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RATINGS: 600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 – SILVER
2009 San Diego International Beer Competition – 2nd
2009 West Coast Beer Fest - GOLD

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3708) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold hue, with a bubbly layer of off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet & fruity esters, floral perfume, then a seasoned/aged scent to the malt that seemed to combine with alcohol to form a BW scent. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste added a moderate, earthy bitterness that was mellowed some by a touch of malt & esters sweetness. Felt some alcohol, but altogether, didn’t come off as bold as I would’ve expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (533) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2015
From a growler off the tap at Hop Yard Raleigh. Pours clear orange-gold with a large soapy off-white head that leaves lacing and hangs out awhile. Aroma is very fresh - orange citrus, vanilla... Taste hits with mildly sweet caramel malt and citrus before fading into strong pine flavors over a biscuity malt bed. Resolves into grapefruit citrus and quite a hoppy bitterness. Some notes of vanilla. Alcohol is reasonably well-disguised, though the finish is dry, bitter and pleasantly warming. Much less sweet than a typical American DIPA. Hit me like a ton of bricks too. Bazinga!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1301) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a bright vibrant orange. The aroma is strong sweet hops, bold and inviting. The taste is top notch. The hops blend perfectly to give a great taste with little bitterness that is welcome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2015
1/22/15. 22oz bottle from the FWB Chan’s. Generally speaking, I feel like this could be hoppier, maybe fresher... I don’t have the bottle in my hand, but I saw it was "best by" sometime in mid-February when I poured. It was sitting out on a room temp shelf, though. Hazy orange pour with a nice off-white head, great lacing. Still a nice aroma, just a little more biscuity/crackery than I was expecting. Otherwise a nice hop aroma, pine, lots of citrus, candied orange peel - it doesn’t punch you in the face (at least this bottle), which is almost a nice change of pace from all the EXTREME hops out there these days. Nice flavor, again more malt presence than I was thinking, crackery/biscuity, lots of grapefruit and orange, some pine lingers. Alcohol is hidden well, though the mouthfeel is plenty rich and hints at it being a double. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1708) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Orange pour, small white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, bit of malt and pot. Flavor is caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange, and pot. Sweet and hoppy, well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3503) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle, 10C. BB 24/3/15. Slightly hazy amber with a fluffy cream head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of nectarines, orange, grapefruit, bread, a slightly boozy menthol note. Just getting towards sticky, lowish carbonation. Sweet with some caramel, but mainly stone fruit and bread with citrus, some tropical fruit and creeping pine. Dries out a little at the end with very firm but not harsh bitterness. Another really good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a solid gold with an off-white head and lots of lacing. It has a great aroma of resin, pine, and lots of malt. The flavor is strong hops up front with a malty backbone and bittersweet finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at City Beer. Wow on the nose, a bit rough on the tongue but all in all a top end double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2577) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Best by 2/24/15 bomber. Kind of a long time want. Racer 5 was one of the first IPAs I had, never saw X in Chicago, but I guess it’s in Dallas this time of year. Very centennial hopish. Kind of grassy floral hops. Bitter, sweet malt for an IPA. Similar to racer 5. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (1044) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
On draft at Rattle and Hum, NYC. Clearly this beer is pushing the red line with a high IBU and fueled with a high ABV. I felt I was steered wrong as this was a bit over-hyped. To me it does not finish in the winner’s circle for the style.

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