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Red Racer India Style Red Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canucklehead on 07-06-2014

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 41
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep reddish bronze with a bubbly wispy head that leaves behind big ridges and chunks of lace. Caramel, crystal malt, grapefruit and rye bread in the nose. The taste is malty with a toffee sweetness and some toastyness. Citrusy hops shine through the sturdy malt profile to provide some balance. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied , with a textured, subtle carbonation. The finish is medium bitter with lingering malt flavors.

This is a nice red ale. Complex malt profile with good hop balance. Could be a bit more bitter and less sweet though. This worth a try.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into a nonic pint.

Bright amber colour. Not much head. Plenty of lacing.

Piny hop aroma. Some sweet malt too.

Slightly more bitter than I expected. Lots of pine up front. Backed with some fruity Centennial/Cascade hop complexity. A bit more malt sweetness than the standard IPA, but it's not a malt-forward beer.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

This is another excellent beer from Red Racer. I can see myself picking this up a lot when I'm looking to drink something a bit lighter than my beloved Red Racer IPA -- the ISA in the summer, this in the winter. I'm a little surprised to learn that they once called this an ESB, as it's so clearly a West Coast-style North American beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 2 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a vibrant, deep ruby red-copper colour, topped off with a finger of frothy, off white-coloured head. It dissipates slowly over the next five-plus minutes, depositing an uninterrupted curtain of lacing as it recedes. A messy, foamy cap and collar remain. Grainy, bready malts and caramel sweetness on the nose, with added notes of pine resin, muddled grapefruit and some leafy, floral hops.

Taste follows the nose fairly closely; reminiscent of their regular IPA, albeit much more malt-forward. Bready malts, caramel and biscuit sweetness come through at first, but as one might expect the hops take over the back end. Grapefruit, clementine, pine resin and a hint of pineapple, developing into a more floral, dank bitterness at the finish. Fruity, bittersweet aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-medium in body, with middling carbonation levels and a smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. Red Racer's India Style Red Ale doesn't quite match up to their flagship IPA, but it's still a very well-made amber ale. It's my understanding that they used to call this an ESB, and I for one am glad that they re-branded it, because it has very little in common with other examples of that style - this is an American-style beer, through and through, and there's no point trying to pass it off as anything else. Worth a try if you're presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of portwood
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: caramel, grassy hops, tangerine.
Taste: good carbonation, caramelized sugars, grapefruit.
Finish: bittersweet, orange rind, resiny/dry finish.
(canned 03/02/16)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with solid citrus hops notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes offset by some dominated citrus oriented hops notes. Boyd is light with good carbonation. Not really close to an Irish ale or and ESB considering the amount of hops in this beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Craft Kitchen, Vancouver.
Pale amber with solid tan cream. 4
Lots of caramel, lots of tangerine. 4
Toffee and bread crust, a speck of chocolate malt, then old school orange rind, rosin, and herb. 4
Almost medium, chewy, round. 4

More England than California - almost a new wave UK special bitter. Probably too much chocolate, too. Resiny hops more than aroma or IBUs. Pretty far from Red Rocket, either way.
But hey, plenty of hops, smooth, and well-constructed. 4

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Photo of RStansel
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big whack of grapefruit zest and candied mango on the nose, with a hint of sweet basil. The malts peek out on the mid-palate with a little sweet, toasty character that finishes resinous and dry. An IPA-lover's red ale.

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Photo of DectipiNick9564
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Had this out of a bottle poured into a pint glass. Smelled extremely promising with the hop-forward smell, but when I tasted it, it was terrible. It started with a nice hoppy bitterness, but there was a funky flat taste behind it that made it undrinkable. I couldn't even finish it. Maybe a dud bottle, I might try again, but first impression definitely not good. It's nowhere near their Imperial IPA

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebranded Red Racer ESB , this is now being called a red ale and is available in 500ml cans sold individually at both private and gov stores. I really like being able to buy this beer in single cans as it offers up a hoppy red ale with British sensibilities. Not really a true ESB due to the high hopping this is more at home being listed and branded as a red ale. Lots of mouthfeel and a solid malt backbone anchor the hops making it a great example of the American red ale style. The British notes are in the type of hops and malt but this is still very much a PNW beer.( Here is a quote from Gary Lohin about the beer)

Hi, it’s Gary from Central City. This decision was a tough one for me, but the truth is the beer wasn’t selling that much, no matter how many awards we won. After talking to Dick Cantwell from Elysian Brewing about his ESB, another multiple award winning beer, he said “we hardly sell any of it anymore”. So I ask everyone in Blogland, “How do we get a great beer into the consumers hands?” Well a tough decision is to re-brand it. Does anyone remember the great Shaftbury ESB? Well it got re-branded to Paul and Tim’s original recipe. WTF? Our beer isn’t a true ESB in the English sense anyways, and the awards it’s won in the World Beer Cup came under the North American ESB style category. So what’s worse. re-branding a great beer, or not having the public drink that great beer? I’ll leave it up to you to decide, but this decision to re-brand was not taken lightly, and was one that was debated for a very long time. I encourage replies an thoughts. no matter which side you’re on, but the committment to quality will never decline as long as I run the brewery.

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Red Racer India Style Red Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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