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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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1,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 335
Gots: 132 | 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: 1,948 | Reviews: 490
Photo of snpub540
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bottle Room.

Poured a cloudy orange hue with a small off white head that left scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is grapefruit, tangerine zest, pine, and grass.

Taste is sweet upfront and then a bitter piney, resiny finish with some citrus pop to brighten things up. Crisp and dry in the finish and it just begs you to take more sips.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a medium body with a touch of an oily feel as it slides of the tongue. Great drinkability and the balance is very nice while still allowing hops to be the major player.

Photo of gdhawley
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy amber color with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruits, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation making for a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with some awesome sweet/bitter citrus flavors going on.

Photo of brew3crew
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Churchill's

A- yellowish orange body with white head and great lacing

S-nice hop smell that I can't distinguish

T-nice citrus taste. Only real flavor I get. Very smooth

M-medium body and smooth

O-nice dipa. Would definitely drink more if avalible

Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear amber and orange with a thick/white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous. Looks like a particularly thick and hearty DIPA.

Incredible aroma and my favorite aspect of this beer. The aroma is very tropical, floral, piney, and grassy all at once. It's quite spectacular. A full, inviting, rich, and unique aroma.

Well balanced DIPA: tropical fruit, some pine, and significant but appropriate bitterness. Very nice.

Medium to thick mouthfeel.

A solid DIPA with a world-class aroma. If the flavor excelled similarly, we'd have a very, very special beer on our hands. Bear Republic shines again.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint at the Bear Republic brewery and pub in Healdsburg, CA.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a slightly small, frothy head. Not the prettiest double IPA I've seen, but still is eye-candy.

Smell: Strong hoppy notes reminiscent of grapefruit, pine and soap. There are sour bready notes thrown in there, which gives it a well-balanced aroma.

Taste: Very, very bitter, yet contains a very overpowering fruity taste with notable maltiness. This is not as balanced as other double IPAs I've had, yet the fun lies in the aggressive, zesty hops that Bear Republic uses. The alcohol, despite high in ABV, is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: A malty creaminess with a strong hoppy finish. If you're looking for an IPA capable of ruining your palate, look no further! This one, if memory serves, is more bitter and outstanding than Stone's Ruination. Nevertheless, while hops win flavor-wise with this beer, it's the maltiness that is more pleasing on the palate.

Overall: A great double IPA that is quite different and zesty than others. I had it with spicy gumbo at the brewery, which was - as far as I'm concerned - tasty for me, but a large mistake for someone that's not a big fan of having these hops enhance the peppery notes of the food. Worth trying, and would have this again if I find it around tap around here.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Poured into a Bear Republic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Inch or two thick head with perfect lacing.

S: Very strong pine and grapefruit smell. Very citrusy on the nose, but that gives way to a caramel malt smell.

T: Not necessarily the hop bomb I was expecting, but I am not complaining about that. It has a great citrus taste to start off and then goes into a well balanced malt character.

M: Medium to full bodied. Very well carbonated. Oils stick to palate.

O: Bear Republic can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to IPA's and IIPA's. This is my new personal favorite from them. Great hop flavor. Well balanced with the malt. One I will not hesitate to order.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on cask at The Ginger Man in NCY while visiting my brother.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. No lacing and ehad doesn't last long at all.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruits, and caramel and fruity malts. Very nice, with a lot of fruit and fresh hops in the nose. Wasn't expecting the caramel.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, toffee, and light pine hops. More malty than I was expecting and than the nose. Good, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and no real bitterness to it.

o - Overall a good beer, but slightly disappointing. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and it just didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. Still a very good beer, and I'd definitely give it another chance. I think being on cask didn't really help this one; would like to try it again on tap.

Photo of PatLarsen
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good nose honey, toffee/carmel, orange/grapefruit, abv creeps in. Nice orange amber color. Tad hazy. Good head that left lacing all the way down. Sweet malt, Kinda toasty. Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit/orange combo. Bit syrupy with bitter finish. Another winner fron Bear Republic.

Photo of nataku00
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a goblet glass. Beer is a dark bronze, with some lighter shades of orange when held up to a light, and slightly hazy. Initial half a finger of soapy head dissipated to a few wispy strands of white on the edges of the glass and some light lacing. Despite the dark color and haze, some carbonation could be seen floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nicely aromatic, grapefruit peel and pith bitterness, tangerine, caramel and bread malts, and a touch of pine hops as well.

Following the nose, big grapefruit and caramel initially, mixing bitter peel oils and astringent pith with sweet caramel. Smooth bread malts sweeten on the finish, with a good bitter grapefruit and pine aftertaste on the tongue that lingers for a few minutes.

Medium bodied and slick on the tongue with some soft carbonation that helps mainly with filling your nasal cavity with aroma as you drink. Alcohol is nicely hidden on this beer. Glad that this is frequently on tap around the Bay Area.

Photo of werdnacross
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a growler picked up at Bear Valley Brewing Co.

A- Very Cloudy, Head disseminates quickly which may be a condition due to the growler storing conditions

S- Strong piny smell

T- Very hoppy with good well roundedness. taste is good but not necessarily the best I've had. some strong spice to it.

M- Thick taste, a little difficult to get down but delicious. Didn't stop me from finishing the growler though :)

O- A good beer. Not readily available but like to get more in the future if I come across it.

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

Review from notes taken on 2/2/11. Growler secured on the way home from Southamptons RIS release and shared with wishuwerebeer.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a very hazed deep copper color with a finger of white froth. It provides an entire curtain of lace all over the glass. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of an already solid retaining head. When held to the light, this brew displays some yellow and orange coloration around the edges.

The aroma of this brew is fantastic. It is very herbal with it's hop presence producing characteristics that are minty, herbal and spicy with essence of pine, citrus and fruity rinds like orange mixed with grapefruit. As the brew warms it picks up some catty notes along with caramel malt that provides a sweetness minorly reminiscent of vanilla.

The taste is very herbal with flavors of mint, pine and somewhat catty. The oils provide a resinous cling inside the mouth that is lasting and enjoyable with a ton of flavor without just being a rip-roaring bitter brew. This offering is perfectly balanced with a fusel alcohol character and malty caramel inclusion that even tastes a bit like vanilla. The bitterness picks up as it warms with a lasting herbal and catty aftertaste that hangs in the mouth.

This is a medium to almost full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable for 9% and all around balanced extremely well. This brew is an absolute pleasure to drink. The resinous cling is enjoyable. Full flavored without just bitey bitterness. An absolutely stunning take on the style, Bear Republic is putting out some really high quality hoppy brews and this one stands out to me among the best in it's class. I can't account/confirm the kegs freshness which the growler came from but honestly wish I would have had more than one filled.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tan to orange-ish in color, slight chill haze, not much head really but lacing ok.

Smells very nice. A good mixture of grapefruit, hops, pine and malts blends together well.

Taste is really crisp and fresh, hoppy and delicious. A well balanced DIPA to be sure. Easy going grapefruit flavors are perfectly accented by pine, hops, malts, a little sweetness, and just plain deliciousness.

Feel is slightly slick and medium bodied, decently carbonated, with a lingering bitterness that's really nice.

Drink is excellent. I'm definitely going to buy more bombers of this one in the future. It was a good value as well.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 32oz growler fill while picking up some growler fills for trades (thanks Big Z for the continuous amazing offerings on tap!). This was a big want from the old top 100, now that the system has changed, it has fallen off, but let's see if it was worthy of it's old spot...

A - Through the growler almost looks like apple juice...nice deep dark center with a lightening along the sides of the glass. Poured into my oversized snifter still plenty of carbonation from the fill last weekend...a very thin foam (almost quad-like) head. Beer looks a bit deeper and richer in my glass than the growler. Clear, attractive, not syrupy looking like most IIPAs I've tried.

S - Candied hops. A touch bitter, but mostly sweet. Reminiscent of PtE, but a bit more piny and bitter smelling. Earthy.

T - WOW! Excellent balance. Nice sweetness, bittery hops...not very in your face. Starts off sweet, finishes bitter (but not overly so). Leaves a bitter aftertaste. Malts are in the background, but noticeable.

M/D - A bit watery for a IIPA, but medium bodied...subtlely bitter aftertaste. More earthy feeling. Overall, this is a great IIPA, but I had some higher expectations. All in all a beer that I would be more than happy to get again, but I was expecting something a little more mind bending based on the glowing reviews and spot in the former top 100...but then again I'm not a hop head and I tend to like the more malty and subtle IPAs. Gotta say though, the booze is not in your face at all and it goes down the gullet quite easily.

notes from further along in the growler...
gotta say, the more i drink this beer, the more i dig it...however, it is definitely on the bitter side, but way more like a traditional ipa than a iipa except for the ABV. definitely worth the taste and glad i got to try it (top 100 or bottom 100)

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.