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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

1,752 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 78 | 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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Ratings: 1,752 | Reviews: 470 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

lic217, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MPSTARR, Dec 28, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.