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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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1,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,703
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 324
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Crystal clear amber with a thin, but dense head (bar pour leaves little room for head...). Nice, sticky lacing.

S - A hoppy sonofagun, as expected. Super piney & resiny, with some citrus, wildflowers, and caramel malt for good measure.

T - More malty than anticipated, but hop-forward is still an understatement. Piney, resiny hops abound, with the citrus and caramel still playing a supporting role. A bit of biscuit in the back that I didn't notice in the nose. Solid bitterness, but not overpowering.

M - Medium-full body. Nice, fine carbonation. Smooth & slick.

D - Good balance keeps it high for a DIPA. I wish this stuff turned up more often.

A very solid DIPA. Doesn't really stand out from the pack, but is in the upper echelon of the standards. Try it if you come across it.

06-05-2009 00:10:34 | More by 0110x011
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North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

On tap at the growler station at Consumers in Orchard Park,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear burnt orange with a tight formed pillowey white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Oh blessed hops in the nose intense resiny pine and grapefruit rind with a light but noticeable nutty malt component underneath very fresh smelling.A real hop gem here very resiny concentrated hop presence pine and more pine with a real nutty malt base that hangs kinda well,not as full in the mouth as I would have thought but it adds to the drinkability wich makes it dangerous.Whoa this good and its what I expected.

As I drank more and the beer warmed a bit a noticeable dark fruit presence became more pronounced adding to the complexity and stickiness and well I have to give it a five because there is so much there going on.

07-08-2007 00:17:41 | More by oberon
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Although I do prefer Racer V as X is a little large for me, I must admit that this is a totally kick ass IIPA. Multiple samples consumed in bottles, at brewery, and most recently on tap at Maduro for $3 a pint. Gotta love those prices! Appearance is simply stunning with a brilliant orange body, slightly hazed with a lot of carbonation and a decent head. Aroma is a punch in the face of grapefruit, toffee malt, grass, and spicy hops. Flavor is equally powerful with full on caramel/toffee malt goodness and loads of hops –hops of all sorts. Citrus is large but grass and pine are here too. Very bitter and acidic with a dry finish yet still fairly smooth and easy and not terribly drinkable.

09-18-2007 21:13:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
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New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-14-2011 19:55:11 | More by pbsmooth
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-10-2012 17:07:57 | More by DavyJones
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-13-2013 22:04:28 | More by SanFranJake
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2013 20:37:03 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

Simply put, we dig this beer and love the fact that it is available in 22-ounce bombers. While it's loaded with hops, there's plenty of malt flavor and backbone to balance, it’s got drinkability despite the packed flavors and high alcohol.

LOOK: Clear and copper, lacing has legs

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, spearmint, hemp seeds, shortbread

TASTE: Sweet and sticky, hop bitterness, resin, macerated tangerines, lime pith, juicy, leafy, grassy, crackers, exotic fruit, warming alcohol; bitter, drying finish

06-29-2013 16:37:45 | More by BeerAdvocate
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Very clear amber, nice big and sticky white head, plenty of lacing. Low carbonation like most DIPA but this was a growler so up to the distributor.

S - Lots of citrus and pine on the nose with an underlying malt sweetness...wonderful.

T - Citrus hops dominate up front with pine on the finish. Some light honey like sweetness from the light crystal malts, with a little bread to make it interesting. Finishes bitter with a little too much alcohol taste.

M - Not chewy but definitely some body there, there is a creaminess with a light coating of the mouth. A touch more carbonation would be good to help clean it up. Again, this was a growler, not sure they had enough C02 in there.

D - Sipping beer, lots of flavors, lots to enjoy between each sip. Slight workout for the mouth (not in a dirty way haha) one or two is enough...not even close to a session brew.

08-26-2010 01:11:02 | More by steelerguy
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2.25/5  rDev -46.8%

01-28-2014 00:24:26 | More by AshlandNacho
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-15-2013 01:13:25 | More by supa0525
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

03-06-2014 02:57:12 | More by bulldogg915
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it.

04-11-2009 14:51:07 | More by ROBORB
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

Had: on tap at Beachwood BBQ

This IPA is thick, chewy, and delicious. I have had my share of IPAs and I would not hesitate to place this one in my top 3. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, take it. It was Super balanced, had a great floral smell and where most DIPAs can fight their way down, Racer X went down smooth. I would have loved another and will probably have one if I can get back next week.

04-12-2009 01:33:23 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.69/5  rDev +10.9%

On tap at the brewery last month during their brewery only release.
PtY one day, X the next. Life doesn't get any better than that.
Pours nice golden in a tulip glass. Tight foamy head retains well. Flowery. Well balanced. Very flavorful. Finish is smooth and very enjoyable.
On of the great West Coast IPA's.

03-11-2012 00:05:23 | More by NWer
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

08-18-2014 00:33:50 | More by Akabufflaobilly
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-26-2013 01:52:58 | More by Kappakoosh
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Vintage 2012

Frothy cream, latte foam head on a deep golden body, poured into a pint glass. Looks very appetizing.

Heaps of citrus on the nose, with a faint hint of booze, blowing its Double cover.

Very boozy. I would expect it to be higher than 8.3% for how it tastes.

Boozily thick up front with astringent and oily hop finish.

A good Double IPA, but not in the top echelon. Racer 5 is in my go to IPA rotation, but this is a bit much for anything other than special occasions or tastings.

06-17-2013 01:17:00 | More by andyfrancis
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-10-2013 17:20:16 | More by Dbrulet
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-07-2013 20:44:35 | More by Snikwad1020
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-04-2013 23:31:11 | More by Beerswag
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-25-2013 02:17:04 | More by megamass
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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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