Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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94
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1,865 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 105 | 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:
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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Occasionally, there comes a gent kind enough to send you a wanted beer for nothing. Carl is one of them. Thanks, man!

A: Deep copper with amber highlights. A thick, off-white head caps this beer, leaving lace as it slowly subsides.

S: Holy hops, batman! A riot of juicy pine and citrus, with just immaculate aroma. Mild maltiness is perceived on the nose, this one's very very hoppy, though

T: Opens up with plenty of juicy hops, pine in nature with a LOT of flavor before a comparatively mild bitterness kicks in, along with flavors of candied orange and tangerine. Sweet caramel malts meld beautifully with the pine hops mid palate, before a dry and resiny finish takes over.

M: On the heavier side of light-bodied, the carbonation in this week+ old growler's held up very well. The resin character on the finish is gorgeous!

D: With all of 22oz in this one, I'm going to be sad when it's gone. The low ABV really enhances the drinkability, too

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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

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.