Mach 10 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Mach 10Mach 10

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Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler from Village Beer Merchant. Cloudy golden with generous 3/8 inch of white head, and thick lace lines. Mild hop but bold malt aromas.Holding it together a spicey gummy Biere de Gard Big mouthfeel, extremely dangerous drinkable. Sugary sweet malt partners with citrus piney hops and makes the approaching Autumn...doable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and pine needle aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Pours a cloudy copper topped by thick froth. The aroma has an English hop character, herbal and a bit earthy with citrus and caramelized malt underneath. As it opens up, I can pick out a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is firmly bitter, with balance provided by biscuit-like malt. The hop flavor is more complex than the nose suggests, combining herbal-earthy notes and touches of juicy papaya and tangerine. While I like the hop flavors, the heavy bitterness and heavy malt backbone wear down the palate pretty quickly. I'd like to see them brew a beer with the same aroma/flavor hop additions but with more reigned-in specialty malts and bittering hops. Pretty enjoyable stuff regardless.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler into a pint glass. Big thanks to my good buddy Barscream for hooking several of us up with this while waiting in line during a recent beer release.

Pours a hazy copper, with a finger or so of egghshell-white foamy head. Retains stays rich, leaving back some equally robust lacing. The aroma is loaded with plenty of grapefruit character and more bitter citrus. It's also pretty floral and spicy, with some extra citric notes and malts providing the bulk of the sweetness. A bit of smoke appears from the malts as this warms, putting off a slight tang in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a LOT of bitter, juicy, grapefruit. The hop bitterness is more on the moderate side, with a good bit of spice that really shows itself towards the back of the profile. A toasted grainy sweetness sits underneath, giving off more smoky roasted notes while the finish is dry, spicy, and bitter with fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamier carbonation up front that then gets more prickly towards the back of the swallow. Good drinkibility here for the size. I had no problem handling several samples of this.

Another well done IPA here from Bear Republic. While it certainly doesn't quite match up with a Racer 5 or X, it still brought it's own tasty game to the table, with namely lots of hoppy fruit and spice and a nice job of handling it's high ABV. Definitely worth a try if you see it on tap.

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Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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 Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

A: Orange-brown color with a moderate head.

S: Grassy notes with some light citrus.

T: Grassy, earthy, with an IPA stiffness.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but not as good as the Racer 5.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Churchill's

A: The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a nice finger or so of white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and fruit notes with a good amount of grapefruit along with some orange and pineapple. A mild pine aroma along with some floral hop notes and sweet malt (a bit of caramel).

T: As with the aroma, there is a pronounced sweet fruit character. Hints of grapefruit along with sweeter citrus like orange and tangerine. A mild booziness, unfortunately. A touch of peach, along with a bit of floral and herbal hops. Sweet malt/caramel is also there.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: There were nice aromas and flavors to this, but overall it was too sweet.

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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 TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises plenty o' biscuit (bit of a surprise, that), light honey, lime, lemon zest, and light orange zest. The taste holds notes of pine, lime, lemon zest, dry biscuit, and very light honey. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, though I think this guy falls short of greatness for a DIPA, it does manage to go down very easily for the amount of hops and the relatively high ABV. Extra points, there.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good head for a bar pour. Sticks around throughout the tasting. It also leaves a blanket of lace. Dark gold and nearly clear.

Mild, but appealing fresh, floral hop aroma. A bit caramel (crystal) malt as the secondary nose. Pleasant blend.

The malt comes out more strongly in the taste. There's a bit of sweetness with an I fermented malt touch. Comes across like an amber with a solid bitter hop kick in the swallow. Full bodied with an average carbonation level. The aftertaste is bittersweet but more bitter than sweet.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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 drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
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 tempest
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Vine St. Pub in Denver. I rave about this place, and love to pimp them to the public. Great beers, great people, darn good food.
Anywho, this one is bright orange, pale yellow pour. Head is dense, but just shy of rocky and the lacing is a tad thin.

Aroma is nice, but somewhat weak. Orange peel, pineapple, persimmon, some spice and bubble gum. Very light biscuit malt.

The malt is a nice base from which the other flavors can grow. The citrus orange and pineapple are present, bubble gum on the back end. Spice in and out all the way throw. For a double it just misses the mark. Could have some stronger flavors in there.

The feel and drinkability are great. Nice pinch bite to it, clean but lingering. Spice gives one last push on the end before a hint of pine closes it out.
nice beer

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a wonderful citrus hop aroma. It's quite aromatic along with a bit of fruity esters. The taste is great! It has a balanced attack of hops and malts. It has mostly a pale malt flavor that's rich and a tad sweet along with an excellent hop flavor. It has a bold bitterness that meshes well with the malt character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's balanced and flavorful; another solid offering from Bear Republic.

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Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, orange/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, alcohol, hint of sweet malt, and a slight liquor.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2%
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 BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at the Blue Dog in a tulip glass.

Mach 10 is yet another fine creation from the boys over at Bear Republic. From the glass the liquid is a bold bright orange color that is quite the looker. Some hints of amber tones here and there. A off-beige head appeared on top at about a inch before settling down. Small spider web patches of lace and the foam is quite thick with a few swirls. A double IPA with citrus on the front and a solid caramel malty backbone. Some hints of oranges and some faint pine and alot of malt. Off the bat, I can tell this is not a Racer X, it's not as hoppy and bitter, more of a malty base after the initial wave of hops reach the tounge. I get some grapefruit and other citrus including light mango. The malts seem to overpower that rather quickly with a solid bisquit/caramel aftertaste. The feel is on the medium side and is rather thick for the style. Carbonation is on the low end as well. There is just not that much damage or bitterness on the mouth as expected, but a lot of flavor. I had this next to a Racer X and im guessing that a different hop bill was used or maybe a fluctuation in the amounts used because they are very similar beers. I would not mind having this again.

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