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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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1,711 Ratings

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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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Photo of BarrytheBear


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

11-12-2012 00:09:19 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-08-2013 19:55:16 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 15:59:31 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance: Nice brown-amber color. Much darker than I expected it to be for the style.

Smell: Straight fresh hops, smell is _almost_ as good as pliny the younger. Lots of grapefruit and lychee. Very fresh, although it is a very fresh growler. Fun growler to bury your nose in.

Taste: Good taste, fresh hops, grapefruit, pine resins, citrus, etc. It is good, but is more bitter and less hop when compared with the two plinys. Nice caramel malt, but not quite enough.

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouthfeel; surprisingly not oily.

Drinkability: Good, but no like pliny, the increased bitterness is a limiting reagent.

This is a good beer, maybe even a great beer - but it doesn't top pliny the younger (or elder), extremely bitter.

05-15-2009 13:44:21 | More by craytonic
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-24-2013 21:50:52 | More by smutty33
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

It pours a clear orange amber color with a full finger, fairly stiff, off white head that settles to surface. A sticky lace follows in its wake. The smell reveals a classic DIPA; sweet malty goodness and floral pine, grapefruit combination. Full bodied, the mouth feel is conditioned by the hops and carbonation. The creamy texture complements the sweet malty aspect of the flavor nicely. The flavor is close to the smell; classic pine-grapefruit hops and a balanced malty sweetness. A wonderful drinker, the 9% ABV is hidden well. I dismissed being ripped off on my growler fill from Consumers - Orchard Park. It took forever due to violent foaming out of the hose, but I now regret that I wasn’t more patient. I’d rather be enjoying that absent glassful.

07-24-2007 21:11:08 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of pwoods


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Big thanks to Reed415 for another great growler trade.

64oz. growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper apricot color. Pretty, and I like the glowing haze, but I'd like to see a brighter, more vibrant color. Not bad, though. A 1/2 finger head forms and dies within a minute or so. Some wisps of lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruits with pungent acidity. Great west coast pine scent with that little touch of pepper. Super sweet, but not thick or syrupy, malts to lightly balance.

T/M: Bitterness is at a nice level. Packs a punch but not tongue killing and lightly balanced from the malts. More of the citrus but a little muddled, nothing really standing out. The pine and hop resin take a lead role. Maybe a touch of tea flavor right in between the hops and malts, just as the bitterness dies before the lingering finish. Malts are very sweet, again, but pleasant.. Not syrupy as it can sometimes be. Malts have a tasty toasty and nuttiness and the alcohol really shines in the latter half of the drink. Body is medium full but without thick chewiness or syrupy texture. Carbonation has held up nicely.

D: For a DIPA and 9% ABV, it's more than reasonably drinkable. I'll fill 2 hand bottles and probably finish the rest tonight.

06-24-2008 01:12:23 | More by pwoods
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South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%

On tap in a shaker pint.

See-thru light amber body with a creamy head that leaves excellent rings of sticky lacing.

Even served in a shitty shaker pint, the pine aroma jumps out of the glass. A bit of citrus and a substantial maltiness in the background. Hmm...

Pretty tasty, although this is about a substantial malt backbone as you'll find on a west coast DIPA. Bitter as hell, tons of pine, but it seems to be working overtime to beat down the caramel. Lingering bitterness and sweetness together. Citrus definitely takes a backseat to the pine, but it adds a bit of juiciness.

East coast brewers take note: when your final gravity/sweetness is this huge, your IBUs better rip through that caramel like a weedeater. Exhibit A: Racer X. Not top-notch, but worth seeking out for sure.

06-25-2010 00:06:24 | More by PDXHops
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-25-2013 18:16:13 | More by Jason1337
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-17-2012 12:00:18 | More by grahamboudreaux
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-25-2013 01:37:46 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 03:18:56 | More by kbrown
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

09-12-2013 02:14:35 | More by CityofBals
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-24-2013 21:03:45 | More by Mattyb79
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-09-2013 09:48:20 | More by dertyd
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-28-2011 13:28:14 | More by sideshowe
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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


4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-04-2012 18:41:04 | More by spoony
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-26-2011 13:22:50 | More by BeerThursdays
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-26-2013 20:29:49 | More by SPRichard
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4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

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 stellar DIPA.

02-25-2012 07:49:49 | More by 57md
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-05-2013 04:02:19 | More by doughanson78
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-28-2013 00:20:21 | More by Chingringo
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

06-05-2009 08:58:16 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-10-2012 07:52:41 | More by InfernoBoss
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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