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Red Racer Copper Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Copper AleRed Racer Copper Ale

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 22.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KStark on 06-16-2014

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16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG.

This beer appears a clear, glassy medium, well, copper (right?) amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random windblown palm tree lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, sugary white grapes, a flinty stoniness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is biscuity, crackery, and still pretty sweet caramel malt, more musky white wine must, wet earth, and leafy, weedy hops.

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Simply being drinkable and off-flavour-free puts Central City's version of the much-maligned copper ale well ahead of the pack, even if it's not particularly earth-moving. They can thank any number of their other offerings for said expectation, but that's hardly the worst problem to have.

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Pours a bright, clear copper-amber colour, capped off with one finger of creamy off-white head. It lasts for the better part of five minutes, steadily wilting down; the eventual remnants are a thin collar of froth and some foamy film on the surface. Minimal lace. Looks like a pretty typical amber ale, and the aroma does nothing to dissuade me of this preconception - lightly-toasted malts provide some bready/biscuity notes, with an accompanying caramel sweetness. Hints of marmalade and overripe orchard fruit also figure in, with a subtle, leafy bitterness loitering in the background.

Nothing here to get excited about, but it's fine for what it is - a clean-tasting, no-frills amber ale. Munich malts provide a bready, biscuity backbone for the flavour profile; lightly toasted, with a restrained caramelized sugar sweetness. There is a hint of orchard fruitiness mid-sip, but it is a lot less pronounced than on the nose. Finishes with some tea-leafy hop dryness that lingers on into the aftertaste, fading gradually. Light in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate. It feels crisp on the palate and goes down quite smoothly; this is the sort of beer I'd probably buy in multiples of two, because the first can will be empty sooner than expected.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Of the Central City beers I've tried so far, Red Racer Copper Ale is probably my least-favourite - but as an amber ale, it still gets the job done. I could see this making an excellent gateway craft beer for consumers who are just starting to dip their feet, e.g. the recent Rickard's and Sleeman converts. It's better than those beers, of course - much cleaner and balanced, with an actual noticeable hop presence - but there's nothing here likely to shock the palates of the uninitiated. Seasoned BAs may find it to be a bit of a bore, but there's plenty of room in the marketplace for beers of this nature. I'd buy it again, but not regularly.

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A clear golden orange, not as dark as copper anyways, lots of bubbles and tiny particles throughout, short lived finger of foam leaves a few random patches of lace

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Red Racer Copper Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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