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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of tbone1384
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of parris
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -5.2%
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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Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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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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%

Photo of msondel
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Googs
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mixed_master7
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ChanChan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of anabar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Tom-Peters
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of dakotaben
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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Photo of marine1975
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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Photo of DovaliHops
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
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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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,165 ratings
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