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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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1,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 130 | FT: 4
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Shiny as a gold brick, with just a little haze. The airy head of light tan quickly fizzles away to nothingness.

Dank, tropical and pine in the nose. A good amount of caramel and torched sugar sweetness mixes with mango, pine needles and pineapple.

The flavor gives off hints of mint. Tropical notes are here as well, backed by sticky weed. Pine needles are just a bit more prominent than mango and guava, and the hops are all backed by big caramel and sugars. Fairly sweet, like candied citrus peel.

Smooth, velvety medium body. Gentle massaging carbonation, holds together well. Not much showing from the booze.

To my palate, Racer X isn’t much different from Racer 5. It’s less spicy and more fruity and tropical, but it’s not that huge an improvement.

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On tap at Fresh Craft in Denver.

A: Mostly clear copper color with an average head and minimal lacing.
S: Smells like a west-coast DIPA-- zesty citrus, orange and tangerine. Hint of grapefruit.
T: Very solid. It delivers what you expect. Citrus. Well-balanced. Hint of caramel.
M: Medium. Very slight stickiness.

O: Solid. If you like Racer 5 (as I do), then the Racer X is about what you'd expect. Not overly-aggressive, but I'm fine with that. Drinkable.

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13oz pour into tulip

Off white head over deep opaque gold to orange body. Tons of lacing.

Solid DIPA aromas - full of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt.

Oily on the palate. Flavors are prominently of navel orange peel, accompanied by some northwestern pine, coconut and caramel sweetness, and just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Fairly low carbonation makes for rich and sticky mouthfeel. Not to a cloying level though.

Been a while since I've had the Racer X and really wished that I had reviewed a bottle a few hrs ago, as I'm not sure this is all I remember. A great beer, and easy drinking for a 9% DIPA, don't get me wrong.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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