Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

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

Added by xlperro on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#977
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
2,171
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blogjackets
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of DW78715816
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sisterofba
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hreb
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,171 ratings