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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
Draught at Najas Place. Pours dark brown-mahogany with an average, creamy, off-white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, bread), heavy hop (perfume, flowers, pine, citrus), average yeast (sweat) with notes of light alcohol and oak. Full bodied, creamy and alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2009
Growler courtesy of RyanC84 shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store. Pours a deep golden amber with a decent off-white head that lasts quite a while and leaves decent lacing. The aroma is not nearly as overpoweringly hoppy as I was expecting. There are citrus hops up front in the nose but there are also lots of bready malts in the background as well. The taste follows the aroma with a massive citrus hop kick up front supported by the big sweet malts backbone. The finish was interesting for me as there was a bit of hop bitterness but there was also a slight peppery spiciness on the palate as well. Not sure if that’s a function of the type of hops or what, but I definitely got a little bit of spiciness. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy for the style and the soft carbonation just accentuated the smooth mouthfeel. This is great DIPA, though not world class for me. The interesting spiciness of the hops and smooth mouthfeel really do differentiate it in my book and make it a very unique take on the style.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Third beer served at Naja’s IPA Fest. Just unbelievably good. Nose has sharp hops veiled behind orange peels and cream. A great fresh hop patina surrounds both aroma and flavor. Tastes like it smells, but brimming with bright hops with no afterburn. The rare dubs that has a hoppy sweetness (like a perfect cask IPA) but is also quite up front about hops. Creamy floral goodness that I could drink often.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2009
Amber pour with a fluffy off white head. Piney aroma. Citrus and grapefruit dominate the flavor for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
Draft at Tyler’s in Durham. A bit boozy in the aroma but it’s not bad. Lots of pine and citrus in this one and a sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Must try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2009
Draught at Flying Saucer with JCB and Immy. Pours a translucent copper orange with a one finger yellowish head. The nose is fruity, citrusy, pungent hop aroma, mild sweetness. Flavor is very resinous and hoppy, fruity, citrus peel. I enjoyed this more the first half of the pint than the second. After a while it started to get a mild astringency to it that I didn’t care for. Overall I really enjoyed the brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draught at Tylers with JCB. This basically tastes like Racer 5 on steroids. Kind of basic--pine and citrus dominate, and the alcohol stands out a little more than it needs to. Felt a little heavy for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer, Raleigh, this beer poured a nice copper color. There was a 1 1/2 finger white head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was dominated by pine and citrus. I was expecting this beer to be very bitter but it was not. There was a substainial malt backbone that helped blanace the beer very well. The carbonation was just right to make this beer go down easy. This is a fantastic IIPA and should be had when you can find it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
On tap at Tyler’s, Carrboro, in the company of the powerful Turdferguson. Okay, NC is officially spoiled with shit like this on tap all over the place. Not only that, but the Big Black song dedicated to this enigmatic cartoon character is a good one to get stuck in your head. So it’s got the same pleasantly floral aroma as the Racer 5, but a somewhat more vibrant body and a stickier taste. Sweet in the way that Hop Stoopid is, but the full mouthfeel prevents anything from becoming cloying. Lively hops, abundant flavors, killer DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2009
Crazy hops, of course, and a wonderful copper color. A little sweet for my taste, more east coast than west coast. Still quite delicious, although not as good for the style as Racer 5 is.


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