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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

1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 123 | FT: 5
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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Photo of montydesi
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Moderate carbonation. 1 finger off-white head. Beautiful amber color.

Major citrus on the nose. Grapefruit rind, floral hops, touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Like an amplified version of their racer 5. Not overly thick or bitter either. Nice amount of citrus flavors again. Classic west coast hop profile. Malts don't make a flavor appearance, but they must be there to tame this beast into a overall great! Definitely sticks in the mouth after drinking, however the ABV is undetectable and still is pretty easy drinking !!!

I pair this with a nice thick cut ribeye. Traditional cowboy style flavors would pair well -- mash potatoes, spininch, corn, etc. I really like this beer: well balanced, not overly bitter, nice drinkability. I give it a 92/100. A little more carbonation would jump it up to a 95 point plus for me.

Photo of dbauer
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of asmangat
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yesdog
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brians52
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jimbob25
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of curlybird
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maxfield
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Somehow have not tried this until today. The Racer 5 is great and my brother picked this up for me a few days ago. Great smell, good amount of bitterness. Absolutely would get it again.

Photo of Nazzz
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz. bomber.

Color is slightly hazy honey gold with a massive white head. Very good retention and lacing. Aroma is really tropical and fruity with grapefruit and some sweet bread. Very nice. Flavor is like caramelized grapefruit on palate - sweet and biting at the same time. The caramel shines through along with tangerine and mango and the finish is more grapefruit. Very nice. I'd call this a balanced DIPA. Body is medium/full with a lot of hop resins.

Overall, an excellent DIPA. Maybe a touch more on the sweet side than my ideal DIPA, but I really enjoyed it.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Akravatz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fcip78
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of InkedinRi
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a very good Double IPA.. Get it fresh and enjoy.. It's not a stone enjoy by or a hop stupid but respectable.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange-amber pour with a two finger off-white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is huge! One of those beers you smell as soon as it's opened. Floral and perfumy with tons of tropical and citrus fruits along with hints of tangerine, orange peel, caramel, and subtle butterscotch. The taste follows suit with gobs of juicy tangerine and bitter orange peel along with hints of grapefruit, pineapple, resiny, piney, herbal fresh hops, caramel, vanilla, grass, and bread dough. The mouthfeel is oily and subtly creamy with mouth puckering bitter hops with just enough sweet caramel malts to add a measure of balance. Overall, an incredibly bold and flavorful Double IPA that is totally drinkable. Highly recommended!

Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a dark orange to light brown color with a huge foamy white head. The beer is cloudy and there is quite a bit of thick lacing. The odor is a pleasant IPA scent, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, tropical fruits, apricot, mango, pine, malt, resin, some honey as well. The taste is very fruity, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, with some bitterness throughout.

Photo of tappangordo
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of EdwardK77
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.