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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,238 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of SveNss0N
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewpub. Very well done beer, with an exceptional taste. One of my favorite offerings from this excellent brewing company. Highly recommended!

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Photo of gfields
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep and bright flavor, fresh and clean to the nose. One of the best Double IPA's I've had.

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Photo of rjp217
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a rusty orange with a white head, head did not last but a few minutes, it's hazy, not much carbonation, good amount of lacing,

A: Oranges, different citrus notes, picking up some grapefruit peel, onion/garlic funk, guayaba, lots of aromas, big pungent smells, smells really good.

T: Tilts on the sweet citrus side, oranges, hints of grapefruit peel and guayaba, touch of pine and resin, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with the citrus reemerging and lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, dry finish like sucking on orange peels.

O: Really impressed, it's not a big bitter bomb, leans on the sweet citrus side, but has a touch of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and some pine and resin, definitely going to pick up another bottle or two as long as it's fresh.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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 polopaul20
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Djdodd49
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great aroma and presence. Taste was good too, but a bit perfumey. Still like X a bit more.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

P: Hazy amber, slight frothy white head with great lacing.
A: Hoppy, grapefruit, more citrus, earthy pine, floral.
T: Much the same as the taste with a heavy emphasis on the citrus grapefruit and hops. Nice resinous pine. Alcohol.
M: Full body, great bitterness, tricky balance,
O: This is a very rich DIPA, the first brew from Bear Republic. With any luck, not my last.

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

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.

EDIT: Reviewed in bottle, not as good. Scored adjusted. Previously 4.3/5

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

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Coppery color and nice carbonation. Strong hop profile on this beer, and it is well balanced with the malt up front, followed by a long, lingering bitterness. A very well balanced DIPA.

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

Gold hued body; lots of tiny, slowly rising carbonation bubbles; thick, rocky, white head; sticky rings of foam on the glass. Piney, resinous aroma; some lemon notes. Biscuit and light bread malt flavors with an herbal, grassy hop bitterness. Medium-heavy in body; vinous; heavy wetness with a slightly dry finish.

A well-balanced, nicely complex beer that nicely juggles the mixture of grain and hop flavors to make one smooth, easy drinking big beer. There is a mild presence of alcohol in the taste and mouthfeel, but it's still the malts and hops that stand out overall. Most pleasurable...

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter, orange amber colored with a large white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy
S: citrus, grapefruit, orange, lime
T: sweet, orange, grapefruit, malty
M: full bodied
O: heavy on malt and grapefruit

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Lukebell15
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hoppierheadsprevail
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a finger of foam that recedes into a nice ring. Big time hop aroma full of resin and citrus fruit. More resin on the palate with a little fruit and a some malt sweetness.

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Photo of jdg204
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves a nice medium size island and some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, nice little malt note, citrusy, nice pine note. The taste is very nice hoppy, sweet maltyness, very nice citrus/pine notes. Medium body, with some nice chewyness. Overall, this one is pretty nice. Recommended.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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