Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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1,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 49
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An agressive, alcohol heavy beer that attempts to be a big IPA. It's definitely a big beer, with a strong upfront aroma of alcohol and a hoppy taste. Pours with a light orange color, a milky thin head and an aroma familiar to the IPA family. However, the hops overpower the beer and it's too aggressive for my liking. A solid attempt for Bear Republic, who I'd claim is one of the best widely distributed breweries. Still, I prefer their lighter and less intense Racer 5.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a honey copper color, hazy complexion, with a short white head, soapy in texture that has poor retention and leaves some spotted lacing behind. The aroma is fairly booze forward, but has nice elements of grassy hops, light fruit and citrus, richer grainy malt at the end, but it's a simple aroma, dominated by hop bitterness and alcohol. The flavors are more enjoyable, the alcohol is less dramatic, lots of grassy, earthy hops, amply bitter, bits of pine, tangy grapefruit, tropical mango with the rich grain towards the end where the alcohol really comes forward. The body is quite rich and juicy, quite smooth on the tongue, medium carbonation that is fairly lively and finishes lightly dry.

Verdict: A big ambitious beer that succumbs to the pitfalls of many high octane IPAs, too much booze, and too aggressively hopped. While the beer does have some nice balance of flavor, between the bitterness and strong alcohol, it's laborious to quaff.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. Bottled on date 7/3/13, so almost 2mos old now.

A - Dark burnt orange, clear. Eggshell head leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Peaches, mango, light bread. Not a lot of aroma, especially hop aromas.

T - Peaches, pineapple, mango, catpiss. It finishes with a almost a light rye bread flavor, then dries out with grapefruit bitterness on the end. Interesting. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Spot on for a DIPA. On the thick side of medium w/ medium/light carbonation that gives a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Really good beer. Aroma was a little light, maybe because it was 2mos old? Flavor and mouthfeel are solid. Will definitely be seeking this out on the next release, especially to get a fresher version. This was hiding in the back of the beer cooler behind some other bottles at my local Bristol Farms.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- copper color, pretty thin head

Smell- floral, citrus, piney hops

Taste- floral, citrus, piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good indeed! It is delicious! I can't wait to have more of it. I definitely recommend this one!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6fl oz bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a hazy, peachy-amber color. A bubbly, one-finger, eggshell colored crown topped the liquid and fell to a lasting mass of froth. Curtains of drippy lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Orange zest and grapefruit were instantly noticeable. Lots of resiny pine sap. Good dose of peach and apricot. Tropical fruits were also detectible. Pineapple and mango were most apparent. The hops were well balanced by a candy-like sweetness that became more prevalent as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was solid. Super hoppy, in a West Coast sort of way. Notes of orange rind and ruby red grapefruit dominated. Touch of mango. The hops were countered by a stiff yet unobtrusive malty backbone. The finish was super piney, resinous, dry and bitter. There was a slight alcohol warming, but this was anticipated.

The beer was medium bodied. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Café Racer 15 is a well crafted and relatively affordable double IPA. Although this beer may not brake any new ground in the craft beer world, I would definitely buy it again.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nerve locus deep golden orange with half a finger of weakish head, decent speckled lacing, decent retention

S - Lots of light citrus, orange and apple, with a pit of piny resin and a decently sweet malt backbone

T - lots of orange and grapefruit rind and kits of piny resin. Sweet malts peak through st the finish. Aftertaste is west and mildly resinous.

M - medium bodied or less appropriate carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - fantastic citrus rind/resin heavy iipa with a subtle hint of sweet maltyness. Lingers a bit but not too long at all, a great drinker

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.