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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avaldivia on 07-27-2011

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
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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.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a deep brown with medium off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Dark chocolate malt and grapefruit, standard Black IPA smell.

T: Chocolate, hint of roast backed with citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with a hint of pine. Well balanced flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny at times, pretty smooth.

O: A rather good Black IPA. A style I'm not the greatest fan of but I enjoyed this effort, not surprising since I enjoy Racer 5.

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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Taps in Petaluma

A: Very Dark. Nice thick head head that left a good amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit. A little bit of a roasted malt character but the hop aroma definitely overpowered.

T: Grapefruit upfront and in the middle. The roasted flavor is there on the end, but it is a bit lighter than I had expected. Again the hops totally dominate.

M: Nice medium body. Good carbonation.

O: Not my favorite Black IPA or Black Ale, but one I did enjoy. I was glad to see Bear Republic come out with something new like this. I would definitely order it again.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.