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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

02-08-2014 00:55:29 | More by CoryR
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GBallHead

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Received this as an extra in a trade, prefer reviewing most extras (that I havent had) rather then drinking and forgetting like most beer.

From Bear Republic [Independent since 1995(I think)]
Black Racer IPA

Amazing beer, its a black ipa but seems to drink almost like a session or pale ale.

The hops are definitely there (my favorite styles of beer are stouts and ipas so this was an excellent beer to try and review) I mighttt have been a little intoxicated before drinking this beer but this bomber went down much quicker then any 12oz would.

Was not expecting this taste at all, thoroughly enjoyed this beer and its definitely worth a try, no matter what styles are your go tos.

I know this isnt the usual review everyone is looking for, but I didnt have the oppurtunity to pour it into a glass I left it in the bottle so most of the categories would be tainted depending on when/how it was tasted etc.

Points I awarded.
appearance 4.0
smell 4.0
taste 4.0
mouthfeel 5.0
overall 4.0

02-05-2014 21:53:33 | More by GBallHead
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Ego

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

bottle code:
48661550
04-03-13 (so fresher the hops probably would pop more but this was bought from a good store that has zero sunlight getting in)

eyes...
basically black, kind of really a super dark ruby tone if you hold it up to the light, quick one finger of head, I literally turned around to change the channel on TV and the head was gone except an O-ring clinging for dear life up the sides of the perimeter of the glass, oddly
lacing is quite good, a pretty good looking brew

nose...
licorice and molasses, muted pine notes, dry cocoa... reminds a bit of dark Caribbean rum

taste etc...
pretty full bodied, slightly prickling carbonation, kind of chalky cocoa and almost ashy (in a good way), the hops are muted but noticeable under the choco blanket, the flavor of chocolate/mild coffee lingers for some time, you also get some warming in the gullet from the
kicked up ABV

verdict?
I didn't love this beer. It was quite good enough to keep sipping but yet I never stopped and said "that pops" (you know, like buddy christ), so... I prefer this style to have a deeper flavor. This is not a bad beer by any stretch so I recommend trying it as it's take on the style might be more up your alley.

02-05-2014 05:36:58 | More by Ego
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

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California

4/5  rDev +2%

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Florida

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Vec2267

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

A - Dark brown to black, ample beige froth with large bubbles, nice lacing

S - Cocoa and char dominate

T - Cocoa up front followed by piney bitterness, subtle roast/char on the finish

M - medium, creamy but not syrupy

O - An interesting balance and interplay between the sweetness of the cocoa and bitterness of the hops and the char. This is an interesting diversion from some of the more common styles, but nothing compelling.

01-26-2014 22:28:03 | More by Vec2267
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EatonHops

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

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nealbert

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

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Ernest78

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

01-17-2014 22:30:58 | More by Ernest78
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BierJager89

California

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%

A: Black with a creamy light brown head.

S: Citrus, some lemon, but mostly orange in the nose and a bit of grass and pine.

T: Roasted malt, orange, some other citric and floral notes as well. A touch of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough, especially for the style.

O: The Black IPA/Black ale, whatever you want to call it, is my favorite style of hoppy beer. An excellent example of the style. I've never had a hoppy beer I like more than this one. That said, I had this on tap at the brewery, from the batches they were going to send to the great american beer festival.

01-17-2014 00:26:27 | More by BierJager89
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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New Hampshire

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.