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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#957
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
2,163
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
212
Trade:
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Racer X is a lightly caramelized amber tone that is too obscured to see through but still manages luminous highlights. It has an appearance emblematic of both its boldness and strength but also its citric and tropical flavours. The beer is topped with what appears to be a memory foam lining - it's firm and cushy, I could take a nap on that surface.

Attention people on a juice cleanse: here's your loophole. This smells so much like fruit that no one will know you're cheating! It's got both orchard and citrus fruits (oranges, peaches, grapefruits, mangoes) as well as all other parts of the tree: leaves, needles, bark, even the resinous secretions.

The concept of "terroir" - that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place is reflected in a product's taste and characteristics - is not nearly as applicable to beer as it is to wine (grapes generally coming from the winery's own vineyards whereas most breweries source their ingredients from around the world)...

But funny that this northern Californian DIPA should have a heightened emphasis on pine and forest-y herbals in place of the usual San Diegan characteristics of sunny, tropical, citrus fruits (which, to be sure, this has too). Indeed, in both taste and aroma, Racer X has a lot of tree resins and leafiness, but also the requisite tangerine, grapefruit, and papaya flavours.

Bear Republic is sometimes overshadowed by the likes of Stone and Russian River but they've been in the hop game just as long and, as evidenced by Racer X, make a Double IPA every bit as good and deserving of respect as any of their Californian compatriots. I drove across international borders to get a bottle - you do what you have to as well. It's that good.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy dark gold to light bronze, with a one-finger white head that fades fairly quickly. Good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Primarily an onion and spice aroma from hops, and a bit of bready malt. But overall not a huge aroma. When I work at it, I can get almost a cheesy smell – potentially an "off" aroma?

T: This is pretty bad – oniony hops, strong enough to remind me of garlic, and some toasted bready malts. Moderate levels of bitterness, with a healthy dose of awful. There's almost a rotted onion aspect to this flavor.

M: Full-bodied, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not hot.

O: This is awful. Given my very high opinion of both Racer 5 and Cafe Racer 15, it's possible (and I'm hoping) that this is somehow a bad bottle. I'll more than likely give it another try, and update if I have a different experience. But this is horrendous, both lacking in aroma and having a very off-putting flavor. This is getting poured down the drain.

EDIT: Tried a second bottle. While perhaps not as offensive as the first, it still is really sup-par. I'm supremely disappointed in this beer and will not be trying it a third time. Cannot recommend this to anyone.

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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown with one finger head and lace patches that gave off a piney, citrusy, grapefruitish aroma and there is some bready/caramel malts that are noticeable. Fuller bodied, good balance as the piney citric hops are not dominant but instead kept in check thanks to a large, bready, somewhat sweet malt backbone. The finish is dry thanks to lively carbonation and more hop assertiveness although the malts are still around and sometimes the beer is even a tad sticky. A solid sipping DIPA that has more malts than usual and makes it work.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Floral, pungent, resiny, citrus, piney, grassy, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Smells awesome.

Taste: All of the above plus a tea like hop flavor and mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, mild lingering bitterness, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: This beer got better as it warned up a bit. Aggressive hop characteristics that only left mild bitterness. Extremely tasty, drinkable, and enjoyable.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,163 ratings
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