Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kevanb:
3.7/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.
The beer pours a honey copper color, hazy complexion, with a short white head, soapy in texture that has poor retention and leaves some spotted lacing behind. The aroma is fairly booze forward, but has nice elements of grassy hops, light fruit and citrus, richer grainy malt at the end, but it's a simple aroma, dominated by hop bitterness and alcohol. The flavors are more enjoyable, the alcohol is less dramatic, lots of grassy, earthy hops, amply bitter, bits of pine, tangy grapefruit, tropical mango with the rich grain towards the end where the alcohol really comes forward. The body is quite rich and juicy, quite smooth on the tongue, medium carbonation that is fairly lively and finishes lightly dry.
Verdict: A big ambitious beer that succumbs to the pitfalls of many high octane IPAs, too much booze, and too aggressively hopped. While the beer does have some nice balance of flavor, between the bitterness and strong alcohol, it's laborious to quaff.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 02:51:37 | More by kevanb
More User Reviews:
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 693 ratings.