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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

1,703 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,703
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 324
Gots: 67 | 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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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

The bartender at the Liar's Club insisted that I try this and I'm sure glad he did. I had inquired as to the tap beers and his recommendations. He said that this is rarely available and I can now see from the other reviews here that this is true. Liar's lists it as a Double IPA at 9% and that is consistent.

This is, quite simply, one of the best looking IPAs in my experience with the style. The great looking tawny amber body is crowned by an enormous dark cream and creamy head that lasts decently and creates huge lace rings down the pint glass. The nose is big and gives less-than-subtle hints of piney hops. As the brew warmed in the balmy Mission Beach air the nose took on some malt sense as well.

The flavor is also huge with the early part of the glass killing taste buds with great big citrusy hop waves that finish much less bitter than expected. The malt base must be significant in order to limit the overall hops profile. A small bit of caramel malt does kick in near the end of the glass.

This beer has a great feel as well. The creamy and full sense is balanced by a very real snap to the finish. Drinkability is limited by the high ABV, but this killer is one of the best drinks I've ever tasted.

11-02-2003 14:54:21 | More by AtLagerHeads
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

2012 vintage. poured into Flying Dog tulip.

A: pretty clear amber/dark gold, some sediment. head is white. good retention and even better lacing.

S: very piney. pine needles. resinous. dank nugs.

T: bitter and very malty. pine flavors go along with the pine in the nose. a little bit of alcohol towards the finish. a cheerio-like grain flavor lasts. along with lingering hop bitterness.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. full bodied brew.

D: pretty tasty DIPA. not the best i have had, but certainly worth picking up if given the chance. on par with many other west coast DIPA's that are considered the head of their class.

12-27-2012 02:07:55 | More by Jimmys
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Westsidethreat

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Hammered copper color with some chill haze. A few meandering streams of bubbles reach the surface where light tan foam with a greenish tint meets them.

S: Faint tangerine, grapefruit rind and distant pine needles. Fairly straight forward.

T: Beings piney and very much malty. Surprising since the aroma had a lot of citrus in it. Whole lotta forest floor and rambunctious dirty bittering hops. Really basic caramel lays the foundation of the backbone of the brew. Lots of resin flavors with alcoholic tastes which don’t bother trying to hide itself. Finishes with more dirty bitterings.

M: Medium body with a bit of carbo sting.

D: Good beer and quite tasty. But lacks a lot of complexity that I like in my DIPA’s.

12-06-2007 01:06:47 | More by Westsidethreat
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sirsteve42

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-20-2013 04:27:47 | More by sirsteve42
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

03-02-2014 01:10:29 | More by Omnium
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-10-2013 12:45:12 | More by HRamz3
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-16-2012 04:23:16 | More by CEDAMA
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-12-2012 15:22:37 | More by hiphopj5
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer poured a murky honey amber with a firm and creamy head that was quite lacy.

Smells of crisp, dry pines and a dry rye crisp with a slight tobacco and clover floral character. Beneath is a sour, tart pineapple.

Tastes of sweet peach syrup and pineapple that is overpowered by a steamroller of pine needles that soon fade slightly to a paper and cardboard. This hop bomb left my palate numb.

Felt thick and frothy yet pliable.

A tasty double IPA. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one.

04-16-2008 19:22:54 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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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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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-28-2012 00:55:17 | More by ralphw56
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-27-2013 16:21:03 | More by mportnoy
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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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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2012 13:48:25 | More by Eriktheipaman
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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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Treebs

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) served in a Westbrook tulip. Huge thanks to mfavoino (Matt) for hitting this long time want!

A: Pours a dark amber with a yellowed head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubbly ring that leaves some soapy, sticky lace as it goes down the glass.

S: Sticky orange citrus with some candied grapefruit. A little booze with some nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Sticky grapefruit just like the nose with a little bit of smooth booze. Light bitter pine with some citrus zest and honey sweetness. Very clean throughout with nice residual hop oils sticking to the tongue. As the beer warms the caramel malt from the nose really comes out.

M: Medium bodied with a little stick to it. Finishes clean and surprisingly light. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this beer. Sweet, sticky and bitter, this beer hits all levels a hop head would want.

11-04-2012 14:54:56 | More by Treebs
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a nice dark amber color with a perfectly placed stark white head on tap. Damn this looks good in a snifter glass!

Smell is fresh, sharp citrusy hops along with some of that sought after piney-ness that we all love. There is also a nice dose of sweet sweet malt in the background. Love the smell of this stuff.

Taste is tongue numbing acidic citrusy piney hop goodness. Its what a hop head craves, that fix is there for sure! Along with all that nice fresh hoppy goodness is a sweet powdered sugary malt back that really does a good job to almost balance out this potential hop bomb.

Smooth drinking with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I'd love to have a few more of these right now!

06-06-2009 02:57:59 | More by indiapaleale
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -13%

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.

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-11-2013 05:17:11 | More by mctizzz
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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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Foxman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-21-2014 00:25:01 | More by Foxman
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

@ the moan and dove double ipa jam session thingey

reddish orange and quite clear, foamy. lacing with no head. dense. bright and attractive. smell is burnt sugar and candy apples with fresh hops coming in second sensation-wise. equally sweet and bitter with bursting berry flavor and a lingering spread-even bitterness. delicious and refreshing, a bit too thick for my tastes.

06-29-2005 00:09:11 | More by goodbyeohio
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younger35

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

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).

01-29-2008 22:19:24 | More by younger35
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,703 ratings.