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

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Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 29
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 10-13-2005

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.
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 46
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Piney hops for an ESB. Good but not great.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

This is a very worthwhile beer. It pours with a nice foamy head, plenty of initial carbonation that settles out nicely. The lacing and appearance at the midpoint of a glass reminds me of my first encounters with bitter in English pubs. Lots of pine and caramel in the overall flavour mix, with a nice a nice bitter finish. It is definitely more of a North American ESB (it reminds me of RedHook ESB, which is a good thing in my books.)

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Two finger head that quickly fades. Really nice lacing

Earthy, floral, orange peel

Piney hops, orange peel, some faint bready flavors

Dry, medium light body, medium high carbonation

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Central City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.