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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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Reviews: 490
Hads: 2,030
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 357
Gots: 153 | 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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Photo of meathookjones
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Capitol Ale House Innsbrook location. This came out with a deep amber body with about an inch off white foam on top. The head stayed around for a bit lacing the glass with rings foamy lace. As the glass was put in from of me I could smell the huge citric and floral aromas rising up and a strong pine scent. Surprisingly there was a slight fruity sweetness lurking about to tame the hops a bit. Taste was of strong citric hoppiness with underlying fruit notes. Quite an excellent smack of hops to the face with a refreshing sweetness keeping it from going overboard. A nice hoppy bitter aftertaste ended this awesome brew off. Great mouthfeel with a nice coating hoppiness and a creamy feel to it. This has awesome drinkability as I went through about 4 or 5 23 ounce glasses of this and still wanted more. I was surprised how much more balanced this was than I expected but it worked out nicely. This is one of the best double IPA’s out there it packs a strong hoppiness without completely shredding your palette. It listed this as 7.8% there not the 9%, I believe it was closer to 7.8% considering that I was still pretty functional after so many.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse, regrettably only a few ounces in a ten ounce chalice, but then I was working.

This beer rolled out of the tap beautifully, and was a pleasure to pour. Good, yet tight head, that did dissipate a tad quickly.

Deep, copper colored malt that is barely present in the nose, which is dominated by the well extracted hop profile of this brew. It was difficult to draw many single attributes out I found, but all the regular suspects were present.

The first sip revealed a beautiful candied orange slice base neatly balanced by the assertive yet delicate and varied hop character, which demonstrated a nice citric bite.

This beer really wins in mouthfeel as far as I am concerned, because it has a full richness that is truly powerful, yet never overbearing nor does it linger to long. In fact, this beer finishes fairly dry with a mellow hop bitterness.

Great to taste it good and fresh, and makes me remember my days in Philadelphia drinking 90 minute. Right up there with it in my book, and I love the 90.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very awesome clean/clear golden orange, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger creamy/thick/foamy head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, bitter, sweet, malty, lots of citrus/pine notes. The taste is incredible, hoppy, bitter, sweet, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes, and some caramel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, chewy. Very drinkable, probably the best DIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended. Thanks Wes!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to nyrangerfan for hooking me up.

4.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. Two and 1/2 fingers of frothy creamy head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing.

5.0 S: Awesome aroma. Lots of pine and grapefruity citrus from the start. Though the hops aren't particularly complex, its simple aroma is strong and wonderful. Malts take a backseat, but add a layer of complexity with a soft caramel aroma.

5.0 T: The hop flavor is massive. Completely overwhelmed. Strong piney backbone again with softer citrus notes including mandarin and regular orange. Lemony grassiness to an extent. Malts lend caramel and a slight biscuity flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Creamy, but could be creamier. Dry on finish with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Awesome beer. I'd love to get a growler of this once a year (or more!). Tons of hop flavor and an excellent IPA overall.

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Photo of Lakes
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With 7 hours to kill the Sunday after GABF we headed over to the Falling Rock. The plan was to have a Pliny (the Elder) and then work through a few others doing reviews as we went. Imagine our surprise when RacerX, which we were teased with 1 oz samples of for the previous 3 days, was freshly tapped.

Color is a lovely deep copper. It has a lasting fluffy white head. Lacing is more of a death grip on the glass. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Citrus and sweet malt.

This is SO good. Very hop forward with bright bursting notes of citrus, tangerine, naval orange, and pine. The malt compliments the hops perfectly. Resin and if honey could be a citrus product this is what it would be. This is an exceptional treat.

Flawless. Carbonation is excellent. Aftertaste is smooth and pleasant

I'm drinking this till they ask me to leave.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got down to Naja's to get some Pliny the Elder, only to find that they ran out. Good news was they replaced it with this. I LOVE Racer 5, so was quite excited to find this on tap.

A: Dark IPA, clear orange/red (though tough to tell in the dark...). Not much head, not much bubbles. Really nice lacing.

S: Big bitter hoppy scent. Mostly citrus. My friend told me she smelled lychee, but I don't have a damn clue what that smells like so who knows.

T: Starts with a malty backbone. This is truly a DIPA with plenty of sweetness. Fruity/estery goodness, orange and tropical. Then the hops hit. HUGE hops. Some citrus but pine dominates. The citrus hops are mostly orange to me, but the pine is really the big flavor. The bitterness just lasts and lasts.

MF: Very smooth, doesn't have the bite that many IPAs have. Carbonation is pretty low. Sticky and syrupy, coating the mouth and leaving a nice bitter film.

D: Talk about a helluva consolation prize. This is a well crafted beer. Starts off more like a strong ale, but the bitterness is huge enough to slightly overbalance the sweetness. So smooth and tasty. Easy to drink, I wanted to go back for a second round but too long of a drive home to do that...

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Photo of Maxfield
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of NWer
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rubicon Brewing Company. Pours a dark orange/copper color with a nice one finger of off-white head. The aroma is strong with nice pine and citrus notes, along with a stronger than expected malt presence. This malt presence is really accentuated in the taste, as it matches the massive hops you get. The taste is truly fantastic and blew me away, usually a strong malt presence isn't welcomed in a double IPA (IMO) but this really worked. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation, and a rich and smooth finish with the right amount of bitterness, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Wow, this is right up there with Pliny the Younger for me...this is one amazing DIPA. Would love to get a hold of more of this.

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Photo of isaac
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

racer 5's big brother on tap at the horse brass.

A - came to the table a headless, dark ruby pint. after a few sips, i swirled it in the glass, producing minimal film and lacing.

S - massive resiny hops (piney, grapefruity, pineappley - reminded me of pure Cascade pellets) mix with sweet malts and a strange, but very alluring potpourri-like aroma (rosiness, lavender, some unidentified spices).

T - Juciy! Starts off with thin notes of the aforementioned fruits, riding in on a wave of smooth, bready malts. this fades into strong bitterness of pine and citrus rind. Finish is smooth and sweet.

M - Refreshing, crisp in the mouth, smooth down the throat, low carbonation - awesome.

D - besides the high ABV, this beer is all but infinitely drinkable.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again: i love bear republic!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh cask at Toronado, served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a glowing shade of pale amber. The head is dense but settles to a thin film in time, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Hops are huge on the nose, redolent of mango, guava, papaya and pine. The tropical fruit character is incredible. There's subtle sweetness beneath the hop bouquet.

Hop flavors mirror the nose, heavy on juicy, citrusy tropical fruit. Guava and papaya hit the tongue first, but it becomes more resiny toward the finish. It's light and dry, just barely malty; there's a touch of breadiness mid-palate. Bitteness is at a perfect level, and the overall balance of the beer is impeccable.

I've had Racer X dozens of times, but never on cask before. It really brings the beer to a different level.

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Photo of csmiley
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to prototypic for the chance to try this one.

A - Pours bright copper / orange in color. The head is slow to rise and looks good when finished. Didn't stick around for very long though. The resulting lace looked very nice.

S - There is a smack of hops that comes into the nose first. Starts out thick with resin and flows smoothly into some fruity goodness (orange, grapefruit, cherry). Notes of tobacco and leafy undertones round out the hop profile. There is a solid malt base that holds its own against the hops but never tries to steal the show.

T - Starts out with some pleasing citrus flavors. Mostly orange backed by some grapefruit. Leaf and pine pop in next and stay pretty mild. The initial hop bite is strong but mellows eventually to reveal some caramel and bread flavors from the malt. Alcohol is present but it remains warm and soothing.

M - Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation levels. Finish starts out pretty bitter and works into a smooth feel. A touch of dryness hangs out at the tail end.

D - Drinkability is excellent. Smells and tastes great. This is what I would look for if I were going to purchase a DIPA. It has the typical "death to tastebuds" sensation but is not as harsh as others of the style. Why this beer is not bottled is a mystery to me. Excellent beer that I would highly recommend.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

a - pours a hazy bright orange color, moderate white head with decent retention and lacing

s - big aroma of pine and grapefruit with a decent malty backbone (for a DIPA that is)

t - much like the nose, and explosion of piney and citrusy hop flavors, lots of grapefruit and lemon, significant amount of maltiness, just enough to make this dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, no fusel flavors at all

m - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, not overly drying on the palate

d - like I said above, this stuff is dangerously drinkable, one of the most easy drinking (in a good way) DIPAs that I've ever had, lots of complexity and intense hoppiness without wearing out the palate or an overwhelming amount of alcohol

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA and one of the most drinkable examples of the style that I've had. I love both Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye, but this surpasses both of them. Too bad BR doesn't bottle this stuff. Well worth driving to a locale with this on tap.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass. Amber-orange with some hop-haze, 1/4" white bubbly foam and some lace set the mood. Good carbonation with sporatic bubbles rising.

The smell is strong of sweet, piney floral hops with an underlying biscuity malt and some earthyness.

The taste starts with a short-lived sweet biscuity malt, followed by some serious pine sap. As the pine slowly fades, the brew turns to a fruity citrus of grapefruit domination, slightly fading with some metallic soil and a bit-o-black tea to the finish. An awesome DIPA by any standards...and did I mention strong? At 9%ABV, you best go easy on this one!

Too easy to drink with that sneaky alcohol just waiting to catch you off-guard...a great brew!

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Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest batch 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Orange/brown color with 2 finger frothy head that lasts. Lots of lacing.

S: No surprise - hops! but also lots of sweet malt detected as well. Tangerine, little bit of blood orange, grapefruit, pine, citrus. Awesome - one of the best smelling DIPAs

T: ok, so while it tastes awesome - it's not as good as the aroma. It's a bit sweet for me as well... I am not sure what it is but they seem to have put something in here that enhances the sweetness (my guess its intention is to tone down the bitterness). I don't mind it, but I also wouldn't have minded it if they didn't put it in (I want to say honey, but I may be wrong). I get pine bitterness towards the end, but not overpoweringly bitter. Citrus, grapefruit, orange, with good amount of malt to balance it out.

M: Thick, oily, a bit sticky, carbonation is not very high.

O: Great DIPA! I am not quite sure thought why the bottle says "Vintage 2012" on it (as if this can be aged). I don't think this will benefit from aging. Highly recommended regardless.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bear Republic brew pours a brilliant, clear copper, and it is capped by a fluffy, off-white head that provides plenty of lacing. Tropical and citrus fruit aromas burst from the glass, and hints of pine resin and caramel malt poke through as well. This beer starts out with sweet caramel and bready flavors before turning into a tropical explosion of fruit. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors hold on the pallet, as the lingering sweetness melds into piney flavors for the finish. Moderately carbonated, Racer X has a creamy feel in the medium body. A world-class IIPA from California, who would have thought it?


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Photo of Phillyduke
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took an "extended" lunch one day to visit Capone's before this keg kicked in order to give a more fair and balanced review of a beer I felt didn't hold up as well in a growler as it did in my 4oz. tasting the day I filled my jug.

A: Served in a pint tumbler. Color is a cloudy deep amber color with a one finger head of dense off-white foam. Great retention and phenomenal sticky lacing that clings to the side of the glass all the way down.

S: This beer has an absolutely wonderful aroma. Rich, juicy citrus (superhuge nose of grapefruit) and piney hops are complemented with a nice floral bouquet. For me this is the best part of this beer.

T: Wonderful balance of grapefruit sweetness and piney bitterness. The malt backbone is a supporting player, as it should be, and provides a nice, long aftertaste. You can tell this beer is a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced bomb. ABV is deceptive, and could sneak up on you if you're not careful.

M: Pleasant smooth carbonation, nice refreshing tingle on the sides and tip of the tongue. What I believe to be dead-on for the style.

D: As I mentioned earlier, BR manages to hide the ABV in this beer quite well, making it highly drinkable. Eventually it will catch up with you, so any more than 3 might be a problem for a normal-sized person. Overall I found this to be MUCH better on draft than in a growler. Why? Who knows, maybe my jug wasn't clean enough, maybe I let it sit for too long before drinking it. Either way, I'm glad I went back to do this beer justice, and am happy that I had the chance to begin with. Thanks, Matt!

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Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy caramel/orange with a skim of beige foam on top of my pint glass. Great head retention with streaky lacing. Intense citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit with orange and tangerine notes. Very fresh smelling. Strong bitterness with a boatload of hop flavour, again with a combination of citrus, some tangerine, quite fruity, and then grapefruit rind in the finish. Mild caramel malt provided some balance and the hops ended up giving it a slightly spicy tone towards the end. Full bodied with carbonation a little on the high side. Good texture overall. This stuff was delicious and very easy to drink for a high abv hop bomb.

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Photo of oberon
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- The body had a red glow with big bubbles forming most of the head and a soft carbonation of smaller bubbles.

S- The huge fruity green hops had aromas of fresh pine needles and a slightly musty scent followed by a soft tangerine note and a hint of dandelion greens bitterness in the finish.

T- This beer starts with a big dried fruit and citrusy hop flavor followed by more dried apricot hoppy notes. Squeezed in between the hops is some nice sweet caramel malt and honey malt flavors and then it is right back to hops. The full bitterness has almost a skunky quality, in a good way, that finishes up the beer balancing the malt and the floral hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very slight astringency of hop bitterness at the finish. I was surprised that there was no real alcohol heat noticed but it was probably masked by the big hops.

D- This beer really focused on a nice big aroma of hops with floral qualities. The malt supported that and the bitterness off-set it. It really went down smooth for such a big beer. Delicious

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Photo of duncan9idaho
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first glance this impressive beer has a great orange, amber hue with great clarity. Lacing is tight and the head is frothy. Nose is a combo of orange blossom, pine, baked bread and malty sweetness that is not overpowering but balanced. From the first sip to the lasting finish it is a big beer that is amazingly balanced.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big orange citrus hops and a note of alcohol. In the taste, a small dryness to a big orange citrus rind hop profile, with some notes of alcohol in the end. A hop smoothness, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, big flavor, and pretty damn fantastic.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.