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RATINGS: 570   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8575) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Hazy amber-red colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is herbal with a bright sweet orange/lemon esters. Very light cloviness, fruity apricot and a bit of light malty sweetness. Very bright citrus/fruity sweetness. Very soft bitterness but still showing lots of rich orangey character. Mango, pineapple and a lovely orange/papaya character. Really tasty IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2008
On tap at City Beer, SF. Fiery orange brew with a small tapioca colored head. Aroma is tropical fruit; not the traditional nose for the style. Peach, mango, guava, and candied sugar. Hops are definitely present in the flavor but not as prominent as one would expect. Toffee, caramel, and honey all contribute to this beer’s underlying sweetness. Just a bit too much for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Clear amber - offwhite head. Cookies, light malty sweetness, knækbrød,swedish flatbread, fruity, wet grass, high hoppy, lots of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Draft @ Green Drago. Pours a dense, clear orange-amber color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of crisp, earthy bitterness, candy sugar, and red fruits in the aroma; a touch hollow. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried fruits, oranges, and earthy bitterness; solid, tongue-numbing hop presence with a nicely balancing, viscous, orange-dominated core; quite good and generous with minimal astringency. Lengthy finish: earthy / citrus bitterness, and dried fruits; dry bitterness and candy sugar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6265) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Draft at The Green Dragon, on the last night of its independence before assimilation into Rogueness. God, this is an uncompromising and delicious beer. Pours hazy bright orange with a dense, creamy, light tan head. Enormous sparklingly fruity nose. Apricot, mango, plenty of candied grapefruit. Thick, creamy body. Not the least bit sticky or syrupy though. Creamy, enveloping, coating. Fruits give way to a ripping resinous bitterness at the end--churning maelstrom of alpha acids and hop oils scour the back of your tongue as it slides off. Takes you where it wants to take you, right down the line. Yum.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Green Dragon. Unfiltered glowing golden yellow color. Extremely caustic and peppery hop nose, oily and dank, but also fusel and plastic-like. Hugely thick and viscous, overdone to the point of being a bother to drink. Crusty bread and scorched orange juice along with a metallic fusel quality keep this one from being great. No doubt the bitterness is extreme and the orange and lemon citrus notes are nice enough, but the stale pine wood and fusel/plastic qualities keep me from really liking this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3470) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
From a tap pour at the Bear Republic brewpub in Healdsburg, CA this came a cloudy copper color with small off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is of hops, mostly pine with some citrus and flowers, backed up by caramel malts. Good rich mouthfeel but not cloying. Flavor is bitter with hops dominating. Long bitter finish dominated by hops. A delight for a hop head like me.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2008
had this at hop devil. beer was fantastic and packed plenty of punch, would highly recommend this one

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
Draught @ Horse Brass Pub, Portland. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty very hoppy bitter grapefruit aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor with grapefruit hints. Has a malty hoppy bitter finish with a long hoppy bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2008
damn good beer lots of great hop aromas and flavors wish this were available in florida


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