Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,009
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 345
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

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
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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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). (1,175 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,850 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Canal St. Pub, poured into a miniature goblet.

A: Cloudy copper/orange colored body with a very rich and creamy looking slightly off-white head. Tons of sticky patchy lace clings to the walls and it retains the head throughout nicely. Really quite a good looking beer here.

S: Overripe citrus fruits, orange and lemon peels, hop resin, sap and pine. Very oily and juicy smelling though the slightly earthy nature of the beer compliments it well. Not as citrusy, fruity and juicy as other examples in the style but it's good.

T: Lots of bitterness at the front of the palate, with more hop oil and resin coming through. Bitter citrus peel undertones are next, along with hints of pine and grass. The finish is extremely dry and a bit sticky. OK, not the greatest in terms of diversity. It seems like a very one dimensional bitter bomb.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not overly done nor underdone keeping things lively. Sticky and dry in the finish makes this a bit of a chore.

I had expected a lot more, but that's not to say this one wasn't good. It was but it became a nuisance after a while to finish. Enjoyable but for me the drink-ablility on a style I love was too low. (1,197 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in October 2004 from the Toronado on tap. In my search for the best double IPA, I decided to try this one. My favorite so far had been Oggi's Hop Juice and all the double IPA's I have been comparing to this. Poured an amber red color with a decent head and decent lace. Had an awesome vinous hoppy scent too it. Almost fruity, maybe strawberry-kiwi? I could have smelled it all day. However, the taste was a bit sharp. Not as fruity and mellow as some of the other double IPA's I have had. Not really bad, but I prefer the IPA's with a fruity mellow taste. Maybe a dry taste is what I have tasted. A pretty good double IPA, and I have many more to taste, so this one may get re-reviewed if others pale in comparison. (725 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear, though perhaps a light haze, copper color that is topped by an off white head. An intense aroma of American hops wafts from my pint glass: lychee, grapefruit, a bit of grassiness. it is just smells so incredibly fresh. This beer is packed with hop flavor. Damn, this is both refreshing and palate cleansing. There are notes of apricot and a light malt sweetness that pushes the hop character to another level. This beer has a good fruit presence that is contributed by the hops.

Quite incredible actually, I had forgotten how good this beer is. It is just fresh and in your face at the same time. Just a very well balanced attack between the hop aroma, the hop flavor, and the malt backbone which brings this beer to another level. (746 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a sierra nevada pint glass.

A- Racer X is a amber color with some orange spots within. Last year when I had this the head was gigantic and expanding and the best i've seen on a DIPA. This year there was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grsapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt keeping up. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Big malts to give off a balance but dont reaslly come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- A step above medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness reallly got to me though. This also has somewhat of an oily feel. I probably would have got blasted away if I took large gulps, so I sipped it.

D- A nice ABV not to high but one pint of this is enough for me. This is a hop bomb and a bit off balanced, a bit more malt would have helped. I will drink this again though, just have to be in the mood. (1,148 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange / copper in color with a 1" head. Some nice lacing developed. The aroma was extremely floral. The flavor was thick malt well balanced with pleasant hop bitterness and citrus notes. Some caramel tones were buried in there too. High alcohol levels were slightly noticeable in the taste.

This was a medium-heavy bodied brew with decent carbonation levels. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight crispness at the start but finishes smooth with a long lasting pleasant bitterness on the tongue. This is a great Imperial IPA that is nicely drinkable. (554 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours an amber brown, with a thick, off-white, almost tan head, into a Weihenstaphen mug.

S: Big hops, with lots of pine and citrus.

T: Very piney and resiny, with some cedar, but balanced well with the dark malts, not an overly bitter Double IPA, probably the most balanced 2IPA that I have had to date.

M: Great, chewy and resiny, full-bodied and robust, with a smooth finish, compared to the rest of the sip, just what I'm looking for in a Double IPA.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, the big brother of Racer 5, I'm glad I finally got to try it and will definitely look for it in the future, really easy to drink too, for a Double IPA, a stellar production. (730 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recent batch of this just flooded Maryland, so I picked up a growler about an hour ago at Staples Corner.

Pours a clear, bright copper and with a vigorous pour produces a bubbly, thin, quickly dissipating stark white head with some streaky webs of lacing. As I remember from other encounters with this beer, the nose is my favorite part and the standout of this dominated by grapefruit citrus hops and a strong caramel malt presence. However the flavor from this sample is lacking a strong hop presence and is dominated by a caramel malt, sweet body with mild grapefruit and orange notes, but very little presence or bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with late arriving fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, but there is a persistent cloying sweetness and disappointing lack of hops. While this growler is an hour old, I'm left wondering how old this keg is/was. (879 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a bright orange/copper body supports a filmy head that seems to just ooze hops. The aroma is fresh citrus and tropical fruit, slight brown pine. I think of Breckenridge's Small Batch as an example of a piney IPA, this is a good example of a citrus IPA. Mouthwatering. Flavor is dominated by those citruses. A bit of soft fruit (peach?) gives it a thicker flavor in body. Carbonation is just right; it doesn't take away from the hops and gives it a little extra zing to it. Would like to have some cheese with this one. Darn. ABV makes this a one pint (maybe 1 1/2) and done. Zowy. (580 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty for $4 a goblet, not a bad deal. My overall impression was that this beer was very drinkable and quite tasty. It's also not too malty, which is a pet peeve of mine in the DIPA category. The aroma is a little light, but the goblet shape probably doesn't help. The aroma and flavor both starts with big, smooth, and juicy pineapple with a hint of grapefruit. The flavor flows into more pine and peach with a mild earthy edge. The beer finishes with a dry citrus aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I'd have another. (528 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

IF you like your DIPA's on the bitter, metallic side, than this is for you. Bitter resinous hops for everyone to enjoy with a just a little bit of malt character. Anyone into very bitter West Coast IPA's should try this if they can find this. (Geez, I just realized how liberally I used the word "bitter".) (369 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark ruby amber with a thin head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Cereal grain on the nose. Some hops are noticeable, but mostly malt.

The taste is a little unbalanced. Sweetness up front, then earthy hops, then a creamy malt finish. In my opinion, the hops don't quite stand up to the malt attack. Still tasty, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium heavy body, not sticky. Some creaminess here as well.

Okay as far as drinkability goes. A little one dimensional. (522 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy amber with steady streams of CO2 rising to the top with a fluffy, two finger beige head that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and spice.
Taste is of the aromas with more caramel covered biscuit that's been spiced with grapefruit zest.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, spicy, and slick in the finish with hop oil. (414 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/31/2010

10oz consumed on tap at Churchill's in a snifter. The beer is dark orange in the glass with a one finger foam cap, good retention, and very nice lacing.

The aroma is of malt and pine with a little grapefruit. Nothing stands out except the fact that there is too strong a malt presence. Lackluster. Muted hops.

The taste is bitter pine with a strong malt backbone that overshadows the hops and makes the beer rather sweet. Light grapefruit notes are evident. It reminds me of an American barleywine. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter malty pine finish.

I've had this 4 times now and I've been unimpressed each time.   (633 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice orangish/copper color with good carbonation and a nice white head, great lacing and head retention

S: Nose is mainly citrus in the way of orange peel, grapefruit, pine and caramel malt.

T: Taste follows the nose with grapefruit, floral hops with a presence of pine in the rear. Sweetness and caramel malt comes through behind the hops. The finish has a little bit of slickness to it

M: It is medium bodied slightly dry and pretty balanced to the palate.

O: Very good DIPA. A Top 100 in my book. Balanced all the way (538 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.