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

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500
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Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on cask at The Ginger Man in NCY while visiting my brother.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. No lacing and ehad doesn't last long at all.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, tropical fruits, and caramel and fruity malts. Very nice, with a lot of fruit and fresh hops in the nose. Wasn't expecting the caramel.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, toffee, and light pine hops. More malty than I was expecting and than the nose. Good, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and no real bitterness to it.

o - Overall a good beer, but slightly disappointing. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and it just didn't quite live up to what I was hoping for. Still a very good beer, and I'd definitely give it another chance. I think being on cask didn't really help this one; would like to try it again on tap.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Caught this one on tap at Fathead's awhile back and have since filled a growler at Mad Mex in Robinson, I can't believe I never logged my review of this brew. One of the best DIPA to cross my palate yet, Bear Republic nails every style the make this West Coast DIPA is no exception. Appears a clouded copper orange hued body the oils grip to the chalice when you swirl your glass. Head is a thin scan white color with minimal specks of lacing scattered on the glass. Aroma has a huge hop bouqet with candy coated sugar glazed deep pine, citrus fruit, and pinapple notes definite layers of grapefruit pungency as well. More of the an intense wave of hops passes your senses with the first sip, big bitterness but also big on fermentable sugars here with the malts really wrapping around the bitter hop bursts. Layers of sugar and massive bitterness compete with one another with alcohol and resinous hop oils in the finish. More hughe grapefruit zest, pine needles, some tobacco leaf, and floral hop flavors. Mouthfeel is big with thick hop oils stick to the palate leaving the hop bitterness lie on the palate between each sip. Drinkability such a rare treat glad I had a couple run ins with this bad boy, flows so nicely remains balanced even with raw hop bitterness kick ass west coast DIPA at it's best.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty pungent dipa. Lots of citrus and salt. Seems to be fairly one dimensional and slightly muzzled. I want to say that the bottling of the brew may have had something to contribute? Eh, who knows. I mean, hey, this is still a nice brew and definitely worthy of drinking. But I feel like it is lacking a bit in comparison to the draft version. It doesn't really matter though; still a nice beer.

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

A huge thanks to Paul for sharing this at his tasting last night.

Review #200

Racer X appears a slightly darker shade of orange. The beer is mostly clear, has a good-sized head and a fair amount of lacing. Grandiose aromas of hops and pine fill the nose. This beer tastes great. The pine and hop flavors really come through strongly, and comprise the bulk of the aromas and tastes. The feel is great, the alcohol is disguised very well, and the beer is very drinkable. It's easy to forget that you are drinking a double IPA until you stand up. This is potent elixir, and very delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes taken on 2/2/11. Growler secured on the way home from Southamptons RIS release and shared with wishuwerebeer.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a very hazed deep copper color with a finger of white froth. It provides an entire curtain of lace all over the glass. A constant stream of bubbles rises to the surface in support of an already solid retaining head. When held to the light, this brew displays some yellow and orange coloration around the edges.

The aroma of this brew is fantastic. It is very herbal with it's hop presence producing characteristics that are minty, herbal and spicy with essence of pine, citrus and fruity rinds like orange mixed with grapefruit. As the brew warms it picks up some catty notes along with caramel malt that provides a sweetness minorly reminiscent of vanilla.

The taste is very herbal with flavors of mint, pine and somewhat catty. The oils provide a resinous cling inside the mouth that is lasting and enjoyable with a ton of flavor without just being a rip-roaring bitter brew. This offering is perfectly balanced with a fusel alcohol character and malty caramel inclusion that even tastes a bit like vanilla. The bitterness picks up as it warms with a lasting herbal and catty aftertaste that hangs in the mouth.

This is a medium to almost full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very drinkable for 9% and all around balanced extremely well. This brew is an absolute pleasure to drink. The resinous cling is enjoyable. Full flavored without just bitey bitterness. An absolutely stunning take on the style, Bear Republic is putting out some really high quality hoppy brews and this one stands out to me among the best in it's class. I can't account/confirm the kegs freshness which the growler came from but honestly wish I would have had more than one filled.

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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 tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had this in several years. Not since I was working at Sunset in Boston. Thanks to jtd1969 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Pours an orangish amber with a thin, white, frothy head that has decent retention. The nose offers an immense grapefruit aroma and some underlying bready malt notes. The flavor is hop forward with a great citrusy quality that offers grapefruit and pineapple. The malt character is bready and works very well with the citrusy nature of the hops. There is a mild bitterness in the finish, and there is great balance throughout. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

This is a clean, easy drinking, balanced, smooth beer. I really enjoyed the hop character, and in spite of the high ABV it has great drinkability. I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to WesPatrick for making the drive down to Charleston Beer Exchange for a growler of this stuff. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Late-rising 2.5 fingers of off-white foam with medium retention and great rings of lacing. Semi-transparent fire-red and copper color with some tiny bubbles making their way around. Looks a little like the growler of 16 Grit that I had.

S - Lots of pine, but also healthy amounts of caramel malt backbone. There's also a touch of alcohol astringency to it. I tried to let this one warm up but it's still not the biggest nose. Definitely one of the more balanced west coast DIPAs - lots of breadiness.

T - Tons of caramel/toffee/bread malt notes but with a mounting hop bitterness that arrives late on the palate. The hop character is very dank and earthy, with only little in the way of citrus. It starts to become a palate-bruiser after a couple glasses.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, soft and smooth, with a nice dry finish. There's some mild residual stickiness and warming sensations from the very sneaky ABV.

D - This one is a palate bruiser, and while not overtly boozy the ABV really snuck up on me and I hit a wall after my second glass.

This was not exactly what I was expecting after trying Bear Republic's Apex, which tasted like hop bitterness and fresh-cut lawn. I'm curious to know when it was brewed and how long it took the keg to arrive in South Carolina. That being said I'm still very glad I got to try it, and if it ever appeared on-tap in Chicago I would be at the front of the queue to try it again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC, into a pint glass.

A real nice golden amber, slightly hazy and orange, but fairly clear with some small rising tiny carbonation. Head is off white and presented small, but coats with lots of ring like lacing.

Nose is a classic hop front, but it seems thick and juicy. Hints of chewy green leaf and mild apricot fruit. Orange citrus and juicy pulp warm up, with some time. Hop angle coats real nicely, with a bit of sweetness and mild quick zesty bitter. The most impressive is the full rich juicy palate which coats everywhere with a solid malt backbone. Peppery finish of hop lots of tingling feel and taste. It does come off a little hot though, and just a little boozy.

Overall though real fun and still easy to drink but it is noticeably big. I think though i prefer other favorites but this can stand with the best of them.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Paul at a small recent tasting. Thanks Paul. This has been a long time want of mine and I am very thrilled to be splitting this growler three ways. YIPPEE!

Beer served in a tulip. Beer is amber and clear. Off white head of small bubbles. Carbonation appears to be a little low but this could be from the growler conditions. The head falls away under lack of carbonation support but it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Looks good, really good.

Aroma is piny with a malt backbone. Its a little sweeter than I expected and has almost no fruit character. This is a classic big IPA smell though. Almost a double simcoe kind of aroma. Very good.

Beer is medium bodied, almost a chewiness to it. Very nice in the mouth. Bitterness start off light and builds the more you drink. Tasted side by side with Dreadnaught from FFF, they are comparable, in the same ball park in my opinion. Dreadnaught edges it out though. There is a maltiness to this IPA, more than I expected. I respect Racer 5 as one of my favorite IPAs of all time, this is a good double using that as a jumping off point. Highly drinkable, great mouthfeel. I would have more (and will soon).

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the outstanding BR fest last week. It was poured into a pint glass and appeared hazed, medium amber, with some bubbles rising to the top and leaving extensive lacing. The nose is of pungent fresh hop cones. I got notes of grapefruit, ripe fruits, floral and resiny hops. Simply delicious. Smooth hoppy luxuriousness, over the top, high quality DIPA. Why they don't bottle this stuff is beyond me.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in October 2004 from the Toronado on tap. In my search for the best double IPA, I decided to try this one. My favorite so far had been Oggi's Hop Juice and all the double IPA's I have been comparing to this. Poured an amber red color with a decent head and decent lace. Had an awesome vinous hoppy scent too it. Almost fruity, maybe strawberry-kiwi? I could have smelled it all day. However, the taste was a bit sharp. Not as fruity and mellow as some of the other double IPA's I have had. Not really bad, but I prefer the IPA's with a fruity mellow taste. Maybe a dry taste is what I have tasted. A pretty good double IPA, and I have many more to taste, so this one may get re-reviewed if others pale in comparison.

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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 vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice dark honey apple juice color. Suspended sediment even though the bottle was well kept. Off-white head settles quickly into a medium halo. Nice retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Bright pine, grapefruit, honey, and apple. Touch of honeydew.

T - Smooth, sweet profile with a firm bitter backbone. A lot of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Pine, honey, lightly toasted malt, honeydew, cilantro, and spicy black pepper.

M - Thick for the style with a really nice smoothness.

O - More so than a typical DIPA, Racer X really cranks up the sweetness to match the bitterness. Not necessarily my favorite take on the style, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a bright orange/copper body supports a filmy head that seems to just ooze hops. The aroma is fresh citrus and tropical fruit, slight brown pine. I think of Breckenridge's Small Batch as an example of a piney IPA, this is a good example of a citrus IPA. Mouthwatering. Flavor is dominated by those citruses. A bit of soft fruit (peach?) gives it a thicker flavor in body. Carbonation is just right; it doesn't take away from the hops and gives it a little extra zing to it. Would like to have some cheese with this one. Darn. ABV makes this a one pint (maybe 1 1/2) and done. Zowy.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Liberty for $4 a goblet, not a bad deal. My overall impression was that this beer was very drinkable and quite tasty. It's also not too malty, which is a pet peeve of mine in the DIPA category. The aroma is a little light, but the goblet shape probably doesn't help. The aroma and flavor both starts with big, smooth, and juicy pineapple with a hint of grapefruit. The flavor flows into more pine and peach with a mild earthy edge. The beer finishes with a dry citrus aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I'd have another.

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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 DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's in a half-liter mug, on to the beer:

IF you like your DIPA's on the bitter, metallic side, than this is for you. Bitter resinous hops for everyone to enjoy with a just a little bit of malt character. Anyone into very bitter West Coast IPA's should try this if they can find this. (Geez, I just realized how liberally I used the word "bitter".)

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus and light pine hops and bready malt. Flavor follows with remarkably well integrated malt, citrus and citrus hops. Finishes with citrus rind and herbal hops. While not quite as intense hops as many Western IIPAs, the flavors are so well balanced that this is a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. A very enjoyable IPA that I'm really glad to see in bottles.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

Pours a very awesome clean/clear golden orange, very nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger creamy/thick/foamy head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, bitter, sweet, malty, lots of citrus/pine notes. The taste is incredible, hoppy, bitter, sweet, slightly malty, very nice citrus/pine notes, and some caramel. Medium body, slightly syrupy, chewy. Very drinkable, probably the best DIPA I've had to date. Highly recommended. Thanks Wes!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a sierra nevada pint glass.

A- Racer X is a amber color with some orange spots within. Last year when I had this the head was gigantic and expanding and the best i've seen on a DIPA. This year there was only a mere skim of foam on the top, leaving minimal lace.

S- Big citrus up front with nice grsapefruit and a bit of orange. A big hoppy nose with the malt keeping up. Getting some pine as well with a bitter smell.

T- Great stuff. The hops literally take charge and give off a huge citrus blast on the tounge. This includes grapefruit. Pines are up front as well but to a lesser extent. Big malts to give off a balance but dont reaslly come through in the taste. This is bitter all around.

M- A step above medium in feel with a nice crisp carb addition. After a while the bitterness reallly got to me though. This also has somewhat of an oily feel. I probably would have got blasted away if I took large gulps, so I sipped it.

D- A nice ABV not to high but one pint of this is enough for me. This is a hop bomb and a bit off balanced, a bit more malt would have helped. I will drink this again though, just have to be in the mood.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear, though perhaps a light haze, copper color that is topped by an off white head. An intense aroma of American hops wafts from my pint glass: lychee, grapefruit, a bit of grassiness. it is just smells so incredibly fresh. This beer is packed with hop flavor. Damn, this is both refreshing and palate cleansing. There are notes of apricot and a light malt sweetness that pushes the hop character to another level. This beer has a good fruit presence that is contributed by the hops.

Quite incredible actually, I had forgotten how good this beer is. It is just fresh and in your face at the same time. Just a very well balanced attack between the hop aroma, the hop flavor, and the malt backbone which brings this beer to another level.

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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 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 Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours an amber brown, with a thick, off-white, almost tan head, into a Weihenstaphen mug.

S: Big hops, with lots of pine and citrus.

T: Very piney and resiny, with some cedar, but balanced well with the dark malts, not an overly bitter Double IPA, probably the most balanced 2IPA that I have had to date.

M: Great, chewy and resiny, full-bodied and robust, with a smooth finish, compared to the rest of the sip, just what I'm looking for in a Double IPA.

D: I really enjoyed this beer, the big brother of Racer 5, I'm glad I finally got to try it and will definitely look for it in the future, really easy to drink too, for a Double IPA, a stellar production.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.
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