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 | website

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
Reviews:
500
Ratings:
2,107
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
Wants:
359
Gots:
187
For Trade:
5
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Photo of hooliganlife
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured on tap at the stable. huge thanks to jerad!

pour was deep copper with about an inch of white head. nice retention and nice lacing.

big scents, very piney and very citrus, light sweet caramel.

taste as dominant with pine and bitterness, slight citrus. strong malt backbone. alcohol was too present from start through finish. very bitter finish

very full, low to medium carbonation. very smooth and very easy going

low drinkability because of the strong alcohol flavor. this was a slow sipper and a one time deal in a sitting. i've been wanting to try this forever but as sort of let down by this. i expected less alcohol. its only 9% but drinks like a 12%.

overall, good DIPA. i would drink this again based on rarity so this is special to come across.

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Photo of bum732
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Bright, citrus, grapefruit peel, orange, touch of mango, touch of pine in the background.

L: Slight hazy, reddish orange, white creamy head that dissipates slightly.

T: Resiny hoppiness with bitter grapefruit rind taste. Medium high, slightly grapefruit bitterness. Some hop flavor, but malt definitely makes an appearance. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hop resin.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, just missing that hop complexity to be an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IHyphySF
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Racer X Poured into a Speak Easy pint glass.

A - Not to much head on the pour into the glass and the head quickly fades away and creates a small ring of foam around the glass. The color is of a darker honey and a few bubbles forming on the bottom.

S - Hops and citrus the smell is pretty subdued compared to a lot of double IPAs.

T - Really tasty not overly hopped but finishes off with a bit of cherry after tones. The first initial sips seem to have citrus notes in them and then hops hit me and then it finishes well with berry notes.

M - would like more carbonation in this with some more bubbles.

O - Really tasty double IPA and it isn't super abv fueled it is nice and balanced i know i am going to be drinking a few bombers of this before it is gone.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark ruby amber with a thin head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Cereal grain on the nose. Some hops are noticeable, but mostly malt.

The taste is a little unbalanced. Sweetness up front, then earthy hops, then a creamy malt finish. In my opinion, the hops don't quite stand up to the malt attack. Still tasty, nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium heavy body, not sticky. Some creaminess here as well.

Okay as far as drinkability goes. A little one dimensional.

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Photo of Nesued
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up two (2) growlers from Green's on Piney Grove Road on their first "Rare Keg night". Excellent idea! Keep them coming!

Appearance - Orange glow emits from this brew, a fine/light carbonation feeds the remaining ring of a slight head that formed from the pour. Large bubbles retain after the pour with little lacing as it resolves. A slight haze.

Smell - Lively and big citrus/grapefruit nose. Some bubblegum as well with also a slight caramel aroma. A grassy nose, but overwhelmed by a huge fresh hop aroma. Exceedingly bright, clean and refreshing.

Taste - To say "palate cleansing" to start off the taste review says a lot. Not quite the "tongue-ripper" I was expecting from this huge AD/IPA, but nonetheless you have to fight through the hops to find the finer points of this beer. They are there, sweet malty almost nutty flavor once you adjust. The alcohol is present as well, about mid-way through the sip. Finishes with a crisp bite.

Mouthfeel - Slick and syrupy with a lasting sweet sticky lip feel. Light to moderate density.

Drinkability - Glad I'm not having anything after this offering 'cause I would be hard-pressed to have my taste buds identify mild or malty flavors after this big boy. I tried it. It's not for the malt-lover BA. In my opinion this could have used more balance.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recent batch of this just flooded Maryland, so I picked up a growler about an hour ago at Staples Corner.

Pours a clear, bright copper and with a vigorous pour produces a bubbly, thin, quickly dissipating stark white head with some streaky webs of lacing. As I remember from other encounters with this beer, the nose is my favorite part and the standout of this dominated by grapefruit citrus hops and a strong caramel malt presence. However the flavor from this sample is lacking a strong hop presence and is dominated by a caramel malt, sweet body with mild grapefruit and orange notes, but very little presence or bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with late arriving fine carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, but there is a persistent cloying sweetness and disappointing lack of hops. While this growler is an hour old, I'm left wondering how old this keg is/was.

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Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Canal St. Pub, poured into a miniature goblet.

A: Cloudy copper/orange colored body with a very rich and creamy looking slightly off-white head. Tons of sticky patchy lace clings to the walls and it retains the head throughout nicely. Really quite a good looking beer here.

S: Overripe citrus fruits, orange and lemon peels, hop resin, sap and pine. Very oily and juicy smelling though the slightly earthy nature of the beer compliments it well. Not as citrusy, fruity and juicy as other examples in the style but it's good.

T: Lots of bitterness at the front of the palate, with more hop oil and resin coming through. Bitter citrus peel undertones are next, along with hints of pine and grass. The finish is extremely dry and a bit sticky. OK, not the greatest in terms of diversity. It seems like a very one dimensional bitter bomb.

M: Good amount of carbonation, not overly done nor underdone keeping things lively. Sticky and dry in the finish makes this a bit of a chore.

I had expected a lot more, but that's not to say this one wasn't good. It was but it became a nuisance after a while to finish. Enjoyable but for me the drink-ablility on a style I love was too low.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear. Deep copper/amber. Head is creamy, tight, and white. Drops to a tiny cap and collar. Some nice spots of lacing. Minor carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Chewy biscuits. Caramel malt sweetness with a solid backing of alcohol. Herbal hop note comes with with a solid spiciness. Grapefruit rind And some oily pine. Incredibly balanced. Big and sweet. Earthy spice. Some pith and straight bitterness.

Taste: Alcohol bite. Slick, oily pine resin. Grapefruit flesh and orange rind. Leafy spiciness. Some nice herbal components. Caramelized, slightly overcooked malts. Chewy caramel malt sweetness. Bread dough. Warm. Balanced in a big way.

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth and pushing full. Carbonation is mild. Creamy. Backing dryness from the alcohol.

Overall: Haha Speed Racer, haha.

Manages to be big and balanced. Loaded up and drinkable for what it is. Lacks a little of the charm found in Racer 5, but a nice blend of American hopping with English basics.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cracked this open over a long night at work. Thanks again kojevergas for the trade. bottle doesnt seem to have a date on it, but is labeled 2012 vintage. poured into a SA perfect pint

a- pours a ruby gold orange color with barely off white head that falls pretty quickly leaving some nice lacing at the top of the glass. looks like a dipa should.

s- tropical sweetness and some bready malt. not a huge nose for a dipa

t- sweetness initially fades to juicy tropical fruit, a little lemon peel maybe, some bitter piney hops with some sweet malty goodness. finish comes with more hop bitterness. a very balanced dipa, not too huge in the malt or hop aspects, just sort of middle of the road balance. a very tasty beer

m- nice coating mouthfeel. a little oily texture. nice bitter finish. alcohol isnt really present, although at 8.5% i wouldnt expect it to be really huge.

overall, a very nice example of a dipa. like its little brother, it is very balanced in all aspects. too bad I cant get it around here, otherwise it would be a nice brew to grab any time.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a semi-hazy amber orange color with a thick, white creamy head.

S - Floral and light fruit dominate the nose, light malt. The aroma is muted quite a it due to the serving temp.

T - Starts with a touch of citrus, pine, and light caramel malt which carries through the entire sip. Midway through some onion character surfaces along with some rind-like grapefruit and leaves a lingering light floral and faint rind finish. Has some cardboard character to it, old keg.

M - Medium body with some alcohol effervescence without the burn.

O - Worth a try, would like more intense onion and rind in this glass. Will revisit this review when I have one that's more fresh.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/9/2009. Growler from Bellport Beer&Soda. Pours a clear deep amber/orange with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grassy hops. Flavor of sticky, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. A little heavier than I would have wanted from a 7.8% beer. A little disappointing as I was expecting more of a hops presence as opposed to a malt presence.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A: Copper color, with a thin head that laced fairly well.

S: A little more intense grapefruit/mango/pineapple essence than Racer 5, balanced out with even more biscuit. Good mix, but still lacking a hop-bitter presence.

T: Same as the aroma. Definitely more flavorful than Racer 5, but I found this one to be a little more dominated by the biscuit maltiness rather than the citrus essence. No hop bitterness until the dry aftertaste. Also picked up the alcoholic presence in the finish.

M: Creamy, non-carbo feel.

D: A little too thick/malty and strong to be a sessionable beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the myth behind it, rather disappointing. I have been looking for this beer for years.

A - Murky apricot orange, small head, not much lace.

S - Fruity and malty.

T - Malt and fruit up front, a little hop bite in the back.

M - Medium bodied, a little undercarbed and a little light on flavor considering the hype.

D - Nice beer, but after all these years, was looking for more.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Nice white head. Chunky collar. Decent lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine hops. Resiny. Very malty. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Malt is strong. Very sweet. Grapefruit. Pine comes out more than grapefruit. Musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sweet. Bitterness pushes through the sugar.

Overall - Good hop flavor, but hella sweet. Too much.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some deep caramelized sweet malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and earthy hops with a huge caramelized malt backbone with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable but just too sweet for my taste buds.

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Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at Amsterdam Ale House as a part of New York City Craft Beer Week. I was surprised and thrilled to see this beer, which i'd hear so much about, to be featured here on the east coast. It has a little too much alcohol hotness that Double IPA's can have and not as good as the Racer 5, but a good double ipa none the less. Good copper color, carbonation and smell. Taste and drinkablity are a little intense.

1/23/10
Had this again on tap at Amsterdam Ales House and was equally disappointed this time. You would think that the brewery that makes arguably one of the best single IPA's could make a double that was just as good. Once again. the heat was too intense and the malt and hops didn't stand out for me in any way.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright but hazy amber, almost orange in color. Thin sticky white head clings to the glass. Very true to form DIPA here; lots of fresh citrus and hops in the nose and pallate. Some grapefruit, malt, and earthy tones round out the finish. Not overly sweet, but a touch boozey for only 8%. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty solid beer here and very true to its style.

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Photo of Rutager
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear orange with a thin white head.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, citrus and tropical fruits with a little fresh cedar wood.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts, pine and cedar followed by mixed citrus fruits and bitter rinds as well as some sweet tropical fruit (mostly papaya is what I'm getting).

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with low+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice big dipa with lots of ballance and some nice fruity hops. Diggin' it.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: pretty good clarity light copper light head good lacing

S: very spicy herbal smell boarding on onion but not quite

T: muted taste you can almost taste the smell but it's gone quickly and then it's sweet which is pleasant but I'd say more of a spicy herbally DIPA

M: medium to fuller for a DIPA nice carbonation

O: it's just ok I can't see this as world class, it's a muddled DIPA it's big saving grace is it's not too much in any department

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty beer, deep orangey brown. Pale tan head.

Smell is mild, but rich.

Taste of apricots, sweet apricots. Nice hop profile but frankly too sweet for my taste.

Quite a rich mouthfeel.

Finish is good. They clearly know how to make beer there. I just don't like the flavor of what they chose to make with this one.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been searching for this forever. We're just never in the same place at the same time, like Clark Kent and Superman.

Appearance- A deep copper, almost amber color. A half inch of soapy white head. Laces well. Darker than expected.

Smell- Nice aroma. Fruity. Hops, grapefruit, stickiness. Like candied hops.

Taste- Follows the nose. Nice hops, a big bitter blast at the end. Definitely maltier than I'd prefer. Lots of pine and earthy floral hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy. Very nice. It almost seems like its on cask.

Drinkability- Nice and easy, although the bitter finish is a little tough.

This is a nice beer, but now that I've had it, I probably would go for something else on tap.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia.

22oz bottle. Pours a burnt amber color with very little head. Fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus and floral hops. Slight breadiness as well. The taste is orange, tangerines and some bitter pine as well. Hints of tropical fruits with a fair amount of malt. Floral and pine bitterness at the finish. Some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Overall, decent Imperial but maybe a bit of a disappointment. Still good, but I'd prefer some of the other Racers over X.

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Photo of staudio
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went up to Bear Republic a couple of weeks ago to try this on tap. I was bummed because they were out of it. So I ran across it at BevMo they other day while stocking up on beer. I can not write/describe beer as eloquently as others here. So I'll just say this beer is really really good if you like Northern California/PNW style IPA's.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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