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Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MisterClean on 09-26-2008

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Photo of babaracas
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't resist grabbing a Bear Republic DIPA that I haven't seen before (seems to be the only guarantee of freshness :( ). Pours a clear medium orange with lots of fine sediment in suspension, two fingers of fluffy cream colored head settle to a thin cap and trail a haphazard sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: floral, pine, a little grapefruit, a little biscuit. Taste: sugared grapefruit, orange, grainy spiciness, biscuit. Dunno, a bit of a throwback maybe? It's decent / tasty.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden orange color with two to three fingers worth of white head that leaves a thin layer around the top

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and a piney hop finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a big pine presence with a nice amount of tropical fruit sweetness, very nice

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Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pretty heady... at first, pale straw tone with a touch of orange, the head melts away pretty quickly, there is more legs than lacing here, carbonation from the bottom is sparse, kind scoring on the just OK meter

orange peel, some caramel malts... and not much else, a faint waft of hops if I really study this

taste etc...
decently medium body, good mouth feel (nice and full), rolling orange tone with some mild bitters, a touch of warming in ole gullet speaks to the ABV, drinks very smoothly

the world is full of double IPAs, mach 10 is er Mach 3, not a bad beer mind you but cmon now... especially a cali brewer should realize you have to bring a little more.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours Amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn good.

Smell is full of caramel malt and sweet hops.

Taste is full of caramel malt and finishes bitter. Nothing special but still good, has a syrupy finish. Some spice to this as well.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a snifter at Ground Control in Litchfield Park last night for $6.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose was mild citrus, nothing outstanding.

Taste was nice, Large malt base melded well with citrus forward hops. Residual bitterness was mild.

Feel was medium bodied and smooth yet somewhat refreshing.

Overall a nice solid 2ipa from a brewer that has proven to be consistent over the years.
Try it if you come across it!

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Photo of rand
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

There's a lot of debate regarding the origination of the West Coast IPA, and as it was an evolved process no one can point to one definitive, 'first' beer. But a lot of people point to Bear Republic as one of a handful of breweries to first start pumping these out - Racer 5 was definitely ONE of the first. And everything they brew is quality, most of what they brew is hoppy. Mach 10 easily falls in the both categories.

The brew has a deep, copper-orange color, completely opaque, chilled-haze aside. A medium sudsy head leaves little patches of sticky lacing

The nose is surprisingly gentle, subdued but refreshing. Crisp citrus notes, orange zest and a touch of honeyed bread describe the bouquet. The expected boozy, warming rush isn't there.

Nothing reserved on the palate though. Sharp bitter hops rush to the front of the palate; piney, cirtusy, rindy. The malt backbone doesn't exactly balance the bitter-sweet aspects, but it's not really necessary. The lightly sweet malts combine to yield earthy, tea-like aspects, maybe a little oaky. Alcohol kicks in toward the back of the sip, which would close with a long finish, but ample carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel keeps things fresh between sips.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange color. Nose is where this beer excels: pineapple, oranges, tangerines. Very nice. Taste lacks compared to the smell. I was expecting big citrus. Got subtle tropical fruits and bready malt. Finishes with a somewhat unbalanced bitterness. Medium/light carb. Feel is crisp. Overall, a decent DIPA.

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Photo of 805FIG
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orange, almost copper. Excellent lacing and mouthfeel. This beer has a caramel and biscuit flavor crossed with a orange, slightly bitter ipa. Like a good belgian beer spliced with a sculpin. This beer should be rated higher. Innovative, juicy, and drinkable.

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Photo of bound4er
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy, faint orange to amber appearance with a massive 3 finger white head. Leaves gobs of sticky lacing. Smells of tangerine laced booze and bready malt. Quite bitter upon first taste - this is a tongue bruiser!! I get mostly pine-like flavors from the hops with faint bready malt that tries but ultimately fails to balance things out. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad beer but not one I need to revisit as it is just a bit too unbalanced with its massive bitterness for my tastes.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

>100 IBUs but didn't taste like it. Also read this seasonal is released in April and stays fresh for 3-4 months...I reviewed in Dec. Still really enjoyed - hoppy as hell and definite grapefruit finish

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 -9.4%
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 -5.1%
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 -16.1%
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 -1.3%
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%
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 -3.1%
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 +1%
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 +6.4%
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 +1%
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 +6.6%
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 -1.8%
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 +8.4%
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 -34.4%
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 +13%
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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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.