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Café Racer 15 - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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1,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,049
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 58
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-12-2011

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...
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Ratings: 1,049 | Reviews: 182
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold-amber pour with a thin frothy off-white head.

Citrus and pine followed by citrus and pine on the nose. Still smells like it will be reasonably light drinking though.

I could drink a lot of this. Tart and piney bitter hops up front, followed by a brown sugary sweet swell and boozy finish.

Lightly carbed, not too heavy for an imperial. Leaves some hop resin coating and light bitter aftertaste.

Racer 5 is on the beefier end of the IPA spectrum and in comparison, this isn't much harder to drink while sneaking a few more abv points in there. Would definitely order up a glass if I saw it on draft somewhere.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Ballast Point tulip/flute/snifter... this glass doesn't know what it is. There's a date on the bottle but it's not printed well and so it is illegible. I know this is fresh, though, so I am not concerned.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white head, which recedes to a film leaving sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Fresh hops everywhere. Lots of pine and grapefruit, But also a little candied sweetness alongside citrus.

T/M: Plenty of resiny hoppy character throughout. Pine up front with a slightly watery mouthfeel at the start, but the beer quickly swells with citrus and bitter hop character. Maltiness is there, but really only to hold the beer up and provide sweetness rather than to be a major part of the flavor. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium despite initial thin feeling. Light bitterness lingers, but this is much less bitter on the finish than many other west coast IIPAs. The finish is otherwise sweet with citrus before giving way to hop bitterness.

O: My favorite thing I've had from Bear Republic without a doubt (although I've not had quite a few of their offerings). This IIPA is neither too bitter nor too sweet and is rich with hop character throughout. It's maybe a little syrupy, and oddly feels just a little thin at the start, but this is a really really good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good DIPA from Bear Republic. The balance was what I expect from a west coast DIPA hop bomb and subtle sweet malts rounded out the flavor, not too bitter on the finish. Orange rind and minimal grapefruit on the nose, good carbonation and lacing on the tulip pint glass. Good solid 4. Would recommend.

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A-pale orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, little boozy

T-toasted bread, caramel, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, hint of toffee, moderate bitter finish

F-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a little cloying, but smooth, little boozy

O-a decent DIPA, but a little to sweet for my taste and a little on the heavy and boozy side

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer appears orange with a quarter inch or so of white head. The aroma offers grapefruit, assorted tropical fruits, malt, alcohol. Sweet and boozy, big, bold and hoppy. Some toasted grain and sturdy malt body support the aggressive hop character. Full bodied for the style. A tasty beer, albeit in small quantities.

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on tap at jon's bar and grill - served in tulip

Hazed out pale orange pour with a frothy cap of white head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing left behind while drinking.

Potent hops in the nose with tropical and citrusy hints, invigorating the nose with pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Soft sweetness and toasted grain, spike of alcohol.

Cocktail of hop flavors on the tongue right up front, soaring with pineapple and citrus peel. A touch tropical, sweet and bitter all at the same time, resting on a nicely sweet malt backbone. Honey and caramel with toasted bread, finishing with an intense burst of bitter hops and boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the tongue. An aggressive, boisterous DIPA with plenty of tasty hop flavor, albeit slightly hot.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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