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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

1,687 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,687
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 323
Gots: 65 | 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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mrchrisray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-17-2013 03:28:40 | More by mrchrisray
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Makebelieve81

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2013 23:51:02 | More by Makebelieve81
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2013 18:09:34 | More by JGLittle
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twillingthenoz

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2013 16:03:58 | More by twillingthenoz
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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2013 05:35:45 | More by BKotch
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ajmitch4

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Just under two months old. Reviewed live.

Dark orange, almost brown color. It leaves, at most, a decent lace. Smells of the citrusy hops with alcohol on the end, classic West Coast IPA smell. Nice balance with the hops up front and a great malt backbone. Leaves a good amount of bitterness in the back of the throat. Crisp and very easy to drink. I'd much rather spend my money on a 6-pack of Racer 5, or even the Hop Rod Rye, but still a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:59:50 | More by ajmitch4
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kjrod20

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-16-2013 03:57:45 | More by kjrod20
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2013 02:25:53 | More by bbadger
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DanSmith17

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-15-2013 23:14:45 | More by DanSmith17
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instinct2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-15-2013 18:38:12 | More by instinct2
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Hoganlaw

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-15-2013 04:36:58 | More by Hoganlaw
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beerasaurusrex

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-15-2013 02:49:27 | More by beerasaurusrex
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JLeet

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 23:37:45 | More by JLeet
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 22:10:02 | More by bonkers
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2013 20:39:36 | More by Tayloraphilips
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, light amber in color with a one finger off-white head. The head is sticky, great lacing and not bad retention.

S - Pine hops, orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a malty backbone.

T - Floral hops at first with a sweet malty backbone, piney sap, tropical fruits and the ending isn't too bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Slightly boozy and has a wet finish.

O - It's not a huge hop or bitter bomb, but the beer is oh so drinkable and tastes so good!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:04:54 | More by cvm4
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vfgccp

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice dark honey apple juice color. Suspended sediment even though the bottle was well kept. Off-white head settles quickly into a medium halo. Nice retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Bright pine, grapefruit, honey, and apple. Touch of honeydew.

T - Smooth, sweet profile with a firm bitter backbone. A lot of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Pine, honey, lightly toasted malt, honeydew, cilantro, and spicy black pepper.

M - Thick for the style with a really nice smoothness.

O - More so than a typical DIPA, Racer X really cranks up the sweetness to match the bitterness. Not necessarily my favorite take on the style, but still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:08:08 | More by vfgccp
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Zraly

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Found it at Total Wine, of all places. (As an aside, they've surprised me lately.)

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Aromatic. Hazy light amber with a two finger head. Not the prettiest but certainly wonderful smelling.

Extremely balanced but deliciously hoppy all at the same time. Melange of bright and pungent hops: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, a touch of resin and a hit of earth. Sugary and honey laced malt provides a beautiful background for the complexity of hops. Medium bodied and smooth to the last drop.

Extremely well-made Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 23:19:30 | More by Zraly
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sjanowiak

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-13-2013 23:08:23 | More by sjanowiak
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BltByKrmn

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12-13-2013 18:12:52 | More by BltByKrmn
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eulerthegrape

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

12-13-2013 18:10:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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whatthehull

California

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wine Tulip

A - Semi Translucent Copper Orange sunset, barely any white head and tons of sticky lacing

S - Sugary sweet malts, Lovely booze note, pine, Huge fruity/earthy hops, tangerine, pineapple, slight funk, banana, tons of floral notes, crisp mountain air, champagne yeast and some weed undertones

T - In your face aromatic floral hops, huge malty sweet backbone, tree sap, fresh tropical/island fruits, tangerine, fresh water, lightly toasted grains, sugary booze note and a clean pine finish

M - Medium body, well balanced, nicely complex, medium acidity and a huge sugary malty backbone, with an explosion of glorious hops at the beginning and end finish

D/O - Just all together great. Nice and refreshing, crisp and clean, just well done. Has that CA everything about it. I think the most surprising part is the higher abv and besides the sweetness, not really noticing but at the same time noticing the booze. Real top notch

Final thoughts - $8 a pop, 8+abv and a whole lot of awesome. Get you one and give one as a gift

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 06:09:52 | More by whatthehull
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 03:52:01 | More by PhatAtUT
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ystazi

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-13-2013 00:21:15 | More by ystazi
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MCain04

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle Jonathan! About 8 weeks since bottle date, poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear, slightly cloudy, light amber with an off-white head of great retention and lacing.

Smell is a little subdued but juicy tropical fruit flavors and sweet candied malts are most evident. Definitely on the sweeter side, by the aroma.

Taste is bitter up front and throughout. Tropical fruit taste and a very-present malt backbone balance the bitterness nicely. A little bit of stale malt taste is present on the back end. Dry finish, not too sticky.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel, a great-drinking DIPA.

Overall, balance and drinkability make this a winner. Not the hoppiest, the most flavorful, the strongest, etc, but the balance is really quite nice. Reminds me a lot of Pliny. Great brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 21:33:10 | More by MCain04
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,687 ratings.