Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Café Racer 15Café Racer 15
BA SCORE
4.23/5
1,242 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
Ranking:
#927
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
1,242
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
4.21
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
158
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bright and golden with a one-finger head. Uses Citra, Amarillo, Cascade and Chinook hops for flavor and bittering.

Lots of resinous pine upfront with only a touch of grapefruit.

Flavor is full of grapefruit and pine notes.

Lingering grapefruit and pine resin make up the mouthfeel. Burns going down. Definitely sipping material.

Who needs orange juice for breakfast when you can have this?

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice, typical IPA offering. Clear golden, nice near white head, leaves fast. Lots of spotty lace. Smell of malt and hops, of course. Taste is more hops driven but does not forget the malt. Good carb, good balance, fairly clean finish. I would have another.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange with an off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells largely of citrus - orange and grapefruit. Also has mangoe and tangerine. Nice long sweet nose.

Taste similar to racer 5, nice sweet orange and mangoe with bitter orange and grapefruit. This one has a thicker syrupy middle. A nice biscuity malt background is slightly detected. A very solid DIPA.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange with a half-finger white head. It looks nice, but not the best Imperial IPA I've seen. Scents of tropical fruit, caramel malt, pineapple, citrus, some sweet and floral notes, and faint hints of pine. A very fruit and citrus forward DIPA scent, lacking some of the pine of others. It's quite nice and a good change. Taste is hop forward and yet only modestly bitter for the style with the usual flavors of grapefruit pith, some grapefruit, and a bit of tropical fruit, also some hits of pine resin in the background. There is a nice sweet malt backbone backing the citrus and bitterness of the hops, as well as some grassy and floral hop flavors to mix it up a bit. Also a nice hint of alcohol in the background. A very good flavor profile, quite hop forward, yet with some depth to it. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate-high carbonation and an oily finish with a nice burn of alcohol throughout. Quite the nice mouthfeel for a sipping DIPA. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. The flavors I expect in the style are all there and they balance each other nicely leading to an enjoyable drinking experience. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light orange hue with a little bit of haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which subsided pretty quickly. Nice.

Smell: bright, citrusy, floral, tangeriney, but not overwhelming. Finely balanced hops over a sweet malt base. I like it quite a lot.

Taste: there's an added earthiness to the flavors of the hops, but the same citrusy brightness remains from the aroma. Alcohol is pretty high, and this is noticeable but not a drawback. Bitterness is pretty low for the style, but I think it works in this formulation. A damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: I really like this brew. I could probably quaff dangerous amounts of it.

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Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,242 ratings
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