Black Racer | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Black RacerBlack Racer
BA SCORE
3.92/5
531 Ratings
Black RacerBlack Racer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by avaldivia on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,274
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
531
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, slight vanilla, and licorice. The taste is hoppy, malty, with lots of licorice, and slight vanilla. Medium body, ABV could be hidden better. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA for 6.99+tax

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and roasted/burnt nuts. There are also some grapefruit and hops, but not as much as I would have hoped. It ends with a roasted malty slightly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I was really excited for this one.. but I expected more juiciness/hops/west coast flavour. These flavours are there, just not all that pungent. It seems more balanced towards the malty/roasted side flavour wise. Still good, just no Wookey Jack.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear black colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smells strongly hoppy with scents of pepper and pine with some carrot and smoke.

Starts out mildly sweet with a malty flavor of mostly patent malt. Medium bitterness with a taste of carrot and onion. Pretty much an Imperial IPA with Dark malt added.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall and OK beer, Onion flavor doesn't belong in this style though.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of fredmugs
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of epyon396
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours very dark. Moderate light penetration. Slighter tanned head leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Surprisingly modest. Lacking the intense hoppiness I was expecting. Lots of roast and even some char. But its decidedly lacking in the hop category.

T-Shockingly similar here. Lacking the power I want from my greens. Bear Republic always brings the boom with the hops...except here. Strong roast instead.

M-Drinks easy, no booze. Pleasant carbonation. Semi-soft bitterness.

O/D-Sort of a disappointment. Anything else with the word 'Racer' has been an absolute stud. This one is the runt unfortunately.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. I take it this is either new, or is seasonal in a season I've never been in California before, because I can't believe I've not had it otherwise.

Pours a deep dark nondescript colour somewhere between brown and black, with tinges of ruby at the edges. Head is wonderful: fine, mild and creamy in colour, pocked with bubbles that give it a liveliness. Body looks pretty tame for 8.1% ABV: quite light and very fast moving. We'll see how it holds up.

Nose is lively at first, with a strong, pungent citrus aroma permeating everything. This settles down once it's been swirled a bit, with the volatiles dematerialising quickly. There's still a dusky orange character, backed up with some faint nutty grain characters, and perhaps a little spiciness, although it may just be that zesty orange rind character. It was powerful when first opened, after it settles, it's decent, but it's not wowing me.

Taste is again, decent enough, but a little by the book. Mild entry with some hop presence running from front to back: but it's generic hoppiness, some bitterness, some citric bite and it doesn't develop as it goes along. In the end the hops just drop out, leaving an empty graininess standing awkwardly by itself. I think it's a little embarrassed.

Feel is fine. Light, but with some support.

Overall, it's a decent beer, really. But I was expecting something so much better from Bear Republic. Really, this should be setting the standard for a West Coast IBA, but it really feels like this is a phoned-in effort, and much more of a follower than a leader.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnParadee
1.06/5  rDev -73%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep brown with a nice white cap, good head retention with some spotty lacing and a nice ring around the glass

S: Light toast, chocolate, musty grains, Earthiness and pine needles

T: An initial moderate roast with chocolate, a noted musty grains with ablend of citrus and pine hop presence. The taste of this beer in no way reminded of a black IPA or CDA. I was expecting a more hop forward punch.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: I love Racer 5 and I really enjoy a wellmade CDA. This is not one of them. The hops seem to have been muted, the roast was moderate but this beer seemed to be sloppy in a way and there was a weird, musty graininess that really had no pop or freshness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Sweetwater pint glass.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 3/4 inch light brown head that bears great retention time before slowly winding down to a

S- Interesting aroma full of hops and mocha. Slightly musty with notes of pine, lightly roasted coffee and a tad of smoke.

T- Very different from other black IPAs I've had. The emphasis is mainly on the roasty malts than the hops though it is still bitter. The result is a more balanced black ale that's very straightforward in its execution and not very complex, though very drinkable.

M- Semi-bitey from the hops and mild booze. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A unique take on the Black IPA. Not as amazing as Bear Republic's other offerings but still quite tasty.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a bad price $7.99 for the bomber from Halftime beverage.

A - Well it's pitch black that's for sure with a 1/2 inch of fairly deep mocha head. If I didn't know any better I would think this is a stout.
S - Citrus and tropical hop sweetness mixed with some mild roasts and some cocoa poweder. It doesn't smell too roasty which is a surprise.
T - Balanced is the best way to describe it. Some citrus and piney hops, somewhat resinous clinging to the palate after each sip with a mild bit of chalky yeasts and a touch of roast. If anything I would say it could use more roast balance and give it more complexity but it's kind of good the way it is.
M -Smooth, hides the ABV well, a very well crafted Black IPA.

Overall it's a shame this is a limited thing it's a very smooth IPA with some roasty compliment taste. Nothing offense, or light about it just a damn good beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 531 ratings
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