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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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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,755
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 78 | FT: 2
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:
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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003)
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | 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.

BB1313, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DRTBrewster, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

tenacioustomato, Jan 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

joseluispino, Jan 15, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

KomodoDragon, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Peder, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

rflips86, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

BigBlueShep, Jan 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

MorganH, Jan 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

HookemHops13, Jan 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

backslide311, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Jeffrey2310, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Remdog, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

navin, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bexley10, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JSBILK, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BalancingBrooms, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

acashk, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

biegaman, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

themegamancave, Jan 09, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%

randeezy74, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

vermilcj, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

KevinGordon, Jan 09, 2014
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.