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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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 bigjoe786
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, age unknown, questionable:
Need to review when more certain of freshness, which seems not the newest.

Nice sweetness, biscuit, some citrus - following what can be sensed from pretty weak nose; nice body, little alcohol burn.

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers that I really badly wanted to try, never found, and then forgot about it. Also one of the very earliest double IPAs to generate lots of hype--every few months, some jackelope would post about how Bear Republic was going to start releasing it in sixers and/or start sending it to the midwest, but neither of those things ever happened.

Also, incidentally, the one time I ever got burned a trade I was supposed to get this beer in exchange for Dreadnaught and NG Belgian Red. Which is why, I suppose, I stopped looking for it.

On tap yesterday at Lord Hobo. Couldn't say no.

Smells sugary sweet, with some mild spice nodes backing up intense grapefruit hops.

Tastes like it smells. Excellent balance between bready and spicy malt sweetness and bitter, juicy hops. The recipe is obviously a couple generations old (craft beer generations each lasting between 3-4 years), and someone with a narrower and more newly developed pallet might be put off by its lack of tropical nodes and/or its relative modesty. But it's very good.

Photo of claybob43
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of petermethot
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of timontheroad
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color, kicked up a great big thick three finger head, great retention and lacing. Lots of nice tiny carbonation bubbles to hold the head as well.
Smell: Flowery, fruity big aromas.
Taste: Great citrus and tropical fruit flavors, nice sweet malt backbone as well.
Mouthfeel: thick and creamy, nice bite also.
Overall: such a great beer, as are all of the racer series from Bear Republic.

Photo of dwagner003
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rideguy64
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Edelman11
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frlrv1020
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twofacedmonster
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ronricorossi
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of memphischas
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bear Republic has a great lineup of beers!

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

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRizz62
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeMans
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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