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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

489 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,025
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 352
Gots: 150 | 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: 2,025
Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday. This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a minimal amount of head on top by the time it got to me. The smell of the beer has a very nice piney aroma to it. Really hoppy and has a very inviting aroma. The taste is spot on, I really enjoyed the fruity pine bitterness this one had. The mouthfeel was oily and semi-thick. Overall I am really happy with this brew, I loved Racer 5 and this one is even better yet I think. Really good stuff here. (485 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.00 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by three level fingers of off-white bubbly foam. Strong carbonation streams. Very good lacing.

Strong assertive citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange.

Taste begins with a wall of thick semi-sweet caramely malt foundation. On top of the caramel arrives a truck load of juicy citrus fruIt. Big bitterness builds and bites. Fruit lives on in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel offers proper support throughout.

A superior DIPA I look forward to revisiting. (519 characters)

Photo of jzm2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive brew. Pours a copper/rust color with a thick head that smears down the glass. Smells and tastes strongly of piney hops and citrus. There is some kind of complexity to the underlying sweet malt flavors..maybe caramel or similar.. Feels moderate to thick with creamy carbonation in the mouth.. Lingering bitterness and sweetness. Beautifully done. Be careful, the high alcohol is well-hidden. (398 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at federal tap served chilled on tap in a tulip. I had this before from the bottle but only a small taste...so excited to give it a proper review.

The color is an orange/peach shade with moderate hazed look and rocky ecru head with fine bead. The lace sticks well and retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and tropical in aroma with a light grapefruit odor combined with gentle pineapple esters from the hops. The feel is great, not too sweet but plenty of hop in the feel with moderate carbonation and mild alcohol for the strength, lasting oily hop lingers and coats the palate.

The flavor is excellent, the Imperial IPA is packed full of hop flavor which is not intensely bitter, but still has enough punch to suit my taste. The flavor of grapefruit zest and light orange rind with maybe some mango and pineapple mixed in very fruity and citrus dominant. The drinkability is very high, a great imperial IPA in every way, worth seeking out I would drink this again and recommend it highly (1,015 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at Capones & soon to be split with my brother in law. Pours with a thin head. Dark amber color typical of a big DIPA. Huge nose of piney hops. Tastes extremely hoppy which is agreat for a hop head. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable even with the ABV. Highly recommended. One of the best DIPA's out there IMO. (337 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer Store in SF. A VERY legitimate DIPA. Had this side-by-side at City Beer Store with 21st Amendment Double Trouble IPA, which is also very solid and this domo'd it.

A - Great orange-copper appearance with a lasting creamy off-white head.

S - Lots of crisp piney, resinous hops and sweet malt to balance.

T - Sweet caramel malt, excellent piney, citrusy, resinous hops. Like Racer 5, but with more malty, hoppy goodness. A little alcohol present, but less than you'd expect.

M - Medium bodied for the style with average carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and oils coat the palate.

D - For what it is, this is very drinkable. Pint went down before I knew it. This one could be dangerous. (708 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour from a growler purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Thanks to Deuane for picking this up for us.

Pours a hazy, ruby colored amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. It has just great retention with a creamy ring around the edges and a big ole' dollop of foam right smack dab in the middle. Naturally, the lacing was big, sticky, and impressive. The aroma is a West Coast delight, with a big piney nose followed by accents of fresh citrus, thick smelling malts, and a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste is just as impressive with a big resinous bite of pine right up front. But this isn't any old pine bite. This is kind that reminds you of eating a pine cone if one actually did that sort of thing. It's just the kind of bitterness and stickyness that works your taste buds over, but in a good way. :) Luckily, all of that is pulled back somewhat by a pretty beefy backbone of sweet malt and some floral feeling citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight beefy feel considering the thickness of the malts and the ABV.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this when I first started drinking it, as the pine just dominated so much, I was afraid that it was going to be one-note. The more I drank it though, the more it worked it's magic on me, showing off it's superior balancing act and almost undetectable ABV. Trust me, you won't feel the alcohol in this until after you've had a few. This is a real gem from Bear Republic and I'm very glad to have tried it. (1,508 characters)

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Came in a tulip glass at Sacbrew. Deep clear Copper in color 1.5 finger head, lots of lacing in the glass.

S- Big piney hops in the nose. Lots of fresh forest pine smell with a good amount of citrus. Sweet malt comes through towards the end.

T- Very good DIPA hope taste. Lots of Pine and citrus just like the smell. The Taste is a quite pleasing balance of pine and citrus when the sweet malts start to kick in. The finish is a sweet malt with touches of hop spice.

M- Medium-Full Body, Plenty of carbonation. Finish could be a touch more dry to improve

O- This is a very good DIPA, It will give you the bitter fix you need and has enough malt back bone to keep it standing up. (687 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Bartender was young but super badass and very good at his job and really seemed to know his stuff.

Very clear amber orange... nice 3/4" creamy head with great sheets of lace.

Very floral but that only lasts until you get slammed with a mess of resiny citrus hops... a little sweet maltiness... and a little toasty malts is detectable as it warms... but the hops prevail on all battle lines.

The flavor is dominated by a fantastically fresh hoppiness... nice bitterness but not overpowering... huge piney/grapefruit hops with a little too much sweetness for my taste... still fairly balanced.. the body is big... but very smooth... more of a fruitiness emerges on the palate as it warms... tropical fruits... sorta like a natural starburst... finish is long and a complex menagerie of big American hops... fantastic.

I am soooo glad I noticed this was Racer X... I looked at the board and the menu a dozen times and just passed it off as Racer 5... but then the X clicked and I did a little beer geek jig.

all 4.5's and probably deserves better. (1,097 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A: pours a deep orange that's nearly red into a duvel tulip with a decently sized off white head that retains fairly well
S: smells of grapefruit rind and pine. a little bit of the caramel malt comes through as well
T: sweeter than expected with some nice caramel malt flavor up front, nice piney bite and some sweet yet still bitter citrus. slight orange marmalade flavor toward the end as well. swallow is oily hop and a slightly toasted bread flavor. a bit of alcohol on the swallow also
M: medium body with soft but firm carbonation. very nice feel
O: a very well crafted top notch DIPA that shows balance and great depth and breadth of flavor (661 characters)

Photo of gkeh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good! (482 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hop aromas along with sweet malts, grass, and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops up front with a nice balance of bready malts. Nice bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticable.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I really like this DIPA. It's very tasty, easy to drink, and packs a pretty good punch. I definitely look forward to having this again! (601 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus, and just all around nice and hoppy. Tastes of pine, citrus, with some caramel. Definitely more hoppy than malty! Very nice hop bomb.

Notes from and tasted on 4/19/08 (293 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Original is below, and one of the first beers I ever reviewed. Obvious when you read it...

Anyways, I was very pleased to see this on tap at the local Alehouse!

Pours a nice dark orange/amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are wonderful, dank, resiny hops, with a sugary maltiness, and a blast of more hops, there is citrus, mostly of apricots and oranges.

Taste is sticky, sweet, and dank up front. Beer then settles into some creamy caramel malt flavors. Finish is pine like, with sweet and bitter citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very nice full smooth body, with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is great. This is a top notch DIPA, as good as I remember. My original ranking of 4.9 was a little misguided, but my second seating with this one showed me that this is still a superb example of the style.

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A knock you on your a$$ beer. Boy... this is easily one of my favorite beers, let alone IPAs. I have only seen this at the brewery, and just had one there a few months ago. Has a great hop aroma and flavor. It has that piney fruity smell/taste of fresh hops through and through. A very tasty beer for sure. (1,147 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Occasionally, there comes a gent kind enough to send you a wanted beer for nothing. Carl is one of them. Thanks, man!

A: Deep copper with amber highlights. A thick, off-white head caps this beer, leaving lace as it slowly subsides.

S: Holy hops, batman! A riot of juicy pine and citrus, with just immaculate aroma. Mild maltiness is perceived on the nose, this one's very very hoppy, though

T: Opens up with plenty of juicy hops, pine in nature with a LOT of flavor before a comparatively mild bitterness kicks in, along with flavors of candied orange and tangerine. Sweet caramel malts meld beautifully with the pine hops mid palate, before a dry and resiny finish takes over.

M: On the heavier side of light-bodied, the carbonation in this week+ old growler's held up very well. The resin character on the finish is gorgeous!

D: With all of 22oz in this one, I'm going to be sad when it's gone. The low ABV really enhances the drinkability, too (951 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of the Racer families of beer show that dry maltiness and superior hop character aren't all that matters in this hop-tensive style. There's a lot of room for complexity and variety as well.

Pouring with an impressive honey-amber color and moderate and consistent haze, the beer carries a clean and controlled look. From the formation of a creamy white cap to its withstanding head retention and further to its intricate patterns of lace, the beers stately and confident appearance never waivers.

Juicy aromas of hop burst with scents of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, and overall citrusy character. Only the background of caramel malts provide a sweeter, breadier, and almost biscuit quality that informs and supports the perfumy hops. Round in a measure of tropical fruit esters and an English-like ale scent and we have a fortified aroma that never looses focus.

Flavors follow a similar path, but takes a different step toward the same hop-heavy balance. The malty richness and sweetness show up with a firm but thin caramel sweetness, soft bready or shortbread flavor, and an estery start of pineapple, appricot, and tangerine. As the fruity flavors turn at mid palate toward citrusy grapefruit, mulled herbs and grasses, and a slight piney taste, there also sets in a growing bitterness that cleanly grows to resiny proportions in the finish and dominates the flavor profile in aftertaste.

Moderate throughout, the appreciation of modest carbonation allows for an understated creaminess that accents maltiness especially early, but offers a sprite dryness ad mid palate that ushers in alcohol warmth, resiny hop dryness, and a fleeting malt finish. The beer concludes with a definitive hop dryness and bitterness with no astringency or harshness and only a whisper of bready caramel malt afterwards.

Dangerously drinkable and highly rewarding- this classy ale never gets old for a hophead like me with high demands from his hop-heavy beers!

Thanks Ynot2 (1,981 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Woody's in Raleigh.

A very enticing copper ale with good clarity and a sturdy white head. The aroma is heavy with floral and citrusy hops but there's also a little caramel mixed in. The flavor is a blend of rich hops and solid malts. The hops are citrusy and floral with a nice grapefruit bitterness that really lingers. The malt flavors include caramel and biscuits. Some alcohol comes through but not enough to indicate that its 9%. The texture is smooth and creamy and the carbonation is low. The inside of the glass becomes caked with a think lacing as it empties. Racer X is a rich and flavorful beer but it's extremely smooth. It's much more balanced than other west coast DIPAs but I really enjoyed this one. (734 characters)

Photo of jbhuxley
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC. I won't see this one again soon, so I picked up a growler.

Pours clear, amber/orange in color. Pour yields 1" of frothy off white/caramel colored head, which leaves behind abundant, thick, runny lacing.

Huge piney hops smell. Also getting some grapefruit and orange peel. Nice caramel toffee scents too.

Blast of pine hops with a good deal of sweetness, but finishes dry and crisp. Some of the caramel toffee tones are present in the taste too.

Great mouthfeel. Medium body, full but not sticky or chewy. I couldn't get enough of beer. I wish it came around more often. (618 characters)

Photo of animortician
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm so lucky, just another local prized DIPA!!!
22oz bomber from the brewery

A: Pours with a nice 2 finger cream white head, Golden, Amber. AMAZING LACING!!! Took a picture and sent it to half a dozen people.

S: Citrus, Tropical, Tangerine

T: Hoppy Liquid Candy. The hops are more fruity than harsh, great tart punch still. Well balance from start to finish. Alcohol is there but hidden well.

M: Smooth, Heavy but Crisp. Great Carbonation, maintained a sold layer of foam the whole way down.

O: Tasted like an awesome blend of Stoopid and Elder. Love it!!! This beer should be top 10 DIPA. Get some! (604 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Paul for sharing this at his tasting last night.

Review #200

Racer X appears a slightly darker shade of orange. The beer is mostly clear, has a good-sized head and a fair amount of lacing. Grandiose aromas of hops and pine fill the nose. This beer tastes great. The pine and hop flavors really come through strongly, and comprise the bulk of the aromas and tastes. The feel is great, the alcohol is disguised very well, and the beer is very drinkable. It's easy to forget that you are drinking a double IPA until you stand up. This is potent elixir, and very delicious. Highly recommended. (608 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh growler brought straight from the brewery back to Los Angeles.

Ahh.. the first time I can have the power and the glory that is Racer X in my home. Poured straight into an imperial tulip pint.

Aroma is potently hoppy with a catty piney tone that really crawls up through the back of your nose to tickle the brain. Yet despite the initial all about the hops approach, the malt comes in to soften the initial blow and slowly a fruity apple clears it up.

Taste is brisk with a tarry bright bitterness that runs all through the tongue with a just sufficent malt sweetnees to prevent the beer from totally destroying the palate.

Overall, this is just a top notch brew. Wonderfully hop laden without being painfully beyond the pale of reasonable bitterness in the structure of the beer. (812 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with tight one finger head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Fresh citrus, pineapple and some grass. Sweet and delightful.

Big and fresh citrus hop taste, but with a solid and sweet malt backbone that makes this well balanced. Some caramel and toffee with the pineapple and citrus flavors as well. Definitely can taste the BR influence in this.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Soft and smooth. Warming sensation from the alcohol.

Awesome drinkability, I had an entire bomber of this. An all around great beer that goes down way too easy. So glad I had the opportunity to drink this one. Thanks to SpeedwayJim for this one! (661 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at 2012 Bistro IPA fest...now reviewing from bottle. 2012 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium-large off-white head. Scent is very inviting. Great hop profile in the aroma. Tropical fruit hop aromas with just a dash of citrus. Mangos, pineapple, and oranges linger in the nostrils. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Mellow pine...this is one good-smelling beer. Taste is just as good, Initially, you get some malt, which would normally through me off...however, it works for this beer. The malt is present, but the west-coast hop profile balances it out, making it quite the balanced DIPA. Sweet malt blends well with pine, hop resin, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit...this beer has a lot going on. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, crisp and a little sticky. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I had it at the Bistro IPA fest, but tasted it after a bunch of "triple IPAs" so my palate was worn by hops. It tasted good then, and it tastes great now. (1,031 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bear Republic night at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured a hazy copper color with a nice thick fluffy white heading. Tremendous lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not overpowering,malts come in for a nice balanced aroma.

Taste is much more maltier than expected. Sweet caramel malts begin with a citrus blast kick somewhere in the middle. A sugary fruity kiss is follows and then back to a well balanced taste of sweet caramal malt and hop.

Mouth has nice retention medium-full bodied with that great bubbley effect in the belly. Finishes clean and hoppy.

Drink is very good for 9% ABV this is one of the very best of drinkability higher ABV beers. I sure could have a few more. (694 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is huge! One of those beers you smell as soon as it's opened. Floral and perfumy with tons of tropical and citrus fruits along with hints of tangerine, orange peel, caramel, and subtle butterscotch. The taste follows suit with gobs of juicy tangerine and bitter orange peel along with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny, piney, herbal fresh hops, caramel, vanilla, grass, and bread dough. The mouthfeel is oily and subtly creamy with mouth puckering bitter hops with just enough sweet caramel malts to add a measure of balance. Overall, an incredibly bold and flavorful Double IPA that is totally drinkable. Highly recommended! (752 characters)

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