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Beer – #363 – Bear Republic – Café Racer 15

Get in! Bear Republic Café Racer 15. 

Brewed by Bear Republic Brewing Company in the style of an  Imperial/Double IPA and that sounds like it should be from HealdsburgCalifornia USA

650ml bottle of a beer that is 9.7% ABV, which is 5 whole standard drinks in NZ,  292 calories a serve, and the 100 IBU rating is like Top end for DIPA and UOA, or Barlywines.

Bear republicCafé 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…


I’ve been out and about today for some average beer, came home to an empty house, and sat with this. I make it sound so much worse that it was.

Thats intriguing on opening, a bit of (lot)  of grass but it’s really muted and hidden by a sweet, I may have my nose too close to the bottle….

Such a nice pour, with that lovely her golden brown yellow orange and a lovely head of fluffiness, Lots of aroma of orange and ‘something else’ sweet.

Café Racer 15Hang on wait that a little bit intense. That’s not a gentle beer there so whoa that pony.

Lots of the orange, and a real sense of alcohol astringent all in the front, is that right?

There is a lot of aroma and an intense mouthful of orange/citrus and bitterness that you could pick as grass.

I don’t know that this is however a good thing,

Sometimes you want a bit of a run-up and launch into this, and that might only take a small sip but this is IN YOUR FACE!!!!


I know what this is trying to be or do, but it’s not that clever or good at it. Honestly it’s like the loud person in a crowd. Accepted but not liked. I don’t think it’s clever or interesting and it’s somewhat annoying.

I might trick myself into thinking that I know what this is trying to be, I with I did, it’s a thing, and it’ll have it’s fans, however I’m not one of them.

I’ve had some, for me and the way I taste them, average beers, and this is one of those. Came with a hiss and roar like a 50 cent  firework and ended a squibb.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 a of its things from the thing. <sadface>

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? No.
  2. Would I have another? Sadly I have to endure the rest of the bottle
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I can’t see how this would be the thing I’d turn up with, it’s brash, rude and a little bit out of control

I’m kind of stuck with the ear work that is either Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This –

Or…  something which made be so so happy in the car in the way home – Elbow which went 4 times around on the musical thing – The Bones Of You (Official Video)


Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.

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3 comments on “Beer – #363 – Bear Republic – Café Racer 15

  1. kingmidget
    May 3, 2014

    Ouch. This brewery, by the way, is about two hours from my home.


    • Pdubyah
      May 3, 2014

      But – their Racer X is the bees knees. I’d thumb wrestle you for it.


      • kingmidget
        May 4, 2014

        Yes … Racer X is what I think they’re most known for.


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