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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

498 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 498
Hads: 2,090
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 352
Gots: 179 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 498 | Hads: 2,090
Photo of animortician
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of drewbage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of rand
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tiger! Tiger!, poured into Uinta pint glass

A: Apricot-orange in color, clear and sudsy. Lots of lacing as I twirl the glass.

S: Citrus and pine bouquet, strong. Lots of orange zest, blending nicely with wafts of caramelly sweet bread. Plenty of alcohol volatiles propel the aromas.

T: Crisp floral hops rush the palate, citrusy and fresh; oily and resinous as well. The malt-backbone yields enough support, exposing notes of honey and toffee. The alcohol isn't masked, but held in check by the huge palate - the brew isn't boozy at all. Finishes perfectly bitter-sweet.

M: Rich and oily. Seeps into every crevice of your mouth...in a good way.

Bear Republic is arguably the Godfather brewery of the West Coast IPA, so it's no surprise that their big hoppy IIPA is a standard-bearer. Anytime I see this on tap it's my first order.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC

Sat in the globe glass as a pretty orange/amber with a sizable off-white head. Super-spidery lacing was impressive.

All sorts of piny, earthy scents mingling in the nose of this beer. Lots of pollen-like, flowery notes on the finish. It certainly entices the senses in the way that you expect an IIPA to. It smells a lot like Bell's Two Hearted Ale, actually.

Yup. Goldmine of tasty goodness. Pine dominates at first, but subsequent quaffing yields a good deal of mustiness. This is loaded with earthy hop flavors, so much so that the citrus seems relatively subdued. The toasted malt isn't overshadowed, somehow, leading to a (sort of) balanced finish. Superb.

Not too thick or thin as far as mouthfeel; I guess that if you don't notice it, then its doing its job. I only had one of these, but I wish I had more. I could have enjoyed them, as this is one tasty and smoooth IIPA.

What Bell's HopSlam is to citrus in IIPAs, Bear Republic Racer X is to earthiness. Its pretty fantastic, and I'm very glad that the guys at Flying Saucer brought this in to KC.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saturday 31st May 2003 was spent at the 6th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival, & amongst a plethora of Beer Engines, several beers for me stood out from the crowd, this is one of them.

As xlperro explained to me after I sat down to sample it, it is the rarely seen bigger brother of the Racer 5. I am very surprised to see it listed as an IPA; I was under the impression that this is more of a Double IPA.

Presented in the special Festival Pint glass, it was officially a 5oz sample purchased for just 1 of the Red Tickets. As I got back to the Table, it was more like 8oz when it finally settled, plenty to concentrate on!

A dark looking brew, a mixture of dark brown and auburn that reflected the sunlight extremely well with a deep ruby light strike. The color really surprised me at first; I expected something much lighter (I don’t know why!) - Even xlperro noted it was a little darker than he remembered in the past. I am not sure if the cask had had the proper time to settle because it had a light hue to it, but it did not detract from the appearance too much. The head was a smooth looking one, light tan colored & a tightly packed frothy mass borne of the Beer Engine, you cannot beat that. It proudly sat atop the well-conditioned beer, and the head lasted much longer than the beer sample did!

The Nose was awesome; it was tugging at my nasal hairs as soon as the serving landed on the Bar, and all the time whilst I walked back to our BA Table. Huge pine oils, spicy hops, and all the freshness of alpine coniferous forests mixed with a light tar-like bituminous aspect at the back end. A stunningly powerful nose and quite complex with all of its multiple facets.

I have had very few Double IPA’s up to now, but this is exactly what I imagine a good exponent of the style to taste like. Malt is the dominant flavor at first, set amidst a congealed emulsion of a pungent hop-bitterness and spicy bitter finish that can have you smacking your lips at times.

For all its potent 9 ABV Horsepower, it’s a very drinkable brew and deceptively strong. It did not take me long to finish my half pint at all.

This was my second favorite beer of the Festival and one, that despite its strength, I chose to sample early on in the festival as it is rarely seen. It did not last too much longer into the afternoon before it ran off, if my faded memory serves me right.

Another high quality, excellent beer from Bear Republic.
Damn, I so wish they would Bottle this Monster!!!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-This beer pours nearly headless. Color of the body is quite pretty. A hazy burnt orange color. Hard to see through the body. Minimal head leaves mild lacing rings.

S-The nose really lets you know this beer means business. Packed full of super ripe, and super juicy fruit-forward hops. Citrus is the most dominant aroma here and I am more than happy with such a characteristic. Plenty of pine behind the citrus. Also a hefty malt backbone. However, this beer smells much more hop-forward than balanced.

T-The taste is exquisite. I can really detect the English origins because the malt is fairly robust and well-crafted. Yet, this beer is hop-laden to say the least. Like the nose, there is just an awesome amount of citrus and other assorted tropical fruits. Pine really plants itself into the discussion, especially within the first few sips. Plenty of hops, but the malt is there as a solid backup as well. Alcohol swings through too.

M-Resiny and fairly creamy. Carbonation is mild-to-moderate. Lasting bitterness, but not overpowering. Nice feel.

O/D-This truly is Racer 5's big brother. This is a masterfully brewed DIPA. I love the fruity hop-explosion. Great balance but plenty of hop-derived intensity to keep more much more than satisfied. Very happy to have had this, especially on tap. Bear Republic further proves they are masters at crafting hoppy brews.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer. Served here on the hand pump at the bewpub in Healdsburg. I had a few of these whilst waiting for my reservation up the street at Cyrus. Anyways, This is a pure copper coloured brew with a faint off whtie head that does not stick around long. The aromas are super hoppy! Citrus/pine/resin/even a bit of the ole' mary jane. The biscuity malts are faintly detectedin the backbone of this brew but it's really all about the hops. The taste is super hoppy, bitter and almost astringent with oily resin. The mouthfeel on cask is ceramy smooth and super easy to drink. The drinkability only suffers as this is just to high abv and astringent to drink more than 2 or 3 pints of.

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Photo of oggg
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful tawny ale with a huge hop bouquet that hits you from a long distance. Grapefruit and christmas tree hits the nose til the last drop. On the tongue this beer is hugely bitter, and only in my double IPA heyday could I say this beer was anything less. Punishingly bitter, now that I have had a hop vacation. Super juicy citrus hop flavor. Juicy and mouth watering, mouth puckering heaven. And yet late in the taste there is a great toasted maltiness that brings it all together.

In my top 3-4 double IPAs.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. counter-pressure filled Bierkraft bomber into red wine glass.

Pours a lightly hazy dark amber, with a sparse off-white head, but excellent lacing. What little head shows up stays around the whole glass.

Nose is pure west coast hop madness - an intermingling of super-dry but vibrant pine, mango, orange zest, and grapefruit,all wrapping around a sweet caramel note that's all foundation, barely showing through in the melange of beautiful hop aromas.

Taste follows suit. Dry and prickley, but with absolutely no harsh astringency. Big notes of tingley pine and a mix of tropical and citrus fruit sit on top of a malt body that's big and slightly sweet, maybe even a bit toasty, but entirely wrapped up in the juicy hop oils. Not at all overly bitter, though there is a nice, satisfying cotton-like dryness that just sits on the back of the tongue. A fantastic example of the right way to brew a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is oily, tingly carbonation and a hop bite in the back of the throat, perfectly balanced. Very well done - it's like this beer is just swimming in hop oil.

Drinkability is scary, actually. Huge flavor, but somehow light on the palate. No real alcohol presence. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber body of beer, just short of clear; make the head as big as ya want - foamy bubbly bone-colored head; some arms and sprinkles of lace left trails down the glass

S: a chorus of hops, ringing in with citrus and pine notes, floral and fruity - a sweet caramel-esque base confirms that the malt bill will be well-represented

T: crisp floral flavors, tinged with citrus will bitter the tongue; sweet flow of smooth and fresh-grain malt flows beneath - lots of great hop bitterness and malt chewiness. A particularly "well-balanced" DIPA

M: smooth and slick, bittering and drier on the finish; medium weight but full-bodied; some sparkle from carbonation

O: you'll be hard-pressed to find a DIPA that is truly superior to this one, simply because, as far as I'm concerned, this one does everything right. It doesn't go too sweet or thick or syrupy. The hops lighten and brighten the drinking experience. Flavors are complex and complimentary - sweet malts and bitter floral hops going hand-in-hand. A great feel, having presence, but also staying brisk and easy-drinking. No wonder this flies off the shelf.

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Photo of weeare138
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy amber with steady streams of CO2 rising to the top with a fluffy, two finger beige head that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and spice.
Taste is of the aromas with more caramel covered biscuit that's been spiced with grapefruit zest.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, spicy, and slick in the finish with hop oil.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. Let's review this baby...

A: Golden bronze color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the brew. Very good.

S: Some nive floral hops followed by sweet malty citrus. I also get some faint apples. Good.

T: This is an excellently balanced IPA! Perfect blend of malt and hop! The nailed this balance. Sweet at bitter floral citrus hops with hints of toffee, caramel, apple, and some piney spice all blended in. Perfect!

M: Leaves a nice hop stickiness on the palate with low carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the complexity of flavors, this goes down great. Very good.

All in all, this was an excellent IPA! Perfect balance of hop and malt. This is definitely a must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle/growler of awesomeness unveiled at our Rush Hour Tasting, thanks again to mikey711 for this one.

A: Bright golden orange with slight haze. A slight head which is decent for being shoved into a growler, shipped 1000 miles, sat in a fridge for a couple weeks, then drove in a car for 2 days.

N: Tons of hops, the way a strong DIPA should be. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and aromatic hops. Its a hop bomb. Aroma of 200 IBUs.

T: Hits you with a fresh hop bite. Earthy musty fresh hops. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and chewy hops really hit first. They never really fade either. A nice thick malty sweetness runs around in the background but never really comes to the front as it can't get past the hops. The very bright hop character changes slightly to a chewy, earthy, almost spicy hop character as it grows, then back to more pine and citrus.

M: A nice body with lower carbonation, but that can be expected.

F: Super bitter and dries off a bit, probably because of the crazy bitterness more than actual drying. Again the pine, citrus, and grapefruit seem to linger for a bit. The grapefruit is a lower character than the rest. They very slowly fade to a lingering memory, but your mouth never really forgets them. Thanks again Mikey for being able to experience this awesomeness.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ.

A- Thin white film head. Clear amber/ copper body. Some carbonation rising in the glass.

S- All hops. Piney with hints of grapefruit.

T- Hoppy goodness. Piney and citrusy throughout.

M- Medium bodied. Slightly reisiny/oily.

D- Awesome beer. The 9% alcochol can sneak up on you but won't dissuade you from having another.

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Photo of Biggness
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark amber with a light white head and some lacing. The aroma is big on citrus hops and a slight hint of caramel. The flavor at first is big on the malt and caramel flavors and the you get slammed with the wonderful grapefruit/orange flavors, extremely nicely balance. Low carbonation due to the serving type and a highly drinkable for a DIPA

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Photo of whatthehull
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wine Tulip

A - Semi Translucent Copper Orange sunset, barely any white head and tons of sticky lacing

S - Sugary sweet malts, Lovely booze note, pine, Huge fruity/earthy hops, tangerine, pineapple, slight funk, banana, tons of floral notes, crisp mountain air, champagne yeast and some weed undertones

T - In your face aromatic floral hops, huge malty sweet backbone, tree sap, fresh tropical/island fruits, tangerine, fresh water, lightly toasted grains, sugary booze note and a clean pine finish

M - Medium body, well balanced, nicely complex, medium acidity and a huge sugary malty backbone, with an explosion of glorious hops at the beginning and end finish

D/O - Just all together great. Nice and refreshing, crisp and clean, just well done. Has that CA everything about it. I think the most surprising part is the higher abv and besides the sweetness, not really noticing but at the same time noticing the booze. Real top notch

Final thoughts - $8 a pop, 8+abv and a whole lot of awesome. Get you one and give one as a gift

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear beautiful deep orange.

The aroma is wonderful and hoppy. It has tons of orange, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and a bit of caramel malt and garlic in the back.

The flavor follows with juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. It moves onto a caramel sweetness, yet with a light body. The finish cleans off well with a bit of piney bitterness.

The alcohol and light body really hide the body.

The best DIPA/IPA from Bear Republic.

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Photo of joepais
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for sending this my way. Counter pressure bottle filled from Bierkraft was poured into my Sam Adams glass. It produced a gorgeous white fluffy head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear golden copper body down the glass.

It has a wonderfully sweet hoppy fragrance coming from this glass. I must say the obligatory grapefruit, grassy comparison comes to mind but that may not be doing the fragrance justice.

It is a nice bitter DIPA the flavors follows the nose. The caramel sweetness from the malts and the hops blend extremely well. It really is a well balanced West cost DIPA WOW
Something I would not expect. The slight alcohol heat is an extra dimension added to this brew. Carbonation is great and the feel is somewhat light which make this the ideal feel in my mouth.

This brew could be dangerous if I could get my hands on more than just this bottle I could easily drink mass quantities of it. A surprisingly great balanced DIPA from the west cost. Keep it up Bear Republic another great brew from you guys

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Photo of jj21
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange with enormous, creamy off-white head that sticks like spackle to the glass. I swear, I can still feel the head in y stomach. Good ol' California IPA hop goodness aroma smacks your nose and gets the taste buds worked up. Grapefruit, pine, yadda yadda yadda. Flavors are to die for. Not too thick like a lot of IIPA's are and is actually refreshing and crisp. This is a dangerous beer for the alcohol! Is it in there? I don't know. Right up there with Dreadnaught, DFH 90 Minute and Big Eddy IIPA.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a good one. Pours an auburn-tan color. I get lots of citrus aroma—orange juice and orange peel, some orange pith, really just layers of different variations of orange. Flavor has a good dose of orange bitterness. Orange bitters, orange zest, orange blossom, orange peel. If I’m not mistaken this has an English ale yeast which lends it some interesting contrasts to the typical West Coast IPA/DIPAs you tend to get around these parts.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.