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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blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle, yellow golden pour with big foam, aroma is sweet pineapple and garlic, flavor is more malty pineapple, piney with garlic finish

Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Piney, passion fruit hop aroma with notes of caramel. Copper appearance with good head retention. Passion fruit hop flavor upfront which seems to add a sweetness with notes of resin from the piney hops. Malt includes notes of caramel. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good double ipa with interesting passion fruit notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

gkeh (482) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Pour is honey gold in color, off white fluffy head that has great retention and lacing. Aroma is a tropical fruit bomb: pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach, mango. It’s very sweet smelling, with a slight bready malt backbone present. Taste follows the nose, but with a much stronger malt presence here: sweet bready malts abound. It’s a great balance of hop and malt. Body is medium, mouthfeel is sticky and lip-smacking good. Exactly what I love in a west-coast DIPA. So good!

Beaver (1802) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy reddish gold with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt, fruits and piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel malt with fruity, resiny, piney hops that are quite bitter and some residual alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an excellent hop bomb of a DIPA.

wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Tasted on 11/6/14 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at the Calmart in downtown Calistoga. Pours clear burnt orange, auburn with a thick beige head that slowly settles into thick, rocky lace, leaving some lacing along the inside of the glass. The nose is super dank green hops with an almost savory herbal aroma, and a bit of lightly sweet toasted bread. The flavor is a bit more sweet than I expected on the nose, but the savory herbal, super dank, and lightly vegetal hops bitterness balances the unexpected sweetness very well. The body is full and oily with average, stinging carbonation, and a ridiculously long dank, green, and savory herbal bitter hops finish.

slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"Man...another great entry into the double ipa style. this one’s big all around, with a great piney nose, nice body, heavy flavors of hops and malt, and a dry bitter finish. You’ll want another."

orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Served on-tap at Capone’s on Black Friday.

A - Pours copper orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of citric hops, pine resin, tropical fruits, and plenty of sweet caramel malt. It didn’t smell too bad but it didn’t smell great either.

T - Starts off with a big dose of pungent citric hops quickly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, sticky pine resin, and dulled tropical fruits. The sweetness only grows as the beer warms up. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dulled hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, hoppy, feel that clings to the pallet long after each sip.

O - I had this one right away so it had to have been near the top of the keg, yet it just didn’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a good beer, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.

FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a cloudy orange-brown color with a small foamy orange-white head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was tangy, sweet, piney and herbal. The flavor was tangy, piney, herbal, earthy, boozy and had a bit of tobacco. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Decent.

biirusaikou (2705) - - JUN 13, 2014
An outstanding IIPA, great balance of caramalt and citrus hops. A torrent of fruity hoppiness with a high drinkability.

Stuu666 (13435) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours golden copper, quite bitter, passion fruit, sweet toffee, dry.

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