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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of inlimbo77
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler
Filled, 4/25/13. Drank, 5/2/13

A: Pours our clear bright orange color. Layer of bright white. Fades to nothing pretty quickly. Doesn't leave a ton of lacing. Still good carbonation though, tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S: Nice nose here. Some tropical fruits: Mango, Papaya and Apricot. There is some sweet slightly bready malt behind it too. Sort of smells like Russian River IPAs, but not quite as good.

T: Creamy hop bitterness on tip of tongue. Fruitiness. Lots of mango and papaya. There are some malts that shine through in the mid palate. The flavor on this is good, but the nose is better. A mild let down. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied.

inlimbo77, May 03, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of inspektor
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

inspektor, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of LSx
4.75/5  rDev +12%

LSx, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

WeisGuy, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
4.75/5  rDev +12%

hopkrid, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Seakyden
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Seakyden, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any time I see a Bear Republic beer that is new, I am ready and willing to try it.

The sweet tone on this is odd to me. Seems way overstated with the hop character adding an uneventful spiced tone. It's...not what I would expect from Bear Republic. Or, hope to get from them. Oh well. On to the next I suppose.

RblWthACoz, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

csmartin6, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -5.7%

CTJman, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of MitchD14
4.75/5  rDev +12%

MitchD14, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

metalgdog, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

CaptDavyJones, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of NinetyNineBottles
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

NinetyNineBottles, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jvillefan, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of notscenerob
5/5  rDev +17.9%

notscenerob, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of PopnLoads
5/5  rDev +17.9%

PopnLoads, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Massbmx, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of tswater
5/5  rDev +17.9%

tswater, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of popery
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice to see this stuff show up in bottles. Pours a solid orange, maybe with a touch of amber to it. Quite cloudy. Bone white head that leaves behind some decent lacing as it slowly fades to a centimeter thick blanket of foam. The aroma is big on grapefruit and tangerine with some lemon, pineapple, berry. Lots of hops. There's some lightly caramel accented pale malt sweetness in the background, but this beer brings a hefty dose of hops. Citra, Amarillo and Cascade/Chinook all make their presences felt. It's a nice mix with very good strength, though it's not quite as juicy as more Citra/other fancy new hop variety heavy DIPAs. The taste starts with some gentle malt sweetness, an inviting blank canvas of sugar cane, caramel and honey. Then, sweetly lemony and floral hop notes slide in, followed by pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit rind. There's a bit of green hop harshness in the middle. It's pretty bitter, though it doesn't really get in the way of the hop flavor, outside of that harsh touch. Somewhat sweet, but it's handled well and doesn't grow syrupy or heavy. For the abv and style, it's relatively dry, particularly in the finish. Lingering floral and citrus hop flavors with a pleasing level of bitterness. Relatively mild but noticeable booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly light, but it coats the palate with hop oiliness. Big mouthful of flavor. Tasty stuff. It's my favorite Bear Republic (D)IPA, and it's great to see put it in bottles without losing its magic.

popery, Feb 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tinco, Feb 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Japple, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

msondel, Feb 23, 2013
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

GOGRANDE, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Beerbuddy21, Feb 13, 2013
Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.