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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Café Racer 15Café Racer 15

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%

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 srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice, typical IPA offering. Clear golden, nice near white head, leaves fast. Lots of spotty lace. Smell of malt and hops, of course. Taste is more hops driven but does not forget the malt. Good carb, good balance, fairly clean finish. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:21:00 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Larsam123


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle. Sampled on December 27, 2013.

Appearance - cloudy orange/gold with bits of yeast floating around in the bottle. A bit of yeast haze in the glass. Some lacing, low head retention.

Smell - Floral elements as it is opens. Definite apricot as it warms up. Less nose than I was expecting.

Taste - Malty backbone and bitterness you expect from this style. Not too dry.

Overall - Good IIPA. Wish there was a little more on the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:39:04 | More by Larsam123
Photo of Duane_Opfer


3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber with a light head.

S - Peach/apricot hints.

T - Although a West Coast DIPA, my taste buds told me it was an East Coast DIPA. The malty sweetness was upfront with hints of peach and apricot. Average hoppiness for a DIPA. Initially, I tasted slight citrus hints, but tasted more citrus as it warmed.

M - Very nice. Appropriately carbonated with a nice texture.

O - I expected a West Coast IPA and received an East Coast DIPA, comparable with Dogfish Head 90 Min IPA. I prefer the bitterness of West Coast DIPA and this beer present malty sweetness. Good, but will not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 11:41:52 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at glass half full in sterling va. Golden orange with thick white head and lots of sticky lacing. Huge piney grapefruit aromas with a big malt backbone. Flavors of sweet sugary malt and if course pine and citrus hops. Hop presance is massive. I usually don't enjoy west coast style ipas as much as most but this is nice...must be the Amarillo hops. Its a bit heavy and the abv is obvious.
Nice brew. What I'd expect from a west coast ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2013 23:20:03 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Brad007


3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright and golden with a one-finger head. Uses Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops for flavor and bittering.

Lots of resinous pine upfront with only a touch of grapefruit.

Flavor is full of grapefruit and pine notes.

Lingering grapefruit and pine resin make up the mouthfeel. Burns going down. Definitely sipping material.

Who needs orange juice for breakfast when you can have this?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:25:54 | More by Brad007
Photo of PicoPapa


3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. The aroma is tangerines, pine, light grapefruit, and orange. Large amount of lacing. The taste is piney hops upfront followed by some honey, toasted malts, tangerine, and grapefruit rind. Tangerine and orane peel near the end. Piney hop finish. Mild alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly oily. Piney, bitter and a bit on the boozey side, this is a solid Imperial IPA. Overall, given the chance I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 01:56:48 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of Sideswipe


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler picked up at the brewpub today.

A- Hazy dark golden to orange color. Three finger white head recedes leaving nice lacing.

S- Big floral, citrus and pine notes. Orange blossom dominates, with pineapple and mango playing second fiddle. Smells downright juicy!

T- Initial piney bitterness is followed up by orange zest and a pleasant sugar cookie malt presence. Huge juicy citrus charactertisics dominate mid palate. Finish is medium dry with a nice lingering bitter aftertaste.

M- Feel is medium bodied, leaning toward thicker, with a pine resiny viscosity that works in the beer's favor. Carbonation is medium to low, imparting a creamy quality.

O- This is a very nice offering from Bear Republic. ABV is very well masked by the citrusy, piney flavors which make Cafe Racer 15 a joy to imbibe. Really enjoying this one. Recommended.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 02:41:57 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and sweet sugary malt, with some biscuit and oranges.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with sweet sugary malt and some biscuit. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was a decent double IPA, but probably already past its prime. The scent and taste were more sweet than bitter, and the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth enough, with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Really good, but not top tier.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:01:31 | More by Pencible
Photo of puertobrewing

Puerto Rico

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Palmas Station in Cataño, Puerto Rico.

Appearance - one an a half fingers of head on top of the golden opaque beer.

Smell - this just kills me. I hope I don't look stupid smelling so many times this beer. Not the best smelling beer but certainly on my top 5. Citrus, floral, guava, grapefruit and passion fruit all in there product of the intense hopping this beer has undergone. This beer will have you smelling it for as long as you have it on your glass.

Taste - well the hops punch you from the tip of the tongue to the back. It's the idea of a Double IPA but I've tasted others which do a better job balancing the bitterness including their own Double Red Rocket. Anyway it's really good tasting with a lot of the flavor coming from the hops, meaning tropical fruits and sour gummies.

Mouthfeel - this one has a huge body. Very thick but well carbonated and extremely enjoyable to drink.

Overall - a very good Imperial/Double IPA but certainly not the best. It would certainly appeal even to the most demanding hopheads but this style of beer can also be appealing to other kinds of beer drinkers as some I-IPAs do.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 05:41:28 | More by puertobrewing
Photo of MDDMD


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pale orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, little boozy

T-toasted bread, caramel, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, hint of toffee, moderate bitter finish

F-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a little cloying, but smooth, little boozy

O-a decent DIPA, but a little to sweet for my taste and a little on the heavy and boozy side

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 10:35:01 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange with an off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells largely of citrus - orange and grapefruit. Also has mangoe and tangerine. Nice long sweet nose.

Taste similar to racer 5, nice sweet orange and mangoe with bitter orange and grapefruit. This one has a thicker syrupy middle. A nice biscuity malt background is slightly detected. A very solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:26:33 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of Jimmys


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into SAVOR snifter. no bottled on date.

A: a bit of haze on an orange/golden body. frothy, slightly orange head. head retention is great. fantastic lacing.

S: good hop presence on the nose. a lot of pine. a lot. a little bit of bubblegum. a minor caramel, malt aroma.

T: a lot of pine and hop resins. pretty chewy for a hop forward DIPA. maybe a slight oxidation. bitterness is present, but not over-the-top. definitely can taste some of that conditioning yeast. sort of softens everything up.

M: really creamy mouthfeel. soft and silky. full bodied.

D: very well balanced and drinkable. the booze/heat is manageable. good conditioning, not great as I desire a little more carb. pretty good DIPA, not outstanding in my opinion. I think that has something to do with the fact this may have been sitting around for a couple of months since its release. im sure fresh this stuff is the bomb. all I can say is put bottled on dates on please!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:40:25 | More by Jimmys
Photo of mikem0487


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottled/enjoy by date. Poured into Green man snifter.

A-Hazy amber hued body. Maybe I poured it too aggressively but there is yeast sediment floating around. Do not mind that at all. The appearance reminds me of Heady Topper due to its lack of filtration and yeast flocculation at a minimal. Leaves a nice sticky lacing of the white foam. Not a huge head when poured but was present.

S-Citrus/piney confusion in this beer. Smells fantastic but both are so pronounced its hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. Definitely get some sugary notes from the malt in this beer. Alcohol is apparent but subtle.

T-A piney bitterness is the most pronounced taste. A sweet malt presence with the citrus hops are throughout the palate. A warming alcohol at the finish.

M-Good medium body, chewy mouth feel. Finishes dry and has a nice carbonation feel to it.

O-A very good Imperial IPA that I will gladly pick up again when it is around. Alcohol heat is present in the nose and taste which brings down the drinkability. Love the aroma just wish the taste would follow through.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:22:58 | More by mikem0487
Photo of BMMillsy


3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated August 5, 2013 poured October 21, 2013. These guys need to get the distribution down here to FL quicker. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Big floral grapefruit aroma with strong caramel malts in the background. Flavor follows with very floral citrus on the palate backed by sweet candy like malts. The aromatic flavor (is that a thing) keeps this from being overly sweet. BIG slick mouthfeel on this with medium prickly carbonation. Would like to see how this is fresh as this was definitely past the hop prime. Still drank nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:28:02 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of HopHead84


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Transparent orange in the imperial pint glass with a not insubstantial frothy white head. Retention is excellent, the head lasting for 5 minutes and never really receding.

S: Aroma is of tangerine and orange, with subtle caramel notes. The citrus is bright and vibrant. No evident booze.

T: Light caramel melds with tangerine, peach, and orange. Grapefruit is subtle. Citrus is fleshy with no harsher rind notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level but hop flavor is excellent.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate cask carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Good stuff.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2011 05:30:26 | More by HopHead84
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Saraveza IIPA Festival, multiple samples poured into plastic mug (ugh) 7.16.11.

Off white head one finger quick dissipation with lacing hard to determine because of serving vessel. Copper amber body, unusually dark for IIPA, no visible carbonation. Big hop attack on the nose, more citrus than pine, grapefruit, some tropical aromas, huge caramel malt hit for balance. Taste mirrors nose, hop monster, but the caramel malt really keeps this from going over the top. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly dry astringent finish for style, though a bit sticky at the end. IMO I prefer Racer X outlandish over the top hop profile to this more nuanced version, but certainly glad I was able to try this elusive Bear Republic product. Thanks to Sarah, Jonathan and Tyler for putting together a superlative beer list for this not to be missed event for hopheads!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 13:52:46 | More by jdense
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Stone during SDBW 2011.

A - Pours a golden orange color, little carbonation and a very thin white lacing ring.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, mangos, light caramel. This a a very fruity hop forward type of beer, it's the all about the hops.

T - Matches the nose with ton of tropical fruit some peppery spice, and a lingering red juicy grapefruit bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

O - This is a solid D-IPA from Bear Republic and one I've never heard of before and hope that we can get out here on the East Coast at some point.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:32:13 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of BostonHops


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ american craft, brookline MA, 7/22/11.
(review from notes)

pours a slightly hazy golden/orange tone while yielding a good 1" head, moderate retention and lacing. nose is good, though not mind-blowing: big hoppy notes (citrus, a bit of pine), with a light malty presence in the background.

taste is also quite nice. the citrus (grapefruit) and pine are there, along with a floral element, though more subtle on that count. packs a sturdy malt backbone. very tasty, though nothing transcendent. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. well-hidden alcohol presence.

overall this is a damn good beer. lacks that intangible wow factor, but i still really enjoyed it. worth a try if you should run into it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 22:24:38 | More by BostonHops
Photo of ArrogantB


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie. Orange-yellow color, soapy head. Strong aroma of hops, citrus, pine, touch of malt. Flavor was more citrus hops with a decent malt backbone. I'm not sure if this is an amped up Racer 5 but it was a pretty good DIPA. I'd definitely order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 22:06:25 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of TheBrewo


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a high stemmed pilsner glass glowing a golden, pale brown coloring. It held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing great retention. This left thick sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, making everything look very frothy. There was a chill haze, no sediment, and light carbonation. The aroma was of light grain of pale malt, with a toast, and some yeasty metallics. Warmed fruity hops, with pear pineapple, and mango came next, with hearty no-nonsense grapefruit hops, and grassy funk with warmth. Our first impression was that it tasted like a heavy IPA, lacking the overdone roast and caramel to the malts that has become some common for DIPAs. The flavoring opened with hops like crazy. They were sticky sweet, like a nectary citric syrup with pine cones floating in it. A light grumble of gritty, dirty pale malts came to backup for the balance and pull us to the peak. Here there was more toast of grain, huge bitterness of citric hop and rind, with an added sweetness of raw honey, and syrupy fig pulp. The finish was bitter of pine and citric rind, metallics to pucker, and a final wash of malts, with grain bite and sweetness to ease any residual bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of clean, bittering hops of soap and pine, big booze, and that same fruity, syrupy sweetness from the center. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was a thick, sticky coating at first, but bitterness pulled a final pucker. There was good slurp, smack, cream, and glug, with ultimate dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily, being slowed only by the bitterness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robust but easy flavoring, and the soft drinkability. The bitterness through the mouth may be off-putting for some, but the sweetness and grain to blend nicely towards the end, making for a tasty, easy-drinking offering.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 15:39:36 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of denver10


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a white head. Aroma is hoppy and malty; juicy tropical fruits, some florals and a malty foundation of some biscuit. Flavor was similar with a big malt foundation providing some buttery biscuit, the hops offered tropical fruit, and some florals. I didn't get too much bitterness from it. A medium bodied, active mouthfeel. Overall, not my favorite style of beer but definitely enjoyed this. I still prefer their Hop Rod Rye to this (for a BR offering), but would be happy to drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2013 02:17:27 | More by denver10
Photo of SierraJosh


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good DIPA from Bear Republic. The balance was what I expect from a west coast DIPA hop bomb and subtle sweet malts rounded out the flavor, not too bitter on the finish. Orange rind and minimal grapefruit on the nose, good carbonation and lacing on the tulip pint glass. Good solid 4. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 15:56:12 | More by SierraJosh
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: in a pint, hazy medium amber body, fat off-white head; sheen of lace left behind

S: hop-dominant citrus and pine, resin and herb

T: muddied hops bearing suggestions of dark grapefruit pith, chewy pine resin, and somehow - maybe my mind was playing tricks on my taste buds - watered down instant coffee? Subdued malt underscored the hop experience, salted caramel and grain

M: medium-light body, modest carbonation, slightly coating, smooth, and mildly bitter, wet finish

O: I was a little underwhelmed - surely a good DIPA, light like an IPA, and easy to drink, but the flavor profile and feel were probably just slightly off-the-mark for my particular tastes.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:24:15 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull orange with a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head. Tiny bubbles adhere to the walls of the glass and lightly effervesce to the underside of the cap. Head eventually dissipates into an oily slick and tiny dribs and drabs of lacing are revealed but exhibit poor adhesion. Nose is somewhat subdued; however, hints of tangerine, cotton candy and a light, resiny quality are revealed. Taste follows nose; however, a little bitterness intermingles with the characters expressed in the nose and there is also a touch of ethanol in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, a solid DIPA, but nothing I would go out of my way for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:19:56 | More by Jwale73
Photo of abaer123


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall I like the Cafe Racer 15. I was surprised to see that it is 9.75% abv as it does not taste like it, yet, perhaps I have become accustomed to strong ales!

A - cloudy golden color with promise of deliciousness

S - pine, citrus, what you would expect from an IPA

T - delicious. not overly hoppy, yet satisfying, alcohol does not seem to be an inhibitor here.

M - well rounded and satisfying.

I would consider this among my favorite beers. Those being.... :)
Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Rampant, Double Jack, Hoptimum, Hop Stoopid, and Sculpin.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 22:05:13 | More by abaer123
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.