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:
#938
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
2,156
Liked:
2,013
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
9.24%
Alströms:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
210
Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,156 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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 philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dense copperish gold color with a faint haze... Sluggish carbonation... A creamy thin slightly off-white head sits atop and shows solid retention...

S - The small is fairly subuded but comprised of a Euro hop profile and a sweet rich toffee malt base... Earthy... Outdoorsy... Even slightly musky.. Refined and not overpowering in the slightest...

T - The expected British hop profile is present and collides with a sweet citrusy California based hop profile... The result is wonderfully refreshing and complex... Mango... Mandarin oranges... Grapefruit... Piney hop resins... Cracker... A slightly sweet malt base of caramel and toffee...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Slightly resiny and oily... A mild chewy factor... Smooth... Creamy... Slightly rich... Consistent...

D - An outstanding IIPA that is bursting with flavor and is deep in dimension and complexity... I would drink again in a heartbeat and highly recommend... A wonderful balance of European and CA hop profiles that hold together nicely and give way to stellar results... Quite simply this one was yummy...

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 12.49 ($ 8.49 + $ 4 shipping) ($ 0.567/oz) from Craft Shack
Aroma starts very fruity on first snort then shifts to more of a pine resin odor which mostly fades by the end of the glass
Head average (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, creamy with a few rocks, diminishing to irregular four to eight mm ring and large frothy island
Lacing good – complete narrow rings with some stalactites and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body – medium orange, cloudy
Flavor – starts fruity and slightly bitter then the malt edges in but some bitterness remains; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Brand new bottling. ABV in the bottle is 8.3%. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with about a finger of beige foam. Dissipates pretty quickly leaves mostly a ring.

Aroma is pine and pine for days. Orange and grapefruit citrus are present as well. Hints of dankness. Sweet caramel malt is nicely balanced in there. No real detectable alcohol.

Big blast of those assertive hops right up front in the flavor. Same balance of pine and citrus with the addition of bitter flowers and perfume. Malt backing matches the aroma as well. Sweet caramel and toffee are very solid and nicely balanced. Bitterness lingers for a bit in the finish and transforms into a subtle smokey, almost scotch whisky like flavor. Alcohol flavor plays a part in this finish, but is overall very well hidden.

Medium-full bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. The overall feel has a strong bite.

Overall a delicious and juicy DIPA. A couple of sharp edges keep it from scoring higher, but it is damn good. Thank you Bear Republic for finally bottling it!

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Publick House,Brookline, 6/7/09.

Poured a golden, pink tinted, amber color similar to that of a peach rind. White foamy head with white foamy retentention that left white foamy legs sliding down the glass like sea foam. Foam.

Reeks of wet, juicey hop stank. Juicey Fruit hops accented by gummi peach rings blend with a floral hop bouquet, sweet caramel malt and errant pine hints. Would make a great car air freshener scent.

Rolling waves of euphoria across the palate. The hop fruit salad comes through first but OMG is there resin. Tastes like chewing on a hop bud that squeezes out piney hop oil. Though hop dominant sweet caramel malt makes a nice showing and rounds out the flavor. Not too bitter.

Though aggressively tastey and fragrant, smooth silky carbonation and sticky resin mouthfeel let you know this beer has laid back roots.

As drinkable as 9% abv can get.

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Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Original is below, and one of the first beers I ever reviewed. Obvious when you read it...

Anyways, I was very pleased to see this on tap at the local Alehouse!

Pours a nice dark orange/amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are wonderful, dank, resiny hops, with a sugary maltiness, and a blast of more hops, there is citrus, mostly of apricots and oranges.

Taste is sticky, sweet, and dank up front. Beer then settles into some creamy caramel malt flavors. Finish is pine like, with sweet and bitter citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very nice full smooth body, with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is great. This is a top notch DIPA, as good as I remember. My original ranking of 4.9 was a little misguided, but my second seating with this one showed me that this is still a superb example of the style.

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A knock you on your a$$ beer. Boy... this is easily one of my favorite beers, let alone IPAs. I have only seen this at the brewery, and just had one there a few months ago. Has a great hop aroma and flavor. It has that piney fruity smell/taste of fresh hops through and through. A very tasty beer for sure.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, grassy, and floral hops with some sweet caramel malts, some bready malts, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops with some bitterness, some sweet bready malts, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a good hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY. Yipee!

Pours a firm head of super-creamy, ultra-fluffy foam, on top of a hazed rust orange liquid.

The smell is unsurprisingly hop-centric, although not really intense...more on the fruity side, and nearly as tropical smelling as it is citrus smelling, as fruitiness goes...

Flavor is hoppy (no kidding?), on the piney side while still plenty fruity; some grapefruit pith, a little orange zest, and a generous sweet malt backup in the form of bright sugary caramel. While all this sounds like it could be a bitter and sweet car wreck, it's just the opposite: controlled, balanced and utterly delicious. The lack of astringency/grassy bitterness and the nearly undetectable alcohol presence helps a lot too.

The texture of Racer X really brings it all together, and having it on tap can, of course, give a creamier, smoother feel, and that's exactly what this beer deserves. I can't think of a better feel for a beer of this type. Pretty much perfect in this department.

I appreciate how balanced this is. It's a fine DIPA that's not a novelty of a tongue-ripper (although I dig those too). This is a beer I had been hoping to stumble across at some point, and I was rewarded (and totally surprised) to find it pouring in Syracuse the whole week I was there. And it met all the hype and high expectations.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

a - pours a hazy bright orange color, moderate white head with decent retention and lacing

s - big aroma of pine and grapefruit with a decent malty backbone (for a DIPA that is)

t - much like the nose, and explosion of piney and citrusy hop flavors, lots of grapefruit and lemon, significant amount of maltiness, just enough to make this dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, no fusel flavors at all

m - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, not overly drying on the palate

d - like I said above, this stuff is dangerously drinkable, one of the most easy drinking (in a good way) DIPAs that I've ever had, lots of complexity and intense hoppiness without wearing out the palate or an overwhelming amount of alcohol

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA and one of the most drinkable examples of the style that I've had. I love both Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye, but this surpasses both of them. Too bad BR doesn't bottle this stuff. Well worth driving to a locale with this on tap.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This double IPA pours a bright orange with a thick frothy white head that has true staying power and as it dissipates displays some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Nose of deep rich caramel, citrus notes of oranges and lemons,. and bittering hops. Flavors are deep and boasting of a great sweet malt backbone and waves of citrus hops. heavy alcohol and a slight grain flavor comes through on the back....very warming. Aftertaste boasts sweet and bitter in a delicious harmony. very good. happy to have had it!

Cheers!

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

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. 2012 vintage.

A-Deep amber and golden brew. Mostly clear with little carbonation. I did not get much head, maybe a finger of off-white, short-lasting foam. There was considerable lacing, however, left on the glass.

S-I smelled some caramel, hints of vanilla, a little pepper, and orange. There was some hoppy character, but I was surprised by the lack of floral or pine notes. Not bad smelling by any means, just not what I was expecting.

T-Taste follows the smell pretty closely. Light malted caramel flavor combined with some bitter, mild (relatively speaking...this was still an IIPA) hop flavors to produce a pleasing, and slightly different style. There were still some citrus flavors, but they were pretty muted. Alcohol was very well-integrated.

M-Nicely balanced. A little syrupy feeling at times, but still medium-bodied.

O-I liked this beer and thought it made a nice fall IIPA. As I mentioned above, the smell and flavor were not the flower/citrus bomb that you might expect from a California IIPA, but it was nevertheless a pretty complex and tasty brew.

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Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of animal69
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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