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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

1,722 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 72 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

jrfehon33, Dec 19, 2013
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gmartin235, Dec 18, 2013
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dctriman, Dec 18, 2013
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rvajohn, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

MattXT, Dec 17, 2013
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Drknight, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Devman171, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brandon911, Dec 17, 2013
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3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

2013 vintage
eyes...
tightly packed cap of foam, a lovely finger size hat, great lacing, clean orange hue with a smattering of carbonation in no sort of hurry to arrive at the top destination, looks good for the style

nose...
smells like a souped up amber, spicy malts, some hops (herbal), a bit underwhelming overall

taste etc...
a sharp bite of hops and then it melds into an almost syrupy malt flavor, this has a lingering almost medicinal type hop signature - not your typical west coast hop experience, the ABV is noticeable in the afterglow but not so much in the sipping, this does have a really nice weight to it compared to many DIPAs but unfortunately the flavor lacks a punch I am looking for in the style

verdict?
bear repub makes some great beers at some usually incredibly reasonable prices... this just isn't one of them

Ego, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mrchrisray, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Makebelieve81, Dec 16, 2013
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JGLittle, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

twillingthenoz, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BKotch, Dec 16, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

ajmitch4, Dec 16, 2013
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Tayloraphilips, Dec 14, 2013
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.