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
Reviews:
507
Ratings:
2,146
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
363
Gots:
206
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Gusler
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer has a clear amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is semi-creamy in texture and an off white color, with a decent sheet of lace to cover the glass. The nose is dominated by the hop floral aroma with sweet malt at the back, crisp and clean to the senses, start is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is middling in feel. Finish is delectable in its acidity and the hops pronounced in their spiciness with a bitter-sweet aftertaste that lingers on long after the beer is gone, had a few of these, yummy.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, with a hint of dank. Smells like a big west coast IPA. This beer is bitter. Pine resin, orange, balanced by a great malt backbone. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a well crafted west coast DIPA. It's Racer 5 on steroids!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange/red with almost no head, but whats there is white.

S: Sweet orange in the nose, similar scent to Racer V, but amped up a bit.

T: Taste is more floral and pine forward. Citrus is still present, orange, mango, tangerine show up on a malty backbone.

M: Feels like a typical DIPA. Medium-full bodied and fairly carbonated.

O: I don't know if this is as good as Racer V. I certainly don't think it's good as 15 or Black Racer. The hop profile seems to work better against the smaller malt backbone, and lower alcohol content V. Still an excellent DIPA.

Note: These notes were from a festival that took place before the GABF, to which the same batches of these were sent, so the beer was in it's prime when we tried it.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking for this one for a while, was able to get a couple growlers of Racer X locally. Thanks to DeCicco's as always. Consumed from my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- Pours with a healthy White/Tan head. Vigorous pouring on the first glass yielded serious head. Normally pour resulted in 2 fingers or so, and laced the glass nicely. It is a deep golden/orange/amber and is nearly perfectly clear.

S- Like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops. Piney and hoppy, some notes of citrus and grapefruit. Some slight malty/carmel sweetness.

T- The initial flavor is much like the smell, tastes of fresh hops. I get some hints of orange rind, and some grapefruit as well. The back end is mostly toffee/malt, with almost no hop aftertaste.

M- Perfect balance to me. No overboard hoppy bitterness, and a nice full bodied DIPA. It is able to be complex, while not going overboard like many other DIPAs. So nice and smooth on the tongue.

D- Easily housed 2 glasses, and wanted to keep drinking more. Much easier to consume than other DIPA's I've had recently, which could be because it was on tap.

I'd definetely buy this one again in a heart beat. Probably one of my top 5 DIPA's, and I've had most of the best. Gonna go home tonight and polish of the growler

-GFunk

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Spitzer's Corner, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured multiple tiers of pine, citrus and pepper with a slight detectable sweetness.

The taste consisted of an initial piney hop that slowly transitioned to citrus and finished with white pepper. The grainy malt supported the hops very well.

The mouthfeel was clean for the style and finished dry.

Overall a superior DIPA. Very clean and very user friendly.

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Photo of 57md
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is copper in color with little head, but some lacing. The nose is reminiscent of grapefruits. The flavor profile of this offering works out very well with a malty front-end matched with a hop bitter finish. An excellent example of a stellar DIPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company.

A: A clear copper color with a fluffy off-white foam that sits atop.

S: A very fruity, tropical hop aroma. Lots of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. There is also a fairly sweet, caramel aroma.

T: Very much like the nose, the taste has a wonderful fruity hop flavor with a fair amount of bitterness, but not harsh by any means. The sweet malt is there, but not a big player.

M: For an IPA, Racer X is quite full bodied. There is a high level of carbonation which keeps it refreshing and prevents it from feeling too syrupy on the tongue.

D: Despite the high alcohol content, you don't really notice the booze. A very nice balance of hop bitterness, fruitiness, and malt.

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Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange / copper in color with a 1" head. Some nice lacing developed. The aroma was extremely floral. The flavor was thick malt well balanced with pleasant hop bitterness and citrus notes. Some caramel tones were buried in there too. High alcohol levels were slightly noticeable in the taste.

This was a medium-heavy bodied brew with decent carbonation levels. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight crispness at the start but finishes smooth with a long lasting pleasant bitterness on the tongue. This is a great Imperial IPA that is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad to see that Bear Republic has expanded their brewing capacity, making this wonderful DIPA much more readily available. Had this on tap at Baily's Taproom and the Horsebrass pub in Portland this last weekend.

The beer pours a lovely copper color with excellent head retention and lacing. The nose on this DIPA is just awesome. One gets a huge, sweet malty nose, which is just an undercurrent for the avalanche of pine, grapefruit citrus and cherry cough drop. This beer smells like it is one big, bad DIPA, which of course it is.

The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with a finish that is off the charts in terms of bitterness. The flavor profile starts off sweet and malty, but is then litterally shoved aside by the huge, piney, bitter hops. Considering how sweet and malty this beer starts off, the dry finish comes as a surprise. It makes this beer much more drinkable then you might normally expect, though the 9% abv. is still quite noticeable.

This is a DIPA tour de force and is not for the faint of heart. This is another beer that would just about stop a bud drinkers heart on the spot and elicit cries of mercy. A fabulous DIPA, though not what I normally associate as a West Coast style of DIPA (it sort of reminds me of an amped up version of the Stoudt DIPA).

A very fine beer from Bear Republic.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Poured into a Bear Republic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color. Inch or two thick head with perfect lacing.

S: Very strong pine and grapefruit smell. Very citrusy on the nose, but that gives way to a caramel malt smell.

T: Not necessarily the hop bomb I was expecting, but I am not complaining about that. It has a great citrus taste to start off and then goes into a well balanced malt character.

M: Medium to full bodied. Very well carbonated. Oils stick to palate.

O: Bear Republic can pretty much do no wrong when it comes to IPA's and IIPA's. This is my new personal favorite from them. Great hop flavor. Well balanced with the malt. One I will not hesitate to order.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to my boy spacecoyote. Reviewed as a growler.

Pours a clear reddish orange, very bright, thick off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring leaving a ton of lace on the glass, looks real nice. Smell is great, very hoppy, some yeast, grapefruit, floral, toasty malt, caramel, orange peel, pine, very hoppy but balanced. Taste is similar, caramel sweetness and toast, grapefruit and orange, pine, floral, some light fruit, pineapple, lightly sugary, big bitterness but perfectly balance and complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Damn do BR make balanced DIPAs! This reminds me a bit of Apex in that its super complex but perfectly balanced, very good stuff. I could certainly put down quite a few pints. Thanks Carl!

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a medium amber color and a modest head that leaves shards of lace

Smell: Grapefruit and caramel malt

Taste: Caramel flavor up front joined by a hoppy bitterness mid-palate; after the swallow, a burst of grapefruit that grows in intensity well after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A superb DIPA that is well balanced while extremely bitter; sure would like to see the rumors of this appearing in the bottle come true

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Photo of hophead247
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color topped by a small, bubbly off white head that leaves some random spots of lace behind. The aroma shows the sweet toffee and caramel malt backbone to go with fresh floral and grapefruit citrus hops. The flavor follows with the striking bitterness from the fresh floral and grapefruit citrus hops, and balanced out by the sweet toffee malts and honey grains on the backend. Full bodied and sticky from all the hops with ample carbonation and a lengthy bitter finish. There is a touch of heat from the alcohol on the finish as well. This is a really tasty and well done IIPA...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY on 9/25/10, served in a tulip glass.

L - not quite clear copper color with a big foamy white head that hung around as a layer leaving parfait-like lacing.

S - wonderful aroma, tropical fruit and piney hop resins.

T - delicious brew, tropical fruitiness and bittering pine with enough malt to hold things together, hiding the alcohol very well.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - it's good and drinkable but the 9% abv will make me drink this in moderation.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's Black Friday. This poured out as a nice looking copper color with a minimal amount of head on top by the time it got to me. The smell of the beer has a very nice piney aroma to it. Really hoppy and has a very inviting aroma. The taste is spot on, I really enjoyed the fruity pine bitterness this one had. The mouthfeel was oily and semi-thick. Overall I am really happy with this brew, I loved Racer 5 and this one is even better yet I think. Really good stuff here.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.00 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by three level fingers of off-white bubbly foam. Strong carbonation streams. Very good lacing.

Strong assertive citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange.

Taste begins with a wall of thick semi-sweet caramely malt foundation. On top of the caramel arrives a truck load of juicy citrus fruIt. Big bitterness builds and bites. Fruit lives on in the afterglow.

Medium plus mouthfeel offers proper support throughout.

A superior DIPA I look forward to revisiting.

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Photo of jzm2500
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive brew. Pours a copper/rust color with a thick head that smears down the glass. Smells and tastes strongly of piney hops and citrus. There is some kind of complexity to the underlying sweet malt flavors..maybe caramel or similar.. Feels moderate to thick with creamy carbonation in the mouth.. Lingering bitterness and sweetness. Beautifully done. Be careful, the high alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at federal tap served chilled on tap in a tulip. I had this before from the bottle but only a small taste...so excited to give it a proper review.

The color is an orange/peach shade with moderate hazed look and rocky ecru head with fine bead. The lace sticks well and retention is very good. The smell is very citrus and tropical in aroma with a light grapefruit odor combined with gentle pineapple esters from the hops. The feel is great, not too sweet but plenty of hop in the feel with moderate carbonation and mild alcohol for the strength, lasting oily hop lingers and coats the palate.

The flavor is excellent, the Imperial IPA is packed full of hop flavor which is not intensely bitter, but still has enough punch to suit my taste. The flavor of grapefruit zest and light orange rind with maybe some mango and pineapple mixed in very fruity and citrus dominant. The drinkability is very high, a great imperial IPA in every way, worth seeking out I would drink this again and recommend it highly

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

Growler purchased at Capones & soon to be split with my brother in law. Pours with a thin head. Dark amber color typical of a big DIPA. Huge nose of piney hops. Tastes extremely hoppy which is agreat for a hop head. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is very drinkable even with the ABV. Highly recommended. One of the best DIPA's out there IMO.

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Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer Store in SF. A VERY legitimate DIPA. Had this side-by-side at City Beer Store with 21st Amendment Double Trouble IPA, which is also very solid and this domo'd it.

A - Great orange-copper appearance with a lasting creamy off-white head.

S - Lots of crisp piney, resinous hops and sweet malt to balance.

T - Sweet caramel malt, excellent piney, citrusy, resinous hops. Like Racer 5, but with more malty, hoppy goodness. A little alcohol present, but less than you'd expect.

M - Medium bodied for the style with average carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and oils coat the palate.

D - For what it is, this is very drinkable. Pint went down before I knew it. This one could be dangerous.

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

10 oz pour from a growler purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Thanks to Deuane for picking this up for us.

Pours a hazy, ruby colored amber with a 1/2 finger of creamy off-white head. It has just great retention with a creamy ring around the edges and a big ole' dollop of foam right smack dab in the middle. Naturally, the lacing was big, sticky, and impressive. The aroma is a West Coast delight, with a big piney nose followed by accents of fresh citrus, thick smelling malts, and a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste is just as impressive with a big resinous bite of pine right up front. But this isn't any old pine bite. This is kind that reminds you of eating a pine cone if one actually did that sort of thing. It's just the kind of bitterness and stickyness that works your taste buds over, but in a good way. :) Luckily, all of that is pulled back somewhat by a pretty beefy backbone of sweet malt and some floral feeling citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight beefy feel considering the thickness of the malts and the ABV.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this when I first started drinking it, as the pine just dominated so much, I was afraid that it was going to be one-note. The more I drank it though, the more it worked it's magic on me, showing off it's superior balancing act and almost undetectable ABV. Trust me, you won't feel the alcohol in this until after you've had a few. This is a real gem from Bear Republic and I'm very glad to have tried it.

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

A- Came in a tulip glass at Sacbrew. Deep clear Copper in color 1.5 finger head, lots of lacing in the glass.

S- Big piney hops in the nose. Lots of fresh forest pine smell with a good amount of citrus. Sweet malt comes through towards the end.

T- Very good DIPA hope taste. Lots of Pine and citrus just like the smell. The Taste is a quite pleasing balance of pine and citrus when the sweet malts start to kick in. The finish is a sweet malt with touches of hop spice.

M- Medium-Full Body, Plenty of carbonation. Finish could be a touch more dry to improve

O- This is a very good DIPA, It will give you the bitter fix you need and has enough malt back bone to keep it standing up.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Bartender was young but super badass and very good at his job and really seemed to know his stuff.

Very clear amber orange... nice 3/4" creamy head with great sheets of lace.

Very floral but that only lasts until you get slammed with a mess of resiny citrus hops... a little sweet maltiness... and a little toasty malts is detectable as it warms... but the hops prevail on all battle lines.

The flavor is dominated by a fantastically fresh hoppiness... nice bitterness but not overpowering... huge piney/grapefruit hops with a little too much sweetness for my taste... still fairly balanced.. the body is big... but very smooth... more of a fruitiness emerges on the palate as it warms... tropical fruits... sorta like a natural starburst... finish is long and a complex menagerie of big American hops... fantastic.

I am soooo glad I noticed this was Racer X... I looked at the board and the menu a dozen times and just passed it off as Racer 5... but then the X clicked and I did a little beer geek jig.

all 4.5's and probably deserves better.

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

2012 vintage

A: pours a deep orange that's nearly red into a duvel tulip with a decently sized off white head that retains fairly well
S: smells of grapefruit rind and pine. a little bit of the caramel malt comes through as well
T: sweeter than expected with some nice caramel malt flavor up front, nice piney bite and some sweet yet still bitter citrus. slight orange marmalade flavor toward the end as well. swallow is oily hop and a slightly toasted bread flavor. a bit of alcohol on the swallow also
M: medium body with soft but firm carbonation. very nice feel
O: a very well crafted top notch DIPA that shows balance and great depth and breadth of flavor

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Photo of gkeh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good!

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,146 ratings.
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