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RATINGS: 577   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhopsbeertalk (165) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 I wasn’t as enamored with this as I expected to be. As someone who really likes Racer5 and hunts down CafeRacer15, I found this beer a bit confused (not confusing, but itself confused). The aroma is loaded with hops, but muted a lot by the wheat malts. This also confounds the beginning of the flavor as the beer starts a bit too sweet and creamy only to flip and finish dry bitter and touch harsh.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6257) - Valdosta, 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Orange pour, small white head. Aroma is pine, citrus, bit of malt and pot. Flavor is caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange, and pot. Sweet and hoppy, well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2588) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle, 10C. BB 24/3/15. Slightly hazy amber with a fluffy cream head that lasts and laces well. Aroma of nectarines, orange, grapefruit, bread, a slightly boozy menthol note. Just getting towards sticky, lowish carbonation. Sweet with some caramel, but mainly stone fruit and bread with citrus, some tropical fruit and creeping pine. Dries out a little at the end with very firm but not harsh bitterness. Another really good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (688) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours a solid gold with an off-white head and lots of lacing. It has a great aroma of resin, pine, and lots of malt. The flavor is strong hops up front with a malty backbone and bittersweet finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FinkBeer (14) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
On tap at City Beer. Wow on the nose, a bit rough on the tongue but all in all a top end double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1573) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Best by 2/24/15 bomber. Kind of a long time want. Racer 5 was one of the first IPAs I had, never saw X in Chicago, but I guess it’s in Dallas this time of year. Very centennial hopish. Kind of grassy floral hops. Bitter, sweet malt for an IPA. Similar to racer 5. Decent stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (847) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
On draft at Rattle and Hum, NYC. Clearly this beer is pushing the red line with a high IBU and fueled with a high ABV. I felt I was steered wrong as this was a bit over-hyped. To me it does not finish in the winner’s circle for the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (182) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours hazy orangish color with off white head. Smell is hops. resin, citrus and a bit of malt. Taste is pine, hops, citrus, resin and a hint of mango. Medium body, medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - DEC 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a massive head of off-white colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the brew hits the nose right as you open the beer. A wave of tropical fruits, heaviest of tangerine and mango, greet the nose, along with a very nice heavy showing of a grapefruit hop smell. With these aromas, so too comes other aromas of a bready and caramel smell as well as a rather decent showing of a pine and earthy smell. With a little bit of an herbal hop rounding out the aroma, a very rich and pleasant IPA smell is produced overall. Taste – The taste begins with caramel, sweet, doughy taste mixed with a whole lot of tangerine and orange. Some grapefruit is present at the start as well, with it gaining intensity up to the middle of the taste. Once the grapefruit maximizes, other hop flavors of a resinous pine and herbal flavor start hitting the tongue. While these start out lighter, they increase to the end, with the combination of the two overpowering the grapefruit when all is said and done. The sweetness, all the while, fades a bit (but not too much) with the caramel being the most pronounced loss. In the end, a light alcohol taste and a bit of earth come to the tongue, producing a very citrus fruity and resinously hopped taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is very nice for the mix of citrus and resinous flavors, bathing the tongue in all the rich and complex flavors of the brew. These flavors and light alcohol taste are even further accentuated by the lighter carbonation, with the combo of body and carbonation creating a very nice sipper. Overall – This is one very tasty double IPA. The rich complex flavors delight the taste buds as they glide upon and then linger on the tongue. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3114) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours hazy orangish color with off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and some maltiness. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine flavors with some slightly sweet malt. A hint of booze. Medium to full body with average carbonation.


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