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 MisterClean
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Bear Republic tasting at the Rubicon tonight.

This may be a newer version of the Racer X that Ricardo is experimenting with. Well worth it, if you can get your hands on it.

A - Deep orange, nice head, leaves a beautiful star in the middle of the glass. Nice legs too.

S - Flower, grass, and more flowers. Some malt in the back too.

T - Delicious. Flowers, grapefruit, grass, and malts. Dreamy.

M - Perfect balance. No alcohol.

D - Farly flawless for a double. Can I propose to the beer?

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Photo of fitzy84
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had an incredible hazy amber look to it. Very thick lacing to the drink as well. This drink had a massive, massive hoppy aroma to it. Flavors were particular sweet with an earthy tone to it. This earthy-aspect came with the mouthfeel which was rather thick full-bodied. Overall, a rather awesomely mammoth drink.

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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 Hopdaemon39
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the ginger man in NYC- poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a half finger white head; decent retention and a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is very enticing- I smell piney hops and black tea (not unsimilar to sorachi ace). Nice bready malt sweetness with a bit of warming alcohol on the waY down. Excellent taste and perfectly balanced.

Surprisingly quaffable- good medium body with moderate carbonation. Buy if you find it!!

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Photo of Lunch
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 64oz. growler, acquired in a trade from Wespatrick (thanks man!), into my Bruery snifter (11/20/09) at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a glowing golden orange with a two finger thick and creamy head. Very nice looking beer indeed.

S: Exceptional aroma of a rich and semi-sweet hop nectar with layers of orange marmalade, pine, grapefruit, and slightly sweet malt backbone. This is exactly what a west coast DIPA should smell like.

T: The aroma transfers into the taste as the palate is hit with a variety of hop flavors including; pine, grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit surrounded by a layer of an orange marmalade nectar which intensified as it warms. A semi-sweet malt rounds out the flavor and allows for a nice balance while still maintaining a degree of bitterness in the finish.

M: A medium to full-bodied DIPA with a chewy yet slick character with a bitter finish that diminishes as the beer warms.

D: We will just say that that 64oz. growler is no more. This beer was exceptionally drinkable as the 8.7%abv. was expertly hidden. Any west coast DIPA fan with have no problem handling several of these.

Overall this beer was an excellent treat from Bear Republic and an outstanding DIPA. I just wish that Bear Republic bottled this or one of their other DIPAs. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded orange brown with a creme head. Nose is perfumed hoppy bitterness. Flavor is extremely smooth. Unbelievably smooth. There is an underlying bitterness, but what maintains the most solid presence is a smooth slightly sweet citrus tone. Great balance of bitter, earthy, citrus, and sweetness. I can't really think of any way it could be improved. The alcohol just barely touches the tongue, but I don't think it's a detriment at all. Feel is smooth on liquid with a lower carbonation to it. Like I said. Damn drinkable.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and pine.

T: Taste is similar to the smell: Tons of hops, pine and citrus. A fairly bitter beer, but never repulsively so.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable, clean beer. This is about as much a West Coast IPA as you can get.

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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a dark amber almost like apple cider with a 3 finger off-white head. Head retention is long and lacy.

S: The first noticeable fragrance is Grapefruit and other citrus fruits. I also smell Green apple skins and tangerine rind. It's a very nice clean smell, the hops smell very fresh.

T: Tart and slightly bitter, taste of citrus and citrus rinds. It tingles on the tongue but is very refreshing, almost like biting into a ripe granny smith apple and then chasing it with grapefruit juice. Nice and hoppy, would make for a good session beer.

M: The mouth feel is thin and warm. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. The carbonation is very nice, this beer is extremely smooth.

I think this beer is perfect for the transition from summer to fall, it matches the weather. It is nice on a warm day as well as a winter night. I definitely recommend this beer to anyone who loves citrus fruit and hops. GREAT BEER!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one has an interesting hop bill, at least in terms of a Double IPA- American Cascade and English First Gold. I definitely expect this to taste different than the typical juice bomb or pine bomb.

This one pours a hazy orange-ish amber, looks like a dark orange leaf in autumn. There's a persisting foamy white head, about half an inch, with a good amount of lacing.

This one smells super spicy, with grass and black pepper, a good floral character, and some grapefruit and mango.

This has a super intense, almost searing bitterness, that lingers pretty hardcore throughout the session. This has a tiny bit of sweet malt, and no alcohol burn, which is nice. There's a really killer spicy hop presence, peppery, zesty, and grassy, which is the Cascade speaking quite loudly. There's some bitter grapefruit rind, some sweet orange, and a some spicy almost rye-like bread flavors. This is super intense, and is basically the definition of a kick in the teeth.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, but not too much. It's a slow sipper, due to the intensity of flavors. I don't usually include this sort of fact in my reviews, but a bomber of this got me quite warm and practically drunk. This one seemed to hit harder than other DIPAs of similar strength.

This was quite excellent, and possibly the best IPA I've had from Bear Republic.

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Photo of SDtastentune
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Darker amber yet still orange/yellow. Lots O lace. Some small head.

S - Smell was mosty citrus with some orange peel, not too big. Kind of has a pine background, but nothing spectacular.

T - Taste was great, has a great pine/grapfruit/citrus thing going on but I crave more floral tasting DIPA"s. Maybe needed more variations of hops, seemed like it needs more aroma hops but i am no expert. Some nice alcohol burn, but not over the top.

M - Normal medium carb, great after taste/feel, not prickly and easy going down.

O - Overall... Was kind of expecting more... maybe more alcohol burn or more floral citrus notes. Different and good, but reminded me of some home brew tastes, but hey that's cool! Thumbs UP!

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Photo of FutureCowboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from Charleston Beer Exchange, poured into a chilled Duvel tulip.

A: As you expect from a dipa, bright translucent orange, short dense head.

S: Citrus, citrus, and more citrus

T: Quite nice, all the hops you could want but presented in a way that's not acerbic at all. Bitterness all creeps up on you in the back. Veeeery smooth stuff.

M: Again, smooth to the point of creamy. You know the hops are there, but it's not an oily feel whatsoever.

D: Deadly. Goes down way, way too smoothly for 8.7. This could get ugly.

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Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with a small head of white foam on top of a hazy golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves dense lace.

s - sweet malt and fruity hops. Notes of grapefruit, orange, pine and blackberry.

T - thick malt up front with lots of fruity hops. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine in the middle. More sweet malt and pungent hops as the finish washes over the palate with strong bitterness.

M - medium thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very good, complex hop character, lots of malt to balance. Despite the high IBUs, it is balanced and quite drinkable.

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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 Bookseeb
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark hazy copper supporting an off white head leaving nice lace. Smell of dominant hops, heavy balanced malt with grapefruit/citrus aroma. Taste is not as expected considering the IBU's. This is a very well balanced DIPA with the mellow sweet malt and the citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. One of the best DIPA's I think I've had thus far, hearty and well rounded.

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Photo of gatorbreath
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Grabbed a growler from Charleston Beer Exchange yesterday-ultra fresh offering here.

App - Pours an amber/copper golden color with some decent head on a not-very-aggressive pour - lots of lacing

Smell - this is where its at. The hoppy fragrance on this brew is one of the best i've experienced on any DIPA, very very wonderful. Piny hops seems to nail it

Taste/MF - not too heavy on the palate, medium carbonation and tastes great like the smell. Lots of hops and piny notes, thats all i am picking up

Drinkability - I could probably clear a growler in an evening, I really enjoy this brew, the taste is amazing and the alcohol is just not in the taste, but I know it would catch up to even the most lush connoisseurs.

Overall - this is one of my favorite DIPAs to date and it's a shame its such a rare offering in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold with a nice white cap

S: Very bitter, caramel, pine

T: Big and bitter, orange peel, loads of caramel, did I mention so much piney and bitterness that it will damn near wreck the palate after a few sips

M: Medium body, pretty damn bitter, starts a bit slick but then it dries out fast

O Very good

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Fat Head's a while back. Poured into a snifter.

A- Poured a murky amber, fingers worth of white head. Left a ring around the glass. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Standard west coast DIPA. Lots of citrus and pine in the nose. A slight sweetness from the malt.

T- As the beer hits the palate, I noticed a strong pine hops presence. This transitioned into a clean bitterness. The back end of this beer finished with a lot of pineapple, fruit sweetness and a touch of citrus character.

M- Clean, crisp, and well carbonated. Medium bodied.

D- For a DIPA nearing 9% abv., Bear Republic managed to hide it very well.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. I still think Racer X might have a slight edge in this head to head battle.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We're going to see fireworks. The kind where you sit on the hood of your car for hours and cuddle next to the one you love while sipping out of a red Solo cup what you pretend is sweet tea.
The sky is amber/orange as we reach our destination and begin setting up, a huge pillow of cloud cover that I hope dissipates at some point so we can see them... it's still lingering...
We finish, it gets dark, I cuddle up next to her and pop the top.
The aroma... tons of grapefruit peel, so much that it SMELLS bitter, and fresh cut pine in the back there, a bit of cheerio-like malt just coming in a little, but not enough that it detracts at all from the main event... It starts. The sky lights up different colors and our ears take a beating with every new explosion...
So I take a sip, while I glance away from the sky to look at the fire-sparkles reflected in her eyes (you are the most beautiful person in the world)...
Flavour of resin at first, pine sap, that quickly gives way to the note that you'd expect from gnawing on grapefruit peel, and the finish leaves exactly that, an immense bitterness that lingers and lingers.
The evening is brisk, I wrap my coat around us both and we alternate knowing glances and kisses on the cheek and forehead with gazing raptly at the explosions in the sky. It's full-bodied but not heavy, clean, dry and astringent, but with relatively low carbonation and that intensely dry, bitter finish that some learn to love and some are born in love with.

We are the latter.

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Woody's City Market served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus hops in front of sweet malts. Taste is a nice balance of sweet malts and citrus hops that leave a nice lingering bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied with its alcohol fairly well hidden. While I can't say its as good as Racer X, this one is good in its own way, another great beer from Bear Republic!

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Photo of singlebarrel
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not expect this beer to still be at the beer spot when I sauntered in...glad it was!
I am tasting this out of a Kolsch glass I picked up which works quite well for evaluating.
I was a bit careless in my first pour, alot of head (not usually a bad thing) the thick white head appeared so regal atop the copper, almost orange hued necter. Alittle hazy.
I can imagine the citrus wafting out of the glass and forming a come hither gesture to my nose like in an old looney tunes cartoon. Grapefruit and pine dominate.
The taste, oh the taste. like a grapefruit giving a healthy spank to my pallet. A descent balance but obviously the hops on showcase. A serious lingering of fruit rind almost in the bitterness. I think the IBU's are starting to strip away my stomach lining.
Mouthfeel is to be expected, not chewy per say but as thick as you would think an almost 9% IPA would be.
Drinkability...hard for me to define for such a robust IPA. It is what it should be but I wont be pounding these back after mowing, if ya know what I'm saying.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (presumably quite fresh) into an IPA glass at fridge temp.

Look: very clear pale orange, dinged for an almost complete lack of head.

Smell: 50% mint tea, 50% new-wave citrus-forward hops.

Taste: mint/cilantro, grass, grapefruit, lime, something savory (like grilled meat). Off the beaten path, but very enjoyable.

Feel: a tiny bit oily, but good medium mouthfeel, and not too dry.

Overall: I'll be picking up more of this. A lot of flavors and a bit challenging, so if you're looking for a super-sweet tropical fruit bomb, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapevine, Fort Mill. Poured a gold with orange accents. HUGE billowing white head. Quite citrusy aroma, orange and grapefruit with just a hint of herbal pine. Taste was much sweeter than I was expecting, not a huge malt sweetness, but I think I saw marmelade in another review, this describes it nicely. Almost a Hopslam sweetness, but make no mistake it is no Hopslam. Plenty of citrus, some piney hops, but it just tickles the tongue, this is not a pound the tongue brew, much more balance here. Finishes clean with some linering hop bitters. Slightly lower abv helps make this more drinkable, along with the balance. If there was such a thing this could be a double APA.
Drink one if available to you.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Woody's in Raleigh, NC.

A nice golden ale with a slight haze and a thick, creamy head that lasts forever. The aroma really gets you ready for this one with citrus and other fruits dominating. The flavor was very balanced for a west coast DIPA with toasted malts and alcohol almost equal to the citrusy, floral hop flavors. The consistency is quite thick and creamy and the glass ends covered with lacing.

This is a very flavorful yet balanced DIPA. And it drinks very smoothly and easily.

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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 GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at VIP reception at Stone's 14th Anniversary party. This may be one of the biggest, thickest and most intense beers I've tried....and I thought it was great!

A rich dark orange with a white head.

Nose is simply huge pineapple and sweet apricot with undertones of lemon pie - assertive and very appealing.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich but just misses being too syrupy-a feeling of richness and quality.

Flavors are just plain hit you over the head intense! Big sweet orange/lemon citrus character followed by sweet candied apricots and pineapple with mano undertones.

The bitter is just in your face! Huge citrus skin bitter with pine but with a honey character.

Complex and huge with a pine bitter honeyed finish.

This is a must try and a wonderful effort from Bear Republic-bottle this one...please!

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