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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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1,914 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,914
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 330
Gots: 127 | 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:
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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Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Mothman. Pours a clear reddish mahogany copper color with a slight head that forms a nice collar around the glass. Citrus hops in the nose but more malty smelling than anything. Malty start then the hops kick in with a bitter ending. Very citrus rind hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of a dissappointment in my opinion. I would have thought this would have been more hop forward than malt forward. Not bad by any means but just not as good as I wanted it to be.

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Sierra Nevada shaped pint glass. Poured a beautiful dark amber, almost copper in color. It started with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so but it left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice and intense floral, citrusy and tropical hoppiness to it with some grapefruit, pineapple and pine all coming through. Excellent hoppy aroma overall, one of the best.

The taste is also not surprisingly hoppy. It has some great tropical citrus flavors to it along with a bitter grapefruit, pine flavor. It was sweet and fruity up front with a strong bitterness coming in the finish and lingering for a while. Excellent range of hoppy, sweet and bitter flavors going on.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent hoppy beer. It's definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. It had a great range of flavors and really showed off the hops very well.

Photo of SShelly
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange color with a large poof of white head, citrusy orange aroma hits you over the head when it gets close.

Flavor is smooth hop bitterness with a tngy citrus, lemony hop flavor on the sides of the tongue. Really smooth with out that much alcohol in the mouth, some warming in the cheat as it goes down.

Very tasty, fairly refreshing , leaves a ton of hops in the mouth.

Photo of DNICE555
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled up a growler at Diciccio's on a trip with Jlynn. Got the last fill - kicked at about a 60 oz pour. Enjoyed some in the parking lot and then some at the days in. Still very nicely carbonated.

Very cloudy unfiltered orangey yellow body with an off white head. This beer smells incredible. A floral boquet with a fruit arrangement and boatload of hops. This one hit my lips with a much anticipated hoppy explosion. Very nicely balanced with a citrusy malt backbone and very nice grapefruit notes. Exactly what I want this big mysterious sexy long awaited gem to taste like. I was so pleased to find this and get the last bit. Mouthfeel was exquisite. Very nice carbonation level and ohhhh so smooth. I drank about a pint today on the first day of ownership of the growler. I wish this bad boy was available year round. One of the best ipa's I've had to date.

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

On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY. Yipee!

Pours a firm head of super-creamy, ultra-fluffy foam, on top of a hazed rust orange liquid.

The smell is unsurprisingly hop-centric, although not really intense...more on the fruity side, and nearly as tropical smelling as it is citrus smelling, as fruitiness goes...

Flavor is hoppy (no kidding?), on the piney side while still plenty fruity; some grapefruit pith, a little orange zest, and a generous sweet malt backup in the form of bright sugary caramel. While all this sounds like it could be a bitter and sweet car wreck, it's just the opposite: controlled, balanced and utterly delicious. The lack of astringency/grassy bitterness and the nearly undetectable alcohol presence helps a lot too.

The texture of Racer X really brings it all together, and having it on tap can, of course, give a creamier, smoother feel, and that's exactly what this beer deserves. I can't think of a better feel for a beer of this type. Pretty much perfect in this department.

I appreciate how balanced this is. It's a fine DIPA that's not a novelty of a tongue-ripper (although I dig those too). This is a beer I had been hoping to stumble across at some point, and I was rewarded (and totally surprised) to find it pouring in Syracuse the whole week I was there. And it met all the hype and high expectations.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking for this one for a while, was able to get a couple growlers of Racer X locally. Thanks to DeCicco's as always. Consumed from my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- Pours with a healthy White/Tan head. Vigorous pouring on the first glass yielded serious head. Normally pour resulted in 2 fingers or so, and laced the glass nicely. It is a deep golden/orange/amber and is nearly perfectly clear.

S- Like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops. Piney and hoppy, some notes of citrus and grapefruit. Some slight malty/carmel sweetness.

T- The initial flavor is much like the smell, tastes of fresh hops. I get some hints of orange rind, and some grapefruit as well. The back end is mostly toffee/malt, with almost no hop aftertaste.

M- Perfect balance to me. No overboard hoppy bitterness, and a nice full bodied DIPA. It is able to be complex, while not going overboard like many other DIPAs. So nice and smooth on the tongue.

D- Easily housed 2 glasses, and wanted to keep drinking more. Much easier to consume than other DIPA's I've had recently, which could be because it was on tap.

I'd definetely buy this one again in a heart beat. Probably one of my top 5 DIPA's, and I've had most of the best. Gonna go home tonight and polish of the growler


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

Review 250 (granted I'm behind in reviews but might as well review this now!) Had on tap at The Library Alehouse, Santa Monica yesterday with some good friends. Cheers!

Appearance - Given to me in a 10oz sniffer. Held up to the light the beer is a lighter amber color, with about a finger of white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some spotty but nice looking lacing.

Smell - Citrus and floral aromas fill the air around the glass. This is followed by a nice piney and hoppy aroma which dwindles to a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - More hoppy than the nose suggested. An instant hop bitterness which gives way to a overall nice citrus flavor full of a mixture of bitter grapefruit and sweet orange. The finish is of white pepper and other slight spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. A damn good DIPA. No alcohol noticeable whatsoever and I should have gotten another. Glad I was finally able to try this.

Photo of Anthony1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, burnt orange. Almost zero head. No real carbonation, at all. Nice syrupy mouthfeel. Taste and smell are piney, grapefruity hops. Not a lot of malt balance, though I think there is a hint of sweeter fruits in here. Good, but not my favorite DIPA by far. I've yet to be overwhelmed by any Bear Republic brew.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spitzer's Corner in NYC. Good place. Honestly reviewed from memory. Kinda of a copper color with very small white head. Leaves alot of lacing around the pint glass, alot. Smells great juicy fruit, grapefruit, watermelon, pineapple etc., good juicy hop nose. Flavor is big and fruity up front, with more subtle hop notes on the back. Bitterness is there and nice understated malt body. the hops are the real star. Kind of a muted carbonation which is ok for the style. Plenty easy to drink for the abv, I like this alot.

Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recent batch of this just flooded Maryland, so I picked up a growler about an hour ago at Staples Corner.

Pours a clear, bright copper and with a vigorous pour produces a bubbly, thin, quickly dissipating stark white head with some streaky webs of lacing. As I remember from other encounters with this beer, the nose is my favorite part and the standout of this dominated by grapefruit citrus hops and a strong caramel malt presence. However the flavor from this sample is lacking a strong hop presence and is dominated by a caramel malt, sweet body with mild grapefruit and orange notes, but very little presence or bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with late arriving fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, but there is a persistent cloying sweetness and disappointing lack of hops. While this growler is an hour old, I'm left wondering how old this keg is/was.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Spitzer's Corner, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured multiple tiers of pine, citrus and pepper with a slight detectable sweetness.

The taste consisted of an initial piney hop that slowly transitioned to citrus and finished with white pepper. The grainy malt supported the hops very well.

The mouthfeel was clean for the style and finished dry.

Overall a superior DIPA. Very clean and very user friendly.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at City Beer.

A - Beautiful hazy, radiant orange-ish/amber. Solid-looking two-finger head that eventually subsided to a thick cap that remained for the duration. Great lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and pine here. The usual grapefruit, lemon, and melon, along with the resiny note in the back, and I also get some sweetness, like creme brulee.

T - Mostly the same as the nose, but with the sweetness coming more forward. Very citrusy, lots of hop flavors dominating. A bit of cotton candy, and maybe a hint of vanilla. No alcohol present at all. Very nice.

M - Big and sticky, like many of my favorites in this style. Coating and lingering in my mouth for a long time.

D - Damn, after two glasses of this I'm probably ready for a nap. 9% didn't make itself evident in the flavor but it's kicking me in the ass today.

O - This is a rare treat (at least for me). I'm liking it enough that I might have to make the drive into the city one more time before it's gone.

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

Tap @ Coles

A: Dark amber in color, nice white head that sticks around some and killer lacing.

S: Pungent smells of piney hops blended with some malty notes as well.

T: Big hit of the hops in front with a mountable mix of malt in the back. That pretty much caught me off guard, as I was seeking something else in my mind. The malt does good though, rounds the mega hop blast and puts in all into perspective. Still an Dipa through and through.

M: Medium body, ABV blended well given the circumstance, beautifully carbonated to finish.

D: Nice sipper session all night given the situation. Very glad I had the opportunity the try this beer. Would drink again if the chance ever comes back... without thinking, as I did tonight.


Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lodge in HH on 7/7/10

A - Hazy dark-copper with a chunky white head and medium lacing.

S - Lovely (but fairly typical of the style) notes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin and caramel malt. Still nice tho ;)

T - More grapefruit, pine resin and pineapple. Crisp and juicy!

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Slightly sticky with a nice prickly carbonation that I love my beer to have in July.

D - Very drinkable yet dangerous at 9% ABV. A very solid DIPA, but just can't stand up to the big-boys in the category. Still, a treat if you can find it!

Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Paul at a small recent tasting. Thanks Paul. This has been a long time want of mine and I am very thrilled to be splitting this growler three ways. YIPPEE!

Beer served in a tulip. Beer is amber and clear. Off white head of small bubbles. Carbonation appears to be a little low but this could be from the growler conditions. The head falls away under lack of carbonation support but it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Looks good, really good.

Aroma is piny with a malt backbone. Its a little sweeter than I expected and has almost no fruit character. This is a classic big IPA smell though. Almost a double simcoe kind of aroma. Very good.

Beer is medium bodied, almost a chewiness to it. Very nice in the mouth. Bitterness start off light and builds the more you drink. Tasted side by side with Dreadnaught from FFF, they are comparable, in the same ball park in my opinion. Dreadnaught edges it out though. There is a maltiness to this IPA, more than I expected. I respect Racer 5 as one of my favorite IPAs of all time, this is a good double using that as a jumping off point. Highly drinkable, great mouthfeel. I would have more (and will soon).

Photo of jzm2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive brew. Pours a copper/rust color with a thick head that smears down the glass. Smells and tastes strongly of piney hops and citrus. There is some kind of complexity to the underlying sweet malt flavors..maybe caramel or similar.. Feels moderate to thick with creamy carbonation in the mouth.. Lingering bitterness and sweetness. Beautifully done. Be careful, the high alcohol is well-hidden.

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

A huge thanks to Paul for sharing this at his tasting last night.

Review #200

Racer X appears a slightly darker shade of orange. The beer is mostly clear, has a good-sized head and a fair amount of lacing. Grandiose aromas of hops and pine fill the nose. This beer tastes great. The pine and hop flavors really come through strongly, and comprise the bulk of the aromas and tastes. The feel is great, the alcohol is disguised very well, and the beer is very drinkable. It's easy to forget that you are drinking a double IPA until you stand up. This is potent elixir, and very delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of cdizinno
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a growler purchased from Green's at Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Hazy dark amber color with a nice off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrus/floral fruit aromas from the hops. Nice mildly sweet fragrant smell.

T&M Beautifully smooth and balanced beer. Complex flavors start with mildly sweet pine and citrus hops that transform to a floral, mildly sweet taste that ends with a nice bitter hop/malty taste. Some chalkiness on the end. Medium to full bodied with well hidden alcohol.

This is very similar to the Apex, probably a slight bit more hoppy bitterness in this Racer X though. Definitely a quality product. Very drinkable!

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

I suppose I'll write you a love note since I wish you were here beside me, sharing this moment.

The heat outside is unbearable, so it's in here amidst the laughter and vocabulary questions, in here where i dream of you and miss you, as always, but not for too much longer...
I hope this will be one of your favorites. It has all the trappings of the stuff that you love... a burnt orange colour and lace, a wistful clarity of softness with just the hint of a fog, such as the nights by the river, hand in hand, laughter and tears, the stuff life is made of, of course.
And the usuals come in on the tongue, a prickly pineapple and sappy resin, a light bitterness that neatly overrides the hint of biscuit or honey-rolls, but it's the balance of the thing, the give and take, the realization that no one side needs to ultimately triumph because they're in this together, it can only be perfect if neither overwhelms it. The bitterness is there, to be sure, but the beauty is in the combination. Just the bitter, like just me, and there would be nothing to speak of. It's the sweetness, it's you, that makes the whole thing possible.
Silky, of course, and clean, though an almost coca-cola feeling lingers at the back of the throat... that distinct acidic dryness that's peculiar to that beverage, and why I prefer the other, though I opt for beer over soda any way, as you know.
The fact is, the balance is what really makes this great. The way the parts comprise the whole. The way in which the unique elements bring their own twist, their own flavor, to create a masterpiece. The way that it just gets better and better. Every sip, every moment, every new challenge and compromise.

Here's to it.

Photo of PDXHops
3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a shaker pint.

See-thru light amber body with a creamy head that leaves excellent rings of sticky lacing.

Even served in a shitty shaker pint, the pine aroma jumps out of the glass. A bit of citrus and a substantial maltiness in the background. Hmm...

Pretty tasty, although this is about a substantial malt backbone as you'll find on a west coast DIPA. Bitter as hell, tons of pine, but it seems to be working overtime to beat down the caramel. Lingering bitterness and sweetness together. Citrus definitely takes a backseat to the pine, but it adds a bit of juiciness.

East coast brewers take note: when your final gravity/sweetness is this huge, your IBUs better rip through that caramel like a weedeater. Exhibit A: Racer X. Not top-notch, but worth seeking out for sure.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip. (Growler from Piney Grove Green's)

A - Amber-orange almost ruby colored with a fluffy off white head.

S - Very nice smelling DIPA. Strong hoppy aroma's bring orange citrus and resiny hop notes to bear. A subtle hint of sweet malt lies in the background but this one is all about the hops. One of the best smelling DIPA's around.

T - Once again the hops dominate. A bit of piney hop flavor up front followed by the sweet malts mixed with a citrusy fruity hop flavor. This thing finishes with a lingering piney bitterness that warms my belly a bit. Definitely is one of the more bitter hop bombs I've had.

M - Medium body with a sticky texture. Pretty well carbonated.

D - Really bitter beer so it makes it a bit tough to down but not in a bad way. I wouldn't mind drinking this again but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out. Kinda surprised it has the trade value that it does.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More notes from the 8th Annual DIPA festival at the Bistro.

Great appearance, dark orange, good head, good lacing. Aroma of pine citrus, typical.

Taste, a little heavy on the malt for my bursting with hops desires. Is it good? Damn right. A little more syrupy and caramel to be called perfect. Its a big beer, doesn't really add anything to make it better than their flagship type of beers like the original racer or hop rod though.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of piney hops flavors, but the beer is very well balanced and the hop bitterness is not that overpowering. A little bit of alcohol presence is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: The high level of hops can slow you down, but there's a fair amount of malt in this to make it drinkable. However, I couldn't see myself having more than one of these in one night.

Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap, City Beer Store. Good beer but not quite up to my insanely high hopes. The beer pours a reddish amber-gold, hazy, with a small white head. The aroma is mostly pine resin hops with some nice citrus and grassiness. It's a good, strong hop aroma with a definite caramel malt note underscoring things. The flavor is fairly dry but mostly bitter with a grapefruit rind hop flavor. The malt is a bit less noticeable in the flavor than aroma. Not as much hop delicacy as I would prefer. Good feel.

Photo of SmasNadroj
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,914 ratings.