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:
508
Ratings:
2,152
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
362
Gots:
209
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 508 | Ratings: 2,152
Photo of SShelly
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange color with a large poof of white head, citrusy orange aroma hits you over the head when it gets close.

Flavor is smooth hop bitterness with a tngy citrus, lemony hop flavor on the sides of the tongue. Really smooth with out that much alcohol in the mouth, some warming in the cheat as it goes down.

Very tasty, fairly refreshing , leaves a ton of hops in the mouth.

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

Appearance:Glowing orange copper with bubbly off white head.

Smell:Fresh pine, citrus, and toasted malts with traces of grassy and floral hops.

Taste: Yeasty doughy malts mingle with fresh citric and piney hops Firm malt backing for a big hop punch.

Mouthfeel:Medium mouthfeel for a solid DIPA with no alcohol taste.

Overall: Bold character and great drinkability make this a solid DIPA.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Bear Republic brew pours a brilliant, clear copper, and it is capped by a fluffy, off-white head that provides plenty of lacing. Tropical and citrus fruit aromas burst from the glass, and hints of pine resin and caramel malt poke through as well. This beer starts out with sweet caramel and bready flavors before turning into a tropical explosion of fruit. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and tangerine flavors hold on the pallet, as the lingering sweetness melds into piney flavors for the finish. Moderately carbonated, Racer X has a creamy feel in the medium body. A world-class IIPA from California, who would have thought it?

Cheers!

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler to a Darkness snifter.

Thanks for the hookup Brendan.

Pours a beautiful amber hue. Very little head. A scant amount of lacing remains.

Dare I say this is maybe the best smelling beer I have come across. A waft of sweet citrus and honey. Pine and hop notes follow. Wow. Just beautiful.

Certainly citrus and pine on my tongue. The malty backbone is there and it's quite pleasant. As it warms I'm getting a taste of caramel. Hop bite on the backend, but certainly not abusive.

Carbonation is perfect. Sticky hop oil coats the tongue to my liking.

Coming in at 9% it's certainly sessionable to me. That growler is going down in a blaze of glory tonight. A very good example of a DIPA. This beer is right in my wheelhouse. I regret not sharing this with some buddies, but I'll get over it. Wait. I already did.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Turbid dark amber with a sticky white head and lots of lace. Straight up grapefruit with a smidgen of caramel or toasted character for balance (whatever). The flavor switched over to pine. Very sharp, but wonderful long lasting bitterness. Full body. Average carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Yum. Thanks Matt for this hookup!

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Photo of natelocc787
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice and dark double IPA. Great lacing and three finger, medium beige head. Very sprucy in the smell and taste, some citrus to back it up but very bitter citrus peels. Very tasty and piney with a big dose of floral notes. Definitely lopsided towards the piney side but the bitter citrus rears its head in the beginning. Mouthfeel close to perfect. Fantastic experience I only wish it was bottled.

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

A - Very clear amber, nice big and sticky white head, plenty of lacing. Low carbonation like most DIPA but this was a growler so up to the distributor.

S - Lots of citrus and pine on the nose with an underlying malt sweetness...wonderful.

T - Citrus hops dominate up front with pine on the finish. Some light honey like sweetness from the light crystal malts, with a little bread to make it interesting. Finishes bitter with a little too much alcohol taste.

M - Not chewy but definitely some body there, there is a creaminess with a light coating of the mouth. A touch more carbonation would be good to help clean it up. Again, this was a growler, not sure they had enough C02 in there.

D - Sipping beer, lots of flavors, lots to enjoy between each sip. Slight workout for the mouth (not in a dirty way haha) one or two is enough...not even close to a session brew.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into oversized wine glass:

A: Orange-golden, hazy body with off-white head, good lacing and retention.

S: Absolutely heavenly. Fresh herbal hops, minty even, along with grassy and citric hops as well.

T: The hops all come through, with a touch of darker fruit, and a nice malty backbone serves well.

M: Full, with an excellent long finish, but not overbearing.

D: What can I say? It's wonderful. The smell will hook you and the taste will not disappoint. The brilliant combination of hops had me wishing it would never end, and even at a relatively high abv, it remains highly drinkable.

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

On tap at Beachwood BBQ:

The color of the beer was deep copper. There was a small white head.

The aroma was wonderfully pungent. The nose was dominated by an explosive burst of resiny and citrusy hops. According to the brewers, this is a Columbus/Cascade heavy beer, but whatever the combo is has notes similar to Summit in the aroma.

The flavor of the beer was primarily that of citrusy hops (duh) with noticable caramel maltiness to help round things out. The hop profile was powerful without being harsh, but didn't have quite the same depth as, say, PP Hop Suey or RR PtE. The deeper caramel aspect compared to many other west coast DIPAs should be reduced IMO. I prefer light and crisp malt backbones in my DIPAs.

The mouthfeel was medium/light and the carbonation seemed dialed in just right. The beer was reasonably well attenuated and not too heavy.Very drinkable.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured at CBX in Charleston earlier today. Reviewed within an hour of when the growler was originally filled.

A: Amber color. Much darker than I had originally expected. No sediment or haze. Head filled about 1/5 of the glass.

S: Some grapefruit, copper, and sugary sweet scents are the first three. A bit of pungent, herbal hop scents on second smell. The color, hops, and scent remind me a bit of a big imperial red.

T: Excellent balance. Very good sweetness, yet also very good, clean bitterness, and some nice citrusy flavors with a hint of resin / herbal bitterness on the tail end.

M: Not as thick as some DIPA's. Moderate carbonation, which is more than average for the style. Helps contribute to the overall well-balanced nature of this beer and keeps it from seeming to sweet or syrupy.

D: 9% ABV is definitely noticeable. However, it's got very good flavor and is such a rare treat that I have to force myself not to race through Racer X.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at roadhouse in a goblet.
A orange copper color, with minimal head.
Sweet smelling DIPA, pineapple, pine and citrus. Very floral.
Lots of caramel malt character going on. A very sticky beer with a big rich mouthfeel. Pineapple provides a slight acidic character and citrus plays a role as well. For an DIPA this is a malt bomb.
A fantastic beer that I will have again the next opportunity I have to try it.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this on growler way back for my 13th review. Had it on draught this time and felt it was different enough to warrant a second review.

Into 12oz chalice...

The pour accentuates the ruby/auburn color as the chalice illustrates how bright this ale is.

Out of the growler I felt there was a burnt citrus aroma. Certianly still here, but the pine is the dominant aroma. Big big aroma.

As I wrote before: tasty pine flavor, it is exceptional in the balance between the hop heights and the solid bitter citrus. The flavor is also well balanced with the carbonation. There is a slight oily feel in the front and a bit of water right at the death.

Very tasty but the crispness of the drink allows the taste to stay center. Though I feel the draught had far more heat than I remember from the growler. Draught was quite exceptional for the phyical act of drinking the brew. Still feel this a bit reliant on the pine flavor for my taste.

(92nd)
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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 longpondbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY, I brought home a couple of growlers and I was not disappointed. The Racer X pours a slightly cloudy dark reddish amber--sort of the color of root beer--with a thick soft white chocolate head. The lacing was sticky and ringed the glass as I downed this brew. There was excellent balance in the aroma, redolent with sweet malts, florals and citrusy hops. The taste was similar, with an undercoating of prunes to complement the growing bitterness. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy, and I could hardly notice the alcohol (not necessarily a good thing).

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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 egajdzis
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GABF2004... Poured a golden color with a small and sticky off white head and light lacing on the glass. Piney and citrusy hop aroma. Taste was lightly bitter, lots of citrus fruits including tangerine and grapefruit. One of the beers I got multiple samples of at last year's GABF.

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Photo of BillyB
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This double IPA pours a nice copper color with a faint white head.

Aromas of sweet malt and massive, piney/citrusy hops dominate.

Tastes are similar to aromas with a big malty presence undercut with an avalanche of complex, hoppy bitterness. Pine, citrus, mellon, slight honey tastes.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, with a strong alcohol warmth and a nice dry finish despite the sweetness up fron.

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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 bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This great looking amber IPA was great addition to my fridge's collection of beers from the rockin' beer store next door. Racer X was good name for this big brother of the regular Racer 5 as its depth is both greater and it's aroma is more fragrant with malts, hops and fruit. I didn't even bother to pour it into my usual 50 cl glass of many reviews from before as the clear 750ml growler was just another big bottle.

Relaxing with the beer and the Falcons-49ers game, I dove into the volume of nuances. I wished had read the AHA brewing guidelines to further extol the great taste I was enjoying with a fat roast beef hero. In any event, it was a great ale to enjoy while watching football.

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Photo of Biggness
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark amber with a light white head and some lacing. The aroma is big on citrus hops and a slight hint of caramel. The flavor at first is big on the malt and caramel flavors and the you get slammed with the wonderful grapefruit/orange flavors, extremely nicely balance. Low carbonation due to the serving type and a highly drinkable for a DIPA

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

was stoked when i walked into hollingshead's on friday to find this still on tap...score.

a great color. a nice rusty orange color. has a great 2 inch fluffy white head. a nice steady stream of bubbles run up the sides of my glass. great sheets of lacing are left.

smell is great. an assault of hops practically leap out of my glass. i could sit with my nose in this all night. i wish all ipas and dipas could smell like this.

taste is sexy. yes. i said it. i find this beer attractive in a sexual manner. a near perfect balance of sweetness and malt great me up front. floral hops, pine, citrus, tobacco all dance with my senses and leave me with a nice bitter aftertaste that begs me to come back and visit it again.

mouth is great, full flavored, not overly carbonated but just enough to give me a few awesome burps. lasting lingering bitterness leaves me happy.

I could drink this beer on ANY occasion. a fantastic beer. probably one of my favorite dipas to date.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark copper sort of color with a two finger eggshell head. Head was really, really tight and lasted a long time.

S: Tons of hops hitting me in the face. Lots of more grapefruit-lime skin type of notes, with a little bit of pine coming in. Can also detect a bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste follows the nose quite well. Getting lots of citru kind of hops. It is a little less hop intense than the nose would lead you to believe, but very well balanced. Also, pretty sweet on the finish.

M: Pretty carbonation and semi-thick. Can feel the alcohol slightly as it gets a bit warmer

Overall this was an excellent DIPA. Glad they finally bottled it and I had an opportunity to try it.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is solidly flavorful, but it's a bit of a novelty beer that I won't be drinking regularly. It has a Smokey Malt taste/aroma. Initially there is a "Piney" Hops flavor with an Orange aftertaste that blends well and doesn't feel artificial.

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

outstanding it is -
I almost passed this up because I didn't have my own growlers with me, but I went for the extra cost of yet another glass jug -
pours a clear deep amber/red with a nice ! finger head and leaves an impressive amount of ringed lacing all the way down the glass -
the nose is full of pine and resin with a fresh hop profile - earthy and grassy - a gentle swirl rejuvenates a 1/4 inch head each time - taste is very fresh, hop forward with a proper malty sweetness on the back of the tongue - very smooth - just the right amount of stickiness without sappiness(?) - feels just right -no alcohol burn, it's very well hidden - dangerously drinkable here - wish i had more - yummy - so glad I didn't pass it up!

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had: on tap at Beachwood BBQ

This IPA is thick, chewy, and delicious. I have had my share of IPAs and I would not hesitate to place this one in my top 3. If you have the opportunity to try this beer, take it. It was Super balanced, had a great floral smell and where most DIPAs can fight their way down, Racer X went down smooth. I would have loved another and will probably have one if I can get back next week.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,152 ratings.
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