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Café Racer 15 | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tulip. 8/5/13 bottling date.

Copper color with a big white head. Smell is very hoppy leaning on the piney side, but with some citrusy notes as well. The taste is very big and hoppy as well, with a great citrus flavor up front followed by the piney bitterness and ending with a good dry malty feel. Real flavorful and complex DIPA here, and probably my favorite IPA from Bear Republic. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this is an exceptionally complex DIPA!

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Photo of BB1313
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden; eggshell white head that leaves very sticky lacing. This is an orange bomb. Orange peel and orange zest dominate the aromas and flavors. There's also a malty cracker aroma that's blended in the aromas. The flavors are sharp and have a nice bitterness to it. Once again, tons of orange. There's subtle hints of grapefruit. Hints of pine needles. Very subtle amounts of caramel malts, but it's still not too sweet at all. Mouthfeel is nice. Full-bodied; creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's easy to drink.

This isn't exactly what I was hoping for. It's well crafted for sure, but the aromas and flavors just don't get me overly excited. Orange lovers should rejoice. It's not a bad beer at all though, very solid. Well crafted.

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Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy orange color with a fluffy white head that gives some spotted lacing. Good head retention

S: Lots of pine resin, and a bit of caramel. Alcohol.

T: Much like it smells, it has the taste of pine resin and caramel. It has some alcohol sweetness in the end too. It is fairly low on bitterness compared to many other IIPA's. Lots of sweetness to this beer but not a lot of accompanying flavor. It tastes more like what people consider an East Coast IPA but the malt profile isn't as robust.

M: It has a pretty thick mouthfeel without any real presence, kind of like if you put flour in a glass of water. It also finishes pretty slick.

O: I wasn't a real fan of the beer. I felt that the mouthfeel was pretty bad and that it was lacking in general taste. The hop flavor was pretty weak and one-dimensional, and the malt didn't contribute too much flavor even though it seemed to overpower the hops somehow. I don't recommend it.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mikem0487
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottled/enjoy by date. Poured into Green man snifter.

A-Hazy amber hued body. Maybe I poured it too aggressively but there is yeast sediment floating around. Do not mind that at all. The appearance reminds me of Heady Topper due to its lack of filtration and yeast flocculation at a minimal. Leaves a nice sticky lacing of the white foam. Not a huge head when poured but was present.

S-Citrus/piney confusion in this beer. Smells fantastic but both are so pronounced its hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. Definitely get some sugary notes from the malt in this beer. Alcohol is apparent but subtle.

T-A piney bitterness is the most pronounced taste. A sweet malt presence with the citrus hops are throughout the palate. A warming alcohol at the finish.

M-Good medium body, chewy mouth feel. Finishes dry and has a nice carbonation feel to it.

O-A very good Imperial IPA that I will gladly pick up again when it is around. Alcohol heat is present in the nose and taste which brings down the drinkability. Love the aroma just wish the taste would follow through.

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Photo of TheLevi4000
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Joshpu
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spoony
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +9.7%

Photo of N1Nkasi
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Bnoise11
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Oakenator
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.5%

Photo of BierBattered
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of labattblueribbon
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +0.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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