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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:
507
Ratings:
2,136
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
19.1%
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
199
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 507 | Ratings: 2,136
Photo of lovemesumipa
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love a great IPA. So naturally, I love this beer. No wonder it's won so many awards and high recognition. It works almost perfectly.
Let others sing the praises of this amazing beer in a wordier fashion. I'll just say if you like a great IPA, this beer is for you.

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Photo of jxmichael
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -Bright orange copper, slightly hazy with moderate lacing.

S - Pine, orange peel.

T - Malty caramel up front mixed with hoppy/bitter undertones. I'd say it's 75% IPA, 25% english malt.

M - Medium mouthfeel, almost syrupy with somewhat dry malt finish.

O - Overall a very enjoyable brew different from your traditional IPA. I'm usually not one to enjoy English malt but the hops play well off the malts making for something unique and delicious.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a copper brown with layers and layers of lace that spots the glass and clings with each sip.

S - Citrus Rind, Grapefruit, fruity, resin, piney.

T - Big hop bomb, with complex layers of citrus hops, lots of resin, pine, and very nicely balanced with a malt backbone. Very big beer, with a bit of a chewy mouthfeel - still easily quafable.

O - Really a great DIPA - nicely done.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a two finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit, tangerine, mango and piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel malts, grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A super solid DIPA. There is a nice mix of sweet malts and citrus. Defiently reommended.

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Photo of ksimons
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-color is an orange caramel color with two fingers worth of thick white head

S-aroma is of citrus and caramel

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone and finishes with a citrus hop bitterness

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall a pretty decent DIPA with a good mix of malt and citrus bitterness

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/light copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel ,brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy/citrus peel bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light toffee/nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, sticky/resinous, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.3%. Overall this is an incredible DIPA! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/pine hops, fruity yeast, and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Seems to be American hops and English malts; and comes off as a amazing hybrid of American and English IPA styles. Has a good sized malt profile, but is never overly sweet. Enormous amounts of juicy flavors from the combination of hops and yeast notes. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very impressive appearance, solid, dense and the color of an orange. 1/2" white head. Hits the usual pungent notes of pine and citrus.

Taste, damn, thick malt to get them orange hues, syrup like. Still tons of hoppiness. Plenty of caramel. Basically this is a hybrid, a lot of English malt, even hops, but then they drop a solid amount of American hops and crystal malt.

Its good stuff, but bomber format leaves a little to be desired. Would easily bang these again at $10/4 pack.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is solidly flavorful, but it's a bit of a novelty beer that I won't be drinking regularly. It has a Smokey Malt taste/aroma. Initially there is a "Piney" Hops flavor with an Orange aftertaste that blends well and doesn't feel artificial.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: An opaque golden with off-white one finger head that stays. Nice lacing.

S: Tropical fruits (pineapple, grapefruit, mangoes), bready malts and caramel.

T: Follows nose with low bitterness amid the grapefruit and pine notes. What a great balance.

M: Medium to high with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: What a nice surprise to get to try this one. I'd heard a lot about Racer X and now I'm a fan. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours a dark, hazy cognac orange with a large head. the second pour from the bomber produced a completely opaque, dark orange amber, so this brew can settle hard. nose; massive grapefruit zest/pith, orange pulp, citrus hops (amarillo & centennial?), pine, & sugar. taste; big caramel malt, candied orange, pine resin, citrus hops, grapefruit zest, mango, & sugar.medium+ carbonation & slighlty heavy mouthfeel. very hoppy and citrus "juicy", and maybe just a touch on the sweet side (but every other sip reminds me of a slightly boiled down jai alai). ive only had one bomber of this stuff, but with a 2nd corroboration, i can see this being a 5 rate for me. bear republic needs more georgia distribution. simply fantastic!

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a dense layer and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Citrus, orange, fruity notes, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange, grapefruit, lemon, fruity notes, apricot, a little pine, solid malt presence, slightly toasty bready, and some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation.

O: Solid DIPA with a big malty backbone.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fairly-well balanced, though if they're going to be so proud of their balance, they could have toned down the hops a bit. But besides this advertising miss, this is a solid DIPA with a lot of grapefruit and resin, thick but gentle texture, smooth on the palate, heavy on the hops, and not overly bitter in the finish. A bit more malt would have been nice for balance, but it's a double IPA so why bother?

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

Nice citrusy nose, lots of orange. Very slight tropical scent as well. Flavour has the orange and citrus, but adds some pine, caramel and alcohol heat. The heat is surprisingly strong for a DIPA, impacting drinkability. Very good DIPA. It took me some time to finally come across it but the high reviews are warranted.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to put my finger on it but I like this less than Racer 5. It seems less balanced and more bitter in a not pleasing way. Maybe my taste buds are screwy tonight.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 12.49 ($ 8.49 + $ 4 shipping) ($ 0.567/oz) from Craft Shack
Aroma starts very fruity on first snort then shifts to more of a pine resin odor which mostly fades by the end of the glass
Head average (4.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, creamy with a few rocks, diminishing to irregular four to eight mm ring and large frothy island
Lacing good – complete narrow rings with some stalactites and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body – medium orange, cloudy
Flavor – starts fruity and slightly bitter then the malt edges in but some bitterness remains; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of sprat1960
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Copper towards orange in color; opaque. Pours with a HUGE 3+ finger tan head that dies down gradually leaving a thick, uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and large amounts of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Perfect!

Smell: Sweet citrus (think oranges mixed with some grapefruit), mildly grassy with some smooth hops. Made me want to take a drink!

Taste: Starts off with mild flavor of grain or malt, progresses on to a sweet citrus (think combination of oranges and grapefruit), followed by mild lemony taste,then mild grassy flavor ending with a slightly bitter hoppy taste. Absolutely delicious! Near perfect.

Feel: Medium to full body; mild fizzy sensation from the smooth carbonation; mild but noticeably dry finish. Left me a little thirsty for a glass of water.

Overall: One of the best DIPAs that I have ever had. Appealing look, nice aroma, great flavor and full body. Near perfect in my opinion. I would love to drink this again!

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Photo of wdberkley
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark orange, almost brown. Solid 2 finger head. Citrus, hops, malt nose, taste is similar with some bitterness from the hops. Very easy drinking at 8%.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty beer, deep orangey brown. Pale tan head.

Smell is mild, but rich.

Taste of apricots, sweet apricots. Nice hop profile but frankly too sweet for my taste.

Quite a rich mouthfeel.

Finish is good. They clearly know how to make beer there. I just don't like the flavor of what they chose to make with this one.

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Photo of Brackh
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly darker than a normal IPA. Flowery and hoppy smell. Great taste. Lots going on. Great amount of bitter without being too much. I would recommend this one for sure. Wasn't sure that I would like one better than Racer V from Bear Republic but this one is right up there with it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks ago at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York, having never had this before but being on the lookout for this for all these since I had the Racer V. I expected this to be a bigger, bolder version of that beer and that was exactly the case once I cracked this 22 oz. bottle opened and savored it. This was strong in taste and alcohol but not overpowering and like the bottle stated, this had a California take on English brewing traditions.

It's not often that I give a beer a "5" in the look department on here, but this certainly deserved that rating. From the quietly radiant dark amber hue to the lacing that coated more of my pint glass than it missed to the head that lasted all the way from the top to the bottom of my pint glass, this was nearly as perfect an opening statement as any beer that I've ever had. The aroma was subdued but certainly solid, with hint of floral bitterness and hop oils/resin meshing nicely. Both of those were present in the taste, along with lime pith, tropical fruits, a subtly earthiness, and slight metallic tinge. Quite complex but amazingly, this went down smoothly as the mouthfeel was nicely balanced in the malt department, and almost felt as if British Kent or Golding hops were here. The finish was crisp as some carbonation lingered on and the cloudy hue of this beer was a hint that this would be full from start to finish.

Sure, this was strong but it almost came across that there were nine versions of this beer before the tenth came out. While not the best Imperial IPA out there, this was a textbook example of how to brew one. They don't get much better, much friendlier to the novice, or much wetter than this and my only regret was that I didn't get more of these when I had a chance. The blood orange-like juiciness of this kept me wanting more and downing this quicker than I would have liked, which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Easily the best brew in Bear Republic's solid lineup!

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

Look 4.0 cloudy amber, with thin off white short lived head Lots of sediment in the 22 oz. bottle,that I am looking forward to getting in the second glass.

Smell 4.0 lots of big citrus grapefruit, lemons and a little bit of sweet malt.

Taste 4.25 Lots of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice citrus. and orange rind. It's well balanced with crystal malt backbone sweetness. ending with a touch of bitter hops. No noticeable alcohol.

Feel 4.25 Medium carbonation, sticky with a long lasting touch of bitter.

Overall 4.25 I like It, I probably wont be returning to it often, due to the price point and so many other IPA bombers always competing for that dollar. But it is definitely not one to be missed if you have not had it before.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a pint glass. This double IPA pours a bright orange with a thick frothy white head that has true staying power and as it dissipates displays some of the best lacing I have ever seen. Nose of deep rich caramel, citrus notes of oranges and lemons,. and bittering hops. Flavors are deep and boasting of a great sweet malt backbone and waves of citrus hops. heavy alcohol and a slight grain flavor comes through on the back....very warming. Aftertaste boasts sweet and bitter in a delicious harmony. very good. happy to have had it!

Cheers!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy glass, lots of particulate matter, amber blonde with a cover of white lace that doesn't lace.

Smell: Hoppy hop hops. Great citric and rose elements that are somewhat like Two Hearted Ale, very inviting.

Taste: Sweetness from the crystal malt balances the hoppy citric main flavor wonderfully and gives some balance. Hops are flavorful without going too bitter.

Feel: Medium body, low carbonation, clean finish.

Overall: Yum! Great west coast IPA that doesn't go too bitter and brings a load of fresh hop flavor. I'll be looking for more... MOAR!!!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, age unknown, questionable:
Need to review when more certain of freshness, which seems not the newest.

Nice sweetness, biscuit, some citrus - following what can be sensed from pretty weak nose; nice body, little alcohol burn.

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of those beers that I really badly wanted to try, never found, and then forgot about it. Also one of the very earliest double IPAs to generate lots of hype--every few months, some jackelope would post about how Bear Republic was going to start releasing it in sixers and/or start sending it to the midwest, but neither of those things ever happened.

Also, incidentally, the one time I ever got burned a trade I was supposed to get this beer in exchange for Dreadnaught and NG Belgian Red. Which is why, I suppose, I stopped looking for it.

On tap yesterday at Lord Hobo. Couldn't say no.

Smells sugary sweet, with some mild spice nodes backing up intense grapefruit hops.

Tastes like it smells. Excellent balance between bready and spicy malt sweetness and bitter, juicy hops. The recipe is obviously a couple generations old (craft beer generations each lasting between 3-4 years), and someone with a narrower and more newly developed pallet might be put off by its lack of tropical nodes and/or its relative modesty. But it's very good.

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,136 ratings.
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