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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

1,937 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 133 | FT: 5
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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Hazy body, a mix of persimmon and scarlet which casts a beautiful glowing light. Buoyant finger of off-white foam recedes to a puffy skin and curling collar, leaving behind a wake of sticky pumice patterned lacing which drapes neatly over a wavy line of legs.

Valencia and blood orange aromatics along with a touch of pine and rosemary. Juicy but polite (though I wouldn't go so far as to say "restrained") hops, present harmoniously.

Herbs and grapefruit on the palate - sweet and bitter all at once. Light malt notes emerge in the finish, which brings to mind a fine orange marmalade spread on toast. Straight-forward, but pure rather than simplistic.

Well carbonated, which contributes to the perception of dryness in the finish, and distributes the fruit and bitterness energetically, leaving my gums tingling. A bit warm, but the glass was nearly empty before I noticed. A touch oily, but this works well for the style.

First class, very tasty, and distinct from its peers (if only by a gossamer margin) - all in all, worth seeking out...

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Mothman. Pours a clear reddish mahogany copper color with a slight head that forms a nice collar around the glass. Citrus hops in the nose but more malty smelling than anything. Malty start then the hops kick in with a bitter ending. Very citrus rind hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of a dissappointment in my opinion. I would have thought this would have been more hop forward than malt forward. Not bad by any means but just not as good as I wanted it to be.

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4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.