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RATINGS: 601   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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Oregon Brewers Festival 2007
Deep amber color with a thin head. The beer was strong to the nose with hops and the beer was very tasty. This was a hop heads dream come true. A great IPA with complex flavors and the malts where strong. This was not a beer for the faint of heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Pours with a 1 finger head, creamy smooth fine bubbles that cling to the glass. Amber color. Great hoppy aroma. Wonderful hop taste and aroma, but low bitterness. Medium to heavy body. Tastes similar to the Hop Red I just had at Green Flash, not quite as good, because but a little less hoppy. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2007
On tap at the Stone Bistro. Pours a slightly hazy, deep ruddy caramel color with a thick, meringue like head of off-white. Lots of ruby red grapefruit, red pine needles, and cherry gumdrops in the nose. Heavy on the malt sweetness, but lots of piney bitterness and a hint of citrus as well. Medium-full bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of chewy caramelly malt starts out the palate, dextrinous and full of fruity honey - notes of strawberry and cherry come to mind. As the bready malt sweetness diminishes, it’s taken over by a wave of spicy, herbal, hop bitterness; lots of pine flavors with some earthy white grapefruit pith. Loads of hop bitterness, but the malt profile is really the complexity highlight for this brew, as the bitterness is really never able to overcome the honey caramel fruity sweetness of the body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours a hazy, dark orange with enormous, creamy off-white head that sticks like spackle to the glass. I swear, I can still feel the head in y stomach. Good ol’ California IPA hop goodness aroma smacks your nose and gets the taste buds worked up. Grapefruit, pine, yadda yadda yadda. Flavors are to die for. Not too thick like a lot of IIPA’s are and is actually refreshing and crisp. This is a dangerous beer for the alcohol! Is it in there? I don’t know. Right up there with Dreadnaught, DFH 90 Minute and Big Eddy IIPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3180) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Shazaam! Killer beer. Having a tap of this very tasty beer at Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse, Wisconsin USA. Poured with a great foamy, frothy huge light tan head. Plenty of lace. Nice dark honey amber color, slightly hazy. Nice nose - plenty of hops, piney, a bit of bread and citrus. Nice mouth. Not too much carbonation. Long bitter finsih complemented by some malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
On tap @ Pizza Plant Walker . williamsville NY. Finally this hit WNY. Beautiful hop monster. Citrusy, piney DIPA. Relativly easy to drink. Thought the alcohol would have been stronger luckily it wasnt. Great brew hope we see more of it here

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 On tap @ Downtown Johnny Brown. Not you traditional IIPA. Pours a golden amber with a thin white head. Aroma of pine and citrus, and beieve it or not, FROOT LOOPS. Flavors of hops yes but very well balanced. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 28, 2007
On tap at Dublin Sports Pub - Yet another great beer from the stable of Bear Republic. It seems that whatever these guys touch is gold. This DIPA is one friggin’ excellent beer. The color is a deep amber/reddish color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, high on the hop character with graperuits and pines abound. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly thick with a light feel. Flavor is piney, yes, mostly citrus but this is a rare breed of DIPA where the hoppyness doesn’t wear down the taste buds. This seems incredibly sessionable (if a DIPA were ever to be sessionable). Good stuff!

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