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

489 Reviews
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Reviews: 489
Hads: 2,009
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 344
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 01-13-2003

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
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Reviews: 489 | Hads: 2,009
Photo of Sandalwood
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a dark orange to light brown color with a huge foamy white head. The beer is cloudy and there is quite a bit of thick lacing. The odor is a pleasant IPA scent, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, tropical fruits, apricot, mango, pine, malt, resin, some honey as well. The taste is very fruity, apricot, orange, grapefruit, pine, resin, with some bitterness throughout. (373 characters)

Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's been a while since I have had the Racer 5, but I remember it being an above average IPA. I was excited to try the Racer X, but am a little disappointed. Nothing really stands out about this one for me. The hoppiness is kind of one dimensional with a piney taste, but that is quickly replaced with a malty aftertaste. It's not bad, but for the price there are a lot of other double IPA's I would rather have. Good thing it is Christmas and I got plenty of different options to choose from! (493 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a pint on tap and then bought a few bombers to go.

A: A very nice orange color, a little on the darker side. Clear and lots of lacing.

S: Smells great. Lots of grapefruit and other citrus. A hint of pine.

T: Grapefruit and other citrus. Then the hops and a little bit of sweet alcohol. Tastes great.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth.

O: I'm glad I drove up to Healdsburg and had it on tap. Definitely an excellent DIPA. Not my favorite, but it is really good. I wish they would make it year round.... I would definitely buy it again. (560 characters)

Photo of LibraryTom
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Library Alehouse, regrettably only a few ounces in a ten ounce chalice, but then I was working.

This beer rolled out of the tap beautifully, and was a pleasure to pour. Good, yet tight head, that did dissipate a tad quickly.

Deep, copper colored malt that is barely present in the nose, which is dominated by the well extracted hop profile of this brew. It was difficult to draw many single attributes out I found, but all the regular suspects were present.

The first sip revealed a beautiful candied orange slice base neatly balanced by the assertive yet delicate and varied hop character, which demonstrated a nice citric bite.

This beer really wins in mouthfeel as far as I am concerned, because it has a full richness that is truly powerful, yet never overbearing nor does it linger to long. In fact, this beer finishes fairly dry with a mellow hop bitterness.

Great to taste it good and fresh, and makes me remember my days in Philadelphia drinking 90 minute. Right up there with it in my book, and I love the 90. (1,035 characters)

Photo of jtmartino
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into my Bruery snifter.

Pours a bright orange/copper with 1.5 fingers of bright white head. Smells of vibrant pine and funky herb, with some sweet citrus.

Taste is excellent - tons of piney grapefruit, substantial malt sweetness with flavors of honey and a lingering balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy. Mild carbonation that allows the malt sweetness to shine among the huge pine and citrus peel flavor.

A strong malt bill and clean hop flavors make this a very drinkable DIPA, and very representative of the strong west coast style. (583 characters)

Photo of HopDeezy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

A - clear bright orange, 1 inch off white head.

S - citrus, orange, sweet pine

T - sweet malts, oranges, citrus, grapefruit with a nice hoppy bitter bite on the finish

M - buttery texture, smooth, bitter carbonation

O - really enjoyed this double. Drank on 12-10-14 and dated best by 1/30/15 so this may have a few months of age on it but still very good. I'd like to get one a little fresher to compare. I have only a few weeks to do so as bear Republic is pulling it's distribution out of MA in 2015. Hope to see them back in the future. (547 characters)

Photo of CA_brewster
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical IPA or DIPA appearance. A nice off white head with a deliciously sweet hoppy aroma. This brew has an intense but absolutely amazing flavor. It has some very distinct hop bitterness but all kinds of flavors are blending in this beer. Peach, mango and cherry are some I noted but really I don’t think it can be described (at least not by me.) Absolutely fucking sublime and this is truly "balance in a bottle." Picking up on a bit of the 8.3% abv. Mouthfeel is phenomenal not a syrupy double IPA. This has a nice crisp bite to it as you are sipping it but it mellows out and coats the tongue in hoppy resins on the aftertaste. Overall this beer is fucking delicious! I wish it wasn't seasonal and so damn uncommon. (722 characters)

Photo of Estocker
3.29/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pretty, deep amber color.

Smell is very boring. i thought something was wrong with my nose. couldnt get much of an aroma from it. a little citrus and some malt.

taste is relatively boring. a little boozy, malty and some citrus hop flavor.

8 oz pour. plenty. (261 characters)

Photo of LongBeachHopHead
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Racer X
A great offering from Bear Republic!
The appearance of this beer is a sunset amber. A light layer of foam. The smell of this double is of sweet fresh hops. Definately a fresh keg and highly hopped beer. The taste is pretty balanced, a slight burn from the high hop content but very floral and drinkable. The mouthfeel has a bit of a bite but tolerable. I would definately have another if I see it on tap again. Followed it with an Elder and it can compete.
Great Double IPA! (485 characters)

Photo of MURF0320
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap Horse Brass Pub, Portland.
Orange copper color with a small but lasting head. Pungent floral and citrus scent with a noticeable presence of the caramel malt. The taste definitely brings the hops, in which grapefruit and orange prevail, but a bit less hoppy and more malty sweetness than expected...based on Racer 5. Smooth and very drinkable. Definitely try this one, but not before you have a Pliny the Elder. (417 characters)

Photo of Lakes
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With 7 hours to kill the Sunday after GABF we headed over to the Falling Rock. The plan was to have a Pliny (the Elder) and then work through a few others doing reviews as we went. Imagine our surprise when RacerX, which we were teased with 1 oz samples of for the previous 3 days, was freshly tapped.

Appearance
Color is a lovely deep copper. It has a lasting fluffy white head. Lacing is more of a death grip on the glass. Beautiful, just beautiful.

Aroma
Citrus and sweet malt.

Taste
This is SO good. Very hop forward with bright bursting notes of citrus, tangerine, naval orange, and pine. The malt compliments the hops perfectly. Resin and if honey could be a citrus product this is what it would be. This is an exceptional treat.

Mouthfeel
Flawless. Carbonation is excellent. Aftertaste is smooth and pleasant

I'm drinking this till they ask me to leave. (865 characters)

Photo of Somebody_Else
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally scored a bottle of this!

I don't know how to score "appearance"...

Nice stuff! Started off with more fruit than pine in the smell. Apricots?

The flavor was all I was expecting and maybe more. When the beer was coldest there was lots of fruity hop flavor but as the bomber warmed, more pine and malt came out while still maintaining that yummy hop bitterness. I didn't really taste alcohol, per se. The malt is present -- you can taste the sweetness -- but not in that cloying, uber-sweet, overpowering way. I would say the balance of this beer is spot-on.

I have been consistently pleased with the products from Healdsburg. (637 characters)

Photo of peterjk
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy dark orange, no head

S: Big time skunky earthy hops a hint of pine rosin and hint of citrus. Not much malt smell a tiny note of tangy dried fruit.

T: Good balance for a beer with this much hops. Salty and earthy right at the start, the flavor moves quickly to sweet malt (brown sugar, light creamy orange) and then to earthy and herbal hops. Obviously finishes rather bitter.

M: Carbonation dominates the mouthfeel. Dry on finish but some sweetness also.

D: Very drinkable for an insane imperial IPA. One glass only for me though, my mouth was still bitter after I brushed my teeth. (599 characters)

Photo of vasdef42
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks Ed and Aaron for the free pints of this rare treat!
dark copper transparent pour, healthy light tan head, lacing all over the place.
the smell, super piney, with a toffee, caramel backbone. hella hoppy nose! sniffed this one for a minute before diving in.
chewy as hell toffee on the taste, followed by pine resin bite. tastes a bit boozey, surprised to hear this is only 9 percent, would've guessed around 11 from the taste. sticky icky! coats the tongue with hoppy goodness that just wont let go. definitely top notch DIPA, over the top (turned my hat backwards) hops and malty chewiness! (599 characters)

Photo of PatLarsen
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good nose honey, toffee/carmel, orange/grapefruit, abv creeps in. Nice orange amber color. Tad hazy. Good head that left lacing all the way down. Sweet malt, Kinda toasty. Citrus hops, mainly grapefruit/orange combo. Bit syrupy with bitter finish. Another winner fron Bear Republic. (282 characters)

Photo of BaronRVH
2.63/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been a fan of Racer beers but this was overly sweet with a very sour after-taste showing an unbalanced, poorly shipped or produced beer.

The XV was much better balanced and travelled well and the Racer is a good representation of a west coast style but the X was very, very poor.

Anyone in Ohio disappointed with their X? (332 characters)

Photo of 2Stout4u
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sitting at 185 enjoying this offering from tap. I'm getting more impressed with my drinking skills for I thought the bartender said an IPA from Racer and upon me first sip I knew I was dealing with a double. A very fine double at that, more drinkable than Stones Ruin. As drinkable as a double could be. It's hoppy goodness no balance here, and that's fine by. If you have never tried and your a Hop Head do it!!!! (418 characters)

Photo of staudio
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went up to Bear Republic a couple of weeks ago to try this on tap. I was bummed because they were out of it. So I ran across it at BevMo they other day while stocking up on beer. I can not write/describe beer as eloquently as others here. So I'll just say this beer is really really good if you like Northern California/PNW style IPA's. (336 characters)

Photo of mcslain
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler obtained from Canal St (Reading, PA) for $20.

Pours a murky orange gold. Moderate white foam head which paints the glass white as you drink it down.

Smell is pine, grapefruit, fruit... hops.

Taste is syrupy, fruity, grapefruit and piney hops. Some booziness seeps through but not hot at all.

As mentioned earlier the mouth is a little syrupy, but moderate overall. Carbonation is understated but ample enough. This beer is big and heavy enough that it isn't something your typical drinker will be throwing down w ease. Not a sipper... but certainly not a session.

Definitely thicker and sweeter than Racer 5, and not very floral like I find 5 to be. A really nice big left coast IPA. Not my favorite, but definitely well done and worth drinking if you can get it for a decent price. I've yet to be disappointed with Bear Republic. (846 characters)

Photo of jskoog
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

DIIPAs just don't get a lot better than this in my opinion. I love a lot of DIIPAs, but this one is up fighting for the top spot.

A: Pours a golden orange.

S: The nose is full of hop aromas in the form Citrus and Tropical fruits.

T: Just like the smell. This is like a milder Ruination with a great citrus and grapefruit explosion followed by a great malt balance.

M: The feel is smooth with medium carbonation. Just what I want in this type of DIPA.

D: One or two of these is probably the perfect amount, but I have to admit I closed out the Growler. The more I had the more I wanted. I would probably rethink that (or at least try) the next time around. (660 characters)

Photo of SmasNadroj
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was lucky enough to get this on cask, into a 6 or so oz scotch-ish highball sorta glass.

It was my first experience with bear republic and I think it may have spoilt (I am from the south) me. It resembles in most ways (on cask at least) a hyrbrid between DFH 90 and 120 with less alcohol.

Its a deep shadowy golden color with good head retention and pretty nice, foamy lacing. The lacings sort of temporary though, nothing impressive.

Enough about the lacing... It smells like sweet caramel hops, sounds like a good ice cream flavor to me. Doesn't quite have the "hop soup" vibe in the smell that 120 has but its about the closest smelling thing to it I can recall. Very delicious and engaging smell, makes your mouth water

Juicy ripe pineapple sweetness and a grapefruity hop bite. The taste isn't as extreme as I was expecting but it holds its own. Definitely tastes more alcoholic to me, the cask seems to do crazy things to it but I have no "uncask" reference point on it. I definitely recommend it to ipa and hop lovers but I can't put an easy drinkin stamp on it. I'd have it again and again, esp casked, its not for pansies but not to the extreme either. (1,169 characters)

Photo of jzm2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive brew. Pours a copper/rust color with a thick head that smears down the glass. Smells and tastes strongly of piney hops and citrus. There is some kind of complexity to the underlying sweet malt flavors..maybe caramel or similar.. Feels moderate to thick with creamy carbonation in the mouth.. Lingering bitterness and sweetness. Beautifully done. Be careful, the high alcohol is well-hidden. (398 characters)

Photo of Taylor88
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%

Hand pumped (I love the visual) at the Bear Republic brewpub in Healdsberg California. Simply incredible. A smooth silky (double octane) version of Racer 5...
or should I say Racer V

The brewpub itself was a joy. Everybody there was so nice (who wouldn't bbe working for a brewery) Did not get to sample the food menu (they do have food, right?) but I will return in the near future. (384 characters)

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this newer release from one of the best hop forward beer breweries around. A fantastic beer!

A: Poured deep orange/amber with a great billowy head

S: Smells earthy and piney with a hint of caramel malts and sweetness. Like rolling around in a forest. With bread dough.

T: Lots of balance as it warms up. Hop profile on the front end is more earth, pine, and dankness than citrus. Great malt balance with sweet caramel to balance out the floral bitterness. Aftertaste finishes with some lingering grapefruit.

M: Drinkable with food or without, with a smooth character that doesn't show the 8+ % ABV

O: A great balanced DIPA, other reviewers have said they can taste the "English-ness" of it but I think it's simply more balanced if anything and doesn't punch you in the face with puckering salted lemon flavors like some one dimensional DIPA's out there. This is more well-rounded with plenty of dank American hops. (935 characters)

Photo of gkeh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good! (482 characters)

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.