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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

1,725 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,725
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

kawilliams81, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +18.2%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

jdense, May 25, 2009
Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of AltBock
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

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!

AltBock, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

grittybrews, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Danobold
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Danobold, May 29, 2013
Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

funkel81, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -35%

rderedin, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Southampton Publick House pint glass. Bottled 10/18/13, so about 3 weeks old. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $8.99.

A - Burnt orange color. Eggshell head leaves decent lacing.

S - Citrus - orange and grapefruit. A bready note in the background. Not overly pungent.

T - Grapefruit, orange, a little catpiss upfront. Very bright. Then goes into a nice smooth malty flavor that plays well with the hops. An aggressive bitterness on the backend that dries things out nicely. No discernible heat from the robust 8% ABV.

M - Silky smooth. Carbonation is medium. The silky mouthfeel is cut by the hoppy bitterness perfectly.

O - Great beer. Perfect balance between the hops and malts. Mouthfeel is spot on, makes it easy to drink.

jeff1973, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev -5.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Auror, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of katan
4.23/5  rDev 0%

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.

katan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev -5.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

Damian, May 19, 2008
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Bear Republic night at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured a hazy copper color with a nice thick fluffy white heading. Tremendous lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not overpowering,malts come in for a nice balanced aroma.

Taste is much more maltier than expected. Sweet caramel malts begin with a citrus blast kick somewhere in the middle. A sugary fruity kiss is follows and then back to a well balanced taste of sweet caramal malt and hop.

Mouth has nice retention medium-full bodied with that great bubbley effect in the belly. Finishes clean and hoppy.

Drink is very good for 9% ABV this is one of the very best of drinkability higher ABV beers. I sure could have a few more.

TheFightfan1, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

bmur112, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GeoffreyM, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

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
Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Had this at 2012 Bistro IPA fest...now reviewing from bottle. 2012 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium-large off-white head. Scent is very inviting. Great hop profile in the aroma. Tropical fruit hop aromas with just a dash of citrus. Mangos, pineapple, and oranges linger in the nostrils. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Mellow pine...this is one good-smelling beer. Taste is just as good, Initially, you get some malt, which would normally through me off...however, it works for this beer. The malt is present, but the west-coast hop profile balances it out, making it quite the balanced DIPA. Sweet malt blends well with pine, hop resin, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit...this beer has a lot going on. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, crisp and a little sticky. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I had it at the Bistro IPA fest, but tasted it after a bunch of "triple IPAs" so my palate was worn by hops. It tasted good then, and it tastes great now.

DovaliHops, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Been waiting to try this one for a while.

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a big frothy head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is pungent citrus & pine. Dank and sticky.

Taste follows nose. Harshly bitter resinous hops, grapefruit, pine. Copious pale biscuity malt holds it all together nicely.

Mouthfeel is chewy, oily, w/ a sharply bitter finish.

Overall an intense, powerful DIPA. Comparable to Hoptimum, Pliny the Younger, or Ruination 10. Well done, Bear Republic.

draheim, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

After a long day of work, going to Dirty Truth and finding this on-tap was a nice surprise. Also saved me a trip to Armsby Abbey tomorrow to try and get it.

Hard to tell in the low light here but looks like a reddish-orange color, small white head turns to a thick ring, leaves some stringy lacing.

Smell is faint overall, nice scents of fruit and hops, but really had to try to get it.

Hoppy! Tons of grapefruit mostly, citrus and some tropical notes as well. Very nice light toast/caramel malt/biscuit malt, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol taste is a little high.

Medium carbonation, creamy but alcohol taste in every sip hindered the greatness overall I think.

Although this was very good, I prefer Racer 5. Glad I finally got to try this.

Chico1985, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Bilco, Apr 07, 2014
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,725 ratings.