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RATINGS: 586   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


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
On tap at Triangle Wine Co. Pours clear amber with a white head. Aroma is huge piney and citrus hops. Taste is similar. There might be a little maltiness here but it’s almost totally hoppy bitterness. Full body, thick and slightly creamy texture. This is an excellent Imperial IPA that is easy to drink as well. It isn’t earth-shattering but very well done.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CObiased (85) - - MAR 19, 2015
This beer a deep hazy golden with a touch of copper and a fluffy rich head. The aroma is less intense than I thought but yet still full of citrus, pine resin, bitter rind and a whiff of sweet malt. On the palate it's a huge blast of bitter hop goodness. The 8.3 ABV is virtually non-existent amongst the hop layers and light caramel malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2408) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 6, 2015
This is a hop bomb. Poured from a bomber. Big pine/resin hop character, caramel, soft bready malt.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhilJackson80 (437) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 4, 2015
22 oz bottle. Tasted on 3/4/15. Bottle from LoneStar Liquor. Aroma has caramel, pine & resin. Taste is smooth & balanced with a very nice overall flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2422) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
APPEARANCE: clear darker blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: cheesy, fruity, pine, hoppy. TASTE: cheesy, fruity, hoppy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4251) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
Pours unclear amber. Small white head. Smell is pine, some fruits, bit bitter. Taste is bitter, orange hoppy, pine, corns in the back.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
650 ml bottle. Hazy deep golden with white head. Aroma malty, caramel, marmalade, light rye bread and hops. Taste is woody, a bit raw, pine, resin, marmalade, caramel, toffee, rye with a raw, woody finish. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2731) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold hue, with a bubbly layer of off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The aroma was sweet & fruity esters, floral perfume, then a seasoned/aged scent to the malt that seemed to combine with alcohol to form a BW scent. Medium bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste added a moderate, earthy bitterness that was mellowed some by a touch of malt & esters sweetness. Felt some alcohol, but altogether, didn’t come off as bold as I would’ve expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (391) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2015
From a growler off the tap at Hop Yard Raleigh. Pours clear orange-gold with a large soapy off-white head that leaves lacing and hangs out awhile. Aroma is very fresh - orange citrus, vanilla... Taste hits with mildly sweet caramel malt and citrus before fading into strong pine flavors over a biscuity malt bed. Resolves into grapefruit citrus and quite a hoppy bitterness. Some notes of vanilla. Alcohol is reasonably well-disguised, though the finish is dry, bitter and pleasantly warming. Much less sweet than a typical American DIPA. Hit me like a ton of bricks too. Bazinga!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1065) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a bright vibrant orange. The aroma is strong sweet hops, bold and inviting. The taste is top notch. The hops blend perfectly to give a great taste with little bitterness that is welcome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6575) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2015
1/22/15. 22oz bottle from the FWB Chan’s. Generally speaking, I feel like this could be hoppier, maybe fresher... I don’t have the bottle in my hand, but I saw it was "best by" sometime in mid-February when I poured. It was sitting out on a room temp shelf, though. Hazy orange pour with a nice off-white head, great lacing. Still a nice aroma, just a little more biscuity/crackery than I was expecting. Otherwise a nice hop aroma, pine, lots of citrus, candied orange peel - it doesn’t punch you in the face (at least this bottle), which is almost a nice change of pace from all the EXTREME hops out there these days. Nice flavor, again more malt presence than I was thinking, crackery/biscuity, lots of grapefruit and orange, some pine lingers. Alcohol is hidden well, though the mouthfeel is plenty rich and hints at it being a double. Tasty!


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