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Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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204 Reviews
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
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
1,185
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
140
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 1,185
Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Meridian Pint the other day.

The beer pours a light golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is all west coast hoppy goodness, showcasing considerable orange citrus and pine, but with little malty sweetness. Consequently, I was a bit surprised by what I tasted, as this beer had a considerable sweet malt base, along with the considerable hoppy bitterness. It's still a fine tasting beer, but I found the alcohol to be a bit more prominent than I expected. Mouthfeel was otherwise medium bodied, with a long, bitter, alcoholic finish.

A nice enough beer, and I'm wondering if freshness might have been something of a problem here. I think the beer had been on tap for a while at the MP, and that may have contributed to the excessive sweet malt and noticeable alcohol. Still a nice beer, and one I hope to try again from a fresher keg.

Edit from 2/4/13. Happened to be in Healdsburg on Saturday, and so got my wish to sample a fresher version of this beer. The difference was dramatic. At the brewpub, this beer has a wonderful nose of tropical fruit, pine and dry citrus. This smells like a hophead's dream, and the flavor profile didn't disappoint. It replicates the nose, but the mouthfeel is fairly light and lean for such a big beer, but I think that works well in this DIPA. Otherwise, the moderate sweetness in the mid palate is gently pushed aside, leading to a long, bitter, hop infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no noticeable heat on the finish. Just delicious. Still would have preferred the Racer X (which they were out of), but this wasn't a bad substitute.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Transparent orange in the imperial pint glass with a not insubstantial frothy white head. Retention is excellent, the head lasting for 5 minutes and never really receding.

S: Aroma is of tangerine and orange, with subtle caramel notes. The citrus is bright and vibrant. No evident booze.

T: Light caramel melds with tangerine, peach, and orange. Grapefruit is subtle. Citrus is fleshy with no harsher rind notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Bitterness is at a lower moderate level but hop flavor is excellent.

M: Lower medium in body with lower moderate cask carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, and sticky.

Overall: Good stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy orange golden color.

This has a brilliant aroma of sweet sweet citrus of tangerine and orange, caramel malt, along with some tropical fruit notes and pine. It's a very hoppy beer.

The flavor has flowing orange and citrus note that is extremely hoppy. It then smooths out with caramel malt, but it's a really light breadiness that just carries it through gently. It's very hoppy and oily with a strong bitterness of grapefruit and pine on the finish.

A really exceptional DIPA.

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Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a standard snifter a clear orange/copper with a one finger head that leaves very nice side lacing.

S - Nice carbonation on this one. Slightly smooth and creamy. Very drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this double ipa. Nice grapefruit; ABV is hidden nicely. Would enjoy again on tap.

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

A: Poured a glowing burnt orangish color with good carbonation presenting a nice white cap, good lacing and head retention to boot. Good looking IIPA.

S: Light dank, juicy fruits, mainly in the way of tropical fruits and citrus. A little bit of caramel perhaps

T: Initial blast of tropical fruits and citrus with a moderate little booze presence. There is a nice bready backbone with some caramel perhaps to help blance it out. This beer screams sweet, lightly dank and flavorful. The finish is a bit wet and sweet

M: Medium-full body, a bit sweet and oily at times. Well carbonated, lots of hops wallop the palate

O: Very nice.

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

bomber into a tulip. 8/5/13 bottling date.

Copper color with a big white head. Smell is very hoppy leaning on the piney side, but with some citrusy notes as well. The taste is very big and hoppy as well, with a great citrus flavor up front followed by the piney bitterness and ending with a good dry malty feel. Real flavorful and complex DIPA here, and probably my favorite IPA from Bear Republic. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this is an exceptionally complex DIPA!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popping the cap releases a very piney nose scented with citrus. It pours hazy orange under a 2” finely bubbled persistent lace producing white foam cap. It enters very fruity and creamy supported by big rich malt that balances an assertive hop presence achieving a three way balance between the hops, malt and alcohol. It dries out on the finish with a lingering bitterness blending with residual malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. A delightful elixir.

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

A-Pours a semi-hazed glowing marmalade color. Pretty easy to see through. Mild head. Head leaves speckles of lace around the glass.

S-Juicy, wet hops. Not super intense but intense enough to warrant some merit. Tropical and citrusy with a load of dried grass. Citra all the way.

T-Tropical fruits are citrus flesh. Grapefruit transforms into bitter grass. Malt bows down to the hoppiness. The hop expression is quite memorable.

M-Resinous and bitter. Medium/full in body. Dry. Booze hidden well.

O/D-Great beer. I can definitely lump this into the same quality category as their Racer 5 and Racer X. Love them Citra hops.

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

Had on tap at Stone during SDBW 2011.

A - Pours a golden orange color, little carbonation and a very thin white lacing ring.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, mangos, light caramel. This a a very fruity hop forward type of beer, it's the all about the hops.

T - Matches the nose with ton of tropical fruit some peppery spice, and a lingering red juicy grapefruit bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

O - This is a solid D-IPA from Bear Republic and one I've never heard of before and hope that we can get out here on the East Coast at some point.

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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 DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold with a slight haze and a thin skim of bubbles coating the beer from a gentle pour. Good head retention and longlasting lacing. Big grapefruit aroma, pineapple and fruit juice, sweet tarts, slight pine resin and citrus pith. Smells great. Solid bitterness balanced by malt throughout. Biscuit and caramel malts, citrus, a bit of pine, spicy with light alcohol in the finish. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, creamy texture, mild warmth. Very tasty -- I really like this one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright and golden with a one-finger head. Uses Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops for flavor and bittering.

Lots of resinous pine upfront with only a touch of grapefruit.

Flavor is full of grapefruit and pine notes.

Lingering grapefruit and pine resin make up the mouthfeel. Burns going down. Definitely sipping material.

Who needs orange juice for breakfast when you can have this?

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

Bottle opened on 8.5.13

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a nice one inch tan head with good retention.

S - Strong pine and a touch of citrus.

T - Sweet orange citrus, lemon zest, grass, subtle pine.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body, sweeter finsh.

O - Cafe just threw me off, nice DIPA, citrus and pine heavy.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a dull orange with a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head. Tiny bubbles adhere to the walls of the glass and lightly effervesce to the underside of the cap. Head eventually dissipates into an oily slick and tiny dribs and drabs of lacing are revealed but exhibit poor adhesion. Nose is somewhat subdued; however, hints of tangerine, cotton candy and a light, resiny quality are revealed. Taste follows nose; however, a little bitterness intermingles with the characters expressed in the nose and there is also a touch of ethanol in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an even carbonation that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. All and all, a solid DIPA, but nothing I would go out of my way for again.

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Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from last week at Sunset Grill.

A- Orange red ale into a tulip with a creamy white head. Decent size and it leaves a nice thick coat of lace.

S- Peach, orange, pine, herbal and citrus hop explosion.

T- Hops are pungent again with peach, pine, herbal, lemon, floral and orange. Sweet malt as well.

MF- Moderately thick beer with a nice creamy feel and a big bitter finish. Nice high carbonation.

Good hop bomb with a great citrus feel.

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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 Darkmagus82
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger head of billowy off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is fruity and sweet with a good deal of tropical fruits of mango, tangerine, and pineapple. A light doughy and sweeter caramel smell are there as well and matched by some hop aromas. The hop are mostly of a grapefruit nature, but other hop aromas of a bit of herb and some light pine are there as well, producing a very fruity and inviting aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that was detected in the nose, with the tangerine being the most intense fruit, but having mango and pineapple mixed with it as well. Right from the start there is a thick and bready taste which acts as a nice base for the sweet and the grapefruit hop flavor; which starts the taste off on the moderate side. While the grapefruit is lighter upfront, it gains more and more strength toward the end of the taste and is joined by some pine and herbal hop flavors. All the while, a little bit of the tropical fruit flavors fade but are replaced by some caramel sweetness. With a little bit of grassy hop and a hint of alcohol coming at the very end of the taste, one is left with a pleasantly balanced, sweet, and moderately resinous bitter hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the mix of tropical fruits and hops the thickness and creaminess does a rather good job as it baths the tongue in all the wonderful flavors and makes this 9.75 % abv. brew a nice slower sipper.

Overall – This is one very tasty brew overall. Big and robust in sweeter tropical fruit flavors with a nice hop blend. This is one I would certainly go back to again and one I would recommend.

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Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a clear, rich amber-gold with a finger of thick off-white head.

Smell. Piney floral hops with a little citrus and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste. Big piney, floral hops with some bitter citrus rinds and a fairly sweet caramel malt base.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. A nice big ipa, but I wish I tried this before the hop venom, probably would have rated it higher...

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

On tap at Hops and Pie. Orange-yellow color, soapy head. Strong aroma of hops, citrus, pine, touch of malt. Flavor was more citrus hops with a decent malt backbone. I'm not sure if this is an amped up Racer 5 but it was a pretty good DIPA. I'd definitely order this again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Purchased almost a month ago at the brewery.

A: A finger and a half of pleasant, whitish head tops an effervescent, mostly clear, amber beer.

S: Herbaceous and heavily fruity. Tropical, with a juicy smell dripping with pineapple, guava, and --most obviously -- mango. A whiff of fresh pine. Incredible.

T: Not as fresh as it was on-tap, this incarnation is less fruity and more bitter, but only relatively. In general, it's still very fruit-forward, but also quite hoppy. The maintaste is an earthy, herbal, bitter foretaste, fruity maintaste, and balanced endtaste.

M: Thick and malty without being oppressive.

O: A damn good beer. Highly recommended! Racer 5 may be the best IPA, but this is something else.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, shared, delirium chalice

Bright orange body - foamy white froth. Punch citrus aroma - fantastic hop profile. Maybe I was just really in the mood for this after a long, hot day in the N Cascades but I found this beer fantastic and better than any other IPA from Bear Republic (saying a lot). Perfect body - light, bright and refreshing. Screw this Mosaic trend - this classic combination of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hits on all cylinders

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

Bottle dated August 5, 2013 poured October 21, 2013. These guys need to get the distribution down here to FL quicker. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Big floral grapefruit aroma with strong caramel malts in the background. Flavor follows with very floral citrus on the palate backed by sweet candy like malts. The aromatic flavor (is that a thing) keeps this from being overly sweet. BIG slick mouthfeel on this with medium prickly carbonation. Would like to see how this is fresh as this was definitely past the hop prime. Still drank nicely.

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

on tap at jon's bar and grill - served in tulip

Hazed out pale orange pour with a frothy cap of white head resting on top. Plenty of patchy lacing left behind while drinking.

Potent hops in the nose with tropical and citrusy hints, invigorating the nose with pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Soft sweetness and toasted grain, spike of alcohol.

Cocktail of hop flavors on the tongue right up front, soaring with pineapple and citrus peel. A touch tropical, sweet and bitter all at the same time, resting on a nicely sweet malt backbone. Honey and caramel with toasted bread, finishing with an intense burst of bitter hops and boozy warmth.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lasting on the tongue. An aggressive, boisterous DIPA with plenty of tasty hop flavor, albeit slightly hot.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like citrus zest and sweet sugary malt, with some biscuit and oranges.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with sweet sugary malt and some biscuit. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was a decent double IPA, but probably already past its prime. The scent and taste were more sweet than bitter, and the body was a little weak. The finish was smooth enough, with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Really good, but not top tier.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,185 ratings.
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