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RATINGS: 615   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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hopscotch (11043) - 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!

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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 (3342) - 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 (3061) - 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.

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beerbill (3616) - 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!

4.1
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Draft at Falling Rock - Medium copper color with small off white head that leaves a touch of lacing. Aroma has a blend of citrusy and herbal hops, orange peel, light caramel and slightly toasted oak, very faint tough of roastyness. Flavor is full of herbal and earthy hops, chewy malts, light caramel, touch of oak and chocolate, with a fairly bitter finish. Overall very good, definitely a DIPA that showcases its malt balance and toastyness rather than just being a pure hop delivery system.

3.9
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Draft @ Falling Rock. Grassy, earthy hops dominate the nose, and the flavor. First taste is an assault of citrus peel/zest. As I got further through the glass, the balance really tightened up and the citric hops were more floral and some tropical fruit showed up as well. Really nice beer.

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bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Fraught at blind tiger, NYC. Mildly cloudy amber pour with a medium white head with good lacing. Grassy hops on the nose. Caramel malt and piney hops give way to an astringint backbone and finish. It may be the atmosphere, but I love it

3.7
LilBeerDoctor (3903) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Growler from Bellport Beer&Soda. Pours a clear deep amber/orange with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grassy hops. Flavor of sticky, sweet caramel malt and citrusy hops. A little heavier than I would have wanted from a 7.8% beer. A little disappointing as I was expecting more of a hops presence as opposed to a malt presence. 7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5]


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