Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.24/5 rDev 0%
From 22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass
The viscous, rich brew is a deep-copper tan in color, almost completely opaque without a chilled haze. A gentle pour yields a sudsy, dense head that never really extends in the glass, but never fully recedes either. The nose is a seamless mix of sharp, bitter notes and a buttery, toffee-like sweetness, dried by an undertone of yeasty dough and alcohol volatiles.
The palate reflects the nose, with the sweet toffee notes right at the front of the sip. The hops bend earthy and floral, as the sweet tones are dried by the bready, yeasty aspects of the beer, along with a distinct surge of booze. The beer finishes long and bitter, even though a subtle sweet tone lingers.
I've had this at festivals and tastings, but it's nice to be able to sit down with a bottle and parse the flavors. There's a lot going on in this concoction; it doesn't taste quite like its West Coast brethren, although I can detect several similarities. Snobbishness aside this is quaffable and delicious...throwing this back faster than I should.
08-01-2013 06:59:22 | More by rand
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
I had this on tap at Tustin Brewing in Tustin, CA. HUGE grapefruit bomb. Super easy drinking 9.75%. It is up there as one of the biggest grapefruit bombs I have had. Excellent, and instantly goes right to the top as my favorite beer from Bear Republic.
07-31-2013 21:16:59 | More by Obsidian
4.69/5 rDev +10.6%
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
07-29-2013 22:32:03 | More by dirtylou
3.14/5 rDev -25.9%
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.
07-29-2013 20:44:03 | More by kojevergas
4.06/5 rDev -4.2%
Upon seeing that Bear Republic was brewing this way back when I was super excited because I'm a big fan of Racer 5 and DIPA's, so when I saw it, I had to give it a shot.
Poured into a Deschutes snifter it was a nice dark golden orangeish color with a few fingers of fluffy foamy head which dissipated somewhat slowly.
I got some good fruity notes in the nose, but not quite was I was expecting/hoping for.
Same thing with the hops...wasn't as bold as I had hoped for. Both were there and good, just not the big Cali hop/fruity bombs ive been digging as of late.
Having said that, it was enjoyable and the fact that it didn't at all seem like it was 9.75% made it go down nice and easy. Maybe too easy.
Were it not for the fact that I've been full-on in RuinTen and Hoptimum mode the past few months I think I would have loved this but as it is, it's a good stab at a DIPA from Bear Republic.
07-27-2013 13:10:12 | More by SanFranJake
4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours out a very nice gold, slightly hazed. Excellent carbonation, small head, but the lace is thick and long lasting.
The smell starts with almost a candied flower smell, I assume caramalts and floral hops. A bit of fresh cut grass and citric hops finish it.
Citrus, caramel, floral hops and a hint of country white bread start the taste off with a bang. Slight mineral flavor around the middle, with a smooth blood orange and slight pine resin finish. No booze noticed, which is excellent for a 9.75% brew. Perfect body, moderate thickness and smooth as silk.
Damn! That was a good brew.
07-24-2013 03:34:39 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
Imbibed at Market Beer Co. on 7/20/13
Pours a clear copper with a whispy white head. Surprisingly little lacing. Aroma is slightly biscuity sweet with a great helping of pine, grapefruit, and lemon. Aroma is very pleasant. Flavor starts with pine and sweet biscuit/honey, moves to pine bitterness that is mild and pleasant. This finishes slightly sweet with a medium mouthfeel.
This is a great beer that hides its ABV very well. Looking forward to getting a bottle to enjoy at home.
07-22-2013 21:11:42 | More by Philousa
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
A- Perfect color for the style. Beautiful semi hazy orange with very little head but nice lacing on the glass.
S- Big juicy hops, bready malts, a tiny hint of caramel or something sweet
T- Follows the nose except it is much more juicy than I even expected. Huge tropical fruit, stone fruit, grapefruit and orange marmalade.
M- Near perfect carbonation for style. Viscous in the beginning but finishes with a medium high carbonation that dries out the finish
O- This beer is even better than I remember it. I will definitely try to find another one
07-22-2013 02:29:05 | More by PerHops
4.41/5 rDev +4%
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.
07-21-2013 23:53:22 | More by AgentMunky
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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