Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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499
Ratings:
2,100
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

Added by xlperro on 01-13-2003

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Reviews: 499 | Ratings: 2,100
Photo of jmasher85
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly-well balanced, though if they're going to be so proud of their balance, they could have toned down the hops a bit. But besides this advertising miss, this is a solid DIPA with a lot of grapefruit and resin, thick but gentle texture, smooth on the palate, heavy on the hops, and not overly bitter in the finish. A bit more malt would have been nice for balance, but it's a double IPA so why bother?

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of shirfan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. Some sediment though. The aromas are full of orange and tangerines. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Nice amount of grapefruit as well. Very subtle amount of onion and garlic. The flavors have a nice balance between the hops and malts. The caramel definitely accents the hop flavors. More orange zest. Citrus is there. More grapefruit. Very solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. There's some pine in the mix as well. Some resin. Maybe even some mint. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's very smooth.

Very solid DIPA right here. It might not be a mind blower, but it's well-crafted. There is an English influence to this one, which gives it even more character. I like it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of piney hops flavors, but the beer is very well balanced and the hop bitterness is not that overpowering. A little bit of alcohol presence is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: The high level of hops can slow you down, but there's a fair amount of malt in this to make it drinkable. However, I couldn't see myself having more than one of these in one night.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a dark orange to light brown color with a huge foamy white head. The beer is cloudy and there is quite a bit of thick lacing. The odor is a pleasant IPA scent, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, tropical fruits, apricot, mango, pine, malt, resin, some honey as well. The taste is very fruity, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, with some bitterness throughout.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to put my finger on it but I like this less than Racer 5. It seems less balanced and more bitter in a not pleasing way. Maybe my taste buds are screwy tonight.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A - clear bright orange, 1 inch off white head.

S - citrus, orange, sweet pine

T - sweet malts, oranges, citrus, grapefruit with a nice hoppy bitter bite on the finish

M - buttery texture, smooth, bitter carbonation

O - really enjoyed this double. Drank on 12-10-14 and dated best by 1/30/15 so this may have a few months of age on it but still very good. I'd like to get one a little fresher to compare. I have only a few weeks to do so as bear Republic is pulling it's distribution out of MA in 2015. Hope to see them back in the future.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - Vintage 2012 but not bottled on/freshness date (just arrived at Julio's a week ago, so assuming it is fresh) poured into an Otter Creek World Tour tumbler.

A - Pours a deep copper color with good clarity...just a touch of haze and a finger of creamy off-white head sitting on top. Head falls slowly leaving behind light lacing.

S - Quite citrusy - oranges and grapefruit. Hints of pineyness and a healthy dose of sugary sweetness, touch of graininess. Pretty standard aroma for a double IPA...but good nonetheless.

T - Only manages a mid-level bitterness that is rather smooth and well integrated...not at all sharp or overbearing. Solid malt backbone, some biscuity/breadyness, caramel and plenty of sugary sweetness to give some contrast to the hops. Citrus hop flavors - rather fruity/juicy - featuring grapefruit as the primary, some pineapple also involved.

M - On the thinnish side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid level with a touch of a tingle felt on the tongue. Touch of booze, a healthy helping of caramelly sugar, and lots of juicy hops with a medium bitterness.

O - Been quite a while since I've last had this beer, and the first time I've come across it in a bottle. Maybe my tastes have changed, more/better examples have come out recently, or something is lost on the bottle for this one...but I feel a bit underwhelmed here. I remember thinking this was one of the better DIPA's a couple of years ago and was happy to see this hit the shelves. Still a very good beer, but doesn't really stand out in any particular way...well brewed, solid beer - just finds itself lost in the mix of other great beers I think.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday.

A - Pours copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. It didn't smell too bad but it didn't smell great either.

T - Starts off with a big dose of pungent citric hops quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, sticky pine resin, and dulled tropical fruits. The sweetness only grows as the beer warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dulled hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that clings to the pallet long after each sip.

O - I had this one right away so it had to have been near the top of the keg, yet it just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, it was still a good beer, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at ACPH. Autumn gold in my glass, it gave off a heady fresh mown grass/roll in the hay aroma. That frothy white head lasts on top too, nice change. Surprisingly medium mouthfeel, I thought tastewise it was a bit mild. Even the alcohol didn't rear its head too much. Mellow, smooth, with a nice bed of malt, and a fluffy but not overstuffed pillow of hops on top.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hammered copper color with some chill haze. A few meandering streams of bubbles reach the surface where light tan foam with a greenish tint meets them.

S: Faint tangerine, grapefruit rind and distant pine needles. Fairly straight forward.

T: Beings piney and very much malty. Surprising since the aroma had a lot of citrus in it. Whole lotta forest floor and rambunctious dirty bittering hops. Really basic caramel lays the foundation of the backbone of the brew. Lots of resin flavors with alcoholic tastes which don’t bother trying to hide itself. Finishes with more dirty bitterings.

M: Medium body with a bit of carbo sting.

D: Good beer and quite tasty. But lacks a lot of complexity that I like in my DIPA’s.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, apricot color with a heady cap of off white head. Decent enough retention and some circles of lacing.

S: Caramel and tropical hops (sugar coated mango and pineapple), and I can almost smell bitterness. I'm not sure if that's a thing or not.

T: Really nice mix of tropical hops (lots of mango) and caramel malt all up front, after which the flavor falls off almost immediately into some lightly bitter caramel. It's like, BAM, then gone.

M: Medium full body and medium light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Somehow this is like a less sweet, tropical version of Racer 5. I'm not sure, then, how this is two times Racer 5. *shrug*

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Callahan's in San Diego. This brew is a clear and lustrous bronze color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of piney, resinous hops and grapefruit along with notes of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with an assertively hopped character that is balanced well by sweet grainy malt. Touches of caramel are present, and the alcohol slips in every once in awhile too. The finish is bitter with a lingering piney hops flavor. Good all around.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear brown. Bursting hop aroma with flowers, orange and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty sweet; a little more so than the hops can rightly dominate. Bitter and flavorful hops play with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty nice stuff, but not the target dipa for me. (3.7) Rerate: Draught at the red. Orange/amber color with a sticky head. Oily, citrus and sap aroma that screams fresh, juicy hops. The flavor has a moderate malt sweetness that is pretty pale, with some light caramel and toasted malt. The hops are very green and oily, with a strong Orange/grapefruit and light tropical flavor. Bitterness is pretty modest in balance with the malt sweetness, just enough to win out in the end. Medium-full body with tight carbonation. Nice oily and citrucy DIPA. The balance makes this pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

A-Deep amber and golden brew. Mostly clear with little carbonation. I did not get much head, maybe a finger of off-white, short-lasting foam. There was considerable lacing, however, left on the glass.

S-I smelled some caramel, hints of vanilla, a little pepper, and orange. There was some hoppy character, but I was surprised by the lack of floral or pine notes. Not bad smelling by any means, just not what I was expecting.

T-Taste follows the smell pretty closely. Light malted caramel flavor combined with some bitter, mild (relatively speaking...this was still an IIPA) hop flavors to produce a pleasing, and slightly different style. There were still some citrus flavors, but they were pretty muted. Alcohol was very well-integrated.

M-Nicely balanced. A little syrupy feeling at times, but still medium-bodied.

O-I liked this beer and thought it made a nice fall IIPA. As I mentioned above, the smell and flavor were not the flower/citrus bomb that you might expect from a California IIPA, but it was nevertheless a pretty complex and tasty brew.

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Photo of GregJ
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow orange. Smells of pine, spicy rye, sweet malts. Tastes of earthy and spicy hops, rye, light grapefruit, caramel. Spicy rye hop resin aftertaste and a medium body med carbonation.

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Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep red-orange with a sudsy, two-finger head. Good retention, slowly dissipates to a thin cap of foam.

Aroma: Big hop notes--floral, some tropical fruit--followed by strong sweet malt presence.

Taste: Floral hop notes and bitterness transition to fruitiness which blends into big, sweet malt body. Hop bitterness returns, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, relatively low carbonation

Overall: Very nice malt-heavy DIPA with solid, primarily floral hop contrast. Nicely balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a Snifter glass. No freshness date, though I know my bottle shop got it in this week (10/12).

A: Deep carmel color. 1 finger head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Intense pine/piney smell. Some sweet/tropical fruits, and a bit of citrus of well.

T: Sharp pine taste at first, mellows into a more malty taste than I would have anticipated. Getting a little citrus as well. Getting more of a pine finish than a BAM in your face hop finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, which I would have guess by the color but the piney smell is deceptive. I usually associate piney with lighter mouthfeels. Medium carbonation providing some action on the tongue.

O: It is definitely well balanced. I expected a lighter taste based on the strong pine smell, but was surprised by the malty-ness provided. Very balanced DIPA and worth checking out, esp for the price. About $6 for a bomber.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.