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RATINGS: 600   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 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 (34327) - 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 (5787) - Boston, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5604) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2007
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2007
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.

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