RATINGS: 614   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2008
On tap at Capone’s. Turbid dark amber with a sticky white head and lots of lace. Straight up grapefruit with a smidgen of caramel or toasted character for balance (whatever). The flavor switched over to pine. Very sharp, but wonderful long lasting bitterness. Full body. Average carbonation. Semi sweet finish. Yum. Thanks Matt for this hookup!

AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 Pours a golden amber with two finger off white head. Nose is floral and resin hops, as is the flavor, with a bit of caramel malt. Very solid IIPA.

Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2008
Draft. Pours a dirty murky thick light ice tea color. Malty aroma mixed with citrus hop aroma. The flavors were the same with smooth citurs, lemon, pine notes danceing throughout. Sweet bitter fruity finish.

Lothore (647) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a bronze hue with a large two finger which fades into tons of lacing, slightly hard to see through. S- Super hoppy and sweet with a mixture of predominant pine flavor and underlying grapefruit notes...absolutely exquisite. T- Taste is very reminiscent of Pliny the Elder but possibly better balanced. Lots of malt which dulls the hop bitterness but there is a good amount of hoppiness in flavor. M- Thick with a lot of carbonation. D- This is an absolutely amazing DIPA and a pleasure to drink, perhaps a bit thick for more than one but it’s amazing.

dmac (6262) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2008
Draft at Firewaters. Pours a deep clear amber with an average size foamy head. Aroma of citrus hops, amber malts, grain, rye and alcohol. Flavor of citrus, grapefruit rind, bread and maltiness. Palate is super dry. Sorry but this couldn’t even hold a candle to the Unearthly or 90 minute that I drank right after this.

hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
On tap. Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus, and just all around nice and hoppy. Tastes of pine, citrus, with some caramel. Definitely more hoppy than malty! Very nice hop bomb.

TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at Capones. Great to see this in PA. Hazed peachy brown with a trace of head. Nose is orange and nectarine with a touch of toffee. Medium light, resiny, with mild carb tingle. Taste is bready caramel, orange pith, apple and grapefruit juice. Restrained hops, earthy and a little muddled. Good.

jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
Draft. Cloudy Orange brown body with nice head, close to being a five. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and malt. Flavor is a huge hop bomb, but in a good way. Noticable citrus and a slightly rough malty body made it pretty smooth. Bar labeled it at 10%.

TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2008
On tap at Capones. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium cream/bubbly off white head that left lots of lacing. Aroma of orange peel, loads of other hoppy/citrus notes, great toast/caramel malt nose with some floral and piney notes. Flavor of pine, grapefruit, orange, lots of hop bitterness and flavor. Some caramel/toasty malt is there with some sweetness to help balance. But this is mostly a tasty hop bomb...

ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2008
on tap at beachwood bbq If racer 5 was to take steroids this is what it would taste like.....huge hop aroma and great malt background........wish it was not just a rare beer.......tons of hops...not for the meek!

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