Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
2,156 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
Ratings:
2,156
Reviews:
508
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
210
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,156 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of Sean9689
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -11.6%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -12.7%
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone 15th Anniversary Brewers' Reception
CSU, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Clear amber and orange with a thick/white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous. Looks like a particularly thick and hearty DIPA.

Incredible aroma and my favorite aspect of this beer. The aroma is very tropical, floral, piney, and grassy all at once. It's quite spectacular. A full, inviting, rich, and unique aroma.

Well balanced DIPA: tropical fruit, some pine, and significant but appropriate bitterness. Very nice.

Medium to thick mouthfeel.

A solid DIPA with a world-class aroma. If the flavor excelled similarly, we'd have a very, very special beer on our hands. Bear Republic shines again.

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Photo of koopa
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Transparent copper body with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows a touch of retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Beautiful nose....Lively and pungent floral hops, citrus hops (grapefruit and orange), sugar, and sweet malt.

Taste: Same as nose. Really works well but it is just too sugary for my personal preference. Small touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Could use a touch more carbonation, but still a nice chewy med-thick body.

Drinkability: the sugar is what keeps me from scoring this one higher, but besides that it is delicious.

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

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

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of brotherloco
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Brand new bottling. ABV in the bottle is 8.3%. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-amber with about a finger of beige foam. Dissipates pretty quickly leaves mostly a ring.

Aroma is pine and pine for days. Orange and grapefruit citrus are present as well. Hints of dankness. Sweet caramel malt is nicely balanced in there. No real detectable alcohol.

Big blast of those assertive hops right up front in the flavor. Same balance of pine and citrus with the addition of bitter flowers and perfume. Malt backing matches the aroma as well. Sweet caramel and toffee are very solid and nicely balanced. Bitterness lingers for a bit in the finish and transforms into a subtle smokey, almost scotch whisky like flavor. Alcohol flavor plays a part in this finish, but is overall very well hidden.

Medium-full bodied with medium-sharp carbonation. The overall feel has a strong bite.

Overall a delicious and juicy DIPA. A couple of sharp edges keep it from scoring higher, but it is damn good. Thank you Bear Republic for finally bottling it!

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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 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 user785335
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Publick House,Brookline, 6/7/09.

Poured a golden, pink tinted, amber color similar to that of a peach rind. White foamy head with white foamy retentention that left white foamy legs sliding down the glass like sea foam. Foam.

Reeks of wet, juicey hop stank. Juicey Fruit hops accented by gummi peach rings blend with a floral hop bouquet, sweet caramel malt and errant pine hints. Would make a great car air freshener scent.

Rolling waves of euphoria across the palate. The hop fruit salad comes through first but OMG is there resin. Tastes like chewing on a hop bud that squeezes out piney hop oil. Though hop dominant sweet caramel malt makes a nice showing and rounds out the flavor. Not too bitter.

Though aggressively tastey and fragrant, smooth silky carbonation and sticky resin mouthfeel let you know this beer has laid back roots.

As drinkable as 9% abv can get.

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Photo of Burt
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of flexabull
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. Original is below, and one of the first beers I ever reviewed. Obvious when you read it...

Anyways, I was very pleased to see this on tap at the local Alehouse!

Pours a nice dark orange/amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are wonderful, dank, resiny hops, with a sugary maltiness, and a blast of more hops, there is citrus, mostly of apricots and oranges.

Taste is sticky, sweet, and dank up front. Beer then settles into some creamy caramel malt flavors. Finish is pine like, with sweet and bitter citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very nice full smooth body, with spot on carbonation.

Drinkability is great. This is a top notch DIPA, as good as I remember. My original ranking of 4.9 was a little misguided, but my second seating with this one showed me that this is still a superb example of the style.

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A knock you on your a$$ beer. Boy... this is easily one of my favorite beers, let alone IPAs. I have only seen this at the brewery, and just had one there a few months ago. Has a great hop aroma and flavor. It has that piney fruity smell/taste of fresh hops through and through. A very tasty beer for sure.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dense copperish gold color with a faint haze... Sluggish carbonation... A creamy thin slightly off-white head sits atop and shows solid retention...

S - The small is fairly subuded but comprised of a Euro hop profile and a sweet rich toffee malt base... Earthy... Outdoorsy... Even slightly musky.. Refined and not overpowering in the slightest...

T - The expected British hop profile is present and collides with a sweet citrusy California based hop profile... The result is wonderfully refreshing and complex... Mango... Mandarin oranges... Grapefruit... Piney hop resins... Cracker... A slightly sweet malt base of caramel and toffee...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Slightly resiny and oily... A mild chewy factor... Smooth... Creamy... Slightly rich... Consistent...

D - An outstanding IIPA that is bursting with flavor and is deep in dimension and complexity... I would drink again in a heartbeat and highly recommend... A wonderful balance of European and CA hop profiles that hold together nicely and give way to stellar results... Quite simply this one was yummy...

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Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,156 ratings.
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