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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

489 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,025
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 352
Gots: 150 | 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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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,025
Photo of Brackh
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly darker than a normal IPA. Flowery and hoppy smell. Great taste. Lots going on. Great amount of bitter without being too much. I would recommend this one for sure. Wasn't sure that I would like one better than Racer V from Bear Republic but this one is right up there with it. (284 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks ago at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York, having never had this before but being on the lookout for this for all these since I had the Racer V. I expected this to be a bigger, bolder version of that beer and that was exactly the case once I cracked this 22 oz. bottle opened and savored it. This was strong in taste and alcohol but not overpowering and like the bottle stated, this had a California take on English brewing traditions.

It's not often that I give a beer a "5" in the look department on here, but this certainly deserved that rating. From the quietly radiant dark amber hue to the lacing that coated more of my pint glass than it missed to the head that lasted all the way from the top to the bottom of my pint glass, this was nearly as perfect an opening statement as any beer that I've ever had. The aroma was subdued but certainly solid, with hint of floral bitterness and hop oils/resin meshing nicely. Both of those were present in the taste, along with lime pith, tropical fruits, a subtly earthiness, and slight metallic tinge. Quite complex but amazingly, this went down smoothly as the mouthfeel was nicely balanced in the malt department, and almost felt as if British Kent or Golding hops were here. The finish was crisp as some carbonation lingered on and the cloudy hue of this beer was a hint that this would be full from start to finish.

Sure, this was strong but it almost came across that there were nine versions of this beer before the tenth came out. While not the best Imperial IPA out there, this was a textbook example of how to brew one. They don't get much better, much friendlier to the novice, or much wetter than this and my only regret was that I didn't get more of these when I had a chance. The blood orange-like juiciness of this kept me wanting more and downing this quicker than I would have liked, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Easily the best brew in Bear Republic's solid lineup! (1,976 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 4.0 cloudy amber, with thin off white short lived head Lots of sediment in the 22 oz. bottle,that I am looking forward to getting in the second glass.

Smell 4.0 lots of big citrus grapefruit, lemons and a little bit of sweet malt.

Taste 4.25 Lots of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice citrus. and orange rind. It's well balanced with crystal malt backbone sweetness. ending with a touch of bitter hops. No noticeable alcohol.

Feel 4.25 Medium carbonation, sticky with a long lasting touch of bitter.

Overall 4.25 I like It, I probably wont be returning to it often, due to the price point and so many other IPA bombers always competing for that dollar. But it is definitely not one to be missed if you have not had it before. (733 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (577 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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!!! (573 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Smells of pine, spicy rye, sweet malts. Tastes of earthy and spicy hops, rye, light grapefruit, caramel. Spicy rye hop resin aftertaste and a medium body med carbonation. (201 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Moderate carbonation. 1 finger off-white head. Beautiful amber color.

Major citrus on the nose. Grapefruit rind, floral hops, touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Like an amplified version of their racer 5. Not overly thick or bitter either. Nice amount of citrus flavors again. Classic west coast hop profile. Malts don't make a flavor appearance, but they must be there to tame this beast into a overall great! Definitely sticks in the mouth after drinking, however the ABV is undetectable and still is pretty easy drinking !!!

I pair this with a nice thick cut ribeye. Traditional cowboy style flavors would pair well -- mash potatoes, spininch, corn, etc. I really like this beer: well balanced, not overly bitter, nice drinkability. I give it a 92/100. A little more carbonation would jump it up to a 95 point plus for me. (853 characters)

Photo of Maxfield
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Somehow have not tried this until today. The Racer 5 is great and my brother picked this up for me a few days ago. Great smell, good amount of bitterness. Absolutely would get it again. (185 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (752 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (373 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (2,048 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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. (547 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint:
Terrific copper body, slightly hazy. The head forms perfectly to the rim, then begins to fold away a bit leaving chunks of sticky lacing.
Nose is fantastic and big: juicy citrus hops, orange zest, pine, resinous, some floral, bready malts. This DIPA is hitting my nose perfectly.
This parties in my mouth, and the taste follows the nose pretty well too. Malts are sweet, but the hops are rich and sharp with a dominating bitterness from the sweet piney hops that shine through. Balance is incredible despite the strong flavors. Dry in finish.
This is a huge ale. I love the younger sibling ipa of this beer, and while this one has a commonality with Racer 5's profile, this X stands as a different beast altogether. Top notch stuff. (759 characters)

Photo of gkeh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good! (482 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: pretty good clarity light copper light head good lacing

S: very spicy herbal smell boarding on onion but not quite

T: muted taste you can almost taste the smell but it's gone quickly and then it's sweet which is pleasant but I'd say more of a spicy herbally DIPA

M: medium to fuller for a DIPA nice carbonation

O: it's just ok I can't see this as world class, it's a muddled DIPA it's big saving grace is it's not too much in any department (484 characters)

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

2013 vintage

Pours a brilliant copper with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Aroma is pine, slightly sweet caramel malt, grapefruit pith, and a touch of floral hop character.

Flavor reveals a sweet, lightly toasted malt base, which becomes fairly bitter and resiny at the finish. Notes of herbal, tea-like hops surface in the earthy aftertaste. There's a piney bite accompanying grapefruit, tangerine, and citrus pith underlying the malt.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

It took a whole for this one to grow on me. Initially, the English earthy, herbal hop character and bitterness dominates, but the sharp citrus surfaces late to make the beer more pleasing to my palate. The finish is more bitter than I prefer. (758 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber color with some cloudy chill haze and one finger of soapy head that fades with bubbly lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, ripe fruit, citrus hops, a bit estery.

Taste: The first hit is surprisingly on the thin side, with bready malt building. The malt is fairly hidden, though, under some pretty intense, pithy hop bitterness. A little bit of sweetness cuts through on the finish, then is overwhelmed by more lingering, pithy bitterness.

The Rest: Not bad, but given the choice I'd take a Racer 5. The balance just isn't there on this beer. (561 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: grapefruit and orange, west coast citrus hops, slight honey malt sweetness

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle sweetens with good malt backbone, finish is not as bitter as expected

M: heavy and sticky

O: good west coast double (372 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***2013 Vintage***

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 10-21-13.

Pours a deep orange hue, very hazy with a tight patchwork of lacing, tiny air bubbles atop the head. Aroma of sliced peaches, tangerines and orange flesh; very palpable. Flavor drops a bit, resiny, overripe peaches and a bit of cedar. Medium body only, bit of a barleywine character to it. (355 characters)

Photo of staudio
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went up to Bear Republic a couple of weeks ago to try this on tap. I was bummed because they were out of it. So I ran across it at BevMo they other day while stocking up on beer. I can not write/describe beer as eloquently as others here. So I'll just say this beer is really really good if you like Northern California/PNW style IPA's. (336 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – a nice clear dark copper color with a thick off-white dense 1 to 2 finger head that stays for less than a minute. Even lacing around the glass.

S – has light sweet notes, not picking up any fruit smell.

T - a strong but well balanced taste, great bitter kick in the beginning followed by a smooth transition into a great caramel flavor. The background has flavors of bread and grass with a slight hint of alcohol

M – has a light mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O – Overall this is a great well balanced beer with great flavors. If it is lacking in anything it would be nose. You don’t get a lot of smell off the glass, but it more than makes up for it in taste.

Enjoy- (691 characters)

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.