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

1,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 336
Gots: 135 | 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:
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: 1,970 | Reviews: 494
Reviews by itsscience:
Photo of itsscience
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges and a short white head. The nose is a huge ripe grapefruit with pine needle, tangerine, and biscuit malt. At the front of the tongue I get a lot of grapefruit flavor which blends into pine needle and onion, delivering a moderate bitterness that is balanced out by malt on the finish. For a double IPA it is very drinkable with a medium body and medium carbonation, but this is quite a mild example of the style. I would guess this was a regular IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have waited for this one for longer then I can even begin to go into here. After all that time a growler hits my front porch and I am literally floored. Served cold I popped this open at lunch on Sunday to enjoy throughout my day. Consumed on 04/19/2009.

The pour was just how I had envisioned it. Rich, deep copper colored amber with a crystal clear look to it. Big head of off white rises up and over the top before settling down gently into a thin crown that totally covered the top of the glass. Lots of thick and gooey side glass lacing all over the place here.

The smell was soo rich and pungent I nearly fell over. This was exactly what I had been searching for, looking for, in a big IPA. Huge orange citrus notes, resin so thick it clogged my nose, and soo damn fresh, sheesh, I have died and gone to heaven. I go in for my first taste of the nectar and that is just what it is. Sweet, buttery malts that gave me a fall sense of security before the backlash of sticky hops just kills me with bitter orange, pineapple and piney notes. Simply amazing, perfect, wonderful. Medium bodied with smooth, even carbonation and a dry feeling that stuck around forever making me restrain myself from guzzling it.

Overall this was exactly what I had hoped for, wanted, and dreamed about. May possibly be the best I could have hoped for. Balanced and complex, simply outstanding. Everything it should be.

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 BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of the Racer families of beer show that dry maltiness and superior hop character aren't all that matters in this hop-tensive style. There's a lot of room for complexity and variety as well.

Pouring with an impressive honey-amber color and moderate and consistent haze, the beer carries a clean and controlled look. From the formation of a creamy white cap to its withstanding head retention and further to its intricate patterns of lace, the beers stately and confident appearance never waivers.

Juicy aromas of hop burst with scents of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, and overall citrusy character. Only the background of caramel malts provide a sweeter, breadier, and almost biscuit quality that informs and supports the perfumy hops. Round in a measure of tropical fruit esters and an English-like ale scent and we have a fortified aroma that never looses focus.

Flavors follow a similar path, but takes a different step toward the same hop-heavy balance. The malty richness and sweetness show up with a firm but thin caramel sweetness, soft bready or shortbread flavor, and an estery start of pineapple, appricot, and tangerine. As the fruity flavors turn at mid palate toward citrusy grapefruit, mulled herbs and grasses, and a slight piney taste, there also sets in a growing bitterness that cleanly grows to resiny proportions in the finish and dominates the flavor profile in aftertaste.

Moderate throughout, the appreciation of modest carbonation allows for an understated creaminess that accents maltiness especially early, but offers a sprite dryness ad mid palate that ushers in alcohol warmth, resiny hop dryness, and a fleeting malt finish. The beer concludes with a definitive hop dryness and bitterness with no astringency or harshness and only a whisper of bready caramel malt afterwards.

Dangerously drinkable and highly rewarding- this classy ale never gets old for a hophead like me with high demands from his hop-heavy beers!

Thanks Ynot2

Photo of oberon
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NWer
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tjthresh
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Turbid dark amber with a sticky white head and lots of lace. Straight up grapefruit with a smidgen of caramel or toasted character for balance (whatever). The flavor switched over to pine. Very sharp, but wonderful long lasting bitterness. Full body. Average carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Yum. Thanks Matt for this hookup!

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

Enjoyed on tap at the outstanding BR fest last week. It was poured into a pint glass and appeared hazed, medium amber, with some bubbles rising to the top and leaving extensive lacing. The nose is of pungent fresh hop cones. I got notes of grapefruit, ripe fruits, floral and resiny hops. Simply delicious. Smooth hoppy luxuriousness, over the top, high quality DIPA. Why they don't bottle this stuff is beyond me.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed one of the last few pints of this beauty at the Publick House last night...during the pre-party to the ABF.
Arrived a slightly-worn copper color in an oversized wine glass with almost three full fingers of fluffy off-white head...lacing was tight and stuck to the side of the glass for the duration.
Sweet malt and fruity hops are in your face at first smell.
The taste was phenomenal...so well balanced for a double.
Citrus hops w/ mainly oranges up front...caramel due to the malt keeps this one sweet, but by no means too sweet. Bitterness is there, but balanced nicely w/ the sweetness that makes this one higly drinkable. Mouthfeel is fairly thick but not sticky...carbonation is perfect. I could easily make a session out of this one, but would not know what hit me...the alcohol is so well hidden, it never really made an appearance.
Thanks to Dave (Liefman) for a chance to try this brew...one of the best doubles I've had.

Photo of ElSid
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#25

Bottled Date: "Vintage 2012"

A: Golden orange with a good amount of sediment and a scant of off white head which leaves behind little lace on the glass.

S: Bright nose with fresh grass, pine, juicy grapefruit along with tropical fruit notes. Background sugary sweetness.

T: Big palate of pine needles, ruby grapefruit, and spicy bitterness interspersed with touches of pineapples and even mango sweetness. Backbone of bready, sugary malt with a faint warming alcohol finish once the hop bitterness fades.

M: Moderate body with ample carbonation and linger.

O: A lot of excitement giving this brew a first time go after picking it up at a local Whole Foods. A great showcase of big hop flavors. I hope to see this brew out in bottle form more often. Bear Republic is one of the stand out NorCal breweries which puts out excellent, worthy ales.

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

Growler purchased at Capones & soon to be split with my brother in law. Pours with a thin head. Dark amber color typical of a big DIPA. Huge nose of piney hops. Tastes extremely hoppy which is agreat for a hop head. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable even with the ABV. Highly recommended. One of the best DIPA's out there IMO.

Photo of magictrokini
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, finally get to try this on tap. Pours hazy orange-copper with a short but thick off-white head. Resin, pine, white pepper, and cake batter-like malt in the aroma. Sweet malt and candy grapefruit taste up front that rapidly progresses into a full-body hoppiness. Lots of grapefruit mixed with the sticky resin. Apricot, tangerine, and malt come through along with this towards the finish. It maintains its hoppy bittersweetness to the end without falling out of balance. Awesome beer.

Photo of BenHesk12
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer X is a big step up from Northern California's favorite pop IPA, Racer 5. Appreciably bitter and noticeably more alcohol than it's younger brother, but still that same lovable character. Very well balanced and still comes across as relatively mild overall for a DIPA, yet brings to the table a subtle sophistication that you expect from Bear Republic. Overall a very good DIPA yet perhaps not worth the hefty price

Photo of Taylor88
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Hand pumped (I love the visual) at the Bear Republic brewpub in Healdsberg California. Simply incredible. A smooth silky (double octane) version of Racer 5...
or should I say Racer V

The brewpub itself was a joy. Everybody there was so nice (who wouldn't bbe working for a brewery) Did not get to sample the food menu (they do have food, right?) but I will return in the near future.

Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear amber and orange with a thick/white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous. Looks like a particularly thick and hearty DIPA.

Incredible aroma and my favorite aspect of this beer. The aroma is very tropical, floral, piney, and grassy all at once. It's quite spectacular. A full, inviting, rich, and unique aroma.

Well balanced DIPA: tropical fruit, some pine, and significant but appropriate bitterness. Very nice.

Medium to thick mouthfeel.

A solid DIPA with a world-class aroma. If the flavor excelled similarly, we'd have a very, very special beer on our hands. Bear Republic shines again.

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

Good nose honey, toffee/carmel, orange/grapefruit, abv creeps in. Nice orange amber color. Tad hazy. Good head that left lacing all the way down. Sweet malt, Kinda toasty. Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit/orange combo. Bit syrupy with bitter finish. Another winner fron Bear Republic.

Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up. Orangey rocky foam with fine bubbles lingers long. Low aroma of honey malt, toffee and tangerine, some orange rind. Rich flavors of bready and honey malt, ripe fruit, tangerine and orange rind, some ruby grapefruit. Very hoppy, but offers a good balance of malty goodness along with the hops. Rich and full mouthfeel, viscous and chewy. Great beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip; clear bright orange with a nice white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice solid rings of lacing.
Smell is stunningly good...huge fruit, with tangerine, pineapple, mango, stonefruit, and lesser pine and herbal leaf. One of the best-smelling DIPAs, up there with Heady.
Taste is interesting; different than the nose suggests. The malt is very clear, but present, with some nuttiness and biscuit flavors. The hop flavor is the major element still, with juicy tropical fruit, citrus rind, and pine all in equal proportions. Alcohol is also present as a sort of flat warmth behind the flavors, and it seems to mute the flavors somewhat.
Mouthfeel is medium and slick. I'd prefer more carbonation I think.
Overall, the smell sets you up for a great experience but the taste doesn't quite deliver. But it's still a tasty and drinkable DIPA.

Photo of Soonami
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at City Taphouse in Philadelphia.

This is the only time I've ever seen Bear Republic Racer X on tap, so I wasn't going to miss out. I ordered one from the bar as soon as I saw it and it did not disappoint. The hop flavor was immense in this beer, tasting a lot of typical pine and citrus as well as a mango/lychee fruitiness. The bittering was solid and the malt contributed rounded body, caramel flavor, and bready sweetness. Very good beer that is substantially thicker than the general IPA trend lately for light bodied, pale, thin hop bombs.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.