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
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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,007
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 341
Gots: 141 | 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: 2,007
Photo of thagr81us
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into an Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale shaker. Pours a clear red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and pine resin. The flavor was of malt, hops, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite an excellent IIPA. Not one of the best IIPAs that I have had, but definitely in the Top 10 for sure. This one could use a little more complexity in the aroma to be great and a little more in the flavor as well. Just seems to be generic IIPA flavors without anything extra to set it apart from the rest. Worth trying for sure if you can get you hands on it. (738 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long day of work, going to Dirty Truth and finding this on-tap was a nice surprise. Also saved me a trip to Armsby Abbey tomorrow to try and get it.

Hard to tell in the low light here but looks like a reddish-orange color, small white head turns to a thick ring, leaves some stringy lacing.

Smell is faint overall, nice scents of fruit and hops, but really had to try to get it.

Hoppy! Tons of grapefruit mostly, citrus and some tropical notes as well. Very nice light toast/caramel malt/biscuit malt, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol taste is a little high.

Medium carbonation, creamy but alcohol taste in every sip hindered the greatness overall I think.

Although this was very good, I prefer Racer 5. Glad I finally got to try this. (753 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) served in a Westbrook tulip. Huge thanks to mfavoino (Matt) for hitting this long time want!

A: Pours a dark amber with a yellowed head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubbly ring that leaves some soapy, sticky lace as it goes down the glass.

S: Sticky orange citrus with some candied grapefruit. A little booze with some nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Sticky grapefruit just like the nose with a little bit of smooth booze. Light bitter pine with some citrus zest and honey sweetness. Very clean throughout with nice residual hop oils sticking to the tongue. As the beer warms the caramel malt from the nose really comes out.

M: Medium bodied with a little stick to it. Finishes clean and surprisingly light. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this beer. Sweet, sticky and bitter, this beer hits all levels a hop head would want. (923 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 Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. poured into Flying Dog tulip.

A: pretty clear amber/dark gold, some sediment. head is white. good retention and even better lacing.

S: very piney. pine needles. resinous. dank nugs.

T: bitter and very malty. pine flavors go along with the pine in the nose. a little bit of alcohol towards the finish. a cheerio-like grain flavor lasts. along with lingering hop bitterness.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. full bodied brew.

D: pretty tasty DIPA. not the best i have had, but certainly worth picking up if given the chance. on par with many other west coast DIPA's that are considered the head of their class. (634 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle

S: Juicy gauva, mango, and blood orange. Hints of lemon verbena, toast, and peppery booze.

T: Up front, solid maltiness is immediately overtaken by intense guava, mango and orange hoppiness. Bitterness kicks in soon, which is firm but not overwhelming and has a orange peel pithiness to it. Above average body without too much oiliness gives this a firm, smooth character. Lots of brown sugar malt and caramel malt, some spicy mango hop, not unlike a thai curry really. Finish is pithy, grassy, piney and spicy hoppiness, lingering smooth bitterness, and caramel.

Notes: A nice balanced DIPA with an abundance of new hop varietals. (662 characters)

Photo of djmichaelk
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at City Beer.

A - Beautiful hazy, radiant orange-ish/amber. Solid-looking two-finger head that eventually subsided to a thick cap that remained for the duration. Great lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and pine here. The usual grapefruit, lemon, and melon, along with the resiny note in the back, and I also get some sweetness, like creme brulee.

T - Mostly the same as the nose, but with the sweetness coming more forward. Very citrusy, lots of hop flavors dominating. A bit of cotton candy, and maybe a hint of vanilla. No alcohol present at all. Very nice.

M - Big and sticky, like many of my favorites in this style. Coating and lingering in my mouth for a long time.

D - Damn, after two glasses of this I'm probably ready for a nap. 9% didn't make itself evident in the flavor but it's kicking me in the ass today.

O - This is a rare treat (at least for me). I'm liking it enough that I might have to make the drive into the city one more time before it's gone. (994 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and pine, with some citrus zest and sweet honey.
T: It tasted like fresh bitter pine and herbal hops, with lots of grapefruit and citrus zest and a bit of sweet honey and candi sugar. It had a lasting clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an excellent IPA, but not as amazing relative to the rest of the IPA industry as when it first hit the scene. It had a great scent and taste, but was a little weak in the body. The finish wasn't harsh but not super smooth either. I'm very happy they're finally bottling this, and recommend you try it if you never had the chance before, but don't get your hopes up too high. (777 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13oz pour into tulip

Off white head over deep opaque gold to orange body. Tons of lacing.

Solid DIPA aromas - full of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt.

Oily on the palate. Flavors are prominently of navel orange peel, accompanied by some northwestern pine, coconut and caramel sweetness, and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Fairly low carbonation makes for rich and sticky mouthfeel. Not to a cloying level though.

Been a while since I've had the Racer X and really wished that I had reviewed a bottle a few hrs ago, as I'm not sure this is all I remember. A great beer, and easy drinking for a 9% DIPA, don't get me wrong. (631 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Orange Gold with one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange a little mango, big caramel malts, pine.
T - Caramel malt takes the for then you get some orange and dank pine, a little of that mango comes in, some grassy notes.
M - Sweet chewy, a little cloyingly sweet.
O - Good Double IPA, just a lot of malt, which they boast balance, but its a little off. Good flavor and aroma. (421 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC, into a pint glass.

A real nice golden amber, slightly hazy and orange, but fairly clear with some small rising tiny carbonation. Head is off white and presented small, but coats with lots of ring like lacing.

Nose is a classic hop front, but it seems thick and juicy. Hints of chewy green leaf and mild apricot fruit. Orange citrus and juicy pulp warm up, with some time. Hop angle coats real nicely, with a bit of sweetness and mild quick zesty bitter. The most impressive is the full rich juicy palate which coats everywhere with a solid malt backbone. Peppery finish of hop lots of tingling feel and taste. It does come off a little hot though, and just a little boozy.

Overall though real fun and still easy to drink but it is noticeably big. I think though i prefer other favorites but this can stand with the best of them. (862 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky honey amber with a firm and creamy head that was quite lacy.

Smells of crisp, dry pines and a dry rye crisp with a slight tobacco and clover floral character. Beneath is a sour, tart pineapple.

Tastes of sweet peach syrup and pineapple that is overpowered by a steamroller of pine needles that soon fade slightly to a paper and cardboard. This hop bomb left my palate numb.

Felt thick and frothy yet pliable.

A tasty double IPA. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one. (503 characters)

Photo of gmuller
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fanstastic beer, though I'm always biased when it comes to Double IPA's. To be fair it didn't quite have the thicker mouthfeel I expected, but the bitterness was on. Not sure which hops are in this, but I certainly didn't taste an overabundance of cascades. I actually prefer their single IPA version (Racer 5), and their Hop Rod Rye. (334 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled 2012 Vintage...courtesy of Kurtis. Thank you so much for hitting this want!

Nice hazed medium orange pour with a healthy half inch puff that dips to a steady ring. Lacing is spotty but abundant.

Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, bready malts and some vaporous alcohol notes.

Citrus in the form of rindy orange peel and light grapefruit and a moderate bitterness atop a firm, though not overbearing, doughy maltiness. Sugary sweetness is kept in check and not over the top like some DIPA's. Alcohol bite on the finish is a bit sharp for the abv, but not a deal breaker. Leaves a biting fade.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter end with a soft carbonation.

I like this. Seems a bit of an English/American hybrid, but one that works well. I ended up drinking this throughout the afternoon NFL NFC East crapathon. I wish it hid the sharp finish better, but the flavors and mouthfeel work well. (907 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale orange, two fingers thick dense cream colored head; settles slowly to a small cap and leaves chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, apricot note, pine. Taste: orange, grapefruit, toffee, mild alcohol note, pine finish. Pretty much a DIPA template. While not exotic or particularly exciting, it's got no rough edges and hits the spot. (389 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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! (344 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/22/12

Note: "Vintage 2012" - a slightly more specific bottling date would be helpful

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color - small, white head, somewhat still - fades to a small, wispy cap, and some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Oily, resiny, damp citrus and a surprising amount of malt - it's almost like they were going for balance (unexpected!) - grapefruit, orange, tangerine - oily, fleshy, floral, with pith and zest - malty, with lots of caramel malts - lightly toasted, lightly cooked biscuits

Taste: A dull but accurate description of this would be "an imperial Racer 5 with more balance and caramel malts" - oily citrus, damp citrus rinds - some sweet flesh, and some bitter pith - some resiny pine, with a touch of mint - hints of sweet tropical flavors - pale and caramel malts, more caramel than anticipated (or desired) - on the sweet side - high level of bitterness, with a sticky bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, adequately carbonated, sticky, with a hint of alcohol

Overall: I'm looking forward to Racer XV

This is a solid DIPA. But I must admit I expected it to be a little more epic, based on my enjoyment of Racer 5. Personally, I'd prefer less sweetness, less caramel. But for what it is, it's balanced and tasty. I might update the score if I learn this is not a particularly fresh bottle, but I might not; my main concern is the malt profile.

Edit (about an hour later): This really grew on me over the course of the bomber. I can't really explain it, but I am bumping the taste score accordingly. (1,556 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Racer X. The elusively tasty member of the Bear Republic lineup. Pours a light amber with some red tones in it. Thick white head of one-finger in height lives on in a carpetlike existence.

Nose has grapefruit, candied orange, and pine. Tastes piney, spicy with white pepper, sappy, maybe even a hint of chocolate or lactose in the finish. Hop forward and unbalanced in that respect, but it still has lots of nearly imperceptible malt influence. Medium mouth feel and a matching level of carbonation leaves lots of sticky hops in the mouth.

Heck of a tasty beer chaps. Just avoid putting it on a pedestal just because the kegs are few and far in between. (659 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

Large lumpy head. As it recedes, it leaves a web of chunky lace. Rich amber color and clear.

Strong floral aroma from the hops. Lots of prickly pine.

Starts with a strong, crystal malted initial sip. This fades quickly and the expected, nearly over-the-top of bittering hop. Deceptively easy to drink. Appropriate body and carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.22.12.
2012 Batch

A - Pours a clear, dark orange-red with a two inch foamy, light tan head with great retention.

S - Grass, pine, citrus, and some alcohol.

T - Sweet orange citrus, pine with a alcohol warming finish.

D - Good carbonation with a sticky body and a sweet-alcohol finish.

O - Citrus, pine and alcohol, great DIPA. (351 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A picture-perfect DIPA... coppery orange with a thick, sticky layer of foam leaving copious lacing.

Aroma is mostly pine needles, lemon zest, and light toasty malt.

Taste: There are distinct stages to this beer. A smooth, creamy beginning with some toasted malt gives way a juicy, lemon and grapefruit sweet hop flavor. A drawn-out finish finally turns up the piney, resiny hop bitterness with a pucker-worthy aftertaste. Little to no alcohol burn.

Very moreish and well-rounded (within the style of course).... good drinkability. (539 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown with one finger head and lace patches that gave off a piney, citrusy, grapefruitish aroma and there is some bready/caramel malts that are noticeable. Fuller bodied, good balance as the piney citric hops are not dominant but instead kept in check thanks to a large, bready, somewhat sweet malt backbone. The finish is dry thanks to lively carbonation and more hop assertiveness although the malts are still around and sometimes the beer is even a tad sticky. A solid sipping DIPA that has more malts than usual and makes it work. (550 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter there is a thick, creamy off white head. I'm assuming there will be lacing on the inside of the glass since its all over the outside from the over pour. Deep/Amber colored with decent clarity. Yep, thick lacing everywhere.

Aroma is pine like with a twinge of grapefruit in the background. You also get a whiff of alcohol.

A good dpa and one that certainly has Bear Republic's fingerprints stamped on it. While highly hopped there is a great deal of balance here and a strong malt backbone. Initial burst is fruit with pineapple, maybe peach and then citrus. Both orange and grapefruit. The elevated ABV is noticeable. There is a tropical fruity sense to this which is nice. Also get a touch of honey. The hop bitterness is strong and melds nicely with the alcohol flavors. A long lingering bitterness in the back of your throat.

Big mouth feel due to a thick body and the presence of the ABV. Just the slightest prickle of carbonation.
This is very good, but the obvious presence of the alcohol hits the drinkability for me.
This is where I usually proclaim my greater love for "regular" IPA's vs DPA.
Still glad I got to try this. (1,166 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber served in an imperial nonic pint.
This is another bottle courtesy of Beerdy-- thanks man!

Clear, dark orange, almost amber in color. Bright white head with huge loose sudsy head. Amazing lacing.

Smells of a pretty hefty, though relatively pretty non-descript malt bill and a pretty sexy hop note of tropical fruits, citrusy grapefruit, and a touch of pine.
Flavor starts sweet with a touch of caramel malt and some bready notes before the hops take over on the finish. Very nice strong bitterness on the backend where it dries out.

Body is a touch on the light side, but carbonation is good.

Overall-- this is a very well-balanced DIPA that has enough malt to balance the huge hops used... I was hoping for a more dry, more hop-forward experience, but I'm impressed nonetheless.
This beer won't melt your face off with pure hop oblivion, but it certainly packs a punch of tasty hops. (906 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rusty copper color with a white frothy head into a nonic. Smells oh-so-hoppy with lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is a hop bomb as well. Lots of cirtus and hop character with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium with good carbonation. I really like this DIPA but Pliny the Elder beats this one easily. (320 characters)

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