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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

Added by xlperro on 01-13-2003

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

Bottle purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Thanks Zack.

A: Pours a hazy slightly amberish orange with a solid 1" off-white head which fades quickly to a small cap and rim leaving little lace.

N: Pop the cap and can detect grapefruit and citrus from 2+ feet away. Some honey sweetness, malt, and pine notes.

T: Malts dominate up front followed by citrus and pine on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Drying and bitter.

O: Slightly overbalanced toward the malt side, but nice overall. Being a DIPA the ABV is about right. I can only wonder what this must be like fresh.

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Photo of oberon
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the growler station at Consumers in Orchard Park,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear burnt orange with a tight formed pillowey white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Oh blessed hops in the nose intense resiny pine and grapefruit rind with a light but noticeable nutty malt component underneath very fresh smelling.A real hop gem here very resiny concentrated hop presence pine and more pine with a real nutty malt base that hangs kinda well,not as full in the mouth as I would have thought but it adds to the drinkability wich makes it dangerous.Whoa this good and its what I expected.

As I drank more and the beer warmed a bit a noticeable dark fruit presence became more pronounced adding to the complexity and stickiness and well I have to give it a five because there is so much there going on.

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Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle/growler of awesomeness unveiled at our Rush Hour Tasting, thanks again to mikey711 for this one.

A: Bright golden orange with slight haze. A slight head which is decent for being shoved into a growler, shipped 1000 miles, sat in a fridge for a couple weeks, then drove in a car for 2 days.

N: Tons of hops, the way a strong DIPA should be. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and aromatic hops. Its a hop bomb. Aroma of 200 IBUs.

T: Hits you with a fresh hop bite. Earthy musty fresh hops. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and chewy hops really hit first. They never really fade either. A nice thick malty sweetness runs around in the background but never really comes to the front as it can't get past the hops. The very bright hop character changes slightly to a chewy, earthy, almost spicy hop character as it grows, then back to more pine and citrus.

M: A nice body with lower carbonation, but that can be expected.

F: Super bitter and dries off a bit, probably because of the crazy bitterness more than actual drying. Again the pine, citrus, and grapefruit seem to linger for a bit. The grapefruit is a lower character than the rest. They very slowly fade to a lingering memory, but your mouth never really forgets them. Thanks again Mikey for being able to experience this awesomeness.

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Photo of oline73
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap during the Capone's black friday event. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber with a half finger of off white head and a decent amount of lacing.v

Smell: Sweet citrus peel hops with some bready malt and mild fruity notes. The hops smell very fresh.

Taste: Strong hop notes that have some citrus peel and pine like flavors. Sweet malt with citrus peel hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This was a really good beer. I've been looking for it for quite a while, and I'm really glad I got to try it. Would definitely have another.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour from a growler purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Thanks to Deuane for picking this up for us.

Pours a hazy, ruby colored amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. It has just great retention with a creamy ring around the edges and a big ole' dollop of foam right smack dab in the middle. Naturally, the lacing was big, sticky, and impressive. The aroma is a West Coast delight, with a big piney nose followed by accents of fresh citrus, thick smelling malts, and a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste is just as impressive with a big resinous bite of pine right up front. But this isn't any old pine bite. This is kind that reminds you of eating a pine cone if one actually did that sort of thing. It's just the kind of bitterness and stickyness that works your taste buds over, but in a good way. :) Luckily, all of that is pulled back somewhat by a pretty beefy backbone of sweet malt and some floral feeling citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight beefy feel considering the thickness of the malts and the ABV.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this when I first started drinking it, as the pine just dominated so much, I was afraid that it was going to be one-note. The more I drank it though, the more it worked it's magic on me, showing off it's superior balancing act and almost undetectable ABV. Trust me, you won't feel the alcohol in this until after you've had a few. This is a real gem from Bear Republic and I'm very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have waited for this one for longer then I can even begin to go into here. After all that time a growler hits my front porch and I am literally floored. Served cold I popped this open at lunch on Sunday to enjoy throughout my day. Consumed on 04/19/2009.

The pour was just how I had envisioned it. Rich, deep copper colored amber with a crystal clear look to it. Big head of off white rises up and over the top before settling down gently into a thin crown that totally covered the top of the glass. Lots of thick and gooey side glass lacing all over the place here.

The smell was soo rich and pungent I nearly fell over. This was exactly what I had been searching for, looking for, in a big IPA. Huge orange citrus notes, resin so thick it clogged my nose, and soo damn fresh, sheesh, I have died and gone to heaven. I go in for my first taste of the nectar and that is just what it is. Sweet, buttery malts that gave me a fall sense of security before the backlash of sticky hops just kills me with bitter orange, pineapple and piney notes. Simply amazing, perfect, wonderful. Medium bodied with smooth, even carbonation and a dry feeling that stuck around forever making me restrain myself from guzzling it.

Overall this was exactly what I had hoped for, wanted, and dreamed about. May possibly be the best I could have hoped for. Balanced and complex, simply outstanding. Everything it should be.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber in the big Duvel tulip. Moderate carbonation with a decent head. Nice aroma of piney hops.

Seriously hoppy, but not a total hop burnout. Some mellow malt improves the sharp disposition. However, the aftertaste does dial the bitterness all the way up. The saving grace is the pineapple and pear skins fruitiness. Otherwise I have to call it nearly undrinkable, so hop fanatics can take that as a strong recommendation.

For all practical purposes this is an excellent hop concentrate for flavoring less well-endowed brews. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company.

A: A clear copper color with a fluffy off-white foam that sits atop.

S: A very fruity, tropical hop aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. There is also a fairly sweet, caramel aroma.

T: Very much like the nose, the taste has a wonderful fruity hop flavor with a fair amount of bitterness, but not harsh by any means. The sweet malt is there, but not a big player.

M: For an IPA, Racer X is quite full bodied. There is a high level of carbonation which keeps it refreshing and prevents it from feeling too syrupy on the tongue.

D: Despite the high alcohol content, you don't really notice the booze. A very nice balance of hop bitterness, fruitiness, and malt.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong piney hops hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is on the thin side but typical for the West Coast IPA and still brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, it’s an excellent 2IPA to pound for a very long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

A: Golden brown color with a soft white head.

S: Hoppy, citrusy, some grass and herbs.

T: Nice and hoppy with crisp citrus and grassiness.

M: Medium body with some carbonation. A slight bitter aftertaste.

D: Quite drinkable, but still not quite as good as the Racer 5.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at federal tap served chilled on tap in a tulip. I had this before from the bottle but only a small taste...so excited to give it a proper review.

The color is an orange/peach shade with moderate hazed look and rocky ecru head with fine bead. The lace sticks well and retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and tropical in aroma with a light grapefruit odor combined with gentle pineapple esters from the hops. The feel is great, not too sweet but plenty of hop in the feel with moderate carbonation and mild alcohol for the strength, lasting oily hop lingers and coats the palate.

The flavor is excellent, the Imperial IPA is packed full of hop flavor which is not intensely bitter, but still has enough punch to suit my taste. The flavor of grapefruit zest and light orange rind with maybe some mango and pineapple mixed in very fruity and citrus dominant. The drinkability is very high, a great imperial IPA in every way, worth seeking out I would drink this again and recommend it highly

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday.

A - Pours copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. It didn't smell too bad but it didn't smell great either.

T - Starts off with a big dose of pungent citric hops quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, sticky pine resin, and dulled tropical fruits. The sweetness only grows as the beer warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dulled hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that clings to the pallet long after each sip.

O - I had this one right away so it had to have been near the top of the keg, yet it just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, it was still a good beer, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

Large lumpy head. As it recedes, it leaves a web of chunky lace. Rich amber color and clear.

Strong floral aroma from the hops. Lots of prickly pine.

Starts with a strong, crystal malted initial sip. This fades quickly and the expected, nearly over-the-top of bittering hop. Deceptively easy to drink. Appropriate body and carbonation.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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

This is a pretty pungent dipa. Lots of citrus and salt. Seems to be fairly one dimensional and slightly muzzled. I want to say that the bottling of the brew may have had something to contribute? Eh, who knows. I mean, hey, this is still a nice brew and definitely worthy of drinking. But I feel like it is lacking a bit in comparison to the draft version. It doesn't really matter though; still a nice beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on cask at The Ginger Man in NCY while visiting my brother.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. No lacing and ehad doesn't last long at all.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruits, and caramel and fruity malts. Very nice, with a lot of fruit and fresh hops in the nose. Wasn't expecting the caramel.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, toffee, and light pine hops. More malty than I was expecting and than the nose. Good, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and no real bitterness to it.

o - Overall a good beer, but slightly disappointing. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and it just didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. Still a very good beer, and I'd definitely give it another chance. I think being on cask didn't really help this one; would like to try it again on tap.

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Photo of billab914
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Paul for sharing this at his tasting last night.

Review #200

Racer X appears a slightly darker shade of orange. The beer is mostly clear, has a good-sized head and a fair amount of lacing. Grandiose aromas of hops and pine fill the nose. This beer tastes great. The pine and hop flavors really come through strongly, and comprise the bulk of the aromas and tastes. The feel is great, the alcohol is disguised very well, and the beer is very drinkable. It's easy to forget that you are drinking a double IPA until you stand up. This is potent elixir, and very delicious. Highly recommended.

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

Big thanks to WesPatrick for making the drive down to Charleston Beer Exchange for a growler of this stuff. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Late-rising 2.5 fingers of off-white foam with medium retention and great rings of lacing. Semi-transparent fire-red and copper color with some tiny bubbles making their way around. Looks a little like the growler of 16 Grit that I had.

S - Lots of pine, but also healthy amounts of caramel malt backbone. There's also a touch of alcohol astringency to it. I tried to let this one warm up but it's still not the biggest nose. Definitely one of the more balanced west coast DIPAs - lots of breadiness.

T - Tons of caramel/toffee/bread malt notes but with a mounting hop bitterness that arrives late on the palate. The hop character is very dank and earthy, with only little in the way of citrus. It starts to become a palate-bruiser after a couple glasses.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, soft and smooth, with a nice dry finish. There's some mild residual stickiness and warming sensations from the very sneaky ABV.

D - This one is a palate bruiser, and while not overtly boozy the ABV really snuck up on me and I hit a wall after my second glass.

This was not exactly what I was expecting after trying Bear Republic's Apex, which tasted like hop bitterness and fresh-cut lawn. I'm curious to know when it was brewed and how long it took the keg to arrive in South Carolina. That being said I'm still very glad I got to try it, and if it ever appeared on-tap in Chicago I would be at the front of the queue to try it again.

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Photo of stakem
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Nice white head. Chunky collar. Decent lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine hops. Resiny. Very malty. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Malt is strong. Very sweet. Grapefruit. Pine comes out more than grapefruit. Musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sweet. Bitterness pushes through the sugar.

Overall - Good hop flavor, but hella sweet. Too much.

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Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this in several years. Not since I was working at Sunset in Boston. Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Pours an orangish amber with a thin, white, frothy head that has decent retention. The nose offers an immense grapefruit aroma and some underlying bready malt notes. The flavor is hop forward with a great citrusy quality that offers grapefruit and pineapple. The malt character is bready and works very well with the citrusy nature of the hops. There is a mild bitterness in the finish, and there is great balance throughout. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is a clean, easy drinking, balanced, smooth beer. I really enjoyed the hop character, and in spite of the high ABV it has great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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).

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC, into a pint glass.

A real nice golden amber, slightly hazy and orange, but fairly clear with some small rising tiny carbonation. Head is off white and presented small, but coats with lots of ring like lacing.

Nose is a classic hop front, but it seems thick and juicy. Hints of chewy green leaf and mild apricot fruit. Orange citrus and juicy pulp warm up, with some time. Hop angle coats real nicely, with a bit of sweetness and mild quick zesty bitter. The most impressive is the full rich juicy palate which coats everywhere with a solid malt backbone. Peppery finish of hop lots of tingling feel and taste. It does come off a little hot though, and just a little boozy.

Overall though real fun and still easy to drink but it is noticeably big. I think though i prefer other favorites but this can stand with the best of them.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.