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RATINGS: 560   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 on cask at the Night of the Living Ales 07. i really enjoyed this on cask. very fresh hop flavor balanced nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Tap. Tasted better than I remebered it. Very nice floral nose, very well balanced falvors of floral hops, citrus, malts and even some caramel. Actually less of a hop bomb than the Racer 5 but more complex.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DYCSoccer17 (3319) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4 ounce sample from Bistro’s IIPA Fest. This was the 3rd beer I tasted at the festival. Musty, earthy, orangey citrus hops in the nose with some mild hempiness in the background, too. A light sweetness balances the mustiness in the nose. Transparent amber body with a smallish off-white head. Some earthy hop flavors are present in the start, although it is somewhat ill-defined. Chewy, roasty malts with some mild sweetness in the middle. Some strange musty, swampy flavors come in late with a bit of an ethanol presence. This is very ordinary and doesn’t really jive for me. I’ll take Racer 5 over this, thank you.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2007
On tap at Toronado. I’m a huge Racer 5 fan, this was disappointing. Great looking beer, nice amber color with off white head. Aroma is of hop hop hop, taste is of overpowering bitterness with no sweetness offsetting it. Failed IIPA IMHO.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Fruity and citrusy hops. Grapefruit and orange. Hoppy and malty flavor. Sweet. Caramel roasty notes. The finish is nice and bitter. Well balanced with malt and hops. Full bodied. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 3, 2006
On Tap @ Liars Club: somewhat dark, with a nice head. Taste is very sweet, but very drinkable. Not as good as Racer 5 in my opinion, but good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
Nice dark pour, with hops, and more hops, actually thought the Alc. Cont. was higher, but it was on an empty stomach..lol. Abit of resin, citrus, but pretty easy drinking for the style, great sample. On tap at Hollingshead’s

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutsRights (10) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Delicious and sweet (moreso than Racer 5, which is good in its own right). It’s strength is masked by the aforementioned factors. Similar to YuleSmith but not quite there. On tap at Anthill Pub at UC Irvine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the pub. Light brown body with a small tan head. hoppy aroma with a nice dose of bitterness in the ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 21, 2006
On tap at the BR brewpub 2/18/06. Poured a rich amber color with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma with some sweet fruity, citrus notes. Flavor is well balanced with a nice bitter hoppiness and notes of citrus and malt. Great mouth feel! A very nice IIPA.


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