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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

853 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 48
Gots: 60 | 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 +17.9%

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!!

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

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-31-2014 22:53:47 | More by CEDAMA
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ringsideliquor

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-23-2014 16:57:50 | More by ringsideliquor
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Oliversarmy1085

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-17-2014 00:50:11 | More by Oliversarmy1085
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

07-30-2014 05:11:36 | More by LloydBobBoozehound
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vma

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Nevada

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-16-2014 20:28:32 | More by shutter
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WuBByG999

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-21-2014 04:25:24 | More by WuBByG999
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thestranger99

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-10-2011 15:36:35 | More by thestranger99
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IvanJ126

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Crisp smooth very balanced

08-21-2014 04:18:56 | More by IvanJ126
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bmmortale

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-08-2014 06:04:57 | More by TheAdamBomb
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coldriver

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-17-2014 05:18:52 | More by BeerMeCJS
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notscenerob

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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PopnLoads

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Arizona

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.9%

08-02-2014 19:51:14 | More by William_Johnson
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mjl21

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

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

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-18-2013 15:15:57 | More by jrep21pr
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.