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Mach 10 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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

This extreme Double Imperial IPA is brewed with American Cascades and English First Gold hops for a deliciously unique hop profile. Bitter, malty, with a definite alcohol note, this beer is one of our most assertive and extreme.

100+ IBU
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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toad in the Hole.

P: Orange golden body. Murky, perhaps from chill haze. Tight, uniform lace white head sits atop.

A: Juicy grapefruit hops dominate. Perfume floral hops as well. Some caramel malts. Some brown sugar. Spice and pine.

T: More grapefruit, some pine resin. Light spicing. Robust caramel malts. Nice bitterness. Good balance between the malts and hops. Not much depth, but highly enjoyable.

Photo of avaldivia
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Taps in Petaluma.

A: Hazy golden color. Thin head with decent lacing.

S: Whoa. Citrus. Grapefruit smell. You get some alcohol on the nose. I am excited and worried at the same time.

T: The citrus flavors were good. The only issue is, the alcohol is a bit too strong.

M: Ok. I like cask beers, but this would have benefitted from being just a bit cooler. Not as carbonated as I would have liked. Medium bodied.

O: Good. I would like to try this one not on cask and see the difference. As usual, Bear Republic does not disappoint with their hoppy beer.

Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A;Got it on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Williamsburg, where they served it in a tall, thinner version of a tumbler. Body is dark honey-golden with a small whitish head. Leaves behind real good lacing.

S: Nose is big on the citrus - mainly grapefruit. Also a touch of perfumey floral hops and a mild sweetness underneath.

T: The taste follows the nose - lots of juicy grapefruit and a touch of dry lemony bitterness at the finish. Some honey-sweet malt provides balance, but the hops are running this show.

M: Call it medium-bodied in heft, with a decently creamy carbonation.

O: A nice DIPA that's on the lighter side of things, heft and feel-wise. Not too slick and not too heavy.

Photo of CHickman
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left great rings of lacing; a solid looking IPA.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel and spices that bring big whiffs of alcohol; this is hoppy and sweet, but the alcohol aroma can't be contained and comes through the hops.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, sweet malt, caramel, pepper, coriander, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices; this is sweet and spicy with a strong alcohol presence, which actually took away from the flavor for me. This IPA is too hot and the alcohol could not mesh with the citrus and pine notes and added an element of overkill, unlike Racer 5 and Racer X.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and again some definite heat. Medium drinkability, as this was a little disappointing to me and just too spicy for mass consumption.

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: shaker pint, medium golden in color, slightly hazed, with a well-retained white head that leaves light lace

s: nicely hopped, fresh juicy citrus with a slight pine back, malts add a leveling sweetness but stay on the light end, nice aroma but not quite as edgy as expected

m: moderate carbonation with a body ranging between light and medium

t: big resinous citrus rind and pine hop notes on a clean, moderately sweet malt body, assertively bitter in the finish, really nice dipa flavor without breaking into top-range

d: no problems here, a quality ipa

draft at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

Photo of imagese
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy copper with a minimal head and minimal lacing

S- very earthy and funky citrus and floral hops. A heavy sweet malt holds up to the hops

T- much like the nose, but the citrus bitterness pushes thru the malty thickness. Doesn't have the distinctive hop and malt separation I much enjoy

M- very full. Great carbonation

D- not bad, but very thick and malty, so doesn't have the typical DIPA crispness

Photo of BretSikkink
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-hazed from the tap, a copper-orange color with some dusky sidelights of siena. It sat on the tap shelf for some minutes, and the head was much reduced: a ring of tan foam.

A little light in the nose as well. Quite fruity, with notes of grapefruit and orange, alongside a dose of pine. Malts are caramel, and definitely singing backup. The flavor is fairly more assertive, and hits the taste buds with a decent blast of citrus and pine. The nail has been hit.

I was waiting for this Bear Republic brew to get out of the gates, and here it comes. The citrus spectrum is well-represented, with some fleshing-out done by pepper, pine rosin, tobacco, and earthy herbs. Malts are big enough for the job, and add a nice caramel note without being obtrusive. Chunky, but more like you're going to find some hop leaves floating around than find yourself chewing on malted barley.

Enjoyable drink: not as well-attenuated as Racer X and perhaps a bit rough around the edges in other areas, but Mach 10 is more than worthy of your beer dollars. Another hit from B.R.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a clear medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate piney hop with a touch of sweet malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy hop, some apricot and a doughy malt. There was a peasant lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty DIPA, with a moderate hop presence.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
My beer arrives from the tap with a hazed, amber tinged, copper color. The head is only a dusting and a ring around the edges. After the Double Jack I just had the nose on this beer is considerably reduced; I sense notes of grapefruit, touches of pine, what seems like notes of caramelized malt, some tangelo zest notes, caramelized almost malty ruby red grapefruit notes (from a mix of the hop and malt character). As my nose slowly adjusts to the hop onslaught that was Double Jack, more of the hop character in this beer becomes noticeable.

Somewhat sweet as it first hits my palate, but it has a gripping, biting bitterness that only gets more amplified in the finish, even lingering in a peppery, biting, clean bitterness in the long finish. Ample notes of hop fruit character are also found here with flavors of tangelo, a touch of ruby-red grapefruit, essential citrus oil, sweet lychee as well as sharper hop notes of pine and a peppery herbal character (this last is likely accentuated by the garlic cheese bread that I just ate). Perhaps a touch of spicy alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but it can't drown out the lush fruitiness from the hop character. There is a touch of malt caramelization here that contributes a fuller flavor to the supporting malt sweetness with out really intruding on the hop focus. The body of this brew has a touch of heft to it, but it is still quite quaffable and the biting bitterness really does a good job of balancing such that this beer is quite drinkable.

A nice Double IPA that is certainly hurting due to being drunk soon after Firestone's Double Jack. Still this is a beer I am definitely enjoying & one I could easily recommend.

Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids. Poured a copper brown color with a thick slightly off-white head. Aromas of flowery hops and sweet malt. On the palate, medium bodied with a lot of floral hoppiness up front, folowed by a good maltiness and a lingering bitterness. Another good beer from Bear Republic.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

A: Orange-brown color with a moderate head.

S: Grassy notes with some light citrus.

T: Grassy, earthy, with an IPA stiffness.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but not as good as the Racer 5.

Photo of afksports
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank Bear Republic's Mach 10 on tap at a new beer and food place that blew me away. Strong Place in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. A half hour before sitting down we bought two bottles of Goose Island Vanilla, so needless to say I was in a good beer mood.

This IPA tones down the typical West Coast hop bombs and actually brings the malty roastiness to the front. It pours amber with good lace and not so good head. Smell is hop citrus/pine. It hit the spot on my drinking profile that evening, so it can stand on it's own for IPA taste, but at the back end there's a bitterness that isn't welcome.

It is an imperial though, and it masks the 8.7abv well within a medium body. That's probably the reason for the up front malts.

Good, but not great.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Vine St. Pub in Denver. I rave about this place, and love to pimp them to the public. Great beers, great people, darn good food.
Anywho, this one is bright orange, pale yellow pour. Head is dense, but just shy of rocky and the lacing is a tad thin.

Aroma is nice, but somewhat weak. Orange peel, pineapple, persimmon, some spice and bubble gum. Very light biscuit malt.

The malt is a nice base from which the other flavors can grow. The citrus orange and pineapple are present, bubble gum on the back end. Spice in and out all the way throw. For a double it just misses the mark. Could have some stronger flavors in there.

The feel and drinkability are great. Nice pinch bite to it, clean but lingering. Spice gives one last push on the end before a hint of pine closes it out.
nice beer

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, and has a soapy smell to it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and soap mostly, with some fruit as well.

m - Medium body, smooth, and low carbonation. I thought it was pretty easy to drink for the ABV.

d - An OK DIPA, but the smell and taste I detected as "soapy" was a bit off putting. Might try again sometime but wouldn't seek out.

Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer poured a darkened orange-amber color with an alright off-white head. Sweet lemon rind, grass and wildflowers in the aroma. Both the aroma and taste were a fair bit sweeter than expected, though not in a cloying, malty sense. The taste was a bit sweet and unaggressive for my preferences. There's some hop bite in the finish, but this isn't a terribly assertive DIPA. That said, it's not too malty or sticky. The English hops provide a nice floral/grassy flavor that is quite pleasant. Good beer, but it's not my favorite DIPA from BR.

Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local bar. Beer is orange with a white head of small and medium bubbles. Leaves some lacing carbonation low. Its a little hazy.

Aroma is nearly non-existent. Really annoyed. Where are the in your face hops?

Weak...weak....WEAK! My pilsner I had after this was more complex and flavorful and I didn't like it either. Its thin, fruity, mildly bitter, its a no show.

Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pours a cloudy copper topped by thick froth. The aroma has an English hop character, herbal and a bit earthy with citrus and caramelized malt underneath. As it opens up, I can pick out a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is firmly bitter, with balance provided by biscuit-like malt. The hop flavor is more complex than the nose suggests, combining herbal-earthy notes and touches of juicy papaya and tangerine. While I like the hop flavors, the heavy bitterness and heavy malt backbone wear down the palate pretty quickly. I'd like to see them brew a beer with the same aroma/flavor hop additions but with more reigned-in specialty malts and bittering hops. Pretty enjoyable stuff regardless.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours an orangish-copper color with a short single-finger white head. There is a bit of lacing dotting the sides of the glass, but not all too much. The nose is pretty weak and I can't believe this is considered a double IPA. There are some light citrus and pine hops that come through as well as a bit of light malt.

The taste is a bit more substantial with a bit of orange, pine, and some light floral notes. There is a touch of bready malt in the background, though that comes out stronger in the mouthfeel. Feel is slightly bitter on a medium body. No alcohol presence at all. This goes down smoothly and drinks surprisingly well for its ABV, but doesn't have all that much going on.

Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, orange copper with a thin, creamy, light tan head that reduced to a ring of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Deep and dank with an up front blast of MaryJane scented hops. Some tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango come through including a waft of orange rind too. Sweet caramel malt pokes it's head out in the background.

T-Dank, biting citrus rind with a nice dose of pine for the hop profile. While the hops are the forerunner they seem muddled. A combination of sweet malt and astringent pine resin in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Good, not great (especially compared to some of BR's other IPAs) but good, Still, quite tasty with lots of herb, orange and pine coming through in this one. I like it but certainly don't love it.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light to medium orange, with a soft soapy white head. Full concentric rings of lace and very good retention are a highlight.

S: Some tropical fruit, papaya, grassy, but not too expressive.

T: Green and damp with a earthy to grassy hop profile. Some light nuance, but the hops aren't wowing. A nice drinkable flavour though, nothing offensive.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation.

D: Compared to the brilliant Apex and the very good Racer X, this DIPA from Bear Republic is left in the dust. A good beer in its own right, but coming from BR I expected better.

Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at South Park in Dayton.

Pours a lighter orange, no head issued, but nice soapy lacing nonetheless.
Malty-sweet nose, albeit a bit subdued, with hints of caramel and tropical fruit.
Smooth on the taste buds, not quite as malt-heavy as the nose indicates. Mango, papaya, pineapple notes with an understated hop bite which burns brighter as the beer warms.
Nice body; not as syrupy as many of the DIPA style brewed these days. The lighter body adds to the drinkability and masks the alcohol very well.

Photo of jampics2
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Heads IPA festival.

Orange color with some amber and copper highlights. The beer looks a touch still in the glass with very little active carbonation, and the head straight-up sucks. Disappointing start.

The bouquet is also far from impressive. It's just not expressive enough, with some perfume and apricot. But this could smell WAY better and jump out of the glass more. At touch of citrus is very understated. Some booze is noticeable as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got some dank resin and pine, and some perfume, mango, and papaya. The malt is very sweet. I really wish I knew why they chose this much sweet malt. It totally cuts the beer in half with prominent caramel and, if that wasn't bad enough, doesn't even carry us into the aftertaste. Instead, it drops straight-off into a wasteland of booze (and a stadium-full of 'boos').

The beer is sticky as all hell. The carbonation is low, with a medium body. Some lingering bitterness and sweetness, and a bit of booze in the aftertaste. This was the miss of the entire festival for me, what a disappointing beer. It just has absolutely nothing in common with my ideal DIPA, as I love citrus and expression. I love much less perfume and malt that doesn't distract. This brings none of those characteristics to the table. I'd try it again at Bear Republic on draft, but never again away from the home base.

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is all IPA/DIPA, showing considerable tropical fruit and a boatload of orange citrus. Also get some light pine and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the clear emphasis is on the orange citrus. On the finish I pick up some pine, and then a long, bitter finish with a hint of alcohol. This medium bodied DIPA delivers plenty of flavor, and drinkability is pretty good. There is some alcoholic heat in the finish that detracts just a bit, and you can tell the abv. is up there in this beer, but it's not over the top.

A very nice DIPA from Bear Republic, especially for those who have a fondness for orange citrus.

Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-08-21 at the brew pub in Healdsburg, CA

A - Clear orangish-tan with short 1-finger head

S - Floral hops, orange candy, mild alcohol

T - Caramelized toasted marshmallow, tropical fruit, grapefruit. Coats the tongue with sweetness and lingering bitterness that are well-balanced. Finishes a little dry, which is nice. Very pleasing.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

D - Too strong to session but a couple of these small glasses would be great.

Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.