Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
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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
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Ratings: 1,238 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, pine and citrusy notes. It tasted of bitter piney hops with a citrus burst. Nice caramel sweetness.

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Photo of boonejag75
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've wanted to try Racer X for a decade, but stumbled upon this one.

Nice pour, good retention and lace. Seriously impressive for a brew of this size.

Aromas of tangerine and nectarine, with some sweetness, hop candy?

Piny resin is up front and always dominant, some nectarine, tangerine, with plenty of sponge toffee on the finish. Assertive bitterness, but the sweetness still comes through. Alcohol is subtle.

It has some residual sweetness for a fairly full body.

More of a barleywine?

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

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

L - bright yellow/ citrus orange color. 1/2 finger of head that dissipates, but leaves behind some sticky lacing all over the glass and top of the brew

S - Huge citrus hop aroma. Big malty backbone. Perfect aroma balance

T - Huge bitter Hop bite and finish. Well balanced with a huge malty kick. Lots of oranges, tangerine, grapefruit. Very tasty!

F - medium carbonation, full body

O - Awesome DIPA. Best beer I have had by Bear Republic. Definitely one to look for again

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Photo of Spikester
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange with two fingers of five minute head. Great amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell rich bready malt and hop oil resins.
Taste is rich malt with strong hop presence. Fruity resinous bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a big rich and tasty beer.

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

Photo of Cramerican
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange color with a 1 finger off white head that oddly turns into loose soap suds.

Smells of heavy orange zest, grapefruit and faint malts.

Taste mimics the nose. Very crisp and clean. Fairly balanced but the hops shine.

Mouthfeel is medium. Soft carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Super quafable and dangerous.

Another well crafted, delicious hoppy offering from Bear Republic. It is not cheap but the quality justifies the cost. Recommended. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

84/100

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Photo of atone315
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thebooyakid
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beernooph
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of hiphops
2.82/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Light copper light haze regular head
Smells like dank citrus pine and malt not as aromatic as everyone else describes.
Tastes ok . Bitter light citrus.Not much sweetNess considering the abv.
Feel is good medium body and crisp
This was bought warm. I hate buying warm beers maybe it suffered from it.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobTheKnob
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mild haze, good looking golden colored brew with some lively froth on top. Smells and tastes of citrus rind, tea, blonde tobacco, pine, and a faint evergreen. Warming but not hot, fruity with a long linger of hop resin on the palate. Juicy with some body from the malt. A powerful brew but for DIPA lovers this is certainly one of the best I've had in a good while.

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

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