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Racer X Double IPA | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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4.22/5
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2,165 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:
#957
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
2,165
pDev:
9.24%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
364
Gots:
212
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,165 |  Reviews: 511
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lodge in HH on 7/7/10

A - Hazy dark-copper with a chunky white head and medium lacing.

S - Lovely (but fairly typical of the style) notes of grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin and caramel malt. Still nice tho ;)

T - More grapefruit, pine resin and pineapple. Crisp and juicy!

M - Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Slightly sticky with a nice prickly carbonation that I love my beer to have in July.

D - Very drinkable yet dangerous at 9% ABV. A very solid DIPA, but just can't stand up to the big-boys in the category. Still, a treat if you can find it!

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Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Magery
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub, Portland, OR
Acquired in a trade with yllwsmly

Poured a deep, dark and transparent ruddy copper-mahogany. (Very dark for a double IPA.) The tight, bubbly, one-finger, saddle head faded to a bubbly cap of froth and a thick ring of lace. Chunks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass and lasted until the drink's end.

The aroma was very hoppy, yet also sweet, rich and incredibly balanced. Orange peel and spices came through strong (and possibly some potpourri-like notes) along with tropical fruits (mango and pineapple). Brown sugar was apparent as well. A slight booziness became more noticeable as the beer warmed. I was definitely anticipating this DIPA to have a stiff malt backbone.

The taste was quite similar to the aroma. Piney and fruity up front. Orange peel was quite noticeable mid-palate, along with peaches and apricots. The finish was hoppy and very piney with hints of grapefruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The ultra-dry, piney aftertaste left my tongue craving another sip. Very nicely balanced overall. As the beer warmed, a touch of brandy-like alcohol appeared.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied (slightly thinner than expected) with a fine yet lively carbonation. Rich, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Not only was this beer incredibly flavorful and well balanced (especially for a West Coast DIPA), but the 9% ABV was barely noticeable. Definitely a very drinkable example of the style.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Unquestionably one of the best DIPA's I have sampled to date.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32oz. growler purchased at New Beer in NYC into a big-ass mug.

A: Impressive. Pours with a nice frothy 3-finger head. This beer is so sticky that it literally leaves your glass "ribbed" as you sip (or gulp) it down. Honey amber color, similar to that of a maple leaf.

S: I wish I knew what each different hop smelled like, but these are ideal. It's more of a rustic aroma rather than a piny aroma. Also get a kick of honey and tree sap. Really nice aroma dissimilar to that of Sculpin or Pliny.

T: Earthy, rich, caramelly flavor that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Almost tastes oak-aged but not quite that woody/boozy.

M: Average. It doesn't add to the beer nor does it take away. It's not sticky or chewy like other DIPA's but rather thin. It sure helped me finish the 32oz. growler myself though!

D: Would pair well with many dinners. I had no problem taking this growler down alone.

Overall, a great score at the oh-so-esoteric New Beer. Bear Republic is at the top of my list for IPA's.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage, purchased at Mid Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington.

Poured a slightly hazy orange color, taking on a slightly lighter hue when held up to light. Featured foam was an inch or so of off-white head that dropped fairly quickly, leaving spotty lace.

Lots of grapefruit and pine notes in the nose. No mistaking this for a pale ale.

Surprisingly large malt flavor, but after a brief showcase moment, it’s then buried under a biblical deluge of citrusy hops. Dry hop zap at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that could use a little bit more carbonation. Besides the less than perfect appearance, it’s this beer’s only weak spot.

A DIPA that could only be improved in a meaningful way if it had a little more carbonation, I’m glad to have finally come across this beer. While not my favorite of the style, I’d definitely drink it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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 DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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 mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 2,165 ratings
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