Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

1,234 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...

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Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of spoony
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (dated August 5, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A slightly aggressive pour produces about two fingers of nearly-white, dense foam. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing, especially for the ABV. The beer is cloudy and lighter in color than many...more of an apricot or light honey than orange. Nice looking stuff.

S-The smell is big and bold. I get some spicy orange, pine, and fresh herbal notes that provide a solid hit of bitterness. The bitterness is nicely balanced by some some semi-sweet caramel. This brew smells sharp and pungent.

T-The taste is similarly big and bold. Again I get orange, but also some grapefruit, mint, and bitter pine notes. There is a pleasing herbal dankness, as well. The sharp hops are balanced by toasty caramel malts that give the beer a nice substance. The alcohol is warming and spicy and integrates nicely.

M-The feel is moderate to full-body with below average levels of carbonation and the aforementioned dank, resinous character.

O-If I was going to tell someone how to build the archetypical West Coast IIPA, this might be it. The flavors are big and citrus forward, but there is a nice balance here. The brew is easy to drink for its nearly 10% ABV, as well, but it kept me wanting more the whole time. I must also say that this is a good-looking beer. All these positive thoughts notwithstanding, there is no real shining feature in the taste of this beer that makes it really stand out.

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Photo of jpd026
4.64/5  rDev +11%

Photo of N1Nkasi
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Bnoise11
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that leaves a nice ring of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus with some tropical fruits. Big, bright, and aromatic.

Tastes of a nice wave of hops mediated by a solid malt backbone. Grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of pine comes through. Malts quickly come through and add a sweet element with some sugar cookie along with a touch of bread. In the middle it leans towards more of a sweetness, but ends with a bitter note. Alcohol makes it presence felt, but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA that is worth a look.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A balanced, big IPA. Step up to this and enjoy.

Poured for me at Meadhall in Boston (great place, btw.) The color is a hazy gold, classic for the imperial ale style. Quite a bit of lacing left by the lingering head.

The nose is resiny hops that shows a proper amount of restraint. You know you're getting an IPA before the liquid hits the tongue,

The mouthfeel and taste remind me of a Bell's Two Hearted. The brewer struck a nice balance here and doesn't take the drinker over the edge of hoppy bitterness. I could have two of these, easily. Well, two if I didn't have to stand up or drive. The alcohol is strong in this.

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Photo of Kmlund
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BierBattered
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of labattblueribbon
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured to glass. Enjoyed this incredible brew with the last episode of Breaking Bad, and god damn was it a perfect pairing. There is almost nothing to dislike about this beer except the nose didn't really show up. Easily the most memorable DIPA i've had in months, great lacing, solid citrus after-taste hanging around, maybe a little spearmint in there as well, no a bit of alcohol to be detected, DANGEROUSLY drinkable. great scott what a bear. Bottom Line an absolute MUST HAVE, get it anyway you can. about $9 for a bomber, i would have paid 30 bucks for this gem.

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Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Quite hoppy while remaining balanced. Citrus and floral hops stand out along with a light breadiness from the malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hops, which are packed full of citrus and pine notes. Goes into just enough malt to balance. Bitter pine notes continue into the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Highly drinkable for a 9.75% DIPA with 100+ IBUs. It would be nice if it were available in 6-packs or a little cheaper for a bomber ($9.49 isn't too bad, but still high). Great seasonal otherwise

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Photo of JMBSH
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an absolute fantastic beer and for me it ranks with Dogfish Head 90.
I don't normally go after Imp. IPA that often because they seem to be just bitter and lacking of hop flavor, plus I can't handle the high ABV's.
Café Racer 15 is perhaps the most aromatic and flavorful IPA I've ever had.
The appearance is burnished orange amber with a smaller bright white head leaving some laced as it fades.
The aroma is fantastic. Smells of candied tropical and citrus fruits, floral and pine resin too.
The taste is equally impressive. Very hoppy with flavors of tropical fruits citrus, peaches and floral notes. Malts are sweet and balance nicely the hoppy onslaught.
Surprisingly, it's not bitter at all. Very sutle alcohol notes at the finish. Drinks smooth and crisp over the palate and is remarkably un assertive for a Imp. IPA.
A very well made beer.

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Photo of Beermazter310
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: strawy orange, a bit hazy

smell: very light with notes of citrus and hop spice

taste: light bodied, crisp, hints of mangos and citrus. definite presence of simcoe and bit of the gummy resin flavor from it

mouthfeel: light, clean and crisp. with a little bit oil

overall its an amazing ipa. you can barely taste any of the alcohol. its a just a nice clean citrusy ipa

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Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Café Racer 15 from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,234 ratings.
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