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
Ranking:
#968
Reviews:
512
Ratings:
2,169
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
363
Gots:
213
Trade:
5
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.
2013 Vintage

Pours a gorgeous and abrasive dark copper almost amber color with some golden hues. There is a nice off-white/ecru head that forms thats pretty dense yet thin. Very attractive looking brew with great color and a slight haze.

Starts off with resinous pine notes. Yummy oily alpha acids. Piney and citrusy all in one. Sharp nodes of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Assertive and abrasive hop notes that seem very well crafted and not jumbled. Perfect slight caramel sweetness tries for balance but is outdone by the shear hop juices in this brew.

Flavor starts off with citrusy grapefruit notes, some tangerine and mild tropical mango notes from the hops. Piney and resinous as well with some slight herbal character. There is some assertive spiciness in the brew. Seems like it could be the hops but also maybe the grain bill. Mild biscuit and bready notes linger in the background and barely make the beer not a sipper. Although the ABV might make it so. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but with a sticky hop finish and some heavy bitterness. Overall a very solid DIPA. Cali style all the way. Big juicy hops. Resinous pine and a nice mild caramel malt backbone.

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Photo of sunofneurot
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a deep red-orange with a sudsy, two-finger head. Good retention, slowly dissipates to a thin cap of foam.

Aroma: Big hop notes--floral, some tropical fruit--followed by strong sweet malt presence.

Taste: Floral hop notes and bitterness transition to fruitiness which blends into big, sweet malt body. Hop bitterness returns, finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, relatively low carbonation

Overall: Very nice malt-heavy DIPA with solid, primarily floral hop contrast. Nicely balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyCards
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into snifter a brilliant copper with a late forming foamy head. The nose was deceptively mild with no single dominating scent. Tremendous body lending toward a tounge-twirling experience. A dark caramel syrup fairly well balanced with striking booziness. The aftertaste is phenomenal, very warm and smooth with a powerful kick and slow dissipation. Cheers Bear Republic!

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Photo of MattSlem
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AmericanSpeller
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of wooddogg922
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rawfish
3.67/5  rDev -13%
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 +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,169 ratings
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