Mach 10 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of steelerguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another high quality offering from BRBC on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC as part of their BR event. I found this one to be somewhat softer and smoother then the APEX DIPA. More rounded and with less of a biting hop crunch. Exceptionally smooth, tasty, herbal, earthy, frash tasting. Alcohol present but well in the rear. Notes of citrusy hops, smooth sweet malt under blanket. Thoroughly enjoyable, a treat on tap, wish this flowed in my local area on a regular basis. Again, one sip was all it took for the brain to say, quality, worthy DIPA.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Hamilton's. Nice surprise considering I had never seen it before. Poured clear gold with a short white head. Thick, stick lacing. Sweet, citrusy nose with a lighter malt backbone. Not much pine. Carbonated, bubbly mouthfeel that helped cut a heavier bodied, hoppy beer. Heavy grapefruit and lemongrass hops flavors. Lesser sour orange and mango-like flavors. Kind of medicinal towards the middle, and the alcohol shows a bit. No real malt stickiness or over-sweetness. Kind of an earthy/grassy/wooden finish that was out of place. Not nearly as good as Racer X, not even in the same area code, but still a solid DIPA.

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

San Diego, CA

Clear orange with a thick, soapy white head. Regular rings and plenty of lacing down the glass.

Muted and somewhat bready aroma. Some mild pine and citrus hop aromas, but lots of bread and some caramel malt. Balanced, but unexciting, even after significant warming.

Fairly bitter flavor and relatively simple and straight forward overall, with some pine hop flavor and lots of bready and caramel malt. Well balanced and simple.

Medium to full bodied.

A good DIPA from Bear Republic, but unexciting and uninventive.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah some old notes from the 9th dipa Bistro festival. Slow work day today!

Orange/ruby appearance, on the low-average head size but high-average on the lace.

Bigger fruit aspect to the aroma and taste. The usual culprits, orange, grapefruit, pine, but throw in some maybe mango & apple to up the sweetness, but not to a level that makes it chickish. Very herbal.

Downside, if there is one (because no doubt this is an upper echelon beer if you like hops) is the viscosity (thicker than desired) and the tendency to feel the sweetness as masking the alcohol.

Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler from Village Beer Merchant. Cloudy golden with generous 3/8 inch of white head, and thick lace lines. Mild hop but bold malt aromas.Holding it together a spicey gummy Biere de Gard Big mouthfeel, extremely dangerous drinkable. Sugary sweet malt partners with citrus piney hops and makes the approaching Autumn...doable.

Photo of aval89
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden orange with a thin head.. spotty lacing..

S: peaches & mango dominate.. some pine & citrus come in as well.. rounds out with big sweet caramel malts.. small trace of booze..

T: upfront is mango with slight citrus.. then comes the big caramel sweetness with slight pine on the finish.. finish is dominated by the sweet caramel & some booziness..

Mf: full body with a syrupy like feel.. some booze heat.

O: I expected more hops on this one.. that sweet caramel is pretty dominat though.. still good.

Photo of augustgarage
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse.

Faintly cloudy dark amber liquid with a delicate dusting of ivory bubbles in various sizes up-top. Sandy lacing, reasonable retention.

Sweet gentle aromatics push right through my plate of jalapeño and smoked chicken topped nachos...suggesting wildflowers, candied ginger, sourdough crumpets, wet-hops, and fresh wort. Lovely, atypical for the style, and I'm readily infatuated. I suspect the big dose of English First Gold hops is responsible here...

Alas the love seems to be unrequited as the flavors can't quite deliver the promise of the nose. More fresh wort for sure, raw ingredients - brown sugar and hops sauteed together...passion fruit perhaps...hop syrup, and caramelized grain in the finish.

Not-quite-medium-bodied, slick, well carbonated.

Unique, fresh-from-the-kettle, clean, almost farm-like flavors. Vague pine, but the Cascade seems to be contributing more bitterness than flavor and neither in excess, despite the brewery's hyperbolic claims about this being their most EXTREME Imperial IPA. Very good beer that transports you right to Healdsburg.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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 tempest
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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 mikey711
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the road house this weekend. Also, I had Racer X earlier in the week so it was fun to compare. Notes from my phone.

A. Slightly cloudy and golden. Big foamy white

S. Big hop aroma lemon and orange citrus.

T. What, for all the citrus hoppy aromas this is very piny tasting. I feel slightly deceived.

M: it is slightly rough around the edges where racer X is super smooth. Also the bitterness was a bit more than I would have liked

D: It goes down pretty smooth, but given the opportunity I dont think I would need to try it again

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler into a pint glass. Big thanks to my good buddy Barscream for hooking several of us up with this while waiting in line during a recent beer release.

Pours a hazy copper, with a finger or so of egghshell-white foamy head. Retains stays rich, leaving back some equally robust lacing. The aroma is loaded with plenty of grapefruit character and more bitter citrus. It's also pretty floral and spicy, with some extra citric notes and malts providing the bulk of the sweetness. A bit of smoke appears from the malts as this warms, putting off a slight tang in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a LOT of bitter, juicy, grapefruit. The hop bitterness is more on the moderate side, with a good bit of spice that really shows itself towards the back of the profile. A toasted grainy sweetness sits underneath, giving off more smoky roasted notes while the finish is dry, spicy, and bitter with fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamier carbonation up front that then gets more prickly towards the back of the swallow. Good drinkibility here for the size. I had no problem handling several samples of this.

Another well done IPA here from Bear Republic. While it certainly doesn't quite match up with a Racer 5 or X, it still brought it's own tasty game to the table, with namely lots of hoppy fruit and spice and a nice job of handling it's high ABV. Definitely worth a try if you see it on tap.

Photo of osusullins
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try at a Bear Republic beer, although I have been hearing people talking them up for quite a while.

I was impressed with this beer. It is a very nice double IPA. The abv doesn't knock you down like some Imperials will.

Pours a nice orange with a very soft head.

Smells very hoppy as it should. Lots of pine resin.

Taste matches the nose and the style. Hop forward but well balance by the bready malts. I enjoyed this very much. Looking forward to trying more Speed Racer beers from the people of Bear Republic.

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Green Man snifter. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, passion fruit, wheat, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, citrus, fruit, spices, and subtle wheat. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I honestly suggest you allow this one to warm up some as it was quite abrasive while cold. The pine aspect going on in this one was unpleasant at first, but grew on you after a few sips. Decently well balanced and complex, but just missed on what my palate enjoys in a Double IPA. Worth trying if you get the opportunity.

Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at VIP reception at Stone's 14th Anniversary party. This may be one of the biggest, thickest and most intense beers I've tried....and I thought it was great!

A rich dark orange with a white head.

Nose is simply huge pineapple and sweet apricot with undertones of lemon pie - assertive and very appealing.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but just misses being too syrupy-a feeling of richness and quality.

Flavors are just plain hit you over the head intense! Big sweet orange/lemon citrus character followed by sweet candied apricots and pineapple with mano undertones.

The bitter is just in your face! Huge citrus skin bitter with pine but with a honey character.

Complex and huge with a pine bitter honeyed finish.

This is a must try and a wonderful effort from Bear Republic-bottle this one...please!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Library Alehouse with my father in Santa Monica. Had this after having PtE on tap.

Appearance - Pours into a tulip by the waitress. Dark caramel color with about a finger of head that dissipates relatively fast. It leaves decent lacing.

Smell - With my father having a PtE and myself having this, we can smell much more malts, caramel. There is some floral, citrus, and hop notes. However, it is just not as impressive at the PtE.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though more of a caramel backbone than I wanted. There is some nice citrus flavors (appropriately more than PtE), light pine, and lingering bitterness. My dad, not a beer guy, loves PtE way more than this (as do I to be honest).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly, pretty drinkable. Not as malty/caramel as east coast DIPAS (read 90min) but again, if PtE was available, I'd for sure get that over this. Glad I was able to try it!

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapevine, Fort Mill. Poured a gold with orange accents. HUGE billowing white head. Quite citrusy aroma, orange and grapefruit with just a hint of herbal pine. Taste was much sweeter than I was expecting, not a huge malt sweetness, but I think I saw marmelade in another review, this describes it nicely. Almost a Hopslam sweetness, but make no mistake it is no Hopslam. Plenty of citrus, some piney hops, but it just tickles the tongue, this is not a pound the tongue brew, much more balance here. Finishes clean with some linering hop bitters. Slightly lower abv helps make this more drinkable, along with the balance. If there was such a thing this could be a double APA.
Drink one if available to you.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap @ the Blind Tiger 10-11-08

I made the mistake of having this beer after having the APEX DIPA by Bear Republic. Compared to it, it has alot less bite and hops. A higher alcohol than APEX, which i was surprised because the APEX seemed to have much more alcohol. A smooth drinking DIPA with a nice balance of hops, not overpowering, but doesnt stay on your tongue as long i usually like. With the alcohol hidden well and the hop presence it tastes more like a bigger IPA than a DIPA. Overall a very drinkable DIPA, just doesnt measure up to the APEX

Photo of fitzy84
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had an incredible hazy amber look to it. Very thick lacing to the drink as well. This drink had a massive, massive hoppy aroma to it. Flavors were particular sweet with an earthy tone to it. This earthy-aspect came with the mouthfeel which was rather thick full-bodied. Overall, a rather awesomely mammoth drink.

Photo of Gregaroo
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber right into my mouth on the Amtrak train from NYC Penn Station to Trenton, NJ. "Look" rating is an estimate. Thoroughly enjoyed this one from Beat Republic. Great companion for the train ride. I'll need to have this one again, maybe a side by side with Racer X.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one has an interesting hop bill, at least in terms of a Double IPA- American Cascade and English First Gold. I definitely expect this to taste different than the typical juice bomb or pine bomb.

This one pours a hazy orange-ish amber, looks like a dark orange leaf in autumn. There's a persisting foamy white head, about half an inch, with a good amount of lacing.

This one smells super spicy, with grass and black pepper, a good floral character, and some grapefruit and mango.

This has a super intense, almost searing bitterness, that lingers pretty hardcore throughout the session. This has a tiny bit of sweet malt, and no alcohol burn, which is nice. There's a really killer spicy hop presence, peppery, zesty, and grassy, which is the Cascade speaking quite loudly. There's some bitter grapefruit rind, some sweet orange, and a some spicy almost rye-like bread flavors. This is super intense, and is basically the definition of a kick in the teeth.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but not too much. It's a slow sipper, due to the intensity of flavors. I don't usually include this sort of fact in my reviews, but a bomber of this got me quite warm and practically drunk. This one seemed to hit harder than other DIPAs of similar strength.

This was quite excellent, and possibly the best IPA I've had from Bear Republic.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium gold and hazed, big fat head of off-white will leave some trails down the glass

S: big fruity bouquet packing with potent floral and citric aromas

T: smash in the mouth of flavors, accompanied by a big bitterness bill - tropical and orchard fruit elements

F: softy but big - medium-full-bodied, somehow manages to stay tight and on-point - nothing sloppy here

O: truly delicious drinking - juicy and wet, massive bitterness, great feel and finish.

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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.