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RATINGS: 593   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 Tap at Stone 13th Anniversary Celebration. Pours a golden brown with little head. Nose is sweet pine hopes. Flavors a mostly pine hops, sweet malts, alcohol. This one is a little out of balance with the alcohol but a decent hop profile with a nice malt balance. Resampled and the hops and citrus flavors were a lot better. Mouth is nicely carbinated too. A lot better the 2nd time around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Growler via trade. Props Kyle. Huge, fluffy head with great lacing. Floral/piney hop nose. Piney, resiny hop flavor with banana, clove, and biscuity malt. Chewy iipa. Verrrry gooood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
sbruno (6) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2009 does not count
Extremely hoppy IPA for 9%. Friend who loves IPAs gives it a 7.5, but for me, who isn’t typically an IPA lover, simply doesn’t like it...way too strong/bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12951) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Tap at Sacramento Brewing Company. Snifter. Orange amber pour with a creamy beige head you can draw designs in. Strong aroma of citrus, and maybe resin, hop. Medium plus body with fine carbonation. Flavor is burning hop over roasted malt. Finishes with slightly harsh bitter. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Wowsa! A marked improvement over the alread-excellent Racer 5 classic. This beer has very big, crisp hop explosion up front followed by dominant, smooth malt sweetness. The maltiness is the big star here! One of the better California IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 11, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Had this at the brewery. Too citrusy. Not as good as their regular IPA. Alcohol dominates it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 13/10/2007 Very hoppy and fruity aroma. Clear golden coloured hoppy and fruity grapefruit flavour. Crisp and bitter lasting finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Draft at Capone’s. Poured a darker amber with an orange hue. A medium amount of slightly off white head slowly dissipated leaving a nice show of lacing on the glass. Nose was a blend of citrus (especially oranges), flowers, and hops. Taste was light citrus, pine, hops, and oranges. Finish was a wet, orangey bitter. Wow is what I can say to this brew. Not big on IPAs at all, but this was tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Tap at Capones. Dark amber pour .Great aromatic beer with subtle but great flavor notes alcohol content is well hidden. Great IIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2009
22oz Bierkraft bottle. Pours a thick, dark, copper/orange with a frothy white head leaving quite sticky lacking. Wet wood, musty hops and pine initially on the nose. Orange juice, wet bread, and lighter citrus rind as well. Some catty notes emerge as the beer warms. Flavor is quite sweet. Bread crust, caramel and crystal malt lead the way for the malt profile. Hops seem a bit... off. Slightly musty and catty. A bit of bright citrus and pine but not too much. Medium to full bodied... slightly sticky. Average carbonation with a nondeScript hop bite on the finish. Decent but totally unspectacular. The hops just taste... weird. Thanks Jonathan!

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