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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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1,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
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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4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have waited for this one for longer then I can even begin to go into here. After all that time a growler hits my front porch and I am literally floored. Served cold I popped this open at lunch on Sunday to enjoy throughout my day. Consumed on 04/19/2009.

The pour was just how I had envisioned it. Rich, deep copper colored amber with a crystal clear look to it. Big head of off white rises up and over the top before settling down gently into a thin crown that totally covered the top of the glass. Lots of thick and gooey side glass lacing all over the place here.

The smell was soo rich and pungent I nearly fell over. This was exactly what I had been searching for, looking for, in a big IPA. Huge orange citrus notes, resin so thick it clogged my nose, and soo damn fresh, sheesh, I have died and gone to heaven. I go in for my first taste of the nectar and that is just what it is. Sweet, buttery malts that gave me a fall sense of security before the backlash of sticky hops just kills me with bitter orange, pineapple and piney notes. Simply amazing, perfect, wonderful. Medium bodied with smooth, even carbonation and a dry feeling that stuck around forever making me restrain myself from guzzling it.

Overall this was exactly what I had hoped for, wanted, and dreamed about. May possibly be the best I could have hoped for. Balanced and complex, simply outstanding. Everything it should be.

mikesgroove, Apr 19, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

martianMan, Today at 10:23 AM
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3.72/5  rDev -12.1%

Shaunbkgb, Yesterday at 05:00 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

LarryMyers, Yesterday at 03:09 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

gkeh, Saturday at 04:29 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Patches826, Saturday at 03:22 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

gpblackgt, Nov 17, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beaver13, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: pretty good clarity light copper light head good lacing

S: very spicy herbal smell boarding on onion but not quite

T: muted taste you can almost taste the smell but it's gone quickly and then it's sweet which is pleasant but I'd say more of a spicy herbally DIPA

M: medium to fuller for a DIPA nice carbonation

O: it's just ok I can't see this as world class, it's a muddled DIPA it's big saving grace is it's not too much in any department

SomethingClever, Nov 15, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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1/5  rDev -76.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

jsanmarco, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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