Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 106 | 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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Photo of SmasNadroj
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was lucky enough to get this on cask, into a 6 or so oz scotch-ish highball sorta glass.

It was my first experience with bear republic and I think it may have spoilt (I am from the south) me. It resembles in most ways (on cask at least) a hyrbrid between DFH 90 and 120 with less alcohol.

Its a deep shadowy golden color with good head retention and pretty nice, foamy lacing. The lacings sort of temporary though, nothing impressive.

Enough about the lacing... It smells like sweet caramel hops, sounds like a good ice cream flavor to me. Doesn't quite have the "hop soup" vibe in the smell that 120 has but its about the closest smelling thing to it I can recall. Very delicious and engaging smell, makes your mouth water

Juicy ripe pineapple sweetness and a grapefruity hop bite. The taste isn't as extreme as I was expecting but it holds its own. Definitely tastes more alcoholic to me, the cask seems to do crazy things to it but I have no "uncask" reference point on it. I definitely recommend it to ipa and hop lovers but I can't put an easy drinkin stamp on it. I'd have it again and again, esp casked, its not for pansies but not to the extreme either.

Photo of AgentZero
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellowish brown, nice head with good retention. Stickds down the sides very nicely, very good looking beer.

S - Expecting a stronger hop presense, some somewhat muted from my anticipation. Piney and earthy at the same time, with some bitter citrus. Very nice.

T - Really good, reminds me of a better version of DFH 90 minute. Piney notes fade to slight citrus with a nice bitter bite. Fairly sweet and creamy.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation, very creamy beer.

D - Highly drinkable, hoppy, but it's easy, very nice.

Photo of jrallen34
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got to have this on tap during craft beer week at Twisted Spoke. I drank it from a tulip.

The beer pours a bright but dark orange that is very clear. There is a huge very light tan head that has great retention and lacing. Tons of carbonation here.

The aroma is medium but not nearly as strong as I thought it would be a double. All I get is strongs hops, pretty fresh and smooth.

The taste is mostly smooth but bitter hops, its not as strong as I thougth once again but easy to drink. Gives you what a hop head would want but in a drinkable way.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz. growler purchased at New Beer in NYC into a big-ass mug.

A: Impressive. Pours with a nice frothy 3-finger head. This beer is so sticky that it literally leaves your glass "ribbed" as you sip (or gulp) it down. Honey amber color, similar to that of a maple leaf.

S: I wish I knew what each different hop smelled like, but these are ideal. It's more of a rustic aroma rather than a piny aroma. Also get a kick of honey and tree sap. Really nice aroma dissimilar to that of Sculpin or Pliny.

T: Earthy, rich, caramelly flavor that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Almost tastes oak-aged but not quite that woody/boozy.

M: Average. It doesn't add to the beer nor does it take away. It's not sticky or chewy like other DIPA's but rather thin. It sure helped me finish the 32oz. growler myself though!

D: Would pair well with many dinners. I had no problem taking this growler down alone.

Overall, a great score at the oh-so-esoteric New Beer. Bear Republic is at the top of my list for IPA's.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes and well-deserved memories:

Served at the Other Side restaurant and bar in Boston with a solid white head of an inch solidly topping a cloudy orange beer. Heavy sticky and retention. The nose and flavor rely heavily on hops to maintain a ridiculously huge presence. Very in-your-face aromas and flavors, but as my 4.5 scores indicate, extremely well done. The hops are citric with a backing band of pine needles and tobacco resin. Malts are beat into submission but add the sweetness and body necessary.

This is worth the hype. Sweet, thick, full, and bitter. Great beer.

Photo of Biggness
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark amber with a light white head and some lacing. The aroma is big on citrus hops and a slight hint of caramel. The flavor at first is big on the malt and caramel flavors and the you get slammed with the wonderful grapefruit/orange flavors, extremely nicely balance. Low carbonation due to the serving type and a highly drinkable for a DIPA

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


10oz consumed on tap at Churchill's in a snifter. The beer is dark orange in the glass with a one finger foam cap, good retention, and very nice lacing.

The aroma is of malt and pine with a little grapefruit. Nothing stands out except the fact that there is too strong a malt presence. Lackluster. Muted hops.

The taste is bitter pine with a strong malt backbone that overshadows the hops and makes the beer rather sweet. Light grapefruit notes are evident. It reminds me of an American barleywine. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter malty pine finish.

I've had this 4 times now and I've been unimpressed each time.  

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bottleworks upon a rare Seattle appearance. I had long anticipated this as a fan of its little brother, Racer 5. It turned out to be exactly what I thought --- a hopped-up version of Racer 5.

I would compare it to Pliny the Elder but a little more balanced. Piney and grapefruity aroma with a hint of malty sweetness. The taste followed the smell. My only concern was that it was very, very dry --- too dry. Maybe it was the fact that I had just gotten off of work and hit Bottleworks on my way home. I hadn't had anything to eat and the mouthfeel didn't hit me quite right.

I hope to see this again for another try.

Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fort George brewing in Astoria, OR. Just a sampler.

- Golden yellow/amber, huge fluffy white head... down to a fizz and lacing all over. Clear..

- Large floral and citrus notes... hops are all over the place.. plus a sweet backing with not much malt undertones..

- Hops, and more hops? Very sugary sweet... which seems like drinking hops flavored kool-aid. Huge sweet citrus notes, and sticky floral qualities.

- Medium bodied, and resinous... sticky..

- Overall it is a bit sweet for me, and overpowering with hops.. (did i say that?) I like a little more breadiness.. and biscuit to smooth out and balance a DIPA. Overall it isn't bad, but would go to others first.

Photo of MURF0320
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap Horse Brass Pub, Portland.
Orange copper color with a small but lasting head. Pungent floral and citrus scent with a noticeable presence of the caramel malt. The taste definitely brings the hops, in which grapefruit and orange prevail, but a bit less hoppy and more malty sweetness than expected...based on Racer 5. Smooth and very drinkable. Definitely try this one, but not before you have a Pliny the Elder.

Photo of atremains
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious looking pour into a goblet. Big head with amazing lacing. Smell is huge citrus hops. Mango grapefuit and orange. The taste is very citrusy as well with orange prominent. Grapefruit bitterness is blended well. Thr mouthfeel is as full as I could want it. This beer is thr definition of hops in golden delicious light.

Photo of cbutova
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally get to try this on-tap exclusive, I feel lucky for randomly finding this at the Dirty Truth last night. Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark amber-orange color with a one finger creamy white head. The head has great retention. Massive lacing is left coats almost the whole glass as I gulp this down. Exactly what I look for in a DIPA here. Smell is great. Huge hop aroma, the kind you hope for in a DIPA. Smells like a fresh bag of hops from the homebrew store. A nice mix of earthy, floral and lots of fruity hops. The grapefruit scent sticks out and works very well. Some sweet malts are picked up backing up the hop blast. Just like the smell, the hop blast treats me nicely and reminds me of Sculpin flavors. Tons of citrus/fruity hop notes and flavors. The grapefruit is immense in this but I like it. A decent malt backbone is found hidden behind the monster of hops. Lots of hop bitterness also, looks like they can utilize both parts of the boil very well. The only thing I think is a bit over done is the citrus/peel taste. I would like a tiny bit less but this is hardly an error in the beer. Still an exceptional example of the style. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and bodied to suit the taste to perfection. It goes down very smoothly with no alcohol aspects. Massive coat of bitter hops stays on the tongue. This one is dangerously drinkable to me because of the taste and smell. I could session this one till I could drink no longer and at $6 for a pretty big glass I wouldn't mind doing that. Definitely my favorite Bear Republic beer to date.

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

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company.

A: A clear copper color with a fluffy off-white foam that sits atop.

S: A very fruity, tropical hop aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. There is also a fairly sweet, caramel aroma.

T: Very much like the nose, the taste has a wonderful fruity hop flavor with a fair amount of bitterness, but not harsh by any means. The sweet malt is there, but not a big player.

M: For an IPA, Racer X is quite full bodied. There is a high level of carbonation which keeps it refreshing and prevents it from feeling too syrupy on the tongue.

D: Despite the high alcohol content, you don't really notice the booze. A very nice balance of hop bitterness, fruitiness, and malt.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap served out of a snifter.

A: Poured a 1 finger creamy, fluffy white head with great retention. Brew was a cloudy brownish-red clay color. Lacing coated almost the entire glass in a speckled pattern.

S: Cane sugar, grapefruit, cangied oranges, piney hops. Quite clean but also quite standard. Pretty much what is expected.

T: Deep caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops opening. Brown sugar malty backbone with a touch of caramel. Piney, grassy through the middle. Finishes sweet, slightly orangy and hops. bitterness. Nicely balanced malt and hop profile overall here.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated and very very smooth. Finishes a bit messy and hoppiness lingers just a bit long here.

D: A rock solid DIPA that really is deserving of high scores throughout. Nothing to really pick at here but at the same time, nothing overly special that stands out. A great brew nonetheless though. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of dudecandle
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into oversized wine glass:

A: Orange-golden, hazy body with off-white head, good lacing and retention.

S: Absolutely heavenly. Fresh herbal hops, minty even, along with grassy and citric hops as well.

T: The hops all come through, with a touch of darker fruit, and a nice malty backbone serves well.

M: Full, with an excellent long finish, but not overbearing.

D: What can I say? It's wonderful. The smell will hook you and the taste will not disappoint. The brilliant combination of hops had me wishing it would never end, and even at a relatively high abv, it remains highly drinkable.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. counter-pressure filled Bierkraft bomber into red wine glass.

Pours a lightly hazy dark amber, with a sparse off-white head, but excellent lacing. What little head shows up stays around the whole glass.

Nose is pure west coast hop madness - an intermingling of super-dry but vibrant pine, mango, orange zest, and grapefruit,all wrapping around a sweet caramel note that's all foundation, barely showing through in the melange of beautiful hop aromas.

Taste follows suit. Dry and prickley, but with absolutely no harsh astringency. Big notes of tingley pine and a mix of tropical and citrus fruit sit on top of a malt body that's big and slightly sweet, maybe even a bit toasty, but entirely wrapped up in the juicy hop oils. Not at all overly bitter, though there is a nice, satisfying cotton-like dryness that just sits on the back of the tongue. A fantastic example of the right way to brew a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is oily, tingly carbonation and a hop bite in the back of the throat, perfectly balanced. Very well done - it's like this beer is just swimming in hop oil.

Drinkability is scary, actually. Huge flavor, but somehow light on the palate. No real alcohol presence. Beautiful beer.

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with tight one finger head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Fresh citrus, pineapple and some grass. Sweet and delightful.

Big and fresh citrus hop taste, but with a solid and sweet malt backbone that makes this well balanced. Some caramel and toffee with the pineapple and citrus flavors as well. Definitely can taste the BR influence in this.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied. Soft and smooth. Warming sensation from the alcohol.

Awesome drinkability, I had an entire bomber of this. An all around great beer that goes down way too easy. So glad I had the opportunity to drink this one. Thanks to SpeedwayJim for this one!

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter there is a thick, creamy off white head. I'm assuming there will be lacing on the inside of the glass since its all over the outside from the over pour. Deep/Amber colored with decent clarity. Yep, thick lacing everywhere.

Aroma is pine like with a twinge of grapefruit in the background. You also get a whiff of alcohol.

A good dpa and one that certainly has Bear Republic's fingerprints stamped on it. While highly hopped there is a great deal of balance here and a strong malt backbone. Initial burst is fruit with pineapple, maybe peach and then citrus. Both orange and grapefruit. The elevated ABV is noticeable. There is a tropical fruity sense to this which is nice. Also get a touch of honey. The hop bitterness is strong and melds nicely with the alcohol flavors. A long lingering bitterness in the back of your throat.

Big mouth feel due to a thick body and the presence of the ABV. Just the slightest prickle of carbonation.
This is very good, but the obvious presence of the alcohol hits the drinkability for me.
This is where I usually proclaim my greater love for "regular" IPA's vs DPA.
Still glad I got to try this.

Photo of Popkas
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my Secret Santa tpd975 for this one from Bierkraft! Review #1 for me...

A: A beautiful deep hazy amber with a thin creamy head. Nice residual lacing. Beautiful DIPA.

S: I'm getting pine, orange and grapefruit with a touch of sweetness coming through.

T: Strong pine and grapefruit with a hint orange peel upfront followed by the sweet thick malt and finished up with a bitter punch.

M: Thick malty and a little dry.

D: Goes down smooth, but not as well as some others.

Photo of jlindros
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle/growler of awesomeness unveiled at our Rush Hour Tasting, thanks again to mikey711 for this one.

A: Bright golden orange with slight haze. A slight head which is decent for being shoved into a growler, shipped 1000 miles, sat in a fridge for a couple weeks, then drove in a car for 2 days.

N: Tons of hops, the way a strong DIPA should be. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and aromatic hops. Its a hop bomb. Aroma of 200 IBUs.

T: Hits you with a fresh hop bite. Earthy musty fresh hops. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and chewy hops really hit first. They never really fade either. A nice thick malty sweetness runs around in the background but never really comes to the front as it can't get past the hops. The very bright hop character changes slightly to a chewy, earthy, almost spicy hop character as it grows, then back to more pine and citrus.

M: A nice body with lower carbonation, but that can be expected.

F: Super bitter and dries off a bit, probably because of the crazy bitterness more than actual drying. Again the pine, citrus, and grapefruit seem to linger for a bit. The grapefruit is a lower character than the rest. They very slowly fade to a lingering memory, but your mouth never really forgets them. Thanks again Mikey for being able to experience this awesomeness.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Edited on 10/18/2012 after having a fresh batch on tap at SteakOut in Mountain View.

Many of the same notes below apply, but the more delicate flavors and aromas (lychee, tangerine) are muted in favor of straightforward citrus. The beer is dominated by caramel malt and winds up being unremarkable in flavor.

I'm downgrading it to the low-3 range. I can find dozens of better DIPAs in this area; I think this qualifies as mediocre.


On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber color with dark honey highlights against the light. The head is a fluffy off-white cap of foam that retains very well, leaving substantial sudsing down the glass as it recedes. As I sip, there are thick register marks left behind. Outstanding.

S: Citrus flavors smack you right in the face: a mouth-watering bouquet of tangerine, lychee, grapefruit, orange. Noticeable pine as well, with a lingering note of grass. I'm surprised by how malty it is in the nose, too; I can easily pick out caramel and toast in there.

T: It tastes almost like citrus juice with the amount of fresh hops in here. Tangerine is strongest, followed by grapefruit. There's an orange quality to it, but it is more rind-like than pulpy. A surprisingly strong malt bill reveals caramel and toast in the mid-taste. The finish reverts to a hop-forward flavor, with apricot, tangerine, and just a hint of grass. They pull into a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium-full bodied; it's nearly chewy, with a generally well-coating (almost syrupy) feel. Moderate carbonation. Definitely a sticky beer, which I normally don't like, but for the flavor profile of this beer, it works well.

D: Admittedly not my favorite DIPA, but a solid one and I'm glad I had it. I won't chase it down at the brewery or anything, but I would get it if it were on tap in the area.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/26/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a strong golden red color semi-cloudy body, big foamy head, off-white, very lasting. Hoppy aroma. Medium citrus, some earthiness. Sweet maltinesss. Citrus taste, some earthiness. Citrus, orange taste. Some earthiness. Light body, creamy head. Very tasty.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/9/2009. Growler from Bellport Beer&Soda. Pours a clear deep amber/orange with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grassy hops. Flavor of sticky, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. A little heavier than I would have wanted from a 7.8% beer. A little disappointing as I was expecting more of a hops presence as opposed to a malt presence.

Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a small light tan head; smells very hoppy, floral hops, piney hops and some citrus (lemon zest, orange peel); very pungent floral hop aroma that is just inviting a delicious. Good lacing that sticks to the glass with the very strong hoppy odor, which again smells great.

Tastes like it smells: lots of hops, floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, citrus (lemon or grapefruit), a little caramel and some more hops; complex hop combo that has a lot of tasty flavor that's explosive in the flavor combo. The brew is light and crisp, might even say leaning towards medium bodied, with a slick oliy resin that lingers in a good way on the tongue with sweet malt and hops flavor which finishes on the dry and bitter side. The alcohol peeks through behind the hops which dominate the taste, but keep this a very drinkable beer. As a hop-head I love the flavor and hop attack from start to finish.

A great hoppy DIPA that has strong tasty hop flavor throughout and is very smooth considering the hop taste that never let's off. A great beer!

Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taps. Poured into a pint glass. Listed as being 8.9%

A-Pours a clear copper and has a one finger off white head. The head dissolves fairly quickly to a decent ring.

S-Not surprisingly, it is full of hop aroma. It has strong dank and pine notes. There is a touch of citrus and a pinch of sweetness.

T-Lots of pine and dank hit upfront. There is a nice level of sweetness to cut out some of the initial bitterness. It finishes with more pine flavor.

M-It falls on the upper end of the medium spectrum. It is oily and smoothly carbonated.

D-A great DIPA. The abv is well hidden. It is big and can easily catch up to you.

This is always a great beer. I wish it wasn't such a pain to find around these parts. Would love to see this bottled.

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.