Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
On tap at the Meridian Pint the other day.
The beer pours a light golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all west coast hoppy goodness, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine, but with little malty sweetness. Consequently, I was a bit surprised by what I tasted, as this beer had a considerable sweet malt base, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness. It's still a fine tasting beer, but I found the alcohol to be a bit more prominent than I expected. Mouthfeel was otherwise medium bodied, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.
A nice enough beer, and I'm wondering if freshness might have been something of a problem here. I think the beer had been on tap for a while at the MP, and that may have contributed to the excessive sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Still a nice beer, and one I hope to try again from a fresher keg.
Edit from 2/4/13. Happened to be in Healdsburg on Saturday, and so got my wish to sample a fresher version of this beer. The difference was dramatic. At the brewpub, this beer has a wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and dry citrus. This smells like a hophead's dream, and the flavor profile didn't disappoint. It replicates the nose, but the mouthfeel is fairly light and lean for such a big beer, but I think that works well in this DIPA. Otherwise, the moderate sweetness in the mid palate is gently pushed aside, leading to a long, bitter, hop infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish. Just delicious. Still would have preferred the Racer X (which they were out of), but this wasn't a bad substitute.
10-20-2012 13:16:40 | More by John_M
4.75/5 rDev +12%
Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku
A- Pours golden with a one finger white head. Very nice lacing.
S-Big aromas of citrus, pine, and floral hops and some sweetness of caramel malts.
T-Taste is awesome which is just the same as the aromas.
M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with great carbonation.
O-I was so happy to have get this one. Must get another and also the racer x and compare.
09-01-2014 14:04:58 | More by reebtaerG
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.