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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

1,683 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,683
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 323
Gots: 66 | 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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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-08-2014 18:24:07 | More by DeutschesBier
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DCon

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-25-2013 16:23:35 | More by DCon
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a translucent copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and cliffs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Caramel, biscuit, pine, and nice floral notes.

T- caramel, bitter pine, some citrus (almost berry-like) flavors, and more pine/grassy bitterness. Bitterness is there but this beer is very malt forward.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin for the style but it has a nice slick/syrup feel.

O- Nice dipa, with floral and pine bitterness and enough malt sweetness to balance it.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:32:43 | More by kawilliams81
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-15-2013 16:48:38 | More by FreshmanPour77
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-03-2013 05:01:00 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I do prefer Racer V as X is a little large for me, I must admit that this is a totally kick ass IIPA. Multiple samples consumed in bottles, at brewery, and most recently on tap at Maduro for $3 a pint. Gotta love those prices! Appearance is simply stunning with a brilliant orange body, slightly hazed with a lot of carbonation and a decent head. Aroma is a punch in the face of grapefruit, toffee malt, grass, and spicy hops. Flavor is equally powerful with full on caramel/toffee malt goodness and loads of hops –hops of all sorts. Citrus is large but grass and pine are here too. Very bitter and acidic with a dry finish yet still fairly smooth and easy and not terribly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2007 21:13:01 | More by DaPeculierDane
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2013 16:15:21 | More by jvillefan
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-17-2013 06:44:58 | More by brandon911
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AltBock

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Bear Republic's mighty Racer X on tap at Capone's on 6/6/2009. They served it to me in a Kirin Ichiban pint glass.

This Double IPA poured a hazy golden amber with a great looking creamy 2 inch head of pearl white foam. This head of foam was damn creamy that it looked like the bartender dropped a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of my beer. The creamy head of foam had sweet ass retention that left behind a milky white film and white lace residue around the glass!

I still can't believe how well balanced the aroma was. The aroma started off with a strong hoppy aroma of bitter citrus hops, spruce, bitter grapefruit, yeast, orange peel, and some fresh fruits toward the end. Lying in wait like a Tiger waiting for its prey to run by was the scent of sweet caramel malts. I never would have thought caramel malts could balance out all of these super hoppy aromas, but it sure as hell did! Exceptional aroma!

This Double IPA wasn't playing around. As soon as my taste buds said go, in comes a title wave of bitter citrus hops. The hops were flexing their muscles and it showed it. After the hops felt a little sympathy for the other flavors, the hops then let through the taste of dried flowers, spruce, bitter grapefruit, and a subtle hint of toasted malts. The taste was as strong as the aroma, but it wasn't as well balanced. The hops came in, took over the taste, and it never looked back.

This was a full bodied Double IPA (no duh!), with a nice level of carbonation, and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste bitter citrus hops, spruce, bitter grapefruit, and dried flowers. It was sad to see that the caramel malts couldn't make it to the after party. This strong hoppy aftertaste will linger on for a long time after the sweet nectar has left the mouth.

If you like your super hoppy West Coast Double IPAs, then this beer will clearly satisfy your insatiable IPA tongue. In the end, it was great to look at, a pleasure to smell, and fun to drink. Would I ever drink this beer again? I most certainly would!

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 03:51:39 | More by AltBock
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-17-2013 19:51:35 | More by Drknight
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-13-2014 21:20:40 | More by Dave_Treat
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jdense

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

After hearing some of the worst words in beerdom, 'you're 15 minutes late for Pliny', the world-class barkeep suggested Racer X. Nice call, Cory. Minimal one finger head (no short pours here, Brother) with ebony body. Very prominent malt aroma with resiny hops pushed to the background. Sweet brown bread with caramel notes and complex hops on the taste buds, minimal pine character. Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. At this ABV more of a sipper than a session beer, but it does taste good. To be honest, while it may sound sacrilegious, this reminded me a bit of HOTD Fred (!). Another fine Bear Republic brew, highly recommended for DIPAheads.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 14:07:25 | More by jdense
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-11-2013 12:34:33 | More by Sludgeman
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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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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-27-2012 23:48:41 | More by bostonryan
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-07-2011 07:12:03 | More by TimoP
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-05-2014 03:31:52 | More by SkinniePost
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grittybrews

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick, hazy orange with a finger of loose white head. Smell seemed oddly more subdued than Racer 5 -- more caramel malt presence with subtler floral and grapefruit notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Caramel up front with grapefruit and floral hops followed by biscuit and a dry pine finish. Just a hint of booze.

This was good but doesn't succeed for me like Racer 5 does.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 17:17:44 | More by grittybrews
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katan

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep orange color - very clear however, only a few bubbles here and there. Head formation is off white, frothy but reduces quickly.

S - Citrus and fruity nose, owning to its hefty hop profile. IPA all the way.

T - Malty at first, but then is taken over by the strong american hops. Citrus, little amounts of pine and resin. Gets a little more balanced in the mid-stream as as bittering takes over. Finishes smooth and clean.

M - Moderate to strong body, lighter carbonation feel. Beer is sticky, thick. Little bit of retained sweetness and some oily texture.

O/D - An excellent DIPA, especially for the citrus american styles. A little bit filling, but you wouldn't want to be slamming these anyway. ABV is pretty potent, but these days it isn't way out of line.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:42:04 | More by katan
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Woody's in Raleigh.

A very enticing copper ale with good clarity and a sturdy white head. The aroma is heavy with floral and citrusy hops but there's also a little caramel mixed in. The flavor is a blend of rich hops and solid malts. The hops are citrusy and floral with a nice grapefruit bitterness that really lingers. The malt flavors include caramel and biscuits. Some alcohol comes through but not enough to indicate that its 9%. The texture is smooth and creamy and the carbonation is low. The inside of the glass becomes caked with a think lacing as it empties. Racer X is a rich and flavorful beer but it's extremely smooth. It's much more balanced than other west coast DIPAs but I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 01:58:39 | More by GJ40
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2013 16:30:22 | More by Auror
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, apricot color with a heady cap of off white head. Decent enough retention and some circles of lacing.

S: Caramel and tropical hops (sugar coated mango and pineapple), and I can almost smell bitterness. I'm not sure if that's a thing or not.

T: Really nice mix of tropical hops (lots of mango) and caramel malt all up front, after which the flavor falls off almost immediately into some lightly bitter caramel. It's like, BAM, then gone.

M: Medium full body and medium light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Somehow this is like a less sweet, tropical version of Racer 5. I'm not sure, then, how this is two times Racer 5. *shrug*

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 05:06:18 | More by pmarlowe
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-29-2013 01:55:04 | More by Danobold
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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-06-2014 22:41:39 | More by 22Blue
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, Portland, OR
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly

Poured a deep, dark and transparent ruddy copper-mahogany. (Very dark for a double IPA.) The tight, bubbly, one-finger, saddle head faded to a bubbly cap of froth and a thick ring of lace. Chunks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted until the drink's end.

The aroma was very hoppy, yet also sweet, rich and incredibly balanced. Orange peel and spices came through strong (and possibly some potpourri-like notes) along with tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Brown sugar was apparent as well. A slight booziness became more noticeable as the beer warmed. I was definitely anticipating this DIPA to have a stiff malt backbone.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Piney and fruity up front. Orange peel was quite noticeable mid-palate, along with peaches and apricots. The finish was hoppy and very piney with hints of grapefruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The ultra-dry, piney aftertaste left my tongue craving another sip. Very nicely balanced overall. As the beer warmed, a touch of brandy-like alcohol appeared.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (slightly thinner than expected) with a fine yet lively carbonation. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Not only was this beer incredibly flavorful and well balanced (especially for a West Coast DIPA), but the 9% ABV was barely noticeable. Definitely a very drinkable example of the style.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Unquestionably one of the best DIPA's I have sampled to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 13:03:33 | More by Damian
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,683 ratings.