Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

Style: American 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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Ratings: 460 |  Reviews: 157
Reviews by Phelps:
Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Tops in a taster glass.

Perfectly clear pale gold, with a half-finger head of fuzzy off-white. The cap quickly becomes a thin ring, leaving streaky lace behind.

Bright, sweet nose. I wouldn’t exactly call it tropical, but it shows signs of similar fruits. Grass, maybe some pineapple, honey, stone fruit.

The flavor showcases non-bitter grapefruit juice backed by sweet mango and grass. Bits of orange peel, caramel, a hint of biscuits. Pineapple is definitely there when it warms — in fact, when it hits a certain temperature, pineapple and stone fruit take over completely. Sweet, tasty stuff.

Sugary, somewhat heavy medium body. Starts with peppery carbonation that breaks into just a bit of fizz. A little tongue-numbing, but the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden for the most part.

Another sweet, tasty hop monster from Bear Republic. This brewery’s IPA’s all seem very similar, but it’s not a problem when they’re all good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of steelerguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber, nice off white head, low carbonation, head fades to a covering quickly and leaves some lacing.

S - Light citrus and alcohol.

T - Boozy, alcohol up front and throughout. The citrus hops are there, but not a whole lot of hop flavor when compared to the bitterness and the alcohol. There is a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor in the middle, but finishes with alcohol.

M - Nice moderate body, that ends resinous and bitter. Some carbonation would help clean it up.

O - I love Bear Republic, I do not love this beer. Could really use some more hop aroma and flavor. I can forgive the carbonation because it was a growler...carbonation is also dependent on the server. Not their best beer or a great example of an American IIPA.

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Photo of Hamburgers
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another high quality offering from BRBC on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC as part of their BR event. I found this one to be somewhat softer and smoother then the APEX DIPA. More rounded and with less of a biting hop crunch. Exceptionally smooth, tasty, herbal, earthy, frash tasting. Alcohol present but well in the rear. Notes of citrusy hops, smooth sweet malt under blanket. Thoroughly enjoyable, a treat on tap, wish this flowed in my local area on a regular basis. Again, one sip was all it took for the brain to say, quality, worthy DIPA.

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Photo of Phat_Borracho
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesmk48
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lofreqwave
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rob133
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Hamilton's. Nice surprise considering I had never seen it before. Poured clear gold with a short white head. Thick, stick lacing. Sweet, citrusy nose with a lighter malt backbone. Not much pine. Carbonated, bubbly mouthfeel that helped cut a heavier bodied, hoppy beer. Heavy grapefruit and lemongrass hops flavors. Lesser sour orange and mango-like flavors. Kind of medicinal towards the middle, and the alcohol shows a bit. No real malt stickiness or over-sweetness. Kind of an earthy/grassy/wooden finish that was out of place. Not nearly as good as Racer X, not even in the same area code, but still a solid DIPA.

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Photo of ccurrid
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of virinow
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

San Diego, CA

Clear orange with a thick, soapy white head. Regular rings and plenty of lacing down the glass.

Muted and somewhat bready aroma. Some mild pine and citrus hop aromas, but lots of bread and some caramel malt. Balanced, but unexciting, even after significant warming.

Fairly bitter flavor and relatively simple and straight forward overall, with some pine hop flavor and lots of bready and caramel malt. Well balanced and simple.

Medium to full bodied.

A good DIPA from Bear Republic, but unexciting and uninventive.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah some old notes from the 9th dipa Bistro festival. Slow work day today!

Orange/ruby appearance, on the low-average head size but high-average on the lace.

Bigger fruit aspect to the aroma and taste. The usual culprits, orange, grapefruit, pine, but throw in some maybe mango & apple to up the sweetness, but not to a level that makes it chickish. Very herbal.

Downside, if there is one (because no doubt this is an upper echelon beer if you like hops) is the viscosity (thicker than desired) and the tendency to feel the sweetness as masking the alcohol.

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Photo of valkyre65
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rack0flamb
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of r0nyn
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my La Fin du Monde tulip.

As advertised, this brew is a translucent hue of gold and apricot, with a sizable half-inch off-white head that leaves a ton of caked-on lacing. It's really a very pretty beer, and I almost don't want to drink it, but I must, for science! The nose is quite hoppy, with an undertone of grapefruit and grassy pine. Sweet caramelized malts appear after the initial barrage of hops, along with a very minimal tinge of booze on the back end.

A slightly sweetish note to start on the initial sip, which is quickly quenched by a big blast of hoppy bitterness. I've had bitterer brews before, but this is definitely living up to its touted description. Notes of pine resin and quite a bit of citrus accentuate the bitterness and provide a smooth contrast to the subdued, but substantial malt character. Booziness is detectable on the finish, but doesn't really detract from the drinkability, thanks in part to a lush, near-full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is just-so, enough to support the tenuous spiciness.

After having had Altered Beast by the same brewery, Mach 10 was up against some admittedly stacked odds. And while it didn't exactly come close to matching its tastier brother, it is still a very, very good beer that hopheads and bitterbombers will enjoy very much.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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