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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

1,723 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 72 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

jwat, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Eriktheipaman, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -13%

Appearance: Clear. Deep copper/amber. Head is creamy, tight, and white. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice spots of lacing. Minor carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Chewy biscuits. Caramel malt sweetness with a solid backing of alcohol. Herbal hop note comes with with a solid spiciness. Grapefruit rind And some oily pine. Incredibly balanced. Big and sweet. Earthy spice. Some pith and straight bitterness.

Taste: Alcohol bite. Slick, oily pine resin. Grapefruit flesh and orange rind. Leafy spiciness. Some nice herbal components. Caramelized, slightly overcooked malts. Chewy caramel malt sweetness. Bread dough. Warm. Balanced in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth and pushing full. Carbonation is mild. Creamy. Backing dryness from the alcohol.

Overall: Haha Speed Racer, haha.

Manages to be big and balanced. Loaded up and drinkable for what it is. Lacks a little of the charm found in Racer 5, but a nice blend of American hopping with English basics.

Goblinmunkey7, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) served in a Westbrook tulip. Huge thanks to mfavoino (Matt) for hitting this long time want!

A: Pours a dark amber with a yellowed head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubbly ring that leaves some soapy, sticky lace as it goes down the glass.

S: Sticky orange citrus with some candied grapefruit. A little booze with some nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Sticky grapefruit just like the nose with a little bit of smooth booze. Light bitter pine with some citrus zest and honey sweetness. Very clean throughout with nice residual hop oils sticking to the tongue. As the beer warms the caramel malt from the nose really comes out.

M: Medium bodied with a little stick to it. Finishes clean and surprisingly light. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this beer. Sweet, sticky and bitter, this beer hits all levels a hop head would want.

Treebs, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15.

rawfish, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a nice dark amber color with a perfectly placed stark white head on tap. Damn this looks good in a snifter glass!

Smell is fresh, sharp citrusy hops along with some of that sought after piney-ness that we all love. There is also a nice dose of sweet sweet malt in the background. Love the smell of this stuff.

Taste is tongue numbing acidic citrusy piney hop goodness. Its what a hop head craves, that fix is there for sure! Along with all that nice fresh hoppy goodness is a sweet powdered sugary malt back that really does a good job to almost balance out this potential hop bomb.

Smooth drinking with a nice creamy mouthfeel. I'd love to have a few more of these right now!

indiapaleale, Jun 06, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SFC21, Mar 08, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle of Vintage 2013 poured into a large mug. No indications that I can find about bottled on or best by dates, except for the Vintage 2013 label.

Pours cloudy golden, orange, with a nice respectable head with good retention. As it fades, it seems to be leaving some heavy lacing. Smell is grassy, piney, a little spicey, floral sweetness. Smells a little orangey. Smells good, but slightly muted. But, that'll probably open up as it warms.

Taste is resinous bitterness and floral sweetness, strong hoppy bitter aftertaste. Slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Thick and pleasing without being sticky or heavy. Overall, this is a very good beer.

snaotheus, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Foxman, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

@ the moan and dove double ipa jam session thingey

reddish orange and quite clear, foamy. lacing with no head. dense. bright and attractive. smell is burnt sugar and candy apples with fresh hops coming in second sensation-wise. equally sweet and bitter with bursting berry flavor and a lingering spread-even bitterness. delicious and refreshing, a bit too thick for my tastes.

goodbyeohio, Jun 29, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

MastaShonuf, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

CGMLS3, Oct 18, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%

Drank on 1/26/08, taken from notes.

Visited Bear Republic with a buddy of mine on a recent little beer trip. I've had Hop Rod Rye in the bottle and it was damn good so I hoped that the other beers would follow suit. Drank out of a Bear Republic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a yellowish orange with hues of a light pink and brilliant clarity. A rather small bright white head forms that recedes fairly quickly leaving a spotty cap and fairly thick collar. Plenty of lacing is left for all to enjoy.
Smell- The nose lets you know right away that it's a DIPA. Loads and loads of fresh strawberries was the first thing that jumped out at me (amazing). A bit of pine sap is discernable but for the most part the nose remains floral. Lilac and fresh strawberries abound. Someone should sell this fragrance to Glade®.
Taste- Not quite as floral as the nose but it is nice and fruity. Bits of grapefruit and pineapple add a bit of a citrus bite that is really nice. Spruce and pine are present as well but definitely taking a backseat to the fruit. The most surprising part about this brew is that as big and hoppy as it is, it's got plenty of caramel sweetness. I wouldn't go as far to say that it's "balanced" but it's got enough toffee there to keep everything in check. The alcohol is also pretty noticeable and shows it's 8.3%; probably the only negative about this brew IMO.
Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy with a nice oily slick feel with medium carbonation and quite a bit of warming from the alcohol. Nearly perfect.
Drinkability- This is a really really good beer. I had a lot of DIPA's this weekend and if this wasn't the best, it was tied for first. The nose and super creamy, delicious mouthfeel are reason enough to try this. The fact that it tastes awesome is just a bonus! Wish they'd bottle this stuff (if they do, I wish they'd send some up to Boise. Hell I'd take any distribution in Boise).

younger35, Jan 29, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

csfcmitchell, Dec 20, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

pours a cloudy orange with a finger and a half of creamy head that quickly settles to a thin ring leaving minimial lacing. big malty aroma backed up by grapefruit and pine. taste is a big malty body with a wave of citrus as it goes down the pipe, and finishing with a dry piney bitterness. overall this is a good dipa, unfortunatly for me there wasnt anything that makes it stand out from the others ive had.

match1112, May 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Zimm, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

PopnLoads, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

phishbone23, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Consumed 11/22/12

Note: "Vintage 2012" - a slightly more specific bottling date would be helpful

Appearance: Crystal clear copper color - small, white head, somewhat still - fades to a small, wispy cap, and some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Oily, resiny, damp citrus and a surprising amount of malt - it's almost like they were going for balance (unexpected!) - grapefruit, orange, tangerine - oily, fleshy, floral, with pith and zest - malty, with lots of caramel malts - lightly toasted, lightly cooked biscuits

Taste: A dull but accurate description of this would be "an imperial Racer 5 with more balance and caramel malts" - oily citrus, damp citrus rinds - some sweet flesh, and some bitter pith - some resiny pine, with a touch of mint - hints of sweet tropical flavors - pale and caramel malts, more caramel than anticipated (or desired) - on the sweet side - high level of bitterness, with a sticky bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body, adequately carbonated, sticky, with a hint of alcohol

Overall: I'm looking forward to Racer XV

This is a solid DIPA. But I must admit I expected it to be a little more epic, based on my enjoyment of Racer 5. Personally, I'd prefer less sweetness, less caramel. But for what it is, it's balanced and tasty. I might update the score if I learn this is not a particularly fresh bottle, but I might not; my main concern is the malt profile.

Edit (about an hour later): This really grew on me over the course of the bomber. I can't really explain it, but I am bumping the taste score accordingly.

angrybabboon, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Phillyz, Mar 02, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

22 oz. counter-pressure filled Bierkraft bomber into red wine glass.

Pours a lightly hazy dark amber, with a sparse off-white head, but excellent lacing. What little head shows up stays around the whole glass.

Nose is pure west coast hop madness - an intermingling of super-dry but vibrant pine, mango, orange zest, and grapefruit,all wrapping around a sweet caramel note that's all foundation, barely showing through in the melange of beautiful hop aromas.

Taste follows suit. Dry and prickley, but with absolutely no harsh astringency. Big notes of tingley pine and a mix of tropical and citrus fruit sit on top of a malt body that's big and slightly sweet, maybe even a bit toasty, but entirely wrapped up in the juicy hop oils. Not at all overly bitter, though there is a nice, satisfying cotton-like dryness that just sits on the back of the tongue. A fantastic example of the right way to brew a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is oily, tingly carbonation and a hop bite in the back of the throat, perfectly balanced. Very well done - it's like this beer is just swimming in hop oil.

Drinkability is scary, actually. Huge flavor, but somehow light on the palate. No real alcohol presence. Beautiful beer.

JohnQVegas, Dec 31, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Reviewed 10/26/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a strong golden red color semi-cloudy body, big foamy head, off-white, very lasting. Hoppy aroma. Medium citrus, some earthiness. Sweet maltinesss. Citrus taste, some earthiness. Citrus, orange taste. Some earthiness. Light body, creamy head. Very tasty.

jujubeast6000, Dec 20, 2009
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,723 ratings.