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Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Café Racer 15™ features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops which are complimented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high revving Double IPA that is loud and assertive, much like the rebellious street racers who inspired it. Never ride alone...

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,991
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
1,276
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
163
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 1,276 |  Reviews: 235
Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with lots of fine carbonation, and 3 fingers of light tan head.

Smells of caramel, oranges and pine.

Tastes of caramel, pine and orange.

Light and slightly crisp body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Santa Rosa and am drinking it in Redding, March 6th, 2019.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

July 28th, 2015 - This is a fast and sweet beer, which makes its ABV well disguised and a little dangerous. A bright orange marmalade color shines in the taster glass, and gives off an aroma of light pineapple juice, strawberries and sweet apple juice. The mouthfeel is soft and lets the sweet flavors come through fast and quick. This makes the taste just a little overly sweet, but fine for this late in the taster lineup.

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Photo of peabody
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Paradox1000
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent DIPA! I always enjoyed Beer Republic’s IPA’s so had to try one of their doubles. I was not disappointed!!!The current year appears to be 9.2% abv.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epercuoco
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s a fairly smooth taste. Surprised this is a 9.75ABV. Alcohol taste is sneaky. Good drink!

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Photo of Antwon616
2.88/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wmcgar01
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, presumably bottle conditioned due to the real ale reference on the label & I'm pretty much sure it's quite a fresh bottle
Pours a very slightly hazy golden body with good white head
baking soda and candy grapefruit, surplus people!
starting menthol, full on travelling eye, intense bitterness

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Photo of midlifec
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark orange/medium amber in color. Aroma starts with bright and zesty grapefruit peel. High alcohol, grapefruit, high bitterness, and not enough malt bass leave this a bit uneven. I like the bitterness but the mouthfeel just let's me down, and starts to become s bit abrasive .

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Photo of megaflow
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bear Republic's Racer 5 is one of my go-to bottled IPAs, being easy to find and full of character. My cousin brought a bottle of Cafe Racer 15 over last weekend and I was excited to try it. I was not disappointed! I'm new to the art of reviewing beers, so I'll just say for now that I am going to seek this one out in the future! I could easily have enjoyed another bottle that same afternoon.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A cloudy orange color that has a fair head. Hops are strong and there's a slight citrus fruit aroma that is very inviting. The fruitiness is very nice combined with the hops. It has a citrus sweetness like orange juice instead of grapefruit. It's delicious. I love how the hops hang around on the tongue that cries out for more. These will go down with ease like the rest of my body if I don't quit after 2 or 3. An absolute joy to drink. So very fine this one gets a 5 overall because it's an absolute pleasure.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is citrus, pine, some malts, a bit of alcohol, fairly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but I was expecting much more.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dduquette
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, light pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, citrus peel/zest, pepper, pine, honey, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 9.75% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; Very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, never aggressive. Very juicy and fairly dank balanced hop complexity, with a nice dark/bready malt backbone. Not overly sweet/heavy for the ABV. A really enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of kricks77
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark orange with a soupy off-white head. Decent lacing. Pineapple and honey-graham malts in the nose. They continue to the taste, coupled by a solid smack of alcohol and a bitter, piney, earthy aftertaste. Medium bodied with an oily feel. Not my favorite in the series, but still plenty good.

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Photo of nsiergiej
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveO419
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,276 ratings