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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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88
very good

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
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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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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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.

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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.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.