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98
style
RATINGS: 607   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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   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
There is a clear amber/ruby color to this beer. It has a citrus aroma and sweet hoppy aroma. This strong ale is delicious with a hoppiness that is slightly more bitter than sweet on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Draught at Capones: Aroma of hops, flowers, light tropical fruit, and pine. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that lasted around the edges. Slightly sparkling. Clear. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, resin, pine, light caramel, and light citrus. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy pine and resin finish is lightly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Poured copper, thin head. Citrus, pine nose. More grapefruit and other sweet hop aromas. Flavor was sweet, lemony, some grapefruit. Full bodied, nice balance. Great beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9553) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2009
courtesy of tpd975. pours orange, white head. aroma and taste; lots of hops goodness with strong citrus presence for a thick mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle, courtesy tpd675. Copper pour, thick creamy white head, thick wet lacing. Nose is just bushels and bushels of citrusy piney hops, with lots of deep tropical elements. Pine and citrus flavors, sticky astringency in the finish. Somewhat subdued compared to the nose. Medium-bodied, hoppy but decently balance.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
I had this on tap at the craft ale house in PA. Aroma- Citrusy, resiny, biscuit like. Very nice. Appearance- Cloudy, dark copper in color. Decent, creamy head. Taste- It has a nice balance. For me, An imperial IPA must have a malt backbone.... This certainly does. Palate- Smooth, not dry or hot. Overall Impression- A very good DIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2009
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pour is slightly lighter than amber. Notes were predominately pine, earth, spice, malts and some vanilla. Felt husky 3.65

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Thanks to goryshkewych for sending this my way. Counter pressure bottle filled from Bierkraft was poured into my Sam Adams glass. It produced a gorgeous white fluffy head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear golden copper body down the glass. It has a wonderfully sweet hoppy fragrance coming from this glass. I must say the obligatory grapefruit, grassy comparison comes to mind but that may not be doing the fragrance justice. It is a nice bitter DIPA the flavors follows the nose. The caramel sweetness from the malts and the hops blend extremely well. It really is a well balanced West cost DIPA WOW Something I would not expect. The slight alcohol heat is an extra dimension added to this brew. Carbonation is great and the feel is somewhat light which make this the ideal feel in my mouth. This brew could be dangerous if I could get my hands on more than just this bottle I could easily drink mass quantities of it. A surprisingly great balanced DIPA from the west cost. Keep it up Bear Republic another great brew from you guys

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2289) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2009
This is a fantastic Double IPA, but not quite as good as a few others Ive had. I really had to hold this one to the likes of DFH 90 Minute and Stoudts Double. It didnt quite reach their level, but its really great in its own right. The beer poured a deep amber color with a sticky and lacing off-white head. The aroma was full of hops, floral notes, earth, grass, lemon and pine. The body was fairly thick, comparable to the beers I mentioned above. And thats the way an Imperial IPA should drink. You should enjoy it just a small sip at a time. The flavors were robust and thick, with notes of whole leaf hops, earth, grass, grapefruit, bread and a balanced malty tone. The finish was thick and full, with more notes of hops and caramel. This double IPA is just a bit too thick with the maltiness. Its not certainly not the fact that its hopped well enough. It definitely is. There is plenty of bitter and spicy hoppiness to go around with this beer. But the over-aboundance of malt sets this beer back a bit from the other Imperials Ive sampled.


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