Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 2,156 ratings
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
Ranking:
#939
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
2,156
Liked:
2,013
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
9.24%
Alströms:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
210
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,156 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel ,brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, sticky/resinous, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Seems to be American hops and English malts; and comes off as a amazing hybrid of American and English IPA styles. Has a good sized malt profile, but is never overly sweet. Enormous amounts of juicy flavors from the combination of hops and yeast notes. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mothman
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is an orange hued dark copper.

Aroma: Big amount of pine hops with a bunch of caramel malt followed bu grapefruit citrus. Way too much malt.

Taste: Again, way to much malt up front and all around. Caramel and bready malt flavors.Pines hops with a citrus blend. Grapefruit sticks out the most.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy with some booze showing. Medium to full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall, I was pretty excited to try this one, but it just didn't live up to the other great west coast dipas I have had. Too much malt, not very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle/growler of awesomeness unveiled at our Rush Hour Tasting, thanks again to mikey711 for this one.

A: Bright golden orange with slight haze. A slight head which is decent for being shoved into a growler, shipped 1000 miles, sat in a fridge for a couple weeks, then drove in a car for 2 days.

N: Tons of hops, the way a strong DIPA should be. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and aromatic hops. Its a hop bomb. Aroma of 200 IBUs.

T: Hits you with a fresh hop bite. Earthy musty fresh hops. Lots of pine, citrus, grapefruit, and chewy hops really hit first. They never really fade either. A nice thick malty sweetness runs around in the background but never really comes to the front as it can't get past the hops. The very bright hop character changes slightly to a chewy, earthy, almost spicy hop character as it grows, then back to more pine and citrus.

M: A nice body with lower carbonation, but that can be expected.

F: Super bitter and dries off a bit, probably because of the crazy bitterness more than actual drying. Again the pine, citrus, and grapefruit seem to linger for a bit. The grapefruit is a lower character than the rest. They very slowly fade to a lingering memory, but your mouth never really forgets them. Thanks again Mikey for being able to experience this awesomeness.

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Photo of oberon
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the growler station at Consumers in Orchard Park,poured into an imperial pint glass a clear burnt orange with a tight formed pillowey white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a creamy mass.Oh blessed hops in the nose intense resiny pine and grapefruit rind with a light but noticeable nutty malt component underneath very fresh smelling.A real hop gem here very resiny concentrated hop presence pine and more pine with a real nutty malt base that hangs kinda well,not as full in the mouth as I would have thought but it adds to the drinkability wich makes it dangerous.Whoa this good and its what I expected.

As I drank more and the beer warmed a bit a noticeable dark fruit presence became more pronounced adding to the complexity and stickiness and well I have to give it a five because there is so much there going on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

A: A slightly-hazy orange/copper color with a good white head.

S: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits here, with a little bit of pine coming in as well.

T: A little too much malt for me going on here, as I was expecting something a little more over-the-top. At the same time, I suppose that Racer 5 itself is fairly malty for a West Coast IPA, and thus this might fit right in. Other than that, the hop bill was quite nice.

M: Medium body and slightly creamy with a little bit of an alcohol touch.

D: Quite drinkable given the balance.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 nickfl
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish amber in the big Duvel tulip. Moderate carbonation with a decent head. Nice aroma of piney hops.

Seriously hoppy, but not a total hop burnout. Some mellow malt improves the sharp disposition. However, the aftertaste does dial the bitterness all the way up. The saving grace is the pineapple and pear skins fruitiness. Otherwise I have to call it nearly undrinkable, so hop fanatics can take that as a strong recommendation.

For all practical purposes this is an excellent hop concentrate for flavoring less well-endowed brews. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Ibis Market in Mission Hills, SD.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

A: Golden brown color with a soft white head.

S: Hoppy, citrusy, some grass and herbs.

T: Nice and hoppy with crisp citrus and grassiness.

M: Medium body with some carbonation. A slight bitter aftertaste.

D: Quite drinkable, but still not quite as good as the Racer 5.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Thanks Zack.

A: Pours a hazy slightly amberish orange with a solid 1" off-white head which fades quickly to a small cap and rim leaving little lace.

N: Pop the cap and can detect grapefruit and citrus from 2+ feet away. Some honey sweetness, malt, and pine notes.

T: Malts dominate up front followed by citrus and pine on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Drying and bitter.

O: Slightly overbalanced toward the malt side, but nice overall. Being a DIPA the ABV is about right. I can only wonder what this must be like fresh.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Sierra Nevada shaped pint glass. Poured a beautiful dark amber, almost copper in color. It started with a foamy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded after a minute or so but it left some great lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice and intense floral, citrusy and tropical hoppiness to it with some grapefruit, pineapple and pine all coming through. Excellent hoppy aroma overall, one of the best.

The taste is also not surprisingly hoppy. It has some great tropical citrus flavors to it along with a bitter grapefruit, pine flavor. It was sweet and fruity up front with a strong bitterness coming in the finish and lingering for a while. Excellent range of hoppy, sweet and bitter flavors going on.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent hoppy beer. It's definitely one of the best DIPA's I've had. It had a great range of flavors and really showed off the hops very well.

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

Large lumpy head. As it recedes, it leaves a web of chunky lace. Rich amber color and clear.

Strong floral aroma from the hops. Lots of prickly pine.

Starts with a strong, crystal malted initial sip. This fades quickly and the expected, nearly over-the-top of bittering hop. Deceptively easy to drink. Appropriate body and carbonation.

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Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 2,156 ratings
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