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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
95
world-class

1,808 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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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Photo of hooliganlife
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured on tap at the stable. huge thanks to jerad!

pour was deep copper with about an inch of white head. nice retention and nice lacing.

big scents, very piney and very citrus, light sweet caramel.

taste as dominant with pine and bitterness, slight citrus. strong malt backbone. alcohol was too present from start through finish. very bitter finish

very full, low to medium carbonation. very smooth and very easy going

low drinkability because of the strong alcohol flavor. this was a slow sipper and a one time deal in a sitting. i've been wanting to try this forever but as sort of let down by this. i expected less alcohol. its only 9% but drinks like a 12%.

overall, good DIPA. i would drink this again based on rarity so this is special to come across.

hooliganlife, May 03, 2009
Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Sludgeman, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of bennetj17
4/5  rDev -5.4%

bennetj17, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Southampton Publick House pint glass. Bottled 10/18/13, so about 3 weeks old. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $8.99.

A - Burnt orange color. Eggshell head leaves decent lacing.

S - Citrus - orange and grapefruit. A bready note in the background. Not overly pungent.

T - Grapefruit, orange, a little catpiss upfront. Very bright. Then goes into a nice smooth malty flavor that plays well with the hops. An aggressive bitterness on the backend that dries things out nicely. No discernible heat from the robust 8% ABV.

M - Silky smooth. Carbonation is medium. The silky mouthfeel is cut by the hoppy bitterness perfectly.

O - Great beer. Perfect balance between the hops and malts. Mouthfeel is spot on, makes it easy to drink.

jeff1973, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

brandon911, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jacewg, Dec 22, 2012
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
Photo of tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

tbeq00, Oct 26, 2012
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
Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DaveHack, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

woemad, Dec 31, 2012
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

TimoP, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
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
Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Library Ale House in Santa Monica. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Hazy body, a mix of persimmon and scarlet which casts a beautiful glowing light. Buoyant finger of off-white foam recedes to a puffy skin and curling collar, leaving behind a wake of sticky pumice patterned lacing which drapes neatly over a wavy line of legs.

Valencia and blood orange aromatics along with a touch of pine and rosemary. Juicy but polite (though I wouldn't go so far as to say "restrained") hops, present harmoniously.

Herbs and grapefruit on the palate - sweet and bitter all at once. Light malt notes emerge in the finish, which brings to mind a fine orange marmalade spread on toast. Straight-forward, but pure rather than simplistic.

Well carbonated, which contributes to the perception of dryness in the finish, and distributes the fruit and bitterness energetically, leaving my gums tingling. A bit warm, but the glass was nearly empty before I noticed. A touch oily, but this works well for the style.

First class, very tasty, and distinct from its peers (if only by a gossamer margin) - all in all, worth seeking out...

augustgarage, Nov 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Paccamacca, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Lantern
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Lantern, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

brystmar, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

zekeman17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of random846
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

random846, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Nov 08, 2014
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.