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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

1,665 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 319
Gots: 64 | 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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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-16-2012 04:23:16 | More by CEDAMA
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:41:00 | More by nrs207
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younger35

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

Visited Bear Republic with a buddy of mine on a recent little beer trip. I've had Hop Rod Rye in the bottle and it was damn good so I hoped that the other beers would follow suit. Drank out of a Bear Republic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a yellowish orange with hues of a light pink and brilliant clarity. A rather small bright white head forms that recedes fairly quickly leaving a spotty cap and fairly thick collar. Plenty of lacing is left for all to enjoy.
Smell- The nose lets you know right away that it's a DIPA. Loads and loads of fresh strawberries was the first thing that jumped out at me (amazing). A bit of pine sap is discernable but for the most part the nose remains floral. Lilac and fresh strawberries abound. Someone should sell this fragrance to Glade®.
Taste- Not quite as floral as the nose but it is nice and fruity. Bits of grapefruit and pineapple add a bit of a citrus bite that is really nice. Spruce and pine are present as well but definitely taking a backseat to the fruit. The most surprising part about this brew is that as big and hoppy as it is, it's got plenty of caramel sweetness. I wouldn't go as far to say that it's "balanced" but it's got enough toffee there to keep everything in check. The alcohol is also pretty noticeable and shows it's 8.3%; probably the only negative about this brew IMO.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy with a nice oily slick feel with medium carbonation and quite a bit of warming from the alcohol. Nearly perfect.
Drinkability- This is a really really good beer. I had a lot of DIPA's this weekend and if this wasn't the best, it was tied for first. The nose and super creamy, delicious mouthfeel are reason enough to try this. The fact that it tastes awesome is just a bonus! Wish they'd bottle this stuff (if they do, I wish they'd send some up to Boise. Hell I'd take any distribution in Boise).

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2008 22:19:24 | More by younger35
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match1112

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange with a finger and a half of creamy head that quickly settles to a thin ring leaving minimial lacing. big malty aroma backed up by grapefruit and pine. taste is a big malty body with a wave of citrus as it goes down the pipe, and finishing with a dry piney bitterness. overall this is a good dipa, unfortunatly for me there wasnt anything that makes it stand out from the others ive had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 12:58:12 | More by match1112
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear. Deep copper/amber. Head is creamy, tight, and white. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice spots of lacing. Minor carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Chewy biscuits. Caramel malt sweetness with a solid backing of alcohol. Herbal hop note comes with with a solid spiciness. Grapefruit rind And some oily pine. Incredibly balanced. Big and sweet. Earthy spice. Some pith and straight bitterness.

Taste: Alcohol bite. Slick, oily pine resin. Grapefruit flesh and orange rind. Leafy spiciness. Some nice herbal components. Caramelized, slightly overcooked malts. Chewy caramel malt sweetness. Bread dough. Warm. Balanced in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth and pushing full. Carbonation is mild. Creamy. Backing dryness from the alcohol.

Overall: Haha Speed Racer, haha.

Manages to be big and balanced. Loaded up and drinkable for what it is. Lacks a little of the charm found in Racer 5, but a nice blend of American hopping with English basics.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:20:02 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-20-2013 18:16:04 | More by csfcmitchell
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-08-2013 02:47:01 | More by leftoverburrito
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phishbone23

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-22-2013 21:20:10 | More by phishbone23
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:10:29 | More by Omnium
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-22-2014 02:32:01 | More by kvgomps
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jeff1973

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:56:35 | More by jeff1973
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. counter-pressure filled Bierkraft bomber into red wine glass.

Pours a lightly hazy dark amber, with a sparse off-white head, but excellent lacing. What little head shows up stays around the whole glass.

Nose is pure west coast hop madness - an intermingling of super-dry but vibrant pine, mango, orange zest, and grapefruit,all wrapping around a sweet caramel note that's all foundation, barely showing through in the melange of beautiful hop aromas.

Taste follows suit. Dry and prickley, but with absolutely no harsh astringency. Big notes of tingley pine and a mix of tropical and citrus fruit sit on top of a malt body that's big and slightly sweet, maybe even a bit toasty, but entirely wrapped up in the juicy hop oils. Not at all overly bitter, though there is a nice, satisfying cotton-like dryness that just sits on the back of the tongue. A fantastic example of the right way to brew a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is oily, tingly carbonation and a hop bite in the back of the throat, perfectly balanced. Very well done - it's like this beer is just swimming in hop oil.

Drinkability is scary, actually. Huge flavor, but somehow light on the palate. No real alcohol presence. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2009 02:23:32 | More by JohnQVegas
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-27-2011 17:56:21 | More by zekeman17
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-09-2011 04:45:22 | More by starrdogg
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kew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2013 20:51:12 | More by kew
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle. Pours a burnt amber color with very little head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Slight breadiness as well. The taste is orange, tangerines and some bitter pine as well. Hints of tropical fruits with a fair amount of malt. Floral and pine bitterness at the finish. Some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Overall, decent Imperial but maybe a bit of a disappointment. Still good, but I'd prefer some of the other Racers over X.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 01:34:02 | More by PicoPapa
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.1%

03-02-2013 00:32:34 | More by Phillyz
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-01-2013 09:17:50 | More by jzlyo
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jujubeast6000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/26/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a strong golden red color semi-cloudy body, big foamy head, off-white, very lasting. Hoppy aroma. Medium citrus, some earthiness. Sweet maltinesss. Citrus taste, some earthiness. Citrus, orange taste. Some earthiness. Light body, creamy head. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 19:20:23 | More by jujubeast6000
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Docer

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fort George brewing in Astoria, OR. Just a sampler.

- Golden yellow/amber, huge fluffy white head... down to a fizz and lacing all over. Clear..

- Large floral and citrus notes... hops are all over the place.. plus a sweet backing with not much malt undertones..

- Hops, and more hops? Very sugary sweet... which seems like drinking hops flavored kool-aid. Huge sweet citrus notes, and sticky floral qualities.

- Medium bodied, and resinous... sticky..

- Overall it is a bit sweet for me, and overpowering with hops.. (did i say that?) I like a little more breadiness.. and biscuit to smooth out and balance a DIPA. Overall it isn't bad, but would go to others first.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 17:52:34 | More by Docer
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-08-2013 04:57:09 | More by jwat
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

01-03-2014 22:34:36 | More by shehateme
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/22/12

Note: "Vintage 2012" - a slightly more specific bottling date would be helpful

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color - small, white head, somewhat still - fades to a small, wispy cap, and some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Oily, resiny, damp citrus and a surprising amount of malt - it's almost like they were going for balance (unexpected!) - grapefruit, orange, tangerine - oily, fleshy, floral, with pith and zest - malty, with lots of caramel malts - lightly toasted, lightly cooked biscuits

Taste: A dull but accurate description of this would be "an imperial Racer 5 with more balance and caramel malts" - oily citrus, damp citrus rinds - some sweet flesh, and some bitter pith - some resiny pine, with a touch of mint - hints of sweet tropical flavors - pale and caramel malts, more caramel than anticipated (or desired) - on the sweet side - high level of bitterness, with a sticky bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, adequately carbonated, sticky, with a hint of alcohol

Overall: I'm looking forward to Racer XV

This is a solid DIPA. But I must admit I expected it to be a little more epic, based on my enjoyment of Racer 5. Personally, I'd prefer less sweetness, less caramel. But for what it is, it's balanced and tasty. I might update the score if I learn this is not a particularly fresh bottle, but I might not; my main concern is the malt profile.

Edit (about an hour later): This really grew on me over the course of the bomber. I can't really explain it, but I am bumping the taste score accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:54:51 | More by angrybabboon
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-31-2013 05:29:51 | More by artoolemomo
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-27-2013 04:00:00 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.