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RATINGS: 559   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


2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
stevusmagnus (22) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2005
I bought this beer because Racer X was on the tap. I used to watch Speed Racer as a kid and so I decided to try this beer. It was my first experience with an IPA and will be my last. It was like drinking a bitter heavy foamy mess. No thanks!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2005
(draft, Toronado) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (cantalope), floral. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, cantalope, some cherry, alcohol well hidden. Medium-full body with some stickiness.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Had on tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Very clean, fragrant, floral, minty aroma which is the high point of this one. Crystal clear orangey appearance with a soft, off-white head. Good bitterness in this one with some subtle citrusy notes, with some minty accents and a bit of back end nuttiness. thickish mouthfeel. Overall, very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
This is a good beer I was able to get on tap at the Toronado in San francisco. Lots of good flavor and a nice golden flavor. I’ve been wanting to try this one for awhile and it was worth getting it. Very hoppy and yummy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Draft. Dark amber with very little head. Grapefruit aroma and flavor with some smooth malt backing. Some tannins and grassiness present that may just be this batch, but it takes something away and means it’s nice, but could be better. One of my lower rated IIPA’s

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - AUG 6, 2005
dark amber pour, with a white head. great piney aroma, some alcohol, resiny sweetness. a nice full bodied, balanced (for a iipa), strong ale. i love double ipas and this is a good example of one

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2005
This one is a whopper. Big hoppy aroma with a bit of pine, much darker coloring, and a small, dark head. Flavor is not straight hops, but a bit more floral. Alcohol is nicely masked. Mouthfeel is thick, almost like syrup. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
i love the combination of the almost piney and sweet flavors in this beer. additionally, the taste lingers after you are done. Good head and wonderful dark amber coloring!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
I had this on tap at the Capitol Ale House Innsbrook location. This came out with a deep amber body with about an inch off white foam on top. The head stayed around for a bit lacing the glass with rings foamy lace. As the glass was put in from of me I could smell the huge citric and floral aromas rising up and a strong pine scent. Surprisingly there was a slight fruity sweetness lurking about to tame the hops a bit. Taste was of strong citric hoppiness with underlying fruit notes. Quite an excellent smack of hops to the face with a refreshing sweetness keeping it from going overboard. A nice hoppy bitter aftertaste ended this awesome brew off. Great mouthfeel with a nice coating hoppiness and a creamy feel to it. This has awesome drinkability as I went through about 4 or 5 23 ounce glasses of this and still wanted more. I was surprised how much more balanced this was than I expected but it worked out nicely. This is one of the best double IPA’s out there it packs a strong hoppiness without completely shredding your palette. It listed this as 7.8% there not the 9%, I believe it was closer to 7.8% considering that I was still pretty functional after so many.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Draught, Falling Rock. Head is mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot, orange), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty nice for this brewery.


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