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RATINGS: 616   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Draft at Capones. Poured a darker amber with an orange hue. A medium amount of slightly off white head slowly dissipated leaving a nice show of lacing on the glass. Nose was a blend of citrus (especially oranges), flowers, and hops. Taste was light citrus, pine, hops, and oranges. Finish was a wet, orangey bitter. Wow is what I can say to this brew. Not big on IPAs at all, but this was tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vtafro (7259) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Tap at Capones. Dark amber pour .Great aromatic beer with subtle but great flavor notes alcohol content is well hidden. Great IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2009
22oz Bierkraft bottle. Pours a thick, dark, copper/orange with a frothy white head leaving quite sticky lacking. Wet wood, musty hops and pine initially on the nose. Orange juice, wet bread, and lighter citrus rind as well. Some catty notes emerge as the beer warms. Flavor is quite sweet. Bread crust, caramel and crystal malt lead the way for the malt profile. Hops seem a bit... off. Slightly musty and catty. A bit of bright citrus and pine but not too much. Medium to full bodied... slightly sticky. Average carbonation with a nondescript hop bite on the finish. Decent but totally unspectacular. The hops just taste... weird. Thanks Jonathan!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
larryLSB (526) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On tap at the brewery, 22 oz. Big amber orange with large off white head. Nose of citrus, with hops and a bit of malt. Tasted great in the mouth with a dry finish. Very good, hope they bottle it soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Tap @ Baileys Taproom... Poured a burnt orange with a bubbly, off-white head. Big hops on the nose with sweet malts. Foamy, dry palate. Huge caramel, sweet flavors with hops and malts. An acidic, malty bomb in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
On tap at Capones. Amber with a thin head. Had a ton of pine as well as some grapefruit and tangerine. Sweet and sticky but also very bitter. Delicious. Too bad I managed to spill it after only a few sips.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit, some hints of caramel and honey. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of citrus, grapefruit, light caramel, honey, lemon and flowers. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8458) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours hazy copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma emits pine, earthiness, spicy hops and grapefruit. The aroma is smooth all hoppy goodness. The taste is a bit hoppy to start with grapefruit citrusy notes mixing with a bit of lemon and nearly rich sweet malts creating a very nice sensation of yum. The flavor stays like this and pretty even heading toward the finish where a dash of roastiness and growing grapefruit and spice hoppiness take it to closure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 5, 2009
On draft at Capones. Pours a clear vistalite amber with a small white head. Beautiful aroma of flowers, orange citrus, grapefruit, pine and hops. Taste of piney citrus, floral hops, grapefruit and oranges. Excellent !!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tasted 4/29/09. Draft from The Stables. Filtered with a dark golden hue. Large bubbled, finger width of cream colored head. Heady aromas of fresh hop cones and grassy hops. Citrus and mild candy note. Big nose! Full bodied with a somewhat muted malt character. Bright, soapy, citrus hop character. Mild, lingering bitterness. Grapefruit and rye bread. Spicy and peppery. Good complexity and bitterness. The alcohol was noticeable for a lower percentage. Tingling tart and mildly candy. Great opportunity to try a stellar beer.


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