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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
95
world-class

1,857 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 333
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
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 Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of CGMLS3
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kew
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of spoony
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.

Photo of Jimmys
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.

Photo of 57md
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 stellar DIPA.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
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.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Westsidethreat
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

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.

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.