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

Added by MisterClean on 09-26-2008

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

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
My beer arrives from the tap with a hazed, amber tinged, copper color. The head is only a dusting and a ring around the edges. After the Double Jack I just had the nose on this beer is considerably reduced; I sense notes of grapefruit, touches of pine, what seems like notes of caramelized malt, some tangelo zest notes, caramelized almost malty ruby red grapefruit notes (from a mix of the hop and malt character). As my nose slowly adjusts to the hop onslaught that was Double Jack, more of the hop character in this beer becomes noticeable.

Somewhat sweet as it first hits my palate, but it has a gripping, biting bitterness that only gets more amplified in the finish, even lingering in a peppery, biting, clean bitterness in the long finish. Ample notes of hop fruit character are also found here with flavors of tangelo, a touch of ruby-red grapefruit, essential citrus oil, sweet lychee as well as sharper hop notes of pine and a peppery herbal character (this last is likely accentuated by the garlic cheese bread that I just ate). Perhaps a touch of spicy alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but it can't drown out the lush fruitiness from the hop character. There is a touch of malt caramelization here that contributes a fuller flavor to the supporting malt sweetness with out really intruding on the hop focus. The body of this brew has a touch of heft to it, but it is still quite quaffable and the biting bitterness really does a good job of balancing such that this beer is quite drinkable.

A nice Double IPA that is certainly hurting due to being drunk soon after Firestone's Double Jack. Still this is a beer I am definitely enjoying & one I could easily recommend.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids. Poured a copper brown color with a thick slightly off-white head. Aromas of flowery hops and sweet malt. On the palate, medium bodied with a lot of floral hoppiness up front, folowed by a good maltiness and a lingering bitterness. Another good beer from Bear Republic.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 afksports
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank Bear Republic's Mach 10 on tap at a new beer and food place that blew me away. Strong Place in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. A half hour before sitting down we bought two bottles of Goose Island Vanilla, so needless to say I was in a good beer mood.

This IPA tones down the typical West Coast hop bombs and actually brings the malty roastiness to the front. It pours amber with good lace and not so good head. Smell is hop citrus/pine. It hit the spot on my drinking profile that evening, so it can stand on it's own for IPA taste, but at the back end there's a bitterness that isn't welcome.

It is an imperial though, and it masks the 8.7abv well within a medium body. That's probably the reason for the up front malts.

Good, but not great.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Library Alehouse with my father in Santa Monica. Had this after having PtE on tap.

Appearance - Pours into a tulip by the waitress. Dark caramel color with about a finger of head that dissipates relatively fast. It leaves decent lacing.

Smell - With my father having a PtE and myself having this, we can smell much more malts, caramel. There is some floral, citrus, and hop notes. However, it is just not as impressive at the PtE.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though more of a caramel backbone than I wanted. There is some nice citrus flavors (appropriately more than PtE), light pine, and lingering bitterness. My dad, not a beer guy, loves PtE way more than this (as do I to be honest).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Honestly, pretty drinkable. Not as malty/caramel as east coast DIPAS (read 90min) but again, if PtE was available, I'd for sure get that over this. Glad I was able to try it!

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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 popery
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft, City Beer Store. This beer poured a darkened orange-amber color with an alright off-white head. Sweet lemon rind, grass and wildflowers in the aroma. Both the aroma and taste were a fair bit sweeter than expected, though not in a cloying, malty sense. The taste was a bit sweet and unaggressive for my preferences. There's some hop bite in the finish, but this isn't a terribly assertive DIPA. That said, it's not too malty or sticky. The English hops provide a nice floral/grassy flavor that is quite pleasant. Good beer, but it's not my favorite DIPA from BR.

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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 largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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 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 Deuane
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, orange copper with a thin, creamy, light tan head that reduced to a ring of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Deep and dank with an up front blast of MaryJane scented hops. Some tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango come through including a waft of orange rind too. Sweet caramel malt pokes it's head out in the background.

T-Dank, biting citrus rind with a nice dose of pine for the hop profile. While the hops are the forerunner they seem muddled. A combination of sweet malt and astringent pine resin in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness.

D-Good, not great (especially compared to some of BR's other IPAs) but good, Still, quite tasty with lots of herb, orange and pine coming through in this one. I like it but certainly don't love it.

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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 Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at South Park in Dayton.

Pours a lighter orange, no head issued, but nice soapy lacing nonetheless.
Malty-sweet nose, albeit a bit subdued, with hints of caramel and tropical fruit.
Smooth on the taste buds, not quite as malt-heavy as the nose indicates. Mango, papaya, pineapple notes with an understated hop bite which burns brighter as the beer warms.
Nice body; not as syrupy as many of the DIPA style brewed these days. The lighter body adds to the drinkability and masks the alcohol very well.

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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 John_M
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a peachy orange amber color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The nose is all IPA/DIPA, showing considerable tropical fruit and a boatload of orange citrus. Also get some light pine and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the clear emphasis is on the orange citrus. On the finish I pick up some pine, and then a long, bitter finish with a hint of alcohol. This medium bodied DIPA delivers plenty of flavor, and drinkability is pretty good. There is some alcoholic heat in the finish that detracts just a bit, and you can tell the abv. is up there in this beer, but it's not over the top.

A very nice DIPA from Bear Republic, especially for those who have a fondness for orange citrus.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-08-21 at the brew pub in Healdsburg, CA

A - Clear orangish-tan with short 1-finger head

S - Floral hops, orange candy, mild alcohol

T - Caramelized toasted marshmallow, tropical fruit, grapefruit. Coats the tongue with sweetness and lingering bitterness that are well-balanced. Finishes a little dry, which is nice. Very pleasing.

M - Medium body and light to medium carbonation.

D - Too strong to session but a couple of these small glasses would be great.

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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gyle41386
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Orange pour, light head, not too much lacing.

Sweet, hoppy nose. Loads of sweet malt and herbal, earthy hops. Was expecting some more citric bitterness than sweetness in the nose.

Flavor is sweet malt up front, then big piney, resinous hop flavor. Really, really hoppy without being overly bitter. Very good flavor.

Nice, thick body with a fairly low carbonation level. No hint of the ABV. Very easy drinker. Another good one from Bear Republic. Hard to decide if I liked this one better than Racer X.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus hops

T - Starts out with a lot of grapefruit hops then the malt tries to come out a little

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not as big a hop bomb as other dipas but it's still very good hop heads will be bappy so if you like the hops you should check this one out

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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 ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing a growler on 12/14/09.

A - Dispensed from the growler as a hazy caramel-kissed orange liquid with a half-inch off-white head that reduced to a patchy film, but deposited thick, sticky lace all around the glass.

S - Wow! This beer smells like a Pink Floyd concert! This is some dank stuff, definitely very hemp-esque. Weed-like, leafy and earthy hops dominate the aroma. There is also a hint of sweet malt in the mix, but overall the dankness dominates.

T - This stuff is liquid marijuana, and easily one of the dankest beers I've had to date. The flavor is even more pot-like than the aroma. Some sweet, caramely malt is in there, but the flavor is just fat, leafy, earthy hops.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and a bit of alcohol heat on the palate. Carbonation is moderate at best. Finishes with a lingering hop bite on the tongue.

D - You put your weeed in there, man! This is definitely one skanky brew from Bear Republic, and should be enjoyed at around 4:20pm.

Editor's Note: I never smoked pot before, but I know what high people look like... I was at a Seals and Crofts concert.

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Photo of NCBeernut
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap from Woody's at City Market. Served in a pint glass.

Dense one-finger pillowy head that never falls. Massive citrusy hop aroma with a touch of pine, that lets you know what is coming. Juicy fruity hopiness dominated by citrus flavors, with a bit of pine and a slight floral note - think fruity, juicy citrus though. Finish is neutral - not dry, but no real sweetness. Mouthfeel is sublime. Creamy, oily and full - this really just makes the difference between a good and great IPA for me. I would have never guessed in a million years that this was almost 9%, but with all these hops, I guess that can be done. Not quite as good as Racer X, but its in the same ballpark.

I think I might have to say that Bear Republic makes my favorite IIPAs (but Hopslam is right there as well).

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