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

489 Reviews
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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,005
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 341
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,005
Photo of Popkas
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my Secret Santa tpd975 for this one from Bierkraft! Review #1 for me...

A: A beautiful deep hazy amber with a thin creamy head. Nice residual lacing. Beautiful DIPA.

S: I'm getting pine, orange and grapefruit with a touch of sweetness coming through.

T: Strong pine and grapefruit with a hint orange peel upfront followed by the sweet thick malt and finished up with a bitter punch.

M: Thick malty and a little dry.

D: Goes down smooth, but not as well as some others. (488 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rubicon Brewing Company. Pours a dark orange/copper color with a nice one finger of off-white head. The aroma is strong with nice pine and citrus notes, along with a stronger than expected malt presence. This malt presence is really accentuated in the taste, as it matches the massive hops you get. The taste is truly fantastic and blew me away, usually a strong malt presence isn't welcomed in a double IPA (IMO) but this really worked. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation, and a rich and smooth finish with the right amount of bitterness, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Wow, this is right up there with Pliny the Younger for me...this is one amazing DIPA. Would love to get a hold of more of this. (738 characters)

Photo of Corkpuller
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Double IPA (or any IPA).

Orange with some rust.

The nose is tropical with dank underbrush aromas and a slight herbs de provence. Alcohol is totally buried by aromatics.

The palate enters slighty sweet and then quickly dries out and feels much more attenuated than it must be. The hops are rich and considerable but not particularly resiny. The firm dry texture is offset by a surprisingly creamy carbonation and a complex and ever changing rush of flavors. The palate is so complete and balanced it's almost ridiculous.

There is no hope of me accurately describing this beer. It is a masterpiece. Thank you bear republic. Awesome. (647 characters)

Photo of andyfrancis
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012

Frothy cream, latte foam head on a deep golden body, poured into a pint glass. Looks very appetizing.

Heaps of citrus on the nose, with a faint hint of booze, blowing its Double cover.

Very boozy. I would expect it to be higher than 8.3% for how it tastes.

Boozily thick up front with astringent and oily hop finish.

A good Double IPA, but not in the top echelon. Racer 5 is in my go to IPA rotation, but this is a bit much for anything other than special occasions or tastings. (500 characters)

Photo of jj21
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark orange with enormous, creamy off-white head that sticks like spackle to the glass. I swear, I can still feel the head in y stomach. Good ol' California IPA hop goodness aroma smacks your nose and gets the taste buds worked up. Grapefruit, pine, yadda yadda yadda. Flavors are to die for. Not too thick like a lot of IIPA's are and is actually refreshing and crisp. This is a dangerous beer for the alcohol! Is it in there? I don't know. Right up there with Dreadnaught, DFH 90 Minute and Big Eddy IIPA. (521 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau IPA glass. No date on bottled, but labeled as "2013 Vintage." Consumed on 12/8. Review written from notes.

A - Reddish orange with 1/2 finger of off-white small bubble head. Moderate carbonation with distinct lines. Heavy continous bands of lacing from top of glass to the bottom when finished. Not clear, but also not cloudy with no sediment.

S - Very fragrant. Pine, melon, lemon, kiwi, and peach.

T - Apricot and melon, with a hint of onion bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol not well hidden. Lasting onion/grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Dry and medium bodied. No stickiness.

O - Good, but slight flavor descreased this beer's overall score for me. (731 characters)

Photo of sentomaster
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Great looking pour of dark orange with a thick off white head of foam.

S- Lots of fantastic orange like citrus notes with a touch of pine and grass, and juicy delight. Malt is pronounced in the nose, lots of caramel and toasted bread underneath the hops.

T/M- This is a very malty DIPA. not what I was expecting, even with the sweetness from the nose. The orange citrus from before is definitely there, but holy cow is this one malty SOB. This is more like a barleywine -which I would rate it very highly as- but not a DIPA.

O- Great beer but I like my DIPA to be a little less malty than this one. Balance is always a good thing to me, but this ventures to far towards the malt for the style. (699 characters)

Photo of atremains
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious looking pour into a goblet. Big head with amazing lacing. Smell is huge citrus hops. Mango grapefuit and orange. The taste is very citrusy as well with orange prominent. Grapefruit bitterness is blended well. Thr mouthfeel is as full as I could want it. This beer is thr definition of hops in golden delicious light. (326 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – a nice clear dark copper color with a thick off-white dense 1 to 2 finger head that stays for less than a minute. Even lacing around the glass.

S – has light sweet notes, not picking up any fruit smell.

T - a strong but well balanced taste, great bitter kick in the beginning followed by a smooth transition into a great caramel flavor. The background has flavors of bread and grass with a slight hint of alcohol

M – has a light mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O – Overall this is a great well balanced beer with great flavors. If it is lacking in anything it would be nose. You don’t get a lot of smell off the glass, but it more than makes up for it in taste.

Enjoy- (691 characters)

Photo of BenHesk12
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer X is a big step up from Northern California's favorite pop IPA, Racer 5. Appreciably bitter and noticeably more alcohol than it's younger brother, but still that same lovable character. Very well balanced and still comes across as relatively mild overall for a DIPA, yet brings to the table a subtle sophistication that you expect from Bear Republic. Overall a very good DIPA yet perhaps not worth the hefty price (419 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep red-orange with a sudsy, two-finger head. Good retention, slowly dissipates to a thin cap of foam.

Aroma: Big hop notes--floral, some tropical fruit--followed by strong sweet malt presence.

Taste: Floral hop notes and bitterness transition to fruitiness which blends into big, sweet malt body. Hop bitterness returns, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, relatively low carbonation

Overall: Very nice malt-heavy DIPA with solid, primarily floral hop contrast. Nicely balanced, very drinkable. (561 characters)

Photo of MattLatuchie
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very pretty peachy, hazy color with minimal head. Aromas were inviting, albeit unexpectedly subtle. Nice peach, lime, and orange flavors seemed to emerge. The body was incredibly smooth and balanced. Nice mix of super floral/citrusy hops with malty undertones. A bit of bitterness on the finish seemed to keep it fresh. (321 characters)

Photo of macktbone
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer almost six months ago and decided to review it today on a rainy California day at a local concord beer bar, E.J. Phair.

Good beer paired with a food sandwich and fries.

Appears as a crisp looking honey ale. Very clean appearance, with little head.

Smells very hoppy, but not the traditional bright hoppy flavor. More of a dark complex hopp smell.

Tastes very hearty. Some fruity notes along with pine nuts. Hits the mouth very far back on the tounge with a sense of hop oil.

Mouthfeel is typical for the style...nothing really special about the feel on this beer, but it doesn't take away from it either.

Very drinkable beer for those that love hard IPA's. I saw this at the bar and had to not only drink one but recommend it to the person we were meeting for a beer trade.

Good Bear Republic offering...one of their best. (847 characters)

Photo of HopLuva
4.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at The PourFarm Tavern in New Bedford Mass. Poured a hazy red orange with a nice creamlike head .Citrus aromas hit you immediately at first smell...Wonderful! Taste is medium full body with a nice hoppy feel and some malt. This is a class A IPA (262 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at EJ Phair in Concord. Review from notes.

Pours a dark honey amber with a bright white, short-lasting head. Lots of lacing remains in my glass.

Smells very piney and woodsy,with a floral and citrusy edge to it.

Racer X is tangy, citrusy, and sweet all at once at first, mellowing to a piney bitter finish. There's a caramel sweetness complimenting the standard IIPA characteristics of grapefruit and pine, reminding me a bit of DFH 90. Overall balance tilts toward the malt side ever so slightly.

Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy with a velvety feel to it. Carbonation is right in the middle.

The 9% abv was somewhat noticeable, but drinkability doesn't suffer because of it. Fantastic beer, and one definitely worth seeking out. (737 characters)

Photo of gciccarelli
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint glass on-tap at Capone's.

A - Pours a pale amber with a fluffy and creamy white head. Leaves heavy lacing.

S - An upfront citrus and pine hop blast that is nicely balanced out by sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit, spice notes present.

T- Citrus hops upfront with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Very crisp.

M - Medium body, very creamy - one of the best-feeling IPA's I've experienced.

D - Great taste and amazing creamy mouthfeel make it go down almost too nicely.

A really fantastic IPA - hopheads need to check this out. (560 characters)

Photo of isaac
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

racer 5's big brother on tap at the horse brass.

A - came to the table a headless, dark ruby pint. after a few sips, i swirled it in the glass, producing minimal film and lacing.

S - massive resiny hops (piney, grapefruity, pineappley - reminded me of pure Cascade pellets) mix with sweet malts and a strange, but very alluring potpourri-like aroma (rosiness, lavender, some unidentified spices).

T - Juciy! Starts off with thin notes of the aforementioned fruits, riding in on a wave of smooth, bready malts. this fades into strong bitterness of pine and citrus rind. Finish is smooth and sweet.

M - Refreshing, crisp in the mouth, smooth down the throat, low carbonation - awesome.

D - besides the high ABV, this beer is all but infinitely drinkable.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again: i love bear republic! (836 characters)

Photo of bwd110
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA 05/28/09.

A: Pours a hazy orange copper with a 1 inch white head. Sharp shards of lacing throughout.

S: Grapefruit at first, punctuated heavily by pine notes. Big whiff of sweet caramel malt as well.

T: A little backwards from what I'm used to, but it works here. Initial taste is big and sweeping malt flavor - adds a real heaviness to the taste. Malt thick sweetness up front. Big malt bill here. Next comes a big wallop of piney bittering hops. Big bitter flavor that lasts midway through, right to the finish. Grapefruit profile doesn't come out until the finish, but lingers nicely - especially in your beer burps!

M: Big body, oily, and smooth. Can't complain about much here.

D: Goes down pretty easy, leaving you wanting for more.

Bear Republic kicks some ass again! (819 characters)

Photo of SQNfan
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful copper in color the beer poured a 1/2" head that slowly, but never fully, dissipated. The nose began with a combination of piney and citric hops followed by carmel and some baking spices. The palate was very well-balanced between the hops and malts and smooth with a nice touch of dryness to go with the bitterness on the finish. Very easy to drink. (359 characters)

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

On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it. (450 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Moderate carbonation. 1 finger off-white head. Beautiful amber color.

Major citrus on the nose. Grapefruit rind, floral hops, touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor is extremely well-balanced. Like an amplified version of their racer 5. Not overly thick or bitter either. Nice amount of citrus flavors again. Classic west coast hop profile. Malts don't make a flavor appearance, but they must be there to tame this beast into a overall great! Definitely sticks in the mouth after drinking, however the ABV is undetectable and still is pretty easy drinking !!!

I pair this with a nice thick cut ribeye. Traditional cowboy style flavors would pair well -- mash potatoes, spininch, corn, etc. I really like this beer: well balanced, not overly bitter, nice drinkability. I give it a 92/100. A little more carbonation would jump it up to a 95 point plus for me. (853 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served on tap at Coles, had in a Tulip glass.
Appearance-golden orange, medium carbonation.
Smell-wonderful notes of citrus and pine.
Taste-heavy notes of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, followed with light pine notes and with a slight alcohol kick on the finish.
Mouthfeel-lovely,not too much carbonation, a nice citrus hop taste lingers.
Overall-I have to admit I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile, and I was not disapointed, I actually said to my wife, this could be my new favorite beer. If you are a fan of Imperial IPA's or IPA's seek this beer out, excellent, very nicely balanced. (600 characters)

Photo of animortician
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm so lucky, just another local prized DIPA!!!
22oz bomber from the brewery

A: Pours with a nice 2 finger cream white head, Golden, Amber. AMAZING LACING!!! Took a picture and sent it to half a dozen people.

S: Citrus, Tropical, Tangerine

T: Hoppy Liquid Candy. The hops are more fruity than harsh, great tart punch still. Well balance from start to finish. Alcohol is there but hidden well.

M: Smooth, Heavy but Crisp. Great Carbonation, maintained a sold layer of foam the whole way down.

O: Tasted like an awesome blend of Stoopid and Elder. Love it!!! This beer should be top 10 DIPA. Get some! (604 characters)

Photo of jbhuxley
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at Grapevine in Fort Mill, SC. I won't see this one again soon, so I picked up a growler.

Pours clear, amber/orange in color. Pour yields 1" of frothy off white/caramel colored head, which leaves behind abundant, thick, runny lacing.

Huge piney hops smell. Also getting some grapefruit and orange peel. Nice caramel toffee scents too.

Blast of pine hops with a good deal of sweetness, but finishes dry and crisp. Some of the caramel toffee tones are present in the taste too.

Great mouthfeel. Medium body, full but not sticky or chewy. I couldn't get enough of beer. I wish it came around more often. (618 characters)

Photo of Blackwolf
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Poured a clean amber body, excellent white head with decent retention. Nice spotty/sticky lacing too! Some uniformed carbonation is visible here and there, but nothing spectacular.... just very minimal.

S- Great aroma! Tropical fruits, piney/grassy hop, and bready malt. Some citrus is also detectable but very subtle on the nose. Nothing overly complex for the style, but very solid and the smell is perfectly balanced.

T- A bit different from nose to palate. Lots of malts, a sweet citrus and a very piney finish. A little alcohol as the beer settles and opens up, but this is a nice compliment with the pine finish.

MF- Great medium body, medium carbonation, dry and subtle warmth finish. Excellent mouthfeel, this is how a dipa should go down... with perfect drinkability!

O- I am a fan of Bear Republic. This is just another great beer by a great brewing company. This did not blow me out of the water as far as imperial IPA's goes, but it has great characteristics and this is worth trying at least once if you are a fan of the style. (1,083 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.