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Episode #209: Cafe Racer 15

Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15

Life On Tap Episode #209

Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15  is a 9.75% ABV Imperial IPA with Citra, Amarillo, Chinook and Cascade hops.


Dark, straw yellow  typical of some Imperial IPAs.


Pine is up front on the this with the Citra providing a citrus element.


More citrus than pine on the palate, with the Chinook/Cascade hitting the finish along with the dry malt backbone creating a really nice balance. Citrus makes another appearance in the mid-palate. A little warming in the chest, but the alcohol is absent on the taste.


Has some weight, but not overly syrupy like some high-ABV/IBU beers.


As is the case with many California-based hopcentric beers, this dry/well-hopped combo has great balance. I highly recommend this beer with spicy food (I was craving a Cajun-spiced chicken sandwich and Thai in the video).

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