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RATINGS: 560   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Not the best Imperial / Double IPA, but a nice effort. As a session beer, I actually prefer the 5.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2003
Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer has a clear amber color on the pour with a modest sized head that is semi-creamy in texture and an off white color, with a decent sheet of lace to cover the glass. The nose is dominated by the hop floral aroma with sweet malt at the back, crisp and clean to the senses, start is sweet with a nice malt profile, top is middling in feel. Finish is delectable in its acidity and the hops pronounced in their spiciness with a bitter-sweet aftertaste that lingers on long after the beer is gone, had a few of these, yummy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Had at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Nice clear reddish brown color. Very small head with little lacing. The aroma are mainly hops, pine, citrus dominate. Also detected some grassey notes. Flavor is hops all the way! Great piney, fresh bitterness all the way through the taste and swallow. Very nice balancing sweetness after the swallow. Long finish. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3433) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Amber with a very slight haze. Smooth and very creamy. Wonderful hop flavors and aromas. Sharp, assertive, piney and citric. Very enjoyable to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2003
GABF 2003: Clear amber color with no head. big pine and grassy aromas with some flowers. I couldn't stop sniffing this one. Oily, syrupy mouthfeel (in a good way) Sweetness beats out the hops in the end. Long aftertaste where the hops come back.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2003
Pours a caramel brown with a white lacy head. Sweet floral hoppy aroma. Body is fairly complex and decently balanced. Light alcoholic burn is present in the finish. A drinkable and good double IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Golden brown color with moderate head. Hoppy aroma with some chocolate though I inhaled some and it burned my nose so there must have been some pepper in there too. Malts begin to attack along with all of the massive hops with a slight undertone of cocktail, fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Cask at the RAF 2003: Piney hop aroma, little bit of cedar as well. . . Airy - Light and fluffy like a cloud. Amazing balance on the palate - large hops scream out in the aroma, but are calm and pleasant like a gorgeous spring day when tasted.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2003
This one gets a perfect score for aroma because the aroma was that of the most delectable marijuana. I mean this one smelled expensive! Anyway, very hoppy but very malty. "A great session ale", not too intense. Worked for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
Cask at RAF '03. Nice ruby red with little head. Nose is hoppy--Cascade-y grapefruit thing. Flavor was surprisingly well balanced, with sweet smokey and chocolatey malts balancing out a strong citric hop profile.


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