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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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1,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 78 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

shwillivanilli, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of jorgeg528
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serves in my Firestone 20 oz nonic pint glass w/ etched bottom

a-slightly hazy copper color. white head which quickly dissipates.
s- crisp piney aroma with a bit of orange zest and banana (belgian yeast?)
t- mild hoppiness (I'm not quite sure how old this bottle is, can't find a date). Piney aftertaste and not as bitter as I thought it would be, again i'm not sure how long this bottle has been sitting around so the hops could have fallen out a bit.
m- medium bodied. a very good job of hiding the alcohol in this one.
o- A solid but not stellar DIPA. I like them bitter and this one misses the mark a bit. Having said that, the alcohol is very well hidden and almost feels like a session beer.

jorgeg528, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

azdback, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark copper sort of color with a two finger eggshell head. Head was really, really tight and lasted a long time.

S: Tons of hops hitting me in the face. Lots of more grapefruit-lime skin type of notes, with a little bit of pine coming in. Can also detect a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose quite well. Getting lots of citru kind of hops. It is a little less hop intense than the nose would lead you to believe, but very well balanced. Also, pretty sweet on the finish.

M: Pretty carbonation and semi-thick. Can feel the alcohol slightly as it gets a bit warmer

Overall this was an excellent DIPA. Glad they finally bottled it and I had an opportunity to try it.

Bobheed, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Swervine44, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

motherofalldogs, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of IHyphySF
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Racer X Poured into a Speak Easy pint glass.

A - Not to much head on the pour into the glass and the head quickly fades away and creates a small ring of foam around the glass. The color is of a darker honey and a few bubbles forming on the bottom.

S - Hops and citrus the smell is pretty subdued compared to a lot of double IPAs.

T - Really tasty not overly hopped but finishes off with a bit of cherry after tones. The first initial sips seem to have citrus notes in them and then hops hit me and then it finishes well with berry notes.

M - would like more carbonation in this with some more bubbles.

O - Really tasty double IPA and it isn't super abv fueled it is nice and balanced i know i am going to be drinking a few bombers of this before it is gone.

IHyphySF, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dogfishgirl, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of 57md
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper in color with little head, but some lacing. The nose is reminiscent of grapefruits. The flavor profile of this offering works out very well with a malty front-end matched with a hop bitter finish. An excellent example of a stellar DIPA.

57md, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First release of the bomber, poured into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a darkish clear amber color with a billowing and greasy off-white head that faded into a thick collar leaving sticky lace down the glass.
S: Huge notes of grapefruit, citrus, and fresh cut leafy hops. Very leafy, ‘green’, and citrusy smelling, albeit a bit soapy. I get a bit of orange-cream Popsicles and a hint of pine resin as well.
T: Sweeter but also more bitter than the nose, but still very leafy and citrusy. I get big notes of leafy hops mixed with bitter grapefruit pith and citrus rind. Caramel comes through as well along with some honey sweetness, and unfortunately so does some alcohol. Flavors are a bit boozy and rough around the edges.
M: Heavy, greasy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable but not too distracting.
O: A bit too sweet and boozy for me to love it, but the huge leafy hop flavor and citrus bitterness was awesome. Good flavor just not as smooth as I was hoping because of the rough edges. Despite all this I say it's better than most, and I would gladly drink this again.

scottfrie, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jag21, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kchannel9, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

largefarva, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

DaveONan, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

virinow, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

basilcrow, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance- golden color, nice size head, very nice lacing

Smell- piney hops, Beautiful aroma

Taste- piney hops, some bitterness

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was very good. Excellent Job. I love the piney hops.

jeffjeff1, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Brand new bottling. ABV in the bottle is 8.3%. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with about a finger of beige foam. Dissipates pretty quickly leaves mostly a ring.

Aroma is pine and pine for days. Orange and grapefruit citrus are present as well. Hints of dankness. Sweet caramel malt is nicely balanced in there. No real detectable alcohol.

Big blast of those assertive hops right up front in the flavor. Same balance of pine and citrus with the addition of bitter flowers and perfume. Malt backing matches the aroma as well. Sweet caramel and toffee are very solid and nicely balanced. Bitterness lingers for a bit in the finish and transforms into a subtle smokey, almost scotch whisky like flavor. Alcohol flavor plays a part in this finish, but is overall very well hidden.

Medium-full bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. The overall feel has a strong bite.

Overall a delicious and juicy DIPA. A couple of sharp edges keep it from scoring higher, but it is damn good. Thank you Bear Republic for finally bottling it!

brotherloco, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Maltus, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jparkanzky, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

bullywee, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

theempire, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

John11486, Feb 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

codynevels, Feb 16, 2012
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.