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
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,008
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 342
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: 2,008
Photo of PDXHops
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint.

See-thru light amber body with a creamy head that leaves excellent rings of sticky lacing.

Even served in a shitty shaker pint, the pine aroma jumps out of the glass. A bit of citrus and a substantial maltiness in the background. Hmm...

Pretty tasty, although this is about a substantial malt backbone as you'll find on a west coast DIPA. Bitter as hell, tons of pine, but it seems to be working overtime to beat down the caramel. Lingering bitterness and sweetness together. Citrus definitely takes a backseat to the pine, but it adds a bit of juiciness.

East coast brewers take note: when your final gravity/sweetness is this huge, your IBUs better rip through that caramel like a weedeater. Exhibit A: Racer X. Not top-notch, but worth seeking out for sure. (790 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color was dull orange with minimal carbonation or head. The smell revealed the hops and a slight grapefruit aroma. Several reviews mentioned malt notes, but I didn't get that at all. The taste was typical of the style, a blend of citrus and piney hops, but surprisingly little to suggest the 8.3% ABV. Overall not a bad DIPA, but there a more than a few out there that better represent the style! (422 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is an orange hued dark copper.

Aroma: Big amount of pine hops with a bunch of caramel malt followed bu grapefruit citrus. Way too much malt.

Taste: Again, way to much malt up front and all around. Caramel and bready malt flavors.Pines hops with a citrus blend. Grapefruit sticks out the most.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy with some booze showing. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall, I was pretty excited to try this one, but it just didn't live up to the other great west coast dipas I have had. Too much malt, not very drinkable. (678 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark, clear amber. Lots of crystal malt. Eggshell colored head is dense and irregular. What's there laces well. Aroma is sweet from hops. Blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry with some pine behind. As it warms the pine takes over and gets pretty potent. Curls the nose hairs. There is some nuttiness and a little bit of alcohol aroma as well. Mild maple syrup reflects what I can only assume will be a somewhat thick mouthfeel. Taste starts nutty and somewhat fruity with malt and hops. The hops are the showcase of the taste as well, as they transition to a peanut like savory flavor and then it gets bitter. The sweet citrus starts the bitterness but it ends up being more of a piney, syrupy, resinous flavor. Feel is slightly viscous with a dry finish.

This one was actually more interesting cold. The abrasive nature of the hop oils came out as it warmed and it turned out to be too much for me. Still a good beer, but with it being a specialty brew, I can find better year round DIPAs in NorCal. (1,015 characters)

Photo of nrs207
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Great appearance with an off-white 1 finger head. Golden orange and clear.

S - Heavy malt presence. Smells pretty sweet, but there's some citrus and piney hops in there too. Smells more balanced than it is.

T - Cloyingly sweet and boozy. It's got a nice hop flavor and malt flavor, but it's dominated by sweetness and some booze unfortunately. I at least think it's alcohol, but it could be an off-putting malt presence mixed with a light amount of booze making it seem worse. It's not bad, but it's hard to drink this quickly or a whole bomber of it.

M - Drinkability is low. It's cloyingly sweet, and even though it's 100+ IBUs according to their website, it just doesn't have enough hops to balance it out. Too strong on the alcohol as well.

O - I think this had some promise. When I read the description I was hoping for a better 90 Minute. A more hoppy 90 minute. Instead the hop flavor is pretty similar with less hidden booze and even more cloying sweetness. It's not bad, but at $9 a bomber, I won't be buying this again. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze veils the beautiful orange hue while a white ring covers it all. Aroma is very oily and sprucey, straightforward greenish and orangey west coast hops. A bit sweaty in its evolution, sun lotion like as far as oiliness goes. I must say I didn’t appreciate it as much when it had reached room temperature, but it had a pleasant hop complexity and an adequate earthy malt backbone to compensate the could have been excessive hops. Medium bodied, a bit lip-sticking, bitter, lightly carbonated. Pretty good yet standard take on the style I guess and it's the name of one of the great speed metal bands of all time, so there ya go! (637 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber color with some cloudy chill haze and one finger of soapy head that fades with bubbly lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, ripe fruit, citrus hops, a bit estery.

Taste: The first hit is surprisingly on the thin side, with bready malt building. The malt is fairly hidden, though, under some pretty intense, pithy hop bitterness. A little bit of sweetness cuts through on the finish, then is overwhelmed by more lingering, pithy bitterness.

The Rest: Not bad, but given the choice I'd take a Racer 5. The balance just isn't there on this beer. (561 characters)

Photo of JiuJitsuNINJA
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a great DIPA. It is rated World class but it is a bit shy IMO. The color and aroma of this beer is absolutely wonderfull. The taste is is a bit one sided.Plent of pine and grapefruit,with plenty of sweet malt to almost but not completely balance out the dank hops. (273 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic at Gestalt in San Francisco.

Golden, possible orange, it's hard to tell in a dark bar. Good sticky head.

Soft but full hoppy nose with the usual suspects; grapefuit pith and juice, pine, and tropical fruit. When it gets warmer there is a bit spike of solvent alcohol.

Grapefruit, pine, and way more malt than I ever could have guessed. Huge caramel malt presence and fairly bitter.

Full, slippery feel with soft carbonation.

A pleasant enough IIPA, though I actually didn't even realize that it was one when I ordered it. For me, the level of malt is surprising and hampers its drinkability and enjoyment as it is held back from being the palate destroying dry, bitter machine it could be. I suppose the alcohol being hidden in the taste is a plus. (776 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine a few days ago. Vintage 2012. 8.3% ABV. No bottled on or best before date. Expectations are high; I recall enjoying the regular Racer 5. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent hazy dark copper. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Quite hoppy. Floral character is dominant. Some oily pine character. Grapefruit. Resinous. Nectary. An average strength aroma. Not as bold as most beers in the style.

T: Heavy well balanced floral hops. A hop bitterness bite on the climax is lessened nicely by accompanying oily pine and grapefruit. Clean malts provide the backbone. Crisp and flavourful; a tasty beer in the style. Its balance is its best attribute, it doesn't fall into the trap of going for IBU or hop content at the expense of careful balance. Bravo, Bear Republic. That said, it lacks the complexity and subtlety of better beers in the style. It almost comes off as a bit muted in terms of flavour. There's good layering of hops and malts here, but it doesn't evoke all its ingredients. If I had to guess the yeast strain, I'd say WLP 001 - but no yeast comes through in the flavour. Nor does any alcohol, which is an achievement at 8.3%. Oily resins do come through - especially in the second act - which I like. There's some citrusy zest coming through, but not with enough power to really affect the flavour. The grapefruti doesn't feel committed to, and instead comes off half-baked. I do get apricot and tangerine when I look for them, which is a nice touch. Sweet caramel malts provide a decent understated throughline, but don't coalesce into any rewarding climax. The finish is merely clean hops with a bit of leftover bitterness.

Mf: Gloriously smooth. Nicely wet. Good thickness and palate presence. Slightly oily but never overly so. The only problem is the finish, which is a bit too dry and coarse - and even a touch overcarbonated judging by the sharpness. All around, it suits the flavours quite nicely. Well executed.

Dr: A very drinkable and enjoyable beer in the style. Hides its ABV quite well, though it does have a pleasant warming effect in the stomach. I look forward to trying more beers from Bear Republic. This is certainly a solid offering. It's a bit pricey, though. Especially when other better beers in the style can be had for less, and are even more available. I'd recommend it to friends. I don't know that I'd be it again at this price. I wonder if it's really that much better than Racer 5.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink her fresh.

Would go well with spicy food or fruit tart. Grilled pineapple would be a great choice too.

Low B

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12/12/13: Truncated misc notes for 2013 vintage:

Superbly balanced and less aggressive than most so-called "West Coast" IPAs. I'm glad I picked it up again and will happily grab it again. I just wish it was priced lower. Good hop choices here with a nice pale malt backbone. Another solid brew from Racer X. I think I like it a bit better than the 2012 vintage.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Mothman. Pours a clear reddish mahogany copper color with a slight head that forms a nice collar around the glass. Citrus hops in the nose but more malty smelling than anything. Malty start then the hops kick in with a bitter ending. Very citrus rind hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of a dissappointment in my opinion. I would have thought this would have been more hop forward than malt forward. Not bad by any means but just not as good as I wanted it to be. (481 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber in the big Duvel tulip. Moderate carbonation with a decent head. Nice aroma of piney hops.

Seriously hoppy, but not a total hop burnout. Some mellow malt improves the sharp disposition. However, the aftertaste does dial the bitterness all the way up. The saving grace is the pineapple and pear skins fruitiness. Otherwise I have to call it nearly undrinkable, so hop fanatics can take that as a strong recommendation.

For all practical purposes this is an excellent hop concentrate for flavoring less well-endowed brews. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD. (611 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/31/2010

10oz consumed on tap at Churchill's in a snifter. The beer is dark orange in the glass with a one finger foam cap, good retention, and very nice lacing.

The aroma is of malt and pine with a little grapefruit. Nothing stands out except the fact that there is too strong a malt presence. Lackluster. Muted hops.

The taste is bitter pine with a strong malt backbone that overshadows the hops and makes the beer rather sweet. Light grapefruit notes are evident. It reminds me of an American barleywine. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter malty pine finish.

I've had this 4 times now and I've been unimpressed each time.   (633 characters)

Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I have had the Racer 5, but I remember it being an above average IPA. I was excited to try the Racer X, but am a little disappointed. Nothing really stands out about this one for me. The hoppiness is kind of one dimensional with a piney taste, but that is quickly replaced with a malty aftertaste. It's not bad, but for the price there are a lot of other double IPA's I would rather have. Good thing it is Christmas and I got plenty of different options to choose from! (493 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, 12 ounces at SF City Beer Store

This is a review from my notes and memory.

A - This DIPA was poured super cold and was a very clear amber, with a nice one finger, sticky white head with plenty of lacing.

S - Tons of citrus and pine on the nose with an underlying sweetness from the malt.

T - Awesome citrus hopiness dominates up front with a great piny resin on the finish. This beer is also very sweet with hints of honey and bread coming out from the malts. Finishes bitter with a little too much alcohol taste.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Not much carbonation to speak of, which is typical, but i would have appreciated it on this beer to clean off the tongue a bit. This beer also finished supper bitter, almost too bitter, leaving my tongue a tad numb.

D - A one sippa dipa. Tons of great flavors and aromas, but i found 12oz to be more than enough. Perhaps some more carbonation, less bitterness and slightly less sweetness would make this an top contender. (980 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured on tap at the stable. huge thanks to jerad!

pour was deep copper with about an inch of white head. nice retention and nice lacing.

big scents, very piney and very citrus, light sweet caramel.

taste as dominant with pine and bitterness, slight citrus. strong malt backbone. alcohol was too present from start through finish. very bitter finish

very full, low to medium carbonation. very smooth and very easy going

low drinkability because of the strong alcohol flavor. this was a slow sipper and a one time deal in a sitting. i've been wanting to try this forever but as sort of let down by this. i expected less alcohol. its only 9% but drinks like a 12%.

overall, good DIPA. i would drink this again based on rarity so this is special to come across. (764 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, citrus, grapefruit peel, orange, touch of mango, touch of pine in the background.

L: Slight hazy, reddish orange, white creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Resiny hoppiness with bitter grapefruit rind taste. Medium high, slightly grapefruit bitterness. Some hop flavor, but malt definitely makes an appearance. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hop resin.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, just missing that hop complexity to be an excellent DIPA. (486 characters)

Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fort George brewing in Astoria, OR. Just a sampler.

- Golden yellow/amber, huge fluffy white head... down to a fizz and lacing all over. Clear..

- Large floral and citrus notes... hops are all over the place.. plus a sweet backing with not much malt undertones..

- Hops, and more hops? Very sugary sweet... which seems like drinking hops flavored kool-aid. Huge sweet citrus notes, and sticky floral qualities.

- Medium bodied, and resinous... sticky..

- Overall it is a bit sweet for me, and overpowering with hops.. (did i say that?) I like a little more breadiness.. and biscuit to smooth out and balance a DIPA. Overall it isn't bad, but would go to others first. (682 characters)

Photo of IHyphySF
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Racer X Poured into a Speak Easy pint glass.

A - Not to much head on the pour into the glass and the head quickly fades away and creates a small ring of foam around the glass. The color is of a darker honey and a few bubbles forming on the bottom.

S - Hops and citrus the smell is pretty subdued compared to a lot of double IPAs.

T - Really tasty not overly hopped but finishes off with a bit of cherry after tones. The first initial sips seem to have citrus notes in them and then hops hit me and then it finishes well with berry notes.

M - would like more carbonation in this with some more bubbles.

O - Really tasty double IPA and it isn't super abv fueled it is nice and balanced i know i am going to be drinking a few bombers of this before it is gone. (762 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark ruby amber with a thin head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Cereal grain on the nose. Some hops are noticeable, but mostly malt.

The taste is a little unbalanced. Sweetness up front, then earthy hops, then a creamy malt finish. In my opinion, the hops don't quite stand up to the malt attack. Still tasty, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium heavy body, not sticky. Some creaminess here as well.

Okay as far as drinkability goes. A little one dimensional. (522 characters)

Photo of Nesued
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up two (2) growlers from Green's on Piney Grove Road on their first "Rare Keg night". Excellent idea! Keep them coming!

Appearance - Orange glow emits from this brew, a fine/light carbonation feeds the remaining ring of a slight head that formed from the pour. Large bubbles retain after the pour with little lacing as it resolves. A slight haze.

Smell - Lively and big citrus/grapefruit nose. Some bubblegum as well with also a slight caramel aroma. A grassy nose, but overwhelmed by a huge fresh hop aroma. Exceedingly bright, clean and refreshing.

Taste - To say "palate cleansing" to start off the taste review says a lot. Not quite the "tongue-ripper" I was expecting from this huge AD/IPA, but nonetheless you have to fight through the hops to find the finer points of this beer. They are there, sweet malty almost nutty flavor once you adjust. The alcohol is present as well, about mid-way through the sip. Finishes with a crisp bite.

Mouthfeel - Slick and syrupy with a lasting sweet sticky lip feel. Light to moderate density.

Drinkability - Glad I'm not having anything after this offering 'cause I would be hard-pressed to have my taste buds identify mild or malty flavors after this big boy. I tried it. It's not for the malt-lover BA. In my opinion this could have used more balance. (1,311 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recent batch of this just flooded Maryland, so I picked up a growler about an hour ago at Staples Corner.

Pours a clear, bright copper and with a vigorous pour produces a bubbly, thin, quickly dissipating stark white head with some streaky webs of lacing. As I remember from other encounters with this beer, the nose is my favorite part and the standout of this dominated by grapefruit citrus hops and a strong caramel malt presence. However the flavor from this sample is lacking a strong hop presence and is dominated by a caramel malt, sweet body with mild grapefruit and orange notes, but very little presence or bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with late arriving fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, but there is a persistent cloying sweetness and disappointing lack of hops. While this growler is an hour old, I'm left wondering how old this keg is/was. (879 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15. (1,044 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Canal St. Pub, poured into a miniature goblet.

A: Cloudy copper/orange colored body with a very rich and creamy looking slightly off-white head. Tons of sticky patchy lace clings to the walls and it retains the head throughout nicely. Really quite a good looking beer here.

S: Overripe citrus fruits, orange and lemon peels, hop resin, sap and pine. Very oily and juicy smelling though the slightly earthy nature of the beer compliments it well. Not as citrusy, fruity and juicy as other examples in the style but it's good.

T: Lots of bitterness at the front of the palate, with more hop oil and resin coming through. Bitter citrus peel undertones are next, along with hints of pine and grass. The finish is extremely dry and a bit sticky. OK, not the greatest in terms of diversity. It seems like a very one dimensional bitter bomb.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not overly done nor underdone keeping things lively. Sticky and dry in the finish makes this a bit of a chore.

I had expected a lot more, but that's not to say this one wasn't good. It was but it became a nuisance after a while to finish. Enjoyable but for me the drink-ablility on a style I love was too low. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear. Deep copper/amber. Head is creamy, tight, and white. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice spots of lacing. Minor carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Chewy biscuits. Caramel malt sweetness with a solid backing of alcohol. Herbal hop note comes with with a solid spiciness. Grapefruit rind And some oily pine. Incredibly balanced. Big and sweet. Earthy spice. Some pith and straight bitterness.

Taste: Alcohol bite. Slick, oily pine resin. Grapefruit flesh and orange rind. Leafy spiciness. Some nice herbal components. Caramelized, slightly overcooked malts. Chewy caramel malt sweetness. Bread dough. Warm. Balanced in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth and pushing full. Carbonation is mild. Creamy. Backing dryness from the alcohol.

Overall: Haha Speed Racer, haha.

Manages to be big and balanced. Loaded up and drinkable for what it is. Lacks a little of the charm found in Racer 5, but a nice blend of American hopping with English basics. (978 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.