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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
On tap @ Hopdevil Grill. Amber color with a piney citrus aroma that awakens the senses. Flavor is a wonderful piney-citrus-sticky-sweet hop mix that really comes to the table. Not much malt here, but its in no way unbalanced for a DIPA. Impeccable mouthfeel - best new beer in the style for me in some time. Wonderfully sweet - this one went way too fast. Brilliant example of the style in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear brown. Bursting hop aroma with flowers, orange and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty sweet; a little more so than the hops can rightly dominate. Bitter and flavorful hops play with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty nice stuff, but not the target dipa for me. (3.7) Rerate: Draught at the red. Orange/amber color with a sticky head. Oily, citrus and sap aroma that screams fresh, juicy hops. The flavor has a moderate malt sweetness that is pretty pale, with some light caramel and toasted malt. The hops are very green and oily, with a strong Orange/grapefruit and light tropical flavor. Bitterness is pretty modest in balance with the malt sweetness, just enough to win out in the end. Medium-full body with tight carbonation. Nice oily and citrucy DIPA. The balance makes this pretty drinkable as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11766) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
On tap @ Bistro 8th Annual DIPA Fest poured a clear copper with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of pine, carmel and citrus. Palate was medioum bodied and smooth with a drey fin ish. Flavors of carmel, orange, grapefruit rind and light pine with a smooth lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Tap@O’Brians herbs, floral, a minimal head, very bitter, somewhat astringent long finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Yes, finally get to try this on tap. Pours hazy orange-copper with a short but thick off-white head. Resin, pine, white pepper, and cake batter-like malt in the aroma. Sweet malt and candy grapefruit taste up front that rapidly progresses into a full-body hoppiness. Lots of grapefruit mixed with the sticky resin. Apricot, tangerine, and malt come through along with this towards the finish. It maintains its hoppy bittersweetness to the end without falling out of balance. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2258) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at Naja’s. Copper color with an off-white 1 finger head. Dense foam leaves good lacing. Bitter hops in the nose with a balancing sweetness. Taste starts out with sweet malt flavors and then undergoes a very linear metamorphosis into huge hop bomb territory. Pine and grapefruit blister the tongue, along with a hint of orange zest and pineapple similar to YuleSmith. Smooth and dynamic enough to keep one interested. Nice rich body. Very drinkable if hop monsters are your thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Somebody below said it had a touch of pine. I disagree. There is more than a touch. It’s like licking the pine tree. I certainly could have used some other dimensions in the hopping, but if they were going for pine, they got it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 Pours a deep amber color with about a 1" head. The head is dense and laces the entire glass on the way down. Not a very strong nose to this Dipa. Smells of hops, and some tangy citrus. Taste big hops up front, bitter, sweet, grassy. Sweetens on the back of the tongue and throat with some citrus flavors, grapefruit etc. Palate is thickish. The carbonation doesn’t do it for me, not enough. Drinkable for 9.0% but not my favorite DIpa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest ’07. Somewhat a step up from the Racer 5 for me. Although not much activity was going on in my head at this point in the afternoon of tastings, I do remember ranting about the hops load on this one. Stanky, sticky aroma of resiny hops, and sugary malts. Plenty of balance going on here, with lots of citrus notes in the flavor. Dry finish that keeps the flavor going for a while. Good stuff right here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2007 PP SAF: Coppery hue with small head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pine, resin, and leafy hops, grapefruit ester, biscuity and caramel malt. The taste has a twangy acidic fruit and piney bitterness over a blanket of soft and sweet grains. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting with a warming finish. Very nicely balance and drinkable.

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