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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

1,808 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of kawilliams81
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
Photo of FreshmanPour77
5/5  rDev +18.2%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -5.4%

MattXT, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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
Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

bmur112, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Auror, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of thereal_adam
5/5  rDev +18.2%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of jdense
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
Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Orange Gold with one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange a little mango, big caramel malts, pine.
T - Caramel malt takes the for then you get some orange and dank pine, a little of that mango comes in, some grassy notes.
M - Sweet chewy, a little cloyingly sweet.
O - Good Double IPA, just a lot of malt, which they boast balance, but its a little off. Good flavor and aroma.

Omnium, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of grittybrews
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
Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Big_Dave, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
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
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

GeoffreyM, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of AltBock
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
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

mctizzz, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev -5.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Damian
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.

Damian, May 19, 2008
Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Lucnifter, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ralphw56, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of katan
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.

katan, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 shehateme
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

shehateme, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a red-orange color with a mild haze. Bubbly white head reaches a height of about two inches before it eventually settles into a thin crown. Lacing is wispy and patchy.

S: Orange pith, grapefruit rind, hints of pine. Mango and passion fruit. Slightly plant-like and oily. Subtle tropical esters. Malt scents are bready, slightly crusty, and a touch sweet.

T: Pithy orange, citrus rind bitterness, honeydew melon, oily and green. Bitterness is formidable, and builds slightly. Herbal, planty kick as the hop tastes shift. Fleeting tropical esters. Malt tastes are bready and crusty. Slight toasted grain. Touch of sweetness. Spike of alcohol toward the back end. Finishes with a lingering oily, green hop taste.

M: On the heftier side of medium bodied. Firm, full, and round in the mouth. Modest carbonation. Warming on the swallow. Mild enamel stripping sensation. Great mouthfeel.

O: Great mouthfeel to this one. It has that strong malt texture that I enjoy so much in Racer 5. There is good balance to it for the style, but it almost feels a little overblown and a hair too harsh. It's just one of those beers that doesn't quite come together, and doesn't quite meet expectations. But it doesn't fall very short of those expectations either. Definitely worth a try.

ryan1788a5, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15.

rawfish, Nov 01, 2013
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.