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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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771 Ratings
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 34 | 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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adamdarcy

Michigan

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg.

Appearance
A good couple of fingers head on top, slow to dissipate. Deep amber/orange color, very very inviting...

Smell
Absolutely wonderful. My relatively untrained nose smells something consistent with their other superior brews like the Racer 5, Red Rocket and even the beautiful stout. A citrusy sweetness hit my olfactory bulb first, with pine and overall juicy fruit. Extremely inviting.

Taste
Compared to Bell's Hopslam or some other hoppy beers up here in Michigan, I didn't get slapped in the face with the hops. That's a great thing for me, actually. I'm a hop-head but sometimes it's too much. Perfect balance for me; the hops fade away slowly to transition to citrus, juicyfruit, pine, with a nice, not-to-dry finish.

Mouthfeel
Smooth and creamy, but not too thick. Not overly dry at the finish.

Overall
My new favorite for my favorite style, American Double IPA. Pliny had the previous top spot, but I give extra points to Bear Republic because of the higher consistency of greatness in their offerings.

And let me just say that, as brewpubs go, you will not find a greater group of excellent servers. I say 'servers' because I really felt very well served and catered to the whole time, and it was an absolute blast meeting the other clientele and bartenders. Keep up the great work, guys!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 22:18:49 | More by adamdarcy
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-14-2011 22:05:18 | More by Neffbeer
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leprakhan

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-17-2011 06:03:48 | More by leprakhan
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-31-2013 22:25:42 | More by ucsbmullet
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vma

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-24-2014 22:38:02 | More by vma
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thestranger99

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-10-2011 15:36:35 | More by thestranger99
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bmmortale

Maryland

5/5  rDev +18.2%

09-23-2013 16:01:30 | More by bmmortale
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coldriver

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-12-2011 03:57:32 | More by coldriver
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tswater

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-03-2013 23:01:11 | More by tswater
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notscenerob

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-04-2013 21:05:58 | More by notscenerob
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NorCal

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-22-2014 18:11:14 | More by NorCal
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PopnLoads

Illinois

5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-04-2013 18:51:02 | More by PopnLoads
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UURevival

Arizona

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably my second favorite beer I've ever tasted, Pliny The Younger being the first. I got it on tap in a sniffer. It was well balanced with great hops flavor and a sweet citrus flavor. My mouth exploded with joy as I first tasted this gem. I like Racer 5 but this just blew me away.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 20:02:48 | More by UURevival
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mjl21

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-16-2011 02:34:39 | More by mjl21
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jrep21pr

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-18-2013 15:15:57 | More by jrep21pr
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cjohal85

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-02-2013 18:09:13 | More by cjohal85
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LarryK

Texas

5/5  rDev +18.2%

02-03-2013 03:20:22 | More by LarryK
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-06-2013 11:32:02 | More by mythaeus
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

08-06-2013 20:04:22 | More by topdown
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danrodrigue

California

5/5  rDev +18.2%

11-16-2011 18:58:22 | More by danrodrigue
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420Rick

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-03-2013 23:51:48 | More by 420Rick
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an absolute fantastic beer and for me it ranks with Dogfish Head 90.
I don't normally go after Imp. IPA that often because they seem to be just bitter and lacking of hop flavor, plus I can't handle the high ABV's.
Café Racer 15 is perhaps the most aromatic and flavorful IPA I've ever had.
The appearance is burnished orange amber with a smaller bright white head leaving some laced as it fades.
The aroma is fantastic. Smells of candied tropical and citrus fruits, floral and pine resin too.
The taste is equally impressive. Very hoppy with flavors of tropical fruits citrus, peaches and floral notes. Malts are sweet and balance nicely the hoppy onslaught.
Surprisingly, it's not bitter at all. Very sutle alcohol notes at the finish. Drinks smooth and crisp over the palate and is remarkably un assertive for a Imp. IPA.
A very well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 12:59:49 | More by micromaniac129
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CA_brewster

California

4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This brew poured a golden yellowish amber color with some light visible carbonation and a fairly thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S: This beer smells piney and sweet and absolutely fucking delicious! Sweet malt and a nice hoppy aroma dominated mostly by pine but there is some definite citrus in there as well.

T: Tastes like it smells nice and hoppy. A delicious beer! The 9.75 abv is covered up extremely well. This beer is very drinkable and is astonishingly balanced. I happily downed a 22 oz bomber, with pleasure :)

M: Goes down smooth, the hops bring some nice hop bitterness to the beer. It has a bit of an alcoholic bite and leaves behind an aftertaste of hop resin. The resiny quality is pretty subtle though compared to many of the hop bomb DIPAs I've had where the resin aftertaste is a bit overwhelming.

O: Love it! It's a great beer i had very high expectations from the start as i do for any beer coming from Bear Republic as they are easily one of my favorite breweries. That being said this beer did not disappoint at all, it's another hoppy masterpiece. If you happen to stumble upon this beer I highly recommend giving it a try. It's fantastic and a prime example of the high caliber brews Bear Republic Brewery is capable of crafting.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:55:24 | More by CA_brewster
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

08-21-2013 03:47:56 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-25-2014 21:00:14 | More by waddellc2
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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