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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Café Racer 15Café Racer 15

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%

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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Photo of ArrogantB


4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 22:06:25 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of rudzud


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 22:02:45 | More by rudzud
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 04:55:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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


Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2013 00:30:18 | More by Bierman9
Photo of ehammond1

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap

Slater's 50/50
San Diego, CA

A hazed light copper and amber with a very persistent, somewhat thick, resilient khaki-colored head. Leaves the glass sticky on the way down.

Hop forward aroma with some definite malt backbone sweetness accompaniments. Some stinging citrus flesh and zest notes and caramel and mild toffee sweetness. Approrpriate and well balanced.

Fairly bitter throughout, but doesn't get in the way of the nice flavors present. Again, stinging and sweet citrus notes, bready and sweet malty, caramel flavors. Mild pine.

Nearer to full in body for the style with moderate carbonation.

A bold, big, somewhat sweet DIPA from Bear Republic. Happy I tried it!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 19:52:56 | More by ehammond1
Photo of srandycarter


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice, typical IPA offering. Clear golden, nice near white head, leaves fast. Lots of spotty lace. Smell of malt and hops, of course. Taste is more hops driven but does not forget the malt. Good carb, good balance, fairly clean finish. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 18:21:00 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:01:31 | More by Pencible
Photo of flexabull


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a bright gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are very hoppy. Very resiny, with notes of pine, also quite floral with mixed citrus notes. There is also a distinct hard candy like smell too, almost like peppermint.

Taste is similar to the nose. Really hoppy up front. Bitter and biting upon first sip. Pine like, resiny, with some lemon zest, tangerine, and mangos. Underlying beer has some creamy and hard candy like sweetness, but it's a bit fainter than something like Racer X which seems to balance the sweetness and bitterness a bit better than this one. Still nice flavors going on here.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Lacks some balance though, comes off really flavorfull and hoppy beer, with some pretty strong bitterness though, definitely not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 16:20:53 | More by flexabull
Photo of scottfrie


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:22:51 | More by scottfrie
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 18:40:17 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of cbutova


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 17:08:40 | More by cbutova
Photo of AgentMunky


4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:53:22 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Dope


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:56:00 | More by Dope
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 04:36:21 | More by yourefragile
Photo of popery


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 03:06:26 | More by popery
Photo of xnicknj


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 15:18:24 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JayQue


3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orangey color with a medium size, slightly off white head. Head retention is average, some thick lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of citrus hops..mostly grapefruit and oranges. Flavor is more balanced. There are citrus and piney hops flavors but also a balancing caramel malt/bready malt backbone. Hops are more noticeable but the malty blance is still there.

Mouthfeel is very good. A somewhat oily piney hops presence along with an overall crisp, bitter feel. The malty balance is noticible here too...not just a hop bomb but a well constructed hoppy beer.

Another good one from Bear Republic.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:33:19 | More by JayQue
Photo of inlimbo77


3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler
Filled, 4/25/13. Drank, 5/2/13

A: Pours our clear bright orange color. Layer of bright white. Fades to nothing pretty quickly. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing. Still good carbonation though, tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: Nice nose here. Some tropical fruits: Mango, Papaya and Apricot. There is some sweet slightly bready malt behind it too. Sort of smells like Russian River IPAs, but not quite as good.

T: Creamy hop bitterness on tip of tongue. Fruitiness. Lots of mango and papaya. There are some malts that shine through in the mid palate. The flavor on this is good, but the nose is better. A mild let down. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: growler

05-03-2013 14:52:05 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip - carefully, as I saw plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Body is slightly hazy honey-orange with only a small film of whitish head.

S: Nice clean DIPA nose - lemon, grapefruit and even pineapple.

T: Nice malt foundation of sugar cookie cookie dough, then the hops. They're sweeter than expected - think tropical fruits and sugar-dusted grapefruit and oranges. Reminds me somewhat of some "older" DIPAs that are no longer made, e.g. Stone X and Goose Island Imperial. Touch of alcohol heat at the finish. Finishes with a decent dryness. ABV heat felt in belly right away. Bitterness coats the palate (finally) in the aftertaste.

M: Full in body, slightly slick in feel, as carbonation is modest.

O: Good stuff. On the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum, but interesting flavors with a good bitterness lingering on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 01:14:52 | More by Kendo
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 20:48:03 | More by Rutager
Photo of FLima


4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 21:08:04 | More by FLima
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big brandy snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice bright orange and copper color with a nice lively dense white head that is about half inch tall.

Aroma is wondrous. Resinous notes of sticky pine and dank herbal character. Then typical Cali citrus hops that are muddled by even more dry and resinous character. Nice malt notes that are also slightly sticky and sweet in the nose as well.

The flavor is awesome. Very resinous and piney and even spicy at times. Good boozy heat mixes well with the hop spice and resinous notes. The brew is pretty dank and delicious with notes of pine and strong grapefruit and tangerine rind. Notes of mild caramel and boozy sweetness are present and compliment the dank and intense. Mild papaya and tropical fruit notes are present in the nose along with some slight sugary passion fruit notes. Mouthfeel is slight sticky but light.

Overall this is a solid DIPA. Its not clean or crisp but it bruises you with the hops. Sometimes that’s what you want.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:33:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of elNopalero


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Grapefruit bomb! This pours an orange tinted amber straw color. Its aroma is wonderfully hoppy and sweet with a great freshly squeezed grapefruit nose to it. The flavor is sweetly hoppy, with some orange peel & a piney, grapefruit-dominating bittering. Has an absolutely great finish to it—bitter, piney, resiny, and long-lasting. Hop forward with a light body. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 07:21:39 | More by elNopalero
Photo of GilGarp


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served chilled into a goblet.

Cafe Racer 15 is a pale yellow-amber color with thin white head. It has considerable haze but that's not uncommon in a double IPA. The head is tight and slow to settle with nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy and definately familiar to fans of Racer 5. Just more of the same hop character with big citrus and pine notes.

Flavor is incredibly hoppy but still somewhat balanced for the style. Again much like their standard IPA, it has great hop flavor with lots of great west coast character but it never really overwhelms with bitterness. It manages to be impressively drinkable for a DIPA of nearly 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall an excellent version of the style and I expected nothing less from the makers of one of my favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:58:57 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Fatehunter


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of thick, foamy head on a hazy, straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is bright lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. Really good.
The taste starts with bold pine bitterness, sweetens out towards the middle and then finishes with a lemon bitter downslope.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The taste has great balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 03:33:33 | More by Fatehunter
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.