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

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.

illidurit (2356) - 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.

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.

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.

hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest ’07. Somewhat a step up from the Racer 5 for me. Although not much activity was going on in my head at this point in the afternoon of tastings, I do remember ranting about the hops load on this one. Stanky, sticky aroma of resiny hops, and sugary malts. Plenty of balance going on here, with lots of citrus notes in the flavor. Dry finish that keeps the flavor going for a while. Good stuff right here.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2007 PP SAF: Coppery hue with small head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of pine, resin, and leafy hops, grapefruit ester, biscuity and caramel malt. The taste has a twangy acidic fruit and piney bitterness over a blanket of soft and sweet grains. The mouth feel is aggressive and biting with a warming finish. Very nicely balance and drinkable.

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2007
GABF 2007: This has been on my want list for some time now. Poured a clear amber color with an off-white head. Big citrus and tangerine hop aroma. Caramel pokes through. The hops were nice and fresh. the flavor was a good balance of malt and fresh hops. Citrus and pine. big hoppy finish. Moderately bitter and dry finish.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Name: Racer X
Date: 10/13/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF

hazy dark gold, frothy beige head, sweet caramel and crystal malt aroma with lots of fruityness balanced by earthy hops, sweet fruity hop flavor enhanced by the sweet crystal malt, light earthy character adds some balance but stays in the background, lingering bitter finish,
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Date: 12/01/2007
Mode: draft
Source: strong ale fest

same crystal sweetness with a touch of pine,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

raphael (1303) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2007
what a nice surprise (on tap at woodstock wine) sweet, fruity, with a hop edge, dimensionally balanced. Aroma halfway betwen fresh pine & fresh grass, flowery & defintie, along with caramel and a peppery note. robust amber with thin white head (drafts here always a little flat). I taste sweat and bitter at once, in different parts of my mouth-- pink grapefruit, carmel, peach, alcohol.

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