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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,605 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1605
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 2/2/11. Growler secured on the way home from Southamptons RIS release and shared with wishuwerebeer.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a very hazed deep copper color with a finger of white froth. It provides an entire curtain of lace all over the glass. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of an already solid retaining head. When held to the light, this brew displays some yellow and orange coloration around the edges.

The aroma of this brew is fantastic. It is very herbal with it's hop presence producing characteristics that are minty, herbal and spicy with essence of pine, citrus and fruity rinds like orange mixed with grapefruit. As the brew warms it picks up some catty notes along with caramel malt that provides a sweetness minorly reminiscent of vanilla.

The taste is very herbal with flavors of mint, pine and somewhat catty. The oils provide a resinous cling inside the mouth that is lasting and enjoyable with a ton of flavor without just being a rip-roaring bitter brew. This offering is perfectly balanced with a fusel alcohol character and malty caramel inclusion that even tastes a bit like vanilla. The bitterness picks up as it warms with a lasting herbal and catty aftertaste that hangs in the mouth.

This is a medium to almost full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable for 9% and all around balanced extremely well. This brew is an absolute pleasure to drink. The resinous cling is enjoyable. Full flavored without just bitey bitterness. An absolutely stunning take on the style, Bear Republic is putting out some really high quality hoppy brews and this one stands out to me among the best in it's class. I can't account/confirm the kegs freshness which the growler came from but honestly wish I would have had more than one filled.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2011 18:06:36 | More by stakem
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tan to orange-ish in color, slight chill haze, not much head really but lacing ok.

Smells very nice. A good mixture of grapefruit, hops, pine and malts blends together well.

Taste is really crisp and fresh, hoppy and delicious. A well balanced DIPA to be sure. Easy going grapefruit flavors are perfectly accented by pine, hops, malts, a little sweetness, and just plain deliciousness.

Feel is slightly slick and medium bodied, decently carbonated, with a lingering bitterness that's really nice.

Drink is excellent. I'm definitely going to buy more bombers of this one in the future. It was a good value as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:01:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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cosmicevan

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32oz growler fill while picking up some growler fills for trades (thanks Big Z for the continuous amazing offerings on tap!). This was a big want from the old top 100, now that the system has changed, it has fallen off, but let's see if it was worthy of it's old spot...

A - Through the growler almost looks like apple juice...nice deep dark center with a lightening along the sides of the glass. Poured into my oversized snifter still plenty of carbonation from the fill last weekend...a very thin foam (almost quad-like) head. Beer looks a bit deeper and richer in my glass than the growler. Clear, attractive, not syrupy looking like most IIPAs I've tried.

S - Candied hops. A touch bitter, but mostly sweet. Reminiscent of PtE, but a bit more piny and bitter smelling. Earthy.

T - WOW! Excellent balance. Nice sweetness, bittery hops...not very in your face. Starts off sweet, finishes bitter (but not overly so). Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Malts are in the background, but noticeable.

M/D - A bit watery for a IIPA, but medium bodied...subtlely bitter aftertaste. More earthy feeling. Overall, this is a great IIPA, but I had some higher expectations. All in all a beer that I would be more than happy to get again, but I was expecting something a little more mind bending based on the glowing reviews and spot in the former top 100...but then again I'm not a hop head and I tend to like the more malty and subtle IPAs. Gotta say though, the booze is not in your face at all and it goes down the gullet quite easily.

notes from further along in the growler...
gotta say, the more i drink this beer, the more i dig it...however, it is definitely on the bitter side, but way more like a traditional ipa than a iipa except for the ABV. definitely worth the taste and glad i got to try it (top 100 or bottom 100)

Serving type: growler

03-03-2011 00:50:04 | More by cosmicevan
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler to a Darkness snifter.

Thanks for the hookup Brendan.

Pours a beautiful amber hue. Very little head. A scant amount of lacing remains.

Dare I say this is maybe the best smelling beer I have come across. A waft of sweet citrus and honey. Pine and hop notes follow. Wow. Just beautiful.

Certainly citrus and pine on my tongue. The malty backbone is there and it's quite pleasant. As it warms I'm getting a taste of caramel. Hop bite on the backend, but certainly not abusive.

Carbonation is perfect. Sticky hop oil coats the tongue to my liking.

Coming in at 9% it's certainly sessionable to me. That growler is going down in a blaze of glory tonight. A very good example of a DIPA. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. I regret not sharing this with some buddies, but I'll get over it. Wait. I already did.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2011 01:37:47 | More by TheDudeRules
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HoganRJ

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very nice amber color with a short head leaving a good lacing The initial smell was pine and citrus. My initial taste was lemon zest. It followed up with a very pleasing hoppieness without being overpowering as many ipa can.

In the mouth it starts a bit oily but finishes nice and dry.

I'm only half way through my first glass. But wow. This is one great bear!

Serving type: growler

02-15-2011 00:50:25 | More by HoganRJ
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JoeBloe

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

outstanding it is -
I almost passed this up because I didn't have my own growlers with me, but I went for the extra cost of yet another glass jug -
pours a clear deep amber/red with a nice ! finger head and leaves an impressive amount of ringed lacing all the way down the glass -
the nose is full of pine and resin with a fresh hop profile - earthy and grassy - a gentle swirl rejuvenates a 1/4 inch head each time - taste is very fresh, hop forward with a proper malty sweetness on the back of the tongue - very smooth - just the right amount of stickiness without sappiness(?) - feels just right -no alcohol burn, it's very well hidden - dangerously drinkable here - wish i had more - yummy - so glad I didn't pass it up!

Serving type: growler

01-31-2011 17:34:13 | More by JoeBloe
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largadeer

California

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a fresh cask at Toronado, served in a pint glass.

The beer pours a glowing shade of pale amber. The head is dense but settles to a thin film in time, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Hops are huge on the nose, redolent of mango, guava, papaya and pine. The tropical fruit character is incredible. There's subtle sweetness beneath the hop bouquet.

Hop flavors mirror the nose, heavy on juicy, citrusy tropical fruit. Guava and papaya hit the tongue first, but it becomes more resiny toward the finish. It's light and dry, just barely malty; there's a touch of breadiness mid-palate. Bitteness is at a perfect level, and the overall balance of the beer is impeccable.

I've had Racer X dozens of times, but never on cask before. It really brings the beer to a different level.

Serving type: cask

01-06-2011 05:26:35 | More by largadeer
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SolomonGrundy

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No picture - tap only me hearties!!! Got the old school Bay Area DM playing: Possessed!! Just saw that Blind Illusion is playing a show with Skitzo nearby in a week or so. HELLZ YEAH!!!

Pours a deep clear amber with minimal carbonation. Nice half-finger of soapy head dissipates into a tiny, Natalie Portman in Black Swan thin wisp of foam at the edge of the glass. Decent lacing. Huge, West Coast IPA aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and piney hops. Some hint of sweetness in there in the form of a caramel note but mostly dominated by hops. Not super unique. Big, bold hop flavors right off the bat. This is your standard, West Coast Double IPA and fulfills all expectations of the style. Nice malty backbone is sublimated to the hop character throughout. The carbonation is nice and dances on your tongue for a fleeting instant, then shuffles off to Buffalo. There's a flowery, sugary note in the flavor profile that kind of hides in the shadows and flits out every now and again. I like that. I got a growler of this for $24, and it's like 5 beers I think, so it's not cheap. I believe it's about 8% ABV, and the alcohol is well hidden. Good beer although pricey.

What I like most: The excellent, complex flavor profile (for a Lefty DIPA)

What I like least: The price and lack of unique qualities in the aromas or appearance.

Verdict: Very good example of the Lefty DIPA and worth trying if they are pouring it.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2010 01:47:40 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Racer X certainly has the look expected from a great IIPA. The dark copper body has a massive off-white head that looks rock solid. The retention is ridiculous, and the lacing pretty much covers my glass. Impressive.

Huge hops in the aroma. Bitter citrus notes include orange and grapefruit, along with pine resin. A hint of sweet malt comes through from underneath.

The flavor does not disappoint either; Racer X is a top notch IIPA. The hops from the aroma are back to dominate the flavor, pairing a moderate amount of bitterness with an absolutely huge citrus flavor that once again includes notes of orange and grapefruit. After the fruity hops die down a bit, another burst of hop flavor in the form of pine resin takes its place. When all of those hops have finally subsided, a slightly spicy hops flavor comes through for just a second, followed by a touch of sweet malt backbone.

Racer X has a solid mouthfeel also, with a big, creamy body.

I like Racer 5, so when I saw this at the growler station of my local store, I decided to give it a shot. What I found was similar to a "double racer," but also much better than I had expected. Although the price-tag was high, this beer was a joy to consume.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2010 00:32:48 | More by Hojaminbag
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY on 9/25/10, served in a tulip glass.

L - not quite clear copper color with a big foamy white head that hung around as a layer leaving parfait-like lacing.

S - wonderful aroma, tropical fruit and piney hop resins.

T - delicious brew, tropical fruitiness and bittering pine with enough malt to hold things together, hiding the alcohol very well.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it's good and drinkable but the 9% abv will make me drink this in moderation.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2010 00:49:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to thagr81us for the growler

64oz growler poured into my pint glass

Appearance is a semi dark orange with ruby mix. Huge three inch off-white frothy head. Good head retention that subsides slowly leaving scattered lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Nice aroma of citrus flavors with mango, grapefruit, pineapple, and mandarin oranges. Very good aroma of ripe fruit I must say. I do not detect much malts except a little bit of caramel.

Upfront taste is a smack to the face with a very sharp bitterness that leads way into a semi grapefruit citrus flavor with some tangerine. Following is a bit of caramel and bread like finish with the alcohol pretty detectable and is not too much masked.

Mouthfeel is bitter and dry with high carbonation. Alcohol taste is very present in the finish and aftertaste making it feel a little boozy.

Overall a good beer but I expected more. My only complaint was it needed more balance and tasted too boozy, which it shouldn't haved. I Still recommend to try this

Serving type: growler

09-15-2010 16:47:37 | More by tr4nc3d
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into an Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale shaker. Pours a clear red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, hops, and pine resin. The flavor was of malt, hops, and citrus. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite an excellent IIPA. Not one of the best IIPAs that I have had, but definitely in the Top 10 for sure. This one could use a little more complexity in the aroma to be great and a little more in the flavor as well. Just seems to be generic IIPA flavors without anything extra to set it apart from the rest. Worth trying for sure if you can get you hands on it.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2010 12:44:27 | More by thagr81us
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a lovely golden amber color with a creamy off white head.

S-oily piney hops hit right up front with bready biscuity malts behind. tons of orange peel and citrusy hops take over with a nice raspeberry aroma, a little rough on the edges but very fruity.

T-the flavor is similar, oily resignous pine up front with just a hint of slightly burnt toast, lots of orange peel, mango, and appricot, notes of grapefruit, hints of raspberry with a moderate bitterness that lingers for quite some time.

M-good medium body, very syrupy and oily, somewhat resignous and grainy in the back, lighter carbonation but the finish is clean and the bitterness is still present.

D-this is an interesting imperial IPA, big for sure with some interesting flavors going on. its a little raw and messy but overall pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:42:26 | More by cpetrone84
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steelerguy

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear amber, nice big and sticky white head, plenty of lacing. Low carbonation like most DIPA but this was a growler so up to the distributor.

S - Lots of citrus and pine on the nose with an underlying malt sweetness...wonderful.

T - Citrus hops dominate up front with pine on the finish. Some light honey like sweetness from the light crystal malts, with a little bread to make it interesting. Finishes bitter with a little too much alcohol taste.

M - Not chewy but definitely some body there, there is a creaminess with a light coating of the mouth. A touch more carbonation would be good to help clean it up. Again, this was a growler, not sure they had enough C02 in there.

D - Sipping beer, lots of flavors, lots to enjoy between each sip. Slight workout for the mouth (not in a dirty way haha) one or two is enough...not even close to a session brew.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2010 01:11:02 | More by steelerguy
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.35/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2010 00:40:06 | More by mothman
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled up a growler at Green's in Greenville, SC.

Pours a surprisingly dark copper color. Moderate white head and lacing. Crystal clear body.

The nose is a complete hop assault. Hop bliss. Heavy notes of pine and grass. There may have been citrus in there too, but I have a hard time detecting it behind the brilliant attack of pine and hop notes. This smells exactly how you want a DIPA to smell - the prototypical DIPA smell. Tons of resiny goodness too.

Not to be outdone, the taste follows through just as brilliant. This is one hoppy, bitter bastard. The pine and grass appears again. Along with that hop blast, however, there's a massive malt backbone. But Racer X doesn't fall into the same trap as many other DIPA-wannabes do - the malt backbone plays the supporting role here, and doesn't push past the feature player: the hops. This is a perfect balance. There are only a couple other beers I've had that so perfectly taste like a DIPA should - Oracle and Pliny the Elder are the ones that immediately come to mind. Fairly dry taste.

The mouthfeel is great. Carbonation supports the beer perfectly and the mouthfeel is appropriate - medium bodied.

This is one bad ass beer. I'm gonna be grabbing a growler of this brew any time I'm passing through a state that has distribution. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 22:49:41 | More by Mavajo
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-22-2010 21:17:05 | More by kbutler1
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billab914

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Sierra Nevada shaped pint glass. Poured a beautiful dark amber, almost copper in color. It started with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so but it left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice and intense floral, citrusy and tropical hoppiness to it with some grapefruit, pineapple and pine all coming through. Excellent hoppy aroma overall, one of the best.

The taste is also not surprisingly hoppy. It has some great tropical citrus flavors to it along with a bitter grapefruit, pine flavor. It was sweet and fruity up front with a strong bitterness coming in the finish and lingering for a while. Excellent range of hoppy, sweet and bitter flavors going on.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent hoppy beer. It's definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. It had a great range of flavors and really showed off the hops very well.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2010 22:40:21 | More by billab914
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled up a growler at Diciccio's on a trip with Jlynn. Got the last fill - kicked at about a 60 oz pour. Enjoyed some in the parking lot and then some at the days in. Still very nicely carbonated.

Very cloudy unfiltered orangey yellow body with an off white head. This beer smells incredible. A floral boquet with a fruit arrangement and boatload of hops. This one hit my lips with a much anticipated hoppy explosion. Very nicely balanced with a citrusy malt backbone and very nice grapefruit notes. Exactly what I want this big mysterious sexy long awaited gem to taste like. I was so pleased to find this and get the last bit. Mouthfeel was exquisite. Very nice carbonation level and ohhhh so smooth. I drank about a pint today on the first day of ownership of the growler. I wish this bad boy was available year round. One of the best ipa's I've had to date.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2010 02:05:17 | More by DNICE555
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking for this one for a while, was able to get a couple growlers of Racer X locally. Thanks to DeCicco's as always. Consumed from my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- Pours with a healthy White/Tan head. Vigorous pouring on the first glass yielded serious head. Normally pour resulted in 2 fingers or so, and laced the glass nicely. It is a deep golden/orange/amber and is nearly perfectly clear.

S- Like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops. Piney and hoppy, some notes of citrus and grapefruit. Some slight malty/carmel sweetness.

T- The initial flavor is much like the smell, tastes of fresh hops. I get some hints of orange rind, and some grapefruit as well. The back end is mostly toffee/malt, with almost no hop aftertaste.

M- Perfect balance to me. No overboard hoppy bitterness, and a nice full bodied DIPA. It is able to be complex, while not going overboard like many other DIPAs. So nice and smooth on the tongue.

D- Easily housed 2 glasses, and wanted to keep drinking more. Much easier to consume than other DIPA's I've had recently, which could be because it was on tap.

I'd definetely buy this one again in a heart beat. Probably one of my top 5 DIPA's, and I've had most of the best. Gonna go home tonight and polish of the growler

-GFunk

Serving type: growler

08-12-2010 19:12:05 | More by Gfunk720
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 250 (granted I'm behind in reviews but might as well review this now!) Had on tap at The Library Alehouse, Santa Monica yesterday with some good friends. Cheers!

Appearance - Given to me in a 10oz sniffer. Held up to the light the beer is a lighter amber color, with about a finger of white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some spotty but nice looking lacing.

Smell - Citrus and floral aromas fill the air around the glass. This is followed by a nice piney and hoppy aroma which dwindles to a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - More hoppy than the nose suggested. An instant hop bitterness which gives way to a overall nice citrus flavor full of a mixture of bitter grapefruit and sweet orange. The finish is of white pepper and other slight spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. A damn good DIPA. No alcohol noticeable whatsoever and I should have gotten another. Glad I was finally able to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:07:57 | More by SpdKilz
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, burnt orange. Almost zero head. No real carbonation, at all. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. Taste and smell are piney, grapefruity hops. Not a lot of malt balance, though I think there is a hint of sweeter fruits in here. Good, but not my favorite DIPA by far. I've yet to be overwhelmed by any Bear Republic brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 20:54:37 | More by Anthony1
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2010 02:31:53 | More by yourefragile
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at City Beer.

A - Beautiful hazy, radiant orange-ish/amber. Solid-looking two-finger head that eventually subsided to a thick cap that remained for the duration. Great lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and pine here. The usual grapefruit, lemon, and melon, along with the resiny note in the back, and I also get some sweetness, like creme brulee.

T - Mostly the same as the nose, but with the sweetness coming more forward. Very citrusy, lots of hop flavors dominating. A bit of cotton candy, and maybe a hint of vanilla. No alcohol present at all. Very nice.

M - Big and sticky, like many of my favorites in this style. Coating and lingering in my mouth for a long time.

D - Damn, after two glasses of this I'm probably ready for a nap. 9% didn't make itself evident in the flavor but it's kicking me in the ass today.

O - This is a rare treat (at least for me). I'm liking it enough that I might have to make the drive into the city one more time before it's gone.

Serving type: cask

08-01-2010 18:04:36 | More by djmichaelk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Paul at a small recent tasting. Thanks Paul. This has been a long time want of mine and I am very thrilled to be splitting this growler three ways. YIPPEE!

Beer served in a tulip. Beer is amber and clear. Off white head of small bubbles. Carbonation appears to be a little low but this could be from the growler conditions. The head falls away under lack of carbonation support but it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Looks good, really good.

Aroma is piny with a malt backbone. Its a little sweeter than I expected and has almost no fruit character. This is a classic big IPA smell though. Almost a double simcoe kind of aroma. Very good.

Beer is medium bodied, almost a chewiness to it. Very nice in the mouth. Bitterness start off light and builds the more you drink. Tasted side by side with Dreadnaught from FFF, they are comparable, in the same ball park in my opinion. Dreadnaught edges it out though. There is a maltiness to this IPA, more than I expected. I respect Racer 5 as one of my favorite IPAs of all time, this is a good double using that as a jumping off point. Highly drinkable, great mouthfeel. I would have more (and will soon).

Serving type: growler

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