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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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1,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 331
Gots: 72 | 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 Docer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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
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.

BarrytheBear, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev -5.4%

jkball01, May 12, 2013
Photo of avaldivia
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

smutty33, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

rowingbrewer, Jan 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of craytonic
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.

craytonic, May 15, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
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.

jjayjaye, Jul 24, 2007
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.

pwoods, Jun 24, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

dertyd, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of PDXHops
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.

PDXHops, Jun 25, 2010
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.

spoony, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

kbrown, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Jason1337, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Mattyb79, Dec 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Ajlvt, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of 57md
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.

57md, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

NickThePyro, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

kevgod, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sideshowe, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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