Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This brew was poured from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a high stemmed pilsner glass glowing a golden, pale brown coloring. It held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing great retention. This left thick sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, making everything look very frothy. There was a chill haze, no sediment, and light carbonation. The aroma was of light grain of pale malt, with a toast, and some yeasty metallics. Warmed fruity hops, with pear pineapple, and mango came next, with hearty no-nonsense grapefruit hops, and grassy funk with warmth. Our first impression was that it tasted like a heavy IPA, lacking the overdone roast and caramel to the malts that has become some common for DIPAs. The flavoring opened with hops like crazy. They were sticky sweet, like a nectary citric syrup with pine cones floating in it. A light grumble of gritty, dirty pale malts came to backup for the balance and pull us to the peak. Here there was more toast of grain, huge bitterness of citric hop and rind, with an added sweetness of raw honey, and syrupy fig pulp. The finish was bitter of pine and citric rind, metallics to pucker, and a final wash of malts, with grain bite and sweetness to ease any residual bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of clean, bittering hops of soap and pine, big booze, and that same fruity, syrupy sweetness from the center. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was a thick, sticky coating at first, but bitterness pulled a final pucker. There was good slurp, smack, cream, and glug, with ultimate dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily, being slowed only by the bitterness.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robust but easy flavoring, and the soft drinkability. The bitterness through the mouth may be off-putting for some, but the sweetness and grain to blend nicely towards the end, making for a tasty, easy-drinking offering.
Serving type: on-tap
11-17-2012 15:39:36 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.41/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours with a dense, tan head. Color is a cloudy amber. Has a thick, creamy and sweet middle with a resinous wrapping. Candied sugar exists and some syrup is left on the lips. Some orange rind is in there as well. Alcohol is sharp. Big, slow and brilliant drinking.
Serving type: on-tap
03-22-2014 22:42:09 | More by stephens101
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges in particular—stand out in particular along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of grapefruit and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier compared to other Imperial IPAs but has an interesting mix of hops that lend some. complexity to the smell and taste. It is rather drinkable considering the strength as the alcohol is well masked from the taste.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 02:29:42 | More by metter98
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.