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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

1,751 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
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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Ratings: 1,751 | Reviews: 470 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

clayrock81, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

woodchip, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of hopkrid
3/5  rDev -29.1%

hopkrid, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

prock180, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Yes_Ill_Have_Another, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

psuscott1, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

shehateme, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of mmhannon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mmhannon, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Dhamma73
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Dhamma73, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Flounder57, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Eweber
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Eweber, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ninaturner
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

ninaturner, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

far333, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of GallowsThief
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

GallowsThief, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Ken_P, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cdwil, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Whimpers, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BigTrubble, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

hnandez, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

hemorhoidzz, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

schopenhauerale, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kew, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Kais, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

lic217, Dec 29, 2013
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.