Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Café Racer 15Café Racer 15

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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Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub.

Orange amber small white head. Full on citrus and hop resin. Flavors match the nose. Loads of grapefruit and bitter orange zest. Sticky and lightly carbonated. This was the first hop bomb I'd had in awhile and it woke me up for sure. Never had Racer X but I imagine this is a solid replacement.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a bright gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are very hoppy. Very resiny, with notes of pine, also quite floral with mixed citrus notes. There is also a distinct hard candy like smell too, almost like peppermint.

Taste is similar to the nose. Really hoppy up front. Bitter and biting upon first sip. Pine like, resiny, with some lemon zest, tangerine, and mangos. Underlying beer has some creamy and hard candy like sweetness, but it's a bit fainter than something like Racer X which seems to balance the sweetness and bitterness a bit better than this one. Still nice flavors going on here.

Mouthfeel is full, crisp, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Lacks some balance though, comes off really flavorfull and hoppy beer, with some pretty strong bitterness though, definitely not for the faint of heart.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jslot38
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo in Cambridge MA. A very interesting find.

12oz pour into a bulb glass. Body is a light copper, touch of amber. Translucent with a white head that fades to a top covering. Leaves some intense lacing.

Aroma is straight hop vine, great mix of pine, floral resins, citrus, grapefruit etc...

Taste is more of the same but balanced out with a sweet malt backbone. Has the great hop character of racer 5 and 10 but adds some biscuit and caramel too. Still the great pine grass hope notes are the primary flavor.

Slick hop oils balanced with nice carbonation. Another great ipa from bear republic, but a little less west coast than I was expecting.

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Photo of coldriver
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at some German bar in Redwood City.

Clear light copper with a white head. Fades to nothing with no lacing. Strong hoppy aroma and not much else; citra and light pine. Bitter, astringent flavor loading up on peach, mango and juicy random citrus. Medium thick and creamy body with low carbonation. Dry, watery finish. Meh, nothing special.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sierra Grille, always happy to try a new Racer 5 variation.

Served in a snifter, orange/amber color with a head that stays at a finger for a while, eventually getting down to a cap, but while leaving great lace.

Smell is very good at first but starts to lose it's strength after a bit. Fresh tropical, fruity, earthy hops and some malt.

As the scent died down the taste was coming alive. Very nice hop profile, lots of fruit (peach, orange, grapefruit) with earthiness as well. Very solid biscuit/caramel malt backbone, just the perfect amount of malt.

Very smooth, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Good balance.

Very nice and fresh, I liked this better than Racer X.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of clzcyclone
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had never heard of this beer until I saw it on tap at Raleigh's in Berkeley with a hand-written label.

Wonderful piny aroma, kicked up a level from Racer 5.

Serious hoppiness, but balanced by a solid caramel malt body. Even my roommate, who usually opposes high-hop IPAs, said he found it balanced, so that's saying something.

Troubling how easy it is to drink considering it is 8.5% ABV and my local pub is selling it for $5/pint! Wouldn't hesitate to drink again.

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Photo of mjl21
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Nugganooch
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stone Brew

11-05-11 – Bitter Saturday
*16oz tulip

First sampled and thoroughly enjoyed this at Port’s Real Ale Fest so pretty stoked to get the full experience here.

A: Café Racer 15 pours an orangeish amber color with some light haziness. A one finger eggshell white head formed and left just some light speckles of lace. Decent carb visible.

S: Smell is just real fruity with lots of citrus oil aromas. Gives a sort of tanginess to it. No real malt or alcohol components in the aroma.

T: Nice juicy resinous hop bitterness with a real bright citrus character that is orange and tangerine flesh. Has to be Citra! Perfect sugary balance with this subtle graham cracker malt base. This is so good. Very tasty stuff.

M: Nice creamy texture with light to med. body feel. Slight resinous and sticky coating with a great dry crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable with such great balance. Each sip leaves you wanting more

My new favorite brew from the Republic! Love me some Citra hops. Easily the winner from the day. Highly recommended. Hope to see more of this one.

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Photo of adamdarcy
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg.

A good couple of fingers head on top, slow to dissipate. Deep amber/orange color, very very inviting...

Absolutely wonderful. My relatively untrained nose smells something consistent with their other superior brews like the Racer 5, Red Rocket and even the beautiful stout. A citrusy sweetness hit my olfactory bulb first, with pine and overall juicy fruit. Extremely inviting.

Compared to Bell's Hopslam or some other hoppy beers up here in Michigan, I didn't get slapped in the face with the hops. That's a great thing for me, actually. I'm a hop-head but sometimes it's too much. Perfect balance for me; the hops fade away slowly to transition to citrus, juicyfruit, pine, with a nice, not-to-dry finish.

Smooth and creamy, but not too thick. Not overly dry at the finish.

My new favorite for my favorite style, American Double IPA. Pliny had the previous top spot, but I give extra points to Bear Republic because of the higher consistency of greatness in their offerings.

And let me just say that, as brewpubs go, you will not find a greater group of excellent servers. I say 'servers' because I really felt very well served and catered to the whole time, and it was an absolute blast meeting the other clientele and bartenders. Keep up the great work, guys!!

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Photo of puertobrewing
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Palmas Station in Cataño, Puerto Rico.

Appearance - one an a half fingers of head on top of the golden opaque beer.

Smell - this just kills me. I hope I don't look stupid smelling so many times this beer. Not the best smelling beer but certainly on my top 5. Citrus, floral, guava, grapefruit and passion fruit all in there product of the intense hopping this beer has undergone. This beer will have you smelling it for as long as you have it on your glass.

Taste - well the hops punch you from the tip of the tongue to the back. It's the idea of a Double IPA but I've tasted others which do a better job balancing the bitterness including their own Double Red Rocket. Anyway it's really good tasting with a lot of the flavor coming from the hops, meaning tropical fruits and sour gummies.

Mouthfeel - this one has a huge body. Very thick but well carbonated and extremely enjoyable to drink.

Overall - a very good Imperial/Double IPA but certainly not the best. It would certainly appeal even to the most demanding hopheads but this style of beer can also be appealing to other kinds of beer drinkers as some I-IPAs do.

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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 rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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 avaldivia
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taps in Petaluma.

A: Hazy golden Orange Color. Nice thick head. Excellent lacing all the way down.

S: Floral hop aroma. Grapefruit, Pine resin. Fruity.

T: Citrus. Excellent hop flavor. Not overly bitter but present. Nice sweet caramel malt.

M: Medium to thick. Coats entire palate. Nice carbonation.

O: As per usual with Bear Republic; this is a great hoppy beer. Very enjoyable. On draft only so if I am lucky to see it again, I'll definitely order it.

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