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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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1,775 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,775
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 79 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

beetstreet, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sfr26, Dec 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

nuckbuc, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale orange, two fingers thick dense cream colored head; settles slowly to a small cap and leaves chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, apricot note, pine. Taste: orange, grapefruit, toffee, mild alcohol note, pine finish. Pretty much a DIPA template. While not exotic or particularly exciting, it's got no rough edges and hits the spot.

babaracas, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

davet100, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of JiuJitsuNINJA
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a great DIPA. It is rated World class but it is a bit shy IMO. The color and aroma of this beer is absolutely wonderfull. The taste is is a bit one sided.Plent of pine and grapefruit,with plenty of sweet malt to almost but not completely balance out the dank hops.

JiuJitsuNINJA, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Chingringo, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dsm45, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Alron, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JeffNev, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of itsscience
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges and a short white head. The nose is a huge ripe grapefruit with pine needle, tangerine, and biscuit malt. At the front of the tongue I get a lot of grapefruit flavor which blends into pine needle and onion, delivering a moderate bitterness that is balanced out by malt on the finish. For a double IPA it is very drinkable with a medium body and medium carbonation, but this is quite a mild example of the style. I would guess this was a regular IPA.

itsscience, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AOShabaz, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

McAndrew, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I have had the Racer 5, but I remember it being an above average IPA. I was excited to try the Racer X, but am a little disappointed. Nothing really stands out about this one for me. The hoppiness is kind of one dimensional with a piney taste, but that is quickly replaced with a malty aftertaste. It's not bad, but for the price there are a lot of other double IPA's I would rather have. Good thing it is Christmas and I got plenty of different options to choose from!

tastybeerinmybelly, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Sudsday, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bcuz7, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

savagepm, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kappakoosh, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mersh, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

In_Control_Mike, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early December for $7.99. Bottled on 10-21-13.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is pretty nondescript, some citrus hops linger.

Taste is big grapefruit citrus rind and pine up front. Malt backbone attempts to balance things out but does not accomplish that. Everything i am looking for in a 2IPA.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a very smackable brew. This is an old school 2IPA where the malts complement the hops and not become dominantly sweet and the abv is not jacked up too high. Try it if you come across it. You will not be disapointed!

arizcards, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattyb79, Dec 24, 2013
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,775 ratings.