Bear Republic’s seasonal craft beer release, Café Racer 15 will be returning in style. Marking the official launch of the Double IPA Series, Café Racer 15 makes its arrival for the first time in six-packs.
Originally brewed in celebration of Bear Republic’s fifteenth anniversary, this beer quickly became a brew team favorite. Named in honor of the spirit of the counterculture street racer motorcyclists and our brewmaster’s first racing bike, number fifteen, Café Racer 15 is an assertive Double IPA with an intense grapefruit flavor and faint honey character.
Brewmaster and COO, Richard G. Norgrove, stated, “We are very excited to release this beer in six-packs and continue its legacy.”
This massive beer features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine, from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops, complemented by a dry malt finish.
Although perfect to enjoy by itself, the hoppiness of the beer pairs well with spicy and savory dishes. Additionally, cheeses such as aged cheddar and Parmesan cheese provide a nice combination.
A winner of the silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in the Imperial India Pale Ale category and a winner at the 2014 Good Food Awards, Café Racer 15 has proven itself among the ranks of craft beer.
Café Racer 15 is one of Bear Republic’s most sought after beers with vastly limited distribution. It is available for a limited time in draft, 6-packs, and 22 oz. bottles.
ABV: 9.75% – IBUs: 100+ – Color: Golden – Double India Pale Ale
Untappd: 4 stars – Beer Advocate: 94/100 – Ratebeer: 99/100
Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Foods, Savory Dishes, Poultry and Pork Dishes, Parmesan Cheese, Aged Cheddar, Sheep’s Milk Cheeses
Overall: Café Racer 15 is an extremely hoppy Double IPA. As you drink, you will notice grapefruit hop flavor and aroma from the aggressive use of Citra hops and pine notes from the Chinook hops. A faint honey character comes through in the malt.
Founded over twenty years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company has become one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic Brewing maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.