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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: 24
Gots: 6 | 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:
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1stOffender

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-18-2013 06:29:02 | More by 1stOffender
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-16-2013 13:49:27 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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VonDooom

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-16-2013 18:35:33 | More by VonDooom
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-10-2013 18:36:48 | More by jrempel
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-07-2013 04:19:40 | More by ericj551
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sclitch

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-28-2013 15:08:26 | More by sclitch
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2013 21:46:10 | More by IanSpindler
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beertunes

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-23-2013 23:16:13 | More by beertunes
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-21-2013 02:10:21 | More by KStark
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-11-2013 19:29:22 | More by JonnyBeers
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2012 02:05:14 | More by KalanM
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robuncorked


4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-18-2012 21:25:53 | More by robuncorked
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Stizz19


4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-04-2012 01:28:10 | More by Stizz19
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark clear amber poured with 1 finger of creamy thick head.After a sip or 2 the head calms to a thin cap of delicate bubbles.

S: Pine resin & grapefruit rind similar to the Red Racer IPA, but balanced out with caramelized sugar & malts. the IPA has a

T: Up front with hoppy pine resin but lacking the floral notes in the RR IPA. Some hints of toffee and malts.

M: Active carbonation pricks initially and then calms down. The body feels light and a little thin. With a reasonable show of malts in both the scent and the taste I was hoping for a thicker mouth feel

O: A hop forward E.S.B.typical of the Red Racer taste. If you enjoy the Red Racer IPA this E.S.B is akin to the masculine version of the IPA, with stronger pine and deeper malts, lacking the floral scent and taste.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 03:10:38 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from kjyost in a recent trade. Cheers!

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head is a touch loose perhaps, but fades slowly to a nice, full wisp. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Quite hoppy for the style. Citrus and orange notes, lemon, and some toffee malt aromas. A touch of butterscotch as well, but this is quite hop forward for the style. The ESB is there, but it's more of a hoppy ale than anything. Still nice, however.

TASTE: Taste follows the nose, but the malty sweetness makes a better showing here. A touch of toffee up front, but unfortunately a little empty in flavor before the swallow. The flavor picks up afterwards with more toffee, butterscotch, dark bread and soem light floral notes at teh finish. Bold and persistent aftertaste os sweet butterscotch, bread, and some floral hop bitterness.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: This was nice, but a little too hoppy for the style perhaps, especially in the nose. It's like this one wants to be an IPA but unwantingly got "ESB" stamped on it. The palate needs to be stepped up as well. Still, and enjoyable beer, but in the name of honesty, I think I'll stick with their IPA from now on. Especially if I can get their imperial IPA again. Cheers!

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 07:15:06 | More by Jeffo
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy caramel/toffee colour, with tonnes of off-white head. Good lacing.

Caramel and biscuit malt is upfront in the nose, nice complemented with grassy, floral hops. Some pine, a touch of citrus.

Taste follows the nose. Biscuity, caramel malt, with pine, citrus (orange) and grassy flavours. Nice.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit chewy.

Overall, another good one from Central City. Seems to be a pretty reliable set of beers.

Serving type: can

07-11-2012 19:46:49 | More by jrenihan
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: can, poured into glass. One and a half finger head. Red/orange colour, very nice. 

Smell: hops. (I assume that's what the smell is, reminds me of I'll scrapper or flying monkeys netherworld. 

Taste/Feel: a lot like lil scrapper, very bitter. Not a fan of the bitter beers, so this might be slightly biased. Creamy, more drinkable than most bitters i've had, but can't taste much flavour past the bitterness. 

Overall: Decent, not that drinkable for me. If you're not a fan of bitter, not for you. If you are, try it.

Serving type: can

07-09-2012 00:16:36 | More by joefinnigan15
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thefullpython


4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-07-2012 02:09:54 | More by thefullpython
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-01-2012 19:43:27 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-09-2012 02:15:06 | More by bumchilly25
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beerhaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-08-2012 02:55:50 | More by beerhaver
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-16-2012 03:06:45 | More by cletetron
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-20-2012 10:13:17 | More by schopenhauerale
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed pack that my uncle brought for me when visiting.

Poured from a 355ml. can, canned Nov. 1, 2011 (Lot K0111).

Appearance: A brass colored body with 3 fingers of foam, a bit lopsided and with good lacing.

Smell: Biscuity, malty, hops and ripe fruit.

Taste: Only a few drops on my tongue and i taste immediately orange & grapefruit. Further tasting reveals the plush fruit mixed with some earthiness. Quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Gritty just a tad, solid with just the right amount of dryness & bitterness.

Overall: A well balanced ESB that exemplifies the style. One of the best of its class.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 01:56:16 | More by papat444
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-06-2012 17:31:21 | More by EnemyWithin
Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter) from Central City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.