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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

1,948 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 335
Gots: 132 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 1,948 | Reviews: 490
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it rains it pours. After searching for this beer for 2 years I had it twice in less than a month. Growler from Cappones.

A: Glorious looking clear copper color.Poured with a half finger of white head. The lacing was not as good as the draft version but that is to be expected.

S: Pungent hops with a very west coast citrus leaning. A little bit boozier than it was on tap as well but that really does not bother me.

M: The mouthfeel really reminds me of unearthly. Nice and thick.

D: Really drinkable. Wish they would bottle this one day.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tan to orange-ish in color, slight chill haze, not much head really but lacing ok.

Smells very nice. A good mixture of grapefruit, hops, pine and malts blends together well.

Taste is really crisp and fresh, hoppy and delicious. A well balanced DIPA to be sure. Easy going grapefruit flavors are perfectly accented by pine, hops, malts, a little sweetness, and just plain deliciousness.

Feel is slightly slick and medium bodied, decently carbonated, with a lingering bitterness that's really nice.

Drink is excellent. I'm definitely going to buy more bombers of this one in the future. It was a good value as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this beer to come to Colorado for years so I'm super excited to give it a try.

Seed cold in a goblet, Racer X is a slightly hazy amber color with thick head, good retention and nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is super fresh and hoppy with great big loads of citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is just as amazing as I was hoping it would be. Much like little brother Racer 5, and as it claims on the bottle, it's wonderfully hoppy while still managing to find balance with sweetness from the malts. The other similarity that I see is that the malts and hops seem to compliment eachother perfectly. The hops flavor is near the very top of the scale but the balance is still kept in check.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with balanced bitterness.

Overall one of the best double IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying. A wonderful beer well worth the wait.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap served out of a snifter.

A: Poured a 1 finger creamy, fluffy white head with great retention. Brew was a cloudy brownish-red clay color. Lacing coated almost the entire glass in a speckled pattern.

S: Cane sugar, grapefruit, cangied oranges, piney hops. Quite clean but also quite standard. Pretty much what is expected.

T: Deep caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops opening. Brown sugar malty backbone with a touch of caramel. Piney, grassy through the middle. Finishes sweet, slightly orangy and hops. bitterness. Nicely balanced malt and hop profile overall here.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated and very very smooth. Finishes a bit messy and hoppiness lingers just a bit long here.

D: A rock solid DIPA that really is deserving of high scores throughout. Nothing to really pick at here but at the same time, nothing overly special that stands out. A great brew nonetheless though. Definitely worth seeking out.

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2.75/5  rDev -35%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bear Republic.
Dark amber and murky, with a thick, off white head (bordering beige).
Full on malt and pungent lupulins, alcohols lurk.
Citrus pith and pineyness. Chewy, doughy, cooked hop loaf.
Thick and juicy on the pallet. Hops and a rather large malt body for style. Not screaming freshness, and the malt is a bit muddy.
Bitterness is well balanced with the wort soaked hop cones.
Alcohol very well hidden.
Finishes a bit sweet and non aggresive.
A bit dissapointing. Racer 5 is a masterpiece, and have had fresh beauties here on the right coast. Racer X fell short of greatness for me. Maybe a fresher example would make all the difference.
>>Edit- 6/28/05
On tap at Redbones, had a cleaner, brighter malt character and very good. A bit drier.
Better than it was at Bear Republic.
I did miss my 16oz glass though..

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 04-24-09

Poured into a tulip glass, has a bright glowing orange color, almost looks olive oil like in the consistanty of the liquid. Has about a 2 finger white head, with some lacing left behind. Huge, pinapple, citrus, oily piney nose, o yes this is going to be a good one i can just tell by the smell. Starts out hoppy and then the bitterness continues to increase as you drink it. Just enough malt in this one to keep all that bitterness in check. Alcohol isn't overwhelming, a lot of hop oil in the finish, grapfruit, pine. The mouthfeel is big with bitterness and thick oils, that stick to the palate (def have this one last it will stay on your palate well after). Drinkability is what one would expect from a 9% DIPA. I am spoiled now, Racer X has left Racer 5 in the dust

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Tops.

Shiny as a gold brick, with just a little haze. The airy head of light tan quickly fizzles away to nothingness.

Dank, tropical and pine in the nose. A good amount of caramel and torched sugar sweetness mixes with mango, pine needles and pineapple.

The flavor gives off hints of mint. Tropical notes are here as well, backed by sticky weed. Pine needles are just a bit more prominent than mango and guava, and the hops are all backed by big caramel and sugars. Fairly sweet, like candied citrus peel.

Smooth, velvety medium body. Gentle massaging carbonation, holds together well. Not much showing from the booze.

To my palate, Racer X isn’t much different from Racer 5. It’s less spicy and more fruity and tropical, but it’s not that huge an improvement.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 250 (granted I'm behind in reviews but might as well review this now!) Had on tap at The Library Alehouse, Santa Monica yesterday with some good friends. Cheers!

Appearance - Given to me in a 10oz sniffer. Held up to the light the beer is a lighter amber color, with about a finger of white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some spotty but nice looking lacing.

Smell - Citrus and floral aromas fill the air around the glass. This is followed by a nice piney and hoppy aroma which dwindles to a hint of sweet malt in the background.

Taste - More hoppy than the nose suggested. An instant hop bitterness which gives way to a overall nice citrus flavor full of a mixture of bitter grapefruit and sweet orange. The finish is of white pepper and other slight spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Drinkability - Quite so. A damn good DIPA. No alcohol noticeable whatsoever and I should have gotten another. Glad I was finally able to try this.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 9/6/10

Rather clear in nature, Racer X is pale amber of moderate depth. Pored 1/3rd inch of foam that took several minutes to thin out. Solid lacing is left behind. Thin retention & impressive lace throughout.

The aroma is equal parts dank, sticky hops & assertive caramel malts, making for a dense nose. It smells decent enough, if a little messy. Notes of pine, grapefruit & citrus zest. Notions of biscuit & toasted malts.

The nose being a good indicator, Racer X tastes just as messy; it's a serious cluster of dense, resinous hops & malts. Lots of dry pine offering moderate bitterness, citric zest & toasty caramel malts that are assertive & somewhat sweet. Hint of juiciness as it warms.

Full bodied, sticky, resinous & gritty. Carbonation is just under average for the style & does a good job hoisting the weight of the beer. The messiness of the flavor profile spills over into the finish. Has something of a waxy coating feel.

On the whole, Racer X is aight. Easily in the greater middle of the spectrum. It does get a tad better with warmth. Perhaps it's just my surprise at Bear Republic making an IPA in an east coast vein.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.