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
Ratings:
2,156
Reviews:
508
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
210
For Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this newer release from one of the best hop forward beer breweries around. A fantastic beer!

A: Poured deep orange/amber with a great billowy head

S: Smells earthy and piney with a hint of caramel malts and sweetness. Like rolling around in a forest. With bread dough.

T: Lots of balance as it warms up. Hop profile on the front end is more earth, pine, and dankness than citrus. Great malt balance with sweet caramel to balance out the floral bitterness. Aftertaste finishes with some lingering grapefruit.

M: Drinkable with food or without, with a smooth character that doesn't show the 8+ % ABV

O: A great balanced DIPA, other reviewers have said they can taste the "English-ness" of it but I think it's simply more balanced if anything and doesn't punch you in the face with puckering salted lemon flavors like some one dimensional DIPA's out there. This is more well-rounded with plenty of dank American hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle labeled 2012 Vintage...courtesy of Kurtis. Thank you so much for hitting this want!

Nice hazed medium orange pour with a healthy half inch puff that dips to a steady ring. Lacing is spotty but abundant.

Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, bready malts and some vaporous alcohol notes.

Citrus in the form of rindy orange peel and light grapefruit and a moderate bitterness atop a firm, though not overbearing, doughy maltiness. Sugary sweetness is kept in check and not over the top like some DIPA's. Alcohol bite on the finish is a bit sharp for the abv, but not a deal breaker. Leaves a biting fade.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter end with a soft carbonation.

I like this. Seems a bit of an English/American hybrid, but one that works well. I ended up drinking this throughout the afternoon NFL NFC East crapathon. I wish it hid the sharp finish better, but the flavors and mouthfeel work well.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - Vintage 2012 but not bottled on/freshness date (just arrived at Julio's a week ago, so assuming it is fresh) poured into an Otter Creek World Tour tumbler.

A - Pours a deep copper color with good clarity...just a touch of haze and a finger of creamy off-white head sitting on top. Head falls slowly leaving behind light lacing.

S - Quite citrusy - oranges and grapefruit. Hints of pineyness and a healthy dose of sugary sweetness, touch of graininess. Pretty standard aroma for a double IPA...but good nonetheless.

T - Only manages a mid-level bitterness that is rather smooth and well integrated...not at all sharp or overbearing. Solid malt backbone, some biscuity/breadyness, caramel and plenty of sugary sweetness to give some contrast to the hops. Citrus hop flavors - rather fruity/juicy - featuring grapefruit as the primary, some pineapple also involved.

M - On the thinnish side of medium bodied. Carbonation is mid level with a touch of a tingle felt on the tongue. Touch of booze, a healthy helping of caramelly sugar, and lots of juicy hops with a medium bitterness.

O - Been quite a while since I've last had this beer, and the first time I've come across it in a bottle. Maybe my tastes have changed, more/better examples have come out recently, or something is lost on the bottle for this one...but I feel a bit underwhelmed here. I remember thinking this was one of the better DIPA's a couple of years ago and was happy to see this hit the shelves. Still a very good beer, but doesn't really stand out in any particular way...well brewed, solid beer - just finds itself lost in the mix of other great beers I think.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a murky orange amber with a touch of red to it, not much head to speak of, maybe Hal a finger of off white head, and I wasn't any gentler on my pour then usual. Leavs a bit of sticky lacing.

S: I get some citrus hop notes from the nose, a hint of pine as well, to be honest I thought the nose would be more intense here, I'm a bit dissapointed, although the aroma I am getting is pleasant. Coming back to this, I think the beer was just to cold before, the aroma really comes out as this brew warms, very nice hops.

T: lots if citrusy hop flavor, a bit of pine, balanced out with a bit of caramel malt, this brew displays a very nice balance while never getting too sweet or too bitter, very tasty, kind of like a delicious hoppy fruit punch... Very nice.

M: nice medium mouthfeel, with lower medium carbonation, dry slightly bitter finish leavin a touch of resinousness in the mouth.

O: a damn good dipa, great hop flavor, very well balanced, just all around well done... I enjoyed this beer very much.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A: pours a deep orange that's nearly red into a duvel tulip with a decently sized off white head that retains fairly well
S: smells of grapefruit rind and pine. a little bit of the caramel malt comes through as well
T: sweeter than expected with some nice caramel malt flavor up front, nice piney bite and some sweet yet still bitter citrus. slight orange marmalade flavor toward the end as well. swallow is oily hop and a slightly toasted bread flavor. a bit of alcohol on the swallow also
M: medium body with soft but firm carbonation. very nice feel
O: a very well crafted top notch DIPA that shows balance and great depth and breadth of flavor

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

A: Pours a really nice, mostly clear ruby red. Big frothy light beige head. Fades slowly, excellent retention. Decent spiderweb lacing left behind.

S: Wonderfully pungent grapefruit right off the bat. Pine and resin follows it. Even get some herbal hops in there. Decent caramel malt tries to balance it out.

T: Lots of grapefruit and herbal hops in here. Resinous, quite so in fact. Some "dankness" that's reminiscent of Devil Dancer. I'm assuming summit hops? Kinda garlicy. Decent caramel malt in the middle balances it a bit. Lots of resin in the finish and into the long lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and slick. Mouth-coating oiliness.

O: Delicious DIPA except for one thing. Those summit hops, just not a huge fan. Gives the beer a weedy sort of aroma and taste. I try not to let it detract too much but I will say I think Racer 5 is much better. Still, for the most part this is an excellent beer, this is more of a personal preference thing.

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4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell - Dank hops, a small amount of toffee, I suppose the aroma could be a bit bigger.

Appearance - Looks like beer, descent white head, yellow copper in color, there's a small amount of either yeast or hop bits floating in it, some lacing

Taste - Dank, spicy hops, nicely, no perfectly, balanced out with the malt

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, carbonation hits the back of your tongue, somewhat slick, no astringency

Overall - It's lame I don't have more of this, ISO

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Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) served in a Westbrook tulip. Huge thanks to mfavoino (Matt) for hitting this long time want!

A: Pours a dark amber with a yellowed head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubbly ring that leaves some soapy, sticky lace as it goes down the glass.

S: Sticky orange citrus with some candied grapefruit. A little booze with some nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Sticky grapefruit just like the nose with a little bit of smooth booze. Light bitter pine with some citrus zest and honey sweetness. Very clean throughout with nice residual hop oils sticking to the tongue. As the beer warms the caramel malt from the nose really comes out.

M: Medium bodied with a little stick to it. Finishes clean and surprisingly light. Medium carbonation level.

O: Nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this beer. Sweet, sticky and bitter, this beer hits all levels a hop head would want.

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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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