Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
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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Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootny
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A deep clear brownish orange with a pale yellow head on the first pour. Toocold as the head is tight and not very developed. I let it warm. Next pour brings lots of haze and a sizeable head. Good lacing and decent retention. Light carbonation as it sits. Nose quite yummy. Lots of caramel, citrus, mango, toffee, pineapple. A bed of pine forest. Just a flourish of alcohol after it warms but really the only clue to the booze is a peppery spiciness as I inhale deeply through my nose. Some light vanilla tinged grains. Like a breakfast treat. Taste is juicy, very dry, but surprisingly malty. A sweet caramel front with a roasted grain body. Pine starts the match toward hops. Then the flow of citrus, tropical fruits, and oily resins coating the mouth. A minty, cooling and flavor. Alcohol is very well integrated. Sweet but not overbearing. Slight in presence. Feel is superb. Lush, finely carbonated with a weight on the heavier side of medium. Crisp and dry with a quenching overall character. So easily drinkable that it boarders on dangerous. But I'm in! Top tier brew. One of the better DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of elfurby
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

"Almost" as good as Pliny. Hops and malts are very well balanced and tropical. Can't taste the abv.

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Photo of Joeperl47
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of madelf66
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlmoses83
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PeterOlfe
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shippy
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, cloudy orange-gold with a nice fluffy head. Aromas largely of citrus: grapefruit and orange are noticeable with some mango presence. Flavors run along those lines as well with the addition of some bread and caramel flavors. Feel is pretty full bodied with a little carbonation. Overall, this is a delicious and refreshing DIPA. The flavors are refreshing and make it seem lighter than it is, but the body brings some more heft and depth to it. An excellent value since the bomber only set me back $3.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mac31
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The perfect amount of pine and malt combined in the entry. Malts are sweet and bright-honey, light caramel, bread(y) and navel oranges. The hops are soft in the entry, but escalate to a bright flash of brilliant hoppiness in the finish. The hop bitterness progresses from soft to moderate, never excessively bitter; phenomenal bittering from start to finish. The floral component cannot be overstated-it's heavy, slightly spicy, canvassing every crevice of the palate. The hops are clean, citric, and floral. Cereal grains and a touch of stickiness to the hops as well. I love the body of this brew. It is fuller bodied with a silky mouthfeel, especially for a DIPA! The alcohol is well covered. Drinkability is top notch, five star. A perfect big brother to Racer 5. One of the best DIPA's I've had in a long, long time. It might be blasphemous to say, but on a given day I could see myself reaching for this over a Pliny. I've been searching for close to two years for this beer. Now that I've had it, I'll search it out again and again. Kudos to BR for a great beer!

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

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

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer is light hazy, orange with a two finger high, white, head.

Nose: Orange marmelade, mango and grapefruit. A bit tired hops...
Taste: Pine, resin, orange, caramel, orange zest and mango. I’m disturbed that this beer feels to tired!
Mouth-feel: Medium body. Chewy. Great, bitter ending. Oily texture.

I bought this beer at the release date March 18, 2016 in Sweden. On the bottle the Swedish distributor has put a white sticker with the "best before" date January 1, 2017. I got a bit suspicious and checked the bottle. I found Bear Republics "best by" date: April 4, 2016 !!
No wonder I felt the hops were a bit tired...
To bad, I don’t think this review will reflect a fresh version of this beer.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of sjrider
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_V
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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