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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

882 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 882
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 64 | 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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IvanJ126

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Crisp smooth very balanced

08-21-2014 04:18:56 | More by IvanJ126
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John_M

California

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
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bisq

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

09-01-2014 22:59:15 | More by bisq
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KRG

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-01-2014 19:41:22 | More by KRG
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nicebrewski


5/5  rDev +17.9%

09-01-2014 19:27:47 | More by nicebrewski
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Gdirt

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

09-01-2014 14:56:56 | More by Gdirt
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metsfan1

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-01-2014 14:56:04 | More by metsfan1
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reebtaerG

Maryland

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
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pdmoore714

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-01-2014 04:51:51 | More by pdmoore714
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-31-2014 03:04:09 | More by cfinch2
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jcallover34

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-31-2014 02:38:44 | More by jcallover34
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EdwardK77

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-30-2014 22:11:00 | More by EdwardK77
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JoshMundy

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

08-29-2014 23:39:43 | More by JoshMundy
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

08-29-2014 19:28:53 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Maniaci


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

08-29-2014 01:34:04 | More by Maniaci
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AleHunter805

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-28-2014 16:13:55 | More by AleHunter805
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atrocity

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-28-2014 12:06:27 | More by atrocity
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LakerLeith

California

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-28-2014 08:15:52 | More by LakerLeith
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ktenneydenver

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%

08-28-2014 02:33:06 | More by ktenneydenver
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HiWire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-27-2014 22:04:23 | More by HiWire
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davet100

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

08-27-2014 20:17:58 | More by davet100
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DblDiamond

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-26-2014 03:22:43 | More by DblDiamond
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-26-2014 02:42:30 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-26-2014 01:36:43 | More by RummyRedbeard
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pagesofphotographs

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12%

08-26-2014 00:54:23 | More by pagesofphotographs
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.