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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

882 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 882
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 50
Gots: 64 | 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 +12%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-03-2013 11:01:37 | More by Bilco
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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

08-03-2013 08:48:42 | More by Maillard
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California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-03-2013 06:27:34 | More by ste5venla
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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-03-2013 03:53:18 | More by Rau71
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Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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California

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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-02-2013 05:02:13 | More by Amerikon
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rawfish

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-02-2013 03:45:50 | More by rawfish
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draheim

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice honey color w/ a 1-finger white head that leaves behind some sudsy, oily lace.

Aroma is tropical citrus and pine. Citra and Amarillo hops. Smells nice and juicy, a little resinous. Some alcohol present.

Taste is a blend of sweet pale malt and citrusy hops. Good balance. High ABV pretty well hidden. Sticky and resinous, packed full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little oily and slick. Sharp bitter finish.

Overall a pretty good DIPA from Bear Republic. Maybe a little sweet and heavy for my taste, but good.

08-02-2013 03:13:35 | More by draheim
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Warlocks-Passage

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Kymmy16w

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-02-2013 02:36:54 | More by Kymmy16w
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rand

California

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
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-01-2013 03:56:48 | More by 2beerdogs
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

08-01-2013 00:46:56 | More by akang
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Obsidian

California

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
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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HoppingAlong

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-30-2013 23:30:13 | More by HoppingAlong
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C+

07-29-2013 20:44:03 | More by kojevergas
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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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spw109

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-28-2013 00:24:52 | More by beerbart
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California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-27-2013 19:35:27 | More by MontereyBay831
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.