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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2008 On tap at Brew Kettle. They just replaced the Racer 5 keg with Racer X and I was very happy because the X was a damn good, hoppy beer. The color is cloudy amber with a delicious hop aroma. The flavor is of hops, hops, with a little hops to finish it off. Nice balance.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Served from a growler. Amber pour with a medium sized off white head. Huge citrus hop aroma. Flavor is grapefruit, cantaloupe, orange, earth, oh yeah, and a bit of caramel malt. Finishes pretty bitter with a nice sweet lingering malt finish. This is very good. Unfortunately almost all of the growler leaked out on me and I only got about 8 ounces of this total.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. This stuff is great. One of the best brews Ive had in a long time. Muddy orange pour with a nice frothy head. The aroma was lots of caramel malt with the a perfect citrus scent. Great aroma. The mouthfeel is perfect in my opinion. Thick enough, but leaves you wanting to drink more and more. The taste is a fantastically balanced mix of sweet, caramel malt and a wonderful pine hop presence. Really flavorful and tasty stuff. If they bottled this I would buy it buy the truckload!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2008
On tap. Pours a hazy amber. Aroma is sweet with alot of grapefruit. Taste is semi sweet with hints of tart and bitter fruit. Finish is smooth, but has alot of grapefruit. Not bad, like the Racer 5, just bigger.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Draft at Hop Devil. Pours an amber copper body with a mostly white head. Aroma is sweet hoppy pine and some grapejuice. Flavor is good but the malt character offends the hops slightly. This is great but next to pliny which I compared it couldnt stand up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3935) - Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Shaker glass on draft at Capones in Norristown, PA. Pour is copper / amber with a nice off white head. Aroma of big hops (could smell them as they were setting the glass down). Lots of orange and grapefruit as well as pine resin hops. The taste has the same big hop taste, with the pine taking leads, and a really nice soft citrus (orange mostly) taste taking the middle through to the finish. Decently big malt backbone lends really nice balance and palate to this beer. The sweetness is really takes a nice edge of off the hop bitterness in this one. Insanely drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Great surprise to see on draft @ Buckeye Beer Engine: Brew pours a lustrous orange/amber. You can smell this beer across the table! Aroma is deliciously intense fresh-squeezed citrus and grapefruit rind. Flavor is just as intense, with grapefruit, pine, and resins rounding out on the palate. Not too bitter, but full-flavored with an impressive finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Growler pours a hazy amber color with off white head. Aroma is amazing - citrus, pine, and hopfields in August come to mind. Mouthfeel is medium and is very well carbonated. Tastes like sweet grapefruit with hoppy resins sticking to every part of my mouth. This is a great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
On draft at OBriens. Arrives a deep orange-amber, sporting a thick beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is seriously hoppy, pine resins, and dusty herbs, with citrus fruits and nints of caramel. Good malt backbone, more of the citrus fruits with lots of evergreen and pine, big and bold - a good solid DIPA. Medium to full body with bracing carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davelovesbeer (3) - USA - MAY 23, 2008 does not count
Currently can be found at Pyzanos Pizza in Castro Valley. Awesome hoppy beer.


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