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 Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a massive head of off-white colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew hits the nose right as you open the beer. A wave of tropical fruits, heaviest of tangerine and mango, greet the nose, along with a very nice heavy showing of a grapefruit hop smell. With these aromas, so too comes other aromas of a bready and caramel smell as well as a rather decent showing of a pine and earthy smell. With a little bit of an herbal hop rounding out the aroma, a very rich and pleasant IPA smell is produced overall.

Taste – The taste begins with caramel, sweet, doughy taste mixed with a whole lot of tangerine and orange. Some grapefruit is present at the start as well, with it gaining intensity up to the middle of the taste. Once the grapefruit maximizes, other hop flavors of a resinous pine and herbal flavor start hitting the tongue. While these start out lighter, they increase to the end, with the combination of the two overpowering the grapefruit when all is said and done. The sweetness, all the while, fades a bit (but not too much) with the caramel being the most pronounced loss. In the end, a light alcohol taste and a bit of earth come to the tongue, producing a very citrus fruity and resinously hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is very nice for the mix of citrus and resinous flavors, bathing the tongue in all the rich and complex flavors of the brew. These flavors and light alcohol taste are even further accentuated by the lighter carbonation, with the combo of body and carbonation creating a very nice sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty double IPA. The rich complex flavors delight the taste buds as they glide upon and then linger on the tongue. Very nice.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A - clear bright orange, 1 inch off white head.

S - citrus, orange, sweet pine

T - sweet malts, oranges, citrus, grapefruit with a nice hoppy bitter bite on the finish

M - buttery texture, smooth, bitter carbonation

O - really enjoyed this double. Drank on 12-10-14 and dated best by 1/30/15 so this may have a few months of age on it but still very good. I'd like to get one a little fresher to compare. I have only a few weeks to do so as bear Republic is pulling it's distribution out of MA in 2015. Hope to see them back in the future.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint:
Terrific copper body, slightly hazy. The head forms perfectly to the rim, then begins to fold away a bit leaving chunks of sticky lacing.
Nose is fantastic and big: juicy citrus hops, orange zest, pine, resinous, some floral, bready malts. This DIPA is hitting my nose perfectly.
This parties in my mouth, and the taste follows the nose pretty well too. Malts are sweet, but the hops are rich and sharp with a dominating bitterness from the sweet piney hops that shine through. Balance is incredible despite the strong flavors. Dry in finish.
This is a huge ale. I love the younger sibling ipa of this beer, and while this one has a commonality with Racer 5's profile, this X stands as a different beast altogether. Top notch stuff.

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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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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 barczar
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage

Pours a brilliant copper with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Aroma is pine, slightly sweet caramel malt, grapefruit pith, and a touch of floral hop character.

Flavor reveals a sweet, lightly toasted malt base, which becomes fairly bitter and resiny at the finish. Notes of herbal, tea-like hops surface in the earthy aftertaste. There's a piney bite accompanying grapefruit, tangerine, and citrus pith underlying the malt.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

It took a whole for this one to grow on me. Initially, the English earthy, herbal hop character and bitterness dominates, but the sharp citrus surfaces late to make the beer more pleasing to my palate. The finish is more bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange/amber color with some cloudy chill haze and one finger of soapy head that fades with bubbly lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt, ripe fruit, citrus hops, a bit estery.

Taste: The first hit is surprisingly on the thin side, with bready malt building. The malt is fairly hidden, though, under some pretty intense, pithy hop bitterness. A little bit of sweetness cuts through on the finish, then is overwhelmed by more lingering, pithy bitterness.

The Rest: Not bad, but given the choice I'd take a Racer 5. The balance just isn't there on this beer.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, orange colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: grapefruit and orange, west coast citrus hops, slight honey malt sweetness

T: bitter grapefruit peel up front, middle sweetens with good malt backbone, finish is not as bitter as expected

M: heavy and sticky

O: good west coast double

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Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***2013 Vintage***

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled 10-21-13.

Pours a deep orange hue, very hazy with a tight patchwork of lacing, tiny air bubbles atop the head. Aroma of sliced peaches, tangerines and orange flesh; very palpable. Flavor drops a bit, resiny, overripe peaches and a bit of cedar. Medium body only, bit of a barleywine character to it.

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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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Photo of Mo_fro
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A – a nice clear dark copper color with a thick off-white dense 1 to 2 finger head that stays for less than a minute. Even lacing around the glass.

S – has light sweet notes, not picking up any fruit smell.

T - a strong but well balanced taste, great bitter kick in the beginning followed by a smooth transition into a great caramel flavor. The background has flavors of bread and grass with a slight hint of alcohol

M – has a light mouth feel with sharp carbonation

O – Overall this is a great well balanced beer with great flavors. If it is lacking in anything it would be nose. You don’t get a lot of smell off the glass, but it more than makes up for it in taste.

Enjoy-

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Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Orange Gold with one finger of foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Orange a little mango, big caramel malts, pine.
T - Caramel malt takes the for then you get some orange and dank pine, a little of that mango comes in, some grassy notes.
M - Sweet chewy, a little cloyingly sweet.
O - Good Double IPA, just a lot of malt, which they boast balance, but its a little off. Good flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Matt_Schlamann
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep orange color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Pine, Hops, Floral scents.

T: A perfect balance of hops-to-malt. Super smooth drink-ability. Such a good blend. Very "west coast". Hop bomb up front with a pretty nice malt back bone.

M: Good lingering bitterness, not overwhelming, but just right for a double IPA.

Overall: This is a really good one. Will definitely be enjoying again in the near future.

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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 TheRougeBastard
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, color was dull orange with minimal carbonation or head. The smell revealed the hops and a slight grapefruit aroma. Several reviews mentioned malt notes, but I didn't get that at all. The taste was typical of the style, a blend of citrus and piney hops, but surprisingly little to suggest the 8.3% ABV. Overall not a bad DIPA, but there a more than a few out there that better represent the style!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while but always seems to miss it. 2013 vintage served in a tulip. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a loose, quarter inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a frothy slick that coalesces around the edges. Some spots and a random swath of lacing are present during the tasting. Nose expresses citrus, rind, spice, an earthy character as well as a suggestion of Summit hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, less earthy/oniony than anticipated and also a faint candied citrus quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation that falls short of lively and a light acidity and a slight oiliness. Overall, a very good DIPA with a nice balance; however, I tend to like more tropical fruit in my DIPAs.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a born on date of 10/21/13; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange with a lot of unfiltered floaters dancing in the glass; lots of carbonation bubbles that build a pillow-like, beige head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is superb!
Smell - bright citrus hops, primarily grapefruit. Some nice, sweet cereal malt notes in the background of the nose!
Taste - this is unique and complex! I detect a blend of citrus and piney hops, a noticeable malt backbone and some smoke/oak flavors to go along with a bit of the 8.3% ABV present.
Feel - ultimately the hops end up being over aggressive; which is great with me; only this beer promotes balance in a bottle.
Overall - solid beer, but I prefer other Bear Republic IPA offerings.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DIPA
8.3% ABV

APPEARANCE: pours a nice dark honey to light bronze color. Lots of great billowy off white head that settled quickly into small halo. Great sticky lacing.

AROMA: true to form dipa lots of grapefruit and pine hops. Bready notes in the back end also a bit of sweet malts.

TASTE: taste profile follows the nose with in your face floral hops, citrus and light caramel malts. Ends with a nice splash of piney bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: medium body, medium carbonation. Smooth silky with a great dry finish that makes you want another taste.

OVERALL: I truly enjoyed this DIPA. Great west coast CA ipa. Super balanced and delicious. For now I put this up with the likes of Pliny.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of BaronRVH
2.63/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have been a fan of Racer beers but this was overly sweet with a very sour after-taste showing an unbalanced, poorly shipped or produced beer.

The XV was much better balanced and travelled well and the Racer is a good representation of a west coast style but the X was very, very poor.

Anyone in Ohio disappointed with their X?

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong fruity citrus sweetness. Then a strong piney hops hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is on the thin side but typical for the West Coast IPA and still brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, it’s an excellent 2IPA to pound for a very long time.

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Photo of wedge
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear amber color under a dense, creamy head of milky froth. Very "dark" smelling for the style, almost more like an American-style Barleywine. Dank pine resin, peppery and pungent with some zesty, spicy grapefruit and cedar. A touch of alcohol as it warms. Taste follows the nose, definitely trending towards the spicy, herbal, piney side of the hop spectrum with enough malt to keep some balance without making it too sweet. Flowery, lemony, peachy hops followed by some tea-like notes, light black cherry, and a malty sweetness. Medium bodied, creamy, and textured. This is tastier and tastier with each sip...more hoppy than it seems on first sip, yet not scathingly bitter, overly fruity, or too extreme in one way or another. Just a fine, well-crafted hoppy strong ale from Bear Republic.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rate #1,000! Vintage 2013 poured on 1/17/14, so not optimally fresh (bottle date 10-21-13). Pours a dark orange color, clear, with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Big floral aroma of citrus grapefruit and pineapple, light pine, and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is very malt forward as expected for the age on this one, but still a nice beer. Floral tones alongside bright grapefruit and lemon rinds, a touch of mango, and sweet mealtimes in the backbone. Mouthfeel is slick and resinous, near syrupy, but still with a lightly dry finish. Carbonation on the low side. Overall a nice beer that I want to grab fresh as this is trending toward barleywine. Nevertheless this is still rather yummy.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. Some sediment though. The aromas are full of orange and tangerines. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Nice amount of grapefruit as well. Very subtle amount of onion and garlic. The flavors have a nice balance between the hops and malts. The caramel definitely accents the hop flavors. More orange zest. Citrus is there. More grapefruit. Very solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. There's some pine in the mix as well. Some resin. Maybe even some mint. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's very smooth.

Very solid DIPA right here. It might not be a mind blower, but it's well-crafted. There is an English influence to this one, which gives it even more character. I like it.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy burnt orange, modest head, wonderful lacing,

S - orange peel, spicy smells of ginger & cinnamon.

T - Caramel malts, balanced with fruit flavors - cherry / tangerine, even vanilla. Long and extraodinarily smooth hop transition. Lingering bite on the finish, with some peppery spice.

M - lightly carbonated, smooth - complex, not light.

Close to perfect IPA. Hearty, dangerously smooth, lacks the crispness of little brother Racer 5, instead going for something more complex.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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