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Racer X Double IPA - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,751 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,751
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 332
Gots: 78 | 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  rDev -5.4%

artoolemomo, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of younger35
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

dertyd, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of match1112
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

phishbone23, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

smutty33, Oct 24, 2013
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.

spoony, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Phillyz, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

jkball01, May 12, 2013
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kbrown, Feb 02, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fort George brewing in Astoria, OR. Just a sampler.

- Golden yellow/amber, huge fluffy white head... down to a fizz and lacing all over. Clear..

- Large floral and citrus notes... hops are all over the place.. plus a sweet backing with not much malt undertones..

- Hops, and more hops? Very sugary sweet... which seems like drinking hops flavored kool-aid. Huge sweet citrus notes, and sticky floral qualities.

- Medium bodied, and resinous... sticky..

- Overall it is a bit sweet for me, and overpowering with hops.. (did i say that?) I like a little more breadiness.. and biscuit to smooth out and balance a DIPA. Overall it isn't bad, but would go to others first.

Docer, Jan 19, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Poured into a Bear Republic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Inch or two thick head with perfect lacing.

S: Very strong pine and grapefruit smell. Very citrusy on the nose, but that gives way to a caramel malt smell.

T: Not necessarily the hop bomb I was expecting, but I am not complaining about that. It has a great citrus taste to start off and then goes into a well balanced malt character.

M: Medium to full bodied. Very well carbonated. Oils stick to palate.

O: Bear Republic can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to IPA's and IIPA's. This is my new personal favorite from them. Great hop flavor. Well balanced with the malt. One I will not hesitate to order.

avaldivia, Aug 18, 2011
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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.

57md, Feb 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

LakerLeith, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattyb79, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

rowingbrewer, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

craytonic, May 15, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjayjaye, Jul 24, 2007
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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

pwoods, Jun 24, 2008
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,751 ratings.