Bear Republic Racer X

Bear Republic Racer X

Rated 3.919 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Company

Healdsburg, CA, United States

Style:  Imperial IPA

9% Alcohol by Volume

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This American strong ale is a mouth full. It offers a twist from our regular IPA. It has different hops and is slightly sweeter. Hops, Hops, Hops!!

ID: 9899 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank243
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank21 of 1784
Style Percentile98.8
Lowest Score3.7
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.131
Weighted Score3.919
Standard Deviation0.243

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  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 4.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    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.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus and light pine hops and bready malt. Flavor follows with remarkably well integrated malt, citrus and citrus hops. Finishes with citrus rind and herbal hops. While not quite as intense hops as many Western IIPAs, the flavors are so well balanced that this is a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A damn good beer. The bottle I had was about a year old...and it was still great. I wasn't expecting the aroma and flavour to be as complex and full as they were. A nice golden brown with plenty of hops in the mix. The citrusy flavours came through in the end.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Man...another great entry into the bdl 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.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Yet another great beer from the stable of Bear Republic. It seems that whatever these guys touch is gold. This DIPA is one friggin' excellent beer. The color is a deep amber/reddish color with a nice off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, high on the hop character with graperuits and pines abound. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly thick with a light feel. Flavor is piney, yes, mostly citrus but this is a rare breed of DIPA where the hoppyness doesn't wear down the taste buds. This seems incredibly sessionable (if a DIPA were ever to be sessionable). Good stuff!

  • FLEXABULL 13 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Boy... this is easily one of my favorite beers, let alone IIPAs. I have only seen this at the brewry, and just had one there a few days ago. Has a great hop aroma and flavor. It has that piney fruity smell/taste of fresh hops through and through. Tasty beer for sure.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 4.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    As my buddy Richard has said in the past, this is the fairly rarely seen big brother of Racer 5 -- an IPA that I used to worship, and even now still respect very much. But if I can get a hold of a pint of Racer X, all is right in the world! :)

    A little dark and mysteriously murky for an IPA -- or is that just because it came from a firkin? Either way, looks don't mean a damn thing compared to the rest of the package, when it comes to this beer!

    If a blind person has their remaining senses compensating for the lack of sight, then this beer's aroma might blow away their sense in the same way that their eyesight has been lost! Huge malty/hoppy aroma, that literally jumps out the glass and runs across the table, scaring other beers into submission! That might be a bit of an exageration, but this beer's aroma does make a hugely favorable impression.

    After the massive nose, this beer's flavor profile has some big shoes to fill -- and does a great job doing so. I think that this probably about as bitter (or perhaps a hair more so) than the Racer 5. But the Racer X's strong-point is the bigger-n'-badder malt profile. Not so much as to make this into a Barleywine, but surely enough to push this into the "Imperial/Double IPA" quasi-category.

    A really great beer that I always look forward to each and every San Diego Real Ale and Strong Ale `Fest....!

    P.S. A buddy of mine knows the headbrewer at Bear Republic, and was able to sqeeze out the details of the Racer beers. With that sort of hard data in-hand, I forsee me making a batch of "Eraser 5" or "Eraser X" in the near future...! :)

    P.S. S. http://www.bnrmetal.com/groups/racx.htm

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is very floral. A medium bodied imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, floral and piney. A lot of hop flavor, yet not very bitter. Crisp and clean imperial IPA. Very hoppy without being over the top. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter

  • JONMOORE 1367 reviews
    rated 4.1 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    On tap at RFD, Washington DC. Clear dark golden colour with a good white head. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with some citrus fruit. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very good.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    GABF2004... Poured a golden color with a small and sticky off white head and light lacing on the glass. Piney and citrusy hop aroma. Taste was lightly bitter, lots of citrus fruits including tangerine and grapefruit.

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