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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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1,948 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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber color with some cloudy chill haze and one finger of soapy head that fades with bubbly lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, ripe fruit, citrus hops, a bit estery.

Taste: The first hit is surprisingly on the thin side, with bready malt building. The malt is fairly hidden, though, under some pretty intense, pithy hop bitterness. A little bit of sweetness cuts through on the finish, then is overwhelmed by more lingering, pithy bitterness.

The Rest: Not bad, but given the choice I'd take a Racer 5. The balance just isn't there on this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: grapefruit and orange, west coast citrus hops, slight honey malt sweetness

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle sweetens with good malt backbone, finish is not as bitter as expected

M: heavy and sticky

O: good west coast double

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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***2013 Vintage***

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 10-21-13.

Pours a deep orange hue, very hazy with a tight patchwork of lacing, tiny air bubbles atop the head. Aroma of sliced peaches, tangerines and orange flesh; very palpable. Flavor drops a bit, resiny, overripe peaches and a bit of cedar. Medium body only, bit of a barleywine character to it.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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