Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.
Pours a hazy amber color with a 2 inch foamy beige head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruits, and citrus zest. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation making for a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with some awesome sweet/bitter citrus flavors going on.
11-12-2011 20:58:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap at the brewery in August 2009.
A: A slightly-hazy orange/copper color with a good white head.
S: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits here, with a little bit of pine coming in as well.
T: A little too much malt for me going on here, as I was expecting something a little more over-the-top. At the same time, I suppose that Racer 5 itself is fairly malty for a West Coast IPA, and thus this might fit right in. Other than that, the hop bill was quite nice.
M: Medium body and slightly creamy with a little bit of an alcohol touch.
D: Quite drinkable given the balance.
09-24-2009 20:18:29 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -5.4%
A: The beer is dark amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops fill the aroma.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of piney hops flavors, but the beer is very well balanced and the hop bitterness is not that overpowering. A little bit of alcohol presence is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: The high level of hops can slow you down, but there's a fair amount of malt in this to make it drinkable. However, I couldn't see myself having more than one of these in one night.
05-13-2010 01:06:59 | More by metter98
4.8/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a medium amber color and a modest head that leaves shards of lace
Smell: Grapefruit and caramel malt
Taste: Caramel flavor up front joined by a hoppy bitterness mid-palate; after the swallow, a burst of grapefruit that grows in intensity well after the swallow
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation
Drinkability: A superb DIPA that is well balanced while extremely bitter; sure would like to see the rumors of this appearing in the bottle come true
08-02-2007 02:09:13 | More by brentk56
3.73/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
07-15-2013 20:31:32 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
10-31-2008 17:17:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.93/5 rDev +16.5%
I have waited for this one for longer then I can even begin to go into here. After all that time a growler hits my front porch and I am literally floored. Served cold I popped this open at lunch on Sunday to enjoy throughout my day. Consumed on 04/19/2009.
The pour was just how I had envisioned it. Rich, deep copper colored amber with a crystal clear look to it. Big head of off white rises up and over the top before settling down gently into a thin crown that totally covered the top of the glass. Lots of thick and gooey side glass lacing all over the place here.
The smell was soo rich and pungent I nearly fell over. This was exactly what I had been searching for, looking for, in a big IPA. Huge orange citrus notes, resin so thick it clogged my nose, and soo damn fresh, sheesh, I have died and gone to heaven. I go in for my first taste of the nectar and that is just what it is. Sweet, buttery malts that gave me a fall sense of security before the backlash of sticky hops just kills me with bitter orange, pineapple and piney notes. Simply amazing, perfect, wonderful. Medium bodied with smooth, even carbonation and a dry feeling that stuck around forever making me restrain myself from guzzling it.
Overall this was exactly what I had hoped for, wanted, and dreamed about. May possibly be the best I could have hoped for. Balanced and complex, simply outstanding. Everything it should be.
04-19-2009 17:10:11 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company.
A: A clear copper color with a fluffy off-white foam that sits atop.
S: A very fruity, tropical hop aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. There is also a fairly sweet, caramel aroma.
T: Very much like the nose, the taste has a wonderful fruity hop flavor with a fair amount of bitterness, but not harsh by any means. The sweet malt is there, but not a big player.
M: For an IPA, Racer X is quite full bodied. There is a high level of carbonation which keeps it refreshing and prevents it from feeling too syrupy on the tongue.
D: Despite the high alcohol content, you don't really notice the booze. A very nice balance of hop bitterness, fruitiness, and malt.
01-04-2010 01:08:24 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
On tap at Capone's Black Friday. This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a minimal amount of head on top by the time it got to me. The smell of the beer has a very nice piney aroma to it. Really hoppy and has a very inviting aroma. The taste is spot on, I really enjoyed the fruity pine bitterness this one had. The mouthfeel was oily and semi-thick. Overall I am really happy with this brew, I loved Racer 5 and this one is even better yet I think. Really good stuff here.
11-26-2011 07:03:03 | More by Knapp85
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
On tap at the growler station at Consumers in Orchard Park,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear burnt orange with a tight formed pillowey white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Oh blessed hops in the nose intense resiny pine and grapefruit rind with a light but noticeable nutty malt component underneath very fresh smelling.A real hop gem here very resiny concentrated hop presence pine and more pine with a real nutty malt base that hangs kinda well,not as full in the mouth as I would have thought but it adds to the drinkability wich makes it dangerous.Whoa this good and its what I expected.
As I drank more and the beer warmed a bit a noticeable dark fruit presence became more pronounced adding to the complexity and stickiness and well I have to give it a five because there is so much there going on.
07-08-2007 00:17:41 | More by oberon
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
From a fresh cask at Toronado, served in a pint glass.
The beer pours a glowing shade of pale amber. The head is dense but settles to a thin film in time, leaving sticky lacing down the glass.
Hops are huge on the nose, redolent of mango, guava, papaya and pine. The tropical fruit character is incredible. There's subtle sweetness beneath the hop bouquet.
Hop flavors mirror the nose, heavy on juicy, citrusy tropical fruit. Guava and papaya hit the tongue first, but it becomes more resiny toward the finish. It's light and dry, just barely malty; there's a touch of breadiness mid-palate. Bitteness is at a perfect level, and the overall balance of the beer is impeccable.
I've had Racer X dozens of times, but never on cask before. It really brings the beer to a different level.
01-06-2011 05:26:35 | More by largadeer
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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