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RATINGS: 608   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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4.4
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
On tap at Najas, enjoyed with Kosko20. Pours with a hazy glowing orange body and a creamy white head with good retention and phenomenal lacing Aroma is floral, citrus, spicy and exotic fruit hops, hops and hops. Taste is hops with notes of mango and maybe even papaya and strawberry, balanced beautifully with a brown sugar maltiness. Long duration with lots of fruitiness provided by the hops. Creamy mouthfeel and light bubbles. Well hidden alcohol. Greatly crafted beer!

4.5
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Another with Andrew (Bman1113). Extremely balanced. Awesome golden orange with creamy head with fantastic lacing. Aroma is phenomenal...mango, papaya, and other tropical fruits. Flavor is so balanced with a nice malt background. Good bitterness...aftertaste is nice too. Very drinkable.

4.3
nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
A VERY legitimate IPA. Had this side-by-side at City Beer Store with 21st Amendment Double Trouble IPA, and this domo-d it. DOMO-D! Sweet caramel malt, excellent piney citrus hops. Like Racer 5, but with more malty, hoppy goodness. A winner.

3.9
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Growler from my brothers freind, thanks John. Dark copper pour witha white fluffy head. Grapefruit aroma, slightly grassy as well. Very smooth flavor, a little bitterness in the end. Very different DIPA, but very good as well.

4
caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2008
Tap at City beer, SF. Mentioned to be 10% abv. Hazy amber color, short head. Aroma of loads of hop, grapefruit, hint of citrus. Remarkably soft taste for such a heavy hopped beer, some sweet grapefruit. Great mouthfeel. Delicious.

4.1
JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Hazy amber-red colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma is herbal with a bright sweet orange/lemon esters. Very light cloviness, fruity apricot and a bit of light malty sweetness. Very bright citrus/fruity sweetness. Very soft bitterness but still showing lots of rich orangey character. Mango, pineapple and a lovely orange/papaya character. Really tasty IIPA.

3.6
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2008
On tap at City Beer, SF. Fiery orange brew with a small tapioca colored head. Aroma is tropical fruit; not the traditional nose for the style. Peach, mango, guava, and candied sugar. Hops are definitely present in the flavor but not as prominent as one would expect. Toffee, caramel, and honey all contribute to this beer’s underlying sweetness. Just a bit too much for me.

3.8
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Draught at GABF 2008. Clear amber - offwhite head. Cookies, light malty sweetness, knækbrød,swedish flatbread, fruity, wet grass, high hoppy, lots of hops.

3.7
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Draft @ Green Drago. Pours a dense, clear orange-amber color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of crisp, earthy bitterness, candy sugar, and red fruits in the aroma; a touch hollow. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried fruits, oranges, and earthy bitterness; solid, tongue-numbing hop presence with a nicely balancing, viscous, orange-dominated core; quite good and generous with minimal astringency. Lengthy finish: earthy / citrus bitterness, and dried fruits; dry bitterness and candy sugar.

4.1
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Draft at The Green Dragon, on the last night of its independence before assimilation into Rogueness. God, this is an uncompromising and delicious beer. Pours hazy bright orange with a dense, creamy, light tan head. Enormous sparklingly fruity nose. Apricot, mango, plenty of candied grapefruit. Thick, creamy body. Not the least bit sticky or syrupy though. Creamy, enveloping, coating. Fruits give way to a ripping resinous bitterness at the end--churning maelstrom of alpha acids and hop oils scour the back of your tongue as it slides off. Takes you where it wants to take you, right down the line. Yum.


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