Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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499 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
2,100
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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Reviews: 499 | Ratings: 2,100
Photo of macrosmatic
2.3/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold to light bronze, with a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Primarily an onion and spice aroma from hops, and a bit of bready malt. But overall not a huge aroma. When I work at it, I can get almost a cheesy smell – potentially an "off" aroma?

T: This is pretty bad – oniony hops, strong enough to remind me of garlic, and some toasted bready malts. Moderate levels of bitterness, with a healthy dose of awful. There's almost a rotted onion aspect to this flavor.

M: Full-bodied, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not hot.

O: This is awful. Given my very high opinion of both Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15, it's possible (and I'm hoping) that this is somehow a bad bottle. I'll more than likely give it another try, and update if I have a different experience. But this is horrendous, both lacking in aroma and having a very off-putting flavor. This is getting poured down the drain.

EDIT: Tried a second bottle. While perhaps not as offensive as the first, it still is really sup-par. I'm supremely disappointed in this beer and will not be trying it a third time. Cannot recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown with one finger head and lace patches that gave off a piney, citrusy, grapefruitish aroma and there is some bready/caramel malts that are noticeable. Fuller bodied, good balance as the piney citric hops are not dominant but instead kept in check thanks to a large, bready, somewhat sweet malt backbone. The finish is dry thanks to lively carbonation and more hop assertiveness although the malts are still around and sometimes the beer is even a tad sticky. A solid sipping DIPA that has more malts than usual and makes it work.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, pungent, resiny, citrus, piney, grassy, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Smells awesome.

Taste: All of the above plus a tea like hop flavor and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, mild lingering bitterness, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: This beer got better as it warned up a bit. Aggressive hop characteristics that only left mild bitterness. Extremely tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip; clear bright orange with a nice white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice solid rings of lacing.
Smell is stunningly good...huge fruit, with tangerine, pineapple, mango, stonefruit, and lesser pine and herbal leaf. One of the best-smelling DIPAs, up there with Heady.
Taste is interesting; different than the nose suggests. The malt is very clear, but present, with some nuttiness and biscuit flavors. The hop flavor is the major element still, with juicy tropical fruit, citrus rind, and pine all in equal proportions. Alcohol is also present as a sort of flat warmth behind the flavors, and it seems to mute the flavors somewhat.
Mouthfeel is medium and slick. I'd prefer more carbonation I think.
Overall, the smell sets you up for a great experience but the taste doesn't quite deliver. But it's still a tasty and drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear apricot colored with streams of fine bubbles rising up. Orangey rocky foam with fine bubbles lingers long. Low aroma of honey malt, toffee and tangerine, some orange rind. Rich flavors of bready and honey malt, ripe fruit, tangerine and orange rind, some ruby grapefruit. Very hoppy, but offers a good balance of malty goodness along with the hops. Rich and full mouthfeel, viscous and chewy. Great beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Poured out a nice amber color with a full two finger slightly off white head. Nice looker.

S – Citrusy and piney right out of the gate. Grapefruit with a bit of orange. Floral hops. Smells great.

T – Sweet malts and floral hops all around this one. Lot of fruit flavor in here as well with definite grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime and so on. Not overly bitter at all with just enough sweetness to make it perfect. Honey? Delicious!

M – Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O – This is damn fine. I did make a mistake of starting this one too cold and it didn’t grab me right away however when it warmed it was fantastic. I mean damn fantastic. I wished I had another bottle. This one is a huge win.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale orange, two fingers thick dense cream colored head; settles slowly to a small cap and leaves chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, apricot note, pine. Taste: orange, grapefruit, toffee, mild alcohol note, pine finish. Pretty much a DIPA template. While not exotic or particularly exciting, it's got no rough edges and hits the spot.

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Photo of JiuJitsuNINJA
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a great DIPA. It is rated World class but it is a bit shy IMO. The color and aroma of this beer is absolutely wonderfull. The taste is is a bit one sided.Plent of pine and grapefruit,with plenty of sweet malt to almost but not completely balance out the dank hops.

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Photo of itsscience
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours muddy copper with a tinge of gold around the edges and a short white head. The nose is a huge ripe grapefruit with pine needle, tangerine, and biscuit malt. At the front of the tongue I get a lot of grapefruit flavor which blends into pine needle and onion, delivering a moderate bitterness that is balanced out by malt on the finish. For a double IPA it is very drinkable with a medium body and medium carbonation, but this is quite a mild example of the style. I would guess this was a regular IPA.

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Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I have had the Racer 5, but I remember it being an above average IPA. I was excited to try the Racer X, but am a little disappointed. Nothing really stands out about this one for me. The hoppiness is kind of one dimensional with a piney taste, but that is quickly replaced with a malty aftertaste. It's not bad, but for the price there are a lot of other double IPA's I would rather have. Good thing it is Christmas and I got plenty of different options to choose from!

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Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in early December for $7.99. Bottled on 10-21-13.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is pretty nondescript, some citrus hops linger.

Taste is big grapefruit citrus rind and pine up front. Malt backbone attempts to balance things out but does not accomplish that. Everything i am looking for in a 2IPA.

Mouthfeel is full and satisfying.

Overall this is a very smackable brew. This is an old school 2IPA where the malts complement the hops and not become dominantly sweet and the abv is not jacked up too high. Try it if you come across it. You will not be disapointed!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

fresh batch of this just hit shelves, but I was lucky enough to score some on tap. its blonde honey colored beer with lazy white lace head and lots of frantic bubbles heading for the surface. high alpha and intensely bitter hops notes assault y nostrils, and there is a very light malt base for how much hops are packed into this. the flavor sings with all the glory of delicious west coast hops, this is a defining example of the style. its citrusy and has a fruit punch quality, but certainly not at the expense of bitter, which is the dominant sensation through this whole beer. the alcohol is invisible, and there is almost a rye malt spice to the finish, but I think its just a side effect of how bitter this finishes. high ibu content for sure. its in many ways more robust than the café racer 15, less gentle, less citra maybe, more aggressively bitter. I would love to be able to drink this fresh all the time, its a big ipa and one or two glasses is enough for me, but I love the way this is built. medium bodied and carbonated enough to keep it moving, long hoppy finish. excellent nectar here from bear republic. I wish more of their beers made it into this market.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/10/13. "Vintage 2013" reads a small label on the neck of the bottle.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with a two inch tall white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Intense pine and citrus.

t: Piney hops forward in a blast over a moderate malt base. Sticky afterfeel with lingering bitterness at the sides of the tongue and elsewhere.

m: Medium, lingers in the mouth as though sticky. Very smooth otherwise.

o: Excellent DIPA. Expecting a bit more flavor considering its high rating, but certainly a top flight brew in its style.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight orange colored beer, medium sized white head, and patchy lace around the rim of my tulip. Smells sweet, citrus, crisply dank, and a wee but passionfruity. This is very satisfying on the taste buds. By no means overpowering like some dIPAs. This could in fact be sessionable. Sweet, chewy, pine, citrus, tropical fun. Smacky in the mouth through the finish... Medium body. Mouth-watering lingering hop tingle. Super drinkable. Overall very nice.

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Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of ajmitch4
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of MCain04
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a semi-hazy amber orange color with a thick, white creamy head.

S - Floral and light fruit dominate the nose, light malt. The aroma is muted quite a it due to the serving temp.

T - Starts with a touch of citrus, pine, and light caramel malt which carries through the entire sip. Midway through some onion character surfaces along with some rind-like grapefruit and leaves a lingering light floral and faint rind finish. Has some cardboard character to it, old keg.

M - Medium body with some alcohol effervescence without the burn.

O - Worth a try, would like more intense onion and rind in this glass. Will revisit this review when I have one that's more fresh.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright but hazy amber, almost orange in color. Thin sticky white head clings to the glass. Very true to form DIPA here; lots of fresh citrus and hops in the nose and pallate. Some grapefruit, malt, and earthy tones round out the finish. Not overly sweet, but a touch boozey for only 8%. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty solid beer here and very true to its style.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau IPA glass. No date on bottled, but labeled as "2013 Vintage." Consumed on 12/8. Review written from notes.

A - Reddish orange with 1/2 finger of off-white small bubble head. Moderate carbonation with distinct lines. Heavy continous bands of lacing from top of glass to the bottom when finished. Not clear, but also not cloudy with no sediment.

S - Very fragrant. Pine, melon, lemon, kiwi, and peach.

T - Apricot and melon, with a hint of onion bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol not well hidden. Lasting onion/grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Dry and medium bodied. No stickiness.

O - Good, but slight flavor descreased this beer's overall score for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Nice white head. Chunky collar. Decent lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine hops. Resiny. Very malty. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Malt is strong. Very sweet. Grapefruit. Pine comes out more than grapefruit. Musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sweet. Bitterness pushes through the sugar.

Overall - Good hop flavor, but hella sweet. Too much.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.