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
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
2,154
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
367
Gots:
209
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 508 | Ratings: 2,154
Photo of ajmitch4
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Just under two months old. Reviewed live.

Dark orange, almost brown color. It leaves, at most, a decent lace. Smells of the citrusy hops with alcohol on the end, classic West Coast IPA smell. Nice balance with the hops up front and a great malt backbone. Leaves a good amount of bitterness in the back of the throat. Crisp and very easy to drink. I'd much rather spend my money on a 6-pack of Racer 5, or even the Hop Rod Rye, but still a solid DIPA.

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Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, light amber in color with a one finger off-white head. The head is sticky, great lacing and not bad retention.

S - Pine hops, orange peel, sweet grapefruit and a malty backbone.

T - Floral hops at first with a sweet malty backbone, piney sap, tropical fruits and the ending isn't too bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Slightly boozy and has a wet finish.

O - It's not a huge hop or bitter bomb, but the beer is oh so drinkable and tastes so good!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Really nice dark honey apple juice color. Suspended sediment even though the bottle was well kept. Off-white head settles quickly into a medium halo. Nice retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Bright pine, grapefruit, honey, and apple. Touch of honeydew.

T - Smooth, sweet profile with a firm bitter backbone. A lot of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Pine, honey, lightly toasted malt, honeydew, cilantro, and spicy black pepper.

M - Thick for the style with a really nice smoothness.

O - More so than a typical DIPA, Racer X really cranks up the sweetness to match the bitterness. Not necessarily my favorite take on the style, but still a great beer.

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Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Found it at Total Wine, of all places. (As an aside, they've surprised me lately.)

Poured into a DFH IPA glass. Aromatic. Hazy light amber with a two finger head. Not the prettiest but certainly wonderful smelling.

Extremely balanced but deliciously hoppy all at the same time. Melange of bright and pungent hops: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, a touch of resin and a hit of earth. Sugary and honey laced malt provides a beautiful background for the complexity of hops. Medium bodied and smooth to the last drop.

Extremely well-made Double IPA.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wine Tulip

A - Semi Translucent Copper Orange sunset, barely any white head and tons of sticky lacing

S - Sugary sweet malts, Lovely booze note, pine, Huge fruity/earthy hops, tangerine, pineapple, slight funk, banana, tons of floral notes, crisp mountain air, champagne yeast and some weed undertones

T - In your face aromatic floral hops, huge malty sweet backbone, tree sap, fresh tropical/island fruits, tangerine, fresh water, lightly toasted grains, sugary booze note and a clean pine finish

M - Medium body, well balanced, nicely complex, medium acidity and a huge sugary malty backbone, with an explosion of glorious hops at the beginning and end finish

D/O - Just all together great. Nice and refreshing, crisp and clean, just well done. Has that CA everything about it. I think the most surprising part is the higher abv and besides the sweetness, not really noticing but at the same time noticing the booze. Real top notch

Final thoughts - $8 a pop, 8+abv and a whole lot of awesome. Get you one and give one as a gift

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Photo of MCain04
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this bottle Jonathan! About 8 weeks since bottle date, poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

The beer pours a mostly clear, slightly cloudy, light amber with an off-white head of great retention and lacing.

Smell is a little subdued but juicy tropical fruit flavors and sweet candied malts are most evident. Definitely on the sweeter side, by the aroma.

Taste is bitter up front and throughout. Tropical fruit taste and a very-present malt backbone balance the bitterness nicely. A little bit of stale malt taste is present on the back end. Dry finish, not too sticky.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel, a great-drinking DIPA.

Overall, balance and drinkability make this a winner. Not the hoppiest, the most flavorful, the strongest, etc, but the balance is really quite nice. Reminds me a lot of Pliny. Great brew!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a semi-hazy amber orange color with a thick, white creamy head.

S - Floral and light fruit dominate the nose, light malt. The aroma is muted quite a it due to the serving temp.

T - Starts with a touch of citrus, pine, and light caramel malt which carries through the entire sip. Midway through some onion character surfaces along with some rind-like grapefruit and leaves a lingering light floral and faint rind finish. Has some cardboard character to it, old keg.

M - Medium body with some alcohol effervescence without the burn.

O - Worth a try, would like more intense onion and rind in this glass. Will revisit this review when I have one that's more fresh.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright but hazy amber, almost orange in color. Thin sticky white head clings to the glass. Very true to form DIPA here; lots of fresh citrus and hops in the nose and pallate. Some grapefruit, malt, and earthy tones round out the finish. Not overly sweet, but a touch boozey for only 8%. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty solid beer here and very true to its style.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Speigelau IPA glass. No date on bottled, but labeled as "2013 Vintage." Consumed on 12/8. Review written from notes.

A - Reddish orange with 1/2 finger of off-white small bubble head. Moderate carbonation with distinct lines. Heavy continous bands of lacing from top of glass to the bottom when finished. Not clear, but also not cloudy with no sediment.

S - Very fragrant. Pine, melon, lemon, kiwi, and peach.

T - Apricot and melon, with a hint of onion bitterness. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol not well hidden. Lasting onion/grapefruit rind bitterness.

M - Moderate to high carbonation. Dry and medium bodied. No stickiness.

O - Good, but slight flavor descreased this beer's overall score for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Nice white head. Chunky collar. Decent lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit and pine hops. Resiny. Very malty. Sweet smelling.

Taste - Malt is strong. Very sweet. Grapefruit. Pine comes out more than grapefruit. Musty and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Sweet. Bitterness pushes through the sugar.

Overall - Good hop flavor, but hella sweet. Too much.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a slightly yellowed head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Too opaque to see any visible carbonation.

S: Great hop profile on this one. Balanced blend of earthiness and citrus with a touch of spiciness. Malts back it up nicely giving it a touch of sweetness.

T: As expected from the aroma this one has a great hop profile and ample bitterness. Mostly an earthy hop approach that is rounded out by a fairly strong malt backbone. Malts add a bit of carmel but the main focus is on the hops. Alcohol is lost in the bitterness.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Nice nectar like quality in this one that is enjoyable in double IPA's. A bit sticky on the finish but that can be expected from something so hoppy.

Overall this is a very enjoyable double IPA that can compete with the big dogs. Isn't overly bitter which is nice because it still has all the hop flavor you could want. Worth picking up.

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Photo of dar482
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear beautiful deep orange.

The aroma is wonderful and hoppy. It has tons of orange, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and a bit of caramel malt and garlic in the back.

The flavor follows with juicy citrus, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. It moves onto a caramel sweetness, yet with a light body. The finish cleans off well with a bit of piney bitterness.

The alcohol and light body really hide the body.

The best DIPA/IPA from Bear Republic.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a strong effervescence. There are tiny floaties in the body as well, which add to the attractiveness, I think. head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: big citrusy aroma with a nice little bit of tangerine character. There's also a big floral hop character which really adds something. Sweet and enticing!

Taste: bold fruity and floral flavor with a big malty sweetness that renders the whole works quite candylike. Bitterness is moderate by very smooth and not at all raspy; low-cohumulone hops at work. I really like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a good-enough creaminess for the style. Not bad.

Overall: the flavor is why you drink Racer X. For years it seemed you couldn't get it in Seattle, but now I'm seeing it in bottles and on tap all over the place -- a development for which I'm quite grateful.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle of Vintage 2013 poured into a large mug. No indications that I can find about bottled on or best by dates, except for the Vintage 2013 label.

Pours cloudy golden, orange, with a nice respectable head with good retention. As it fades, it seems to be leaving some heavy lacing. Smell is grassy, piney, a little spicey, floral sweetness. Smells a little orangey. Smells good, but slightly muted. But, that'll probably open up as it warms.

Taste is resinous bitterness and floral sweetness, strong hoppy bitter aftertaste. Slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Thick and pleasing without being sticky or heavy. Overall, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of McStagger
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage.

A: Pours a fairly clear darkened copper. Somewhat aggressive pour lead to a finger of slightly darker than off white head. Carbonation is moderate. Moderate retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Bitter grapefruit, citrus peel, lots of evergreen. Some muskier odors, has that hint of savory onion. Lots of mango underneath, with a splash of papaya and pineapple. Toffee and malted sweetness base.

T: Quick shot of bitterness up front. Mid palate is all fruit. Amazingly fruity. Huge grapefruit, peach, nectarine. Splashes into tropical, with the big mango and pineapple sweetness flexing. This tropical fruit melds very well into the malt backbone. Finishes very dry, with some oily evergreen resin and just a touch more pineapple in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and well rounded without being syrupy. Very easy drinking. No heat, but just a touch of warmth that really accentuates the juicy hops.

O: This is an incredibly good DIPA. I've come around on this brewery. They produce some consistently high quality ales.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma of pine, citrus, with a hint of dank. Smells like a big west coast IPA. This beer is bitter. Pine resin, orange, balanced by a great malt backbone. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a well crafted west coast DIPA. It's Racer 5 on steroids!

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Photo of MattLatuchie
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very pretty peachy, hazy color with minimal head. Aromas were inviting, albeit unexpectedly subtle. Nice peach, lime, and orange flavors seemed to emerge. The body was incredibly smooth and balanced. Nice mix of super floral/citrusy hops with malty undertones. A bit of bitterness on the finish seemed to keep it fresh.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Southampton Publick House pint glass. Bottled 10/18/13, so about 3 weeks old. Bought at Whole Foods Newport Beach CA for $8.99.

A - Burnt orange color. Eggshell head leaves decent lacing.

S - Citrus - orange and grapefruit. A bready note in the background. Not overly pungent.

T - Grapefruit, orange, a little catpiss upfront. Very bright. Then goes into a nice smooth malty flavor that plays well with the hops. An aggressive bitterness on the backend that dries things out nicely. No discernible heat from the robust 8% ABV.

M - Silky smooth. Carbonation is medium. The silky mouthfeel is cut by the hoppy bitterness perfectly.

O - Great beer. Perfect balance between the hops and malts. Mouthfeel is spot on, makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottled 10/18 (month ago)
Amber color, slightly hazy. Very fresh and intense tropical fruit aroma of pineapple, mango. Slight malty sweetness noticeable but fruit is dominant. On the palate, really well balanced and smooth. Not too bitter, malty, or oily, and alcohol perfectly integrated. I love tropical, well-balanced IPA's, and this might be one of the best out there.

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Typical IPA or DIPA appearance. A nice off white head with a deliciously sweet hoppy aroma. This brew has an intense but absolutely amazing flavor. It has some very distinct hop bitterness but all kinds of flavors are blending in this beer. Peach, mango and cherry are some I noted but really I don’t think it can be described (at least not by me.) Absolutely fucking sublime and this is truly "balance in a bottle." Picking up on a bit of the 8.3% abv. Mouthfeel is phenomenal not a syrupy double IPA. This has a nice crisp bite to it as you are sipping it but it mellows out and coats the tongue in hoppy resins on the aftertaste. Overall this beer is fucking delicious! I wish it wasn't seasonal and so damn uncommon.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber body of beer, just short of clear; make the head as big as ya want - foamy bubbly bone-colored head; some arms and sprinkles of lace left trails down the glass

S: a chorus of hops, ringing in with citrus and pine notes, floral and fruity - a sweet caramel-esque base confirms that the malt bill will be well-represented

T: crisp floral flavors, tinged with citrus will bitter the tongue; sweet flow of smooth and fresh-grain malt flows beneath - lots of great hop bitterness and malt chewiness. A particularly "well-balanced" DIPA

M: smooth and slick, bittering and drier on the finish; medium weight but full-bodied; some sparkle from carbonation

O: you'll be hard-pressed to find a DIPA that is truly superior to this one, simply because, as far as I'm concerned, this one does everything right. It doesn't go too sweet or thick or syrupy. The hops lighten and brighten the drinking experience. Flavors are complex and complimentary - sweet malts and bitter floral hops going hand-in-hand. A great feel, having presence, but also staying brisk and easy-drinking. No wonder this flies off the shelf.

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Photo of Somebody_Else
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally scored a bottle of this!

I don't know how to score "appearance"...

Nice stuff! Started off with more fruit than pine in the smell. Apricots?

The flavor was all I was expecting and maybe more. When the beer was coldest there was lots of fruity hop flavor but as the bomber warmed, more pine and malt came out while still maintaining that yummy hop bitterness. I didn't really taste alcohol, per se. The malt is present -- you can taste the sweetness -- but not in that cloying, uber-sweet, overpowering way. I would say the balance of this beer is spot-on.

I have been consistently pleased with the products from Healdsburg.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 jhawth
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -3.3%
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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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,154 ratings.
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