Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

very good
156 Reviews
Mach 10Mach 10

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pass through the event horizon with this IPA2. American Cascades meld a citrus blast with spicy English First Golds. Savor an intense hoppiness, smooth bitterness and subtle malt character. Prepare to go hypersonic!

100+ IBU

Added by MisterClean on 09-26-2008

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Photo of maximum12
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a taster at the newish St. Paul World of Beer & didn’t know it had been bottled; grabbed this 22 ouncer the first time we crossed paths. Not easy when it was moving so fast. Split with wife.

Pour is darker orange with none of that fancy haze, not even sure why I’m bothering. Nose is weak hop sauce, mildly sweet.

Mach 10 comes spitting old school hoppiness & brings me back to 2009. Big, snapping bitterness blasts the palate, backed with caramel malts that are a tad too prevalent for me. Mid-palate is mild earthiness, citrus, lemon, orange. Oily. Drinks like a brew half its ABV.

Lovely melding of hops & malts without letting the hops lose their teeth. Borderline excellent & a very good beer in the old tradition of B.R.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes in a deep orange with almost light amounts of red in it, the head didn't form a massive size, maybe 1/3" but it had impressive retention for its size. Aroma had a medley of sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit and mint.

A taste starts to bring in some mild tropical notes that were not detected in the nose. There seems to be a heavy malt backbone on this one giving way to viscous caramel notes. This one clocks in hella bitter. Big and the alcohol is there but not oppressive. Bomber format is meh.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: orange citrus and some floral hop bitterness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon, mango, mild floral tones, and a nice bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: very easy drinking DIPA. Refreshing and a few can be consumed in a sitting.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Love the froth on this beer, nearly clear amber hue. Orangey, pine, resiny, herbal hop nose with hints of tropical fruit and faint caramel. Ample bitterness from the hops. Melon, orange rind, lemon pith, and mint on the palate. Warming alcohol is a little estery with suggestions of ripe fruit. A real tasty IPA here.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A juicy and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and grass. Citrus hop scent of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, apricot, lemon, and pineapple. Earthy hop hints of damp grass and slight pine. Pale malt with hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. Sweet hints of candied sugar. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sweet hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Tropical fruit notes of orange peel, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Sweet malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. Some notes of candied sugar sweetness. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly sticky.

Overall: A pretty solid Double IPA. Sweeter than typical for a West Coast IPA but there still is plenty of juicy hop bitterness.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The bottle does a great sales pitch as the hyper-colored cosmic themed graphics and Japanese impact fonts tell you this beer is made with intensity, not subtlety. Certainly gives it a lot to live up to,

Look - Either my refrigerator is too cold, pouring is off or this beer has a tremdous flooding tidal wave of frothing, overflowing from the glass and running down like a breached levee. Color is terrific, head eventually retreats.

Smell - Uninspired, Hmmm... scant notes of apricot, peach surprisingly more noteworthy are the caramel malt notes. Expected more, the aroma isn't much stronger than what you'd expect from a session IPA or your standard American Pale.

Taste - Malt forward again. If you really try to get a soothing alcohol burn and a bitter hop finish. Not bad, surprisingly balanced for a beer that's >100 IBUs. Every breath I take after a sip brings some pine and alcohol taste to the back of my tongue/throat, almost like Gin and Sprite.

Feel - Harsh, my tongue turns to sandpaper well carbonated but sticky.

Overall enjoyable, heavy, flavorful. This won't be a blue ribbon but it's pretty solid.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Beautiful beer in the glass. Tinted orange with a finger of creamy head
S: Apricot, grapefruit, oranges, and caramel
T: Lil on the malty side. Grapefruit and apricot. Alcohol does not appear
F: Nice mouthfeel. Well carbonated.
O: Very good double IPA but not world class.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber (12) pour with billowy off white head; thick, long lasting cap; super heavy lacing; excellent clarity. Fresh hops, citrus and pine nose. Bitter orange rind with caramel malt flavors. Medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Long lasting bitter citrus linger.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a transparent golden amber color with a massive off white head. Retention is excellent and there are many webs of lacing. Smell and taste are both the same, sweet malt bomb with a touch of citrus and pine. Not good. Feel is medium and slick. Overall not a good beer. I love Racer 5, but this is not anywhere near as good.

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Photo of babaracas
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't resist grabbing a Bear Republic DIPA that I haven't seen before (seems to be the only guarantee of freshness :( ). Pours a clear medium orange with lots of fine sediment in suspension, two fingers of fluffy cream colored head settle to a thin cap and trail a haphazard sheet of delicate lace down the glass. Smell: floral, pine, a little grapefruit, a little biscuit. Taste: sugared grapefruit, orange, grainy spiciness, biscuit. Dunno, a bit of a throwback maybe? It's decent / tasty.

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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear golden orange color with two to three fingers worth of white head that leaves a thin layer around the top

S-caramel malt, citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine

T-taste is similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and a piney hop finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a big pine presence with a nice amount of tropical fruit sweetness, very nice

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Photo of Ego
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pretty heady... at first, pale straw tone with a touch of orange, the head melts away pretty quickly, there is more legs than lacing here, carbonation from the bottom is sparse, kind scoring on the just OK meter

orange peel, some caramel malts... and not much else, a faint waft of hops if I really study this

taste etc...
decently medium body, good mouth feel (nice and full), rolling orange tone with some mild bitters, a touch of warming in ole gullet speaks to the ABV, drinks very smoothly

the world is full of double IPAs, mach 10 is er Mach 3, not a bad beer mind you but cmon now... especially a cali brewer should realize you have to bring a little more.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours Amber with a thick head, looks pretty damn good.

Smell is full of caramel malt and sweet hops.

Taste is full of caramel malt and finishes bitter. Nothing special but still good, has a syrupy finish. Some spice to this as well.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a snifter at Ground Control in Litchfield Park last night for $6.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice white head that left some lacing behind.

Nose was mild citrus, nothing outstanding.

Taste was nice, Large malt base melded well with citrus forward hops. Residual bitterness was mild.

Feel was medium bodied and smooth yet somewhat refreshing.

Overall a nice solid 2ipa from a brewer that has proven to be consistent over the years.
Try it if you come across it!

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Photo of rand
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to nonic pint glass

There's a lot of debate regarding the origination of the West Coast IPA, and as it was an evolved process no one can point to one definitive, 'first' beer. But a lot of people point to Bear Republic as one of a handful of breweries to first start pumping these out - Racer 5 was definitely ONE of the first. And everything they brew is quality, most of what they brew is hoppy. Mach 10 easily falls in the both categories.

The brew has a deep, copper-orange color, completely opaque, chilled-haze aside. A medium sudsy head leaves little patches of sticky lacing

The nose is surprisingly gentle, subdued but refreshing. Crisp citrus notes, orange zest and a touch of honeyed bread describe the bouquet. The expected boozy, warming rush isn't there.

Nothing reserved on the palate though. Sharp bitter hops rush to the front of the palate; piney, cirtusy, rindy. The malt backbone doesn't exactly balance the bitter-sweet aspects, but it's not really necessary. The lightly sweet malts combine to yield earthy, tea-like aspects, maybe a little oaky. Alcohol kicks in toward the back of the sip, which would close with a long finish, but ample carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel keeps things fresh between sips.

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Photo of LADaveBN
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange color. Nose is where this beer excels: pineapple, oranges, tangerines. Very nice. Taste lacks compared to the smell. I was expecting big citrus. Got subtle tropical fruits and bready malt. Finishes with a somewhat unbalanced bitterness. Medium/light carb. Feel is crisp. Overall, a decent DIPA.

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Photo of 805FIG
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy orange, almost copper. Excellent lacing and mouthfeel. This beer has a caramel and biscuit flavor crossed with a orange, slightly bitter ipa. Like a good belgian beer spliced with a sculpin. This beer should be rated higher. Innovative, juicy, and drinkable.

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Photo of bound4er
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy, faint orange to amber appearance with a massive 3 finger white head. Leaves gobs of sticky lacing. Smells of tangerine laced booze and bready malt. Quite bitter upon first taste - this is a tongue bruiser!! I get mostly pine-like flavors from the hops with faint bready malt that tries but ultimately fails to balance things out. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad beer but not one I need to revisit as it is just a bit too unbalanced with its massive bitterness for my tastes.

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Photo of TooHop4U
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

>100 IBUs but didn't taste like it. Also read this seasonal is released in April and stays fresh for 3-4 months...I reviewed in Dec. Still really enjoyed - hoppy as hell and definite grapefruit finish

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a two inch cap of foam; some strands of lacing appear

Smell: Caramel and piney hop aromatics

Taste: Caramel forward with piny bitterness building; after the swallow, the bitterness builds but the underlying sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and sticky; moderate carbonation

Overall: This would have passed as a better DIPA several years ago; IPAs Brewer today are very different and much more enjoyable

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with off white head.
S: It smelled like orange and grapefruit, with a little honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and orange zest and candied apricot, with some honey malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent double IPA with bold and bitter scent and taste, but nothing unique or impressive. The body was average, and the finish wasn't harsh or hot, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Good brew, but not top tier.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the remaining surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops and caramel malts are present in the nose along with some notes of citrus.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and quickly transitions over to citrusy, floral, and piney and spicy hops, the latter of which lingers through the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight amounts of alcohol are noticeable towards the back end.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is mostly dominated by aromas and flavors of caramel and pine. While quite strong, it does a rather good job of masking most of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is decent, while the texture is rough (suggesting intense bitterness). Lots of lacing sticks to the glass, as well. Even with the haze, it looks good. (3.75)

Smell: Well, this smells like a blast from the past. Instead of new school, high-falutin' hops, here we get a classic mix of grapefruity/floral Cascade and earthy English hops. Pine also pops assertively. The maltiness is typical caramel, but subdued for a DIPA. I don't know what else to say, other than this: it smells BITTER. (3.5)

Taste: I half expected this to be the bastard son of Hopsickle, Ruination 1.0, and Bigfoot in terms of bitterness. And yet, no. Somehow, the earthy English hops keep the floral, piny Cascade in check from start to finish. Traces of pineapple and grapefruit flutter around, as well. A caramel malt upsurge on the back end also helps to quash some of the bitterness. As I sip this more, I start to notice: the bitterness isn't as timid as I thought. It pops the more I drink it - come to think of it, this helps it go down easy without becoming ridiculously oppressive. Nothing here is blowing me away, but it works okay as an old school DIPA. (3)

Mouthfeel: This has good crispness, while the heft is style-appropriate. The finish is moderately sweet, as well. Carbonation is slightly concealed by the body's thickness, though it does enough to cleanse the palate sufficiently. (3.75)

Overall: I can't remember the last time I had something from these guys! Perhaps unsurprisingly, their Mid-Atlantic distribution is spotty and delayed. As my first Bear Republic beer for a while, this was okay. Definitely stuck in the old-school train of though - for better or worse - but far from bad. Admittedly, English hop notes don't speak to me unless they're paired with English ale esters...which this one lacks. Worth trying, just don't expect a juicy tropical fruit bomb. (3.25)

3.29/5: A fun beer to try, but not my favorite DIPA

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Photo of twage04
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Unremarkable but still enjoyable. Served on tap at whole foods. I could have sworn this was a Simcoe bomb until I read the decription, I did get the cascade right though! Interesting combo with the ekg hops. Malt was hidden with alcohol but set the stage well. Solid beer even if the hop profile was less ambitious than a lot of dipas.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

enjoy by 09/12/15. 22 oz bottle.

A: hazy orange/amber hue. good head. decent looking brew but you have to pour carefully.

S: piney hop aroma. very cascade driven. inviting but not in your face.

T: a lot of hop flavor, but nothing too distinctive. a muddle of pine, citrus, and resins. bitter on the finish. not bad but nothing outstanding.

M: carb is low and subtle. full bodied.

D: a good DIPA, but not great. expected more bright hop qualities from a DIPA by Bear Republic. Cascade comes across nicely and perhaps that was the only intention.

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