Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Café Racer 15Café Racer 15

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

179 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(Read More)
Reviews: 179
Hads: 1,084
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 62
Gots: 106 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-12-2011

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: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Café Racer 15 Alström Bros
Reviews: 179 | Hads: 1,084
Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light orange hue with a little bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which subsided pretty quickly. Nice.

Smell: bright, citrusy, floral, tangeriney, but not overwhelming. Finely balanced hops over a sweet malt base. I like it quite a lot.

Taste: there's an added earthiness to the flavors of the hops, but the same citrusy brightness remains from the aroma. Alcohol is pretty high, and this is noticeable but not a drawback. Bitterness is pretty low for the style, but I think it works in this formulation. A damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: I really like this brew. I could probably quaff dangerous amounts of it. (822 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold with a slight haze and a thin skim of bubbles coating the beer from a gentle pour. Good head retention and longlasting lacing. Big grapefruit aroma, pineapple and fruit juice, sweet tarts, slight pine resin and citrus pith. Smells great. Solid bitterness balanced by malt throughout. Biscuit and caramel malts, citrus, a bit of pine, spicy with light alcohol in the finish. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, creamy texture, mild warmth. Very tasty -- I really like this one. (487 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 8.5.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a nice one inch tan head with good retention.

S - Strong pine and a touch of citrus.

T - Sweet orange citrus, lemon zest, grass, subtle pine.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, sweeter finsh.

O - Cafe just threw me off, nice DIPA, citrus and pine heavy. (326 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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? (395 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a standard snifter a clear orange/copper with a one finger head that leaves very nice side lacing.

S - Nice carbonation on this one. Slightly smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this double ipa. Nice grapefruit; ABV is hidden nicely. Would enjoy again on tap. (323 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping the cap releases a very piney nose scented with citrus. It pours hazy orange under a 2” finely bubbled persistent lace producing white foam cap. It enters very fruity and creamy supported by big rich malt that balances an assertive hop presence achieving a three way balance between the hops, malt and alcohol. It dries out on the finish with a lingering bitterness blending with residual malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. A delightful elixir. (476 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, shared, delirium chalice

Bright orange body - foamy white froth. Punch citrus aroma - fantastic hop profile. Maybe I was just really in the mood for this after a long, hot day in the N Cascades but I found this beer fantastic and better than any other IPA from Bear Republic (saying a lot). Perfect body - light, bright and refreshing. Screw this Mosaic trend - this classic combination of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hits on all cylinders (462 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at jon's bar and grill - served in tulip

Hazed out pale orange pour with a frothy cap of white head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing left behind while drinking.

Potent hops in the nose with tropical and citrusy hints, invigorating the nose with pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Soft sweetness and toasted grain, spike of alcohol.

Cocktail of hop flavors on the tongue right up front, soaring with pineapple and citrus peel. A touch tropical, sweet and bitter all at the same time, resting on a nicely sweet malt backbone. Honey and caramel with toasted bread, finishing with an intense burst of bitter hops and boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the tongue. An aggressive, boisterous DIPA with plenty of tasty hop flavor, albeit slightly hot. (803 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a semi-hazed glowing marmalade color. Pretty easy to see through. Mild head. Head leaves speckles of lace around the glass.

S-Juicy, wet hops. Not super intense but intense enough to warrant some merit. Tropical and citrusy with a load of dried grass. Citra all the way.

T-Tropical fruits are citrus flesh. Grapefruit transforms into bitter grass. Malt bows down to the hoppiness. The hop expression is quite memorable.

M-Resinous and bitter. Medium/full in body. Dry. Booze hidden well.

O/D-Great beer. I can definitely lump this into the same quality category as their Racer 5 and Racer X. Love them Citra hops. (626 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear gold color with an ample cap of off-white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is tropical goodness we have come to expect from mosaic and amarillo. Malt pretty much gets out of the way and leaves a hint of grains and the yeast is uber-neutral. WCIPA fo sho.

Taste throws down on a multitude of hop flavors ranging from peach to papaya to orange flesh. A lot of different dank flavors here, like chewing on a good nug. Doesnt quite all come together harmoniously for me though and the high ABV unbalances it a little. Its good, maybe close to damn good, but I dont think Id buy it again. There are other BR beers I would rather have and this one just seems a bit too over the top. (715 characters)

Photo of popery
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to see this stuff show up in bottles. Pours a solid orange, maybe with a touch of amber to it. Quite cloudy. Bone white head that leaves behind some decent lacing as it slowly fades to a centimeter thick blanket of foam. The aroma is big on grapefruit and tangerine with some lemon, pineapple, berry. Lots of hops. There's some lightly caramel accented pale malt sweetness in the background, but this beer brings a hefty dose of hops. Citra, Amarillo and Cascade/Chinook all make their presences felt. It's a nice mix with very good strength, though it's not quite as juicy as more Citra/other fancy new hop variety heavy DIPAs. The taste starts with some gentle malt sweetness, an inviting blank canvas of sugar cane, caramel and honey. Then, sweetly lemony and floral hop notes slide in, followed by pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit rind. There's a bit of green hop harshness in the middle. It's pretty bitter, though it doesn't really get in the way of the hop flavor, outside of that harsh touch. Somewhat sweet, but it's handled well and doesn't grow syrupy or heavy. For the abv and style, it's relatively dry, particularly in the finish. Lingering floral and citrus hop flavors with a pleasing level of bitterness. Relatively mild but noticeable booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light, but it coats the palate with hop oiliness. Big mouthful of flavor. Tasty stuff. It's my favorite Bear Republic (D)IPA, and it's great to see put it in bottles without losing its magic. (1,494 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is fruity and sweet with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. A light doughy and sweeter caramel smell are there as well and matched by some hop aromas. The hop are mostly of a grapefruit nature, but other hop aromas of a bit of herb and some light pine are there as well, producing a very fruity and inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that was detected in the nose, with the tangerine being the most intense fruit, but having mango and pineapple mixed with it as well. Right from the start there is a thick and bready taste which acts as a nice base for the sweet and the grapefruit hop flavor; which starts the taste off on the moderate side. While the grapefruit is lighter upfront, it gains more and more strength toward the end of the taste and is joined by some pine and herbal hop flavors. All the while, a little bit of the tropical fruit flavors fade but are replaced by some caramel sweetness. With a little bit of grassy hop and a hint of alcohol coming at the very end of the taste, one is left with a pleasantly balanced, sweet, and moderately resinous bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of tropical fruits and hops the thickness and creaminess does a rather good job as it baths the tongue in all the wonderful flavors and makes this 9.75 % abv. brew a nice slower sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty brew overall. Big and robust in sweeter tropical fruit flavors with a nice hop blend. This is one I would certainly go back to again and one I would recommend. (2,039 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Purchased almost a month ago at the brewery.

A: A finger and a half of pleasant, whitish head tops an effervescent, mostly clear, amber beer.

S: Herbaceous and heavily fruity. Tropical, with a juicy smell dripping with pineapple, guava, and --most obviously -- mango. A whiff of fresh pine. Incredible.

T: Not as fresh as it was on-tap, this incarnation is less fruity and more bitter, but only relatively. In general, it's still very fruit-forward, but also quite hoppy. The maintaste is an earthy, herbal, bitter foretaste, fruity maintaste, and balanced endtaste.

M: Thick and malty without being oppressive.

O: A damn good beer. Highly recommended! Racer 5 may be the best IPA, but this is something else. (777 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from last week at Sunset Grill.

A- Orange red ale into a tulip with a creamy white head. Decent size and it leaves a nice thick coat of lace.

S- Peach, orange, pine, herbal and citrus hop explosion.

T- Hops are pungent again with peach, pine, herbal, lemon, floral and orange. Sweet malt as well.

MF- Moderately thick beer with a nice creamy feel and a big bitter finish. Nice high carbonation.

Good hop bomb with a great citrus feel. (445 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange golden color.

This has a brilliant aroma of sweet sweet citrus of tangerine and orange, caramel malt, along with some tropical fruit notes and pine. It's a very hoppy beer.

The flavor has flowing orange and citrus note that is extremely hoppy. It then smooths out with caramel malt, but it's a really light breadiness that just carries it through gently. It's very hoppy and oily with a strong bitterness of grapefruit and pine on the finish.

A really exceptional DIPA. (505 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a clear, rich amber-gold with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Piney floral hops with a little citrus and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste. Big piney, floral hops with some bitter citrus rinds and a fairly sweet caramel malt base.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice big ipa, but I wish I tried this before the hop venom, probably would have rated it higher... (417 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a murky citrus orange with a couple fingers of greasy light tan head that faded into a wispy scum and left rings of chunky lace down the glass.
S: Juicy grapefruit and orange cream sickles all the way with notes of tropical fruit nectars including mango and pineapple.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of juicy grapefruit, mango, papaya, pineapple and tangerine cream. The finish is sweet and juicy and the aftertaste is leafy and faintly bitter.
M: Full body for the style, greasy and slick body, soft and fluffy carbonation. Easy to drink.
O: Super fresh and juicy dipa. Very flavorful and smooth. Another excellent hoppy beer from an excellent hoppy beer brewery. (706 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with a thick head with great retention.
Nice aroma with a pleasant pine and fruity notes of pineapples, peaches and lemon.
Sweet intense fruity and hoppy flavor, bring forward some sudden "Whoa" from me. Notes of pine, booze, grapefruit, biscuit malt, sea water, toasted malt, honey and overripe pineapples. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 9.75% is harmonic.
Bold and assertive DIPA. Could be a bit less sweet, but I liked its boldness and initial hoppy punch (well, it tuned to 100+ IBUs). (554 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a couple of goblets of this today (at $5.40 per) at the Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT

It was a deep golden hue, with a touch of haziness. Carbo was steady, and the head was thin, fine and white. Lacing along the sides was decent. I liked the attractive color. Aroma had some lightly sweet fruit action going on with citrus on top of it. Solidly medium, and fairly smooth going down.

Flavor had light sweetness as well, with a little malt coming forth. Sweet fruits started off, with apricot notes hitting the palate. Soon after the hoppage got rindy and resiny, coating the mouth with lupulins. The alcohol was scarily well-hidden. Quite tasty, indeed!! Prosit!

4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1618 (760 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't find a bottling date on this one but it was just released like two weeks ago so it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Big fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with excellent lacework remaining behind. Nice island of foam too.

S: Excellent. Grapefruit, pine and the biggest is the dank citra hops. Mild bready malt too?

T: Big juicy hops up front. Grapefruit and tropical fruit now. Spicy dankness and pine follows up in the middle. Bready briefly, then a nice dry, crisp resinous finish. Dank hops and some pine linger between sips.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and dry/crisp in the finish.

O: Delicious. Great hop strength up front and great hop complexity overall. I just had Simtra the other day and this reminds me of it a lot. This one is just more complex and a little smaller (which is better, IMO, Simtra is over the top). Drinkability is much better with this one for sure. Really, this is a wonderful west coast style DIPA. Big and juicy but not over the top. I loved it. (1,003 characters)

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.