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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

997 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 48
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of adamdarcy
5/5  rDev +17.9%
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!!

adamdarcy, Oct 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Neffbeer, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

ucsbmullet, Oct 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

LloydBobBoozehound, Jul 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

shutter, Aug 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

thestranger99, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Crisp smooth very balanced

IvanJ126, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

bmmortale, Sep 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

TheAdamBomb, Aug 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

notscenerob, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

NorCal, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

PopnLoads, Mar 04, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

UURevival, Oct 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

mjl21, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

nicebrewski, Sep 01, 2014
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.