Racer X

California
United States
Racer X Bear Republic Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
94
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
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.

Profile

ABV: 
8.3%
IBUs: 
100
Served at: 
40 - 50˚ F
Judges Review 
Richard Wong's picture
Judges Rating:
94
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Surprisingly for a Double IPA the hop aroma was fairly restrained. For this style of beer, I was expecting a very prominent and intense hop aroma, but instead, it was somewhat subdued. The beer had a lovely copper color with very good carbonation and a nice head of light, fluffy, creamy bubbles. Even with the surprisingly subtle hop aromas in the nose, the flavor was definitely just like a Double IPA. It had the dominant malt background in flavor (malty sweetness) and the alcohol strength to back it up. Hints of subtle pine from the hops balance nicely with the malt sweetness along with the fairly strong alcohol warmth. The beer was also surprisingly very creamy and light in the tongue and mouth. This beer was “spot-on" in terms of style; it had the necessary malt, hops and alcohol to justify it being called a Double IPA. The beer was crisp, clean and finished with a nice alcohol warmth in the end.

Brewery Introduction

Located in the heart of Wine Country, on the corner of Healdsburg’s historic downtown square, Bear Republic Brewing Company offers award-winning food and world class, handcrafted ales.

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