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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,049 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 57
Gots: 94 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.91/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that gives some spotted lacing. Good head retention

S: Lots of pine resin, and a bit of caramel. Alcohol.

T: Much like it smells, it has the taste of pine resin and caramel. It has some alcohol sweetness in the end too. It is fairly low on bitterness compared to many other IIPA's. Lots of sweetness to this beer but not a lot of accompanying flavor. It tastes more like what people consider an East Coast IPA but the malt profile isn't as robust.

M: It has a pretty thick mouthfeel without any real presence, kind of like if you put flour in a glass of water. It also finishes pretty slick.

O: I wasn't a real fan of the beer. I felt that the mouthfeel was pretty bad and that it was lacking in general taste. The hop flavor was pretty weak and one-dimensional, and the malt didn't contribute too much flavor even though it seemed to overpower the hops somehow. I don't recommend it.

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of Maurizio
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: very nice pale yellow.
Nose: crisp, citrusy grapefruit.
Taste: follows up the nose very well until a late residual sweetness that essentially ruined the beer for me.
Mouthfeel: thin, exactly how I like my IPAs.
Overall: big fan of Racer 5, and Cafe Racer 15 was very promising until the odd sweet finish.

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Good (~10 minute) retention. Beautiful consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes - some of the best lacing I've seen.

Body colour is a murky vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pungent; very aromatic. Nice balanced yet assertive hop presence: grapefruit citrus esters, floral hops, citrus, some oily/nectary hop character. Clean pale malts. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A crisp and pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Nice crisp floral and grapefruit hop profile. Body is comprised of clean pale malts with perhaps a dash of caramalt. Malts are well married to the hops; they made some good choices here. Pretty decently balanced, though some alcohol is noticeable. Quite enjoyable, if simple for the style. Assertive. High flavour intensity. Above average depth and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Fairly hot; burns in the stomach. Full-bodied. Thick to style. Lightly oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Really doesn't hide its ABV well. I do like it, but I hope for great from Bear Republic and this delivers merely above average. I wouldn't have another, especially at bar prices. It'll scratch the itch of hopheads, but there's definite room for improvement.

C+

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale hazy orange. Nice white head with a chunky collar. Leggy.

Smell - Citrus. Grapefruit and some resiny pine. Caramel and toasted malt aroma. Smells a little English.

Taste - Citrusy and sweet in equal measures. Pushing too sweet. Toasty bready malt. Bitter. A little musty.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Decent hop profile, but too sweet for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy dull blonde color with sticky off white head. super piney nose with notes of tobacco, citrus, a touch of tropical fruit and a touch of passion fruit.

Medium bodied but thick feeling in the mouth with light carbonation. Borders on syrupy but saves itself with assertive hop bitterness and bright hop flavors. Starts up with sticky sweet caramel malts which roll into a dry tobacco flavor. The beer slides to the back of the tongue with bright citrus and piney flavors and finishes tropical with a hop reesin bitterness that balances the thick malt body. Bitterness linger deep in the throat with a touch of alcohol heat on the breath and some sweet sticky caramel coated dried tropical fruits.

Pretty good but nothing out of the ordinary or impressive, a bit too syrupy for me and I've had other DIPAS that cover the alcohol a bit better. Still a solid offering with good flavor though. Wish more of that tobacco like flavor came through to change things up as well as that hop resin to dry things out. Leaves a nice after taste from the hops but the alcohol heat on the breath takes away from this a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.