Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Café Racer 15Café Racer 15
1,269 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,269 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Denzo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of IndyDad
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jrep21pr
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sevenshubby
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dazedandconfused
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MattyBones
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22oz bottle last night with Dinner.

Appearance: pored a nice cloudy, golden color with a fizzy white head about a finger thick.

Smell: Picking up some citrus and pine, some sugary sweetness in the nose a bit.

Taste: Like a juiced up Racer 5. A little hoppier with nice tones of pine and citrus with a little stronger malt backbone than Racer 5. It's hoppy but balances out nice with barely any taste of the alcohol. Has a slightly similar taste to Double Jack

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, very smooth

Overall: I highly enjoyed this one. Racer 5 is a classic and I would definitely rate this slightly better for a more pronounced and flavorful profile. I wouldn't mind getting my hands on some more.

 712 characters

Photo of ThirstySavage
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bcsbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerBabe
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NumberNone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Benesi88
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sjanowiak
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kendo
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip - carefully, as I saw plenty of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Body is slightly hazy honey-orange with only a small film of whitish head.

S: Nice clean DIPA nose - lemon, grapefruit and even pineapple.

T: Nice malt foundation of sugar cookie cookie dough, then the hops. They're sweeter than expected - think tropical fruits and sugar-dusted grapefruit and oranges. Reminds me somewhat of some "older" DIPAs that are no longer made, e.g. Stone X and Goose Island Imperial. Touch of alcohol heat at the finish. Finishes with a decent dryness. ABV heat felt in belly right away. Bitterness coats the palate (finally) in the aftertaste.

M: Full in body, slightly slick in feel, as carbonation is modest.

O: Good stuff. On the sweeter side of the DIPA spectrum, but interesting flavors with a good bitterness lingering on the aftertaste.

 891 characters

Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GJ40
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased at Bev Mo in San Mateo.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate white head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney, citrusy and earthy hops. Very nice.

T - Rich hop flavors and oils with a firm foundation of toasted malt, a lingering kick of alcohol and a moderate bitterness. Nice balance and complexity.

M - Silky with a low carbonation.

O - This is a big, strong DIPA, maybe too big and strong for me, but it's very well done.

 477 characters

Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Slightly hazy golden orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. Low carbonation and excellent retention. Yeast sediment is suspended throughout the glass.

Tangerine, papaya, lemon, pineapple and caramel.

White grapefruit juice, papaya and lemon pith. Light notes of orange citrus and tangerine. Hints of pineapple, pine sap and Fruity Pebbles. Moderate caramel backbone with hints of toffee sweetness.

Medium bodied, smooth, juicy and sticky.

Perhaps just a tad too malty but overall juicy and very easy drinking for 9.75%.

 599 characters

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