Racer X Double IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #186
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,184
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Reviews:
514
Ratings:
2,210
From:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Winter
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SCORE
94
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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
Reviews: 514 | Ratings: 2,210 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by buzzedup:
Photo of buzzedup
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have waited for this one for longer then I can even begin to go into here. After all that time a growler hits my front porch and I am literally floored. Served cold I popped this open at lunch on Sunday to enjoy throughout my day. Consumed on 04/19/2009.

The pour was just how I had envisioned it. Rich, deep copper colored amber with a crystal clear look to it. Big head of off white rises up and over the top before settling down gently into a thin crown that totally covered the top of the glass. Lots of thick and gooey side glass lacing all over the place here.

The smell was soo rich and pungent I nearly fell over. This was exactly what I had been searching for, looking for, in a big IPA. Huge orange citrus notes, resin so thick it clogged my nose, and soo damn fresh, sheesh, I have died and gone to heaven. I go in for my first taste of the nectar and that is just what it is. Sweet, buttery malts that gave me a fall sense of security before the backlash of sticky hops just kills me with bitter orange, pineapple and piney notes. Simply amazing, perfect, wonderful. Medium bodied with smooth, even carbonation and a dry feeling that stuck around forever making me restrain myself from guzzling it.

Overall this was exactly what I had hoped for, wanted, and dreamed about. May possibly be the best I could have hoped for. Balanced and complex, simply outstanding. Everything it should be.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This double IPA pours a bright orange with a thick frothy white head that has true staying power and as it dissipates displays some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Nose of deep rich caramel, citrus notes of oranges and lemons,. and bittering hops. Flavors are deep and boasting of a great sweet malt backbone and waves of citrus hops. heavy alcohol and a slight grain flavor comes through on the back....very warming. Aftertaste boasts sweet and bitter in a delicious harmony. very good. happy to have had it!

Cheers!

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Photo of jopezu
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The flavors of the Racer families of beer show that dry maltiness and superior hop character aren't all that matters in this hop-tensive style. There's a lot of room for complexity and variety as well.

Pouring with an impressive honey-amber color and moderate and consistent haze, the beer carries a clean and controlled look. From the formation of a creamy white cap to its withstanding head retention and further to its intricate patterns of lace, the beers stately and confident appearance never waivers.

Juicy aromas of hop burst with scents of tangerine, orange zest, grapefruit, and overall citrusy character. Only the background of caramel malts provide a sweeter, breadier, and almost biscuit quality that informs and supports the perfumy hops. Round in a measure of tropical fruit esters and an English-like ale scent and we have a fortified aroma that never looses focus.

Flavors follow a similar path, but takes a different step toward the same hop-heavy balance. The malty richness and sweetness show up with a firm but thin caramel sweetness, soft bready or shortbread flavor, and an estery start of pineapple, appricot, and tangerine. As the fruity flavors turn at mid palate toward citrusy grapefruit, mulled herbs and grasses, and a slight piney taste, there also sets in a growing bitterness that cleanly grows to resiny proportions in the finish and dominates the flavor profile in aftertaste.

Moderate throughout, the appreciation of modest carbonation allows for an understated creaminess that accents maltiness especially early, but offers a sprite dryness ad mid palate that ushers in alcohol warmth, resiny hop dryness, and a fleeting malt finish. The beer concludes with a definitive hop dryness and bitterness with no astringency or harshness and only a whisper of bready caramel malt afterwards.

Dangerously drinkable and highly rewarding- this classy ale never gets old for a hophead like me with high demands from his hop-heavy beers!

Thanks Ynot2

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes and well-deserved memories:

Served at the Other Side restaurant and bar in Boston with a solid white head of an inch solidly topping a cloudy orange beer. Heavy sticky and retention. The nose and flavor rely heavily on hops to maintain a ridiculously huge presence. Very in-your-face aromas and flavors, but as my 4.5 scores indicate, extremely well done. The hops are citric with a backing band of pine needles and tobacco resin. Malts are beat into submission but add the sweetness and body necessary.

This is worth the hype. Sweet, thick, full, and bitter. Great beer.

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Photo of hemorhoidzz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of steve8robin
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. Let's review this baby...

A: Golden bronze color with a nice creamy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the brew. Very good.

S: Some nive floral hops followed by sweet malty citrus. I also get some faint apples. Good.

T: This is an excellently balanced IPA! Perfect blend of malt and hop! The nailed this balance. Sweet at bitter floral citrus hops with hints of toffee, caramel, apple, and some piney spice all blended in. Perfect!

M: Leaves a nice hop stickiness on the palate with low carbonation. Good.

D: Once you get past the complexity of flavors, this goes down great. Very good.

All in all, this was an excellent IPA! Perfect balance of hop and malt. This is definitely a must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Whimpers
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Chingringo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of WuBByG999
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, Portland, OR
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly

Poured a deep, dark and transparent ruddy copper-mahogany. (Very dark for a double IPA.) The tight, bubbly, one-finger, saddle head faded to a bubbly cap of froth and a thick ring of lace. Chunks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted until the drink's end.

The aroma was very hoppy, yet also sweet, rich and incredibly balanced. Orange peel and spices came through strong (and possibly some potpourri-like notes) along with tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Brown sugar was apparent as well. A slight booziness became more noticeable as the beer warmed. I was definitely anticipating this DIPA to have a stiff malt backbone.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Piney and fruity up front. Orange peel was quite noticeable mid-palate, along with peaches and apricots. The finish was hoppy and very piney with hints of grapefruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The ultra-dry, piney aftertaste left my tongue craving another sip. Very nicely balanced overall. As the beer warmed, a touch of brandy-like alcohol appeared.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (slightly thinner than expected) with a fine yet lively carbonation. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Not only was this beer incredibly flavorful and well balanced (especially for a West Coast DIPA), but the 9% ABV was barely noticeable. Definitely a very drinkable example of the style.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Unquestionably one of the best DIPA's I have sampled to date.

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint glass on-tap at Capone's.

A - Pours a pale amber with a fluffy and creamy white head. Leaves heavy lacing.

S - An upfront citrus and pine hop blast that is nicely balanced out by sweet caramel malt. Grapefruit, spice notes present.

T- Citrus hops upfront with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter. Very crisp.

M - Medium body, very creamy - one of the best-feeling IPA's I've experienced.

D - Great taste and amazing creamy mouthfeel make it go down almost too nicely.

A really fantastic IPA - hopheads need to check this out.

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Photo of Shmeal
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WestCoastBrew2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BeerBeast
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Greels
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Hesscabob
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the newly re-opened Anthill Pub on the campus of UC Irvine. Because it is a "strong" beer (i.e., high alcohol), they serve it in a 10 or 12 ounce flute glass rather than giving you a full pint. The color was pretty dark for an IPA--more orange than yellow with a moderate, sticky, lace-leaving head. The smell might have been the best thing about it with lots of floral hops complimenting the sweet malt and alcohol smells. The taste was well-balanced and not nearly as one-sidedly hoppy as I expected. In fact it was slightly less hopped than I would have preferred. For a double IPA I found it rather sweet and a not especially bitter. Not as sweet as DFH 120 Minute, but nowhere near as hoppy as Avery Maharaja or even Stone Ruination. A good beer for sure, but I think I might actually prefer Racer 5.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dbauer
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2210 ratings