Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell and a nice hoppy flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this just landed in Colorado, and boy is it good. a big bright strong double ipa, with all kinds of complex hop personality. shiny brass color with a tiny bit of hazy underneath an inch or so of plain white head with patchy lacing as it drinks. big nose of citra hops for sure with its lemony fresh squeezed character, as well as some more bitter and oily west coast varietals. this drinks lighter than it is because of this nice fruity element, it hides the alcohol well. soft finish, delicate almost for what it is, just expertly hopped. the aftertaste is long and grapefruity, and just a little sweet. this is in the mold of the big west coast ipas, but it has another layer, and that is the bitterness of Amarillo and the citra fruitiness. its lip smacking good, refreshing for its size, and makes me want more. well carbonated but not overdone. medium body only, the alcohol is very well disguised. overall probably the best bear republic beer ive had yet, the hop profile is genius. great after work beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down a bit, leaving lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges in particular—stand out in particular along with hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts along with notes of grapefruit and pine resin hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier compared to other Imperial IPAs but has an interesting mix of hops that lend some. complexity to the smell and taste. It is rather drinkable considering the strength as the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Smooth soft complexion. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Good (~10 minute) retention. Beautiful consistent even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes - some of the best lacing I've seen.

Body colour is a murky vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pungent; very aromatic. Nice balanced yet assertive hop presence: grapefruit citrus esters, floral hops, citrus, some oily/nectary hop character. Clean pale malts. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A crisp and pleasant aroma of moderate to high strength.

T: Nice crisp floral and grapefruit hop profile. Body is comprised of clean pale malts with perhaps a dash of caramalt. Malts are well married to the hops; they made some good choices here. Pretty decently balanced, though some alcohol is noticeable. Quite enjoyable, if simple for the style. Assertive. High flavour intensity. Above average depth and duration of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Crisp. Fairly hot; burns in the stomach. Full-bodied. Thick to style. Lightly oily. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Really doesn't hide its ABV well. I do like it, but I hope for great from Bear Republic and this delivers merely above average. I wouldn't have another, especially at bar prices. It'll scratch the itch of hopheads, but there's definite room for improvement.


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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: An impressive arrival, with a fluffy white head perched atop the clear amber liquid; a curtain of lacing is left behind

Smell: West Coast aromatics, with grapefruit and pineapple dominant

Taste: Big sweet candy malt flavors are joined, right at the outset, by the grapefruit and pineapple elements; there is also a bit of passion fruit, bringing a tropical aspect; big and sticky, after the swallow, though the bitterness dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; sticky mouthfeel

Overall: Fans of sticky DIPAs will like this one, but I prefer more attenuated examples of the style

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Rose and Crown. Clear amber body topped by a finger of head that recedes to a thin collar.

Tangerine, orange, sugar cookie aroma. Bit of tropical fruit, more citrus dominant. Bright and juicy, superior to Racer X.

Palate is resiny with juicy citrus notes. Orange, pineapple, herbal astringency. Faint sweetness from the malt integrates well with the citrusy hop profile. Body is medium-light, and the finish is pleasantly bitter with mild drying astringency. Really nice stuff, about as good as the better batches of Racer X.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,258 ratings