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Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter) - Central City Brewing

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90
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 26
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The use of crystal malt lends to this beer’s flavour and colour profile. Packed with hops from the North West and United Kingdom this is our original take on the classic English bitter.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-13-2005)
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BasementBer:
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As mentioned elsewhere for Red Racer, still struggling with the pinup cartoon logo on the can as a man in a man's world and also in man's beer world. But as a ginger I guess warming up? onto beer.

A: Pleasing caramel color with a head of large bubbles. Lacing is consistent. Centralized carbonation that looks consistent.

S: Smells great, but very similar to the pale ale which was not totally pleasing for its metallic properties.

T: Very tasty bittering in both flavor and aroma. Far exceeds the half cooked pale ale, style aside. Bittering is varied yet remains throughout and doesn't die off in a hurry.

M: Carbonation drives the bitter resins throughout the palate as one would hope from an ESB, a feeling to stick with you.

D: I would definitely comeback to this one as an ale to cut the grease out of your tastebuds. Gets right to the heart of things...too bad its in a can.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 05:20:36 | More by BasementBer
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3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Two finger head that quickly fades. Really nice lacing

Smell:
Earthy, floral, orange peel

Taste:
Piney hops, orange peel, some faint bready flavors

Mouthfeel:
Dry, medium light body, medium high carbonation

Overall:
Lots to offer in the smell department but couldn't get a lot of flavors other than the piney hops. Appearance was really nice and mouthfeel was decent. Would definitely drink this one again!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 03:51:39 | More by MylesMac
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A : a dark amber pour with 1/2 finger of white head which dissipated rather quickly leaving a thin lace

S : lots of hops, fresh pine, some mango, quite floral

T : very nice, potent pine and hops, caramel malts, some orange/grapefruit citrus, a slight bitter finish

M : big body, higher carbonation, creamy and crisp

O : very tasty beer! this has a similar character to the red racer IPA but this seems more relaxed flavor/aroma wise, perhaps better balanced or 'better refined'. i would have a really hard time choosing one over the other as both are excellent!

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Manitoba (Canada)

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Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark amber, very appetizing look, slight head, decent lacing.

S - Very hoppy aroma, caramel on the nose as well.

T - Not what I was expecting, the hops are there, but are dominated the entire way by caramel and coffee flavors.

M - Very smooth, envelopes the taste regions, and leaves an appetite for more.

O - Red Racer has a taste, and they don't disappoint, it's crazy how a beer can be so similar, but be so different from the next in the lineup.

Serving type: bottle

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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass, Red Racer ESB is quite dark ... Looks like dark orange to brownish honey with a moderate amount of off-white head. Aroma is very assertive from a hops standpoint, mixed citrus (orange, tangerine, lime) and a caramel nutty sweetness to provide some degree of balance. This is certainly a hops-forward take on the ESB style, although there is a nutty, toasted malt character as well that does not need too much effort to ascertain. Mixed nuts (walnut, hazelnut), oil seed, and brown bread underlie a decent bouquet of floral and citrus-flavored/orange breakfast drink evoking West Coast hops ... Citrus rind and some mellow pine take the lead but the malts do add a toffee character that keeps things anchored within stylistic guidelines. Body and mouth feel both comfortably in the middle. Hopped like an American pale ale but with the malts of an English ale, including some classic earthy English hop character as well. Well-crafted but clearly North American influenced. Worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 21:22:55 | More by CalgaryFMC
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central City Brewing's 'Red Racer ESB' @ 5.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is a nice gold from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a good size off white head leaving a minimal streaky lace

S-big floral & citrus , hints of pine resin

T-big bold ESB , nice start , decent bitter finish

MF-ok medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-good beer , ok ESB , will be my go to mainland 'ESB' while it's available

prost LampertLand

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Alberta (Canada)

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Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Central City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.