Full Review

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cafe Racer 15 Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.75%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
2017 Top 2 Best Imperial IPA

Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cafe Racer 15 Double IPA

Category: Imperial IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 9.75%
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit chutney, lemon herb muffin, and pine needle and cone with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long cedar and peppercorns finish. A superb imperial IPA with tons of flavors, style and balance.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Hoppy
Aroma Aroma: tropical fruit chutney, lemon herb muffin, and pine needle and cone
Taste Flavor: cedar and peppercorns
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tacos, Ribs, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superb imperial IPA with tons of flavors, style and balance.

The Producer

Bear Republic Brewing Company

The Producer
110 Sandholm Lane #10
Cloverdale, CA 95425
USA
1 707-894-2722

Imperial IPA

Beer Glass Snifter Amber.jpg
Serve in a Snifter
Imperial IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent American hop aromas, flavors and an abrasive, lingering hop bitterness. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, a wide range of flavors including tart citrus peel, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, and have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Rouge IP2A Imperial India Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA and The Alchemist Heady Topper.