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RATINGS: 597   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Stone. Pours golden/ deep orange with thin white foamy head. Strong piny citruy nose. Very smooth for this DIPA style. Great citrus/pine hop punch. Fantastic DIPA!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7777) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Very resinous hop aroma with floral and piny notes. The flavor is surprisingly balanced, with floral and piny hop notes on top of toasty/sweet malts. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
sample : RNH: very, very interesting brew. Pours an attractive, warm copper leaving a finger of wet head. I smell and taste some thin caramels and the esters are very high despite the average ABV. Honestly reminds me of a low peat scotch... not very hoppy?! which betrays the style...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Hand bottle from growler. Pours copper with a lasting off white head. Smells of resiny hops, some sweet citrus, peppery. Tastes resiny and bitter with some sweet citrus, hints of caramel, and a semi-sweet finish.

   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 (13518) - 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 (1288) - 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.

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