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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

489 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,025
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 353
Gots: 150 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,025
Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Orange Gold with one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange a little mango, big caramel malts, pine.
T - Caramel malt takes the for then you get some orange and dank pine, a little of that mango comes in, some grassy notes.
M - Sweet chewy, a little cloyingly sweet.
O - Good Double IPA, just a lot of malt, which they boast balance, but its a little off. Good flavor and aroma. (421 characters)

Photo of Matt_Schlamann
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep orange color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Pine, Hops, Floral scents.

T: A perfect balance of hops-to-malt. Super smooth drink-ability. Such a good blend. Very "west coast". Hop bomb up front with a pretty nice malt back bone.

M: Good lingering bitterness, not overwhelming, but just right for a double IPA.

Overall: This is a really good one. Will definitely be enjoying again in the near future. (433 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle. Pours a burnt amber color with very little head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Slight breadiness as well. The taste is orange, tangerines and some bitter pine as well. Hints of tropical fruits with a fair amount of malt. Floral and pine bitterness at the finish. Some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Overall, decent Imperial but maybe a bit of a disappointment. Still good, but I'd prefer some of the other Racers over X. (505 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color was dull orange with minimal carbonation or head. The smell revealed the hops and a slight grapefruit aroma. Several reviews mentioned malt notes, but I didn't get that at all. The taste was typical of the style, a blend of citrus and piney hops, but surprisingly little to suggest the 8.3% ABV. Overall not a bad DIPA, but there a more than a few out there that better represent the style! (422 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while but always seems to miss it. 2013 vintage served in a tulip. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a frothy slick that coalesces around the edges. Some spots and a random swath of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, rind, spice, an earthy character as well as a suggestion of Summit hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, less earthy/oniony than anticipated and also a faint candied citrus quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation that falls short of lively and a light acidity and a slight oiliness. Overall, a very good DIPA with a nice balance; however, I tend to like more tropical fruit in my DIPAs. (763 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a born on date of 10/21/13; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange with a lot of unfiltered floaters dancing in the glass; lots of carbonation bubbles that build a pillow-like, beige head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is superb!
Smell - bright citrus hops, primarily grapefruit. Some nice, sweet cereal malt notes in the background of the nose!
Taste - this is unique and complex! I detect a blend of citrus and piney hops, a noticeable malt backbone and some smoke/oak flavors to go along with a bit of the 8.3% ABV present.
Feel - ultimately the hops end up being over aggressive; which is great with me; only this beer promotes balance in a bottle.
Overall - solid beer, but I prefer other Bear Republic IPA offerings. (757 characters)

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DIPA
8.3% ABV

APPEARANCE: pours a nice dark honey to light bronze color. Lots of great billowy off white head that settled quickly into small halo. Great sticky lacing.

AROMA: true to form dipa lots of grapefruit and pine hops. Bready notes in the back end also a bit of sweet malts.

TASTE: taste profile follows the nose with in your face floral hops, citrus and light caramel malts. Ends with a nice splash of piney bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth silky with a great dry finish that makes you want another taste.

OVERALL: I truly enjoyed this DIPA. Great west coast CA ipa. Super balanced and delicious. For now I put this up with the likes of Pliny.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads! (723 characters)

Photo of BaronRVH
2.63/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been a fan of Racer beers but this was overly sweet with a very sour after-taste showing an unbalanced, poorly shipped or produced beer.

The XV was much better balanced and travelled well and the Racer is a good representation of a west coast style but the X was very, very poor.

Anyone in Ohio disappointed with their X? (332 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange/red with almost no head, but whats there is white.

S: Sweet orange in the nose, similar scent to Racer V, but amped up a bit.

T: Taste is more floral and pine forward. Citrus is still present, orange, mango, tangerine show up on a malty backbone.

M: Feels like a typical DIPA. Medium-full bodied and fairly carbonated.

O: I don't know if this is as good as Racer V. I certainly don't think it's good as 15 or Black Racer. The hop profile seems to work better against the smaller malt backbone, and lower alcohol content V. Still an excellent DIPA.

Note: These notes were from a festival that took place before the GABF, to which the same batches of these were sent, so the beer was in it's prime when we tried it. (733 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong piney hops hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is on the thin side but typical for the West Coast IPA and still brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, it’s an excellent 2IPA to pound for a very long time. (817 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear amber color under a dense, creamy head of milky froth. Very "dark" smelling for the style, almost more like an American-style Barleywine. Dank pine resin, peppery and pungent with some zesty, spicy grapefruit and cedar. A touch of alcohol as it warms. Taste follows the nose, definitely trending towards the spicy, herbal, piney side of the hop spectrum with enough malt to keep some balance without making it too sweet. Flowery, lemony, peachy hops followed by some tea-like notes, light black cherry, and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied, creamy, and textured. This is tastier and tastier with each sip...more hoppy than it seems on first sip, yet not scathingly bitter, overly fruity, or too extreme in one way or another. Just a fine, well-crafted hoppy strong ale from Bear Republic. (804 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rate #1,000! Vintage 2013 poured on 1/17/14, so not optimally fresh (bottle date 10-21-13). Pours a dark orange color, clear, with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Big floral aroma of citrus grapefruit and pineapple, light pine, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is very malt forward as expected for the age on this one, but still a nice beer. Floral tones alongside bright grapefruit and lemon rinds, a touch of mango, and sweet mealtimes in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous, near syrupy, but still with a lightly dry finish. Carbonation on the low side. Overall a nice beer that I want to grab fresh as this is trending toward barleywine. Nevertheless this is still rather yummy. (709 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. Some sediment though. The aromas are full of orange and tangerines. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Nice amount of grapefruit as well. Very subtle amount of onion and garlic. The flavors have a nice balance between the hops and malts. The caramel definitely accents the hop flavors. More orange zest. Citrus is there. More grapefruit. Very solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. There's some pine in the mix as well. Some resin. Maybe even some mint. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's very smooth.

Very solid DIPA right here. It might not be a mind blower, but it's well-crafted. There is an English influence to this one, which gives it even more character. I like it. (892 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy burnt orange, modest head, wonderful lacing,

S - orange peel, spicy smells of ginger & cinnamon.

T - Caramel malts, balanced with fruit flavors - cherry / tangerine, even vanilla. Long and extraodinarily smooth hop transition. Lingering bite on the finish, with some peppery spice.

M - lightly carbonated, smooth - complex, not light.

Close to perfect IPA. Hearty, dangerously smooth, lacks the crispness of little brother Racer 5, instead going for something more complex. (492 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Racer X is a lightly caramelized amber tone that is too obscured to see through but still manages luminous highlights. It has an appearance emblematic of both its boldness and strength but also its citric and tropical flavours. The beer is topped with what appears to be a memory foam lining - it's firm and cushy, I could take a nap on that surface.

Attention people on a juice cleanse: here's your loophole. This smells so much like fruit that no one will know you're cheating! It's got both orchard and citrus fruits (oranges, peaches, grapefruits, mangoes) as well as all other parts of the tree: leaves, needles, bark, even the resinous secretions.

The concept of "terroir" - that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place is reflected in a product's taste and characteristics - is not nearly as applicable to beer as it is to wine (grapes generally coming from the winery's own vineyards whereas most breweries source their ingredients from around the world)...

But funny that this northern Californian DIPA should have a heightened emphasis on pine and forest-y herbals in place of the usual San Diegan characteristics of sunny, tropical, citrus fruits (which, to be sure, this has too). Indeed, in both taste and aroma, Racer X has a lot of tree resins and leafiness, but also the requisite tangerine, grapefruit, and papaya flavours.

Bear Republic is sometimes overshadowed by the likes of Stone and Russian River but they've been in the hop game just as long and, as evidenced by Racer X, make a Double IPA every bit as good and deserving of respect as any of their Californian compatriots. I drove across international borders to get a bottle - you do what you have to as well. It's that good. (1,724 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
2.3/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold to light bronze, with a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Primarily an onion and spice aroma from hops, and a bit of bready malt. But overall not a huge aroma. When I work at it, I can get almost a cheesy smell – potentially an "off" aroma?

T: This is pretty bad – oniony hops, strong enough to remind me of garlic, and some toasted bready malts. Moderate levels of bitterness, with a healthy dose of awful. There's almost a rotted onion aspect to this flavor.

M: Full-bodied, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not hot.

O: This is awful. Given my very high opinion of both Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15, it's possible (and I'm hoping) that this is somehow a bad bottle. I'll more than likely give it another try, and update if I have a different experience. But this is horrendous, both lacking in aroma and having a very off-putting flavor. This is getting poured down the drain.

EDIT: Tried a second bottle. While perhaps not as offensive as the first, it still is really sup-par. I'm supremely disappointed in this beer and will not be trying it a third time. Cannot recommend this to anyone. (1,271 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown with one finger head and lace patches that gave off a piney, citrusy, grapefruitish aroma and there is some bready/caramel malts that are noticeable. Fuller bodied, good balance as the piney citric hops are not dominant but instead kept in check thanks to a large, bready, somewhat sweet malt backbone. The finish is dry thanks to lively carbonation and more hop assertiveness although the malts are still around and sometimes the beer is even a tad sticky. A solid sipping DIPA that has more malts than usual and makes it work. (550 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, pungent, resiny, citrus, piney, grassy, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Smells awesome.

Taste: All of the above plus a tea like hop flavor and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, mild lingering bitterness, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: This beer got better as it warned up a bit. Aggressive hop characteristics that only left mild bitterness. Extremely tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable. (707 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip; clear bright orange with a nice white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice solid rings of lacing.
Smell is stunningly good...huge fruit, with tangerine, pineapple, mango, stonefruit, and lesser pine and herbal leaf. One of the best-smelling DIPAs, up there with Heady.
Taste is interesting; different than the nose suggests. The malt is very clear, but present, with some nuttiness and biscuit flavors. The hop flavor is the major element still, with juicy tropical fruit, citrus rind, and pine all in equal proportions. Alcohol is also present as a sort of flat warmth behind the flavors, and it seems to mute the flavors somewhat.
Mouthfeel is medium and slick. I'd prefer more carbonation I think.
Overall, the smell sets you up for a great experience but the taste doesn't quite deliver. But it's still a tasty and drinkable DIPA. (862 characters)

Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up. Orangey rocky foam with fine bubbles lingers long. Low aroma of honey malt, toffee and tangerine, some orange rind. Rich flavors of bready and honey malt, ripe fruit, tangerine and orange rind, some ruby grapefruit. Very hoppy, but offers a good balance of malty goodness along with the hops. Rich and full mouthfeel, viscous and chewy. Great beer. (410 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice amber color with a full two finger slightly off white head. Nice looker.

S – Citrusy and piney right out of the gate. Grapefruit with a bit of orange. Floral hops. Smells great.

T – Sweet malts and floral hops all around this one. Lot of fruit flavor in here as well with definite grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime and so on. Not overly bitter at all with just enough sweetness to make it perfect. Honey? Delicious!

M – Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O – This is damn fine. I did make a mistake of starting this one too cold and it didn’t grab me right away however when it warmed it was fantastic. I mean damn fantastic. I wished I had another bottle. This one is a huge win. (763 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale orange, two fingers thick dense cream colored head; settles slowly to a small cap and leaves chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, apricot note, pine. Taste: orange, grapefruit, toffee, mild alcohol note, pine finish. Pretty much a DIPA template. While not exotic or particularly exciting, it's got no rough edges and hits the spot. (389 characters)

Photo of JiuJitsuNINJA
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a great DIPA. It is rated World class but it is a bit shy IMO. The color and aroma of this beer is absolutely wonderfull. The taste is is a bit one sided.Plent of pine and grapefruit,with plenty of sweet malt to almost but not completely balance out the dank hops. (273 characters)

Photo of itsscience
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges and a short white head. The nose is a huge ripe grapefruit with pine needle, tangerine, and biscuit malt. At the front of the tongue I get a lot of grapefruit flavor which blends into pine needle and onion, delivering a moderate bitterness that is balanced out by malt on the finish. For a double IPA it is very drinkable with a medium body and medium carbonation, but this is quite a mild example of the style. I would guess this was a regular IPA. (506 characters)

Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I have had the Racer 5, but I remember it being an above average IPA. I was excited to try the Racer X, but am a little disappointed. Nothing really stands out about this one for me. The hoppiness is kind of one dimensional with a piney taste, but that is quickly replaced with a malty aftertaste. It's not bad, but for the price there are a lot of other double IPA's I would rather have. Good thing it is Christmas and I got plenty of different options to choose from! (493 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.