Racer X Double IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #176
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,227
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
2,215
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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
Notes: 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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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, Best By 10/29/18. A thick frothy ivory head holds excellent retention atop a slightly hazed copper colored ale. Aroma is citrus, bready malt, and caramel. For flavor, assertive citrus and piney bitterness meets bold malt notes of toasty bread crust and caramel malt. Full body, resinous yet creamy, finishes dry with a long bitter pine resin finish. Just as the label suggests: bold hops and bold malts meet for a balanced DIPA - great flavors here.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Sep 20, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Safeway. Dark, hazy golden pour, with soft, foamy head.Looks great, a perfect pour. Aroma features deep caramel malts with a little pine, a little citrus. Taste is more of the rich caramel malts, mellowed out by some lingering piney hops, a little earthy, with a hint of dank character. Mouthfeel is also superb, thick and chewy. One of the best DIPAs I've had.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 19, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the copper color of this double IPA. The high alcohol percentage (8.3) is masked by a malty backbone. Not overly hoppy in flavor despite 100 IBU rating, it's a smooth drinker that packs a punch. Note: I love Bear Republic's Racer 5 and this beer is one that balances bitterness and malt while raising the hop bar and alcohol.

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt, spicy rye, toasted caramel and pine. Nice piney bitterness with citrus and roasted malt.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Nov 20, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: copper color
Smell: hops, lots of floral hops.
Taste:. Big hop flavor with a strong malty sweetness to balance it some.
Feel: good hop bitterness on the tongue
Overall: it's really good, obviously a very strong beer that is balanced nicely with a malty sweetness.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Beer is mid amber in color and supports a very large white head atop loads of soda bubbles. Aroma is floral hops mixed with, oddly for this style, banana. The first tiny sip immediately tells me that this beast is loaded with old fashioned West coast IPA IBUs. No, I wouldn't say "balance" comes to mind immediately. But the more I drink it the more I'm enjoying the weight this leaves on my tongue. Even though it does lean towards the bitter side and the hop flavors are quite muddled by modern standards, this is still a good brew. Oldschool goodness.

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hreb from Washington, Feb 28, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was copper in color with a white head.

Smell - I noticed a fairly nondescript lemony hop knows.

Taste - After a light lemon initial taste, I note sweet grapefruit and mandarin oranges. There is a sick sweet malty backbone. A little more bitterness comes through in the aftertaste. However, it is far from harsh.

Mouthfeel - Wow. There is some serious viscosity here it is a little like drinking a milkshake. I am amazed that carbonation is allowed to exist.

Overall - The mouthfeel is the highlight on this one. The taste just does not seem to go far enough. I still like it a lot

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4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love a great IPA. So naturally, I love this beer. No wonder it's won so many awards and high recognition. It works almost perfectly.
Let others sing the praises of this amazing beer in a wordier fashion. I'll just say if you like a great IPA, this beer is for you.

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lovemesumipa from Washington, Dec 03, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -Bright orange copper, slightly hazy with moderate lacing.

S - Pine, orange peel.

T - Malty caramel up front mixed with hoppy/bitter undertones. I'd say it's 75% IPA, 25% english malt.

M - Medium mouthfeel, almost syrupy with somewhat dry malt finish.

O - Overall a very enjoyable brew different from your traditional IPA. I'm usually not one to enjoy English malt but the hops play well off the malts making for something unique and delicious.

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jxmichael from California, Dec 02, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a copper brown with layers and layers of lace that spots the glass and clings with each sip.

S - Citrus Rind, Grapefruit, fruity, resin, piney.

T - Big hop bomb, with complex layers of citrus hops, lots of resin, pine, and very nicely balanced with a malt backbone. Very big beer, with a bit of a chewy mouthfeel - still easily quafable.

O - Really a great DIPA - nicely done.

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andrewjraab from Michigan, Nov 10, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a two finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine, mango and piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel malts, grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A super solid DIPA. There is a nice mix of sweet malts and citrus. Defiently reommended.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Nov 06, 2016
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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-color is an orange caramel color with two fingers worth of thick white head

S-aroma is of citrus and caramel

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone and finishes with a citrus hop bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty decent DIPA with a good mix of malt and citrus bitterness

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ksimons from Illinois, Nov 03, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel ,brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, sticky/resinous, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Seems to be American hops and English malts; and comes off as a amazing hybrid of American and English IPA styles. Has a good sized malt profile, but is never overly sweet. Enormous amounts of juicy flavors from the combination of hops and yeast notes. A highly enjoyable offering.

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superspak from Michigan, Nov 01, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very impressive appearance, solid, dense and the color of an orange. 1/2" white head. Hits the usual pungent notes of pine and citrus.

Taste, damn, thick malt to get them orange hues, syrup like. Still tons of hoppiness. Plenty of caramel. Basically this is a hybrid, a lot of English malt, even hops, but then they drop a solid amount of American hops and crystal malt.

Its good stuff, but bomber format leaves a little to be desired. Would easily bang these again at $10/4 pack.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is solidly flavorful, but it's a bit of a novelty beer that I won't be drinking regularly. It has a Smokey Malt taste/aroma. Initially there is a "Piney" Hops flavor with an Orange aftertaste that blends well and doesn't feel artificial.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, May 13, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: An opaque golden with off-white one finger head that stays. Nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, mangoes), bready malts and caramel.

T: Follows nose with low bitterness amid the grapefruit and pine notes. What a great balance.

M: Medium to high with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: What a nice surprise to get to try this one. I'd heard a lot about Racer X and now I'm a fan. Looking forward to more.

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brewskifan55 from Mississippi, Mar 15, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark, hazy cognac orange with a large head. the second pour from the bomber produced a completely opaque, dark orange amber, so this brew can settle hard. nose; massive grapefruit zest/pith, orange pulp, citrus hops (amarillo & centennial?), pine, & sugar. taste; big caramel malt, candied orange, pine resin, citrus hops, grapefruit zest, mango, & sugar.medium+ carbonation & slighlty heavy mouthfeel. very hoppy and citrus "juicy", and maybe just a touch on the sweet side (but every other sip reminds me of a slightly boiled down jai alai). ive only had one bomber of this stuff, but with a 2nd corroboration, i can see this being a 5 rate for me. bear republic needs more georgia distribution. simply fantastic!

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jopezu from Georgia, Jan 28, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a dense layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Citrus, orange, fruity notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, fruity notes, apricot, a little pine, solid malt presence, slightly toasty bready, and some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid DIPA with a big malty backbone.

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RyanK252 from California, Jan 24, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly-well balanced, though if they're going to be so proud of their balance, they could have toned down the hops a bit. But besides this advertising miss, this is a solid DIPA with a lot of grapefruit and resin, thick but gentle texture, smooth on the palate, heavy on the hops, and not overly bitter in the finish. A bit more malt would have been nice for balance, but it's a double IPA so why bother?

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jmasher85 from Maryland, Jan 06, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice citrusy nose, lots of orange. Very slight tropical scent as well. Flavour has the orange and citrus, but adds some pine, caramel and alcohol heat. The heat is surprisingly strong for a DIPA, impacting drinkability. Very good DIPA. It took me some time to finally come across it but the high reviews are warranted.

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jrenihan from Ontario (Canada), Dec 31, 2015
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to put my finger on it but I like this less than Racer 5. It seems less balanced and more bitter in a not pleasing way. Maybe my taste buds are screwy tonight.

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stratusjeans from Washington, Dec 04, 2015
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 12.49 ($ 8.49 + $ 4 shipping) ($ 0.567/oz) from Craft Shack
Aroma starts very fruity on first snort then shifts to more of a pine resin odor which mostly fades by the end of the glass
Head average (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, creamy with a few rocks, diminishing to irregular four to eight mm ring and large frothy island
Lacing good – complete narrow rings with some stalactites and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body – medium orange, cloudy
Flavor – starts fruity and slightly bitter then the malt edges in but some bitterness remains; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Nov 29, 2015
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Copper towards orange in color; opaque. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger tan head that dies down gradually leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and large amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Perfect!

Smell: Sweet citrus (think oranges mixed with some grapefruit), mildly grassy with some smooth hops. Made me want to take a drink!

Taste: Starts off with mild flavor of grain or malt, progresses on to a sweet citrus (think combination of oranges and grapefruit), followed by mild lemony taste,then mild grassy flavor ending with a slightly bitter hoppy taste. Absolutely delicious! Near perfect.

Feel: Medium to full body; mild fizzy sensation from the smooth carbonation; mild but noticeably dry finish. Left me a little thirsty for a glass of water.

Overall: One of the best DIPAs that I have ever had. Appealing look, nice aroma, great flavor and full body. Near perfect in my opinion. I would love to drink this again!

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sprat1960 from Massachusetts, Nov 12, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malt, citrus and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant malt, citrus and hop flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good IIPA

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VABA from Virginia, Oct 30, 2015
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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark orange, almost brown. Solid 2 finger head. Citrus, hops, malt nose, taste is similar with some bitterness from the hops. Very easy drinking at 8%.

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wdberkley from Illinois, Oct 23, 2015
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2215 ratings