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

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 30
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 24.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: canucklehead on 07-06-2014

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 30
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +3.9%
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 -8.1%
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 -15.1%
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 +6.5%
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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