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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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4/5  rDev +2%

agreenman19, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of spoony
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%

From a 650 ml bottle (dated April 3, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The brew was poured cool, at 38 degrees, and it poured heavy and syrupy. The color is virtually black and not much light makes it through the center. There is a fat one-finger head of mocha-colored foam that drops a cap quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S-The smell is very reminiscent of an IPA with citrusy hops (mostly orange, some lemon), floral notes, and pine. A touch of spice, too. Underneath the hops is a milky-chocolate malt note. No char or roast here.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with lots of hoppy citrus flavors and a peppery, orange spice. The milky chocolate fades a bit as the brew warms and some caramel notes come through. A touch of bitterness from both the hops and roasted malts peaks out. Alcohol is well-integrated, but noticeable.

M-The brew feels heavy with fine, long-lasting carbonation.

O-I continue to have a hard time getting into Bear Republic beers. This is an assertive, full-flavored black ale, but something about this beer is off-putting to me. Perhaps it is the hops they use, which are impressive in strength, but balance strangely against the malts, in my opinion? Or perhaps it is the slightly heavy feel? Whatever it is, this beer (like Racer X) just doesn't turn my screws.

spoony, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of TychoNDC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TychoNDC, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some rye notes.

The flavor is some sweet chocolate malts with a lot of acidic roast bitterness with some pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent black IPA.

Beaver13, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

azdback, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Gagnonsux, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +2%

22 oz bottle enjoyed at home in tulip glass, March 2013 bottling date.

Black as night body, tan head, good lacing. Citrusy nose, minimal roast aroma. Taste is on the sweet citrus side, once again not a lot of roast, close to style. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. I like how they minimized the roast, too many breweries are a bit heavy handed. Easy drinking, I wonder how this is a bit fresher...

jdense, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

johnnnniee, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

WesM63, Jun 09, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured at The Top in Gainesville. Black pour with super thin white head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and pine hops. Pretty straight forward aroma. Flavor follows aroma exactly, buy with a thickness to the beer I was not expecting. Hops cut through the thick, somewhat chocolatey, malt making it pretty easy drinking. Nicely done black ipa, but outside of Wookey Jack this style can only excite me so much.

BMMillsy, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Teddy-Pickles, Jun 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Mark5252, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ElSid
3.45/5  rDev -12%

The Beers of California


A: Black like the name with hues of deep brown in the light. Foamy coffee toned head with variable sized, persistent bubbles.

S: A vein of brown sugar and dark bread run through the nose with notes of flowers, citrus, and mint.

T: Shakable foundation of brown sugar and bread which attempts to support the dank nugget of floral, piney, and citrus hops. Strong bitter finish with a mineral-like edge in addition to moderate warming alcohol.

M: The usual medium feel and supporting carbonation. Hop oiliness gives the feel syrupy linger.

O: Obsessed with the IPA, the west coast continues to spew out variations to keep the public interested. This Black IPA lacks malt complexity and sports an average hop profile. Overall, a lackluster offering from Bear Republic.

ElSid, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

rolltide8425, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mwz5021, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

calcnerd, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

HattedClassic, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of hoody711
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

$6 for a bomber of Bear Republic anything is a sure thing. Hooray for black IPAs.

A - bomber into tulip. Thin head with a tan film on top of a jet black beer. Good lacing.

S - mostly mild fruity hops up front. Deep breaths yield roasty malts, a touch of dark chocolate. Definitely some booziness in there. I clearly have no clue what I'm talking about, but it's pretty good.

T - I'm getting mostly roasty dark chocolate. In the middle of each sip, the hops make themselves known, but they're in the background, just like the nose. A nice warm alcohol burn at the end.

M - not heavy and oily like I expected. It's not light, but it's somewhat refreshing for a big dark beer. The alcohol lingers but not too long. Sweetness of the chocolate really lasts the longest.

O - a pretty good black IPA, I guess. I'd like a more hoppy nose, and a more hoppy taste. Basically I would like a little more IPA in this blend, but it's pretty good.

hoody711, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

KevT, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

AndrewMichael, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

kjkinsey, Jun 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

gferg10, Jun 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

trevorpost, Jun 01, 2013
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.