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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7061) - 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 (8885) - 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 (4294) - 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 (167) - , 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 (20892) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Pours deep golden yellow to orange with a lacng white head. Mild spiced and fruit hoppy arma. Flavour is rather spiced and dense hops fruity. Strong bitterness coming up into the finish. Spiced and hoppy lasting flavours.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2008
On tap @ Buckeye Beer Engine: Pours a hazy copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, earthy notes, pine, and some sweet caramel in the background. Flavor, caramel, up front, earthy and piny hops, some citrus, biscuit and pale malt flavors, and the finish has a big pine and earthy hop kick, lots of bitterness. I loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8989) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Draft. Pours hazy coppery with off-white head. Nose is piney hops, mango, tangerine. Tastes assertively hoppy with caramel malt, tangerine, and honeydew notes. Hefty, complex palate. This one is outstanding.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 On tap at Brew Kettle. They just replaced the Racer 5 keg with Racer X and I was very happy because the X was a damn good, hoppy beer. The color is cloudy amber with a delicious hop aroma. The flavor is of hops, hops, with a little hops to finish it off. Nice balance.


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