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RATINGS: 586   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4243) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pours a medium amber color. Thin white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor is similar--a little sweeter than you would expect from many IPAs, but it works in this case. Lots of grapefruit and piney hops. Nice clean finish. Very well balanced and a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1960) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
On tap at The Gate. Golden copper orange (it was dark in there) with lasting head (which I asked for) and lotsa lace. Very hoppy citrus piney aroma. NIcely toasted malty flavor with lots of fresh hops flower flavor and bitterness with nice hoppy finish. Medium-full body. The flavors all come together nicely. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, florals, grass, and orange peel. Flavor of hops (citrus, pine) and caramel malt.

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