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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewing

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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hand-crafted using Mariss Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima valley. This big bold pale ale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-24-2008)
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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

Slimpack, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

fostachild, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

S_Dal, Aug 07, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

16oz draft pour at bier markt mississauga

a: slightly hazy amber-copper. one and a half fingers of off-white head that leaves ridiculous lacing

s: peach, grapefruit, pine, malt. great aroma

t: peachy pine up front, then some grapefruit notes. leads into a really nice caramel malt backbone. simple but incredibly flavourful

m: medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation

o: an excellent pale ale. showcases vibrant hop flavours while also being really balanced

kevinlater, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

IanSpindler, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

YamagamiTravis, Jun 07, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of grapefruit rind.

Taste - Nice hit from the citrus hops followed by the tropical fruits and caramalts. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness and the hint of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A spot on APA from Central City with a great citrus hop profile and a supporting caramalt backbone. This is definitely a winner amongst hopheads like myself.

leaddog, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Beervana, May 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Tivlavrie, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

beerhunter13, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

peacefrog70, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

FadetoBock, Jan 22, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a bomber into a London Pride pint glass. A nice mellow honey amber color, just grading into red territory, with aggressive carbonation ... Huge white head that maintains shape well. Aroma is potent, with massive pine, grapefruit, guava and marijuana hop notes along with another spicy green character that recalls mustard greens. Reminds me of this brewery's pilsener albeit with more sweet malts to provide balance. Palate is similarly bold, tons of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and mandarin citrus rind, fresh pine and weed resin ... The hops trump the malts here. The latter do provide a semi-sweet grainy backdrop that reminds me of brick oven pizza crust along with a touch of caramel and marmalade. There is a tinge of diacetyl and the finish becomes more mellow and fruity after such an aggressive start. Dank, weedy, and piney for a pale ale, hopped like a full-on IPA but less floral than Red Racer IPA proper. Does translate into a pretty balanced experience as the malts gain traction. One of those beers that evolves in real time as you drink. This almost reaches the lofty heights of its IPA stablemate and the relative absence of floral and tropical flavors actually renders the pine more noticeable. Its official, Central City is tied with Phillips as my favorite Western Canadian beer peddler. Keep up the good work guys.

CalgaryFMC, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

604growler, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

crooksb2, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

OKCNittany, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Exeter, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

I picked up a can of this a while back and am just now getting to it. I don't think the beer has suffered though.
Colour is a mellow orange with a creamy looking head, especially for a pale ale.
The aroma is certainly noticeably hoppy with some grapefruit notes like the ipa from the same brewery.

Taste is really nice, not overly hoppy, and with a pleasant sweetness to it.
Finish is clean with a light carbonation on the tongue.

Great stuff.

Olek4374, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

deNevers, Nov 13, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear deep gold with a frothy white head. Patches of foam coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is lemon, orange and tropical fruit hops and a light biscuit malt character. Some light citrus, lemon drop candy and guava mixes with a cookie dough, somewhat anemic maltiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a sparse, prickly carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with a light metallic, soapy flavor (definitely not my freshly washed and dried Sam Adams glass) that doesn't ruin the beer, but distracts a bit.

Overall a decent Pale Ale, just a bit stayed and with a distinct astringency, possibly from yeast or temperature. Still worth trying.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 09, 2013
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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.