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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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770 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 46
Gots: 32 | 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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dbattey

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-12-2013 01:40:37 | More by dbattey
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banger7

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-11-2013 02:43:42 | More by banger7
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ipafool

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-10-2013 04:37:43 | More by ipafool
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-09-2013 03:35:34 | More by FalconA
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Pugs78

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-08-2013 03:16:26 | More by Pugs78
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 17:25:00 | More by mdfb79
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-31-2012 20:29:10 | More by Pinche_Oso
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-31-2012 06:07:27 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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tbeq00

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2012 23:52:31 | More by tbeq00
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Rick760Sd

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-26-2012 06:23:17 | More by Rick760Sd
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-22-2012 05:50:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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TheBrewo

Michigan

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

This brew was poured from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a high stemmed pilsner glass glowing a golden, pale brown coloring. It held a two finger head of creamy white bubbles, showing great retention. This left thick sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass, making everything look very frothy. There was a chill haze, no sediment, and light carbonation. The aroma was of light grain of pale malt, with a toast, and some yeasty metallics. Warmed fruity hops, with pear pineapple, and mango came next, with hearty no-nonsense grapefruit hops, and grassy funk with warmth. Our first impression was that it tasted like a heavy IPA, lacking the overdone roast and caramel to the malts that has become some common for DIPAs. The flavoring opened with hops like crazy. They were sticky sweet, like a nectary citric syrup with pine cones floating in it. A light grumble of gritty, dirty pale malts came to backup for the balance and pull us to the peak. Here there was more toast of grain, huge bitterness of citric hop and rind, with an added sweetness of raw honey, and syrupy fig pulp. The finish was bitter of pine and citric rind, metallics to pucker, and a final wash of malts, with grain bite and sweetness to ease any residual bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of clean, bittering hops of soap and pine, big booze, and that same fruity, syrupy sweetness from the center. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was a thick, sticky coating at first, but bitterness pulled a final pucker. There was good slurp, smack, cream, and glug, with ultimate dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily, being slowed only by the bitterness.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robust but easy flavoring, and the soft drinkability. The bitterness through the mouth may be off-putting for some, but the sweetness and grain to blend nicely towards the end, making for a tasty, easy-drinking offering.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 15:39:36 | More by TheBrewo
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-12-2012 20:18:03 | More by jenray
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-23-2012 06:08:15 | More by mattdbh
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden with fairly good clarity. Lots of lacing

S -Tropical awesomeness Pineapple, Mango, citrus with some sweet bread

T - Lite caramel, Malt is overpowered by hops, but in a a good crisp clean way. (If that makes sense) lots of citrus hops with a smooth finish

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation, nice hop finish, doesn't linger

O - WOW , had it a Dog Street Pub in Williamsburg, Va. Such a delight.. ABV well hidden, Wish I could have convinced my group to stay there all day and I would have been in beer heaven!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 23:55:12 | More by jtd1969
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mendonjoebeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-20-2012 19:26:39 | More by mendonjoebeer
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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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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-17-2012 15:23:59 | More by jacewg
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-16-2012 15:32:50 | More by eawolff99
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a nice hoppy flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 03:23:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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eyebereej

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-22-2012 07:47:35 | More by eyebereej
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from Bear Republic growler into TBBC pint glass.

A: Completely clear luminous gold, forms a thin white head with a good amount of visible carbonation. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: You smell this stuff as soon as you open the bottle, and it's awesome. Fruity - citrus, oranges tropical, mango and pineapple - with pine, resin, grassy hops also; all with a background of sweet caramel malt.

T: Follows the nose, and it's really tasty. The hop profile is complex, although I found it to be a bit less fruity and a bit more caramel aspect than the smell. There's also some booziness that I didn't pick up in the nose.

M: Medium weight to the body. The carbonation is on the low side which leads to an almost creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: Really good. While the growler was very fresh, I wonder it some of the carbonation & mouthfeel would have been different if it was drank fresh on-tap. Either way, I'm very impressed with this one, and would run to the store for more, were it to be found there. Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2012 00:31:36 | More by macrosmatic
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

08-21-2012 02:30:12 | More by t0rin0
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.