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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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1,665 Ratings

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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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Photo of mactrail


3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber in the big Duvel tulip. Moderate carbonation with a decent head. Nice aroma of piney hops.

Seriously hoppy, but not a total hop burnout. Some mellow malt improves the sharp disposition. However, the aftertaste does dial the bitterness all the way up. The saving grace is the pineapple and pear skins fruitiness. Otherwise I have to call it nearly undrinkable, so hop fanatics can take that as a strong recommendation.

For all practical purposes this is an excellent hop concentrate for flavoring less well-endowed brews. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:16:40 | More by mactrail
Photo of riored4v


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazy, golden colored body. 1/2 finger head that faded pretty quickly.

Aroma was resiny, citrusy and floral. Good amount of malty sweetness. Slightly caramely. Good balance of hop and sweetness.

Taste was a good amount of resiny hop flavor up front accompanied by floral and citrus hop flavors. Good amount of sweetness cuts down on bitterness. Fairly malty along with some bready and caramel flavors. Finish had a moderate bitterness with grapefruit, floral and resiny, piney bitterness. Good balance.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium/low carb and a slightly chewy finish that turns dry.

Overall this was a great DIPA. Good balance of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:33:50 | More by riored4v
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus and light pine hops and bready malt. Flavor follows with remarkably well integrated malt, citrus and citrus hops. Finishes with citrus rind and herbal hops. While not quite as intense hops as many Western IIPAs, the flavors are so well balanced that this is a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. A very enjoyable IPA that I'm really glad to see in bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 04:37:39 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2012 22:48:34 | More by Phacoman
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-24-2012 03:20:18 | More by johnnyboy76
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2012 23:15:43 | More by Massbmx
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-23-2012 21:35:45 | More by joefc
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2012 20:35:07 | More by dfecteau
Photo of mpedara429


4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 05:38:37 | More by mpedara429
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2012 02:56:49 | More by sneaks2210
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-23-2012 02:02:04 | More by DaveHack
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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


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-23-2012 01:49:22 | More by GOGRANDE
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

11-23-2012 01:14:03 | More by Tarak
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2012 22:47:58 | More by Robdrinx
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4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 05:16:10 | More by ElSid
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a golden red coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of creamy tan bubbles, leaving sticky lacing as it slowly receded. There was no haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appeared average. The aroma showed caramel malts, passion fruit and strawberry sugars, limey bite, grapefruit and herbal hops, dill, oregano, and light bubbles gum esters. Our first impression was that there was nicely robust strawberry and grapefruit hop sweetness. The flavoring opened with stark warmth of spice and sweetness of melon and passion fruit. The peak came with bitter, herbal hops, bite and bitterness of blackened malts, and bright and sweet citric and nectary hops. The finish gave a renewed bittering metallic bite of pale, toasted grain, big grapefruity hops, and herbal dill qualities. The aftertaste breathed of the entire blend, with more sugars of caramel and pale malt dextrins, raw honey, and the bite of citric hoppy goodness. The body was soft, and the carbonation was active. Each sip gave a nice creamy slurp, soft froth, and hearty cream mustache. The mouth was coated with syrupy slickness, and light sugary stickiness, with little drying to the palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the overt sourness of grain, and big bite of hop through the taste. There is also a surprising strength to the fruit qualities in the flavoring, adding a serious depth and complexity. The caramel maltiness also adds to this, making for a nicely well-rounded mouth. This, coupled with the soft and highly creamy and frothy feel, makes for a very tasty offering, and something to be proud of for the “Racer” series.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 23:22:02 | More by TheBrewo
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2012 14:54:31 | More by boogercrack
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-20-2012 06:14:12 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-19-2012 02:37:09 | More by JeffTheJuice
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2012 23:46:45 | More by GeoffreyM
Photo of Gatch


5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 "Vintage"

A: Beautiful copper-golden-orange color with the expected soapy, bubbly, frothy, sticky, bright white head leaving behind amazing lace and good, bubbly retention. Gorgeous brew. Disclaimer: will become hazy due to sediment if you choose to pour the entire contents of the bottle. In my opinion, I think it contributes to this beer, but I don't always pour the yeast into the glass.

S: My nose is about six inches away from the pint glass as I write this review and I'm experiencing a sensory overload already. Huge burst of fresh, citrusy (mostly grapefruit), and grassy hops. Sweet, slightly roasted malt and sugary, almost buttery booze complements to truly balance this beer out. BR wasn't kidding when they said this will be balanced. As for the taste...

T: Exactly the same as the nose but a bit boozier and maltier which is perfect for the style. Nothing overpowers. Just a wonderful balance of fresh, juicy, fruity, resiny hops, sweet, sugary malt, and incredibly smooth, delicious booze. Top notch stuff.

M: The essence of smooth, sweet, and balanced. The flavors are incredible, the feel is as smooth as any beer I've had in recent memory, and the finish is exquisite. Resiny, dry, bitter hop oils cling to the palate to remind you this is a big IPA while deliciously sweet, tasty malt and booze slide down your throat.

O: Now this is a Double IPA! Bear Republic absolutely nailed this style on the head. I wish I could drink another bomber, but I'd probably be trashed. Everything I expect from this style. You must drink this!

Note: I know all 5's should be rare, but at the moment (this is my first beer of the day), this is absolutely top class. I do not see anything wrong with it in my expectations for the style. In my opinion, a Double/Imperial IPA should have three things...hops, malt, and booze. This exemplifies all three in the most balanced way possible. I feel comfortable giving this beer straight 5's.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 18:56:46 | More by Gatch
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

11-17-2012 03:41:52 | More by kanno
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2012 15:15:52 | More by Horbar
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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this beer to come to Colorado for years so I'm super excited to give it a try.

Seed cold in a goblet, Racer X is a slightly hazy amber color with thick head, good retention and nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is super fresh and hoppy with great big loads of citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is just as amazing as I was hoping it would be. Much like little brother Racer 5, and as it claims on the bottle, it's wonderfully hoppy while still managing to find balance with sweetness from the malts. The other similarity that I see is that the malts and hops seem to compliment eachother perfectly. The hops flavor is near the very top of the scale but the balance is still kept in check.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with balanced bitterness.

Overall one of the best double IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying. A wonderful beer well worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:43:59 | More by GilGarp
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.