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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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756 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 43
Gots: 29 | 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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Halcyondays

California

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 22:49:16 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:13:26 | More by smcolw
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-16-2013 00:49:34 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-03-2014 16:03:35 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
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+

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 20:44:03 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-18-2013 03:48:41 | More by beernads
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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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 16:48:57 | More by barleywinefiend
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-18-2013 12:29:08 | More by InspectorBob
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-22-2013 02:53:25 | More by XmnwildX12
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DoubleJ

California

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 05:06:55 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-05-2013 13:46:25 | More by DrunkinYogi
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

08-10-2013 15:37:34 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:22:30 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 13:16:40 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-02-2012 04:52:30 | More by drewone
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:45:14 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-27-2013 20:01:45 | More by Kelp
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2014 16:42:05 | More by sendbeer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-26-2013 12:52:52 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:25:54 | More by Brad007
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-25-2013 00:10:43 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Transparent orange in the imperial pint glass with a not insubstantial frothy white head. Retention is excellent, the head lasting for 5 minutes and never really receding.

S: Aroma is of tangerine and orange, with subtle caramel notes. The citrus is bright and vibrant. No evident booze.

T: Light caramel melds with tangerine, peach, and orange. Grapefruit is subtle. Citrus is fleshy with no harsher rind notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level but hop flavor is excellent.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate cask carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Good stuff.

Serving type: cask

05-05-2011 05:30:26 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:32:03 | More by dirtylou
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-06-2013 09:29:12 | More by TurdFurgison
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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