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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3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a Snifter glass. No freshness date, though I know my bottle shop got it in this week (10/12).

A: Deep carmel color. 1 finger head. Tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Intense pine/piney smell. Some sweet/tropical fruits, and a bit of citrus of well.

T: Sharp pine taste at first, mellows into a more malty taste than I would have anticipated. Getting a little citrus as well. Getting more of a pine finish than a BAM in your face hop finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, which I would have guess by the color but the piney smell is deceptive. I usually associate piney with lighter mouthfeels. Medium carbonation providing some action on the tongue.

O: It is definitely well balanced. I expected a lighter taste based on the strong pine smell, but was surprised by the malty-ness provided. Very balanced DIPA and worth checking out, esp for the price. About $6 for a bomber.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Poured a clean amber body, excellent white head with decent retention. Nice spotty/sticky lacing too! Some uniformed carbonation is visible here and there, but nothing spectacular.... just very minimal.

S- Great aroma! Tropical fruits, piney/grassy hop, and bready malt. Some citrus is also detectable but very subtle on the nose. Nothing overly complex for the style, but very solid and the smell is perfectly balanced.

T- A bit different from nose to palate. Lots of malts, a sweet citrus and a very piney finish. A little alcohol as the beer settles and opens up, but this is a nice compliment with the pine finish.

MF- Great medium body, medium carbonation, dry and subtle warmth finish. Excellent mouthfeel, this is how a dipa should go down... with perfect drinkability!

O- I am a fan of Bear Republic. This is just another great beer by a great brewing company. This did not blow me out of the water as far as imperial IPA's goes, but it has great characteristics and this is worth trying at least once if you are a fan of the style.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the myth behind it, rather disappointing. I have been looking for this beer for years.

A - Murky apricot orange, small head, not much lace.

S - Fruity and malty.

T - Malt and fruit up front, a little hop bite in the back.

M - Medium bodied, a little undercarbed and a little light on flavor considering the hype.

D - Nice beer, but after all these years, was looking for more.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amber with lots of sediment floating around in the glass. Nice white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S - Hop blast to the nose! Just what I wanna see from a double IPA. A little bit of biscuity malt in the back, but those citrusy hops are right up front where they need to be.

T - Wow! Very nice job on this brew. Super smooth malts up front that changes to extra bitter hops as the beer goes down. Leaves a nice floral aftertaste. Although the malts/hops do have the flavor of the English style IPA, this is a true California style ale. Loaded with hops!

M - Smooth with no alcohol to tell of. Pretty decent carbonation.

O - Great showing from Bear Republic. Super hoppy and bitter double IPA. This beer doesn't hold back a bit on the flavor and it really shows.

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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a good one. Pours an auburn-tan color. I get lots of citrus aroma—orange juice and orange peel, some orange pith, really just layers of different variations of orange. Flavor has a good dose of orange bitterness. Orange bitters, orange zest, orange blossom, orange peel. If I’m not mistaken this has an English ale yeast which lends it some interesting contrasts to the typical West Coast IPA/DIPAs you tend to get around these parts.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,174 ratings