Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

206 Reviews
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...

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Photo of NotAnIPAFan
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had to try this based on where it came in on the blind taste tests. At first smell and taste I was blown away. I don't even know how to explain the taste as it hits your taste buds. It is almost like some magical, un-natural, thing. So light airy and impossible to describe. However, the finish just didn't work for me. I am the first to confess that I probably have no clue what makes a good IPA, but I just wasn't down with the finish. If this finished a little more smoothly, I would have ranked it much higher.

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Photo of scootny
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep clear brownish orange with a pale yellow head on the first pour. Toocold as the head is tight and not very developed. I let it warm. Next pour brings lots of haze and a sizeable head. Good lacing and decent retention. Light carbonation as it sits. Nose quite yummy. Lots of caramel, citrus, mango, toffee, pineapple. A bed of pine forest. Just a flourish of alcohol after it warms but really the only clue to the booze is a peppery spiciness as I inhale deeply through my nose. Some light vanilla tinged grains. Like a breakfast treat. Taste is juicy, very dry, but surprisingly malty. A sweet caramel front with a roasted grain body. Pine starts the match toward hops. Then the flow of citrus, tropical fruits, and oily resins coating the mouth. A minty, cooling and flavor. Alcohol is very well integrated. Sweet but not overbearing. Slight in presence. Feel is superb. Lush, finely carbonated with a weight on the heavier side of medium. Crisp and dry with a quenching overall character. So easily drinkable that it boarders on dangerous. But I'm in! Top tier brew. One of the better DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Shippy
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, cloudy orange-gold with a nice fluffy head. Aromas largely of citrus: grapefruit and orange are noticeable with some mango presence. Flavors run along those lines as well with the addition of some bread and caramel flavors. Feel is pretty full bodied with a little carbonation. Overall, this is a delicious and refreshing DIPA. The flavors are refreshing and make it seem lighter than it is, but the body brings some more heft and depth to it. An excellent value since the bomber only set me back $3.

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Photo of mac31
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The perfect amount of pine and malt combined in the entry. Malts are sweet and bright-honey, light caramel, bread(y) and navel oranges. The hops are soft in the entry, but escalate to a bright flash of brilliant hoppiness in the finish. The hop bitterness progresses from soft to moderate, never excessively bitter; phenomenal bittering from start to finish. The floral component cannot be overstated-it's heavy, slightly spicy, canvassing every crevice of the palate. The hops are clean, citric, and floral. Cereal grains and a touch of stickiness to the hops as well. I love the body of this brew. It is fuller bodied with a silky mouthfeel, especially for a DIPA! The alcohol is well covered. Drinkability is top notch, five star. A perfect big brother to Racer 5. One of the best DIPA's I've had in a long, long time. It might be blasphemous to say, but on a given day I could see myself reaching for this over a Pliny. I've been searching for close to two years for this beer. Now that I've had it, I'll search it out again and again. Kudos to BR for a great beer!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer is light hazy, orange with a two finger high, white, head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, mango and grapefruit. A bit tired hops...
Taste: Pine, resin, orange, caramel, orange zest and mango. I’m disturbed that this beer feels to tired!
Mouth-feel: Medium body. Chewy. Great, bitter ending. Oily texture.

I bought this beer at the release date March 18, 2016 in Sweden. On the bottle the Swedish distributor has put a white sticker with the "best before" date January 1, 2017. I got a bit suspicious and checked the bottle. I found Bear Republics "best by" date: April 4, 2016 !!
No wonder I felt the hops were a bit tired...
To bad, I don’t think this review will reflect a fresh version of this beer.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Pint bottle into a tulip. Appearance: Dark orange and cloudy with no head and slight lacing. Aroma: Dank and Juicy pine and citrus. Some floral notes present. Give it a swirl and alcohol notes are present. Taste: Follows the nose. Very dank and juicy on the palette. Hints of malt come through. Very balanced. Aftertaste: Balanced and juicy on the back end. Slight alcohol burn but overall it is masked well. Overall: This is really great. Big, bold and juicy.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very cloudy dark orange with a two finger off white head. Retention is good and there are many webs of lacing. Smell is dank pine, citrus and floral. Taste is the same, but very balanced from a heavy dose of malt. Feel is medium and and resinous. Overall a very solid beer, just a touch too malty for me.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus, tropical, and earthy hops followed by caramel, biscuity, and toasted malts.

Taste: Will have to say that the hop flavor is more noticeable on the palate. Light light bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, a little bitterness, medium carbonation, and a bit crushable.

Overall: More hop aroma would have been nice, but still an enjoyable beer. Alcohol wasn't even detectable. Scary stuff.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, shared with my sister-in-law
A - fluffy white head holds great retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass as it fades atop a hazy tangerine colored body
S - juicy tropical nose with pineapple, mandarin and passion fruit with a caramel & honey-like malt aroma
T - big juicy tropical flavors with pineapple, mandarin orange zest, passion fruit, and mango with piney bitterness. Caramel and honey round out the flavors giving it some sweetness
M - fuller side of medium for body, somewhat resinous and sticky, finishes rather clean
O - fantastic DIPA. So glad I went back to the Costco to buy it after I forgot my debit card the first time.

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Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I can smell hops in the air just from popping the cap, haven't even poured it out yet. Hazy apricot colored with a thick and frothy white head an inch high that lingers long. Particulate matter is suspended, not much as I spotted it in the bottle and tried to leave most of it behind.

Bright citrus hop aroma, clean and fresh and inviting. Rich, hoppy flavors, a little sweet, but bright and fresh, lots of hop nuances - grapefruit, tangerine, orange rind, pine, assertive bitterness, plus a good balance of honey malt. ABV makes itself known. Tingly, but there's a full and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol vapors rise up, there's a warming of the cheeks. This is a sipper. Odd to have the overall score be lower than any other, but I feel that the whole is less than the sum of the parts - the total package can get a bit overwhelming between the sweetness and the booziness, which takes away from the joy of the hops.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewpub. Very well done beer, with an exceptional taste. One of my favorite offerings from this excellent brewing company. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a rusty orange with a white head, head did not last but a few minutes, it's hazy, not much carbonation, good amount of lacing,

A: Oranges, different citrus notes, picking up some grapefruit peel, onion/garlic funk, guayaba, lots of aromas, big pungent smells, smells really good.

T: Tilts on the sweet citrus side, oranges, hints of grapefruit peel and guayaba, touch of pine and resin, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with the citrus reemerging and lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish like sucking on orange peels.

O: Really impressed, it's not a big bitter bomb, leans on the sweet citrus side, but has a touch of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some pine and resin, definitely going to pick up another bottle or two as long as it's fresh.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/17/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Tilly
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Hazy amber, slight frothy white head with great lacing.
A: Hoppy, grapefruit, more citrus, earthy pine, floral.
T: Much the same as the taste with a heavy emphasis on the citrus grapefruit and hops. Nice resinous pine. Alcohol.
M: Full body, great bitterness, tricky balance,
O: This is a very rich DIPA, the first brew from Bear Republic. With any luck, not my last.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange and honey colored liquid, light white head on the top. Aroma was ample Citra and Chinook. Smells quite excellent.

Taste, damn good for 10% you can't taste it, lots of citrus flavors imparted from the hops. Lots of resiny pine dankness to accompany those citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Bitterness and carbonation are lower. This really hits the spot, a little pricey, those 22oz formats. Had it for the first time at a Bistro dipa fest.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Coppery color and nice carbonation. Strong hop profile on this beer, and it is well balanced with the malt up front, followed by a long, lingering bitterness. A very well balanced DIPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold hued body; lots of tiny, slowly rising carbonation bubbles; thick, rocky, white head; sticky rings of foam on the glass. Piney, resinous aroma; some lemon notes. Biscuit and light bread malt flavors with an herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; vinous; heavy wetness with a slightly dry finish.

A well-balanced, nicely complex beer that nicely juggles the mixture of grain and hop flavors to make one smooth, easy drinking big beer. There is a mild presence of alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel, but it's still the malts and hops that stand out overall. Most pleasurable...

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy
S: citrus, grapefruit, orange, lime
T: sweet, orange, grapefruit, malty
M: full bodied
O: heavy on malt and grapefruit

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a finger of foam that recedes into a nice ring. Big time hop aroma full of resin and citrus fruit. More resin on the palate with a little fruit and a some malt sweetness.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, citrusy, nice pine note. The taste is very nice hoppy, sweet maltyness, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with some nice chewyness. Overall, this one is pretty nice. Recommended.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell is dank pine, citrus (more with grapefruit), and malt sweetness. Taste is heavily citrus with floral undertones, pine resin, and orange Jell-O. Finish is fairly bitter with just a hint but not overwhelming underlying booziness. Overall, I thought it was closer to a triple IPA in characteristics than a double IPA, but a very nice west coast style IPA.

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Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly weathered copper orange in color and hazy. Poured with a short, dense, bright white foam with very good retention. Medium spicy herbal, earthy resinous and citrus hop aromas with strong, malty aromas with bready notes. Definitive boozy notes at the back end. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and creamy carbonation. Similar to aroma the malt backbone flavor was solid. Medium high, pine, spicy herbal and ripe citrus flavors up front. Tangy, spicy, medium hop bitterness followed by a pleasant warming sensation. Ripe citrus hop flavors near the end that transition to smooth, warming, booziness. Finished semi-dryly with lingering, spicy bitterness and booziness. A nice play between malty and hoppy with assertive maltiness for the style and complex hop character.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an orange body with two finger head and lace ring. Aroma is mostly citric hops with hint of grapefruit and there are some strong piney, earth notes as well. Sticky malt presence with minimal caramel sweetness is backdrop for strong dry, piney and citrusy hop flavored that are even a bit oily. High ABV leads to slightly medicinal/heated finish with some juicy hop notes.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: You can smell this bad boy as soon as you pop the cap.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Color is orange with yellow highlights and a nice inch high frothy head.

Aroma is strong herbal citrus strong grassy notes with lemon and a slight orange/grapefruit.

Taste is thick with hops. Dank herbal with strong lemon missing the tartness.


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Photo of RandyV
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a stellar offering from BR. This is what you want from a Dipa. Really nice hop character with floral and bright citrus flavors sitting on a nice malt base. The 9.8 abv is present but never overshadows the flavor profile. Love this brewery and absolutely loved this offering.

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