Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Café Racer 15Café Racer 15
1,242 Ratings
Café Racer 15Café Racer 15

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

Style: American Double / 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...

Added by womencantsail on 02-12-2011

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Almost" as good as Pliny. Hops and malts are very well balanced and tropical. Can't taste the abv.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an absolute fantastic beer and for me it ranks with Dogfish Head 90.
I don't normally go after Imp. IPA that often because they seem to be just bitter and lacking of hop flavor, plus I can't handle the high ABV's.
Café Racer 15 is perhaps the most aromatic and flavorful IPA I've ever had.
The appearance is burnished orange amber with a smaller bright white head leaving some laced as it fades.
The aroma is fantastic. Smells of candied tropical and citrus fruits, floral and pine resin too.
The taste is equally impressive. Very hoppy with flavors of tropical fruits citrus, peaches and floral notes. Malts are sweet and balance nicely the hoppy onslaught.
Surprisingly, it's not bitter at all. Very sutle alcohol notes at the finish. Drinks smooth and crisp over the palate and is remarkably un assertive for a Imp. IPA.
A very well made beer.

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Photo of gfields
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep and bright flavor, fresh and clean to the nose. One of the best Double IPA's I've had.

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4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a solid head. The aroma is very bold, with guava, sticky pineapple, caramel, passionfruit, pink grapefruit, mango, and cannabis. The flavoris equally vibrant, with lots of tropical fruits - pineapple, mango, guava, passionfruit, and finishing bracingly bitter with a woodsy caramel bite. The mouthfeel is very full, with lots of fizzy sharp carbonation. Overall this is a magnificent beer - pungent and fruity, but with a huge bitter core, and no slouch in the malt flavors either. It has a bit of everything.

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4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This brew poured a golden yellowish amber color with some light visible carbonation and a fairly thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S: This beer smells piney and sweet and absolutely fucking delicious! Sweet malt and a nice hoppy aroma dominated mostly by pine but there is some definite citrus in there as well.

T: Tastes like it smells nice and hoppy. A delicious beer! The 9.75 abv is covered up extremely well. This beer is very drinkable and is astonishingly balanced. I happily downed a 22 oz bomber, with pleasure :)

M: Goes down smooth, the hops bring some nice hop bitterness to the beer. It has a bit of an alcoholic bite and leaves behind an aftertaste of hop resin. The resiny quality is pretty subtle though compared to many of the hop bomb DIPAs I've had where the resin aftertaste is a bit overwhelming.

O: Love it! It's a great beer i had very high expectations from the start as i do for any beer coming from Bear Republic as they are easily one of my favorite breweries. That being said this beer did not disappoint at all, it's another hoppy masterpiece. If you happen to stumble upon this beer I highly recommend giving it a try. It's fantastic and a prime example of the high caliber brews Bear Republic Brewery is capable of crafting.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I haven't had some of the biggest dogs in the double IPA game, but this is easily my favorite. Tons of malt, citrus and pine, but very balanced.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,242 ratings
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