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RATINGS: 553   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draft at Hop Devil. Pours an amber copper body with a mostly white head. Aroma is sweet hoppy pine and some grapejuice. Flavor is good but the malt character offends the hops slightly. This is great but next to pliny which I compared it couldn’t stand up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Shaker glass on draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Pour is copper / amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of big hops (could smell them as they were setting the glass down). Lots of orange and grapefruit as well as pine resin hops. The taste has the same big hop taste, with the pine taking leads, and a really nice soft citrus (orange mostly) taste taking the middle through to the finish. Decently big malt backbone lends really nice balance and palate to this beer. The sweetness is really takes a nice edge of off the hop bitterness in this one. Insanely drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Great surprise to see on draft @ Buckeye Beer Engine: Brew pours a lustrous orange/amber. You can smell this beer across the table! Aroma is deliciously intense fresh-squeezed citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is just as intense, with grapefruit, pine, and resins rounding out on the palate. Not too bitter, but full-flavored with an impressive finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Growler pours a hazy amber color with off white head. Aroma is amazing - citrus, pine, and hopfields in August come to mind. Mouthfeel is medium and is very well carbonated. Tastes like sweet grapefruit with hoppy resins sticking to every part of my mouth. This is a great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. Arrives a deep orange-amber, sporting a thick beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is seriously hoppy, pine resins, and dusty herbs, with citrus fruits and nints of caramel. Good malt backbone, more of the citrus fruits with lots of evergreen and pine, big and bold - a good solid DIPA. Medium to full body with bracing carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davelovesbeer (3) - USA - MAY 23, 2008 does not count
Currently can be found at Pyzano’s Pizza in Castro Valley. Awesome hoppy beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Tap at Capone’s. Cloudy, dark orange color with a medium head. Spicy citrus hops with some balancing caramel malt. A little too much balance to call it a standard west coast IIPA. Finishes with a pleasant spiciness that was a little bit earthy. Fairly sweet, but not cloying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On draught at Callahan’s in San Diego. This brew is a clear and lustrous bronze color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of piney, resinous hops and grapefruit along with notes of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with an assertively hopped character that is balanced well by sweet grainy malt. Touches of caramel are present, and the alcohol slips in every once in awhile too. The finish is bitter with a lingering piney hops flavor. Good all around.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2008
On tap at Capone’s. Turbid dark amber with a sticky white head and lots of lace. Straight up grapefruit with a smidgen of caramel or toasted character for balance (whatever). The flavor switched over to pine. Very sharp, but wonderful long lasting bitterness. Full body. Average carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Yum. Thanks Matt for this hookup!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Pours a golden amber with two finger off white head. Nose is floral and resin hops, as is the flavor, with a bit of caramel malt. Very solid IIPA.


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