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98
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RATINGS: 614   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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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
Sweet orange and apricot aroma with some pine-like notes. Hazy orange-tan with shy white head that recedes to ring. Sweet malty flavour with strong orange/pine hops and fair bitterness. Thick and sticky medium-full body. Small sampler growler from Half Time consumed within hours of bottling with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4902) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter 05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #76 and last new beer of the trip. 10 oz bottle from Half Times tap. Spicy, peppery fruits and pine emanate from the hazy orange body....solidly balanced sweet-sour flavor, tingly carbonation, honey and pungent hoppiness mixing ethereally...tiny bit sticky later. Solid, if unspectacular.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
On tap from Half Time: Powerful orange and grapefruit hop aroma propels its pungent perfume onto the prevalent caramel and honey sweetness...The lip-smacking, heavy body even presents some cherries and a resinous hop finale...A quintessential example of this West Coast style...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Light haze veils the beautiful orange hue while a white ring covers it all. Aroma is very oily and sprucey, straightforward greenish and orangey west coast hops. A bit sweaty in its evolution, sun lotion like as far as oiliness goes. I must say I didnt appreciate it as much when it had reached room temperature, but it had a pleasant hop complexity and an adequate earthy malt backbone to compensate the could have been excessive hops. Medium bodied, a bit lip-sticking, bitter, lightly carbonated. Pretty good yet standard take on the style I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2005
Bottled from a tap at Half Time in Poughkeepsie NY. Pours a dark orange/amber color with a thin white head. Very good aroma of green and resinous hops with caramel and alcohol. Very good, assertive, powerfull flavor of green and resinous hops with alcohol and some caramelly sweetness and, no surprise there, a bitter finish, the finish isnt overly bitter though, its just right. When the beer warms up i can taste something akin to fir tree sap. Light to medium body, creamy and oily texture, very soft carbonation. Very good stuff, reminds me a lot of Racer 5 but with more hops and alcohol. Merci beaucoup David !

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
tap at RFD. light color, very very hoppy. not my bag: the finish is all hops (this one was heavily dry hopped, methinks). very little else in the beer to balance it out.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Huge hop piney resinous , oily and Floral as hell. Fresh this is a hop monster. Nice semisweet pale malt body with munich and biscuit malt notes. Great oily and full mouthfeel with tons of hop resin. Big high alpha bitterness with very complex hopping. Different hop varieties hit all over th palate. Great finish that leaves an oily hop feel for ever. great stuff, again when fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest, Rating #4: Mostly clear amber in color with a small retained off white head. Aroma is big, piney, hoppy. Flavor is also big and hoppy, but there is a significant off flavor that Kevins says is burnt and rubbery. I think this might have been an off batch.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2005
bitter marshmallow creme and floral hop aroma. pours slight orange tan. taste is hops, burnt something that is rubbery. finish is bland bitter that tries hard, but fails.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2005
On tap at RFD, Washington DC. Clear golden colour with a good white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very good.


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