Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Racer X Double IPARacer X Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.22/5
2,158 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:
#943
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
2,158
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
210
Trade:
5
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,158 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of durlta
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of tbone1384
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Moose90
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mychalg9
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ncaudle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 BigMike
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap served out of a snifter.

A: Poured a 1 finger creamy, fluffy white head with great retention. Brew was a cloudy brownish-red clay color. Lacing coated almost the entire glass in a speckled pattern.

S: Cane sugar, grapefruit, cangied oranges, piney hops. Quite clean but also quite standard. Pretty much what is expected.

T: Deep caramel, brown sugar, citrus hops opening. Brown sugar malty backbone with a touch of caramel. Piney, grassy through the middle. Finishes sweet, slightly orangy and hops. bitterness. Nicely balanced malt and hop profile overall here.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated and very very smooth. Finishes a bit messy and hoppiness lingers just a bit long here.

D: A rock solid DIPA that really is deserving of high scores throughout. Nothing to really pick at here but at the same time, nothing overly special that stands out. A great brew nonetheless though. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler pick up from Capone's....thanks Matt!

A-Hazy dark copper with a medium off-white head.

S-PINE...and then a bit of sweet malt.

T-Ok ready....PINE, pine, pine and then some more piney hops! There is then a nice sweet maltiness that kicks in after that initial PUNCH from the GIANT pine tree!

M-Medium heavy body with a bit of stickiness...and how could you not see that coming with all of that pine resin going on! Sticky yes, bad NO! Nice bitter aftertaste that lingers.

D-This is as tasty as I remembered! A huge giant pine bomb that goes down with frightning ease. Tasty stuff indeed....beware of Racer X!

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Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rusty copper color with a white frothy head into a nonic. Smells oh-so-hoppy with lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is a hop bomb as well. Lots of cirtus and hop character with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium with good carbonation. I really like this DIPA but Pliny the Elder beats this one easily.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. Some sediment though. The aromas are full of orange and tangerines. Lots of sweet caramel malts. Nice amount of grapefruit as well. Very subtle amount of onion and garlic. The flavors have a nice balance between the hops and malts. The caramel definitely accents the hop flavors. More orange zest. Citrus is there. More grapefruit. Very solid bitterness with a solid malt backbone. There's some pine in the mix as well. Some resin. Maybe even some mint. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's very smooth.

Very solid DIPA right here. It might not be a mind blower, but it's well-crafted. There is an English influence to this one, which gives it even more character. I like it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a full (16 oz) pour at OBF 2007.

A: Red/amber, clear with a light off-white head of soapy suds, about 1/2 -finger high. Capped with a thin film as the foam dies down...good, sticking lace.

S: Gigantic hop aroma - lots of pine and abundant spice.

T: Bracing jolt of piney/resinous hops, followed by a well-balanced malt/hop backbone. Burst of fresh citrus inside that malty kick - extremely flavorful!

M: Smooth and creamy - a coating, fusel warmth. Bitter to the brink of being pungent, then tapering to a pleasing malt/hop balance. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

D: A harsh/bitter DIPA, but still one worth grabbing. Has a fine balance, drinkable and full of flavor that makes me want another, even though the style is not a favorite of mine. Hard to find, definitely worth grabbing if found...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,158 ratings
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