Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,238 Ratings
Café Racer 15Café Racer 15
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,238
Reviews:
216
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
159
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,238 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of ntanner83
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LAp
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, malty DIPA. The first maltier Double I've had in a while that's worked so well. Pours an orange-yellow. Nose is equal parts malt and hop, and the palate follows the nose. Not earth-shattering, but certainly a well-made beer.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Placid pour, dark orange, fairly still, no real head.

Smells chinooky with some weird contemporary citrus hops thrown in. A not very comfortable mix of old and new. It's strong and balanced well against the malt but the hop profile clashes with itself.

Tastes a bit more cohesive than it smells but it still never really comes together. Old school DIPA up front, weird tea and citrus hops in the back.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geeves
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of npendres
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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 GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samibr
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 8BaconBits
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,238 ratings.
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