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RATINGS: 615   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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4.6
Braudog (6671) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Hallelujah. Dark red, rusty and ruddy. Firm but thin head of white foam. Big rosy aroma. Syrupy. Almost mapley? This is a monster, full of chewy, rich malt, thick like there’s pine branches floating in it. Almost choclatey, it so robust!? Classic!! (#3399, 4/10/2008)

3.4
LinusStick (3444) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Nice IIPA but a little too sweet for my tastes. Aroma was decent...slightly astringent with heavy caramel malt notes but not any hops. Pour was a stagnant orange with little movement and only a thin off white film for a head. Taste was very sweet and malty. Caramel and pine combination in the front and a strong astringent bubbly bite in the aftertaste. Still... not much hops to speak of so this is not my kind of IIPA, but is good for what it is.

4.5
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
On tap @ Hopdevil Grill. Amber color with a piney citrus aroma that awakens the senses. Flavor is a wonderful piney-citrus-sticky-sweet hop mix that really comes to the table. Not much malt here, but its in no way unbalanced for a DIPA. Impeccable mouthfeel - best new beer in the style for me in some time. Wonderfully sweet - this one went way too fast. Brilliant example of the style in my book.

4
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 Draught at The Red in Santa Cruz. Clear brown. Bursting hop aroma with flowers, orange and grapefruit. The flavor is pretty sweet; a little more so than the hops can rightly dominate. Bitter and flavorful hops play with the sweetness of the malt. Pretty nice stuff, but not the target dipa for me. (3.7) Rerate: Draught at the red. Orange/amber color with a sticky head. Oily, citrus and sap aroma that screams fresh, juicy hops. The flavor has a moderate malt sweetness that is pretty pale, with some light caramel and toasted malt. The hops are very green and oily, with a strong Orange/grapefruit and light tropical flavor. Bitterness is pretty modest in balance with the malt sweetness, just enough to win out in the end. Medium-full body with tight carbonation. Nice oily and citrucy DIPA. The balance makes this pretty drinkable as well.

4
Ratman197 (14668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2008
On tap @ Bistro 8th Annual DIPA Fest poured a clear copper with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of pine, carmel and citrus. Palate was medioum bodied and smooth with a drey fin ish. Flavors of carmel, orange, grapefruit rind and light pine with a smooth lingering bitter finish.

3.2
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2008
[email protected]’Brians herbs, floral, a minimal head, very bitter, somewhat astringent long finish

4.2
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Yes, finally get to try this on tap. Pours hazy orange-copper with a short but thick off-white head. Resin, pine, white pepper, and cake batter-like malt in the aroma. Sweet malt and candy grapefruit taste up front that rapidly progresses into a full-body hoppiness. Lots of grapefruit mixed with the sticky resin. Apricot, tangerine, and malt come through along with this towards the finish. It maintains its hoppy bittersweetness to the end without falling out of balance. Awesome beer.

4.4
illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
On tap at Naja’s. Copper color with an off-white 1 finger head. Dense foam leaves good lacing. Bitter hops in the nose with a balancing sweetness. Taste starts out with sweet malt flavors and then undergoes a very linear metamorphosis into huge hop bomb territory. Pine and grapefruit blister the tongue, along with a hint of orange zest and pineapple similar to YuleSmith. Smooth and dynamic enough to keep one interested. Nice rich body. Very drinkable if hop monsters are your thing.

3.8
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Somebody below said it had a touch of pine. I disagree. There is more than a touch. It’s like licking the pine tree. I certainly could have used some other dimensions in the hopping, but if they were going for pine, they got it.

3.8
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2008 Pours a deep amber color with about a 1" head. The head is dense and laces the entire glass on the way down. Not a very strong nose to this Dipa. Smells of hops, and some tangy citrus. Taste big hops up front, bitter, sweet, grassy. Sweetens on the back of the tongue and throat with some citrus flavors, grapefruit etc. Palate is thickish. The carbonation doesn’t do it for me, not enough. Drinkable for 9.0% but not my favorite DIpa.


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