Mach 10 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MisterClean on 09-26-2008

Pass through the event horizon with this IPA2. American Cascades meld a citrus blast with spicy English First Golds. Savor an intense hoppiness, smooth bitterness and subtle malt character. Prepare to go hypersonic!

100+ IBU
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Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 119
Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (presumably quite fresh) into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: very clear pale orange, dinged for an almost complete lack of head.

Smell: 50% mint tea, 50% new-wave citrus-forward hops.

Taste: mint/cilantro, grass, grapefruit, lime, something savory (like grilled meat). Off the beaten path, but very enjoyable.

Feel: a tiny bit oily, but good medium mouthfeel, and not too dry.

Overall: I'll be picking up more of this. A lot of flavors and a bit challenging, so if you're looking for a super-sweet tropical fruit bomb, look elsewhere.

Photo of sgameroz
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Way too sweet. Buy something else.

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear and striking copper with a finger of head that dissipated rather quickly but left some intricate lace on the glass. The nose is piney and hoppy. The malt and hop flavors are present in a balanced combination but there is just nothing extraordinary about this offering. There is also a semi-sour bite from the alcohol that is slightly unpleasant.

This is a fine and perhaps even above average DIPA. However, it pales in comparison to Racer X or even Apex.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head for a bar pour. Sticks around throughout the tasting. It also leaves a blanket of lace. Dark gold and nearly clear.

Mild, but appealing fresh, floral hop aroma. A bit caramel (crystal) malt as the secondary nose. Pleasant blend.

The malt comes out more strongly in the taste. There's a bit of sweetness with an I fermented malt touch. Comes across like an amber with a solid bitter hop kick in the swallow. Full bodied with an average carbonation level. The aftertaste is bittersweet but more bitter than sweet.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Healdsburg. orange color, decent head. Smells hoppy, alcohol, malts. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter but not quite a west coast and the alcohol is very apparent. Overall I was expecting to like this a lot but Apex is so much better. In fact the fresh Racer 5 on tap blew this away.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Impressive orange\amber pour. Cloudy, and with a high white foam. Sticky lacing webs the tulip glass.

S - Scent of fresh pine, flowers, and an interesitng blend of hops. It is certainly different.

T - There is some initial sweetness, but it quickly changes to a medley of a bitter hoppy bite. This is a treat for true hop-heads.

M - Sticky feel that coates the tongue. Hoppy feel is intense, but did get a little tired.

O - Enjoyable DIPA that paired well with spicy food. Worth trying but is not quite on par with the noteworthy west coast examples of this style.

Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

As advertised, this brew is a translucent hue of gold and apricot, with a sizable half-inch off-white head that leaves a ton of caked-on lacing. It's really a very pretty beer, and I almost don't want to drink it, but I must, for science! The nose is quite hoppy, with an undertone of grapefruit and grassy pine. Sweet caramelized malts appear after the initial barrage of hops, along with a very minimal tinge of booze on the back end.

A slightly sweetish note to start on the initial sip, which is quickly quenched by a big blast of hoppy bitterness. I've had bitterer brews before, but this is definitely living up to its touted description. Notes of pine resin and quite a bit of citrus accentuate the bitterness and provide a smooth contrast to the subdued, but substantial malt character. Booziness is detectable on the finish, but doesn't really detract from the drinkability, thanks in part to a lush, near-full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is just-so, enough to support the tenuous spiciness.

After having had Altered Beast by the same brewery, Mach 10 was up against some admittedly stacked odds. And while it didn't exactly come close to matching its tastier brother, it is still a very, very good beer that hopheads and bitterbombers will enjoy very much.

Photo of steelerguy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber, nice off white head, low carbonation, head fades to a covering quickly and leaves some lacing.

S - Light citrus and alcohol.

T - Boozy, alcohol up front and throughout. The citrus hops are there, but not a whole lot of hop flavor when compared to the bitterness and the alcohol. There is a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor in the middle, but finishes with alcohol.

M - Nice moderate body, that ends resinous and bitter. Some carbonation would help clean it up.

O - I love Bear Republic, I do not love this beer. Could really use some more hop aroma and flavor. I can forgive the carbonation because it was a growler...carbonation is also dependent on the server. Not their best beer or a great example of an American IIPA.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the ginger man in NYC- poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half finger white head; decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is very enticing- I smell piney hops and black tea (not unsimilar to sorachi ace). Nice bready malt sweetness with a bit of warming alcohol on the waY down. Excellent taste and perfectly balanced.

Surprisingly quaffable- good medium body with moderate carbonation. Buy if you find it!!

Photo of afrokaze
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 3/2/12 at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Never seen a DIPA that looks like this one - a hazy golden orange that looks thick like mango nectar and glows in the light. Looks beautiful topped with a finger of dense head and lively carbonation, good lacing.

Smells of concentrated citrus: orange marmalade, grapefruit rind, mango, melon, and some dank & floral notes. A bit of light breadiness and the ABV is hardly noticeable at all up front.

Hard to pinpoint but there is definitely something unique going on with the malt and hop bill. Lots of citrus like grapefruit, apricot and peaches mix with earthy and spicy English style hops and a notable amount of English-inspired malt - light bready and cracker notes with a bit of subdued sweetness.

Malt is even more evident in the mouth - sweet and creamy at first in a way that makes it more filling than a typical DIPA, but it still finishes fairly dry and with a lingering bitterness that you feel on the tongue, but not sticky at all. ABV becomes more evident after it warms but doesn't ever detract from the experience.

A really interesting DIPA that blends west coast and English character into a compelling experience. A big bitter beer that is utterly drinkable and refreshing, it took some effort to pace myself because I was enjoying it so much! Hope this makes it into a bottle one day soon.

Photo of dudecandle
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Gingerman, NYC:

A: Nice looking, dark IPA, modest head and lacing.

S/T: This is perhaps the booziest and maltiest of all the Bear Republic Imperial IPAs that I've had to date. It was almost like an American version of an English-style barleywine, given the huge presence of the West Coast hops.

M: Nice, creamy body. Relatively middle of the road.

O: Unlike anything I've ever had before from Bear Republic, but still a winner. It was not what I was expecting, given the the Racer X, Apex, and their others, but I think it serves a place in the BR library.

Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Yes, it's hoppy and malty, but not hoppy enough for a DIPA. I guess I'd call it more of a blond American barleywine. The barley felt thick, even for a 9% beer, and wasn't particularly distinct. It was more of an overly-sweet caramel bread with a little toast. The hops don't stand out enough. The spicy citrus hops are balanced on par with a pale ale. Even if there's 100+ IBU, they're getting lost. I shouldn't get too down on this beer, it's tasty and something different for the style. I just want less sugar and more hops.

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves dense lace.

s - sweet malt and fruity hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange, pine and blackberry.

T - thick malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine in the middle. More sweet malt and pungent hops as the finish washes over the palate with strong bitterness.

M - medium thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very good, complex hop character, lots of malt to balance. Despite the high IBUs, it is balanced and quite drinkable.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Twisted Elm Tavern

Cloudy amber with a orange body with a nice creamy white head. It leaves soapy like lacing.

Citrus, pine, floral, caramel and some breadiness with the aroma.

Pine, citrus, bread, sweet caramel, dough. Some alcohol at the very end.

Light body, some alcohol warmth, smooth and dry.

Tasty double IPA. I had this on tap at the Twisted Elm. 9.2 percent alcohol and its only slightly noticeable. Sweet then finishes dry and bitter.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap into a stemless, footed flute at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It glowed a golden amber color, having a thick haze throughout. No sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared average. The pour was to the top, so the head was minimal. As we sipped, spotty white lacing appeared around the glass. The nose was full of huge citric hops, with hints of floral and soapy varieties too. The malts were caramel, and there was an additional orange and lemon fruitiness, independent of the hops. With warmth came more bitterness of grain, and faint waves of booze. As we sipped, the taste began with very bittering orange rind, lemon, and grapefruity hops. The citrus was way over the top, to the point of tasting, at times, like a cleaning product. The toast of malts was there, and a sugar sweetness helped to cut and balance. Through the middle the bitterness continued, with medicinal phenols and a darker sort of malt. The finish was herbal and piney, with a faint berry sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of soap and citrus, with fusel booze, and plastic phenols. The body was medium and the carbonation was medium. There was a metallic sheen of a coating, and fine astringency with slick and resiny hops drying the mouth. Each sip had nice slurp, smack, and pop. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank as a sipper due to the bitterness and the citrus.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the citric component itself. It really made for a fresh experience, despite becoming overpowering and souring by the end. Here they do a great job of making a crazy, extreme beer, but this guy is not for everyday drinking.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy orange with a very slight head at the top that stays, and almost no lacing.

S: Minimal hint of booze, mangos,citrus, grapefruit and lemons, a nice presence of hops.

T: Upfront is floral with sweet fruits, and notes of caramel, and hops and malts make a perfect balance.

M: Full bodied and mid carbonation.

O: A good brew, I enjoyed this beer, very simply and not to hoppy.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass at 101 Bottles

A- Poured a hazy orange color with frothy head that left some chunky lace

S- Big tropical fruit, pine, grapefruit, and some malts in the the nose. Big pungent aroma, really great

T- Big grapefruit/grape taste, definitely the taste of Cascade hops. Some pine notes and malts, but definitely grapefruit/grape heavy.

M- Very smooth with prickly carbonation on the finish, finishes dry

O- A really good DIPA, I am generally not a big fan of Cascade hops but this is probably my favorite beer I have had that features Cascade hops very predominately.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark hazy copper supporting an off white head leaving nice lace. Smell of dominant hops, heavy balanced malt with grapefruit/citrus aroma. Taste is not as expected considering the IBU's. This is a very well balanced DIPA with the mellow sweet malt and the citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. One of the best DIPA's I think I've had thus far, hearty and well rounded.

Photo of chilly460
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured the color of light maple syrup, with a clear white head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Got a lot of pale and caramel malts. Straight floral and piney hops scent here. Pleasant, but not that strong an aroma.

T: Really enjoyed this one, bright floral tone up front, with definte citrus in the middle. Fairly bitter piney resins finish it off. Plenty of sweet malts in there as well.

M: Very nice, this is a big chewy beer, and exactly what I want in a DIPA.

D: This one surprised me, big flavor profile and chewy texture make for a nice DIPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice.

A: Dark tangerine orange with little light transmitted. Huge creamy head with a chalky white coloring that was strong on the hold. Sticky lace with a very good amount of coverage, provides a thick milky coating on the glass.

S: The nose was sweet piney, mixing with dry grapefruit. Moderate show of strength per ipa standards, a bit less 2x ipa expectations. Finishes out with some light sweet grassy notes.

T: The flavor was dry piney grapefruit, light and flowery with little malt support which came up a bit short. Bitterness was moderate, again more on par per ipa standards rather 2x ipa. Decent on the close with some strong flowery grapefruit flowery hops and hay coming in but still not enough to impress for good results. Alcohol was evident

M: Mouthful was creamy, lush body, bitter on the tongue with a medium body. Tart grapefruit pulp with flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall expected a bit more by brewery standards. The hops and flavor was a bit one dimensional lacking any complexity and depth. Really didnt smack my taste buds around enough.

Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Double IPA, English hops. Hugely bitter. Vast malty richness splayed and ravished by the monstrous excess of hops. Strong honey taste with fruit cocktail and grapefruit rind. So intense, with flavors so bitter and so sweet, it's a challenge. Some sipping proves interesting, but half a small snifter leaves me gasping.

Well, this is definitely Adults Only and drinks Double Bastard for breakfast. Manly hop wonks should take note.

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and a slight liquor.

Photo of demuzik
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a slightly-murky orange, with low head retention, but adequate lacing.

The smell is strong and hoppy, of course - like you're sticking your nose into a basket of various hop types.

The taste is a bit harsh; I'm a fan of Racer 5 and the double IPA style, but I don't think they pulled through on maintaining the essential balance of malt backbone and hop FLAVOR alongside the hop BITTERNESS; the bitterness is there, and jerks you around, overwhelming both the flavor of hop and malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy, alcoholic, and warm. I typically go for the DIPA styles that are surprisingly light in body, so this one being heavy, and somewhat sticky, did not win points with me.

Overall, not a failed attempt by Bear Republic, but disappointing - hop bitterness does not a IIPA make; need the hop flavor, a balanced body, and malt flavor alongside in my book.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises plenty o' biscuit (bit of a surprise, that), light honey, lime, lemon zest, and light orange zest. The taste holds notes of pine, lime, lemon zest, dry biscuit, and very light honey. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, though I think this guy falls short of greatness for a DIPA, it does manage to go down very easily for the amount of hops and the relatively high ABV. Extra points, there.

Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft into 13 oz tulip. Pours a hazy, translucent golden orange hue. My beer arrived without much of a head. Beer leaves some thin lacing as it traverses down the sides of the glass. Nose is pretty heavy on the citrus/grapefruit side of the equation. Mouthfeel is on the malty and bitter side with a malty, lingering aftertaste. Overall, a pretty decent DIPA

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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.