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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: 375
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: 375
Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's

A-yellow body and white head that sticks around for the night. Yeah I went there

S-nice hoppynicss that isn't that strong

T-nice hoppiness with no malt whatsoever. Good hops

M-medium body and smooth

O-not the best but still very good

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif. Color was a hazy mixture of brown and orange. Minimal head. Light lacing on the top. Spread out film on the sides of the glass.

Really, really struggled to find a smell. Very bland. Got a sweet citrus sniff late with some caramel in there, too.

Strong bite of alcohol to start, almost rubbing alcohol. Got some caramel at the end. Smooth finish made the taste a 3.0 as it was on pace for a lot lower.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth beer, though.

I thought it was just an okay beer. I’d probably give it another try since I liked the Racer so much. Maybe it was just a bad pour.

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

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a clouded burnt orange color with a thick frothy white head, leaves plenty of lacing with filmy retention resting on top.

Citrusy hops with bitterness in the nose, juicy with some sweet malt backbone, hints of bread, caramel, and alcohol.

Bittersweet up front, juicy hops with tropical fruit. Lots of apricot, pineapple, and orange. Thicker malt backbone with bready tones and caramel. Finished juicy and sweet w a touch of warmth.

Medium body, lower carbonation, sticky and filmy on the tongue. A pretty decent DIPA, but not as delicious as other draft only offerings from Bear Republic such as Racer X or Ryevalry.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this once about 2 years ago, wasn't sure if I'd see it again.

Poured a hazy rusty orange, off-white head starts at a finger and retains as a cap well, leaves lots of good lacing.

Smell/taste - Lots of sweetness from the malts...big caramel/butterscotch/toffee thing going on. Bitter piny hops, grapefruit, some citrus. Not bad but the malts were way too sweet.

Creamy, almost thick-feeling mouthfeel, could use some more carbonation. A bit of booze but not much.

This kinda reminds me of Southern Tier Unearthly...really sweet malts seem to overpower.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, into a 12oz beer glass at Alto Cinco in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (4.5): One-finger, eggshell-colored head fading to an opaque disc floating on top; heavy lacing literally coating most of the side of the glass with film—very awesome. Body is a slightly hazy, dark gold. Very nice looking beer!

Smell (3.5): Fruity citrus, leaning towards red grapefruit—that nice, sweet-bitter citrus combo. Can’t pick up on too much malt in the nose, here, but it’s clearly not overly sweet. That’s okay.

Taste (4.0): Bright, aggressive citrusy hop morphing into a pine note. The malts come through as a very nice, warm, sweet bready flavor, like banana bread sans bananas, if that makes sense. Supports the hop profile very well. Good pine bite on the end. Little alcohol present. It’s got a good, rather long and bitter finish—very nice. Yeast note is another classic Anglo-American type, fitting for the style.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Oily, moderate carbonation, medium body but with a dry finish—very good mouthfeel, actually.

Overall (4.5): Much better than average, this is well-rounded and very fitting for the style. Very good overall, and I’d buy this regularly if I could. Bear Republic, if and when you put this into a bottle, let me know immediately because I want it in my fridge all the time.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wonderful citrus hop aroma. It's quite aromatic along with a bit of fruity esters. The taste is great! It has a balanced attack of hops and malts. It has mostly a pale malt flavor that's rich and a tad sweet along with an excellent hop flavor. It has a bold bitterness that meshes well with the malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's balanced and flavorful; another solid offering from Bear Republic.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub

A - Pours a darker orange and a nice puffy foam head.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pine, decent maltyness there too, much more than a lot of other DIPAs.

T - It's sweet, but it has a lot of pine in there. Some caramel malt, grapefruit in the hops. The booze comes a bit forward at the end that results in a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M - A little too smooth, seems to lack a bit of carbonation, but still good.

Overall - It was okay. A decent DIPA, I feel like it needs a bit of fine tuning in the taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice finger or so of white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and fruit notes with a good amount of grapefruit along with some orange and pineapple. A mild pine aroma along with some floral hop notes and sweet malt (a bit of caramel).

T: As with the aroma, there is a pronounced sweet fruit character. Hints of grapefruit along with sweeter citrus like orange and tangerine. A mild booziness, unfortunately. A touch of peach, along with a bit of floral and herbal hops. Sweet malt/caramel is also there.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: There were nice aromas and flavors to this, but overall it was too sweet.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly coppery orange. Big bubbles create a one third inch of off-white foam.

Dank grapefruit, surprisingly malty aroma. Lots of pine resin to the nose.

Tastes is surprisingly sweet. Lots of caramel, malt is very forward. Some mandarin orange slices mix their way in. Some bready, slightly unpleasant acrid soap aftertaste. Only real downside to an otherwise very pleasant flavor. Minor burnt pine can be detected.

Needs more carbonation.

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

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a bright gold color with a pretty nice head.

Aromas are grapefruit like, with some hard candies, and resiny pine. While this smells nice, it's a bit more faint than I expected.

Taste is bitter, with some creamy hard candy sweetness up front. Beer then settles into some general hop bitterness, mostly pine, grapefruit, and some light resin and floral notes. The hoppiness is good, but the malt balance lacks a bit.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty good DIPA, but compared to others that Bear Republic has put out, this is a couple of notches below.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

818th Review on BA
Draft to pint

@Churchills Sourfest 2011

App- A nice standard DIPA orange with a one finger head. With a great amount of lace and cling. Had webbing and a great slide pattern.

Smell- A faint citrus note with a fresh rained on tangerine and ripe fruit. A big malt backbone as well. Balanced aromatics with just a bit of whispy booze notes.

Taste- A bit too one dimensional but this was surprisingly still pretty tasteful. A bit malty with only a slight bit of backing citrus notes. A little floral and sorely lacking in a robust IBU to round things out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation levels. No resounding bitterness to mellow out the malty floral and fruit notes.

Drink- A pretty standard DIPA. Got a bit more excited than I should have. As mentioned too, 1 dimensional with a small lack of balance.

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Photo of Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one as part of a warm-up act at Churchkey for Zwanze Day 2011.

This one is listed here at 8.7%, Bear Republic's website states that it is 9.2%, but the menu at Churchkey put it in the 10%+ range. Now I'm confused...

A: Golden in color and crystal clear and with a solid, ghost white head that held up pretty well throughout the session. Obviously filtered.

S: I got sort of a combination of grass (earthy), and melted "Astro Pop" (you remember those from the 80s right?)

T: This was both sweet and bitter, but with the sweeter elements winning out by a WIDE margin. Bad move Bear Republic.... aren't you guys West Coast hop bomb makers?

M: Candy sugar, but the candy was of the "Mallow Creme" variety which I hate. The bitterness lingered for a bit, then died, and the carbonation was very low.

O: When I walk through the door at Churchkey and glanced at the menu, I became more excited to try this one than any other brew on the menu. I remember telling Thorpe429 after he asked what I thought, "Now that I'm addicted to Citra-based IPAs, it seems that many others pale in comparison." He just nodded in agreement....

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Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Tops in a taster glass.

Perfectly clear pale gold, with a half-finger head of fuzzy off-white. The cap quickly becomes a thin ring, leaving streaky lace behind.

Bright, sweet nose. I wouldn’t exactly call it tropical, but it shows signs of similar fruits. Grass, maybe some pineapple, honey, stone fruit.

The flavor showcases non-bitter grapefruit juice backed by sweet mango and grass. Bits of orange peel, caramel, a hint of biscuits. Pineapple is definitely there when it warms — in fact, when it hits a certain temperature, pineapple and stone fruit take over completely. Sweet, tasty stuff.

Sugary, somewhat heavy medium body. Starts with peppery carbonation that breaks into just a bit of fizz. A little tongue-numbing, but the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden for the most part.

Another sweet, tasty hop monster from Bear Republic. This brewery’s IPA’s all seem very similar, but it’s not a problem when they’re all good.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'briens Pub

A: Mach 10 pours a straight clear caramel amber color with a thin white soapy cap that was gone in seconds. Some speckled lacing here and there.

S: Smells are laden with sweet pale and caramel malts. Some fruity and floral hop aromas with a dash of pine but really rather mellow for a DIPA.

T: Taste is more floral as well. Some subtle citrus and pine notes but mostly flowers that are coming through. Bitters seem rather restrained. Slight residual caramel sweetness. ABV's very well masked at 10% (what O'Briens posted) Nice balance just not the hop blast one might expect in a DIPA from BR.

M: Med body with a sticky mouthcoat and slight creaminess.

D: Nothing too exciting here. It is def a well crafted brew and still hoppy but in a subtle hibiscus flower sort of way. Could really use some more aroma. Not that pungent pine and citrus hop sting that I seek. But still a decent drink none the less.

Had a hard time rallying behind this one. There are too many single IPA's these days that would destroy this in a tasting.

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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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in a tulip glass. Pours a clear amber color with a thick, two-finger creme colored head that goes nowhere.

Has an intense citrus, floral aroma with notes of honey, cane sugar, and mild malt. The hops are forward and strong in the nose.

Mmm, intense hops start to finish with mild, but not overpowering, bitterness. Rather, there's a sweet malt backbone hard at work taming the piney hops that are bursting from this brew. Floral notes struggle not to be overwhelmed by the abundant hops, giving a nuanced balance to what would otherwise be a hop monster.

Medium to full bodied, this brew is leaving my tongue tingling and dry. Not quite astringent, there is still a fair amount of resin in the feel to give it a smoother, weightier feel.

When I think big imperial IPA's, it's ales like this one that come to mind. Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of this style. Be ready, though, because this is not a beer for the timid.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking, slightly hazy color. Rocky white head holds very well, and eventually leaves some nice lace.

Hops come across in the nose as slightly floral, with a citrus,pine edge. Caramel malt backbone rounds things out. Not overly hoppy in the nose.

Strong malt base starts things off. Some caramel, but still pretty clean. Some sweetness as the citrusy hops come in. Bitterness is not strong, as things are overall well balanced. Dries a bit at the finish.

Medium body, good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. A nice, well-balanced double IPA.

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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold with a nice white cap

S: Very bitter, caramel, pine

T: Big and bitter, orange peel, loads of caramel, did I mention so much piney and bitterness that it will damn near wreck the palate after a few sips

M: Medium body, pretty damn bitter, starts a bit slick but then it dries out fast

O Very good

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker amber yet still orange/yellow. Lots O lace. Some small head.

S - Smell was mosty citrus with some orange peel, not too big. Kind of has a pine background, but nothing spectacular.

T - Taste was great, has a great pine/grapfruit/citrus thing going on but I crave more floral tasting DIPA"s. Maybe needed more variations of hops, seemed like it needs more aroma hops but i am no expert. Some nice alcohol burn, but not over the top.

M - Normal medium carb, great after taste/feel, not prickly and easy going down.

O - Overall... Was kind of expecting more... maybe more alcohol burn or more floral citrus notes. Different and good, but reminded me of some home brew tastes, but hey that's cool! Thumbs UP!

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

This beer poured a clear amber color and formed a foamy snow white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, pine, citrus and a hint of caramel. The flavor was of hops, pine, orange and pepper. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet. The growler was from Barrel and Bottle and often that means you will find it on tap at Bodega.

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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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