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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 47
Gots: 81 | 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 IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Crisp smooth very balanced

IvanJ126, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Meridian Pint the other day.

The beer pours a light golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all west coast hoppy goodness, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine, but with little malty sweetness. Consequently, I was a bit surprised by what I tasted, as this beer had a considerable sweet malt base, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness. It's still a fine tasting beer, but I found the alcohol to be a bit more prominent than I expected. Mouthfeel was otherwise medium bodied, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

A nice enough beer, and I'm wondering if freshness might have been something of a problem here. I think the beer had been on tap for a while at the MP, and that may have contributed to the excessive sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Still a nice beer, and one I hope to try again from a fresher keg.

Edit from 2/4/13. Happened to be in Healdsburg on Saturday, and so got my wish to sample a fresher version of this beer. The difference was dramatic. At the brewpub, this beer has a wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and dry citrus. This smells like a hophead's dream, and the flavor profile didn't disappoint. It replicates the nose, but the mouthfeel is fairly light and lean for such a big beer, but I think that works well in this DIPA. Otherwise, the moderate sweetness in the mid palate is gently pushed aside, leading to a long, bitter, hop infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish. Just delicious. Still would have preferred the Racer X (which they were out of), but this wasn't a bad substitute.

John_M, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

brandon911, Thursday at 06:44 AM
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

MonkeyBread, Thursday at 03:52 AM
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GETTNCRUNKED, Tuesday at 02:52 AM
Photo of travolta
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: Opaque toasty orange color. Soft tiny bubbled head with very nice retention.

Nose: Orange cream circle, pine, resin, grapefruit, and syrupy citrus.

Taste: Orange rind, sour citrus, malty sweetness moves in and out. Interesting balance of bitter, dry, and malty. They move together. Lots of rind and orange flavored candy. Tiny hotness at the end.

travolta, Monday at 11:58 PM
Photo of Ariel_Rose
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Ariel_Rose, Monday at 09:57 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

XicanoBeerRun, Monday at 01:20 AM
Photo of Roy1586
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Roy1586, Sunday at 11:52 PM
Photo of Kinger86
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kinger86, Sunday at 07:56 PM
Photo of jeffaroo95
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jeffaroo95, Sunday at 05:02 PM
Photo of charrel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

charrel, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Buttstallion
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Buttstallion, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Lworkin
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Lworkin, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of arizcards
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late August for $7.99. Best by 1/11/2014...WTF? Thought I was getting a new bottle knowing a new release was coming out and TW selling out last year...I love how our distributors throw old stuff out into the market...shame on me!

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is pungent with dank hops.

Taste is oranges, mango, grapefruit, and pine. Malt backbone is huge but hops overwhelm with a nice bittering lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall a very good brew. Do i need to apologize to the local distributor? Seems like it is fairly fresh but I will need to find another bottle from this year's batch.

arizcards, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of calcutron
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

calcutron, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of matthewwarner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

matthewwarner, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of john0721
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

john0721, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Domvan
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Domvan, Oct 24, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

aslamm75, Oct 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

wethorseblanket, Oct 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

GeoChase90, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of sunsjammer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sunsjammer, Oct 20, 2014
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.