Racer X Double IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #199
Ranked #1,318
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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brewme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Surprised that I had not reviewed this before, have had several times. This is a great brew, don't think that it is distributed in MA anymore?

Mar 20, 2021
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AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BB: 04/11/21
Consumed: 02/02/21

L: Pours a pale to medium amber with a medium chill haze. An aggressive pour yields a nice off-white 2 fingers of head. It has ok retention, but what's left is sticky and leaves nice webs of lacing as the beer recedes in the glass.

S: Citrus rind (grapefruit?), Citrus pulp (orange?), a bit of pine, and prominent caramel malt.

T: This is a hop bomb all right! I get blood orange on the front end flowing into the mid palate where it mixes with sweet caramel malt and sweet Valencia orange. The caramel malt continues and mixes with waves of pine resin bitterness on the finish. At first blush the sweetness is being balanced very well by the bitter finish, but as the beer warms the sweetness starts to win.

F: Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit sticky with a dry finish.

O: This beer takes a bat made entirely of hops and smacks you in the face while simultaneously shanking you with a sharp malt shiv....old school to say the least. To me it is actually closer to some of the proto-NEIPAs or what we used to call East-coast IPAs; i.e. a nice strong bitterness, moderately sweet, and a nice dry finish. To me, though, this is a bit sweeter than an East-coast IPA. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more unbalanced as the sweetness starts to become more prominent in both the nose and palate. For me that detracts from the palate more so than the nose and it loses .25 to .5 in the taste column as a result. As it warms it is not as balanced as it's younger sibling. Either way, this is a great IPA and a safe harbor in a "Locust Reign" of NEIPAs. You should try it if you get a chance.

Feb 02, 2021
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16oz can, best by 4/11/21, into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

L: Pours a clear, striking copper body beneath two fingers of dense, creamy tan foam. Moderate retention, excellent lacing. Beautifully old-school.

S: Balanced aroma of caramel malts and citrusy hops. Simple and classic.

T: The taste takes me straight back to my formative years as a craft beer drinker, massaging both hops and malt into a perfectly balanced, thoroughly assertive river of flavor. Grapefruit, pine, caramel, and biscuit are all present in equal measure, with everything wrapping up in a solidly bitter, resinous finish with just enough lingering caramel to keep things smooth. Delicious.

F: On the full side of medium-bodied with ample, velvety carbonation. Sticky in a good way.

O: Simply splendid, and not just for nostalgia’s sake. The hop/malt/alcohol balance is dialed in just right, with every component singing clearly and nothing dominating. Great stuff. Beers of Fame tick 202/250. Cheers!

Jan 26, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Sep 20, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jan 19, 2018
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Blogjackets from Ohio

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.

Nov 27, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

Nov 20, 2017
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DW78715816 from Kansas

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.

Nov 16, 2017
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hreb from Washington

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.

Feb 28, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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

Dec 30, 2016
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lovemesumipa from Washington

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.

Dec 03, 2016
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jxmichael from California

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.

Dec 02, 2016
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andrewjraab from Michigan

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.

Nov 10, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Nov 06, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

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

Nov 03, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

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.

Nov 01, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Oct 17, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

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.

May 13, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

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.

Mar 15, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

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!

Jan 28, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

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.

Jan 24, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

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?

Jan 06, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

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.

Dec 31, 2015
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stratusjeans from Washington

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.

Dec 04, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 29, 2015
Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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