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RATINGS: 589   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 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 (9175) - 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 (1867) - 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 (1640) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
Draft. Pours a dirty murky thick light ice tea color. Malty aroma mixed with citrus hop aroma. The flavors were the same with smooth citurs, lemon, pine notes danceing throughout. Sweet bitter fruity finish.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (585) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a bronze hue with a large two finger which fades into tons of lacing, slightly hard to see through. S- Super hoppy and sweet with a mixture of predominant pine flavor and underlying grapefruit notes...absolutely exquisite. T- Taste is very reminiscent of Pliny the Elder but possibly better balanced. Lots of malt which dulls the hop bitterness but there is a good amount of hoppiness in flavor. M- Thick with a lot of carbonation. D- This is an absolutely amazing DIPA and a pleasure to drink, perhaps a bit thick for more than one but it’s amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4546) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft at Firewaters. Pours a deep clear amber with an average size foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops, amber malts, grain, rye and alcohol. Flavor of citrus, grapefruit rind, bread and maltiness. Palate is super dry. Sorry but this couldn’t even hold a candle to the Unearthly or 90 minute that I drank right after this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus, and just all around nice and hoppy. Tastes of pine, citrus, with some caramel. Definitely more hoppy than malty! Very nice hop bomb.


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