Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of MonkeyBread
2.57/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard glass.

Appearance: pretty standard DIPA color. Perhaps a little darker than typical. Limited head retention.

Smell: non-existent, uh oh. This is literally odorless

Taste: front is a mild dose of floral and maybe a vague bit of stone fruit. Almost non existent flavor. Then the bitterness takes over. Just tons of English hops and C American hops that are adding no interesting flavors, just astringent bitterness.

Overall: I've never had a bad Bear Republic beer. This is awful. Have to drain pour it. I'm thinking there was a shipping issue in the heat that skunked this beer. Tastes like a homebrew where you boiled a gazillion low quality hops for 3 hours and that was it. Just bitterness and nothing else. Miserable.

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Photo of demuzik
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a slightly-murky orange, with low head retention, but adequate lacing.

The smell is strong and hoppy, of course - like you're sticking your nose into a basket of various hop types.

The taste is a bit harsh; I'm a fan of Racer 5 and the double IPA style, but I don't think they pulled through on maintaining the essential balance of malt backbone and hop FLAVOR alongside the hop BITTERNESS; the bitterness is there, and jerks you around, overwhelming both the flavor of hop and malt.

The mouthfeel is heavy, alcoholic, and warm. I typically go for the DIPA styles that are surprisingly light in body, so this one being heavy, and somewhat sticky, did not win points with me.

Overall, not a failed attempt by Bear Republic, but disappointing - hop bitterness does not a IIPA make; need the hop flavor, a balanced body, and malt flavor alongside in my book.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif. Color was a hazy mixture of brown and orange. Minimal head. Light lacing on the top. Spread out film on the sides of the glass.

Really, really struggled to find a smell. Very bland. Got a sweet citrus sniff late with some caramel in there, too.

Strong bite of alcohol to start, almost rubbing alcohol. Got some caramel at the end. Smooth finish made the taste a 3.0 as it was on pace for a lot lower.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth beer, though.

I thought it was just an okay beer. I’d probably give it another try since I liked the Racer so much. Maybe it was just a bad pour.

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Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Double IPA, English hops. Hugely bitter. Vast malty richness splayed and ravished by the monstrous excess of hops. Strong honey taste with fruit cocktail and grapefruit rind. So intense, with flavors so bitter and so sweet, it's a challenge. Some sipping proves interesting, but half a small snifter leaves me gasping.

Well, this is definitely Adults Only and drinks Double Bastard for breakfast. Manly hop wonks should take note.

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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 ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Healdsburg. orange color, decent head. Smells hoppy, alcohol, malts. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter but not quite a west coast and the alcohol is very apparent. Overall I was expecting to like this a lot but Apex is so much better. In fact the fresh Racer 5 on tap blew this away.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local bar. Beer is orange with a white head of small and medium bubbles. Leaves some lacing carbonation low. Its a little hazy.

Aroma is nearly non-existent. Really annoyed. Where are the in your face hops?

Weak...weak....WEAK! My pilsner I had after this was more complex and flavorful and I didn't like it either. Its thin, fruity, mildly bitter, its a no show.

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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 Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one as part of a warm-up act at Churchkey for Zwanze Day 2011.

This one is listed here at 8.7%, Bear Republic's website states that it is 9.2%, but the menu at Churchkey put it in the 10%+ range. Now I'm confused...

A: Golden in color and crystal clear and with a solid, ghost white head that held up pretty well throughout the session. Obviously filtered.

S: I got sort of a combination of grass (earthy), and melted "Astro Pop" (you remember those from the 80s right?)

T: This was both sweet and bitter, but with the sweeter elements winning out by a WIDE margin. Bad move Bear Republic.... aren't you guys West Coast hop bomb makers?

M: Candy sugar, but the candy was of the "Mallow Creme" variety which I hate. The bitterness lingered for a bit, then died, and the carbonation was very low.

O: When I walk through the door at Churchkey and glanced at the menu, I became more excited to try this one than any other brew on the menu. I remember telling Thorpe429 after he asked what I thought, "Now that I'm addicted to Citra-based IPAs, it seems that many others pale in comparison." He just nodded in agreement....

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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 corby112
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden ruby/amber color with golden orange hues and a one finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves rings of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with lots of citrus character and dry pine needle. Prominent caramel maltiness in the nose as well with hints of grapefruit, mango and orange peel.

Bitter earthy, florl hops up front with subtle dry pine and sweet citrus fruit notes, namely orange peel and grapefruit. The hops are abruptly cut midpalate by prominent sweet alcohol presence and too strong of a malt backbone for my liking. Well balanced with decent drinkability but not the best interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jampics2
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Heads IPA festival.

Orange color with some amber and copper highlights. The beer looks a touch still in the glass with very little active carbonation, and the head straight-up sucks. Disappointing start.

The bouquet is also far from impressive. It's just not expressive enough, with some perfume and apricot. But this could smell WAY better and jump out of the glass more. At touch of citrus is very understated. Some booze is noticeable as well.

The taste is interesting. It's got some dank resin and pine, and some perfume, mango, and papaya. The malt is very sweet. I really wish I knew why they chose this much sweet malt. It totally cuts the beer in half with prominent caramel and, if that wasn't bad enough, doesn't even carry us into the aftertaste. Instead, it drops straight-off into a wasteland of booze (and a stadium-full of 'boos').

The beer is sticky as all hell. The carbonation is low, with a medium body. Some lingering bitterness and sweetness, and a bit of booze in the aftertaste. This was the miss of the entire festival for me, what a disappointing beer. It just has absolutely nothing in common with my ideal DIPA, as I love citrus and expression. I love much less perfume and malt that doesn't distract. This brings none of those characteristics to the table. I'd try it again at Bear Republic on draft, but never again away from the home base.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/17/10 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of white head and light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, and has a soapy smell to it.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and soap mostly, with some fruit as well.

m - Medium body, smooth, and low carbonation. I thought it was pretty easy to drink for the ABV.

d - An OK DIPA, but the smell and taste I detected as "soapy" was a bit off putting. Might try again sometime but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

818th Review on BA
Draft to pint

@Churchills Sourfest 2011

App- A nice standard DIPA orange with a one finger head. With a great amount of lace and cling. Had webbing and a great slide pattern.

Smell- A faint citrus note with a fresh rained on tangerine and ripe fruit. A big malt backbone as well. Balanced aromatics with just a bit of whispy booze notes.

Taste- A bit too one dimensional but this was surprisingly still pretty tasteful. A bit malty with only a slight bit of backing citrus notes. A little floral and sorely lacking in a robust IBU to round things out.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation levels. No resounding bitterness to mellow out the malty floral and fruit notes.

Drink- A pretty standard DIPA. Got a bit more excited than I should have. As mentioned too, 1 dimensional with a small lack of balance.

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Photo of imagese
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy copper with a minimal head and minimal lacing

S- very earthy and funky citrus and floral hops. A heavy sweet malt holds up to the hops

T- much like the nose, but the citrus bitterness pushes thru the malty thickness. Doesn't have the distinctive hop and malt separation I much enjoy

M- very full. Great carbonation

D- not bad, but very thick and malty, so doesn't have the typical DIPA crispness

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'briens Pub

A: Mach 10 pours a straight clear caramel amber color with a thin white soapy cap that was gone in seconds. Some speckled lacing here and there.

S: Smells are laden with sweet pale and caramel malts. Some fruity and floral hop aromas with a dash of pine but really rather mellow for a DIPA.

T: Taste is more floral as well. Some subtle citrus and pine notes but mostly flowers that are coming through. Bitters seem rather restrained. Slight residual caramel sweetness. ABV's very well masked at 10% (what O'Briens posted) Nice balance just not the hop blast one might expect in a DIPA from BR.

M: Med body with a sticky mouthcoat and slight creaminess.

D: Nothing too exciting here. It is def a well crafted brew and still hoppy but in a subtle hibiscus flower sort of way. Could really use some more aroma. Not that pungent pine and citrus hop sting that I seek. But still a decent drink none the less.

Had a hard time rallying behind this one. There are too many single IPA's these days that would destroy this in a tasting.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Yes, it's hoppy and malty, but not hoppy enough for a DIPA. I guess I'd call it more of a blond American barleywine. The barley felt thick, even for a 9% beer, and wasn't particularly distinct. It was more of an overly-sweet caramel bread with a little toast. The hops don't stand out enough. The spicy citrus hops are balanced on par with a pale ale. Even if there's 100+ IBU, they're getting lost. I shouldn't get too down on this beer, it's tasty and something different for the style. I just want less sugar and more hops.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours an orangish-copper color with a short single-finger white head. There is a bit of lacing dotting the sides of the glass, but not all too much. The nose is pretty weak and I can't believe this is considered a double IPA. There are some light citrus and pine hops that come through as well as a bit of light malt.

The taste is a bit more substantial with a bit of orange, pine, and some light floral notes. There is a touch of bready malt in the background, though that comes out stronger in the mouthfeel. Feel is slightly bitter on a medium body. No alcohol presence at all. This goes down smoothly and drinks surprisingly well for its ABV, but doesn't have all that much going on.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 CHickman
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left great rings of lacing; a solid looking IPA.

Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel and spices that bring big whiffs of alcohol; this is hoppy and sweet, but the alcohol aroma can't be contained and comes through the hops.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, sweet malt, caramel, pepper, coriander, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices; this is sweet and spicy with a strong alcohol presence, which actually took away from the flavor for me. This IPA is too hot and the alcohol could not mesh with the citrus and pine notes and added an element of overkill, unlike Racer 5 and Racer X.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and again some definite heat. Medium drinkability, as this was a little disappointing to me and just too spicy for mass consumption.

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Photo of Absolut
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an light orange with an offwhite head. Smells and tastes of malt with a hint of citrus. Given some of their other IPAs I was underwhelmed. too malt forward for a DIPA

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice.

A: Dark tangerine orange with little light transmitted. Huge creamy head with a chalky white coloring that was strong on the hold. Sticky lace with a very good amount of coverage, provides a thick milky coating on the glass.

S: The nose was sweet piney, mixing with dry grapefruit. Moderate show of strength per ipa standards, a bit less 2x ipa expectations. Finishes out with some light sweet grassy notes.

T: The flavor was dry piney grapefruit, light and flowery with little malt support which came up a bit short. Bitterness was moderate, again more on par per ipa standards rather 2x ipa. Decent on the close with some strong flowery grapefruit flowery hops and hay coming in but still not enough to impress for good results. Alcohol was evident

M: Mouthful was creamy, lush body, bitter on the tongue with a medium body. Tart grapefruit pulp with flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall expected a bit more by brewery standards. The hops and flavor was a bit one dimensional lacking any complexity and depth. Really didnt smack my taste buds around enough.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub

A - Pours a darker orange and a nice puffy foam head.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pine, decent maltyness there too, much more than a lot of other DIPAs.

T - It's sweet, but it has a lot of pine in there. Some caramel malt, grapefruit in the hops. The booze comes a bit forward at the end that results in a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.

M - A little too smooth, seems to lack a bit of carbonation, but still good.

Overall - It was okay. A decent DIPA, I feel like it needs a bit of fine tuning in the taste.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a light to medium orange, with a soft soapy white head. Full concentric rings of lace and very good retention are a highlight.

S: Some tropical fruit, papaya, grassy, but not too expressive.

T: Green and damp with a earthy to grassy hop profile. Some light nuance, but the hops aren't wowing. A nice drinkable flavour though, nothing offensive.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy, soft carbonation.

D: Compared to the brilliant Apex and the very good Racer X, this DIPA from Bear Republic is left in the dust. A good beer in its own right, but coming from BR I expected better.

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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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Mach 10 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 459 ratings.
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