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RATINGS: 591   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Hazy amber-red colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is herbal with a bright sweet orange/lemon esters. Very light cloviness, fruity apricot and a bit of light malty sweetness. Very bright citrus/fruity sweetness. Very soft bitterness but still showing lots of rich orangey character. Mango, pineapple and a lovely orange/papaya character. Really tasty IIPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
On tap - David Copperfields NYC. This beer was almost identical for me to Arrogant Bastard. A very tart grapefruit aroma and taste, and an extremely hoppy taste. Starting to enjoy this type of beer, shame it was my last day in USA!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Pour on tap, hazy orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of nice pine, grapefruit, orange, biscuit, touch of grass, nice orange marmalade notes, going into caramel, toffee, some earth and spicy tones. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, orange marmalade going into bitter grapefruits, some sweet tropical fruit, pine, grass into earth, slight spice with some caramel, toffee, finishing bitter, dry. Nice.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Green Dragon. Unfiltered glowing golden yellow color. Extremely caustic and peppery hop nose, oily and dank, but also fusel and plastic-like. Hugely thick and viscous, overdone to the point of being a bother to drink. Crusty bread and scorched orange juice along with a metallic fusel quality keep this one from being great. No doubt the bitterness is extreme and the orange and lemon citrus notes are nice enough, but the stale pine wood and fusel/plastic qualities keep me from really liking this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
On tap from Half Time: Powerful orange and grapefruit hop aroma propels its pungent perfume onto the prevalent caramel and honey sweetness...The lip-smacking, heavy body even presents some cherries and a resinous hop finale...A quintessential example of this West Coast style...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrSilverworm (8548) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2011
On tap at Jackie-Os, $5 for a tumbler. ABV listed as 8.3%. Mildly hazy amber color, nice, super-dense-looking off-white head. Nose-smell is awesomely hoppy. Lots of lace. Now, this is a unique aroma... Hops have a very tropical fruity taste, also resiny and a bit spicy. Really light, crisp carbonation, but a big body with no viscosity. Great texture. Aftertaste has a good length to it for which to appreciate the unique hop aroma. My burps taste delicious. The malt balance in this is wonderful, it makes this maybe more sweet than bitter, yet the brew refrains from being syrupy in any way. Really damn good... I’d really like to find this bottled some day, something to compete with the old standby, Stone Ruination...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Draft. Pours hazy coppery with off-white head. Nose is piney hops, mango, tangerine. Tastes assertively hoppy with caramel malt, tangerine, and honeydew notes. Hefty, complex palate. This one is outstanding.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
2011-11-19. Crisp dark amber orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Flavour is lovely, pleasant hoppy bitterness, mild citrus and resin, well balanced and flavours work very well together. 7+ Smooth medium to full bodied palate with soft carbonation. Aroma is a touch muted at first, modest resiny hops come out once you get into it. 7+ Dangerously drinkable, it is not super complex but rather lovely. I have been waiting to try this one for a while now. Draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
On tap at Rattle & Hum. Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a medium white head. Pine, citrus, malt, and a hint of vanilla. Very light carbonation. Finishes with a really long grapefruit and quinine bitterness. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
On tap at Najas, enjoyed with Kosko20. Pours with a hazy glowing orange body and a creamy white head with good retention and phenomenal lacing Aroma is floral, citrus, spicy and exotic fruit hops, hops and hops. Taste is hops with notes of mango and maybe even papaya and strawberry, balanced beautifully with a brown sugar maltiness. Long duration with lots of fruitiness provided by the hops. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles. Well hidden alcohol. Greatly crafted beer!


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