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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

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BA SCORE
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1,601 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 1601
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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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willjschmidt

California

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

Served on-tap in a pint glass at City Beer in SF.

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing as well.

S: Piney hops and some citrus.

T: A damn good DIPA. Very well balanced: a great hop taste of pleasantly bitter hops, bursting with citrus, and all over a solid malt base.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: One of the better DIPA's that I have had, would love to see them bottle this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 16:44:31 | More by willjschmidt
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Growler fill from Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Bartender was young but super badass and very good at his job and really seemed to know his stuff.

Very clear amber orange... nice 3/4" creamy head with great sheets of lace.

Very floral but that only lasts until you get slammed with a mess of resiny citrus hops... a little sweet maltiness... and a little toasty malts is detectable as it warms... but the hops prevail on all battle lines.

The flavor is dominated by a fantastically fresh hoppiness... nice bitterness but not overpowering... huge piney/grapefruit hops with a little too much sweetness for my taste... still fairly balanced.. the body is big... but very smooth... more of a fruitiness emerges on the palate as it warms... tropical fruits... sorta like a natural starburst... finish is long and a complex menagerie of big American hops... fantastic.

I am soooo glad I noticed this was Racer X... I looked at the board and the menu a dozen times and just passed it off as Racer 5... but then the X clicked and I did a little beer geek jig.

all 4.5's and probably deserves better.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2008 07:18:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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bifrostguard

California

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

A - Translucent light amber with a small off white head and a little lacing.

S - Citrus hops and malt sweetness.

T - Bitterness if up front with a strong citrus flavor leading back into a bitter hop flavor. Like a stronger Racer 5.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Very bitter and drying at a moderate ABV so I guess that means I'll be drinking a lot of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 08:22:05 | More by bifrostguard
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Capones.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus, and just all around nice and hoppy. Tastes of pine, citrus, with some caramel. Definitely more hoppy than malty! Very nice hop bomb.

Notes from and tasted on 4/19/08

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2008 01:22:11 | More by hopdog
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squaremile

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Baileys in PDX

Observables: dark amber color, white head stays on top the whole time, all hops in the nose, makes me feel like I'm on a hop farm

Taste: Huge burst of pin/citrus hops and it never quits, very clean taste and finish. I'm sure there are malts in here for balance but they are harder to detect and the bitterness is definitely off the charts in the most pleasant way.

Overall: My favorite double IPA to date. It is a hop showcase that is impossible to forget. World class.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 08:34:34 | More by squaremile
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

The flavors of the Racer families of beer show that dry maltiness and superior hop character aren't all that matters in this hop-tensive style. There's a lot of room for complexity and variety as well.

Pouring with an impressive honey-amber color and moderate and consistent haze, the beer carries a clean and controlled look. From the formation of a creamy white cap to its withstanding head retention and further to its intricate patterns of lace, the beers stately and confident appearance never waivers.

Juicy aromas of hop burst with scents of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, and overall citrusy character. Only the background of caramel malts provide a sweeter, breadier, and almost biscuit quality that informs and supports the perfumy hops. Round in a measure of tropical fruit esters and an English-like ale scent and we have a fortified aroma that never looses focus.

Flavors follow a similar path, but takes a different step toward the same hop-heavy balance. The malty richness and sweetness show up with a firm but thin caramel sweetness, soft bready or shortbread flavor, and an estery start of pineapple, appricot, and tangerine. As the fruity flavors turn at mid palate toward citrusy grapefruit, mulled herbs and grasses, and a slight piney taste, there also sets in a growing bitterness that cleanly grows to resiny proportions in the finish and dominates the flavor profile in aftertaste.

Moderate throughout, the appreciation of modest carbonation allows for an understated creaminess that accents maltiness especially early, but offers a sprite dryness ad mid palate that ushers in alcohol warmth, resiny hop dryness, and a fleeting malt finish. The beer concludes with a definitive hop dryness and bitterness with no astringency or harshness and only a whisper of bready caramel malt afterwards.

Dangerously drinkable and highly rewarding- this classy ale never gets old for a hophead like me with high demands from his hop-heavy beers!

Thanks Ynot2

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 17:17:25 | More by BEERchitect
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rye726

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is damn fine Double IPA, one of the best I've had.

It pours an rich woody brown with shades of amber. Creamy tan head displays excellent lacing and retention.

The nose is an explosion of pine and citrus hops well balanced by nutty malts, caramel and toffee.

Huge amount of bitter hops hops up front and through the finish. Perfect balance is maintained by bready malts and dark carmelized candies.

Silky smooth body has a delicate yet crisp carbonation. Dank, resiny hops coat the palate for a lasting finish.

Another superb West Coast IPA that should be put into bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2008 02:24:23 | More by rye726
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Caught this one on tap at Fathead's awhile back and have since filled a growler at Mad Mex in Robinson, I can't believe I never logged my review of this brew. One of the best DIPA to cross my palate yet, Bear Republic nails every style the make this West Coast DIPA is no exception. Appears a clouded copper orange hued body the oils grip to the chalice when you swirl your glass. Head is a thin scan white color with minimal specks of lacing scattered on the glass. Aroma has a huge hop bouqet with candy coated sugar glazed deep pine, citrus fruit, and pinapple notes definite layers of grapefruit pungency as well. More of the an intense wave of hops passes your senses with the first sip, big bitterness but also big on fermentable sugars here with the malts really wrapping around the bitter hop bursts. Layers of sugar and massive bitterness compete with one another with alcohol and resinous hop oils in the finish. More hughe grapefruit zest, pine needles, some tobacco leaf, and floral hop flavors. Mouthfeel is big with thick hop oils stick to the palate leaving the hop bitterness lie on the palate between each sip. Drinkability such a rare treat glad I had a couple run ins with this bad boy, flows so nicely remains balanced even with raw hop bitterness kick ass west coast DIPA at it's best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 16:50:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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supermanjace

California

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

Having had the X recommended to me over a year ago before a trip to San Francisco, it wasn't until having Racer 5 at home after the trip that I realized how much I had likely missed out on by not finding this beer in SF in the first place.

Well, now I know for sure what I was missing, and OH MAN, it is tasty. I had a nice pint of this bad boy and it came to me with a thin, but cloudy head, after a few minutes of walking from the bar to my table (I sent my wife-- another plus). A light caramel color, not as light as a typical IPA, but by no means too dark. And hazy... ahh the haze that is a sure sign that you've got a doozie of an Imperial IPA.

Each drink of this filled my palate with hops, but not just hops a clean soapy tingly hops that quenched my thirst yet demanded another sip almost immediately, leaving behind perfect lacing with each sip.

Not at all is it detectable that this clocks in at 9%. It's is very drinkable. If there weren't so many good beers to try at Naja's the night I tried this, I could have drunk it for hours. Any chance you have to drink this, do it. And if you can get a growler, bring it to a BBQ or the beach and just drink away. Bring a designated driver though, because this will send you over the moon, as you won't wanna stop.

Smooth, drinkable, bitter and delicious... Were it as available as 90 minute IPA, perhaps Beer Advocate would have a tough competition for number one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 21:20:25 | More by supermanjace
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

I had this on tap at Naja's in Redondo Beach (served in a pint, $7). The beer was murky copper color with very little head. The smell was very west coast hops, lots of grapefruit and some pine needle resin mixed together. The taste is aggressive with afore-mentioned hops while having a serious amount of malt thrown in for balance. This is comfortably a DIPA, but it rides the line close to barley wine territory. The body is fairly thick making this seem a significant beer, easy for me to finish the pint but it forced some nursing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 02:28:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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mithrascruor

California

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a cloudy apricot-amber color with a rocky off-white head. Nice citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange. Bold yet generally balanced taste starting with the citrus and becoming more bitter hop flavors. Medium bodied and generally smooth with mild carbonation. A strong beer, but nice and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 00:30:55 | More by mithrascruor
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a gift beer from pimpp. It was a recent growler trade of his and he was nice enough to share. The format of the beer I received was a hand filled 12 oz brown bottle and the initial growler was poured a week ago today.

Appearance: Suprisingly, the beer still had a nice foamy off-white head on the pour! She's clear and true amber in color. As I agitate the beer to evoke more aromas, I see long and stringy lacing forming. Looks like a thing of beauty.

Smell: Smells of pineapple, oranges, grapefruit in the front, trailing with caramel malts. To be honest, it smells like Bell's Two Hearted tastes - strange!

Taste: Wow, this is a great tasting IPA! Like I mentioned earlier, this is reminiscent of Two Hearted Ale to me. I bet there's lots of centennial hops brewed in this one. Hop resin is all over the place, but balanced by the toasted malts in such a way that they aren't overly bitter, but more like "sweet and sour" almost. Other flavors detected include honey, tea and an undefineable sweet berry of some kind, (maybe strawberry or blackberry?). The beer finishes with a hoppy, waxy residue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a shockingly good amount of carbonation remaining, being that it was poured, packaged, shipped from CA to OH, poured into hand filled bottles, then sat in my beer fridge for 24 hours!!! Aftertaste is waxy, as mentioned earlier.

Drinkability: This is a fine example of a DIPA. Flavors were gracefully blended together. I didn't get hops punch to the face either... For what it's worth, I'd love to see this in bottle format and sent to Ohio with the remainder of Bear Republic's lineup! If you're a fan of Centennial hops beers like Two Hearted, this is definitely a close competitor. Highly recommended.

Thanks again, pimpp - you rock!

Serving type: growler

06-27-2008 01:21:55 | More by beachbum1975
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy amber with steady streams of CO2 rising to the top with a fluffy, two finger beige head that never fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, grapefruit, orange, and spice.
Taste is of the aromas with more caramel covered biscuit that's been spiced with grapefruit zest.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, spicy, and slick in the finish with hop oil.

Serving type: growler

06-25-2008 01:36:03 | More by weeare138
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pwoods

Ohio

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

Big thanks to Reed415 for another great growler trade.

64oz. growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper apricot color. Pretty, and I like the glowing haze, but I'd like to see a brighter, more vibrant color. Not bad, though. A 1/2 finger head forms and dies within a minute or so. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruits with pungent acidity. Great west coast pine scent with that little touch of pepper. Super sweet, but not thick or syrupy, malts to lightly balance.

T/M: Bitterness is at a nice level. Packs a punch but not tongue killing and lightly balanced from the malts. More of the citrus but a little muddled, nothing really standing out. The pine and hop resin take a lead role. Maybe a touch of tea flavor right in between the hops and malts, just as the bitterness dies before the lingering finish. Malts are very sweet, again, but pleasant.. Not syrupy as it can sometimes be. Malts have a tasty toasty and nuttiness and the alcohol really shines in the latter half of the drink. Body is medium full but without thick chewiness or syrupy texture. Carbonation has held up nicely.

D: For a DIPA and 9% ABV, it's more than reasonably drinkable. I'll fill 2 hand bottles and probably finish the rest tonight.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2008 01:12:23 | More by pwoods
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off tap at The Boathouse in Conshohocken into a Chimay chalise glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with miminal off white head. Medium carbonation.

S: Smells of grapefruit, citrus and pine with a nice malty sweetness underlying.

T: I got more grapefruit this time on tasting the Racer X with hints of pine and grass and massive bitterness. The malt is eveident when drinking as you get a nice underlying sweetness and this tap version seemed a bit hotter with the acohol than my taste off growler. Still a very complex an flavorful beer.

M: Medium with a warm alcohol feel that seems heavier this time around. Maybe this keg was fresher, but anyway more alcohol was noticable for sure in this one. Light carbonation.

D: Medium only because I was getting the alcohol kick. Still, a great DIPA that I would gladly drink anytime.

Overall this is a very good beer. The west coast style is alive in Racer X and we are lucky to have it available here in PA. Kudos to Bear Republic for making another outstanding beer.

Update: 6/23/2008. After just recently tasting some fresh Pliny the Elder and a bottle of the Port Brewing Hop 15, the Racer X has fallen a bit on my scale of top CA DIPAs. I rate Pliny and Hop 15 squarely ahead of this beer, and I'm a huge Bear Republic fan.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 20:20:55 | More by Kadonny
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csmiley

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to prototypic for the chance to try this one.

A - Pours bright copper / orange in color. The head is slow to rise and looks good when finished. Didn't stick around for very long though. The resulting lace looked very nice.

S - There is a smack of hops that comes into the nose first. Starts out thick with resin and flows smoothly into some fruity goodness (orange, grapefruit, cherry). Notes of tobacco and leafy undertones round out the hop profile. There is a solid malt base that holds its own against the hops but never tries to steal the show.

T - Starts out with some pleasing citrus flavors. Mostly orange backed by some grapefruit. Leaf and pine pop in next and stay pretty mild. The initial hop bite is strong but mellows eventually to reveal some caramel and bread flavors from the malt. Alcohol is present but it remains warm and soothing.

M - Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation levels. Finish starts out pretty bitter and works into a smooth feel. A touch of dryness hangs out at the tail end.

D - Drinkability is excellent. Smells and tastes great. This is what I would look for if I were going to purchase a DIPA. It has the typical "death to tastebuds" sensation but is not as harsh as others of the style. Why this beer is not bottled is a mystery to me. Excellent beer that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2008 15:49:57 | More by csmiley
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prototypic

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Reed415 for the growler. Much appreciated.

Appearance: It's hazy and golden brown in color. Head was a little off white and about a finger and a half deep. It was quick to dissipate and left a light lacing on the glass.

Smell: There's an initial wave of citrus grapefruit and orange that's sweet and refreshing. Hops are aggressive, piney, and citric. It even features a slight, floral or grainy element. There's a good bit of malt in there. Smells like a mix of caramel and pale malts. Alcohol is not noted on the nose. Faint yeasty presence. This is an excellent smelling beer that's not to be understated.

Taste: Citrus sweetness is strong up front. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange primarily. Hops kick in shortly thereafter and are very piney and bitter. Caramel and pale malts stabilize the hop attack a little, but not much. Malts have a nice, sweet taste to them. Ultimately, it remains piney and bitter. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but not much. Yeasty flavor clings to the palate a little. Finishes sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has an excellent, creamy feel. Very, very smooth. Carbonation is great and it's very crisp. Excellent drinking for summertime. Drinkability is pretty damn high. It's 9%, but doesn't taste or feel quite that big. I've got a growler and I'm more than happy to give it my all tonight.

Racer X is damn fine. I can't say that Bear Republic's come up with something really unique or different here. But, it is extremely well done on all fronts. Too bad they don't bottle and distribute it. It's a really nice DIPA. Check it out if the opportunity arises.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2008 01:48:21 | More by prototypic
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Murchmac

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer store.

I usually dont review beers on tap but will make an exception for this one.

Pours a beautiful deep orange, classic looking DIPA. Nice head, lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells Citrus Citrus Citrus. Like smelling those citrus bags of ludens. Great sweet malt smell to it.

Tastes fricking great. Not overpowering but lets you know "I got fruity pebbles"

Lingering resiny piney aftertaste like a good DIPA should. The alcohol just creeps up, you'd never know until you start thinking your gods gift to everything.

Hadnt had this in a couple of years. Balanced, creamy, sublte, yet dominant. Sounds like a good round of sex. Love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2008 05:24:21 | More by Murchmac
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capones....what a great place!

Dark orange/light brown in color. Small, off white head. Couldn't see much legs, left some decent lacing.

Grapefruit and pine, some earthiness. Decent bit of sweetness (caramel/toffee).

Bitter over sweet in taste, but there was a very strong malt backbone. Grapefruit and grass seemed to be the dominant flavors, maybe a little bit of pine. Alcohol was present, but not very noticeable.

Medium + body, with relatively light carbonation. Although this beer has the flavors of a west coast IPA, it is not as dry as the San Diego stuff.

This was a really good beer! Another one of those where you are sad when it's gone, because it's not likely it will come around again anytime soon. Not as light/dry as some of the west coast offerings, but very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 14:52:03 | More by
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber colour, didn't notice a strong aroma, no aroma at all. Hoppy brew with grapefruit/citrusy overtones. Taste and mouthfeel reminded me of a summer beer, to quench your thirst. I was not very impressed with this beer, since I have yet to appreciate the high hops content in any brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 02:01:29 | More by thequeen711
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy caramel/orange with a skim of beige foam on top of my pint glass. Great head retention with streaky lacing. Intense citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit with orange and tangerine notes. Very fresh smelling. Strong bitterness with a boatload of hop flavour, again with a combination of citrus, some tangerine, quite fruity, and then grapefruit rind in the finish. Mild caramel malt provided some balance and the hops ended up giving it a slightly spicy tone towards the end. Full bodied with carbonation a little on the high side. Good texture overall. This stuff was delicious and very easy to drink for a high abv hop bomb.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 00:48:57 | More by DrJay
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, Portland, OR
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly

Poured a deep, dark and transparent ruddy copper-mahogany. (Very dark for a double IPA.) The tight, bubbly, one-finger, saddle head faded to a bubbly cap of froth and a thick ring of lace. Chunks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted until the drink's end.

The aroma was very hoppy, yet also sweet, rich and incredibly balanced. Orange peel and spices came through strong (and possibly some potpourri-like notes) along with tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Brown sugar was apparent as well. A slight booziness became more noticeable as the beer warmed. I was definitely anticipating this DIPA to have a stiff malt backbone.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Piney and fruity up front. Orange peel was quite noticeable mid-palate, along with peaches and apricots. The finish was hoppy and very piney with hints of grapefruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The ultra-dry, piney aftertaste left my tongue craving another sip. Very nicely balanced overall. As the beer warmed, a touch of brandy-like alcohol appeared.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (slightly thinner than expected) with a fine yet lively carbonation. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Not only was this beer incredibly flavorful and well balanced (especially for a West Coast DIPA), but the 9% ABV was barely noticeable. Definitely a very drinkable example of the style.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Unquestionably one of the best DIPA's I have sampled to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 13:03:33 | More by Damian
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a chalice)

A- The body had a red glow with big bubbles forming most of the head and a soft carbonation of smaller bubbles.

S- The huge fruity green hops had aromas of fresh pine needles and a slightly musty scent followed by a soft tangerine note and a hint of dandelion greens bitterness in the finish.

T- This beer starts with a big dried fruit and citrusy hop flavor followed by more dried apricot hoppy notes. Squeezed in between the hops is some nice sweet caramel malt and honey malt flavors and then it is right back to hops. The full bitterness has almost a skunky quality, in a good way, that finishes up the beer balancing the malt and the floral hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very slight astringency of hop bitterness at the finish. I was surprised that there was no real alcohol heat noticed but it was probably masked by the big hops.

D- This beer really focused on a nice big aroma of hops with floral qualities. The malt supported that and the bitterness off-set it. It really went down smooth for such a big beer. Delicious

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 02:55:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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DoubleJ

California

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

On-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

IF you like your DIPA's on the bitter, metallic side, than this is for you. Bitter resinous hops for everyone to enjoy with a just a little bit of malt character. Anyone into very bitter West Coast IPA's should try this if they can find this. (Geez, I just realized how liberally I used the word "bitter".)

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2008 02:38:57 | More by DoubleJ
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I took an "extended" lunch one day to visit Capone's before this keg kicked in order to give a more fair and balanced review of a beer I felt didn't hold up as well in a growler as it did in my 4oz. tasting the day I filled my jug.

A: Served in a pint tumbler. Color is a cloudy deep amber color with a one finger head of dense off-white foam. Great retention and phenomenal sticky lacing that clings to the side of the glass all the way down.

S: This beer has an absolutely wonderful aroma. Rich, juicy citrus (superhuge nose of grapefruit) and piney hops are complemented with a nice floral bouquet. For me this is the best part of this beer.

T: Wonderful balance of grapefruit sweetness and piney bitterness. The malt backbone is a supporting player, as it should be, and provides a nice, long aftertaste. You can tell this beer is a hop bomb, but a nicely balanced bomb. ABV is deceptive, and could sneak up on you if you're not careful.

M: Pleasant smooth carbonation, nice refreshing tingle on the sides and tip of the tongue. What I believe to be dead-on for the style.

D: As I mentioned earlier, BR manages to hide the ABV in this beer quite well, making it highly drinkable. Eventually it will catch up with you, so any more than 3 might be a problem for a normal-sized person. Overall I found this to be MUCH better on draft than in a growler. Why? Who knows, maybe my jug wasn't clean enough, maybe I let it sit for too long before drinking it. Either way, I'm glad I went back to do this beer justice, and am happy that I had the chance to begin with. Thanks, Matt!

Serving type: on-tap

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