1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,680 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,680
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 323
Gots: 64 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Racer X Double IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,680 | Reviews: 470 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MastaShonuf
MastaShonuf

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-03-2013 07:23:24 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of BarrytheBear
BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

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

22 oz bottle labeled 2012 Vintage...courtesy of Kurtis. Thank you so much for hitting this want!

Nice hazed medium orange pour with a healthy half inch puff that dips to a steady ring. Lacing is spotty but abundant.

Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, bready malts and some vaporous alcohol notes.

Citrus in the form of rindy orange peel and light grapefruit and a moderate bitterness atop a firm, though not overbearing, doughy maltiness. Sugary sweetness is kept in check and not over the top like some DIPA's. Alcohol bite on the finish is a bit sharp for the abv, but not a deal breaker. Leaves a biting fade.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter end with a soft carbonation.

I like this. Seems a bit of an English/American hybrid, but one that works well. I ended up drinking this throughout the afternoon NFL NFC East crapathon. I wish it hid the sharp finish better, but the flavors and mouthfeel work well.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 00:09:19 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of smutty33
smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-24-2013 21:50:52 | More by smutty33
Photo of kevgod
kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-12-2012 04:45:29 | More by kevgod
Photo of grahamboudreaux
grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-17-2012 12:00:18 | More by grahamboudreaux
Photo of BeerThursdays
BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-26-2011 13:22:50 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of SPRichard
SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-26-2013 20:29:49 | More by SPRichard
Photo of Zimm
Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2013 00:37:27 | More by Zimm
Photo of doughanson78
doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-05-2013 04:02:19 | More by doughanson78
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
ThreeWiseMen

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this goodie at Spike's tonight. Review formed from notes.

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Bright reddish copper body with small off-white head. Body is crystal clear. Head is initially a bit loose, but quickly condenses to a creamy ring. Fantastic lacing all the way down.

Smell: Herbal hops and juicy grapefruit. Some pine. Floral and fragrant.

Taste: Balanced. Lots of toasted malt upfront, followed by caramel, dusty pine, earth, and floral hops. Bitterness seems pretty tame at first, but definitely picks up steam throughout the session. Once again, balanced.

Mouthfeel: Oily, a bit sticky, and medium-bodied. Fine carbonation works very well with this beer; provides for a smooth ride all the way. Alcohol masked very well. Finishes bitter and dry (but not as dry as you'd think).

Drinkability: This pint disappeared too fast. I would've stayed for another f it weren't for an upcoming project meeting. Not a mind-blowing beer, but possibly the perfect ambassador for the style. There's a reason the percent deviation for this one is so low.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 08:58:16 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of dertyd
dertyd

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-09-2013 09:48:20 | More by dertyd
Photo of jaymo18
jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-17-2014 20:00:40 | More by jaymo18
Photo of sbricker
sbricker

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-15-2012 00:25:15 | More by sbricker
Photo of PaBeerLover
PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-11-2012 13:58:25 | More by PaBeerLover
Photo of valkyre65
valkyre65

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-18-2014 21:30:30 | More by valkyre65
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-15-2013 16:47:25 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of antoines15
antoines15

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-15-2012 23:42:27 | More by antoines15
Photo of kbrown
kbrown

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 03:18:56 | More by kbrown
Photo of Mattyb79
Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-24-2013 21:03:45 | More by Mattyb79
Photo of 57md
57md

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper in color with little head, but some lacing. The nose is reminiscent of grapefruits. The flavor profile of this offering works out very well with a malty front-end matched with a hop bitter finish. An excellent example of a DIPA
.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 07:49:49 | More by 57md
Photo of magictacosinus
magictacosinus

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint at the Bear Republic brewery and pub in Healdsburg, CA.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a slightly small, frothy head. Not the prettiest double IPA I've seen, but still is eye-candy.

Smell: Strong hoppy notes reminiscent of grapefruit, pine and soap. There are sour bready notes thrown in there, which gives it a well-balanced aroma.

Taste: Very, very bitter, yet contains a very overpowering fruity taste with notable maltiness. This is not as balanced as other double IPAs I've had, yet the fun lies in the aggressive, zesty hops that Bear Republic uses. The alcohol, despite high in ABV, is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: A malty creaminess with a strong hoppy finish. If you're looking for an IPA capable of ruining your palate, look no further! This one, if memory serves, is more bitter and outstanding than Stone's Ruination. Nevertheless, while hops win flavor-wise with this beer, it's the maltiness that is more pleasing on the palate.

Overall: A great double IPA that is quite different and zesty than others. I had it with spicy gumbo at the brewery, which was - as far as I'm concerned - tasty for me, but a large mistake for someone that's not a big fan of having these hops enhance the peppery notes of the food. Worth trying, and would have this again if I find it around tap around here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 21:02:34 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of spoony
spoony

Colorado

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

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

A-Deep amber and golden brew. Mostly clear with little carbonation. I did not get much head, maybe a finger of off-white, short-lasting foam. There was considerable lacing, however, left on the glass.

S-I smelled some caramel, hints of vanilla, a little pepper, and orange. There was some hoppy character, but I was surprised by the lack of floral or pine notes. Not bad smelling by any means, just not what I was expecting.

T-Taste follows the smell pretty closely. Light malted caramel flavor combined with some bitter, mild (relatively speaking...this was still an IIPA) hop flavors to produce a pleasing, and slightly different style. There were still some citrus flavors, but they were pretty muted. Alcohol was very well-integrated.

M-Nicely balanced. A little syrupy feeling at times, but still medium-bodied.

O-I liked this beer and thought it made a nice fall IIPA. As I mentioned above, the smell and flavor were not the flower/citrus bomb that you might expect from a California IIPA, but it was nevertheless a pretty complex and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 18:41:04 | More by spoony
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-25-2013 01:37:46 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
Photo of zrab11
zrab11

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-10-2012 18:47:39 | More by zrab11
Photo of InfernoBoss
InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-10-2012 07:52:41 | More by InfernoBoss
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,680 ratings.