Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
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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 +12.6%

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

Vintage 2012

Large lumpy head. As it recedes, it leaves a web of chunky lace. Rich amber color and clear.

Strong floral aroma from the hops. Lots of prickly pine.

Starts with a strong, crystal malted initial sip. This fades quickly and the expected, nearly over-the-top of bittering hop. Deceptively easy to drink. Appropriate body and carbonation.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Tom-Peters
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of tut2528
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first and foremost, a big thank you to Beachstrength49 for this one. Greatly appreciate it man.

A pours an awesome bright rust color which is barely transparent, with about 1 fingers worth slightly off-white head formation. 4.5

S: I pick up on a strong malt backbone, with grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops and a slight pine touch.

T: Much sweeter than I expected. Again, this is similar to the nose, with a strong maltiness, some caramel sweetness, grapefruit, and some moderate amounts of orange peel. The hops create a strong bitter finish that complements the a slight creaminess that is also present.

M: medium bodied, decent carbonation, leaves a nice bitterness on the palate with just the right amount of sweetness for this brew.

O: a solid DIPA offering by Bear Republic. i enjoy the maltiness (which was expected), but at the same time I wish there was a bit more to the nose and more fruit profile in the taste. the alcohol is extremely well hidden behind the massive malt.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Philousa
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark, clear amber. Lots of crystal malt. Eggshell colored head is dense and irregular. What's there laces well. Aroma is sweet from hops. Blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry with some pine behind. As it warms the pine takes over and gets pretty potent. Curls the nose hairs. There is some nuttiness and a little bit of alcohol aroma as well. Mild maple syrup reflects what I can only assume will be a somewhat thick mouthfeel. Taste starts nutty and somewhat fruity with malt and hops. The hops are the showcase of the taste as well, as they transition to a peanut like savory flavor and then it gets bitter. The sweet citrus starts the bitterness but it ends up being more of a piney, syrupy, resinous flavor. Feel is slightly viscous with a dry finish.

This one was actually more interesting cold. The abrasive nature of the hop oils came out as it warmed and it turned out to be too much for me. Still a good beer, but with it being a specialty brew, I can find better year round DIPAs in NorCal.

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

Had this at 2012 Bistro IPA fest...now reviewing from bottle. 2012 Vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium-large off-white head. Scent is very inviting. Great hop profile in the aroma. Tropical fruit hop aromas with just a dash of citrus. Mangos, pineapple, and oranges linger in the nostrils. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Mellow pine...this is one good-smelling beer. Taste is just as good, Initially, you get some malt, which would normally through me off...however, it works for this beer. The malt is present, but the west-coast hop profile balances it out, making it quite the balanced DIPA. Sweet malt blends well with pine, hop resin, mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit...this beer has a lot going on. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, crisp and a little sticky. Drinkability is high, as the ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this beer is fantastic! I had it at the Bistro IPA fest, but tasted it after a bunch of "triple IPAs" so my palate was worn by hops. It tasted good then, and it tastes great now.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.22.12.
2012 Batch

A - Pours a clear, dark orange-red with a two inch foamy, light tan head with great retention.

S - Grass, pine, citrus, and some alcohol.

T - Sweet orange citrus, pine with a alcohol warming finish.

D - Good carbonation with a sticky body and a sweet-alcohol finish.

O - Citrus, pine and alcohol, great DIPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber |

A : clear, reddish orange, 2 finger head, nice lacing/legs

S : big orange peel, pineapple, some sweet pine, mango

T : follows nose, orange marmelade, lemon zest, resinous, slight dank hopiness, sweet toffee malt, sweet pine.

Overall : Very nice. Super balanced DIPA, orangey dank pine mixed with a solid malt backbone. Light bitter finish.

Cheers ~

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a translucent copper with a 2 finger off-white head. Big trails and cliffs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Caramel, biscuit, pine, and nice floral notes.

T- caramel, bitter pine, some citrus (almost berry-like) flavors, and more pine/grassy bitterness. Bitterness is there but this beer is very malt forward.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin for the style but it has a nice slick/syrup feel.

O- Nice dipa, with floral and pine bitterness and enough malt sweetness to balance it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear, apricot color with a heady cap of off white head. Decent enough retention and some circles of lacing.

S: Caramel and tropical hops (sugar coated mango and pineapple), and I can almost smell bitterness. I'm not sure if that's a thing or not.

T: Really nice mix of tropical hops (lots of mango) and caramel malt all up front, after which the flavor falls off almost immediately into some lightly bitter caramel. It's like, BAM, then gone.

M: Medium full body and medium light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty. Somehow this is like a less sweet, tropical version of Racer 5. I'm not sure, then, how this is two times Racer 5. *shrug*

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wally's Wine a few days ago. Vintage 2012. 8.3% ABV. No bottled on or best before date. Expectations are high; I recall enjoying the regular Racer 5. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Not paired with food. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent hazy dark copper. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Quite hoppy. Floral character is dominant. Some oily pine character. Grapefruit. Resinous. Nectary. An average strength aroma. Not as bold as most beers in the style.

T: Heavy well balanced floral hops. A hop bitterness bite on the climax is lessened nicely by accompanying oily pine and grapefruit. Clean malts provide the backbone. Crisp and flavourful; a tasty beer in the style. Its balance is its best attribute, it doesn't fall into the trap of going for IBU or hop content at the expense of careful balance. Bravo, Bear Republic. That said, it lacks the complexity and subtlety of better beers in the style. It almost comes off as a bit muted in terms of flavour. There's good layering of hops and malts here, but it doesn't evoke all its ingredients. If I had to guess the yeast strain, I'd say WLP 001 - but no yeast comes through in the flavour. Nor does any alcohol, which is an achievement at 8.3%. Oily resins do come through - especially in the second act - which I like. There's some citrusy zest coming through, but not with enough power to really affect the flavour. The grapefruti doesn't feel committed to, and instead comes off half-baked. I do get apricot and tangerine when I look for them, which is a nice touch. Sweet caramel malts provide a decent understated throughline, but don't coalesce into any rewarding climax. The finish is merely clean hops with a bit of leftover bitterness.

Mf: Gloriously smooth. Nicely wet. Good thickness and palate presence. Slightly oily but never overly so. The only problem is the finish, which is a bit too dry and coarse - and even a touch overcarbonated judging by the sharpness. All around, it suits the flavours quite nicely. Well executed.

Dr: A very drinkable and enjoyable beer in the style. Hides its ABV quite well, though it does have a pleasant warming effect in the stomach. I look forward to trying more beers from Bear Republic. This is certainly a solid offering. It's a bit pricey, though. Especially when other better beers in the style can be had for less, and are even more available. I'd recommend it to friends. I don't know that I'd be it again at this price. I wonder if it's really that much better than Racer 5.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink her fresh.

Would go well with spicy food or fruit tart. Grilled pineapple would be a great choice too.

Low B

12/12/13: Truncated misc notes for 2013 vintage:

Superbly balanced and less aggressive than most so-called "West Coast" IPAs. I'm glad I picked it up again and will happily grab it again. I just wish it was priced lower. Good hop choices here with a nice pale malt backbone. Another solid brew from Racer X. I think I like it a bit better than the 2012 vintage.


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