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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
500 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
500
Ratings:
2,106
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

Added by xlperro on 01-13-2003

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty for $4 a goblet, not a bad deal. My overall impression was that this beer was very drinkable and quite tasty. It's also not too malty, which is a pet peeve of mine in the DIPA category. The aroma is a little light, but the goblet shape probably doesn't help. The aroma and flavor both starts with big, smooth, and juicy pineapple with a hint of grapefruit. The flavor flows into more pine and peach with a mild earthy edge. The beer finishes with a dry citrus aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I'd have another.

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint glass on-tap at Capone's.

A - Pours a pale amber with a fluffy and creamy white head. Leaves heavy lacing.

S - An upfront citrus and pine hop blast that is nicely balanced out by sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit, spice notes present.

T- Citrus hops upfront with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Very crisp.

M - Medium body, very creamy - one of the best-feeling IPA's I've experienced.

D - Great taste and amazing creamy mouthfeel make it go down almost too nicely.

A really fantastic IPA - hopheads need to check this out.

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Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at TJ's Everyday, left over from the Ballast Point-Bear Republic cage fight this past weekend.

A: The DIPA is a bright orange color, coppery with just enough reddish tones to be memorable. The glow renders the ale translucent. A small head from the pour didn't linger long.

S: The aroma is a pine forest, laden with thick hops that seemingly show off everything except for the new car scent. Sweeter fruit aromas also waft out of the glass, accentuating the hop-centric nature of the ale.

T: The first sip is a boozy extension of the nose, sweet and sharp but oh so sweet. The hop bitterness retains its pine focus with sweet fruit playing an auxiliary role. Oily hops drop with juices, including sweet peach and full pine. The only drawback is that boozy heat. It follows on the coattails of the hops and isn't afraid to show its strength. The caramel malt backbone is an afterthought.

M: How many hop pellets can be squeezed into one glass? I don't know but this one really wants to settle it. A fragrant, delicious hop bouquet that hits the spot.

D: One snifter was enough for me, the boozy strength is overwhelming at times. The hops, though, will leave you in a blissful state.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice, clear copper color. A nice one finger of white head sat on top, nice retention and left thick lacing throughout. Nose is a combination of piney and citrus hops, a touch of bready malts which caught me by surprise. Taste is really outstanding! The taste starts with a big burst of piney hops, lending way to some caramel malts that gave a sweet character, and finish out with some citurs hops - orange peel is detectable. This beer is amazingly well balanced. Big hop bites with a crisp clean finish, medium bodied, and that 9% alcohol is so well hidden that it could sneak up and bite you in the ass if you aren't careful. This is a highly drinkable beer!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Publick House,Brookline, 6/7/09.

Poured a golden, pink tinted, amber color similar to that of a peach rind. White foamy head with white foamy retentention that left white foamy legs sliding down the glass like sea foam. Foam.

Reeks of wet, juicey hop stank. Juicey Fruit hops accented by gummi peach rings blend with a floral hop bouquet, sweet caramel malt and errant pine hints. Would make a great car air freshener scent.

Rolling waves of euphoria across the palate. The hop fruit salad comes through first but OMG is there resin. Tastes like chewing on a hop bud that squeezes out piney hop oil. Though hop dominant sweet caramel malt makes a nice showing and rounds out the flavor. Not too bitter.

Though aggressively tastey and fragrant, smooth silky carbonation and sticky resin mouthfeel let you know this beer has laid back roots.

As drinkable as 9% abv can get.

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Photo of AltBock
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try Bear Republic's mighty Racer X on tap at Capone's on 6/6/2009. They served it to me in a Kirin Ichiban pint glass.

This Double IPA poured a hazy golden amber with a great looking creamy 2 inch head of pearl white foam. This head of foam was damn creamy that it looked like the bartender dropped a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of my beer. The creamy head of foam had sweet ass retention that left behind a milky white film and white lace residue around the glass!

I still can't believe how well balanced the aroma was. The aroma started off with a strong hoppy aroma of bitter citrus hops, spruce, bitter grapefruit, yeast, orange peel, and some fresh fruits toward the end. Lying in wait like a Tiger waiting for its prey to run by was the scent of sweet caramel malts. I never would have thought caramel malts could balance out all of these super hoppy aromas, but it sure as hell did! Exceptional aroma!

This Double IPA wasn't playing around. As soon as my taste buds said go, in comes a title wave of bitter citrus hops. The hops were flexing their muscles and it showed it. After the hops felt a little sympathy for the other flavors, the hops then let through the taste of dried flowers, spruce, bitter grapefruit, and a subtle hint of toasted malts. The taste was as strong as the aroma, but it wasn't as well balanced. The hops came in, took over the taste, and it never looked back.

This was a full bodied Double IPA (no duh!), with a nice level of carbonation, and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste bitter citrus hops, spruce, bitter grapefruit, and dried flowers. It was sad to see that the caramel malts couldn't make it to the after party. This strong hoppy aftertaste will linger on for a long time after the sweet nectar has left the mouth.

If you like your super hoppy West Coast Double IPAs, then this beer will clearly satisfy your insatiable IPA tongue. In the end, it was great to look at, a pleasure to smell, and fun to drink. Would I ever drink this beer again? I most certainly would!

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Photo of mhatters
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at TDR Exton in a tulip glass

Pours a brassy-copper color with some deeper highlights. A medium off-white head hangs about a bit.

Lots of juicy hops in the nose, pine and citrus well balanced and each having a role. A nice maltiness complements the hops nose

The piny hops open the flavor. The citrus note comes in after with orange and tangerine flavor. The sweet malts provide a brilliant base for this beer. A great balance between hops and malt.

A bit heavy but not in a bad way - there is a lot to this beer. I enjoyed 2 of these back-to-back, and could have enjoyed more if there we not other beers I was interested in on tap.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with a perfectly placed stark white head on tap. Damn this looks good in a snifter glass!

Smell is fresh, sharp citrusy hops along with some of that sought after piney-ness that we all love. There is also a nice dose of sweet sweet malt in the background. Love the smell of this stuff.

Taste is tongue numbing acidic citrusy piney hop goodness. Its what a hop head craves, that fix is there for sure! Along with all that nice fresh hoppy goodness is a sweet powdered sugary malt back that really does a good job to almost balance out this potential hop bomb.

Smooth drinking with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I'd love to have a few more of these right now!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this goodie at Spike's tonight. Review formed from notes.

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright reddish copper body with small off-white head. Body is crystal clear. Head is initially a bit loose, but quickly condenses to a creamy ring. Fantastic lacing all the way down.

Smell: Herbal hops and juicy grapefruit. Some pine. Floral and fragrant.

Taste: Balanced. Lots of toasted malt upfront, followed by caramel, dusty pine, earth, and floral hops. Bitterness seems pretty tame at first, but definitely picks up steam throughout the session. Once again, balanced.

Mouthfeel: Oily, a bit sticky, and medium-bodied. Fine carbonation works very well with this beer; provides for a smooth ride all the way. Alcohol masked very well. Finishes bitter and dry (but not as dry as you'd think).

Drinkability: This pint disappeared too fast. I would've stayed for another f it weren't for an upcoming project meeting. Not a mind-blowing beer, but possibly the perfect ambassador for the style. There's a reason the percent deviation for this one is so low.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear amber with a thin, but dense head (bar pour leaves little room for head...). Nice, sticky lacing.

S - A hoppy sonofagun, as expected. Super piney & resiny, with some citrus, wildflowers, and caramel malt for good measure.

T - More malty than anticipated, but hop-forward is still an understatement. Piney, resiny hops abound, with the citrus and caramel still playing a supporting role. A bit of biscuit in the back that I didn't notice in the nose. Solid bitterness, but not overpowering.

M - Medium-full body. Nice, fine carbonation. Smooth & slick.

D - Good balance keeps it high for a DIPA. I wish this stuff turned up more often.

A very solid DIPA. Doesn't really stand out from the pack, but is in the upper echelon of the standards. Try it if you come across it.

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Photo of gibby
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from capones for 6/2 phish show. Been looking fwd to trying this beer for a while now. Poured into a standard pint glass in the parking lot. Darker color than I expected, very amber, reddish. Thick soapy 2 finger head after the pour. Smelled very hoppy, citrus, toffee, orange, sugary, really nice aroma. Semi thick mouthfeel, seemed a little syrupy and boozy at times. Carbonation was very nice for being in a growler for a few hours, I had no complaints. Had 3 pints and I was feeling good, which was my plan. Not sure what the abv % is but it packs a punch after a few. As it warmed I could taste the alcohol more and more. Overall it was a very good offering. I am a big fan of the racer 5 so I was glad to try the double. Looking fwd to having this again at the TJ's ballast point vs bear republic face off. the racer X is a nice find for the hopheads out there, recommended. Cheers.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to my boy spacecoyote. Reviewed as a growler.

Pours a clear reddish orange, very bright, thick off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring leaving a ton of lace on the glass, looks real nice. Smell is great, very hoppy, some yeast, grapefruit, floral, toasty malt, caramel, orange peel, pine, very hoppy but balanced. Taste is similar, caramel sweetness and toast, grapefruit and orange, pine, floral, some light fruit, pineapple, lightly sugary, big bitterness but perfectly balance and complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Damn do BR make balanced DIPAs! This reminds me a bit of Apex in that its super complex but perfectly balanced, very good stuff. I could certainly put down quite a few pints. Thanks Carl!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very big thanks to tpd975 who shared this at a tasting I randomly showed up at in Tampa. I have always wanted to try this beer. Pours a deep burnt orange color with a decent with head resting atop. Heads sticks around a while, and has the requisite lacing from a well made beer. A very strong earthy/pine hops aroma, and not sure if this was due to its journey, but a bit of a sour aroma too. What the beer lacked in hop aroma was made up in the taste, strong hops here. Well made in that the hops are balance with a strong malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel, but none of that dry hop aftertaste makes this very drinkable for a style that can many times not be.

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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW347 for this gem.

A: Pours a nice copperish orange hue with a nice foamy head from a growler pour. Nice retention and a good smattering of lace.

S: Nice pine hops right from the start, hints of rotten fruit, and a big dose of floral hops.

T: Loaded with nice sweet caramel malt up front. On the back end is a huge dose of citrus hops with a healthy dose of floral hops. It's a big beer.

M: On the fuller side of medium, fairly full bodied for the style. Good carbonation with a nice bitter finish.

D: Pretty good, the hops bitterness dies a bit as it warms.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a sierra nevada pint glass.

A- Racer X is a amber color with some orange spots within. Last year when I had this the head was gigantic and expanding and the best i've seen on a DIPA. This year there was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grsapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt keeping up. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Big malts to give off a balance but dont reaslly come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- A step above medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness reallly got to me though. This also has somewhat of an oily feel. I probably would have got blasted away if I took large gulps, so I sipped it.

D- A nice ABV not to high but one pint of this is enough for me. This is a hop bomb and a bit off balanced, a bit more malt would have helped. I will drink this again though, just have to be in the mood.

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Photo of duncan9idaho
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first glance this impressive beer has a great orange, amber hue with great clarity. Lacing is tight and the head is frothy. Nose is a combo of orange blossom, pine, baked bread and malty sweetness that is not overpowering but balanced. From the first sip to the lasting finish it is a big beer that is amazingly balanced.

Aaron

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Photo of bwd110
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 05/28/09.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper with a 1 inch white head. Sharp shards of lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit at first, punctuated heavily by pine notes. Big whiff of sweet caramel malt as well.

T: A little backwards from what I'm used to, but it works here. Initial taste is big and sweeping malt flavor - adds a real heaviness to the taste. Malt thick sweetness up front. Big malt bill here. Next comes a big wallop of piney bittering hops. Big bitter flavor that lasts midway through, right to the finish. Grapefruit profile doesn't come out until the finish, but lingers nicely - especially in your beer burps!

M: Big body, oily, and smooth. Can't complain about much here.

D: Goes down pretty easy, leaving you wanting for more.

Bear Republic kicks some ass again!

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Falling Rock Tap House while visiting Denver, CO.

Presentation: Poured from tap into a pint glass.

A: This beer looks amazing. Super fluffy/oily cream white 1 finger head that seems to sit atop the beer like a thick blanket. It never goes away the whole time I drink it. The beer is a beautiful medium orange/rust color and laces the glass pretty well.

S: Smell is strong of hops, specifically I smell flavors of mangoes pineapples in this one. Extremely nice, and complex to boot.

T: Taste follows the nose especially in the pineapple on the back side. I don't like that it is more bitter than I'd care for though. Unfortunate because I simply can't knock ANYTHING else about this beer. It just finishes a little bitter for me. Maybe slightly colder I would have preferred it more, but it was served to me around 50 degrees.

M: Absolutely world class. Creamy, oily, perfect weight. No complaints whatsoever. One of the best in this category I've ever had.

D: Hurt by the bitterness, but don't get me wrong. I really loved it. An outstanding DIPA.

Don't miss this if you have a chance to get it. Truly one of the best DIPA's I've had or beers I've had for that matter in many categories.

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Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another stellar beer that Viggo shared with me. thanks eric!

22oz hand-bottle from biercraft, reviewed as a growler as that's likely more accurate. sampled may 23/09.

pours deep orangey amber with a big dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of pine. light alcohol. big biscuit and wheat bread. orange. cracker. it smells chewy even before taking a taste.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. light alcohol. big crisp lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light grain. white bread. biscuit. bit of earthy and woody character too, but mostly citrus and pine and a huge malt profile. orange marmalade. medium-high bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance with a great malt and hop profile. tons of depth. great stuff.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

After hearing some of the worst words in beerdom, 'you're 15 minutes late for Pliny', the world-class barkeep suggested Racer X. Nice call, Cory. Minimal one finger head (no short pours here, Brother) with ebony body. Very prominent malt aroma with resiny hops pushed to the background. Sweet brown bread with caramel notes and complex hops on the taste buds, minimal pine character. Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. At this ABV more of a sipper than a session beer, but it does taste good. To be honest, while it may sound sacrilegious, this reminded me a bit of HOTD Fred (!). Another fine Bear Republic brew, highly recommended for DIPAheads.

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Photo of Ummagum
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer today at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. I had 2- 16 oz pints. This is a great beer and I will definitly go back and drink it again. Great mouth feel, great smell and very drinkable. Even though it is 9%, you are not overwhelmed by the alcohol. Racer X is great from start to finish.

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber orange colored with an off white fluffy thick highly retentive head.

Fabulous nose. Fresh piney hops with a big citrus burst, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine. Some caramel malty aromas waft up with a bit of grassy ester on the finish.

Very balanced. Backbone is of thick caramel malt with an awesome thick creamy mouthfeel. Great mouth!! Resiny hops with hints of alcohol. Really can't get past the mouthfeel. Hops are gritty on the finish with nice fruity resiny middle. Lemon rind, tangerine, ctirusy grapefruit, grassy and pine. A elegan style IPA.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a golden-amber color with a nice light-tan head. Good head retention that leaves a couple streaks of lacing down the glass.

S- Smells very hoppy, with a full, complex hop profile. A full boquet of citrus and piney hops come through, backed by a slight malty, caramel-like sweetness.

T- Again, very hoppy. The hops hit hard with notes of grapefruit, pine, resin, tangerine, and orange rind. A caramel sweetness brings out the fruityness, but there's a nice clean, bitter finish.

M- Medium body and very thirst-quenching

D- Really smooth. I actually drank this one a lot faster than I meant too because it was just so refreshing and delicious. Didn't even notice the alcohol until my pint was gone.

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Photo of vasdef42
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks Ed and Aaron for the free pints of this rare treat!
dark copper transparent pour, healthy light tan head, lacing all over the place.
the smell, super piney, with a toffee, caramel backbone. hella hoppy nose! sniffed this one for a minute before diving in.
chewy as hell toffee on the taste, followed by pine resin bite. tastes a bit boozey, surprised to hear this is only 9 percent, would've guessed around 11 from the taste. sticky icky! coats the tongue with hoppy goodness that just wont let go. definitely top notch DIPA, over the top (turned my hat backwards) hops and malty chewiness!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Occasionally, there comes a gent kind enough to send you a wanted beer for nothing. Carl is one of them. Thanks, man!

A: Deep copper with amber highlights. A thick, off-white head caps this beer, leaving lace as it slowly subsides.

S: Holy hops, batman! A riot of juicy pine and citrus, with just immaculate aroma. Mild maltiness is perceived on the nose, this one's very very hoppy, though

T: Opens up with plenty of juicy hops, pine in nature with a LOT of flavor before a comparatively mild bitterness kicks in, along with flavors of candied orange and tangerine. Sweet caramel malts meld beautifully with the pine hops mid palate, before a dry and resiny finish takes over.

M: On the heavier side of light-bodied, the carbonation in this week+ old growler's held up very well. The resin character on the finish is gorgeous!

D: With all of 22oz in this one, I'm going to be sad when it's gone. The low ABV really enhances the drinkability, too

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.