Beer Review: BEAR REPUBLIC RACER X

Beer Review: BEAR REPUBLIC RACER X

Bear Republic’s Racer X ventures into the realm of bold ales, weaving together English brewing traditions with a distinctive California twist. Positioned as the larger-than-life sibling of Racer 5, this double IPA flaunts its audacious character, boasting an infusion of over 5 pounds of hops per barrel. At 8.9% abv, it’s a robust offering that made its appearance at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration.

Appearance:

In the glass, Racer X reveals a moderately clear amber hue, crowned with swirling white tendrils that beckon the eager imbiber.

Aroma:

The olfactory journey begins with an assertive blend of grapefruit, tangerine, and the alluring notes of sweet, spicy malt. The fragrance sets the stage for the bold experience that follows.

Taste:

Delving into the tasting notes, Racer X unfolds with a punch of big, bitter astringent hops. The tropical fruit undertones dance alongside a foundation of fairly dry malt, creating a flavor profile that commands attention.

Mouthfeel:

This double IPA presents itself as a full-bodied libation, accompanied by an average level of carbonation. The combination contributes to a satisfying and substantial drinking experience.

Overall:

Having harbored the anticipation of trying Racer X for years, the opportunity finally arose at Stone’s 15th Brewers Reception. While my exploration of Bear Republic’s Double IPAs has been consistently enjoyable, a recurring challenge emerges—distinguishing between them proves elusive. The likeness to other offerings, such as Apex, is apparent, making it difficult to pinpoint nuanced differences. A side-by-side comparison might illuminate subtleties, but in isolation, the overall impression remains one of high-quality and robust satisfaction.