Ungstrup (33772) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ClarkVV (5369) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Lightly hazed dark amber to bronze color with a full off white head. Albeit that there are different hops this still has a full citrus, primarily grapefruit aroma. Some melon and apricots also in the sniff. Certainly a IIPA scent. Fully and lightly oily and sometimes sticky body. Mild earthy malt components that are quickly swept aside by spiced stewed fruit and grapefruit. Finish is spicy with a nip of alcohol. Very drinkable, and better than typical as of late, IIPA.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Landmark 1850. Dark amber color. Smell of hops, caramel, grapefruit, spice, little rye and some flowers. Taste of malt, caramel, pine nuts, flowers, hops, citrus peal, grapefruit and brown sugar. Very sweet.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma islike someone across from you just stuck a spoon into a grapefruit half and nailed you. Taste is extreme citus fruit and sweet caramel,very odd in that your taste buds go back and forth between the hops and malt. Very full taste,yet a strangely light body. Hops tasted a little old. Top Notch stuff,wish I could try it a Healdburg
riversideAK (6049) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy amber body with a beige colored head. Aroma is hugely piney accompanied by a bitter fruitiness. Flavor is a mixture of some sour, bitter, and funky pine hops and some nice sweet fruity malt. Not as much hoppy resins in this IIPA as there are residual sugars. This is a big beer with alot of heavy malt and big hops.
thedm (5494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This draft brew from the Oregon Brewers festival poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a softly carbonated orange brown colored body. The nice aroma was hoppy floral and malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The yummy flavor contained notes of malt strong piney hops and floral. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again. Second best beer at the OBF IMHO.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Romans Pub. The beer pours to a reddish-amber body with an ultra-dense creamy off-white head. The aroma is pine and grapefruit mixed with caramel. The flavor is intensely caramelized and has a lingering bitter pine and grapefruit resin hop. Bready malts. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost chewy, with a nice balanced bitterness in all that resiny hop oil. The bitterness is complementary.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally. I can now die happy now that I finally got to try this beer. Sure, its travels made its way over here to the DC area but Racer X has always eluded me. On tap at Bear Republic - first thing I ordered upon entry. Pours a deep mahogany red with an off-white head. Excellent sharp, citrusy, piney PacNW hop nose. Flavor starts with notes of toffee/caramel and then a BLAST of piney/grapefruity PacNW juicy hop goodness; a C-hop orgy. Bitter, but not harsh, smooth. Full, round and creamy with medium carbonation. Outstanding.