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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: 334
Gots: 131 | 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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Ratings: 1,947 | Reviews: 490
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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Capone's into a tulip

A- pours a cloudy shade of orange with a one finger white head. Looks about standard for a DIPA

S- very strong citrus aroma. Really nice

T- the tropical fruits are pouring out of this one, and they are very strong and very awesome. Love it

M- medium bodied, on the thick side. Not syrupy though...phew

O- awesome beer. Maybe a little too sweet. Kind of like an amped up Racer 5, and that's not a bad thing at all

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Capone's on Black Friday.

A - Pours copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. It didn't smell too bad but it didn't smell great either.

T - Starts off with a big dose of pungent citric hops quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, sticky pine resin, and dulled tropical fruits. The sweetness only grows as the beer warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dulled hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that clings to the pallet long after each sip.

O - I had this one right away so it had to have been near the top of the keg, yet it just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, it was still a good beer, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

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

Growler obtained from Canal St (Reading, PA) for $20.

Pours a murky orange gold. Moderate white foam head which paints the glass white as you drink it down.

Smell is pine, grapefruit, fruit... hops.

Taste is syrupy, fruity, grapefruit and piney hops. Some booziness seeps through but not hot at all.

As mentioned earlier the mouth is a little syrupy, but moderate overall. Carbonation is understated but ample enough. This beer is big and heavy enough that it isn't something your typical drinker will be throwing down w ease. Not a sipper... but certainly not a session.

Definitely thicker and sweeter than Racer 5, and not very floral like I find 5 to be. A really nice big left coast IPA. Not my favorite, but definitely well done and worth drinking if you can get it for a decent price. I've yet to be disappointed with Bear Republic.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Canal St. Pub, poured into a miniature goblet.

A: Cloudy copper/orange colored body with a very rich and creamy looking slightly off-white head. Tons of sticky patchy lace clings to the walls and it retains the head throughout nicely. Really quite a good looking beer here.

S: Overripe citrus fruits, orange and lemon peels, hop resin, sap and pine. Very oily and juicy smelling though the slightly earthy nature of the beer compliments it well. Not as citrusy, fruity and juicy as other examples in the style but it's good.

T: Lots of bitterness at the front of the palate, with more hop oil and resin coming through. Bitter citrus peel undertones are next, along with hints of pine and grass. The finish is extremely dry and a bit sticky. OK, not the greatest in terms of diversity. It seems like a very one dimensional bitter bomb.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not overly done nor underdone keeping things lively. Sticky and dry in the finish makes this a bit of a chore.

I had expected a lot more, but that's not to say this one wasn't good. It was but it became a nuisance after a while to finish. Enjoyable but for me the drink-ablility on a style I love was too low.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday. This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a minimal amount of head on top by the time it got to me. The smell of the beer has a very nice piney aroma to it. Really hoppy and has a very inviting aroma. The taste is spot on, I really enjoyed the fruity pine bitterness this one had. The mouthfeel was oily and semi-thick. Overall I am really happy with this brew, I loved Racer 5 and this one is even better yet I think. Really good stuff here.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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