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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

1,751 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,751
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JISurfer, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

random846, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

savagepm, Dec 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

rderedin, Aug 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

funkel81, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of nrs207
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Great appearance with an off-white 1 finger head. Golden orange and clear.

S - Heavy malt presence. Smells pretty sweet, but there's some citrus and piney hops in there too. Smells more balanced than it is.

T - Cloyingly sweet and boozy. It's got a nice hop flavor and malt flavor, but it's dominated by sweetness and some booze unfortunately. I at least think it's alcohol, but it could be an off-putting malt presence mixed with a light amount of booze making it seem worse. It's not bad, but it's hard to drink this quickly or a whole bomber of it.

M - Drinkability is low. It's cloyingly sweet, and even though it's 100+ IBUs according to their website, it just doesn't have enough hops to balance it out. Too strong on the alcohol as well.

O - I think this had some promise. When I read the description I was hoping for a better 90 Minute. A more hoppy 90 minute. Instead the hop flavor is pretty similar with less hidden booze and even more cloying sweetness. It's not bad, but at $9 a bomber, I won't be buying this again.

nrs207, Dec 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Danobold, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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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.

kawilliams81, Oct 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 15, 2013
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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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 18, 2007
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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.

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

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

mportnoy, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Bilco, Apr 07, 2014
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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.

grittybrews, Nov 29, 2012
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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!

AltBock, Jun 07, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GeoffreyM, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

sirsteve42, Jan 20, 2013
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.