange for Dreadnaught and NG Belgian Red. Which is why, I suppose, I stopped looking for it.

On tap yesterday at Lord Hobo. Couldn't say no.

Smells sugary sweet, with some mild spice nodes backing up intense grapefruit hops.

Tastes like it smells. Excellent balance between bready and spicy malt sweetness and bitter, juicy hops. The recipe is obviously a couple generations old (craft beer generations each lasting between 3-4 years), and someone with a narrower and more newly developed pallet might be put off by its lack of tropical nodes and/or its relative modesty. But it's very good.

Photo of claybob43
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of petermethot
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timontheroad
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color, kicked up a great big thick three finger head, great retention and lacing. Lots of nice tiny carbonation bubbles to hold the head as well.
Smell: Flowery, fruity big aromas.
Taste: Great citrus and tropical fruit flavors, nice sweet malt backbone as well.
Mouthfeel: thick and creamy, nice bite also.
Overall: such a great beer, as are all of the racer series from Bear Republic.

Photo of dwagner003
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rideguy64
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edelman11
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frlrv1020
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.