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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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

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3.8
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2009
On tap at Beachwood a few weeks back. Color was an amber/orange with an off white head. Aroma of orange, citrus and caramel; strong and nice. Flavor was not quite as good, but still solid. Citrus, caramel and earth, with a strong bitterness.

2.9
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2009
on-tap at the Falling Rock. Thick orange color, decent lacing. Smells kind of hoppy but faint and muted. The flavor had a some nice bitterness and fruit flavors but it was all overpowered by the alcohol taste, smell, and astringency on my tongue. You could instantly tell this was a very strong beer, very dissapointing given how good Racer 5 is. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-31-2009 22:55:41

3.9
mjs (7678) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2009
(Draught) Poured red and hazy with small white head. Aroma was of malts, hops and alcohol. Palate was full bodied and quite dry with medium carbonation. Tasted of malts, strongly hops, grass, bitterness, sea water and alcohol. Aftertaste was malty and hoppy. Very good and balanced.

4.1
mar (5439) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
on tap. amber with a cream head. fresh citrusy, piney hops with great esters. great on the palate with creamy citrus, finishes slightly bitter but still incredibly drinkable.

4
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Growler… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!This beer rocks!… Clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Fruity, earthy aroma – pine, resin and grapefruit. Full-bodied and ultra-creamy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is unquestionably bitter, but also offers a nice ration of caramel malt and warming alcohol. Lengthy, snappy, bitter finish. Growler of this world class beer shared by Beerlando!

4
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Growler, courtesy beerlando. Pours a a dark orange copper color, with a small white head. Smells of rich citric hops, nice pine and grass, as well as some grapefruit citrus. Very juicy smelling, kind of made the mouth water. Flavor didnt disappoint. Very juicy citric hop flavors with a nice malt backbone for balance. Finished with good hop bitterness on the palate. Very nice double IPA.

3.7
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Growler. The mostly clear body is dark orange-amber in color, crowned with a small, bubbly, swirly head of ivory foam. Scattered microspots cover the glass, looking like tiny stars across the night sky. The aroma shows a massive, pale toffee malt background and notes of fresh cereal grain, with a huge grapefruit and dry, grassy and floral hops profile. Flavors again show very much like a monster hop bomb, strikingly bitter and dank, with mounds of citrusy, grassy hops. Light toffee and honey glazed grain sweetness provide the balancing backbone. Big, sticky, and resinous, with moderate carbonation, a bit of alcohol shows on the palate, which drinks a bit heavier than even the 7.8% ABV would indicate. No doubt about it, this is a well crafted IIPA/imperial amber. Good stuff.

3.9
dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Tasted at Otown Throwdown courtesy Beerlando. Hazy copper pour. Big hops in this! Lots of Citrus and pine very resiny. Big resiny pine, citrus and toffee malt taste. Big ballsy and awesome.

3.4
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Copper/amber, white carbonation. A ton of piney, resinous hops that get a bit soapy with plenty of malt backbone. Full body, balanced, a bit syrupy. Big, resinous, hoppy strong ale.

4
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Growler filled at Bellport Cold Beer & Soda and consumed later the same day. Pours a mostly clear amber gold with a moderate amber-white head that lasted through the first third of the glass and laced the glass well. Very pleasant aroma of grapefruit fruitiness along with some notes of pine and orange. The flavor begins with a solid dose of malt and caramel followed by a wash of grapefruit and pine. Moderate-strong bitterness at the finish but well supported by the malt backbone. The bitterness lingers lightly for about ten seconds beyond the swallow. Very good beer!


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