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RATINGS: 592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 GABF2004... Poured a golden color with a small and sticky off white head and light lacing on the glass. Piney and citrusy hop aroma. Taste was lightly bitter, lots of citrus fruits including tangerine and grapefruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 On Tap- Healdsburg. Pours a slight orange with a fading white head. Tons of malt sweetness and a little thin on hops for the style (in my humble opion). BUt still pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Another fine draft from Obriens in San Diego. This was a huge hoppy beer with a distinct earthy and pine filled aroma. The appearance was dark orange with a moderate white head. Some oranges and grapefruit swimming around. The aftertaste has a sour effect. Good on ya!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Enjoyed at the Liar’s Club. Very similar to the racer 5 but with a more citrusy hop aroma and not as balanced. I don’t taste any more alcohol either. It goes down nicely, and is a good example of the style. Lots of hop flavor. Hop juice all the way. Pretty straight-forward. No complaints here.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
This beer was sampled at Obriens in honor of Shag’s visit to SoCal. This beer pours an ambery color with hints of golden to it and a medium white frothy head. The aroma is piney and hoppy. I mean its nothing that I havent smelled before aside from the fact that it smelled sticky. Now what i want to know is what the hell is up with that commercial description, because there was absolutely no malty balance in this beer whatsoever. I dont know what in the hell people are seeing here, but there was no balance! This was a syrupy, bitter, astringent, piney almost tough to finish beer. The bitterness was over-the-top, dry and hard to stand. I think that about says it now doesnt it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Ruddy, hazy appearance. Somewhat sticky, bloody aroma, with sweetish casts of papaya and grapefruit. Flavor is initially a bit too sweet fading to massive peach and apricot ministrations. Pecan syrup malts fade quickly, revealing an astringent, long-lived bitterness to finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Had this on tap, but this is a very bitter hoppy ale, I like it! Poured a golden color with a nice white head. Like I said, flavor is hopy!! but a great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 (Draft: Bear Republic Brewery in Healdsburg, CA & O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Starts off sweet and malty early on, but it’s not as strong as the bitter, grapefruity hops and the maltiness is quickly subjugated. The hops is bitter with a strong grapefruit flavor, especially in the finish. Lightly sticky palate, very smooth and creamy for such a big beer. Bit strong sweet orange-grapefruit aroma is just awesome! Hazy, light amber color. Off-white head pours to half an inch in height with subsurface bubbles clinging to the glass for ages. The head shows excellent retention with big fields of dense lace coating the glass. Not an over the top double IPA, but this is a damn fine beer that excels in every area.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
On tap at AHA NHC Vegas ’04 Nice clear copper color with good head and lacing. Lots of pine in the nose and flavor. There is a lot of citrus too. Chalky texture. Dry finish. Damn good beer that is balanced toward the hops!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
On tap@ O'brien's: Orange amber color with a small (bar pour) off white head. Sweet citrus nose. Flavor starts sweet (apricot) followed by light citrus (grapefruit) and finishing kinda fruity sweet (mango). A smooth well balanced double IPA.


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