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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,035 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 53
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-12-2011

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...
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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A semi-translucent golden orange color. A thick white head, with medium lacing.

Smell – Citrusy, mostly grapefruit, with a little pine. It’s very pleasant, perhaps because there’s also a little honey sweetness.

Taste – The taste is a nice mix of citrus, pine, and honey. Not overpowering at all, which is good for an IPA in my opinion.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, somewhat creamy for an IPA, and smooth. Leaves a slighty bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – Definitely a great IPA. IPAs are a style I don’t seem to agree with other BA'ers on; to me this is better than it’s current (Jan 2015) score of 4.24.

Photo of AndyCowles75
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JGam115
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick orange, smooth silk-like white foam. Juicy sap, ripe melon, and some ABV tinge. Big punch of tropical hops. Quality.

Photo of jooler
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really nice malty smooth taste. Not too much hops but still good

Photo of crbooher
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EuphonicHops
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DahWag
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey orange. Smells of pine, citrus, honey. Tastes of spicy pine, bready, sweet malts, grapefruit and grass. Sweet pine resin remains on the palate. Medium/heavy body with medium carbonation.

Photo of AD17
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shagal
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ryannaman
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MrJuengling
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sirhc3034
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of erushing
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't had some of the biggest dogs in the double IPA game, but this is easily my favorite. Tons of malt, citrus and pine, but very balanced.

Photo of Trish
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Salemjeff
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is fruity and sweet with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. A light doughy and sweeter caramel smell are there as well and matched by some hop aromas. The hop are mostly of a grapefruit nature, but other hop aromas of a bit of herb and some light pine are there as well, producing a very fruity and inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that was detected in the nose, with the tangerine being the most intense fruit, but having mango and pineapple mixed with it as well. Right from the start there is a thick and bready taste which acts as a nice base for the sweet and the grapefruit hop flavor; which starts the taste off on the moderate side. While the grapefruit is lighter upfront, it gains more and more strength toward the end of the taste and is joined by some pine and herbal hop flavors. All the while, a little bit of the tropical fruit flavors fade but are replaced by some caramel sweetness. With a little bit of grassy hop and a hint of alcohol coming at the very end of the taste, one is left with a pleasantly balanced, sweet, and moderately resinous bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of tropical fruits and hops the thickness and creaminess does a rather good job as it baths the tongue in all the wonderful flavors and makes this 9.75 % abv. brew a nice slower sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty brew overall. Big and robust in sweeter tropical fruit flavors with a nice hop blend. This is one I would certainly go back to again and one I would recommend.

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.