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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...

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Photo of jeff1973
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. Bottled on date 7/3/13, so almost 2mos old now.

A - Dark burnt orange, clear. Eggshell head leaves pretty good lacing.

S - Peaches, mango, light bread. Not a lot of aroma, especially hop aromas.

T - Peaches, pineapple, mango, catpiss. It finishes with a almost a light rye bread flavor, then dries out with grapefruit bitterness on the end. Interesting. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Spot on for a DIPA. On the thick side of medium w/ medium/light carbonation that gives a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Really good beer. Aroma was a little light, maybe because it was 2mos old? Flavor and mouthfeel are solid. Will definitely be seeking this out on the next release, especially to get a fresher version. This was hiding in the back of the beer cooler behind some other bottles at my local Bristol Farms.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- copper color, pretty thin head

Smell- floral, citrus, piney hops

Taste- floral, citrus, piney hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good indeed! It is delicious! I can't wait to have more of it. I definitely recommend this one!

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Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6fl oz bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a hazy, peachy-amber color. A bubbly, one-finger, eggshell colored crown topped the liquid and fell to a lasting mass of froth. Curtains of drippy lacing coated the glass.

Fruity hops came through strong in the nose. Orange zest and grapefruit were instantly noticeable. Lots of resiny pine sap. Good dose of peach and apricot. Tropical fruits were also detectible. Pineapple and mango were most apparent. The hops were well balanced by a candy-like sweetness that became more prevalent as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was solid. Super hoppy, in a West Coast sort of way. Notes of orange rind and ruby red grapefruit dominated. Touch of mango. The hops were countered by a stiff yet unobtrusive malty backbone. The finish was super piney, resinous, dry and bitter. There was a slight alcohol warming, but this was anticipated.

The beer was medium bodied. Creamy, slick and smooth on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

Café Racer 15 is a well crafted and relatively affordable double IPA. Although this beer may not brake any new ground in the craft beer world, I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nerve locus deep golden orange with half a finger of weakish head, decent speckled lacing, decent retention

S - Lots of light citrus, orange and apple, with a pit of piny resin and a decently sweet malt backbone

T - lots of orange and grapefruit rind and kits of piny resin. Sweet malts peak through st the finish. Aftertaste is west and mildly resinous.

M - medium bodied or less appropriate carbonation, quite drinkable.

O - fantastic citrus rind/resin heavy iipa with a subtle hint of sweet maltyness. Lingers a bit but not too long at all, a great drinker

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber with a light head.

S - Peach/apricot hints.

T - Although a West Coast DIPA, my taste buds told me it was an East Coast DIPA. The malty sweetness was upfront with hints of peach and apricot. Average hoppiness for a DIPA. Initially, I tasted slight citrus hints, but tasted more citrus as it warmed.

M - Very nice. Appropriately carbonated with a nice texture.

O - I expected a West Coast IPA and received an East Coast DIPA, comparable with Dogfish Head 90 Min IPA. I prefer the bitterness of West Coast DIPA and this beer present malty sweetness. Good, but will not purchase again.

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

A: in a pint, hazy medium amber body, fat off-white head; sheen of lace left behind

S: hop-dominant citrus and pine, resin and herb

T: muddied hops bearing suggestions of dark grapefruit pith, chewy pine resin, and somehow - maybe my mind was playing tricks on my taste buds - watered down instant coffee? Subdued malt underscored the hop experience, salted caramel and grain

M: medium-light body, modest carbonation, slightly coating, smooth, and mildly bitter, wet finish

O: I was a little underwhelmed - surely a good DIPA, light like an IPA, and easy to drink, but the flavor profile and feel were probably just slightly off-the-mark for my particular tastes.

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

Poured into a tulip, maybe 3/4" of head that dissipated to 1/8" leaving some lacing. Smells of mango, bread, pineapple.

Great first taste, with peppery fruits and an effervescent mouthfeel. Surprisingly light tasting given the alc. content. Definitely more fruit than pine, but still with some solid bitterness and malt, especially at the finish.

Nice change of pace while keeping with the style. Very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of IncanGoat
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date poured into a Chimay snifter.

A: Pours a 1 inch head with no lacing. Golden hazy yellow. Some chunks of trub still floating around.

S: Tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, boozy

T: Pineapple, mango, black pepper, toffy, vanilla

M: Boozy, light carbonation, slight tartness that makes the teeth feel fuzzy.

O: A nice tasting beer but the one drawback to me is how boozy it tastes. I wish the alcohol was hidden a bit more.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a snifter.

A - An amber-red, impressive to the eye. More red than the average IPA/DIPA. 1" head which dissiapted very slowly. Not much carbonation. Nice looking beer.

S - A heavy amount of hops, and lot's of grapefruit. Also detected a flowery aroma. A very, very light hint of alcohol. Very nice.

T - Whew, I hope to be able to find this in my area. So hoppy, it's almost juicy. Hints of grapefruit and a general citrus flavor along with the hops. Also a unique bit of a creaminess to it, which goes along with the juicy feeling. 9.75% ABV, so there is a touch of alcohol heat, but it's not unpleasant.

F - Thick, as DIPA's tend to be. Very little carbonation. A little dry. The only part of this beer I didn't.

O - Any extreme beer fan will love this stuff. Lot's going on with the immense amount of hops and their flavors. I really hope to be able to find this in my neck of the woods, because this beer in outstanding.

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Photo of andyfrancis
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold-amber pour with a thin frothy off-white head.

Citrus and pine followed by citrus and pine on the nose. Still smells like it will be reasonably light drinking though.

I could drink a lot of this. Tart and piney bitter hops up front, followed by a brown sugary sweet swell and boozy finish.

Lightly carbed, not too heavy for an imperial. Leaves some hop resin coating and light bitter aftertaste.

Racer 5 is on the beefier end of the IPA spectrum and in comparison, this isn't much harder to drink while sneaking a few more abv points in there. Would definitely order up a glass if I saw it on draft somewhere.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Ballast Point tulip/flute/snifter... this glass doesn't know what it is. There's a date on the bottle but it's not printed well and so it is illegible. I know this is fresh, though, so I am not concerned.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden amber with 2 fingers of off-white head, which recedes to a film leaving sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Fresh hops everywhere. Lots of pine and grapefruit, But also a little candied sweetness alongside citrus.

T/M: Plenty of resiny hoppy character throughout. Pine up front with a slightly watery mouthfeel at the start, but the beer quickly swells with citrus and bitter hop character. Maltiness is there, but really only to hold the beer up and provide sweetness rather than to be a major part of the flavor. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium despite initial thin feeling. Light bitterness lingers, but this is much less bitter on the finish than many other west coast IIPAs. The finish is otherwise sweet with citrus before giving way to hop bitterness.

O: My favorite thing I've had from Bear Republic without a doubt (although I've not had quite a few of their offerings). This IIPA is neither too bitter nor too sweet and is rich with hop character throughout. It's maybe a little syrupy, and oddly feels just a little thin at the start, but this is a really really good beer.

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

Really good DIPA from Bear Republic. The balance was what I expect from a west coast DIPA hop bomb and subtle sweet malts rounded out the flavor, not too bitter on the finish. Orange rind and minimal grapefruit on the nose, good carbonation and lacing on the tulip pint glass. Good solid 4. Would recommend.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pale orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, little boozy

T-toasted bread, caramel, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pine, hint of toffee, moderate bitter finish

F-medium to full body, moderate carbonation, a little cloying, but smooth, little boozy

O-a decent DIPA, but a little to sweet for my taste and a little on the heavy and boozy side

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

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer appears orange with a quarter inch or so of white head. The aroma offers grapefruit, assorted tropical fruits, malt, alcohol. Sweet and boozy, big, bold and hoppy. Some toasted grain and sturdy malt body support the aggressive hop character. Full bodied for the style. A tasty beer, albeit in small quantities.

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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 Budinetz
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the head settle slightly and then poured and on top to fill the glass.

A- leaves a nice inch or so, white, fluffy head on top with some of the most intricate lacing I have ever seen from a DIPA. Color is about 20-25 degrees SRM, an amber/orange hue, with a slight haze.

S- citrus, grapefruit up front on the nose with a freh pine scent lingering after sipping that comes on the finish with the bitterness. Malt scent is also present, however not as prevelant as the hop profile.

T- not overly carbonated with a smoothness across the tongue. Only a little prickly bubbles from front to back. There is not a ridiculous hop bite that many DIPAs sometimes have, it is instead a mouthwatering, citrusy (grapefruit), pine sap, pale malty, deliciousness!

M- THE ideal mouthfeel for a DIPA! It does not piker my cheeks with astringency, nor does it have a high carbonation, and it is sticky across the tongue without being a candied sugar mess. Amazing mouthfeel on this brew!

O- well balanced and well maintained. Bear Republic represents this style of beer extremely well! Utilizing west coast hops and pale malts to create one of the best DIPAs around! A solid brew!!!

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Photo of Dope
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't find a bottling date on this one but it was just released like two weeks ago so it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber. Big fluffy tan head. Head fades slowly with excellent lacework remaining behind. Nice island of foam too.

S: Excellent. Grapefruit, pine and the biggest is the dank citra hops. Mild bready malt too?

T: Big juicy hops up front. Grapefruit and tropical fruit now. Spicy dankness and pine follows up in the middle. Bready briefly, then a nice dry, crisp resinous finish. Dank hops and some pine linger between sips.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and dry/crisp in the finish.

O: Delicious. Great hop strength up front and great hop complexity overall. I just had Simtra the other day and this reminds me of it a lot. This one is just more complex and a little smaller (which is better, IMO, Simtra is over the top). Drinkability is much better with this one for sure. Really, this is a wonderful west coast style DIPA. Big and juicy but not over the top. I loved it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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 themind
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Racer 15 roars in with a good pine, citrus aroma. The beer pours a small head and is a murky golden color. The taste is pretty darn good! Pine and citrus dominate the flavor profile as the hops burn out into an array of slightly floral bitterness. Overall this beer is very good and I recommend it. The ABV is present but not overwhelming.

Bottom Line: Worth Drinking.

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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 CA_brewster
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This brew poured a golden yellowish amber color with some light visible carbonation and a fairly thin white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S: This beer smells piney and sweet and absolutely fucking delicious! Sweet malt and a nice hoppy aroma dominated mostly by pine but there is some definite citrus in there as well.

T: Tastes like it smells nice and hoppy. A delicious beer! The 9.75 abv is covered up extremely well. This beer is very drinkable and is astonishingly balanced. I happily downed a 22 oz bomber, with pleasure :)

M: Goes down smooth, the hops bring some nice hop bitterness to the beer. It has a bit of an alcoholic bite and leaves behind an aftertaste of hop resin. The resiny quality is pretty subtle though compared to many of the hop bomb DIPAs I've had where the resin aftertaste is a bit overwhelming.

O: Love it! It's a great beer i had very high expectations from the start as i do for any beer coming from Bear Republic as they are easily one of my favorite breweries. That being said this beer did not disappoint at all, it's another hoppy masterpiece. If you happen to stumble upon this beer I highly recommend giving it a try. It's fantastic and a prime example of the high caliber brews Bear Republic Brewery is capable of crafting.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap

Slater's 50/50
San Diego, CA

A hazed light copper and amber with a very persistent, somewhat thick, resilient khaki-colored head. Leaves the glass sticky on the way down.

Hop forward aroma with some definite malt backbone sweetness accompaniments. Some stinging citrus flesh and zest notes and caramel and mild toffee sweetness. Approrpriate and well balanced.

Fairly bitter throughout, but doesn't get in the way of the nice flavors present. Again, stinging and sweet citrus notes, bready and sweet malty, caramel flavors. Mild pine.

Nearer to full in body for the style with moderate carbonation.

A bold, big, somewhat sweet DIPA from Bear Republic. Happy I tried it!

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Photo of nataku00
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled on date of 7/5/2013. Beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of billowy soft off white head of mostly large bubbles. Head sticks around for a bit, before slowly receding to a patch of bubbles, leaving thick swatches of sticky lacing. Some small bubbles every now and then.

Nose is sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit, light tropical pineapple and mango, dank earthy pine. Quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness and alcohol, but very nice hop aroma on this one.

Taste follows the nose, mostly sweeter hop flavors upfront, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. A little bit of musky papaya or melon flavor as well. Not as bitter as I was expecting, some bitter citrus peel and pine flavors, but balanced nicely with caramel and toasty malt flavors. Dry finish, with sweet and bitter citrus flavors lingering on the tongue.

Medium body, slightly syrupy but with some mild carbonation to help it along. Alcohol warmth in the back of the throat for sure, but a well balanced DIPA.

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

A: Hazy copper with a white head. Retention and lacing are decent.

S: Grapefruit, lemon, alcohol, bubblegum. Some pine and a light sweetness. Juicy.

T: Grapefruit. Not overly bitter. A touch of pine, a light sweetness, and a small alcohol bite.

M: Medium-full bodied with a medium carbonation. Slightly dry.

O:Drinks really easily for a 9.75.

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Photo of draheim
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice honey color w/ a 1-finger white head that leaves behind some sudsy, oily lace.

Aroma is tropical citrus and pine. Citra and Amarillo hops. Smells nice and juicy, a little resinous. Some alcohol present.

Taste is a blend of sweet pale malt and citrusy hops. Good balance. High ABV pretty well hidden. Sticky and resinous, packed full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little oily and slick. Sharp bitter finish.

Overall a pretty good DIPA from Bear Republic. Maybe a little sweet and heavy for my taste, but good.

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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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