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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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2,165 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#956
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
2,165
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
212
Trade:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Ego
3.21/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2013 vintage
eyes...
tightly packed cap of foam, a lovely finger size hat, great lacing, clean orange hue with a smattering of carbonation in no sort of hurry to arrive at the top destination, looks good for the style

nose...
smells like a souped up amber, spicy malts, some hops (herbal), a bit underwhelming overall

taste etc...
a sharp bite of hops and then it melds into an almost syrupy malt flavor, this has a lingering almost medicinal type hop signature - not your typical west coast hop experience, the ABV is noticeable in the afterglow but not so much in the sipping, this does have a really nice weight to it compared to many DIPAs but unfortunately the flavor lacks a punch I am looking for in the style

verdict?
bear repub makes some great beers at some usually incredibly reasonable prices... this just isn't one of them

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ajmitch4
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,165 ratings
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