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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

1,726 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,726
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Lantern, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerBucks, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

brystmar, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Sludgeman, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Mothman. Pours a clear reddish mahogany copper color with a slight head that forms a nice collar around the glass. Citrus hops in the nose but more malty smelling than anything. Malty start then the hops kick in with a bitter ending. Very citrus rind hop flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Sort of a dissappointment in my opinion. I would have thought this would have been more hop forward than malt forward. Not bad by any means but just not as good as I wanted it to be.

kbutler1, Aug 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DaveHack, Nov 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

zekeman17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, 2012 vintage, no specific bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear orange/amber color, topped with a thin finger of off-white head, leaves some nice lacing.

S- Big aroma of fruity, tropical hops, some pine, also a pretty assertive caramel malt aroma.

T- Fruity tropical hops are still there but are mildly subdued, lending a bit of grapefruit, mango and orange, also a decent amount of earthy hop character, but the caramel malt is a lot more noticeable here than in the flavor, with a big, rich sweetness. Some light alcohol is detectable.

M- Full-bodied, has a slightly thick, chewy feel with a slightly dry finish with a bit of warming alcohol.

O- A very nice DIPA, it's a bit sweeter than I expected and not your typical Cali hop bomb, but it's nicely balanced with well-hidden booze and is quite drinkable, definitely worth picking up.

WillCarrera, Dec 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

codynevels, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bonkers, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a golden red coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of creamy tan bubbles, leaving sticky lacing as it slowly receded. There was no haze or sediment noted, and carbonation appeared average. The aroma showed caramel malts, passion fruit and strawberry sugars, limey bite, grapefruit and herbal hops, dill, oregano, and light bubbles gum esters. Our first impression was that there was nicely robust strawberry and grapefruit hop sweetness. The flavoring opened with stark warmth of spice and sweetness of melon and passion fruit. The peak came with bitter, herbal hops, bite and bitterness of blackened malts, and bright and sweet citric and nectary hops. The finish gave a renewed bittering metallic bite of pale, toasted grain, big grapefruity hops, and herbal dill qualities. The aftertaste breathed of the entire blend, with more sugars of caramel and pale malt dextrins, raw honey, and the bite of citric hoppy goodness. The body was soft, and the carbonation was active. Each sip gave a nice creamy slurp, soft froth, and hearty cream mustache. The mouth was coated with syrupy slickness, and light sugary stickiness, with little drying to the palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank very easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the overt sourness of grain, and big bite of hop through the taste. There is also a surprising strength to the fruit qualities in the flavoring, adding a serious depth and complexity. The caramel maltiness also adds to this, making for a nicely well-rounded mouth. This, coupled with the soft and highly creamy and frothy feel, makes for a very tasty offering, and something to be proud of for the “Racer” series.

TheBrewo, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brandon911, Dec 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Paccamacca, May 30, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Woody's in Raleigh.

A very enticing copper ale with good clarity and a sturdy white head. The aroma is heavy with floral and citrusy hops but there's also a little caramel mixed in. The flavor is a blend of rich hops and solid malts. The hops are citrusy and floral with a nice grapefruit bitterness that really lingers. The malt flavors include caramel and biscuits. Some alcohol comes through but not enough to indicate that its 9%. The texture is smooth and creamy and the carbonation is low. The inside of the glass becomes caked with a think lacing as it empties. Racer X is a rich and flavorful beer but it's extremely smooth. It's much more balanced than other west coast DIPAs but I really enjoyed this one.

GJ40, Sep 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

LambicKing, Apr 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JISurfer, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DeutschesBier, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, apricot color with a heady cap of off white head. Decent enough retention and some circles of lacing.

S: Caramel and tropical hops (sugar coated mango and pineapple), and I can almost smell bitterness. I'm not sure if that's a thing or not.

T: Really nice mix of tropical hops (lots of mango) and caramel malt all up front, after which the flavor falls off almost immediately into some lightly bitter caramel. It's like, BAM, then gone.

M: Medium full body and medium light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Somehow this is like a less sweet, tropical version of Racer 5. I'm not sure, then, how this is two times Racer 5. *shrug*

pmarlowe, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

savagepm, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.