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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,948 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 335
Gots: 132 | FT: 4
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold to light bronze, with a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Primarily an onion and spice aroma from hops, and a bit of bready malt. But overall not a huge aroma. When I work at it, I can get almost a cheesy smell – potentially an "off" aroma?

T: This is pretty bad – oniony hops, strong enough to remind me of garlic, and some toasted bready malts. Moderate levels of bitterness, with a healthy dose of awful. There's almost a rotted onion aspect to this flavor.

M: Full-bodied, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not hot.

O: This is awful. Given my very high opinion of both Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15, it's possible (and I'm hoping) that this is somehow a bad bottle. I'll more than likely give it another try, and update if I have a different experience. But this is horrendous, both lacking in aroma and having a very off-putting flavor. This is getting poured down the drain.

EDIT: Tried a second bottle. While perhaps not as offensive as the first, it still is really sup-par. I'm supremely disappointed in this beer and will not be trying it a third time. Cannot recommend this to anyone.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been a fan of Racer beers but this was overly sweet with a very sour after-taste showing an unbalanced, poorly shipped or produced beer.

The XV was much better balanced and travelled well and the Racer is a good representation of a west coast style but the X was very, very poor.

Anyone in Ohio disappointed with their X?

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at the Falling Rock. Thick orange color, decent lacing. Smells kind of hoppy but faint and muted. The flavor had a some nice bitterness and fruit flavors but it was all overpowered by the alcohol taste, smell, and astringency on my tongue. You could instantly tell this was a very strong beer, very dissapointing given how good Racer 5 is.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A two finger off-white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Cascade hops all the way. Grapefruit bitterness. That is it.
T: Again, I am drinking liquid cascade hops. Bitter grapefruit dominates. Some light malty sweetness comes out as this warms up.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. For me the high alcohol and bitter beers are not easy to drink.

The typical DIPA. I had high hopes for this because Racer 5 was a great well balanced IPA. This, however, is not. Hopheads will enjoy this though.

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Bear Republic Racer X
12/14/12
22oz, bottled in 2012

Pours a rosy, dark amber. Chill hazed, but decent clarity for a DIPA. Good head and great lacing. (4)

Aroma is oxidized, but there's some citrus and hoppy goodness coming through. Candy-like. (2.5)

Really minty and earthy. Big caramel malt presence, though not overly sweet. Finishes piney and bitter. Hop flavor is so-so. Some orange and grapefruit. Alas, this beer is pretty papery and clearly oxidized, despite the positives. Mouthfeel is huge and resiny, with lovely natural carbonation. (3, 4.5)

Reminds me of a hoppier Bigfoot, with a slightly less powerful malt presence. Shows signs of being a good beer, but it's definitely oxidized. I've had much better luck with the freshness of Bear Republic brews in the past. Drinkable, I guess. (2.5)

EDIT: Found the bottling date, I think it's 9/27/12. Three-month old DIPA and it's pretty darn oxidized. Meh. I feel like Racer X should be in much better shape than this for $10/bomber.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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