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RATINGS: 572   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
22 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) served in a Westbrook tulip. Huge thanks to mfavoino (Matt) for hitting this long time want! A: Pours a dark amber with a yellowed head forming on the pour. It recedes to a bubbly ring that leaves some soapy, sticky lace as it goes down the glass. S: Sticky orange citrus with some candied grapefruit. A little booze with some nice caramel malt sweetness. T: Sticky grapefruit just like the nose with a little bit of smooth booze. Light bitter pine with some citrus zest and honey sweetness. Very clean throughout with nice residual hop oils sticking to the tongue. As the beer warms the caramel malt from the nose really comes out. M: Medium bodied with a little stick to it. Finishes clean and surprisingly light. Medium carbonation level. O: Nicely balanced and I really enjoyed the subtle nuances of this beer. Sweet, sticky and bitter, this beer hits all levels a hop head would want. Serving type: bottle


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1526) - 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 (838) - 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 (170) - 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 (1830) - - 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 (3087) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2455) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Light hazy amber liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, lemon peel, caramel, grapefruit, mango, bread and sweet alcohol. Taste is light sweet and medium to high bitter with notes of pineapple, light toffee and lemon peel. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty nice if a bit malty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle, yellow golden pour with big foam, aroma is sweet pineapple and garlic, flavor is more malty pineapple, piney with garlic finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Underdogs88 (145) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Piney, passion fruit hop aroma with notes of caramel. Copper appearance with good head retention. Passion fruit hop flavor upfront which seems to add a sweetness with notes of resin from the piney hops. Malt includes notes of caramel. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good double ipa with interesting passion fruit notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkeh (247) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaver (1344) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy reddish gold with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruits and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with fruity, resiny, piney hops that are quite bitter and some residual alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an excellent hop bomb of a DIPA.


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