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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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866 Ratings
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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 62 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-22-2013 00:43:06 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-21-2012 02:30:12 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a nice hoppy flavor.

10-03-2012 03:23:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-28-2013 01:09:37 | More by djrn2
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +12%

01-12-2013 19:08:13 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges in particular—stand out in particular along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of grapefruit and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier compared to other Imperial IPAs but has an interesting mix of hops that lend some. complexity to the smell and taste. It is rather drinkable considering the strength as the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

03-02-2014 02:29:42 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

Appearance: An impressive arrival, with a fluffy white head perched atop the clear amber liquid; a curtain of lacing is left behind

Smell: West Coast aromatics, with grapefruit and pineapple dominant

Taste: Big sweet candy malt flavors are joined, right at the outset, by the grapefruit and pineapple elements; there is also a bit of passion fruit, bringing a tropical aspect; big and sticky, after the swallow, though the bitterness dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; sticky mouthfeel

Overall: Fans of sticky DIPAs will like this one, but I prefer more attenuated examples of the style

10-06-2013 21:47:22 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-01-2014 07:53:27 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

11-23-2013 02:55:03 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-16-2013 01:51:56 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

10-16-2013 01:52:05 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-23-2013 01:56:34 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-20-2013 21:08:36 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-27-2013 03:41:48 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

12-14-2013 04:34:25 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-15-2011 19:35:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Draft at Rose and Crown. Clear amber body topped by a finger of head that recedes to a thin collar.

Tangerine, orange, sugar cookie aroma. Bit of tropical fruit, more citrus dominant. Bright and juicy, superior to Racer X.

Palate is resiny with juicy citrus notes. Orange, pineapple, herbal astringency. Faint sweetness from the malt integrates well with the citrusy hop profile. Body is medium-light, and the finish is pleasantly bitter with mild drying astringency. Really nice stuff, about as good as the better batches of Racer X.

12-29-2011 04:06:51 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-31-2013 04:30:09 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Any time I see a Bear Republic beer that is new, I am ready and willing to try it.

The sweet tone on this is odd to me. Seems way overstated with the hop character adding an uneventful spiced tone. It's...not what I would expect from Bear Republic. Or, hope to get from them. Oh well. On to the next I suppose.

03-25-2013 09:48:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

I paid 9.99 for this bottle and it was born 9/5/13 2 days before my 31st birthday. I found it in Ohio still on the shelves, and knew I missed it the first time around. However, I still hadn't had this beer from Bear Republic. If it's so gone because of the aged hop profile I'm not going to knock it, but I have to try it. This should have been gone the first week it was out!!!

It appears a clouded apricot golden glowing orange hue with an off white head forms fine bubbled carbonation, impressive look to say the least.

However, the aromatics are consumed with aged hops and a mild citrus note, dank marijuana and the whole nine.

Gladly, the flavor is amazing the hops being aged don't damper my experience at all, big malts, big alcohol, and big hop flavor come across. Earthy, citric grapefruit peel, candied sugar notes with all of those expressive hops.

Mouthfeel isn't cloying at all, clean excessive hop bursts add a drying quality to the profile. Drinks way to easy on the palate, clean aggressive and still going down great.

Overall, I hope to God that I never find this fresh, because I might not be able to handle it...it may blow my mind, because this is super fucking good on the palate.

07-07-2014 20:04:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-13-2014 16:06:18 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head in a snifter, hazy golden nectar orange color.

Nose citrus hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, a bit of mango and peach, light resin, and light sweet malt.

Taste starts slightly sweet reddish and pale malts, then fresh hops, light citrus and almost orange rind, tropical fruit, grapefruit, light tangerine, citrus fruit really comes through, light musty resin. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, more tropical fruit and resins.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice fruity hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, light resin and citrus, tasty and drinkable, light malt base to stand on.

09-28-2011 00:15:24 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

this just landed in Colorado, and boy is it good. a big bright strong double ipa, with all kinds of complex hop personality. shiny brass color with a tiny bit of hazy underneath an inch or so of plain white head with patchy lacing as it drinks. big nose of citra hops for sure with its lemony fresh squeezed character, as well as some more bitter and oily west coast varietals. this drinks lighter than it is because of this nice fruity element, it hides the alcohol well. soft finish, delicate almost for what it is, just expertly hopped. the aftertaste is long and grapefruity, and just a little sweet. this is in the mold of the big west coast ipas, but it has another layer, and that is the bitterness of Amarillo and the citra fruitiness. its lip smacking good, refreshing for its size, and makes me want more. well carbonated but not overdone. medium body only, the alcohol is very well disguised. overall probably the best bear republic beer ive had yet, the hop profile is genius. great after work beer.

10-13-2013 22:19:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%

A loud roar of hops of every description. It's a circus of hops. Color is that rusty orange tinted amber, even darker than most IPAs. Smell is something like melon and a little cat pee. It's a nose and a half.

Bold malt with lots of sweetness and a honey tang. Bready, tending to dry out. Sharp and volatile. Starts out with the mango and overripe peach, and shades into the pine and grapefruit. Quite bitter from start to finish, but the endless fruit and aromatics keep it drinkable. A powerful and boozy fruit bomb. Almost a dessert beer, if you like a pine pitch custard.

Plenty sudsy in the big Duvel tulip. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego for $8.25.

08-09-2013 06:11:28 | More by mactrail
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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.