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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 49
Gots: 72 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

barleywinefiend, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of mythaeus
5/5  rDev +17.6%

mythaeus, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of CA_brewster
4.76/5  rDev +12%

A: This brew poured a golden yellowish amber color with some light visible carbonation and a fairly thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S: This beer smells piney and sweet and absolutely fucking delicious! Sweet malt and a nice hoppy aroma dominated mostly by pine but there is some definite citrus in there as well.

T: Tastes like it smells nice and hoppy. A delicious beer! The 9.75 abv is covered up extremely well. This beer is very drinkable and is astonishingly balanced. I happily downed a 22 oz bomber, with pleasure :)

M: Goes down smooth, the hops bring some nice hop bitterness to the beer. It has a bit of an alcoholic bite and leaves behind an aftertaste of hop resin. The resiny quality is pretty subtle though compared to many of the hop bomb DIPAs I've had where the resin aftertaste is a bit overwhelming.

O: Love it! It's a great beer i had very high expectations from the start as i do for any beer coming from Bear Republic as they are easily one of my favorite breweries. That being said this beer did not disappoint at all, it's another hoppy masterpiece. If you happen to stumble upon this beer I highly recommend giving it a try. It's fantastic and a prime example of the high caliber brews Bear Republic Brewery is capable of crafting.

CA_brewster, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

BAsbill, Aug 06, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

On Tap

Slater's 50/50
San Diego, CA

A hazed light copper and amber with a very persistent, somewhat thick, resilient khaki-colored head. Leaves the glass sticky on the way down.

Hop forward aroma with some definite malt backbone sweetness accompaniments. Some stinging citrus flesh and zest notes and caramel and mild toffee sweetness. Approrpriate and well balanced.

Fairly bitter throughout, but doesn't get in the way of the nice flavors present. Again, stinging and sweet citrus notes, bready and sweet malty, caramel flavors. Mild pine.

Nearer to full in body for the style with moderate carbonation.

A bold, big, somewhat sweet DIPA from Bear Republic. Happy I tried it!

ehammond1, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

mhaugo, Aug 05, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled on date of 7/5/2013. Beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of billowy soft off white head of mostly large bubbles. Head sticks around for a bit, before slowly receding to a patch of bubbles, leaving thick swatches of sticky lacing. Some small bubbles every now and then.

Nose is sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit, light tropical pineapple and mango, dank earthy pine. Quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness and alcohol, but very nice hop aroma on this one.

Taste follows the nose, mostly sweeter hop flavors upfront, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. A little bit of musky papaya or melon flavor as well. Not as bitter as I was expecting, some bitter citrus peel and pine flavors, but balanced nicely with caramel and toasty malt flavors. Dry finish, with sweet and bitter citrus flavors lingering on the tongue.

Medium body, slightly syrupy but with some mild carbonation to help it along. Alcohol warmth in the back of the throat for sure, but a well balanced DIPA.

nataku00, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

MattSweatshirt, Aug 04, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Hazy copper with a white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, alcohol, bubblegum. Some pine and a light sweetness. Juicy.

T: Grapefruit. Not overly bitter. A touch of pine, a light sweetness, and a small alcohol bite.

M: Medium-full bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O:Drinks really easily for a 9.75.

arfenhouse, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.