Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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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 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:
#1,775
Reviews:
513
Ratings:
2,193
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
219
Trade:
5
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Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: An opaque golden with off-white one finger head that stays. Nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, mangoes), bready malts and caramel.

T: Follows nose with low bitterness amid the grapefruit and pine notes. What a great balance.

M: Medium to high with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: What a nice surprise to get to try this one. I'd heard a lot about Racer X and now I'm a fan. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of cts309
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of unclekeith
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corburk
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lobina
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark, hazy cognac orange with a large head. the second pour from the bomber produced a completely opaque, dark orange amber, so this brew can settle hard. nose; massive grapefruit zest/pith, orange pulp, citrus hops (amarillo & centennial?), pine, & sugar. taste; big caramel malt, candied orange, pine resin, citrus hops, grapefruit zest, mango, & sugar.medium+ carbonation & slighlty heavy mouthfeel. very hoppy and citrus "juicy", and maybe just a touch on the sweet side (but every other sip reminds me of a slightly boiled down jai alai). ive only had one bomber of this stuff, but with a 2nd corroboration, i can see this being a 5 rate for me. bear republic needs more georgia distribution. simply fantastic!

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Photo of Chavabeer84
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a dense layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Citrus, orange, fruity notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, fruity notes, apricot, a little pine, solid malt presence, slightly toasty bready, and some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid DIPA with a big malty backbone.

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Photo of Justindemino
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dewb17
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcole524
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmasher85
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly-well balanced, though if they're going to be so proud of their balance, they could have toned down the hops a bit. But besides this advertising miss, this is a solid DIPA with a lot of grapefruit and resin, thick but gentle texture, smooth on the palate, heavy on the hops, and not overly bitter in the finish. A bit more malt would have been nice for balance, but it's a double IPA so why bother?

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Photo of TLA
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice citrusy nose, lots of orange. Very slight tropical scent as well. Flavour has the orange and citrus, but adds some pine, caramel and alcohol heat. The heat is surprisingly strong for a DIPA, impacting drinkability. Very good DIPA. It took me some time to finally come across it but the high reviews are warranted.

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Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MilesRaymond
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,193 ratings