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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 27
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Fader
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of artemh
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LampertLand
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of beertunes
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear, medium amber color with about 1/2 inch of khaki colored head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was very good, earthy grains and nicely even malts. Some gentle hop aroma around the edges added a bit of a tang. The flavors were pretty much the same, just a lot more fully developed. The grains and malt were nicely earthy while remaining clean. The hops provided just enough zest to keep the beer interesting throughout the glass.

The medium body was crisp, clean and smooth, with a pleasantly dry finish. Drinkability was very good, bordering on excellent, I could have immediately drank a few more of these. Overall, an exceptionally well built example of the style, a style which in the hands of many North American brewers just becomes "IPA Light". A must try if you see it, and worth some effort to obtain.

Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Central City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.