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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

1,711 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 327
Gots: 69 | 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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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-13-2013 03:52:01 | More by PhatAtUT
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grittybrews

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a thick, hazy orange with a finger of loose white head. Smell seemed oddly more subdued than Racer 5 -- more caramel malt presence with subtler floral and grapefruit notes.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Caramel up front with grapefruit and floral hops followed by biscuit and a dry pine finish. Just a hint of booze.

This was good but doesn't succeed for me like Racer 5 does.

11-29-2012 17:17:44 | More by grittybrews
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Danobold

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

05-29-2013 01:55:04 | More by Danobold
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-16-2014 02:18:11 | More by AnitaBrewski
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-05-2014 03:31:52 | More by SkinniePost
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funkel81

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-14-2012 01:46:40 | More by funkel81
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katan

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev 0%

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep orange color - very clear however, only a few bubbles here and there. Head formation is off white, frothy but reduces quickly.

S - Citrus and fruity nose, owning to its hefty hop profile. IPA all the way.

T - Malty at first, but then is taken over by the strong american hops. Citrus, little amounts of pine and resin. Gets a little more balanced in the mid-stream as as bittering takes over. Finishes smooth and clean.

M - Moderate to strong body, lighter carbonation feel. Beer is sticky, thick. Little bit of retained sweetness and some oily texture.

O/D - An excellent DIPA, especially for the citrus american styles. A little bit filling, but you wouldn't want to be slamming these anyway. ABV is pretty potent, but these days it isn't way out of line.

12-16-2012 01:42:04 | More by katan
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2013 16:30:22 | More by Auror
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bmur112

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-11-2013 16:38:34 | More by bmur112
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-19-2014 04:14:03 | More by Lehighace06
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Bear Republic night at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured a hazy copper color with a nice thick fluffy white heading. Tremendous lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not overpowering,malts come in for a nice balanced aroma.

Taste is much more maltier than expected. Sweet caramel malts begin with a citrus blast kick somewhere in the middle. A sugary fruity kiss is follows and then back to a well balanced taste of sweet caramal malt and hop.

Mouth has nice retention medium-full bodied with that great bubbley effect in the belly. Finishes clean and hoppy.

Drink is very good for 9% ABV this is one of the very best of drinkability higher ABV beers. I sure could have a few more.

08-28-2009 00:59:12 | More by TheFightfan1
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-31-2014 05:24:48 | More by ricecracker420
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, Portland, OR
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly

Poured a deep, dark and transparent ruddy copper-mahogany. (Very dark for a double IPA.) The tight, bubbly, one-finger, saddle head faded to a bubbly cap of froth and a thick ring of lace. Chunks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted until the drink's end.

The aroma was very hoppy, yet also sweet, rich and incredibly balanced. Orange peel and spices came through strong (and possibly some potpourri-like notes) along with tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Brown sugar was apparent as well. A slight booziness became more noticeable as the beer warmed. I was definitely anticipating this DIPA to have a stiff malt backbone.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Piney and fruity up front. Orange peel was quite noticeable mid-palate, along with peaches and apricots. The finish was hoppy and very piney with hints of grapefruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The ultra-dry, piney aftertaste left my tongue craving another sip. Very nicely balanced overall. As the beer warmed, a touch of brandy-like alcohol appeared.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (slightly thinner than expected) with a fine yet lively carbonation. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Not only was this beer incredibly flavorful and well balanced (especially for a West Coast DIPA), but the 9% ABV was barely noticeable. Definitely a very drinkable example of the style.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Unquestionably one of the best DIPA's I have sampled to date.

05-19-2008 13:03:33 | More by Damian
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DovaliHops

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Had this at 2012 Bistro IPA fest...now reviewing from bottle. 2012 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium-large off-white head. Scent is very inviting. Great hop profile in the aroma. Tropical fruit hop aromas with just a dash of citrus. Mangos, pineapple, and oranges linger in the nostrils. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Mellow pine...this is one good-smelling beer. Taste is just as good, Initially, you get some malt, which would normally through me off...however, it works for this beer. The malt is present, but the west-coast hop profile balances it out, making it quite the balanced DIPA. Sweet malt blends well with pine, hop resin, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit...this beer has a lot going on. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, crisp and a little sticky. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I had it at the Bistro IPA fest, but tasted it after a bunch of "triple IPAs" so my palate was worn by hops. It tasted good then, and it tastes great now.

10-26-2012 06:42:05 | More by DovaliHops
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babaracas

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a clear, pale orange, two fingers thick dense cream colored head; settles slowly to a small cap and leaves chunks of lace down the glass. Smell: floral, honeyed biscuit, grapefruit, apricot note, pine. Taste: orange, grapefruit, toffee, mild alcohol note, pine finish. Pretty much a DIPA template. While not exotic or particularly exciting, it's got no rough edges and hits the spot.

12-28-2013 03:55:44 | More by babaracas
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2012 23:46:45 | More by GeoffreyM
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

08-06-2014 19:42:25 | More by Big_Dave
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draheim

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Been waiting to try this one for a while.

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear coppery amber w/ a big frothy head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is pungent citrus & pine. Dank and sticky.

Taste follows nose. Harshly bitter resinous hops, grapefruit, pine. Copious pale biscuity malt holds it all together nicely.

Mouthfeel is chewy, oily, w/ a sharply bitter finish.

Overall an intense, powerful DIPA. Comparable to Hoptimum, Pliny the Younger, or Ruination 10. Well done, Bear Republic.

10-20-2012 05:53:34 | More by draheim
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

After a long day of work, going to Dirty Truth and finding this on-tap was a nice surprise. Also saved me a trip to Armsby Abbey tomorrow to try and get it.

Hard to tell in the low light here but looks like a reddish-orange color, small white head turns to a thick ring, leaves some stringy lacing.

Smell is faint overall, nice scents of fruit and hops, but really had to try to get it.

Hoppy! Tons of grapefruit mostly, citrus and some tropical notes as well. Very nice light toast/caramel malt/biscuit malt, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol taste is a little high.

Medium carbonation, creamy but alcohol taste in every sip hindered the greatness overall I think.

Although this was very good, I prefer Racer 5. Glad I finally got to try this.

09-04-2010 06:39:49 | More by Chico1985
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A: Rich amber body, nice sized fluffy white head. Good retention and super lacing.

S: Blasts of pine and grapefruit. Some booze shining through toward the end.

T: More pine and grapefruit. Unfortunately, much more booze than the nose. Strong bitter finish.

M: Moderate body. Strong bitter finish. Booze is kind of astringent.

The flavor and nose are enough to make up for the slightly disappointing feel and strong booze presence.

05-14-2009 03:39:39 | More by callmemickey
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Paccamacca

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-30-2013 06:21:02 | More by Paccamacca
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a red-orange color with a mild haze. Bubbly white head reaches a height of about two inches before it eventually settles into a thin crown. Lacing is wispy and patchy.

S: Orange pith, grapefruit rind, hints of pine. Mango and passion fruit. Slightly plant-like and oily. Subtle tropical esters. Malt scents are bready, slightly crusty, and a touch sweet.

T: Pithy orange, citrus rind bitterness, honeydew melon, oily and green. Bitterness is formidable, and builds slightly. Herbal, planty kick as the hop tastes shift. Fleeting tropical esters. Malt tastes are bready and crusty. Slight toasted grain. Touch of sweetness. Spike of alcohol toward the back end. Finishes with a lingering oily, green hop taste.

M: On the heftier side of medium bodied. Firm, full, and round in the mouth. Modest carbonation. Warming on the swallow. Mild enamel stripping sensation. Great mouthfeel.

O: Great mouthfeel to this one. It has that strong malt texture that I enjoy so much in Racer 5. There is good balance to it for the style, but it almost feels a little overblown and a hair too harsh. It's just one of those beers that doesn't quite come together, and doesn't quite meet expectations. But it doesn't fall very short of those expectations either. Definitely worth a try.

11-14-2012 05:16:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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jeff1973

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-14-2013 00:56:35 | More by jeff1973
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%

A - Great appearance with an off-white 1 finger head. Golden orange and clear.

S - Heavy malt presence. Smells pretty sweet, but there's some citrus and piney hops in there too. Smells more balanced than it is.

T - Cloyingly sweet and boozy. It's got a nice hop flavor and malt flavor, but it's dominated by sweetness and some booze unfortunately. I at least think it's alcohol, but it could be an off-putting malt presence mixed with a light amount of booze making it seem worse. It's not bad, but it's hard to drink this quickly or a whole bomber of it.

M - Drinkability is low. It's cloyingly sweet, and even though it's 100+ IBUs according to their website, it just doesn't have enough hops to balance it out. Too strong on the alcohol as well.

O - I think this had some promise. When I read the description I was hoping for a better 90 Minute. A more hoppy 90 minute. Instead the hop flavor is pretty similar with less hidden booze and even more cloying sweetness. It's not bad, but at $9 a bomber, I won't be buying this again.

12-03-2012 03:41:00 | More by nrs207
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-26-2013 06:36:19 | More by mc4z
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,711 ratings.