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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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4.8
thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2008
On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. This stuff is great. One of the best brews I’ve 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
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
Rciesla (5499) - 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 couldn’t stand up.

4
theisti (4175) - 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
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
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
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
On draft at O’Briens. 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
Davelovesbeer (3) - USA - MAY 23, 2008 does not count
Currently can be found at Pyzano’s Pizza in Castro Valley. Awesome hoppy beer.

4.3
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Tap at Capone’s. Cloudy, dark orange color with a medium head. Spicy citrus hops with some balancing caramel malt. A little too much balance to call it a standard west coast IIPA. Finishes with a pleasant spiciness that was a little bit earthy. Fairly sweet, but not cloying.

3.9
Dogbrick (13520) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
On draught at Callahan’s in San Diego. This brew is a clear and lustrous bronze color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of piney, resinous hops and grapefruit along with notes of sweet malt. Medium-bodied with an assertively hopped character that is balanced well by sweet grainy malt. Touches of caramel are present, and the alcohol slips in every once in awhile too. The finish is bitter with a lingering piney hops flavor. Good all around.


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