Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 88 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Hazy copper with ok lacing.

S: Hop bomb. Piney CITRUS.

T: Pines. Hops. Excellent.

M: Smooth with massage bubbles.

O: Excellent. Nice profile and combination of flavors. There are so many different Racers. Still waiting to try some Racer X.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle, poured into a snifter. Date on bottle "appears" to be 03/05/13, although I am unable to confirm that because the "03" is very much smudged out, leaving what is only the top/right side of a "3" or an "8." I am hoping for the latter, but presume the former based on appearance, smell, taste, etc.

Despite the sediment that I saw floating around in the bottle, this beer does look outstanding. It is hazy, but I do not mind that, plus the color is rather inviting for a double IPA; burnt creamsicle orange/yellow, with a nice fluffy white head, some decent, fine, lacing. Again, it's fairly opaque/hazy.

The smell is what made me believe it's a March bottle. The hops are not terribly faded, but the malt is way more present than I'd expect. I do not find the aromas off-putting, just not as hoppy as I would expect. Still, it's sweet and caramely.

The taste is very similar, providing further evidence that this is a March beer. Sweet and malty, with a caramel candy taste to it.

Feel has not suffered terribly; it's smooth and syrupy; not as bitter or biting as expected.

Overall, is it unfair to judge what I expected to be a very good beer unfairly because it was bottled over six months ago? Is this beer expected to change that much over the period of six months? I do not know the answers to those questions, but I did enjoy this beer, even if it was "old." That said, it was the floaties that gave away the bottling date. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz to a snifter glass * bottle date 8/4/13

A- pours a semi - hazy off orange with a light 1/2 finger head that sticks and slimes all over the place

S- slight orange, sharp grapefruits, citrus all around but drenched in brown sugar, a molasses type smell

T- Tons of malt, alcohol,tons of sugar, some citrus in the middle, some more alcohol, crushed asprin on the finish

M- Sticky. syrupy, sweet as can be

O- Not what i expected bottle was only 2 months old, too much malt, too sweet alcohol all over the place, bear republic usually nails it esp witih ipa's, not with this one. Despite all its flaws it still tastes decent, would want to try it fresh, but 2 months shoudlnt degrade the beer to a maltbomb.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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