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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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1,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 50
Gots: 87 | 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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4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the head settle slightly and then poured and on top to fill the glass.

A- leaves a nice inch or so, white, fluffy head on top with some of the most intricate lacing I have ever seen from a DIPA. Color is about 20-25 degrees SRM, an amber/orange hue, with a slight haze.

S- citrus, grapefruit up front on the nose with a freh pine scent lingering after sipping that comes on the finish with the bitterness. Malt scent is also present, however not as prevelant as the hop profile.

T- not overly carbonated with a smoothness across the tongue. Only a little prickly bubbles from front to back. There is not a ridiculous hop bite that many DIPAs sometimes have, it is instead a mouthwatering, citrusy (grapefruit), pine sap, pale malty, deliciousness!

M- THE ideal mouthfeel for a DIPA! It does not piker my cheeks with astringency, nor does it have a high carbonation, and it is sticky across the tongue without being a candied sugar mess. Amazing mouthfeel on this brew!

O- well balanced and well maintained. Bear Republic represents this style of beer extremely well! Utilizing west coast hops and pale malts to create one of the best DIPAs around! A solid brew!!!

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't find a bottling date on this one but it was just released like two weeks ago so it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Big fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with excellent lacework remaining behind. Nice island of foam too.

S: Excellent. Grapefruit, pine and the biggest is the dank citra hops. Mild bready malt too?

T: Big juicy hops up front. Grapefruit and tropical fruit now. Spicy dankness and pine follows up in the middle. Bready briefly, then a nice dry, crisp resinous finish. Dank hops and some pine linger between sips.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and dry/crisp in the finish.

O: Delicious. Great hop strength up front and great hop complexity overall. I just had Simtra the other day and this reminds me of it a lot. This one is just more complex and a little smaller (which is better, IMO, Simtra is over the top). Drinkability is much better with this one for sure. Really, this is a wonderful west coast style DIPA. Big and juicy but not over the top. I loved it.

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3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A loud roar of hops of every description. It's a circus of hops. Color is that rusty orange tinted amber, even darker than most IPAs. Smell is something like melon and a little cat pee. It's a nose and a half.

Bold malt with lots of sweetness and a honey tang. Bready, tending to dry out. Sharp and volatile. Starts out with the mango and overripe peach, and shades into the pine and grapefruit. Quite bitter from start to finish, but the endless fruit and aromatics keep it drinkable. A powerful and boozy fruit bomb. Almost a dessert beer, if you like a pine pitch custard.

Plenty sudsy in the big Duvel tulip. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego for $8.25.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Racer 15 roars in with a good pine, citrus aroma. The beer pours a small head and is a murky golden color. The taste is pretty darn good! Pine and citrus dominate the flavor profile as the hops burn out into an array of slightly floral bitterness. Overall this beer is very good and I recommend it. The ABV is present but not overwhelming.

Bottom Line: Worth Drinking.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.