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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

489 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,025
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 352
Gots: 150 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

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
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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,025
Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber body of beer, just short of clear; make the head as big as ya want - foamy bubbly bone-colored head; some arms and sprinkles of lace left trails down the glass

S: a chorus of hops, ringing in with citrus and pine notes, floral and fruity - a sweet caramel-esque base confirms that the malt bill will be well-represented

T: crisp floral flavors, tinged with citrus will bitter the tongue; sweet flow of smooth and fresh-grain malt flows beneath - lots of great hop bitterness and malt chewiness. A particularly "well-balanced" DIPA

M: smooth and slick, bittering and drier on the finish; medium weight but full-bodied; some sparkle from carbonation

O: you'll be hard-pressed to find a DIPA that is truly superior to this one, simply because, as far as I'm concerned, this one does everything right. It doesn't go too sweet or thick or syrupy. The hops lighten and brighten the drinking experience. Flavors are complex and complimentary - sweet malts and bitter floral hops going hand-in-hand. A great feel, having presence, but also staying brisk and easy-drinking. No wonder this flies off the shelf. (1,120 characters)

Photo of Somebody_Else
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally scored a bottle of this!

I don't know how to score "appearance"...

Nice stuff! Started off with more fruit than pine in the smell. Apricots?

The flavor was all I was expecting and maybe more. When the beer was coldest there was lots of fruity hop flavor but as the bomber warmed, more pine and malt came out while still maintaining that yummy hop bitterness. I didn't really taste alcohol, per se. The malt is present -- you can taste the sweetness -- but not in that cloying, uber-sweet, overpowering way. I would say the balance of this beer is spot-on.

I have been consistently pleased with the products from Healdsburg. (637 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.
2013 Vintage

Pours a gorgeous and abrasive dark copper almost amber color with some golden hues. There is a nice off-white/ecru head that forms thats pretty dense yet thin. Very attractive looking brew with great color and a slight haze.

Starts off with resinous pine notes. Yummy oily alpha acids. Piney and citrusy all in one. Sharp nodes of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Assertive and abrasive hop notes that seem very well crafted and not jumbled. Perfect slight caramel sweetness tries for balance but is outdone by the shear hop juices in this brew.

Flavor starts off with citrusy grapefruit notes, some tangerine and mild tropical mango notes from the hops. Piney and resinous as well with some slight herbal character. There is some assertive spiciness in the brew. Seems like it could be the hops but also maybe the grain bill. Mild biscuit and bready notes linger in the background and barely make the beer not a sipper. Although the ABV might make it so. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but with a sticky hop finish and some heavy bitterness. Overall a very solid DIPA. Cali style all the way. Big juicy hops. Resinous pine and a nice mild caramel malt backbone. (1,219 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep red-orange with a sudsy, two-finger head. Good retention, slowly dissipates to a thin cap of foam.

Aroma: Big hop notes--floral, some tropical fruit--followed by strong sweet malt presence.

Taste: Floral hop notes and bitterness transition to fruitiness which blends into big, sweet malt body. Hop bitterness returns, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, relatively low carbonation

Overall: Very nice malt-heavy DIPA with solid, primarily floral hop contrast. Nicely balanced, very drinkable. (561 characters)

Photo of JohnnyCards
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter a brilliant copper with a late forming foamy head. The nose was deceptively mild with no single dominating scent. Tremendous body lending toward a tounge-twirling experience. A dark caramel syrup fairly well balanced with striking booziness. The aftertaste is phenomenal, very warm and smooth with a powerful kick and slow dissipation. Cheers Bear Republic! (384 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of a bottle and into a stemless wine glass at Raul's homies as the Kings are mercifully down 3-1 to the lowly Predators.

At first when Raul tasted this, it was too cold. So cold that it reminded Raul of the hostess (yes, hostess) that gave him sass earlier in the day at some "glorified" high dining establishment at Fashion Island.

Raul moves on...

As this baby warned up, it was like Natalie Portman maturing over the years. And currently at this very moment, it's sticky, gooey, lush, tropical...

Like Paul Gogan in Tahiti, yep! (539 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, 2013 vintage

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of foam that stuck around for about a minute. Full transparency, moderate carbonation. Lacing's pretty good also, not too bad looking of a beer

Smells of of tropical hops- passion fruit, pine apple, mango, lemon lime. Bready caramel malts follow up with a touch of alcohol. Definitely more on the fruity/sweet side of ipas

Tastes is with the nose well, hop profile falls in line: pineapple, mango, orange, and citrus mix with a sweet malty base with a hint of caramel notes. Finishes with a nice splash of alcohol, all comes together pretty well

Taste is a moderate body, crisp and wet. Alcohol is concealed well, very drinkable

Overall a really solid ipa. Bends a little more towards the fruit profile than I prefer, but this is still a damn good beer (833 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15. (1,044 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Brownish gold pour into tulip glass; dark color overall, with a very minimal head that sticks around.

S: Very piney smell, with a hint of grapefruit and a lot of malt.

T: Malt seems to shield hoppy flavor initially, before it returns on the back end. Sweet, for the most part, but without being overwhelming. Not overly filling either, which makes it surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA.

M: Medium-to-heavy body with minimal carbonation. Warm feel and a delicious finish.

O: Takes the general style of Racer 5 and seems to replicate it perfectly in a DIPA. The fact that you can't really taste how boozy this is becomes an interesting feature. But the taste and aroma are the highlights without a doubt. (708 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured a handsome orange with great clarity, golden hues and a a thin loose head of big bubbles that fell quickly to a ring and film on top. It tired to lace like the champ it is but it was a little flat. It does have legs.

Nose is simply outstanding. Crisp fruit. Orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Hop floral and a bit of spice. There is a nice strong malt presence in the nose. it's a honey sweetness that is terribly inviting and the fruit has a tropical presence as well. It smells earthy. I has a little spice on the nose so it's deep. The malt offers up light sugar on the nose as it warms.

Taste is smooth and the malt presence surprises again to the delight of the palate. The fruits are sweet and authentic with their tart aspects and even a little pith. They make the mouth water and then satisfy the tongue with their light sweetness. The malt is cracker but it's strong enough to be seen and felt on the palate. The honey and the light sugar satisfy with a little bit more malt body than the average DIPA. It' s not chewy it's firm. The alcohol warms and the resin and honey sweetness are sticky and coat the throat to leave all the bright fruit to linger with the aftertaste. Finishes dry and with some hop spice and herbal. Has a nice bitter that accents the flavors perfectly and does not run over them. Superb!

This beer had a malt presence that was equal to it's immense hop character. The fruit flavor was not outdone by the staunch malt presence and that's what made this beer. There was something to it. It had a full mouthfeel and taste but a light smooth drink. (1,592 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a mini snifter.

A: Opaque golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Decent spider web lacing.

S: Woody hops, orange citrus, grapefruit, honey, and coriander.

T: Pungent hop tone. Wood chips, plenty of grapefruit and a little orange. Nice sweet balance of honey or agave nectar, and a little savory spice.

M: Thick and syrupy texture. Pungent throughout. Dry, bitter finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Foamy head, and some decent lacing. Nose is woody and hoppy, with some great citrus notes, sweetness, and spice. Pungent hop tone with a strong woody character, balanced with citrus, spice, and sweet components. Very well done. Overall, this is a great quaff. (795 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some deep caramelized sweet malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and earthy hops with a huge caramelized malt backbone with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but just too sweet for my taste buds. (445 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

Simply put, we dig this beer and love the fact that it is available in 22-ounce bombers. While it's loaded with hops, there's plenty of malt flavor and backbone to balance, it’s got drinkability despite the packed flavors and high alcohol.

LOOK: Clear and copper, lacing has legs

SMELL: Grapefruit rind, spearmint, hemp seeds, shortbread

TASTE: Sweet and sticky, hop bitterness, resin, macerated tangerines, lime pith, juicy, leafy, grassy, crackers, exotic fruit, warming alcohol; bitter, drying finish (558 characters)

Photo of andyfrancis
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Frothy cream, latte foam head on a deep golden body, poured into a pint glass. Looks very appetizing.

Heaps of citrus on the nose, with a faint hint of booze, blowing its Double cover.

Very boozy. I would expect it to be higher than 8.3% for how it tastes.

Boozily thick up front with astringent and oily hop finish.

A good Double IPA, but not in the top echelon. Racer 5 is in my go to IPA rotation, but this is a bit much for anything other than special occasions or tastings. (500 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at federal tap served chilled on tap in a tulip. I had this before from the bottle but only a small taste...so excited to give it a proper review.

The color is an orange/peach shade with moderate hazed look and rocky ecru head with fine bead. The lace sticks well and retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and tropical in aroma with a light grapefruit odor combined with gentle pineapple esters from the hops. The feel is great, not too sweet but plenty of hop in the feel with moderate carbonation and mild alcohol for the strength, lasting oily hop lingers and coats the palate.

The flavor is excellent, the Imperial IPA is packed full of hop flavor which is not intensely bitter, but still has enough punch to suit my taste. The flavor of grapefruit zest and light orange rind with maybe some mango and pineapple mixed in very fruity and citrus dominant. The drinkability is very high, a great imperial IPA in every way, worth seeking out I would drink this again and recommend it highly (1,015 characters)

Photo of mikem0487
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into ale glass. No fresh date scen on bottle.

A-Burnt orange body. Half a pinkys fingers width beige/white head. Lacing is minimal and like the head disappears quickly.

S-Has a great inviting aroma. Earthy citrus with a piney twist. Hop resin, grapefruit, pine needles. Caramel/sugar malt is hidden behind the huge hop aroma.

T-Very good and balanced(for a 2x ipa). Up front you get the sweet, biscuit malt back bone and than the hops come in. Like the nose it has a citrus/piney mashup. Tangelo, melon, resin, lemon/orange rind bitterness. Caramel is definitely through the whole palate but becomes more and more hidden as the hop flavor and bitterness come into play.

M-Medium bodied with a puckering bitter finish that leaves a great after taste. Nicely carbonated for the style.

O-Overall a very good beer that does a great job being the imperial version of Racer #5. Only thing this beer was slacking on was the appearance which does not bother me. I drink for the aroma and flavor, not if the beer has a ridiculous foamy head with nice lacing. Buy it and drink it. You will be happy you did. (1,122 characters)

Photo of BrantleyJ
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a few 22 oz. bottles at my local 7-11 store, of all places. A well balanced double IPA, slightly more on the malty side for a DIPA. Good hop aroma. The alcohol is not as well hidden as say, a Pliny, but still very drinkable. I recommend trying it if you can find it. (272 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear orange with a thin white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, citrus and tropical fruits with a little fresh cedar wood.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts, pine and cedar followed by mixed citrus fruits and bitter rinds as well as some sweet tropical fruit (mostly papaya is what I'm getting).

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice big dipa with lots of ballance and some nice fruity hops. Diggin' it. (458 characters)

Photo of HopLuva
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at The PourFarm Tavern in New Bedford Mass. Poured a hazy red orange with a nice creamlike head .Citrus aromas hit you immediately at first smell...Wonderful! Taste is medium full body with a nice hoppy feel and some malt. This is a class A IPA (262 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, citrus, grapefruit peel, orange, touch of mango, touch of pine in the background.

L: Slight hazy, reddish orange, white creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Resiny hoppiness with bitter grapefruit rind taste. Medium high, slightly grapefruit bitterness. Some hop flavor, but malt definitely makes an appearance. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hop resin.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, just missing that hop complexity to be an excellent DIPA. (486 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big orange citrus hops and a note of alcohol. In the taste, a small dryness to a big orange citrus rind hop profile, with some notes of alcohol in the end. A hop smoothness, and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus rind in the aftertaste. Great hops, big flavor, and pretty damn fantastic. (379 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage, purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington.

Poured a slightly hazy orange color, taking on a slightly lighter hue when held up to light. Featured foam was an inch or so of off-white head that dropped fairly quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Lots of grapefruit and pine notes in the nose. No mistaking this for a pale ale.

Surprisingly large malt flavor, but after a brief showcase moment, it’s then buried under a biblical deluge of citrusy hops. Dry hop zap at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that could use a little bit more carbonation. Besides the less than perfect appearance, it’s this beer’s only weak spot.

A DIPA that could only be improved in a meaningful way if it had a little more carbonation, I’m glad to have finally come across this beer. While not my favorite of the style, I’d definitely drink it again. (901 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.00 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by three level fingers of off-white bubbly foam. Strong carbonation streams. Very good lacing.

Strong assertive citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange.

Taste begins with a wall of thick semi-sweet caramely malt foundation. On top of the caramel arrives a truck load of juicy citrus fruIt. Big bitterness builds and bites. Fruit lives on in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel offers proper support throughout.

A superior DIPA I look forward to revisiting. (519 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a little white head.

The smell is heavy on the sweet malts with some piney hops and grass. Very nice.

The taste is very malty up front the hops coming in at the end. The abv is hidden very well.

The mouthfeel is is quite thick with low to medium carbonation.

Overall I have yet to be disappointed by a bear republic beer and this one is pretty good. It's an interesting take on the dipa mixing the English style ipa with a Californian style dipa. (475 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. poured into Flying Dog tulip.

A: pretty clear amber/dark gold, some sediment. head is white. good retention and even better lacing.

S: very piney. pine needles. resinous. dank nugs.

T: bitter and very malty. pine flavors go along with the pine in the nose. a little bit of alcohol towards the finish. a cheerio-like grain flavor lasts. along with lingering hop bitterness.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. full bodied brew.

D: pretty tasty DIPA. not the best i have had, but certainly worth picking up if given the chance. on par with many other west coast DIPA's that are considered the head of their class. (634 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.