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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

1,663 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 65 | 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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Ego

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2013 vintage
eyes...
tightly packed cap of foam, a lovely finger size hat, great lacing, clean orange hue with a smattering of carbonation in no sort of hurry to arrive at the top destination, looks good for the style

nose...
smells like a souped up amber, spicy malts, some hops (herbal), a bit underwhelming overall

taste etc...
a sharp bite of hops and then it melds into an almost syrupy malt flavor, this has a lingering almost medicinal type hop signature - not your typical west coast hop experience, the ABV is noticeable in the afterglow but not so much in the sipping, this does have a really nice weight to it compared to many DIPAs but unfortunately the flavor lacks a punch I am looking for in the style

verdict?
bear repub makes some great beers at some usually incredibly reasonable prices... this just isn't one of them

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:19:27 | More by Ego
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mrchrisray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2013 03:28:40 | More by mrchrisray
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2013 23:51:02 | More by Makebelieve81
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2013 18:09:34 | More by JGLittle
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twillingthenoz

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2013 16:03:58 | More by twillingthenoz
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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2013 05:35:45 | More by BKotch
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ajmitch4

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Just under two months old. Reviewed live.

Dark orange, almost brown color. It leaves, at most, a decent lace. Smells of the citrusy hops with alcohol on the end, classic West Coast IPA smell. Nice balance with the hops up front and a great malt backbone. Leaves a good amount of bitterness in the back of the throat. Crisp and very easy to drink. I'd much rather spend my money on a 6-pack of Racer 5, or even the Hop Rod Rye, but still a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:59:50 | More by ajmitch4
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kjrod20

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2013 03:57:45 | More by kjrod20
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2013 02:25:53 | More by bbadger
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DanSmith17

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-15-2013 23:14:45 | More by DanSmith17
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instinct2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-15-2013 18:38:12 | More by instinct2
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Hoganlaw

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-15-2013 04:36:58 | More by Hoganlaw
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beerasaurusrex

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-15-2013 02:49:27 | More by beerasaurusrex
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JLeet

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 23:37:45 | More by JLeet
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 22:10:02 | More by bonkers
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 20:39:36 | More by Tayloraphilips
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, light amber in color with a one finger off-white head. The head is sticky, great lacing and not bad retention.

S - Pine hops, orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a malty backbone.

T - Floral hops at first with a sweet malty backbone, piney sap, tropical fruits and the ending isn't too bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Slightly boozy and has a wet finish.

O - It's not a huge hop or bitter bomb, but the beer is oh so drinkable and tastes so good!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:04:54 | More by cvm4
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vfgccp

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice dark honey apple juice color. Suspended sediment even though the bottle was well kept. Off-white head settles quickly into a medium halo. Nice retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Bright pine, grapefruit, honey, and apple. Touch of honeydew.

T - Smooth, sweet profile with a firm bitter backbone. A lot of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Pine, honey, lightly toasted malt, honeydew, cilantro, and spicy black pepper.

M - Thick for the style with a really nice smoothness.

O - More so than a typical DIPA, Racer X really cranks up the sweetness to match the bitterness. Not necessarily my favorite take on the style, but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:08:08 | More by vfgccp
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Zraly

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Found it at Total Wine, of all places. (As an aside, they've surprised me lately.)

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Aromatic. Hazy light amber with a two finger head. Not the prettiest but certainly wonderful smelling.

Extremely balanced but deliciously hoppy all at the same time. Melange of bright and pungent hops: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, a touch of resin and a hit of earth. Sugary and honey laced malt provides a beautiful background for the complexity of hops. Medium bodied and smooth to the last drop.

Extremely well-made Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 23:19:30 | More by Zraly
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sjanowiak

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-13-2013 23:08:23 | More by sjanowiak
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BltByKrmn

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-13-2013 18:12:52 | More by BltByKrmn
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

12-13-2013 18:10:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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whatthehull

California

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 06:09:52 | More by whatthehull
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 03:52:01 | More by PhatAtUT
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-13-2013 00:21:15 | More by ystazi
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.