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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

498 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 498
Hads: 2,087
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 353
Gots: 178 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

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
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Reviews: 498 | Hads: 2,087
Photo of hophead247
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color topped by a small, bubbly off white head that leaves some random spots of lace behind. The aroma shows the sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone to go with fresh floral and grapefruit citrus hops. The flavor follows with the striking bitterness from the fresh floral and grapefruit citrus hops, and balanced out by the sweet toffee malts and honey grains on the backend. Full bodied and sticky from all the hops with ample carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. There is a touch of heat from the alcohol on the finish as well. This is a really tasty and well done IIPA...

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Photo of mpedara429
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured out a slightly hazy amber color with two to three fingers of off white head head. A moderate amount of lacing

S: Big smell with grapefruit, lemon, floral notes, biscuit, and tropical fruit.

T: Very similar to the nose. Mostly grapefruit and pine, but the other flavors in the smell come out as well. It has a nice malt backbone for balance, but hop bitterness is definitely prominent.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. It is oily but does not leave a bad aftertaste.

O: A truly amazing representation of the style. One of the best DIPAs I've had. Great balance. Full of flavor. The complexity of this beer is what makes it so great in my mind. The beer has a lot of flavors but none too overpowering.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried the Racer X on draft at the Bear Republic brewpub last week, and was very impressed. I also sampled the racer 5 and the X is definitely a much bolder sibling. Apperance is a nice rich reddish brown, just a little bit of head, actualy fairly dark in color for an IPA, even an "imperial". Nose is of fresh resiny hops, with a healthy helping of malt and a little spice, definitely mouthwatering for the big IPA fanatics, myself included. Taste is nice and hop bitter at first but very well accompanied by a good dose of malt to round out the profile. Lingering tastes of vanilla, and a little caramel sweetness, and of course strong hints of it's alcohol content. Good stuff, wish they bottled it!

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Photo of nUgZ
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hop aromas along with sweet malts, grass, and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste follows the nose. Citrus and floral hops up front with a nice balance of bready malts. Nice bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticable.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with good carbonation. Easy to drink.

O: I really like this DIPA. It's very tasty, easy to drink, and packs a pretty good punch. I definitely look forward to having this again!

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden-amber color with a nice light-tan head. Good head retention that leaves a couple streaks of lacing down the glass.

S- Smells very hoppy, with a full, complex hop profile. A full boquet of citrus and piney hops come through, backed by a slight malty, caramel-like sweetness.

T- Again, very hoppy. The hops hit hard with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, tangerine, and orange rind. A caramel sweetness brings out the fruityness, but there's a nice clean, bitter finish.

M- Medium body and very thirst-quenching

D- Really smooth. I actually drank this one a lot faster than I meant too because it was just so refreshing and delicious. Didn't even notice the alcohol until my pint was gone.

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Photo of squaremile
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Baileys in PDX

Observables: dark amber color, white head stays on top the whole time, all hops in the nose, makes me feel like I'm on a hop farm

Taste: Huge burst of pin/citrus hops and it never quits, very clean taste and finish. I'm sure there are malts in here for balance but they are harder to detect and the bitterness is definitely off the charts in the most pleasant way.

Overall: My favorite double IPA to date. It is a hop showcase that is impossible to forget. World class.

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Photo of itsscience
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges and a short white head. The nose is a huge ripe grapefruit with pine needle, tangerine, and biscuit malt. At the front of the tongue I get a lot of grapefruit flavor which blends into pine needle and onion, delivering a moderate bitterness that is balanced out by malt on the finish. For a double IPA it is very drinkable with a medium body and medium carbonation, but this is quite a mild example of the style. I would guess this was a regular IPA.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty beer, deep orangey brown. Pale tan head.

Smell is mild, but rich.

Taste of apricots, sweet apricots. Nice hop profile but frankly too sweet for my taste.

Quite a rich mouthfeel.

Finish is good. They clearly know how to make beer there. I just don't like the flavor of what they chose to make with this one.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Copper towards orange in color; opaque. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger tan head that dies down gradually leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and large amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Perfect!

Smell: Sweet citrus (think oranges mixed with some grapefruit), mildly grassy with some smooth hops. Made me want to take a drink!

Taste: Starts off with mild flavor of grain or malt, progresses on to a sweet citrus (think combination of oranges and grapefruit), followed by mild lemony taste,then mild grassy flavor ending with a slightly bitter hoppy taste. Absolutely delicious! Near perfect.

Feel: Medium to full body; mild fizzy sensation from the smooth carbonation; mild but noticeably dry finish. Left me a little thirsty for a glass of water.

Overall: One of the best DIPAs that I have ever had. Appealing look, nice aroma, great flavor and full body. Near perfect in my opinion. I would love to drink this again!

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Just under two months old. Reviewed live.

Dark orange, almost brown color. It leaves, at most, a decent lace. Smells of the citrusy hops with alcohol on the end, classic West Coast IPA smell. Nice balance with the hops up front and a great malt backbone. Leaves a good amount of bitterness in the back of the throat. Crisp and very easy to drink. I'd much rather spend my money on a 6-pack of Racer 5, or even the Hop Rod Rye, but still a solid DIPA.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Moderate carbonation. 1 finger off-white head. Beautiful amber color.

Major citrus on the nose. Grapefruit rind, floral hops, touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Like an amplified version of their racer 5. Not overly thick or bitter either. Nice amount of citrus flavors again. Classic west coast hop profile. Malts don't make a flavor appearance, but they must be there to tame this beast into a overall great! Definitely sticks in the mouth after drinking, however the ABV is undetectable and still is pretty easy drinking !!!

I pair this with a nice thick cut ribeye. Traditional cowboy style flavors would pair well -- mash potatoes, spininch, corn, etc. I really like this beer: well balanced, not overly bitter, nice drinkability. I give it a 92/100. A little more carbonation would jump it up to a 95 point plus for me.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber with a thin, but dense head (bar pour leaves little room for head...). Nice, sticky lacing.

S - A hoppy sonofagun, as expected. Super piney & resiny, with some citrus, wildflowers, and caramel malt for good measure.

T - More malty than anticipated, but hop-forward is still an understatement. Piney, resiny hops abound, with the citrus and caramel still playing a supporting role. A bit of biscuit in the back that I didn't notice in the nose. Solid bitterness, but not overpowering.

M - Medium-full body. Nice, fine carbonation. Smooth & slick.

D - Good balance keeps it high for a DIPA. I wish this stuff turned up more often.

A very solid DIPA. Doesn't really stand out from the pack, but is in the upper echelon of the standards. Try it if you come across it.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the newly re-opened Anthill Pub on the campus of UC Irvine. Because it is a "strong" beer (i.e., high alcohol), they serve it in a 10 or 12 ounce flute glass rather than giving you a full pint. The color was pretty dark for an IPA--more orange than yellow with a moderate, sticky, lace-leaving head. The smell might have been the best thing about it with lots of floral hops complimenting the sweet malt and alcohol smells. The taste was well-balanced and not nearly as one-sidedly hoppy as I expected. In fact it was slightly less hopped than I would have preferred. For a double IPA I found it rather sweet and a not especially bitter. Not as sweet as DFH 120 Minute, but nowhere near as hoppy as Avery Maharaja or even Stone Ruination. A good beer for sure, but I think I might actually prefer Racer 5.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally got down to Naja's to get some Pliny the Elder, only to find that they ran out. Good news was they replaced it with this. I LOVE Racer 5, so was quite excited to find this on tap.

A: Dark IPA, clear orange/red (though tough to tell in the dark...). Not much head, not much bubbles. Really nice lacing.

S: Big bitter hoppy scent. Mostly citrus. My friend told me she smelled lychee, but I don't have a damn clue what that smells like so who knows.

T: Starts with a malty backbone. This is truly a DIPA with plenty of sweetness. Fruity/estery goodness, orange and tropical. Then the hops hit. HUGE hops. Some citrus but pine dominates. The citrus hops are mostly orange to me, but the pine is really the big flavor. The bitterness just lasts and lasts.

MF: Very smooth, doesn't have the bite that many IPAs have. Carbonation is pretty low. Sticky and syrupy, coating the mouth and leaving a nice bitter film.

D: Talk about a helluva consolation prize. This is a well crafted beer. Starts off more like a strong ale, but the bitterness is huge enough to slightly overbalance the sweetness. So smooth and tasty. Easy to drink, I wanted to go back for a second round but too long of a drive home to do that...

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fresh Craft in Denver.

A: Mostly clear copper color with an average head and minimal lacing.
S: Smells like a west-coast DIPA-- zesty citrus, orange and tangerine. Hint of grapefruit.
T: Very solid. It delivers what you expect. Citrus. Well-balanced. Hint of caramel.
M: Medium. Very slight stickiness.

O: Solid. If you like Racer 5 (as I do), then the Racer X is about what you'd expect. Not overly-aggressive, but I'm fine with that. Drinkable.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at O'Brien's, or where I seem to try everything on tap. This keg lasted longer than I thought it would, much longer than Expo. I guess this was review #100. Woohoo?

Appearance: Amber-orange with a frothy white crown of head that hung on pretty well. Lacing was nice too; nothing ground-breaking here, but impressive.

Smell: Very, very hoppy. What else is to be expected? Major pine and grass, with only a little fruity ester peeking through. Some pineapple is weakly there, but this is all about the dank, wet, piny, grassy, glorious hop.

Taste: As my roommate so eloquently put it: "This tastes like a forest." And it does. A huge wave of hops are there, with other maniac grasses and hops coming for round two, immediately after the first retires. There is a little more fruit here than in the nose, but the more reviews I read, I'm surprised the citrus was as muted as it was. There is a slight caramel sweetness there too, but this is all about being a huge, grassy hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Not enamel-eroding bitter, but among the more bitter in the style, and that's saying something. Resinous, thick, and carbonated about how you'd expect while being on tap. Finishes like you just swallowed lawn trimmings, and I mean that in the best way.

Drinkability: I have to say, this is one of those times you understand, though, why more malt backbone may need to be there. It's an amazing hoppy beer, cured my desire for a hop fix right up, but in all, this is just a bit too much of one dimension to be really drinkable. I'd imagine if bottled this beer wouldn't be much fun. The freshness of the hops are excellent and fun, but even fresh, a full 16oz pint of this was more than enough for the day's hop fix, and left me wanting something different. Still, an imperial IPA through-and-through, and while not as good as Expo or Hop 15 in my opinion, still a very great example of a huge, bitter, hoppy imperial IPA.

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Photo of b3shine
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to snifter. I have to admit before I start this review, I've been waiting to try this one for some time...and anticipation never works to the favor of a beer in its review. Looks good; burnt-orange in appearance. Smells great. The hops kick you in the sinuses. Tastes good. His is where my anticipation hurt this beer. There are very few "A" beers in my mind, and I had hopes that didn't quite match up. Mouthfeel is good too, but a little warm. Overall, a good brew...just not a phenomenal one.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to tpd975 who shared this at a tasting I randomly showed up at in Tampa. I have always wanted to try this beer. Pours a deep burnt orange color with a decent with head resting atop. Heads sticks around a while, and has the requisite lacing from a well made beer. A very strong earthy/pine hops aroma, and not sure if this was due to its journey, but a bit of a sour aroma too. What the beer lacked in hop aroma was made up in the taste, strong hops here. Well made in that the hops are balance with a strong malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel, but none of that dry hop aftertaste makes this very drinkable for a style that can many times not be.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy burnt orange, modest head, wonderful lacing,

S - orange peel, spicy smells of ginger & cinnamon.

T - Caramel malts, balanced with fruit flavors - cherry / tangerine, even vanilla. Long and extraodinarily smooth hop transition. Lingering bite on the finish, with some peppery spice.

M - lightly carbonated, smooth - complex, not light.

Close to perfect IPA. Hearty, dangerously smooth, lacks the crispness of little brother Racer 5, instead going for something more complex.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the first bottling of Racer X into a snifter.

A- a dark amber color with little head.

S- tropical fruits, banana, mango, citrus, bubblegum.

T- fruity pebbles, mango, very small malt profile, grapefruit, pineapple.

M- mild carbonation with a nice bitterness.

O- This is my first time trying this beer. It is also the first time this beer has been bottled. I am really enjoying this beer and it helps that is is super fresh. The only downside is that I payed 9 dollars a bottle....otherwise awesome flavor and drinkability

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Photo of youngblood
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice amber color to this. Sticky head, almost looks sugary. The smell is full of pine, very strong pine. Think Pinesol and you are awfully close. The taste follows the smell very closely. It's a knockout combo of in your face hop pine and subtle malt. Not balanced at all, but that is a good thing in this case. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky. Average drinkability due to high ABV and hop profile.

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Photo of Brackh
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly darker than a normal IPA. Flowery and hoppy smell. Great taste. Lots going on. Great amount of bitter without being too much. I would recommend this one for sure. Wasn't sure that I would like one better than Racer V from Bear Republic but this one is right up there with it.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this open over a long night at work. Thanks again kojevergas for the trade. bottle doesnt seem to have a date on it, but is labeled 2012 vintage. poured into a SA perfect pint

a- pours a ruby gold orange color with barely off white head that falls pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing at the top of the glass. looks like a dipa should.

s- tropical sweetness and some bready malt. not a huge nose for a dipa

t- sweetness initially fades to juicy tropical fruit, a little lemon peel maybe, some bitter piney hops with some sweet malty goodness. finish comes with more hop bitterness. a very balanced dipa, not too huge in the malt or hop aspects, just sort of middle of the road balance. a very tasty beer

m- nice coating mouthfeel. a little oily texture. nice bitter finish. alcohol isnt really present, although at 8.5% i wouldnt expect it to be really huge.

overall, a very nice example of a dipa. like its little brother, it is very balanced in all aspects. too bad I cant get it around here, otherwise it would be a nice brew to grab any time.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – a nice clear dark copper color with a thick off-white dense 1 to 2 finger head that stays for less than a minute. Even lacing around the glass.

S – has light sweet notes, not picking up any fruit smell.

T - a strong but well balanced taste, great bitter kick in the beginning followed by a smooth transition into a great caramel flavor. The background has flavors of bread and grass with a slight hint of alcohol

M – has a light mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O – Overall this is a great well balanced beer with great flavors. If it is lacking in anything it would be nose. You don’t get a lot of smell off the glass, but it more than makes up for it in taste.

Enjoy-

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Photo of ElSid
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#25

Bottled Date: "Vintage 2012"

A: Golden orange with a good amount of sediment and a scant of off white head which leaves behind little lace on the glass.

S: Bright nose with fresh grass, pine, juicy grapefruit along with tropical fruit notes. Background sugary sweetness.

T: Big palate of pine needles, ruby grapefruit, and spicy bitterness interspersed with touches of pineapples and even mango sweetness. Backbone of bready, sugary malt with a faint warming alcohol finish once the hop bitterness fades.

M: Moderate body with ample carbonation and linger.

O: A lot of excitement giving this brew a first time go after picking it up at a local Whole Foods. A great showcase of big hop flavors. I hope to see this brew out in bottle form more often. Bear Republic is one of the stand out NorCal breweries which puts out excellent, worthy ales.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.