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Mach 10 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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very good

137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 376
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 376
Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two inch cap of foam; some strands of lacing appear

Smell: Caramel and piney hop aromatics

Taste: Caramel forward with piny bitterness building; after the swallow, the bitterness builds but the underlying sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and sticky; moderate carbonation

Overall: This would have passed as a better DIPA several years ago; IPAs Brewer today are very different and much more enjoyable

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with off white head.
S: It smelled like orange and grapefruit, with a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and orange zest and candied apricot, with some honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent double IPA with bold and bitter scent and taste, but nothing unique or impressive. The body was average, and the finish wasn't harsh or hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Good brew, but not top tier.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the remaining surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and quickly transitions over to citrusy, floral, and piney and spicy hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight amounts of alcohol are noticeable towards the back end.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is mostly dominated by aromas and flavors of caramel and pine. While quite strong, it does a rather good job of masking most of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is decent, while the texture is rough (suggesting intense bitterness). Lots of lacing sticks to the glass, as well. Even with the haze, it looks good. (3.75)

Smell: Well, this smells like a blast from the past. Instead of new school, high-falutin' hops, here we get a classic mix of grapefruity/floral Cascade and earthy English hops. Pine also pops assertively. The maltiness is typical caramel, but subdued for a DIPA. I don't know what else to say, other than this: it smells BITTER. (3.5)

Taste: I half expected this to be the bastard son of Hopsickle, Ruination 1.0, and Bigfoot in terms of bitterness. And yet, no. Somehow, the earthy English hops keep the floral, piny Cascade in check from start to finish. Traces of pineapple and grapefruit flutter around, as well. A caramel malt upsurge on the back end also helps to quash some of the bitterness. As I sip this more, I start to notice: the bitterness isn't as timid as I thought. It pops the more I drink it - come to think of it, this helps it go down easy without becoming ridiculously oppressive. Nothing here is blowing me away, but it works okay as an old school DIPA. (3)

Mouthfeel: This has good crispness, while the heft is style-appropriate. The finish is moderately sweet, as well. Carbonation is slightly concealed by the body's thickness, though it does enough to cleanse the palate sufficiently. (3.75)

Overall: I can't remember the last time I had something from these guys! Perhaps unsurprisingly, their Mid-Atlantic distribution is spotty and delayed. As my first Bear Republic beer for a while, this was okay. Definitely stuck in the old-school train of though - for better or worse - but far from bad. Admittedly, English hop notes don't speak to me unless they're paired with English ale esters...which this one lacks. Worth trying, just don't expect a juicy tropical fruit bomb. (3.25)

3.29/5: A fun beer to try, but not my favorite DIPA

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Photo of twage04
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unremarkable but still enjoyable. Served on tap at whole foods. I could have sworn this was a Simcoe bomb until I read the decription, I did get the cascade right though! Interesting combo with the ekg hops. Malt was hidden with alcohol but set the stage well. Solid beer even if the hop profile was less ambitious than a lot of dipas.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

enjoy by 09/12/15. 22 oz bottle.

A: hazy orange/amber hue. good head. decent looking brew but you have to pour carefully.

S: piney hop aroma. very cascade driven. inviting but not in your face.

T: a lot of hop flavor, but nothing too distinctive. a muddle of pine, citrus, and resins. bitter on the finish. not bad but nothing outstanding.

M: carb is low and subtle. full bodied.

D: a good DIPA, but not great. expected more bright hop qualities from a DIPA by Bear Republic. Cascade comes across nicely and perhaps that was the only intention.

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Photo of Big_V
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep orange. Not much on the nose. Little citrus. A little sweet upfront followed by hops and citrus. Nice mouthful. Would buy again but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bear Republic pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy deep golden orange amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Spicy, kinda fruity, citrus, a little caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, peppery spice, pine, some fruity notes, some caramel malt sweetness, and a hint of alcohol.

M: Just a little heavier than medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite offering from them, but still solid stuff.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasty with a crazy intense bitterness on the finish.
Ultra bitter finish with some hints of tropical flavor. I don't care for the aftertaste but I wonder how much is that due to the Bear Republic flavor profile yeast.

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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange-amber with a thick cap of foamy off-white head. Great retention and small sticky lacing. The aroma is a little light, with just light whiffs of piney hops, a little spice and a hint of malt. The taste is much more hopped, with pine and spice battling it out. The malt sneaks in, though, adding just enough balance. The body is lighter and there's a nice peppery tingle throughout.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE - 1FH, hazy, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, malts, yeast, floral, sweet.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, lingering, astringent, clean, light, refreshing.

VALUE - $8 for 10-oz draft. OK.


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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange body with large head and left lace patches down glass. A juicy, citric, floral hop aroma and touch of sweetness in aroma. Beer is medium bodied, citric, floral, piney hopped and grapefruit/tangerine sweetness with moderate dry bitterness. Tad sticky on finish and proper hint of booze in finish.

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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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Photo of MonkeyBread
2.57/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard glass.

Appearance: pretty standard DIPA color. Perhaps a little darker than typical. Limited head retention.

Smell: non-existent, uh oh. This is literally odorless

Taste: front is a mild dose of floral and maybe a vague bit of stone fruit. Almost non existent flavor. Then the bitterness takes over. Just tons of English hops and C American hops that are adding no interesting flavors, just astringent bitterness.

Overall: I've never had a bad Bear Republic beer. This is awful. Have to drain pour it. I'm thinking there was a shipping issue in the heat that skunked this beer. Tastes like a homebrew where you boiled a gazillion low quality hops for 3 hours and that was it. Just bitterness and nothing else. Miserable.

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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.

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Photo of Absolut
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an light orange with an offwhite head. Smells and tastes of malt with a hint of citrus. Given some of their other IPAs I was underwhelmed. too malt forward for a DIPA

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/snifter glass

A - A nice light blood orange color (beautiful hues), tiny bubbles and a nice one finger off white frothy head

S - Very pungent fruit, loud sugar, nice booze, over ripe pineapple, subtlety sexy hops, smooth pine, slight earthy wood, very floral, tons of malt, slight baking yeast and slightly grainy

T - Pineapple, roses, huge hops (smacks you in the mouth), tons of sugar, nice easy booze, not very yeasty, some pine, grass, a bit dank, grains and the overflow-eth

M- medium plus body, little carbonation, ok complexity, decent balance and a huge plus long hoppy/sugary/malty finish

D/O - Very drinkable for anytime of day and any season of the year. This is for the hop heads. If you're a balanced IPA drinker this one only slightly balances at the end but not much. A good slice of pizza, hot dog or some BBQ goes with this one.

Final Thoughts - It is still hard for me to wrap $8 for a 22oz around my head when you can get some excellent beers for at max $15 a sixer. Yet, this is one to give a try. A score of 88 (200+ reviewers) is a bit low, but again the hops are a huge component in this IPA.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.