Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 102 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big orange citrus hops and a note of alcohol. In the taste, a small dryness to a big orange citrus rind hop profile, with some notes of alcohol in the end. A hop smoothness, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, big flavor, and pretty damn fantastic.

Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage, purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington.

Poured a slightly hazy orange color, taking on a slightly lighter hue when held up to light. Featured foam was an inch or so of off-white head that dropped fairly quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Lots of grapefruit and pine notes in the nose. No mistaking this for a pale ale.

Surprisingly large malt flavor, but after a brief showcase moment, it’s then buried under a biblical deluge of citrusy hops. Dry hop zap at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that could use a little bit more carbonation. Besides the less than perfect appearance, it’s this beer’s only weak spot.

A DIPA that could only be improved in a meaningful way if it had a little more carbonation, I’m glad to have finally come across this beer. While not my favorite of the style, I’d definitely drink it again.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.00 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by three level fingers of off-white bubbly foam. Strong carbonation streams. Very good lacing.

Strong assertive citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange.

Taste begins with a wall of thick semi-sweet caramely malt foundation. On top of the caramel arrives a truck load of juicy citrus fruIt. Big bitterness builds and bites. Fruit lives on in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel offers proper support throughout.

A superior DIPA I look forward to revisiting.

Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Dave1999
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a little white head.

The smell is heavy on the sweet malts with some piney hops and grass. Very nice.

The taste is very malty up front the hops coming in at the end. The abv is hidden very well.

The mouthfeel is is quite thick with low to medium carbonation.

Overall I have yet to be disappointed by a bear republic beer and this one is pretty good. It's an interesting take on the dipa mixing the English style ipa with a Californian style dipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of splendidsplinter
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%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of MDDMD
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber color with a decent off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, faint citrus and pine, slight earthy

T-a dominant malt and caramel presence but not overly sweet, hop presence is very mild except for a decent bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel and decent bite

O-a decent but not great DIPA. Malt dominates too much for me and hops are muted. While this was a 2012 release, it seemed old with faded hops. Not sure if that is the case, but slight disappointment for me

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of phishsihq
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bear Republic brew pours a brilliant, clear copper, and it is capped by a fluffy, off-white head that provides plenty of lacing. Tropical and citrus fruit aromas burst from the glass, and hints of pine resin and caramel malt poke through as well. This beer starts out with sweet caramel and bready flavors before turning into a tropical explosion of fruit. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors hold on the pallet, as the lingering sweetness melds into piney flavors for the finish. Moderately carbonated, Racer X has a creamy feel in the medium body. A world-class IIPA from California, who would have thought it?


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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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