Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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:
365
Gots:
210
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,156 |  Reviews: 508
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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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of liquorpig
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, grassy, and floral hops with some sweet caramel malts, some bready malts, and a hint of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more resiny bitterness and some bready malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops with some bitterness, some sweet bready malts, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big hoppy DIPA with a good hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY. Yipee!

Pours a firm head of super-creamy, ultra-fluffy foam, on top of a hazed rust orange liquid.

The smell is unsurprisingly hop-centric, although not really intense...more on the fruity side, and nearly as tropical smelling as it is citrus smelling, as fruitiness goes...

Flavor is hoppy (no kidding?), on the piney side while still plenty fruity; some grapefruit pith, a little orange zest, and a generous sweet malt backup in the form of bright sugary caramel. While all this sounds like it could be a bitter and sweet car wreck, it's just the opposite: controlled, balanced and utterly delicious. The lack of astringency/grassy bitterness and the nearly undetectable alcohol presence helps a lot too.

The texture of Racer X really brings it all together, and having it on tap can, of course, give a creamier, smoother feel, and that's exactly what this beer deserves. I can't think of a better feel for a beer of this type. Pretty much perfect in this department.

I appreciate how balanced this is. It's a fine DIPA that's not a novelty of a tongue-ripper (although I dig those too). This is a beer I had been hoping to stumble across at some point, and I was rewarded (and totally surprised) to find it pouring in Syracuse the whole week I was there. And it met all the hype and high expectations.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of durlta
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMike
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeisGuy
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto.

a - pours a hazy bright orange color, moderate white head with decent retention and lacing

s - big aroma of pine and grapefruit with a decent malty backbone (for a DIPA that is)

t - much like the nose, and explosion of piney and citrusy hop flavors, lots of grapefruit and lemon, significant amount of maltiness, just enough to make this dangerously drinkable, the alcohol is very well hidden, no fusel flavors at all

m - medium bodied with moderate carbonation, not overly drying on the palate

d - like I said above, this stuff is dangerously drinkable, one of the most easy drinking (in a good way) DIPAs that I've ever had, lots of complexity and intense hoppiness without wearing out the palate or an overwhelming amount of alcohol

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA and one of the most drinkable examples of the style that I've had. I love both Racer 5 and Hop Rod Rye, but this surpasses both of them. Too bad BR doesn't bottle this stuff. Well worth driving to a locale with this on tap.

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Photo of BB1313
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Floydster
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Hollingshead's Deli in Orange

Great Double IPA that is comparable to the Pliny the Elder

Blows their own Racer Five out of the water

Nice dark dark brown with a huge white head

Smell was great with hints of citrus but more hoppy than anything

Cascade stood out for me as well as continental

One of the best India Pale Ales ever tried, hope this comes out in bottles

Could drink this all night but the alcohol would definitely catch up with me

Taste never seemed to go away

Find this and try this as soon as possible

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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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