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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

1,682 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,682
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 323
Gots: 65 | 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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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 03:39:39 | More by callmemickey
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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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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 00:59:12 | More by TheFightfan1
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-30-2013 18:27:15 | More by BigTrubble
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bartender at the Liar's Club insisted that I try this and I'm sure glad he did. I had inquired as to the tap beers and his recommendations. He said that this is rarely available and I can now see from the other reviews here that this is true. Liar's lists it as a Double IPA at 9% and that is consistent.

This is, quite simply, one of the best looking IPAs in my experience with the style. The great looking tawny amber body is crowned by an enormous dark cream and creamy head that lasts decently and creates huge lace rings down the pint glass. The nose is big and gives less-than-subtle hints of piney hops. As the brew warmed in the balmy Mission Beach air the nose took on some malt sense as well.

The flavor is also huge with the early part of the glass killing taste buds with great big citrusy hop waves that finish much less bitter than expected. The malt base must be significant in order to limit the overall hops profile. A small bit of caramel malt does kick in near the end of the glass.

This beer has a great feel as well. The creamy and full sense is balanced by a very real snap to the finish. Drinkability is limited by the high ABV, but this killer is one of the best drinks I've ever tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 14:54:21 | More by AtLagerHeads
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-26-2013 06:36:19 | More by mc4z
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 05:16:36 | More by ryan1788a5
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-19-2014 04:14:03 | More by Lehighace06
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hammered copper color with some chill haze. A few meandering streams of bubbles reach the surface where light tan foam with a greenish tint meets them.

S: Faint tangerine, grapefruit rind and distant pine needles. Fairly straight forward.

T: Beings piney and very much malty. Surprising since the aroma had a lot of citrus in it. Whole lotta forest floor and rambunctious dirty bittering hops. Really basic caramel lays the foundation of the backbone of the brew. Lots of resin flavors with alcoholic tastes which don’t bother trying to hide itself. Finishes with more dirty bitterings.

M: Medium body with a bit of carbo sting.

D: Good beer and quite tasty. But lacks a lot of complexity that I like in my DIPA’s.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 01:06:47 | More by Westsidethreat
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. poured into Flying Dog tulip.

A: pretty clear amber/dark gold, some sediment. head is white. good retention and even better lacing.

S: very piney. pine needles. resinous. dank nugs.

T: bitter and very malty. pine flavors go along with the pine in the nose. a little bit of alcohol towards the finish. a cheerio-like grain flavor lasts. along with lingering hop bitterness.

M: moderate amount of carbonation. full bodied brew.

D: pretty tasty DIPA. not the best i have had, but certainly worth picking up if given the chance. on par with many other west coast DIPA's that are considered the head of their class.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 02:07:55 | More by Jimmys
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-07-2014 02:00:19 | More by Bilco
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-10-2013 12:45:12 | More by HRamz3
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sirsteve42

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-20-2013 04:27:47 | More by sirsteve42
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-12-2012 15:22:37 | More by hiphopj5
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-16-2012 04:23:16 | More by CEDAMA
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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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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a murky honey amber with a firm and creamy head that was quite lacy.

Smells of crisp, dry pines and a dry rye crisp with a slight tobacco and clover floral character. Beneath is a sour, tart pineapple.

Tastes of sweet peach syrup and pineapple that is overpowered by a steamroller of pine needles that soon fade slightly to a paper and cardboard. This hop bomb left my palate numb.

Felt thick and frothy yet pliable.

A tasty double IPA. I'm glad I got the chance to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 19:22:54 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-10-2012 13:48:25 | More by Eriktheipaman
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.