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 hanlonrn
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ american craft, brookline MA, 7/22/11.
(review from notes)

pours a slightly hazy golden/orange tone while yielding a good 1" head, moderate retention and lacing. nose is good, though not mind-blowing: big hoppy notes (citrus, a bit of pine), with a light malty presence in the background.

taste is also quite nice. the citrus (grapefruit) and pine are there, along with a floral element, though more subtle on that count. packs a sturdy malt backbone. very tasty, though nothing transcendent. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. well-hidden alcohol presence.

overall this is a damn good beer. lacks that intangible wow factor, but i still really enjoyed it. worth a try if you should run into it.

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

On tap as a cask beer at a Hell's Kitchen pub. Orange and slightly cloudy; somewhat appetizing. Two distinct smells came from this beer: yeast and strong citrus. I couldn't wait to jump in! Tasted sour and slightly citrusy with a nice bitter aftertaste. There wasn't a lot of body, but I wanted something more on the refreshing side, so the lightness was perfect. Overall, this beer was excellent, and but for the price, I would have drank it all night.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Diomede
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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%

Photo of kdown
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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Photo of bkny27
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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Photo of BSW
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of danrodrigue
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,269 ratings