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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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SoCaliC8

California

2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

01-17-2014 11:50:52 | More by SoCaliC8
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Raziel313

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

10-09-2013 06:58:32 | More by Raziel313
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

09-07-2013 04:40:03 | More by Kopfschuss
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teromous

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -31.6%

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.

10-05-2013 18:36:05 | More by teromous
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Marc33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.2%

12-27-2011 21:06:25 | More by Marc33
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Maurizio

California

3/5  rDev -29.2%

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.

01-30-2014 04:51:54 | More by Maurizio
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -29.2%

09-20-2013 22:01:33 | More by fehrminator
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-24-2013 04:02:58 | More by tfsimpkins
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Brutus627

Maine

3/5  rDev -29.2%

06-27-2014 13:59:56 | More by Brutus627
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -25.9%

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+

07-29-2013 20:44:03 | More by kojevergas
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

07-29-2014 00:17:46 | More by Psychmusic
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skiit13

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

07-16-2012 22:20:21 | More by skiit13
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huysmans

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

06-14-2013 00:08:49 | More by huysmans
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TYLY22

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

09-28-2013 17:52:58 | More by TYLY22
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

10-14-2013 23:17:36 | More by Alieniloquium
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

09-27-2013 01:50:07 | More by jtierney89
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kdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-27-2011 00:50:32 | More by kdown
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BB1313

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; eggshell white head that leaves very sticky lacing. This is an orange bomb. Orange peel and orange zest dominate the aromas and flavors. There's also a malty cracker aroma that's blended in the aromas. The flavors are sharp and have a nice bitterness to it. Once again, tons of orange. There's subtle hints of grapefruit. Hints of pine needles. Very subtle amounts of caramel malts, but it's still not too sweet at all. Mouthfeel is nice. Full-bodied; creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

This isn't exactly what I was hoping for. It's well crafted for sure, but the aromas and flavors just don't get me overly excited. Orange lovers should rejoice. It's not a bad beer at all though, very solid. Well crafted.

10-05-2013 23:11:05 | More by BB1313
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-17-2013 23:40:25 | More by Thorpe429
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EB1

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-28-2013 17:48:39 | More by EB1
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yossi316

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

11-23-2013 21:05:51 | More by yossi316
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

10-16-2013 16:06:01 | More by ToddThompson
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

10-12-2013 02:49:02 | More by bluntedboywonder
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DantheMan75

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

12-09-2013 10:58:48 | More by DantheMan75
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-02-2014 01:20:50 | More by Jmbbabson
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.