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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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very good

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Racer™ blends Bear Republic's love of hops with the Pacific Northwest's appreciation for dark ales. Our pit crew brews this award winning ale which boldly defines a new frontier of flavors and always maintains pole position. Race to the Dark Side™.

Bronze 2011 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Black Ale
Gold 2012 World Beer Cup American-Style Black Ale

(Beer added by: avaldivia on 07-27-2011)
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Reviews by DIM:
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Dark chestnut brown; pours with a sticky, medium sized off-white head.

s: A nice combination of roasty cocoa and piny, pithy grapefruit.

t: Tastes as the smell suggests it would only more so. A surprisingly strong roasty char for some reason plays extremely well off the earthy, pithy citrus from the hops. There is a lingering charred pine tingle that I really enjoyed.

m: Heavy for an IPA I guess and just about right for a stout this size. Worked fine for me.

o: A style I tend to avoid, but I really took to this one. I think this drinks more like a hoppy syout than other Cascadian Black whatever whatevers I've tried. Regardless of why I liked it so much, the point is that I did.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2013 22:31:39 | More by DIM
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I'm definitely a fan of the Bear Republic beers, particularly their IPA's.

I really do like the concept of a dark, roasty, IPA-like beer, where one can really taste the hops.

Well done.

Had it at the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA) as part of a flight.

Would definitely order again.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.