Review: Bear Republic Brewing Co. Café Racer 15 | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Bear Republic Brewing Co. Café Racer 15
97 out of 100
Bear Republic Brewing Co. Café Racer 15

Style: American Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.75 IBU: 100

97/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 19
Mouthfeel: 4

Bear Republic Brewing Co. Café Racer 15

What the brewers say

“Café Racer 15 features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops that are complemented by a dry malt finish. The result is a high-revving double IPA that is loud and assertive.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Lemon, orange, tangerine, touch of biscuit, and light vanilla with some pine dankness that hits up front. As it warms, the citrus notes really pop and come through as a dominating factor. Low light malt background.”

Flavor: “Intense citrus character with plenty of lingering bitterness. This is the first beer tonight that I would say pushes the ‘big’ end of the style. The malt is slightly bready and medium sweet, and the juicy hops flavor is huge; they play off each other well. Somewhat of a pine character is there in the back that coats the back of the throat.”

Overall: “This beer is huge! Big flavor and aroma all the way though. It showcases a great hops profile with a subdued but balanced malt bill. It finishes a touch sweet, but I think that is what they were going for. Yum!”

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