Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Café Racer 15Café Racer 15
BA SCORE
4.23/5
1,242 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
Ranking:
#926
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
1,242
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
158
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,242 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cafe Racer 15 on tap at the BR brewpub in Healdsburg CA.

Good head. Slight haze. Medium amber. Some sticky lacing.

Aroma is hoppy with a hint of honey.

Citrus and pine hop mix is pronounced but tamed, especially re bitterness, by the malts. Easy drinking for a DIPA.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head in a snifter, hazy golden nectar orange color.

Nose citrus hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, a bit of mango and peach, light resin, and light sweet malt.

Taste starts slightly sweet reddish and pale malts, then fresh hops, light citrus and almost orange rind, tropical fruit, grapefruit, light tangerine, citrus fruit really comes through, light musty resin. Finishes dry and fairly bitter, more tropical fruit and resins.

Mouth is med to a bit bigger bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice fruity hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, light resin and citrus, tasty and drinkable, light malt base to stand on.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice aroma, bright and pungent. A bit too sweet with a somewhat spicy alcohol note I could do without. Enjoyable overall.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A loud roar of hops of every description. It's a circus of hops. Color is that rusty orange tinted amber, even darker than most IPAs. Smell is something like melon and a little cat pee. It's a nose and a half.

Bold malt with lots of sweetness and a honey tang. Bready, tending to dry out. Sharp and volatile. Starts out with the mango and overripe peach, and shades into the pine and grapefruit. Quite bitter from start to finish, but the endless fruit and aromatics keep it drinkable. A powerful and boozy fruit bomb. Almost a dessert beer, if you like a pine pitch custard.

Plenty sudsy in the big Duvel tulip. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego for $8.25.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smcolw
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good, solid head with a slow settling time. Leaves a cross between blanket and ring lace. Neutral gold color with a bit of haze.

Plenty of sweet grapefruit aroma from the plentiful hop. It overwhelms most of the other smells. Certainly not balanced, but for this style, it doesn't have to be.

Strong bitter hop that stands out even on the initial sip. Very dry, particularly at the swallow. Long, astringent aftertaste. Puckering. Notable alcohol throughout the taste. There's enough richness in the malt to give it a base. Low carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of paulish
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,242 ratings
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