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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

849 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 47
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Café Racer 15™ features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high revving Double IPA that is loud and assertive, much like the rebellious street racers who inspired it. Never ride alone...

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-12-2011)
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

On tap at the Meridian Pint the other day.

The beer pours a light golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all west coast hoppy goodness, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine, but with little malty sweetness. Consequently, I was a bit surprised by what I tasted, as this beer had a considerable sweet malt base, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness. It's still a fine tasting beer, but I found the alcohol to be a bit more prominent than I expected. Mouthfeel was otherwise medium bodied, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

A nice enough beer, and I'm wondering if freshness might have been something of a problem here. I think the beer had been on tap for a while at the MP, and that may have contributed to the excessive sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Still a nice beer, and one I hope to try again from a fresher keg.

Edit from 2/4/13. Happened to be in Healdsburg on Saturday, and so got my wish to sample a fresher version of this beer. The difference was dramatic. At the brewpub, this beer has a wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and dry citrus. This smells like a hophead's dream, and the flavor profile didn't disappoint. It replicates the nose, but the mouthfeel is fairly light and lean for such a big beer, but I think that works well in this DIPA. Otherwise, the moderate sweetness in the mid palate is gently pushed aside, leading to a long, bitter, hop infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish. Just delicious. Still would have preferred the Racer X (which they were out of), but this wasn't a bad substitute.

10-20-2012 13:16:40 | More by John_M
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TheSixthRing

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a bomber with an enjoy by date of 11/11/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange with a white finger's worth of head. Fair retention, giving way to a broken layer of surface suds. Decent lacing with fair stick. 3.75

Smell - Heavy citrus. Grapefruit pith and orange juice. Light notes of pine resin. Hints of pineapple and white bread. 4

Taste - Pure citrus juice bomb. Grapefruit character is most abundant upfront, along with lesser notes of orange. Faint pine develops mid-taste and peaks near the finish. Malts add some generic sweetness, and help give the beer it's sweet juicy character. Lingering citrus pith in the finish. 4

Mouthfeel - Full in body with a light syrupy texture and low to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a dry finish. 3.75

Overall - This is pretty good. Pretty, pretty good. Something about it just doesn't quite reach me the way it should, though. Maybe I've had too many DIPA's that are too similar. Maybe it's needing an extra layer of complexity. Probably a bit of both. Solid brew regardless. 3.75

08-20-2014 01:50:57 | More by TheSixthRing
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jmeg8r


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

08-20-2014 01:44:37 | More by jmeg8r
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Iamcaucasian


5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-19-2014 21:25:30 | More by Iamcaucasian
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-19-2014 21:21:16 | More by danwho
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Hophazzard

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-19-2014 13:09:30 | More by Hophazzard
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kmoen

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-19-2014 04:26:51 | More by kmoen
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raffy313

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-19-2014 02:11:53 | More by raffy313
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Ngntjp

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%

08-18-2014 23:13:12 | More by Ngntjp
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-17-2014 22:14:12 | More by muskiesman
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BigJohnShow

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-17-2014 19:41:58 | More by BigJohnShow
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

08-17-2014 17:04:23 | More by Ristaccia
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BeerMeCJS

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-17-2014 05:18:52 | More by BeerMeCJS
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DrewRPS

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-17-2014 02:12:15 | More by DrewRPS
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-17-2014 00:50:11 | More by Oliversarmy1085
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shutter

Nevada

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-16-2014 20:28:32 | More by shutter
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wolf_switzer

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-16-2014 15:02:43 | More by wolf_switzer
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Jdotswizz

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

08-16-2014 13:35:19 | More by Jdotswizz
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Jon4than

Texas

4.84/5  rDev +14.2%

08-16-2014 04:46:29 | More by Jon4than
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Atamu

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-15-2014 01:25:16 | More by Atamu
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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HopkingGonzalo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Reimer


4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-14-2014 00:46:56 | More by Reimer
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of head that dissipates relatively quickly. The receding head leaves some delicate lace behind. The nose is hoppy and also has hints of citrus. The body is a touch light for a DIPA but the flavor is quite bold, particularly in the hop department. The malt profile could stand to be stronger but that is a relatively small complaint considering this offering is darn tasty.

08-13-2014 03:53:18 | More by 57md
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SavageHopHead

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-13-2014 03:26:58 | More by SavageHopHead
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.