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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
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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,025
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 351
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
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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,025
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to nyrangerfan for hooking me up.

4.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. Two and 1/2 fingers of frothy creamy head that retains well and leaves lots of lacing.

5.0 S: Awesome aroma. Lots of pine and grapefruity citrus from the start. Though the hops aren't particularly complex, its simple aroma is strong and wonderful. Malts take a backseat, but add a layer of complexity with a soft caramel aroma.

5.0 T: The hop flavor is massive. Completely overwhelmed. Strong piney backbone again with softer citrus notes including mandarin and regular orange. Lemony grassiness to an extent. Malts lend caramel and a slight biscuity flavor.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Creamy, but could be creamier. Dry on finish with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.

4.5 D: Awesome beer. I'd love to get a growler of this once a year (or more!). Tons of hop flavor and an excellent IPA overall. (916 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Transparent copper body with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows a touch of retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Beautiful nose....Lively and pungent floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit and orange), sugar, and sweet malt.

Taste: Same as nose. Really works well but it is just too sugary for my personal preference. Small touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Could use a touch more carbonation, but still a nice chewy med-thick body.

Drinkability: the sugar is what keeps me from scoring this one higher, but besides that it is delicious. (544 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The growler was not not full. I got the last of it at DeCicco's and so the carbonation is a little off as there was space in the bottle. Still there is a bit of and just a touch of lacing. Color is a beautiful copper with touch of cloudiness. No visible carbonation.

Smell is a yeasty bready mix of malt and hops. Fruitiness fuses it into an invitingly delicious hop bomb. Piney hops are prominent with a caramel sweetness flowing underneath.

Taste is a a collision of the big caramel malt backbone and the huge hops. They start out piney and quickly switch to grapefruit. A bit of citrus grove and afew other hops notes in this sweet hoppy symphony. There is just enough malt and breadcrust to balance the hop profile perfectly. That sweet caramel again mixed with tortured toffee. The finish is dry and bitter with a grapefruit skinned hop oiliness on the tongue and palate. Malted grains linger with a touch of menthol. Alcohol? What alcohol? Feel is full and somewhat syrupy in a good way. Hop oil is a distinct presence. A fine tingly carbonation breaks it up.

Drinkability is designated driver stuff. My wire and I killed this like it was lemonade. Wow is this smooth. No indication of the abv. Glad I got there in time to get some. (1,242 characters)

Photo of LibraryTom
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse, regrettably only a few ounces in a ten ounce chalice, but then I was working.

This beer rolled out of the tap beautifully, and was a pleasure to pour. Good, yet tight head, that did dissipate a tad quickly.

Deep, copper colored malt that is barely present in the nose, which is dominated by the well extracted hop profile of this brew. It was difficult to draw many single attributes out I found, but all the regular suspects were present.

The first sip revealed a beautiful candied orange slice base neatly balanced by the assertive yet delicate and varied hop character, which demonstrated a nice citric bite.

This beer really wins in mouthfeel as far as I am concerned, because it has a full richness that is truly powerful, yet never overbearing nor does it linger to long. In fact, this beer finishes fairly dry with a mellow hop bitterness.

Great to taste it good and fresh, and makes me remember my days in Philadelphia drinking 90 minute. Right up there with it in my book, and I love the 90. (1,035 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Hazy body, a mix of persimmon and scarlet which casts a beautiful glowing light. Buoyant finger of off-white foam recedes to a puffy skin and curling collar, leaving behind a wake of sticky pumice patterned lacing which drapes neatly over a wavy line of legs.

Valencia and blood orange aromatics along with a touch of pine and rosemary. Juicy but polite (though I wouldn't go so far as to say "restrained") hops, present harmoniously.

Herbs and grapefruit on the palate - sweet and bitter all at once. Light malt notes emerge in the finish, which brings to mind a fine orange marmalade spread on toast. Straight-forward, but pure rather than simplistic.

Well carbonated, which contributes to the perception of dryness in the finish, and distributes the fruit and bitterness energetically, leaving my gums tingling. A bit warm, but the glass was nearly empty before I noticed. A touch oily, but this works well for the style.

First class, very tasty, and distinct from its peers (if only by a gossamer margin) - all in all, worth seeking out... (1,133 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Boy was I excited when I saw this.

A: Vibrant amber color with no cloudiness at all. The head poured an inch thick and retained quite well, simmering to a quarter of an inch after about two minutes and leaving gobs of lace in its wake.

S: Nice hop aroma, some spicy and grassy, others are grapefruit and maybe some melon citrus. It does not have the same burst of hoppy aroma as say pliny or sculpin, but still nice

T: Super balanced for a DIPA. There is plenty of hop bitterness but enough caramel sweetness to back it up. It starts with a pine bitter note that transitions into a bit of melon and mild grapefruit.

M: Ultra smooth. A great amount of body is present with a good lingering bitter note. It is full without being heavy. No booze is detectable at all.

D: This is by far the best beer from Bear Republic that I have ever had. WHile some of the others can be too piny and bitter, this one goes down very smooth and is deceptively light. (953 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at O'Brien's, or where I seem to try everything on tap. This keg lasted longer than I thought it would, much longer than Expo. I guess this was review #100. Woohoo?

Appearance: Amber-orange with a frothy white crown of head that hung on pretty well. Lacing was nice too; nothing ground-breaking here, but impressive.

Smell: Very, very hoppy. What else is to be expected? Major pine and grass, with only a little fruity ester peeking through. Some pineapple is weakly there, but this is all about the dank, wet, piny, grassy, glorious hop.

Taste: As my roommate so eloquently put it: "This tastes like a forest." And it does. A huge wave of hops are there, with other maniac grasses and hops coming for round two, immediately after the first retires. There is a little more fruit here than in the nose, but the more reviews I read, I'm surprised the citrus was as muted as it was. There is a slight caramel sweetness there too, but this is all about being a huge, grassy hop bomb.

Mouthfeel: Not enamel-eroding bitter, but among the more bitter in the style, and that's saying something. Resinous, thick, and carbonated about how you'd expect while being on tap. Finishes like you just swallowed lawn trimmings, and I mean that in the best way.

Drinkability: I have to say, this is one of those times you understand, though, why more malt backbone may need to be there. It's an amazing hoppy beer, cured my desire for a hop fix right up, but in all, this is just a bit too much of one dimension to be really drinkable. I'd imagine if bottled this beer wouldn't be much fun. The freshness of the hops are excellent and fun, but even fresh, a full 16oz pint of this was more than enough for the day's hop fix, and left me wanting something different. Still, an imperial IPA through-and-through, and while not as good as Expo or Hop 15 in my opinion, still a very great example of a huge, bitter, hoppy imperial IPA. (1,933 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on-tap at the Falling Rock. Thick orange color, decent lacing. Smells kind of hoppy but faint and muted. The flavor had a some nice bitterness and fruit flavors but it was all overpowered by the alcohol taste, smell, and astringency on my tongue. You could instantly tell this was a very strong beer, very dissapointing given how good Racer 5 is. (346 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - probably the best double IPA I've had. Pours a pretty dark amber / copper with a fluffy off white head - nice lacing. Smell is straight hop deliciousness - citrus rind, pineapple, tropical fruits, and hints of pine resin. Taste is well balanced by a malt sweetness - nice hoppy finish with that signature grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a hint syrupy. Drinkability is up there for the style - awesome stuff! (433 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured at CBX in Charleston earlier today. Reviewed within an hour of when the growler was originally filled.

A: Amber color. Much darker than I had originally expected. No sediment or haze. Head filled about 1/5 of the glass.

S: Some grapefruit, copper, and sugary sweet scents are the first three. A bit of pungent, herbal hop scents on second smell. The color, hops, and scent remind me a bit of a big imperial red.

T: Excellent balance. Very good sweetness, yet also very good, clean bitterness, and some nice citrusy flavors with a hint of resin / herbal bitterness on the tail end.

M: Not as thick as some DIPA's. Moderate carbonation, which is more than average for the style. Helps contribute to the overall well-balanced nature of this beer and keeps it from seeming to sweet or syrupy.

D: 9% ABV is definitely noticeable. However, it's got very good flavor and is such a rare treat that I have to force myself not to race through Racer X. (966 characters)

Photo of natelocc787
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice and dark double IPA. Great lacing and three finger, medium beige head. Very sprucy in the smell and taste, some citrus to back it up but very bitter citrus peels. Very tasty and piney with a big dose of floral notes. Definitely lopsided towards the piney side but the bitter citrus rears its head in the beginning. Mouthfeel close to perfect. Fantastic experience I only wish it was bottled. (396 characters)

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

a bright orange/copper body supports a filmy head that seems to just ooze hops. The aroma is fresh citrus and tropical fruit, slight brown pine. I think of Breckenridge's Small Batch as an example of a piney IPA, this is a good example of a citrus IPA. Mouthwatering. Flavor is dominated by those citruses. A bit of soft fruit (peach?) gives it a thicker flavor in body. Carbonation is just right; it doesn't take away from the hops and gives it a little extra zing to it. Would like to have some cheese with this one. Darn. ABV makes this a one pint (maybe 1 1/2) and done. Zowy. (580 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Racer X. The elusively tasty member of the Bear Republic lineup. Pours a light amber with some red tones in it. Thick white head of one-finger in height lives on in a carpetlike existence.

Nose has grapefruit, candied orange, and pine. Tastes piney, spicy with white pepper, sappy, maybe even a hint of chocolate or lactose in the finish. Hop forward and unbalanced in that respect, but it still has lots of nearly imperceptible malt influence. Medium mouth feel and a matching level of carbonation leaves lots of sticky hops in the mouth.

Heck of a tasty beer chaps. Just avoid putting it on a pedestal just because the kegs are few and far in between. (659 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This great looking amber IPA was great addition to my fridge's collection of beers from the rockin' beer store next door. Racer X was good name for this big brother of the regular Racer 5 as its depth is both greater and it's aroma is more fragrant with malts, hops and fruit. I didn't even bother to pour it into my usual 50 cl glass of many reviews from before as the clear 750ml growler was just another big bottle.

Relaxing with the beer and the Falcons-49ers game, I dove into the volume of nuances. I wished had read the AHA brewing guidelines to further extol the great taste I was enjoying with a fat roast beef hero. In any event, it was a great ale to enjoy while watching football. (694 characters)

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - If you like hop aroma you'll love the the nose full of citrus hops

T - Its like drinking a pint of fresh squeezed cascade hops and I for one enjoyed the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - If you like hops you'll like this beer its very easy to drink for a DIPA its worth a trip to your local beer bar if they tap it (436 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.94/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A two finger off-white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Cascade hops all the way. Grapefruit bitterness. That is it.
T: Again, I am drinking liquid cascade hops. Bitter grapefruit dominates. Some light malty sweetness comes out as this warms up.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and crisp. For me the high alcohol and bitter beers are not easy to drink.

The typical DIPA. I had high hopes for this because Racer 5 was a great well balanced IPA. This, however, is not. Hopheads will enjoy this though. (569 characters)

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Came in a tulip glass at Sacbrew. Deep clear Copper in color 1.5 finger head, lots of lacing in the glass.

S- Big piney hops in the nose. Lots of fresh forest pine smell with a good amount of citrus. Sweet malt comes through towards the end.

T- Very good DIPA hope taste. Lots of Pine and citrus just like the smell. The Taste is a quite pleasing balance of pine and citrus when the sweet malts start to kick in. The finish is a sweet malt with touches of hop spice.

M- Medium-Full Body, Plenty of carbonation. Finish could be a touch more dry to improve

O- This is a very good DIPA, It will give you the bitter fix you need and has enough malt back bone to keep it standing up. (687 characters)

Photo of peterjk
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark orange, no head

S: Big time skunky earthy hops a hint of pine rosin and hint of citrus. Not much malt smell a tiny note of tangy dried fruit.

T: Good balance for a beer with this much hops. Salty and earthy right at the start, the flavor moves quickly to sweet malt (brown sugar, light creamy orange) and then to earthy and herbal hops. Obviously finishes rather bitter.

M: Carbonation dominates the mouthfeel. Dry on finish but some sweetness also.

D: Very drinkable for an insane imperial IPA. One glass only for me though, my mouth was still bitter after I brushed my teeth. (599 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: A slightly-hazy orange/copper color with a good white head.

S: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits here, with a little bit of pine coming in as well.

T: A little too much malt for me going on here, as I was expecting something a little more over-the-top. At the same time, I suppose that Racer 5 itself is fairly malty for a West Coast IPA, and thus this might fit right in. Other than that, the hop bill was quite nice.

M: Medium body and slightly creamy with a little bit of an alcohol touch.

D: Quite drinkable given the balance. (577 characters)

Photo of 2Stout4u
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sitting at 185 enjoying this offering from tap. I'm getting more impressed with my drinking skills for I thought the bartender said an IPA from Racer and upon me first sip I knew I was dealing with a double. A very fine double at that, more drinkable than Stones Ruin. As drinkable as a double could be. It's hoppy goodness no balance here, and that's fine by. If you have never tried and your a Hop Head do it!!!! (418 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very awesome clean/clear golden orange, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger creamy/thick/foamy head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, bitter, sweet, malty, lots of citrus/pine notes. The taste is incredible, hoppy, bitter, sweet, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes, and some caramel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, chewy. Very drinkable, probably the best DIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended. Thanks Wes! (514 characters)

Photo of NCBeernut
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just going off some mental notes from last night's pint at Woody's in City Market.

Rich copper color topped with a one-finger super creamy-looking head like it was poured from a nitro tap. Huge citrus hop aroma that I could smell as soon as my server set it on the table. Major hop bomb - in a good way. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with just a touch of caramel malt. Very resinous. Where is the 9%? Feels like I am drinking something around 7%. Dangerously easy to drink. Full bodied. The creamiest IPA/DIPA I have ever had. No tannins detected. Just thick, creamy hop goodness in a glass. There seems to be some richness to the malt though - maybe Maris Otter base malt? This is exactly what I want in a DIPA. (710 characters)

Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at Amsterdam Ale House as a part of New York City Craft Beer Week. I was surprised and thrilled to see this beer, which i'd hear so much about, to be featured here on the east coast. It has a little too much alcohol hotness that Double IPA's can have and not as good as the Racer 5, but a good double ipa none the less. Good copper color, carbonation and smell. Taste and drinkablity are a little intense.

1/23/10
Had this again on tap at Amsterdam Ales House and was equally disappointed this time. You would think that the brewery that makes arguably one of the best single IPA's could make a double that was just as good. Once again. the heat was too intense and the malt and hops didn't stand out for me in any way. (736 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A: Copper color, with a thin head that laced fairly well.

S: A little more intense grapefruit/mango/pineapple essence than Racer 5, balanced out with even more biscuit. Good mix, but still lacking a hop-bitter presence.

T: Same as the aroma. Definitely more flavorful than Racer 5, but I found this one to be a little more dominated by the biscuit maltiness rather than the citrus essence. No hop bitterness until the dry aftertaste. Also picked up the alcoholic presence in the finish.

M: Creamy, non-carbo feel.

D: A little too thick/malty and strong to be a sessionable beer. (597 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer Store in SF. A VERY legitimate DIPA. Had this side-by-side at City Beer Store with 21st Amendment Double Trouble IPA, which is also very solid and this domo'd it.

A - Great orange-copper appearance with a lasting creamy off-white head.

S - Lots of crisp piney, resinous hops and sweet malt to balance.

T - Sweet caramel malt, excellent piney, citrusy, resinous hops. Like Racer 5, but with more malty, hoppy goodness. A little alcohol present, but less than you'd expect.

M - Medium bodied for the style with average carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and oils coat the palate.

D - For what it is, this is very drinkable. Pint went down before I knew it. This one could be dangerous. (708 characters)

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