Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 88 | 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:
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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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Best by Nov 2014. Acquired as an extra from vitese, thank you good sir.

Appearance is a hazy, dull orange-yellow body with a two finger white head that reduces slowly to leave thick lacing and high retention.

Aromas of pine, citrus rind, caramel, somewhat oniony and floral. Taste is muted with caramel and pine upfront, finishes floral, astringent like crushed Advil. Somewhat unbalanced. Low carbonation and medium body.

Cafe racer was not my thing. Not very flavorful, and where there are flavors they're big, unbalanced bitter hop notes.

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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at some German bar in Redwood City.

Clear light copper with a white head. Fades to nothing with no lacing. Strong hoppy aroma and not much else; citra and light pine. Bitter, astringent flavor loading up on peach, mango and juicy random citrus. Medium thick and creamy body with low carbonation. Dry, watery finish. Meh, nothing special.

Photo of BB1313
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a snifter glass * bottle date 8/4/13

A- pours a semi - hazy off orange with a light 1/2 finger head that sticks and slimes all over the place

S- slight orange, sharp grapefruits, citrus all around but drenched in brown sugar, a molasses type smell

T- Tons of malt, alcohol,tons of sugar, some citrus in the middle, some more alcohol, crushed asprin on the finish

M- Sticky. syrupy, sweet as can be

O- Not what i expected bottle was only 2 months old, too much malt, too sweet alcohol all over the place, bear republic usually nails it esp witih ipa's, not with this one. Despite all its flaws it still tastes decent, would want to try it fresh, but 2 months shoudlnt degrade the beer to a maltbomb.

Photo of callmescraps
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this one before. I like, but don't love Bear Republic hoppy beers, but I am confident this will be well done.

App- Light amber, almost hold. Half inch of white creamy head. Nice looking beer.

Smell- Nice tropical fruits. Definitely some citrus and grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine. A little candied hop, almost sweet. Indicates strong malt backbone.

Taste- Sigh. Some candied hops, for sure, but the malt is more than a backbone. Its a touch sweet. The citrus from the nose does not come through. The Larry before this was much, much better. It's not bad just not as good as it should be.

Mouthfeel- A little thick, almost flat. Eh.

Overall- Disappointing. Too sweet, sorry. Just not for me. Sigh, oh well.

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3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date poured into a Chimay snifter.

A: Pours a 1 inch head with no lacing. Golden hazy yellow. Some chunks of trub still floating around.

S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, boozy

T: Pineapple, mango, black pepper, toffy, vanilla

M: Boozy, light carbonation, slight tartness that makes the teeth feel fuzzy.

O: A nice tasting beer but the one drawback to me is how boozy it tastes. I wish the alcohol was hidden a bit more.

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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An agressive, alcohol heavy beer that attempts to be a big IPA. It's definitely a big beer, with a strong upfront aroma of alcohol and a hoppy taste. Pours with a light orange color, a milky thin head and an aroma familiar to the IPA family. However, the hops overpower the beer and it's too aggressive for my liking. A solid attempt for Bear Republic, who I'd claim is one of the best widely distributed breweries. Still, I prefer their lighter and less intense Racer 5.

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3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

7/25/13 tap at City Beer Store
This has a fantastic intense flavor, round and deep with pineapple, pine, grapefruit, and earthy leaf. But alcohol is very apparent, it feels bigger than 9.75%, and this is the heavy, sticky finishing style of dipa I'm not fond of. Being July, I can't help imagining this would be better received by all as a winter release like younger. I'd try this again in the colder months.

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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Lueken's (Oldsmar, FL). 7.99. Bottled 8/5/13. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours hazy muted gold with about one finger pale head. Retains a foamy halo which leaves nice lace.

Smells of sweet tropical fruits. Mango, orange and malt sweetness.

Those tropical hop flavors are good but muted. Grapefruit, orange and mango with bready malts and cracker. The alcohol is well masked. Tasty but it lacks brightness.

Nice creamy yet slick medium body with fairly light carbonation.

This was on the right track but I fear it may have been past it's prime. Just a little to muted overall without any real oomph. Still an enjoyable quaff that I hope to repeat with a fresh batch someday.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Andover Liquors,
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a huge white head that persists forever. Smells of pine resin and citrus mostly. Light bits of bread and caramel are hidden somewhere in there. The flavor is orangey grapefruit with pine needles, pipe resin, and a solid shot of caramel and alcohol. There is a solid lingering hop bitterness that coats the palette long after each sip. Medium body with a fairly dry finish, moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA but a bit harsh at times and the alcohol is a bit too noticeable for my tastes.

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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