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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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195 Reviews

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Reviews: 195
Hads: 1,146
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 125 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-12-2011

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...
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Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can smell hops in the air just from popping the cap, haven't even poured it out yet. Hazy apricot colored with a thick and frothy white head an inch high that lingers long. Particulate matter is suspended, not much as I spotted it in the bottle and tried to leave most of it behind.

Bright citrus hop aroma, clean and fresh and inviting. Rich, hoppy flavors, a little sweet, but bright and fresh, lots of hop nuances - grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, pine, assertive bitterness, plus a good balance of honey malt. ABV makes itself known. Tingly, but there's a full and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol vapors rise up, there's a warming of the cheeks. This is a sipper. Odd to have the overall score be lower than any other, but I feel that the whole is less than the sum of the parts - the total package can get a bit overwhelming between the sweetness and the booziness, which takes away from the joy of the hops.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a rusty orange with a white head, head did not last but a few minutes, it's hazy, not much carbonation, good amount of lacing,

A: Oranges, different citrus notes, picking up some grapefruit peel, onion/garlic funk, guayaba, lots of aromas, big pungent smells, smells really good.

T: Tilts on the sweet citrus side, oranges, hints of grapefruit peel and guayaba, touch of pine and resin, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with the citrus reemerging and lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish like sucking on orange peels.

O: Really impressed, it's not a big bitter bomb, leans on the sweet citrus side, but has a touch of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some pine and resin, definitely going to pick up another bottle or two as long as it's fresh.

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Photo of Tilly
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Hazy amber, slight frothy white head with great lacing.
A: Hoppy, grapefruit, more citrus, earthy pine, floral.
T: Much the same as the taste with a heavy emphasis on the citrus grapefruit and hops. Nice resinous pine. Alcohol.
M: Full body, great bitterness, tricky balance,
O: This is a very rich DIPA, the first brew from Bear Republic. With any luck, not my last.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange and honey colored liquid, light white head on the top. Aroma was ample Citra and Chinook. Smells quite excellent.

Taste, damn good for 10% you can't taste it, lots of citrus flavors imparted from the hops. Lots of resiny pine dankness to accompany those citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Bitterness and carbonation are lower. This really hits the spot, a little pricey, those 22oz formats. Had it for the first time at a Bistro dipa fest.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Coppery color and nice carbonation. Strong hop profile on this beer, and it is well balanced with the malt up front, followed by a long, lingering bitterness. A very well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold hued body; lots of tiny, slowly rising carbonation bubbles; thick, rocky, white head; sticky rings of foam on the glass. Piney, resinous aroma; some lemon notes. Biscuit and light bread malt flavors with an herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; vinous; heavy wetness with a slightly dry finish.

A well-balanced, nicely complex beer that nicely juggles the mixture of grain and hop flavors to make one smooth, easy drinking big beer. There is a mild presence of alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel, but it's still the malts and hops that stand out overall. Most pleasurable...

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy
S: citrus, grapefruit, orange, lime
T: sweet, orange, grapefruit, malty
M: full bodied
O: heavy on malt and grapefruit

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a finger of foam that recedes into a nice ring. Big time hop aroma full of resin and citrus fruit. More resin on the palate with a little fruit and a some malt sweetness.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, citrusy, nice pine note. The taste is very nice hoppy, sweet maltyness, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with some nice chewyness. Overall, this one is pretty nice. Recommended.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is dank pine, citrus (more with grapefruit), and malt sweetness. Taste is heavily citrus with floral undertones, pine resin, and orange Jell-O. Finish is fairly bitter with just a hint but not overwhelming underlying booziness. Overall, I thought it was closer to a triple IPA in characteristics than a double IPA, but a very nice west coast style IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and hazy. Poured with a short, dense, bright white foam with very good retention. Medium spicy herbal, earthy resinous and citrus hop aromas with strong, malty aromas with bready notes. Definitive boozy notes at the back end. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and creamy carbonation. Similar to aroma the malt backbone flavor was solid. Medium high, pine, spicy herbal and ripe citrus flavors up front. Tangy, spicy, medium hop bitterness followed by a pleasant warming sensation. Ripe citrus hop flavors near the end that transition to smooth, warming, booziness. Finished semi-dryly with lingering, spicy bitterness and booziness. A nice play between malty and hoppy with assertive maltiness for the style and complex hop character.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange body with two finger head and lace ring. Aroma is mostly citric hops with hint of grapefruit and there are some strong piney, earth notes as well. Sticky malt presence with minimal caramel sweetness is backdrop for strong dry, piney and citrusy hop flavored that are even a bit oily. High ABV leads to slightly medicinal/heated finish with some juicy hop notes.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: You can smell this bad boy as soon as you pop the cap.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Color is orange with yellow highlights and a nice inch high frothy head.

Aroma is strong herbal citrus strong grassy notes with lemon and a slight orange/grapefruit.

Taste is thick with hops. Dank herbal with strong lemon missing the tartness.


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Photo of RandyV
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar offering from BR. This is what you want from a Dipa. Really nice hop character with floral and bright citrus flavors sitting on a nice malt base. The 9.8 abv is present but never overshadows the flavor profile. Love this brewery and absolutely loved this offering.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange caramel. Smells - great! Caramel malt, toffee, dank hops, wood. Taste: At first, when at fridge temp, the malty-toffee finish was a little too strong for me. But as it slightly warmed up, it was a lot better. Funny how that happens with a lot of beers. I warmed up to this beer along with the temperature. Flavors of dank hops, rich malt, toffee, a bit of wood-like flavor, tart/sweet/hoppy/toffee finish. So unique! Mouthfeel was great, flavors bouncing all over and the carbonation was perfect. Overall: I would probably get this again on tap, but not in a bottle. I'll go for hop rod rye or the ol' racer 5. Nice beer though!

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kite & Key in Philly. Served in a goblet with minimal head. Dark Orange color. Strong hoppy flavor with a nice dry finish. Goes VERY well with my spicy carnitas flatbread.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Awesome looking orange color. Nice smell. Very tasty, on sweet side, but in a good way. Almost invisible best by date is not acceptable. Couldn't see it without glasses, actually needed a flashlight to barely see it. I rarely buy Bear Republic beers because the dates are not easily readable.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a thick white fluffy two finger head, great retention and lacing. Hazy dark orange color. The smell had a lot of big tropical and citrus notes with just a hint of pine. The flavor was very citrusy up front, but then came a wave of pineapple and mango, very nice! The mouthfeel was thick and oily, coating the palate and making me want more and more. This is really a great beer!

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper gold color with active bubbles racing up to a nice 2 finger foamy beige head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving OK lacing – lace was decent after second pour, just slightly better.

Starts off with a wave of juicy citrus and citrus hops, a mix of tropical fruit like orange, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, maybe even some guava, and then the caramel and brown sugar sweetness hits and mixes with graham cracker, French toast, gummy bears candy, light floral hops, a hint of booze or red wine, and resiny hops. Very pungent and fruity, this is a fine smelling West Coast DIPA with a sturdy malt backbone to make it work and yet still allow the citrus hops to dominate. Very dank and similar to sticking your nose in a fruit salad.

Taste is a lot more malt than the nose with graham cracker, toasted grains, rye bread toast, syrup and Razzles candy entering the mix to make it even more complex, but less of a hop bomb. Flavor like the nose still includes citrus fruit like orange, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and some light guava, along with citrus hops, caramel, brown sugar, light dry floral hops, mild booze, piney hops or a wet hop oil, and peppery spices that are fruity and almost like a Belgian yeast. Sweetness is almost cloying with wet dough or bread crust coming through and minimizing the bitterness. The booze snuck up on me since it was very well hidden, but it did show up and knock me around a bit.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and almost buttery smooth with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter aftertaste that has some bready notes mixed in with the citrus sweetness.

The bottle states “the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish.” That about sums this brew up. Overall a really good beer, a high recommendation from me and one worth seeking out. Last time I had this was a few years ago and I remember it being this good back then. Well done Bear Republic.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping the cap releases a very piney nose scented with citrus. It pours hazy orange under a 2” finely bubbled persistent lace producing white foam cap. It enters very fruity and creamy supported by big rich malt that balances an assertive hop presence achieving a three way balance between the hops, malt and alcohol. It dries out on the finish with a lingering bitterness blending with residual malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. A delightful elixir.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh, didn't love this. The head faded real quick. Maybe it wasn't the freshest but it was very bread like and yeasty. Had solid pine up front but a definite and not great caramel malt backbone. Almost a touch chewy. Must say it is pretty balanced

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Photo of samtrillo
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap Albany Tap Room

Pours a murky golden orange.

Nose of rich pine and tropical fruits.

Taste features a sweet brioche like malt backbone which balances nicely with the mango-pineapple and grapefruit hops. Pine bitterness present on the back. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly.

Overall, I very fine example of the juicy DIPAs I love but I've been trying to venture away from, recently.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A semi-translucent golden orange color. A thick white head, with medium lacing.

Smell – Citrusy, mostly grapefruit, with a little pine. It’s very pleasant, perhaps because there’s also a little honey sweetness.

Taste – The taste is a nice mix of citrus, pine, and honey. Not overpowering at all, which is good for an IPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, somewhat creamy for an IPA, and smooth. Leaves a slighty bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Definitely a great IPA. IPAs are a style I don’t seem to agree with other BA'ers on; to me this is better than it’s current (Jan 2015) score of 4.24.

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Photo of GregJ
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey orange. Smells of pine, citrus, honey. Tastes of spicy pine, bready, sweet malts, grapefruit and grass. Sweet pine resin remains on the palate. Medium/heavy body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is fruity and sweet with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. A light doughy and sweeter caramel smell are there as well and matched by some hop aromas. The hop are mostly of a grapefruit nature, but other hop aromas of a bit of herb and some light pine are there as well, producing a very fruity and inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that was detected in the nose, with the tangerine being the most intense fruit, but having mango and pineapple mixed with it as well. Right from the start there is a thick and bready taste which acts as a nice base for the sweet and the grapefruit hop flavor; which starts the taste off on the moderate side. While the grapefruit is lighter upfront, it gains more and more strength toward the end of the taste and is joined by some pine and herbal hop flavors. All the while, a little bit of the tropical fruit flavors fade but are replaced by some caramel sweetness. With a little bit of grassy hop and a hint of alcohol coming at the very end of the taste, one is left with a pleasantly balanced, sweet, and moderately resinous bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of tropical fruits and hops the thickness and creaminess does a rather good job as it baths the tongue in all the wonderful flavors and makes this 9.75 % abv. brew a nice slower sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty brew overall. Big and robust in sweeter tropical fruit flavors with a nice hop blend. This is one I would certainly go back to again and one I would recommend.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.