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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
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1,601 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1601
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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bonbini26

New Jersey

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

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 04-24-09

Poured into a tulip glass, has a bright glowing orange color, almost looks olive oil like in the consistanty of the liquid. Has about a 2 finger white head, with some lacing left behind. Huge, pinapple, citrus, oily piney nose, o yes this is going to be a good one i can just tell by the smell. Starts out hoppy and then the bitterness continues to increase as you drink it. Just enough malt in this one to keep all that bitterness in check. Alcohol isn't overwhelming, a lot of hop oil in the finish, grapfruit, pine. The mouthfeel is big with bitterness and thick oils, that stick to the palate (def have this one last it will stay on your palate well after). Drinkability is what one would expect from a 9% DIPA. I am spoiled now, Racer X has left Racer 5 in the dust

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 12:48:35 | More by bonbini26
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OlieIPA

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Beachwood on 4/11/09 and poured into a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Exhibited a beautiful deep amber or copper hue with a decent 1-inch white frothy head, which seemed to dissipate after a minute or two. One of the qualities I didn't like was the lack of lacing that most epic DIPA's typically possess.

S: An extremely well balance DIPA...strong piney/leafy aromas that mellowed down by the very sweet and somewhat spicy (perhaps a cinnamon) malt backbone. Strong alcohol presence was detectible as well.

T: More malty than I was expecting, giving a slightly sweet characteristic that made this beer unique in it's flavor profile. What I also liked was that the malts didn't take away any of the potent hop qualities that good DIPA's have.

M: Just about perfect....good amount of carbonation, medium body, and subtle dry finish.

D: The alcohol was definitely easy to pick up, but the beer as a whole was beautiful. I would love to have over and over again.

Overall: Very impressed...but not blown away. This beer is really good and a definite try if you see on tap anywhere. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 18:56:33 | More by OlieIPA
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gregmoscetti

California

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had: on tap at Beachwood BBQ

This IPA is thick, chewy, and delicious. I have had my share of IPAs and I would not hesitate to place this one in my top 3. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, take it. It was Super balanced, had a great floral smell and where most DIPAs can fight their way down, Racer X went down smooth. I would have loved another and will probably have one if I can get back next week.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 01:33:23 | More by gregmoscetti
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ROBORB

North Carolina

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

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 14:51:07 | More by ROBORB
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle Pours a clear golden with a fizzy white head, that produces good lacing and lasts fairly well. Has a good hoppy aroma of spruce. Has an oily texture with good carbination. Has a real good duration with a nice strong bitter finish.This is what I love in an IPA. Bold and powerfull. Very well done. Has a very smooth ability to hit you with a solid bitterness. I highly recommend this one

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 12:30:51 | More by Birdiebeagle
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer, served on request in a Duvel snifter a nice crisp dark orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of pine hops with a touch of citrus and enough caramel malt to back it up. The taste is a wonderful balance of pine hops and caramel malts. The beer is certainly somewhat heavy, put the bitterness is just right that you crave the next sip! This is a truly wonderful brew, I certainly would love to see it bottled, but the fact they don't just makes it that much more special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 23:10:42 | More by atsprings
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youngblood

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice amber color to this. Sticky head, almost looks sugary. The smell is full of pine, very strong pine. Think Pinesol and you are awfully close. The taste follows the smell very closely. It's a knockout combo of in your face hop pine and subtle malt. Not balanced at all, but that is a good thing in this case. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky. Average drinkability due to high ABV and hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 18:26:11 | More by youngblood
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ThirdLap

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at EJ Phair in Concord. Review from notes.

Pours a dark honey amber with a bright white, short-lasting head. Lots of lacing remains in my glass.

Smells very piney and woodsy,with a floral and citrusy edge to it.

Racer X is tangy, citrusy, and sweet all at once at first, mellowing to a piney bitter finish. There's a caramel sweetness complimenting the standard IIPA characteristics of grapefruit and pine, reminding me a bit of DFH 90. Overall balance tilts toward the malt side ever so slightly.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with a velvety feel to it. Carbonation is right in the middle.

The 9% abv was somewhat noticeable, but drinkability doesn't suffer because of it. Fantastic beer, and one definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 00:27:42 | More by ThirdLap
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macktbone

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer almost six months ago and decided to review it today on a rainy California day at a local concord beer bar, E.J. Phair.

Good beer paired with a food sandwich and fries.

Appears as a crisp looking honey ale. Very clean appearance, with little head.

Smells very hoppy, but not the traditional bright hoppy flavor. More of a dark complex hopp smell.

Tastes very hearty. Some fruity notes along with pine nuts. Hits the mouth very far back on the tounge with a sense of hop oil.

Mouthfeel is typical for the style...nothing really special about the feel on this beer, but it doesn't take away from it either.

Very drinkable beer for those that love hard IPA's. I saw this at the bar and had to not only drink one but recommend it to the person we were meeting for a beer trade.

Good Bear Republic offering...one of their best.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2009 00:27:43 | More by macktbone
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Turbid dark amber with a sticky white head and lots of lace. Straight up grapefruit with a smidgen of caramel or toasted character for balance (whatever). The flavor switched over to pine. Very sharp, but wonderful long lasting bitterness. Full body. Average carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Yum. Thanks Matt for this hookup!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 18:23:42 | More by tjthresh
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Billolick

New York

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

Enjoyed on tap at the outstanding BR fest last week. It was poured into a pint glass and appeared hazed, medium amber, with some bubbles rising to the top and leaving extensive lacing. The nose is of pungent fresh hop cones. I got notes of grapefruit, ripe fruits, floral and resiny hops. Simply delicious. Smooth hoppy luxuriousness, over the top, high quality DIPA. Why they don't bottle this stuff is beyond me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 20:56:09 | More by Billolick
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WeisGuy

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

a - pours a hazy bright orange color, moderate white head with decent retention and lacing

s - big aroma of pine and grapefruit with a decent malty backbone (for a DIPA that is)

t - much like the nose, and explosion of piney and citrusy hop flavors, lots of grapefruit and lemon, significant amount of maltiness, just enough to make this dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, no fusel flavors at all

m - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, not overly drying on the palate

d - like I said above, this stuff is dangerously drinkable, one of the most easy drinking (in a good way) DIPAs that I've ever had, lots of complexity and intense hoppiness without wearing out the palate or an overwhelming amount of alcohol

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA and one of the most drinkable examples of the style that I've had. I love both Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye, but this surpasses both of them. Too bad BR doesn't bottle this stuff. Well worth driving to a locale with this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 23:50:09 | More by WeisGuy
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magictrokini

California

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, finally get to try this on tap. Pours hazy orange-copper with a short but thick off-white head. Resin, pine, white pepper, and cake batter-like malt in the aroma. Sweet malt and candy grapefruit taste up front that rapidly progresses into a full-body hoppiness. Lots of grapefruit mixed with the sticky resin. Apricot, tangerine, and malt come through along with this towards the finish. It maintains its hoppy bittersweetness to the end without falling out of balance. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 17:06:49 | More by magictrokini
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Mauerhan

California

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

was stoked when i walked into hollingshead's on friday to find this still on tap...score.

a great color. a nice rusty orange color. has a great 2 inch fluffy white head. a nice steady stream of bubbles run up the sides of my glass. great sheets of lacing are left.

smell is great. an assault of hops practically leap out of my glass. i could sit with my nose in this all night. i wish all ipas and dipas could smell like this.

taste is sexy. yes. i said it. i find this beer attractive in a sexual manner. a near perfect balance of sweetness and malt great me up front. floral hops, pine, citrus, tobacco all dance with my senses and leave me with a nice bitter aftertaste that begs me to come back and visit it again.

mouth is great, full flavored, not overly carbonated but just enough to give me a few awesome burps. lasting lingering bitterness leaves me happy.

I could drink this beer on ANY occasion. a fantastic beer. probably one of my favorite dipas to date.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 17:44:06 | More by Mauerhan
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willjschmidt

California

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass at City Beer in SF.

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing as well.

S: Piney hops and some citrus.

T: A damn good DIPA. Very well balanced: a great hop taste of pleasantly bitter hops, bursting with citrus, and all over a solid malt base.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: One of the better DIPA's that I have had, would love to see them bottle this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 16:44:31 | More by willjschmidt
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bifrostguard

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light amber with a small off white head and a little lacing.

S - Citrus hops and malt sweetness.

T - Bitterness if up front with a strong citrus flavor leading back into a bitter hop flavor. Like a stronger Racer 5.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Very bitter and drying at a moderate ABV so I guess that means I'll be drinking a lot of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 08:22:05 | More by bifrostguard
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 01:22:11 | More by hopdog
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squaremile

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Baileys in PDX

Observables: dark amber color, white head stays on top the whole time, all hops in the nose, makes me feel like I'm on a hop farm

Taste: Huge burst of pin/citrus hops and it never quits, very clean taste and finish. I'm sure there are malts in here for balance but they are harder to detect and the bitterness is definitely off the charts in the most pleasant way.

Overall: My favorite double IPA to date. It is a hop showcase that is impossible to forget. World class.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 08:34:34 | More by squaremile
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 17:17:25 | More by BEERchitect
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is damn fine Double IPA, one of the best I've had.

It pours an rich woody brown with shades of amber. Creamy tan head displays excellent lacing and retention.

The nose is an explosion of pine and citrus hops well balanced by nutty malts, caramel and toffee.

Huge amount of bitter hops hops up front and through the finish. Perfect balance is maintained by bready malts and dark carmelized candies.

Silky smooth body has a delicate yet crisp carbonation. Dank, resiny hops coat the palate for a lasting finish.

Another superb West Coast IPA that should be put into bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 02:24:23 | More by rye726
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Caught this one on tap at Fathead's awhile back and have since filled a growler at Mad Mex in Robinson, I can't believe I never logged my review of this brew. One of the best DIPA to cross my palate yet, Bear Republic nails every style the make this West Coast DIPA is no exception. Appears a clouded copper orange hued body the oils grip to the chalice when you swirl your glass. Head is a thin scan white color with minimal specks of lacing scattered on the glass. Aroma has a huge hop bouqet with candy coated sugar glazed deep pine, citrus fruit, and pinapple notes definite layers of grapefruit pungency as well. More of the an intense wave of hops passes your senses with the first sip, big bitterness but also big on fermentable sugars here with the malts really wrapping around the bitter hop bursts. Layers of sugar and massive bitterness compete with one another with alcohol and resinous hop oils in the finish. More hughe grapefruit zest, pine needles, some tobacco leaf, and floral hop flavors. Mouthfeel is big with thick hop oils stick to the palate leaving the hop bitterness lie on the palate between each sip. Drinkability such a rare treat glad I had a couple run ins with this bad boy, flows so nicely remains balanced even with raw hop bitterness kick ass west coast DIPA at it's best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 16:50:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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supermanjace

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had the X recommended to me over a year ago before a trip to San Francisco, it wasn't until having Racer 5 at home after the trip that I realized how much I had likely missed out on by not finding this beer in SF in the first place.

Well, now I know for sure what I was missing, and OH MAN, it is tasty. I had a nice pint of this bad boy and it came to me with a thin, but cloudy head, after a few minutes of walking from the bar to my table (I sent my wife-- another plus). A light caramel color, not as light as a typical IPA, but by no means too dark. And hazy... ahh the haze that is a sure sign that you've got a doozie of an Imperial IPA.

Each drink of this filled my palate with hops, but not just hops a clean soapy tingly hops that quenched my thirst yet demanded another sip almost immediately, leaving behind perfect lacing with each sip.

Not at all is it detectable that this clocks in at 9%. It's is very drinkable. If there weren't so many good beers to try at Naja's the night I tried this, I could have drunk it for hours. Any chance you have to drink this, do it. And if you can get a growler, bring it to a BBQ or the beach and just drink away. Bring a designated driver though, because this will send you over the moon, as you won't wanna stop.

Smooth, drinkable, bitter and delicious... Were it as available as 90 minute IPA, perhaps Beer Advocate would have a tough competition for number one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 21:20:25 | More by supermanjace
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach (served in a pint, $7). The beer was murky copper color with very little head. The smell was very west coast hops, lots of grapefruit and some pine needle resin mixed together. The taste is aggressive with afore-mentioned hops while having a serious amount of malt thrown in for balance. This is comfortably a DIPA, but it rides the line close to barley wine territory. The body is fairly thick making this seem a significant beer, easy for me to finish the pint but it forced some nursing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 02:28:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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mithrascruor

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a cloudy apricot-amber color with a rocky off-white head. Nice citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange. Bold yet generally balanced taste starting with the citrus and becoming more bitter hop flavors. Medium bodied and generally smooth with mild carbonation. A strong beer, but nice and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 00:30:55 | More by mithrascruor
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

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

Poured off tap at The Boathouse in Conshohocken into a Chimay chalise glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with miminal off white head. Medium carbonation.

S: Smells of grapefruit, citrus and pine with a nice malty sweetness underlying.

T: I got more grapefruit this time on tasting the Racer X with hints of pine and grass and massive bitterness. The malt is eveident when drinking as you get a nice underlying sweetness and this tap version seemed a bit hotter with the acohol than my taste off growler. Still a very complex an flavorful beer.

M: Medium with a warm alcohol feel that seems heavier this time around. Maybe this keg was fresher, but anyway more alcohol was noticable for sure in this one. Light carbonation.

D: Medium only because I was getting the alcohol kick. Still, a great DIPA that I would gladly drink anytime.

Overall this is a very good beer. The west coast style is alive in Racer X and we are lucky to have it available here in PA. Kudos to Bear Republic for making another outstanding beer.

Update: 6/23/2008. After just recently tasting some fresh Pliny the Elder and a bottle of the Port Brewing Hop 15, the Racer X has fallen a bit on my scale of top CA DIPAs. I rate Pliny and Hop 15 squarely ahead of this beer, and I'm a huge Bear Republic fan.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:20:55 | More by Kadonny
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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