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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,020 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 87 | FT: 3
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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 01/06/12 notes. Had this on tap at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES. 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a clear orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, and some lemon. lots of hops and tropical fruits; loving the nose.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, floral hops, lemon zest, fruity malts, and some pineapple. Taste is lightly bitter but not a ton. Quite nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light bitter bite but not much at all, especially for 9% ABV.

o - Overall a really nice DIPA and another good beer from BR. I think I actually like this more than Racer 5 and X. Tons of tropical fruits and citrus hops, with little bitterness. Would love to have it again.

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, solid head with a slow settling time. Leaves a cross between blanket and ring lace. Neutral gold color with a bit of haze.

Plenty of sweet grapefruit aroma from the plentiful hop. It overwhelms most of the other smells. Certainly not balanced, but for this style, it doesn't have to be.

Strong bitter hop that stands out even on the initial sip. Very dry, particularly at the swallow. Long, astringent aftertaste. Puckering. Notable alcohol throughout the taste. There's enough richness in the malt to give it a base. Low carbonation.

Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Good (~10 minute) retention. Beautiful consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes - some of the best lacing I've seen.

Body colour is a murky vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pungent; very aromatic. Nice balanced yet assertive hop presence: grapefruit citrus esters, floral hops, citrus, some oily/nectary hop character. Clean pale malts. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A crisp and pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Nice crisp floral and grapefruit hop profile. Body is comprised of clean pale malts with perhaps a dash of caramalt. Malts are well married to the hops; they made some good choices here. Pretty decently balanced, though some alcohol is noticeable. Quite enjoyable, if simple for the style. Assertive. High flavour intensity. Above average depth and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Fairly hot; burns in the stomach. Full-bodied. Thick to style. Lightly oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Really doesn't hide its ABV well. I do like it, but I hope for great from Bear Republic and this delivers merely above average. I wouldn't have another, especially at bar prices. It'll scratch the itch of hopheads, but there's definite room for improvement.

C+

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod to yellow orange with a full creamy white head, nice thick lace.

S: Very nice, with notes of grapefruit and pineapple, pungent, sticky West Coast feel.

T: The taste rains it in. Solid malt flavour with a hint of ethanol. White grapefruit, melon rind, passion fruit form the hop flavours. Tasty, but not as good as I expected with the nose.

M: Medium to full-bodied, resiny, big hop character, slick at times.

O: A well made Double IPA, not surprised since this is Bear Republic whe're taking about here. Well worth a try for fans of the West Coast style.

Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a glowing burnt orangish color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, good lacing and head retention to boot. Good looking IIPA.

S: Light dank, juicy fruits, mainly in the way of tropical fruits and citrus. A little bit of caramel perhaps

T: Initial blast of tropical fruits and citrus with a moderate little booze presence. There is a nice bready backbone with some caramel perhaps to help blance it out. This beer screams sweet, lightly dank and flavorful. The finish is a bit wet and sweet

M: Medium-full body, a bit sweet and oily at times. Well carbonated, lots of hops wallop the palate

O: Very nice.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hey, what's wrong with Racer X? Whatevers, Bear Republic takes up to the next step with Racer 15, I have 22 ounces, so make it good. On to the beer:

Its color appears apricot colored and is topped with an inch of semi-creamy foam which does a fine job retaining on top. Good lacing too. With one whiff of the aroma, I can tell that this is shaping up to be a good journey. The aroma of tangerine, citrus, a "salty" caramel note, and grass is overall exciting.

At just under four months old, the hoppy flavor is sill intact. If citrusy fruit is what you like out of your Double IPA, start asking about Racer 15. First part of the taste is a bitter tangerine peel, and it's not long for the bitterness to writher away and turn sweet and fruity. The tangerine sweetens, notes of apricot arise, and there's a kiss of bittersweet lemonade. A little straight-up bitterness builds towards the end of each. Slightly herbal. As a bonus, much of the alcohol is hidden despite its listed 9.75% ABV. Its mouthfeel is full bodied, on the smooth side with a gentle lift of carbonation which allows the hops to stick around.

Worthy of the Bear Republic name, as well as being part of the Racer series. Tigger yum yum in a bottle.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer appears orange with a quarter inch or so of white head. The aroma offers grapefruit, assorted tropical fruits, malt, alcohol. Sweet and boozy, big, bold and hoppy. Some toasted grain and sturdy malt body support the aggressive hop character. Full bodied for the style. A tasty beer, albeit in small quantities.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cafe racer 15 on tap at the BR brewpub in Healdsburg CA.

Good head. Slight haze. Medium amber. Some sticky lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with a hint of honey.

Citrus and pine hop mix is pronounced but tamed, especially re bitterness, by the malts. Easy drinking for a DIPA.

Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.