Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
3.71/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours near black that turns a deep, dark, brilliant ruby when held up to light. The head is light tan and a finger in thickness with good retention. Strong lacing with great stick.
Smell - A strong mix of roasted malt and a citrus/pine hop character. Light cocoa notes. Traces of smoke.
Taste - Fair balance of light roast coffee and bittersweet citrus. Orange pith. touches of toffee and pine. While both the roasted malt and the hoppy citrus play prominent roles, I feel both come across as fairly bland; moreso the malt side, especially at warmer temps. The flavor struggles to find a real identity. It's delicious, but not ideal.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
Overall - It seems this is a style that will promise forever, and never deliver. I'm always looking for that strong hop punch combined with a solid, well developed roasted malt backbone. I've yet to find it, and frankly I don't know that I ever will. I don't know that it's possible for those two extremes to cohabitate in the same beer. This one had the right balance, but missed the ideal strength of either end. It's not bad, but it's fairly muddled. I don't know that I'd give this one another go.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 06:54:12 | More by TheSixthRing
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Had it at the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA) as part of a flight.
Would definitely order again.
Serving type: on-tap
05-27-2014 23:18:51 | More by KarlosT
2.14/5 rDev -45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
It's dark brown, almost black and the head sort of resembles an IPA. A tan, meringue-like head that looks like a cross between a bad IPA and a creamy stout. I assume that's the idea.
Almost completely devoid of smell. I stuck my nose into the drink and only then did I pick up anything. Mostly pine, literally nothing else is there.
I've tried and tried black IPAs and I just don't get it. Not sure if it's an acquired taste, but similar to a kriek, it totally misses the boat for me. It's like two competing flavors that work well individually, but are complete disasters when put together. Some pine and some malt. They just don't work.
Some resiny pine and some char. They provide a bitterness, but not in a good way.
I give up on the style. I can't get used to it. It just doesn't work.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 02:02:53 | More by RickS95
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
The color is dark black with slight dark highlights. The head is two fingers of foamy brownish/tan head with some webby lacing left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy at first then has a dark malty aroma that pushes out. There seems to be a fight between which will be first, hops or malt. The aroma seems to be leaning toward the dark malts and gives off a biscuit aroma.
The taste is malty again with that same bready flavor. There is touches of fig and raisin in there as well. Toward the end the malt fades back to give off a citrus hop flavor that was a pleasant surprise. The end comes back with some dark malt but also some bitterness that gives an earthy spin to the flavor.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice easy drinking feel which is a slight surprise since it is an 8.1% ABV beer. It’s smooth with a nice aftertaste that hangs but does not linger. This beer has been better than I expected.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:32:09 | More by Duhast500
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.