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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

1,726 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,726
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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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3/5  rDev -29.1%

nuckbuc, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Stinger80OH, Dec 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Lunch, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

beetstreet, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

dasenebler, Dec 15, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber colour, didn't notice a strong aroma, no aroma at all. Hoppy brew with grapefruit/citrusy overtones. Taste and mouthfeel reminded me of a summer beer, to quench your thirst. I was not very impressed with this beer, since I have yet to appreciate the high hops content in any brew.

thequeen711, Jun 01, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 9/6/10

Rather clear in nature, Racer X is pale amber of moderate depth. Pored 1/3rd inch of foam that took several minutes to thin out. Solid lacing is left behind. Thin retention & impressive lace throughout.

The aroma is equal parts dank, sticky hops & assertive caramel malts, making for a dense nose. It smells decent enough, if a little messy. Notes of pine, grapefruit & citrus zest. Notions of biscuit & toasted malts.

The nose being a good indicator, Racer X tastes just as messy; it's a serious cluster of dense, resinous hops & malts. Lots of dry pine offering moderate bitterness, citric zest & toasty caramel malts that are assertive & somewhat sweet. Hint of juiciness as it warms.

Full bodied, sticky, resinous & gritty. Carbonation is just under average for the style & does a good job hoisting the weight of the beer. The messiness of the flavor profile spills over into the finish. Has something of a waxy coating feel.

On the whole, Racer X is aight. Easily in the greater middle of the spectrum. It does get a tad better with warmth. Perhaps it's just my surprise at Bear Republic making an IPA in an east coast vein.

Ryan011235, Sep 07, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Edited on 10/18/2012 after having a fresh batch on tap at SteakOut in Mountain View.

Many of the same notes below apply, but the more delicate flavors and aromas (lychee, tangerine) are muted in favor of straightforward citrus. The beer is dominated by caramel malt and winds up being unremarkable in flavor.

I'm downgrading it to the low-3 range. I can find dozens of better DIPAs in this area; I think this qualifies as mediocre.

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On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber color with dark honey highlights against the light. The head is a fluffy off-white cap of foam that retains very well, leaving substantial sudsing down the glass as it recedes. As I sip, there are thick register marks left behind. Outstanding.

S: Citrus flavors smack you right in the face: a mouth-watering bouquet of tangerine, lychee, grapefruit, orange. Noticeable pine as well, with a lingering note of grass. I'm surprised by how malty it is in the nose, too; I can easily pick out caramel and toast in there.

T: It tastes almost like citrus juice with the amount of fresh hops in here. Tangerine is strongest, followed by grapefruit. There's an orange quality to it, but it is more rind-like than pulpy. A surprisingly strong malt bill reveals caramel and toast in the mid-taste. The finish reverts to a hop-forward flavor, with apricot, tangerine, and just a hint of grass. They pull into a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium-full bodied; it's nearly chewy, with a generally well-coating (almost syrupy) feel. Moderate carbonation. Definitely a sticky beer, which I normally don't like, but for the flavor profile of this beer, it works well.

D: Admittedly not my favorite DIPA, but a solid one and I'm glad I had it. I won't chase it down at the brewery or anything, but I would get it if it were on tap in the area.

Arbitrator, Dec 22, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2013 vintage
eyes...
tightly packed cap of foam, a lovely finger size hat, great lacing, clean orange hue with a smattering of carbonation in no sort of hurry to arrive at the top destination, looks good for the style

nose...
smells like a souped up amber, spicy malts, some hops (herbal), a bit underwhelming overall

taste etc...
a sharp bite of hops and then it melds into an almost syrupy malt flavor, this has a lingering almost medicinal type hop signature - not your typical west coast hop experience, the ABV is noticeable in the afterglow but not so much in the sipping, this does have a really nice weight to it compared to many DIPAs but unfortunately the flavor lacks a punch I am looking for in the style

verdict?
bear repub makes some great beers at some usually incredibly reasonable prices... this just isn't one of them

Ego, Dec 17, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty, deep amber color.

Smell is very boring. i thought something was wrong with my nose. couldnt get much of an aroma from it. a little citrus and some malt.

taste is relatively boring. a little boozy, malty and some citrus hop flavor.

8 oz pour. plenty.

Estocker, Feb 27, 2011
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.