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RATINGS: 616   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Medium golden pour, lowish head, piney and resiny aroma which is pretty nice, but not the best Ive run across. Flavor is big hop forward, but surprisingly balanced with malt. Hop bitterness is somewhat lacking in interesting notes, but better than many DIPAs. Texture is slightly on the oily side. Bitterness lingers will into the finish, but again not overbearing. This is a decent DIPA, but not one I would need to try again.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 growler. Full on hop onslaught. Smooth citrus rush. Sweet but some heat balance. Some, still sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Duckworths Taproom in Mooresville, NC - pours a cloudy copper color with small off-white head and light lacing. Aroma is of hops, mostly pine with some citrus and flowery notes along with caramel malts. Good rich mouthfeel but not overly cloying. Flavor is bitter with piney hops dominating. Nice bitter finish you would expect from a quality brew in this style. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (642) - 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 its amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft. Pours maroon with white head that lingers. Sweet hop aroma over mild carbonation. Decent complexity in a smooth ipa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours an effervescent, almost shiny orange-gold. Beautiful beer coming out of the bottle into the glass. Thin little hat of white foam, maybe a thick fingernail. Aromas are strong of resinous hop but, as the label says, balanced by a VERY solid malt backbone. Taste is just wildly clean and smooth. Much light malt, taste of biscuits and butter, some sweet apple and pine elements. Really ridiculously good beer. The acidity, semi-oily mouthfeel, balanced sweet and bitter... its a knockout. Would have liked to see them push the ABV envelope a bit more, but maybe the reason its so awesome is that they didnt do that. They let the beer determine itself. Great work BR.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2010
On tap at Capones. A nice brown honey color with good hop aroma. A nice, smooth ipa that isnt super hopped. Very sweet and hoppy with some floral notes. Reminiscent of the HopSlam from Bells. Great beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Had at the brewpub in Healdsburg. Nice clear reddish brown color. Very small head with little lacing. The aroma are mainly hops, pine, citrus dominate. Also detected some grassey notes. Flavor is hops all the way! Great piney, fresh bitterness all the way through the taste and swallow. Very nice balancing sweetness after the swallow. Long finish. Another great beer from Bear Republic.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Huge aroma, so inviting. Salivate. Bright citrus, grass, ruby red grapefruit, light bitter finish. Lovwit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Draft @ RFD: Aroma is a strong hoppiness (all the west coast attributes). Flavor is a solid malt with one of the most potent hop profiles I have ever come across. So much hops. Very nice as long as you like suck your teeth out bitterness.


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