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RATINGS: 596   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 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 (990) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
GABF 2007: This has been on my want list for some time now. Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. Big citrus and tangerine hop aroma. Caramel pokes through. The hops were nice and fresh. the flavor was a good balance of malt and fresh hops. Citrus and pine. big hoppy finish. Moderately bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Name: Racer X
Date: 10/13/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF

hazy dark gold, frothy beige head, sweet caramel and crystal malt aroma with lots of fruityness balanced by earthy hops, sweet fruity hop flavor enhanced by the sweet crystal malt, light earthy character adds some balance but stays in the background, lingering bitter finish,
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Date: 12/01/2007
Mode: draft
Source: strong ale fest

same crystal sweetness with a touch of pine,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2007
what a nice surprise (on tap at woodstock wine) sweet, fruity, with a hop edge, dimensionally balanced. Aroma halfway betwen fresh pine & fresh grass, flowery & defintie, along with caramel and a peppery note. robust amber with thin white head (drafts here always a little flat). I taste sweat and bitter at once, in different parts of my mouth-- pink grapefruit, carmel, peach, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Big hoppy bold beer here. Lots of malt, tons of hops, bold bitterness, full-bodied and well balanced. Good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
At Bailey’s Taproom, Portland. An unclear amber beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of hops and very grass, leading to a very bitter finish. nice 2XIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Darft: Poured a clear coppery color with a small ivory head. Aroma of peach, and orange. Grapefruit and pine dominate the taste with a medium mouth feel and a pleasant finish. A good lighter DIPA overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2007
I had this probably 3 years ago at Redbones one night when I was too drunk to fairly review the beer. I remember it being quite good back then, but never being able to find it again until now (I believe Publick House had it at one of their Hop Head Throwdowns between then and now, but I’ve never made it to one of those).
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 7/18/07
Copper-melon-amber colored beer, clear, with a one-finger beige head that sits well at cover, leaving minimal lacing.
Light pine perks up immediately in the nose, but before it can get too resinous or heavy, some lighter fruit notes (mango, pineapple, apple, cherry, orange) emerge and give it the complexity and aromatics expected in an upper tier DIPA. Some spicy wintergreen esters are noted as well, but before I’m completely satisfied with the aromatics, lots of (relatively speaking for the style) malt notes butt in. Sweet caramel malts and a fair amount of breadiness infringe on the hop aromatics, melding with the fruitiness to produce that peachy-melon-like sweetness that, when taken with hop bitterness and acidity, comes to fatigue my nose/palate rather quickly. White grapefruit and some alcohol dryness somewhat cleanse this sensation on the finish, creating a new, fresh, fruity experience with each new sniff. But it always ends too malty. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, no flaws.
Very bitter, piney-acidic bite to the beginning, with watermelon and cherry adding enjoyable flavors, but caramel malt and dry, bready, earthen notes distracting/detracting too much from the hops. Some alcohol burn in concert with the hop acids on the finish. It’s too pine/resin heavy up-front, which dosent allow the softer fruity notes to shine and becomes too sweet through the middle, ending on too much bitterness and alcohol. Still, it’s fairly enjoyable and flawless. Carbonation is low, not terribly tight.

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