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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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1,810 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

MattSweatshirt, Jan 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JISurfer, Jan 25, 2014
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2.54/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been a fan of Racer beers but this was overly sweet with a very sour after-taste showing an unbalanced, poorly shipped or produced beer.

The XV was much better balanced and travelled well and the Racer is a good representation of a west coast style but the X was very, very poor.

Anyone in Ohio disappointed with their X?

BaronRVH, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

cincysig, Jan 24, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange/red with almost no head, but whats there is white.

S: Sweet orange in the nose, similar scent to Racer V, but amped up a bit.

T: Taste is more floral and pine forward. Citrus is still present, orange, mango, tangerine show up on a malty backbone.

M: Feels like a typical DIPA. Medium-full bodied and fairly carbonated.

O: I don't know if this is as good as Racer V. I certainly don't think it's good as 15 or Black Racer. The hop profile seems to work better against the smaller malt backbone, and lower alcohol content V. Still an excellent DIPA.

Note: These notes were from a festival that took place before the GABF, to which the same batches of these were sent, so the beer was in it's prime when we tried it.

BierJager89, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bleeps, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JArmour15, Jan 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

nealbert, Jan 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Moheban, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Dizzy242, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

bnewms87, Jan 22, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong piney hops hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is on the thin side but typical for the West Coast IPA and still brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, it’s an excellent 2IPA to pound for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kdown, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

zdeck37, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kushlash23, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

tfidler, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Zonian1, Jan 20, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear amber color under a dense, creamy head of milky froth. Very "dark" smelling for the style, almost more like an American-style Barleywine. Dank pine resin, peppery and pungent with some zesty, spicy grapefruit and cedar. A touch of alcohol as it warms. Taste follows the nose, definitely trending towards the spicy, herbal, piney side of the hop spectrum with enough malt to keep some balance without making it too sweet. Flowery, lemony, peachy hops followed by some tea-like notes, light black cherry, and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied, creamy, and textured. This is tastier and tastier with each sip...more hoppy than it seems on first sip, yet not scathingly bitter, overly fruity, or too extreme in one way or another. Just a fine, well-crafted hoppy strong ale from Bear Republic.

wedge, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

justinbrown, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mjstacker, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

nrbw23, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bkwhoppa66, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

valkyre65, Jan 18, 2014
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.