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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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88
very good

477 Ratings
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room. A story of Cascade, emphasizing the hop as opposed to roast. A sipper, as alcohol warming. Piney aroma. Some toothpaste taste, also apple cidery in the finish. 75 IBU Black with lace and some head. Not bad, worth a try, however not the best of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 01:55:20 | More by Sammy
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a fading, light-tan head.
Nose shows piny and grapefruit hops. Also some roasted malt.
Flavours are more aggressive with roasty bitterness, sharp pine and grapefruit. Some alcohol shows too.
Too highly carbonated for this kind of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2012 07:14:31 | More by CrazyDavros
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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've caught this a few times on-tap now, listed as 8.2% ABV...

Pours dark but not quite black, some translucence there. Thick beige head does stick around for the duration eventually becoming a cap, pretty nice lacing left.

Nose is pretty hoppy, lots of pine, fruit and resin with some roasted/chocolate in the back. Good but strength fades with time.

Taste is good, a decent balance between stout and IPA but leans more towards the hops. Lots of grapefruit, pine, slightly dank, some citrus and tropical there too. Big chocolate/cocoa powder and roasted malt back it up.

A bit high on the carbonation for me, some alcohol bite. Quite bitter.

Yet another good variation of Racer 5, though I'm not a huge fan of black IPAs so it's not one of my favorites. For the style it's good though, nice elements from stouts/IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Bear Republic as part of our "full list tasting" New Year's weekend.

I have grown a bit bored with the whole "Black" thing. Everyone is now doing a black ale, lager, ipa or some sort of "black thing." I anticipated a typical black IPA and then I'd be done with it. Wrong!

This black IPA is a knock out. It is in my opinion one of the nicest, most complex but most drinkable black IPAs I've tasted. While a bronze winner at 2011 GABF, I'd give it a gold!

Black with a nice tan head that it retains longer than most.

Nose is aggressive hops with grapefruit and pineapple but with a really nice undertone of malt and roasted grain; just a hint but it's layered and complex and nice.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but with nice carbonation and character and with a feel that one wants to just keep drinking it.

Flavors are super. Big light coffee bitter with layers of bitter stone fruit and undertones of malt, carmel and roasted grains.

Finish follows flavor profile to just make this a wonderfully appealing and nice drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

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