Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

2,156 Ratings
Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Out of a bottle and into a stemless wine glass at Raul's homies as the Kings are mercifully down 3-1 to the lowly Predators.

At first when Raul tasted this, it was too cold. So cold that it reminded Raul of the hostess (yes, hostess) that gave him sass earlier in the day at some "glorified" high dining establishment at Fashion Island.

Raul moves on...

As this baby warned up, it was like Natalie Portman maturing over the years. And currently at this very moment, it's sticky, gooey, lush, tropical...

Like Paul Gogan in Tahiti, yep!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, 2013 vintage

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of foam that stuck around for about a minute. Full transparency, moderate carbonation. Lacing's pretty good also, not too bad looking of a beer

Smells of of tropical hops- passion fruit, pine apple, mango, lemon lime. Bready caramel malts follow up with a touch of alcohol. Definitely more on the fruity/sweet side of ipas

Tastes is with the nose well, hop profile falls in line: pineapple, mango, orange, and citrus mix with a sweet malty base with a hint of caramel notes. Finishes with a nice splash of alcohol, all comes together pretty well

Taste is a moderate body, crisp and wet. Alcohol is concealed well, very drinkable

Overall a really solid ipa. Bends a little more towards the fruit profile than I prefer, but this is still a damn good beer

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden with a sloppy and sticky three finger head. Leaves a mess of impressive lacing on the glass after the head dissipates with good retention.

Aroma of pungent pine resin, earth and warm colored citrus fruit. Hefty underlying malt sweetness, caramel and graham cracker.

Loaded with caramel and cane sugar sweet malt, with a balanced attack of typical west coast pine and grapefruit citrus hops to back it up. The pine resin flavor comes through the after taste with some slight dryness and milder bitterness than most DIPAs.

Sticky malt with some drying. Average carbonation. Alcohol is managed well enough but the body of this beer is surprisingly light to help with drinkability.

The hops fix is there in classical pine/citrus hops, its a very managed and balanced IPA which includes the body and feel. It bothers me that the malt is so sticky here and without a bit more kick in carbonation it feels sluggish despite being crafted pretty well and fresh. Nice beer, maybe too boring. I'll stick to Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Brownish gold pour into tulip glass; dark color overall, with a very minimal head that sticks around.

S: Very piney smell, with a hint of grapefruit and a lot of malt.

T: Malt seems to shield hoppy flavor initially, before it returns on the back end. Sweet, for the most part, but without being overwhelming. Not overly filling either, which makes it surprisingly drinkable for a DIPA.

M: Medium-to-heavy body with minimal carbonation. Warm feel and a delicious finish.

O: Takes the general style of Racer 5 and seems to replicate it perfectly in a DIPA. The fact that you can't really taste how boozy this is becomes an interesting feature. But the taste and aroma are the highlights without a doubt.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured a handsome orange with great clarity, golden hues and a a thin loose head of big bubbles that fell quickly to a ring and film on top. It tired to lace like the champ it is but it was a little flat. It does have legs.

Nose is simply outstanding. Crisp fruit. Orange, tangerine and grapefruit. Hop floral and a bit of spice. There is a nice strong malt presence in the nose. it's a honey sweetness that is terribly inviting and the fruit has a tropical presence as well. It smells earthy. I has a little spice on the nose so it's deep. The malt offers up light sugar on the nose as it warms.

Taste is smooth and the malt presence surprises again to the delight of the palate. The fruits are sweet and authentic with their tart aspects and even a little pith. They make the mouth water and then satisfy the tongue with their light sweetness. The malt is cracker but it's strong enough to be seen and felt on the palate. The honey and the light sugar satisfy with a little bit more malt body than the average DIPA. It' s not chewy it's firm. The alcohol warms and the resin and honey sweetness are sticky and coat the throat to leave all the bright fruit to linger with the aftertaste. Finishes dry and with some hop spice and herbal. Has a nice bitter that accents the flavors perfectly and does not run over them. Superb!

This beer had a malt presence that was equal to it's immense hop character. The fruit flavor was not outdone by the staunch malt presence and that's what made this beer. There was something to it. It had a full mouthfeel and taste but a light smooth drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,156 ratings.
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