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
Ratings:
2,156
Reviews:
508
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
367
Gots:
210
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,156 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of Magery
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Racer X certainly has the look expected from a great IIPA. The dark copper body has a massive off-white head that looks rock solid. The retention is ridiculous, and the lacing pretty much covers my glass. Impressive.

Huge hops in the aroma. Bitter citrus notes include orange and grapefruit, along with pine resin. A hint of sweet malt comes through from underneath.

The flavor does not disappoint either; Racer X is a top notch IIPA. The hops from the aroma are back to dominate the flavor, pairing a moderate amount of bitterness with an absolutely huge citrus flavor that once again includes notes of orange and grapefruit. After the fruity hops die down a bit, another burst of hop flavor in the form of pine resin takes its place. When all of those hops have finally subsided, a slightly spicy hops flavor comes through for just a second, followed by a touch of sweet malt backbone.

Racer X has a solid mouthfeel also, with a big, creamy body.

I like Racer 5, so when I saw this at the growler station of my local store, I decided to give it a shot. What I found was similar to a "double racer," but also much better than I had expected. Although the price-tag was high, this beer was a joy to consume.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much like Philo, I tried this at the Anthill Pub in Irvine. Unlike him, however, I found this pretty one note.

Pours a dark, burnt orange. Almost zero head. No real carbonation, at all. Nice syrupy mouthfeel.

Taste and smell are piney, grapefruity hops. Not a lot of malt balance, though I think there is a hint of sweeter fruits in here (orange?). Good, but not my favorite DIPA by far. I've yet to be overwhelmed by any Bear Republic brew.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber orange colored with an off white fluffy thick highly retentive head.

Fabulous nose. Fresh piney hops with a big citrus burst, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine. Some caramel malty aromas waft up with a bit of grassy ester on the finish.

Very balanced. Backbone is of thick caramel malt with an awesome thick creamy mouthfeel. Great mouth!! Resiny hops with hints of alcohol. Really can't get past the mouthfeel. Hops are gritty on the finish with nice fruity resiny middle. Lemon rind, tangerine, ctirusy grapefruit, grassy and pine. A elegan style IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another stellar beer that Viggo shared with me. thanks eric!

22oz hand-bottle from biercraft, reviewed as a growler as that's likely more accurate. sampled may 23/09.

pours deep orangey amber with a big dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. bit of pine. light alcohol. big biscuit and wheat bread. orange. cracker. it smells chewy even before taking a taste.

taste is great. grapefruit. orange peel. tangerine. light alcohol. big crisp lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light grain. white bread. biscuit. bit of earthy and woody character too, but mostly citrus and pine and a huge malt profile. orange marmalade. medium-high bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance with a great malt and hop profile. tons of depth. great stuff.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Props to the BA who supplied this growler at the May tasting (I think it was thickerfreakness; if so then thanks Charles)! Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a beautiful, deep golden-copper hue with interspersed trails of carbonation. A pillowy cap of custard foam crescendos at 2" in height and slowly recedes to a thick cap, leaving sexy webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. Aroma reeks of resinous, piny, sticky hop cones, with a superb balance of toffee, caramel malt, and Sugar Daddy candies.

The flavor surpasses my expectations; IIPA's really don't get much better than this. A perfectly balance of pine-laden hops and toffee malt coats the palate, while the greenery leaves a lasting bitterness along the finish. Body is medium-thick, but not overbearing in the slightest. Perfect carbonation and a chewy, creamy body that never turns syrupy. All in all, Racer X is a fantastic beer...I rave about Bear Republic's Racer 5, but Racer X just takes it to another level. More please!

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Photo of curlybird
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SFC21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber body of beer, just short of clear; make the head as big as ya want - foamy bubbly bone-colored head; some arms and sprinkles of lace left trails down the glass

S: a chorus of hops, ringing in with citrus and pine notes, floral and fruity - a sweet caramel-esque base confirms that the malt bill will be well-represented

T: crisp floral flavors, tinged with citrus will bitter the tongue; sweet flow of smooth and fresh-grain malt flows beneath - lots of great hop bitterness and malt chewiness. A particularly "well-balanced" DIPA

M: smooth and slick, bittering and drier on the finish; medium weight but full-bodied; some sparkle from carbonation

O: you'll be hard-pressed to find a DIPA that is truly superior to this one, simply because, as far as I'm concerned, this one does everything right. It doesn't go too sweet or thick or syrupy. The hops lighten and brighten the drinking experience. Flavors are complex and complimentary - sweet malts and bitter floral hops going hand-in-hand. A great feel, having presence, but also staying brisk and easy-drinking. No wonder this flies off the shelf.

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Photo of EB1
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at City Beer Store in SF. A VERY legitimate DIPA. Had this side-by-side at City Beer Store with 21st Amendment Double Trouble IPA, which is also very solid and this domo'd it.

A - Great orange-copper appearance with a lasting creamy off-white head.

S - Lots of crisp piney, resinous hops and sweet malt to balance.

T - Sweet caramel malt, excellent piney, citrusy, resinous hops. Like Racer 5, but with more malty, hoppy goodness. A little alcohol present, but less than you'd expect.

M - Medium bodied for the style with average carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers and oils coat the palate.

D - For what it is, this is very drinkable. Pint went down before I knew it. This one could be dangerous.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this beer to come to Colorado for years so I'm super excited to give it a try.

Seed cold in a goblet, Racer X is a slightly hazy amber color with thick head, good retention and nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is super fresh and hoppy with great big loads of citrus, especially grapefruit.

Flavor is just as amazing as I was hoping it would be. Much like little brother Racer 5, and as it claims on the bottle, it's wonderfully hoppy while still managing to find balance with sweetness from the malts. The other similarity that I see is that the malts and hops seem to compliment eachother perfectly. The hops flavor is near the very top of the scale but the balance is still kept in check.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated with balanced bitterness.

Overall one of the best double IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying. A wonderful beer well worth the wait.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - If you like hop aroma you'll love the the nose full of citrus hops

T - Its like drinking a pint of fresh squeezed cascade hops and I for one enjoyed the taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - If you like hops you'll like this beer its very easy to drink for a DIPA its worth a trip to your local beer bar if they tap it

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of thampel09
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Draught. Light copper color. The aroma is fairly vibrant, exploding with grapefruity, almost spicy hops, along with a touch of toffee from the malt. An extreme punch of hop flavor. The perfect combination of sweet caramel and toffee laden malt underneath an onslaught of diverse hop flavors. Nice, thick, coating texture. Bear Republic knows their hops. One of the best Double IPA’s I’ve had in a long time.

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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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