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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewing

Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%


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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Reviews by BasementBer:
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, I cant say I'm not impressed or sold by the token pin-up redhead with stockings, garter, and cleavage riding a hipster bike. If this beer sucks I'm gonna hate it even more so. And just for the record: can...wtf.

A: Quite light in color and a particularly large white head of foam. Lacing all over. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Smells great for a pale ale, smells like hops and hoping the taste measures up.

T: Stale. Dont know what hops they are referring to from Yakima Valley but im guessing palisade and that has never been a favorite of mine in this style or from that region. The bitter finishes late and short which is fine for a pale ale, but the flavoring hops doesnt really grab me.

M: Carbonation is heavy here, possibly cause its a can and it gets shook up in ones bag on the walk home, BUT it has a good mouthfeel that lingers long enough between quaffs.

D: I would go back to this over standard lager, as is my disposition to style. But, the hop flavoring is more metallic than I would like preventing any real pondering.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 04:24:42 | More by BasementBer
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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.

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Appearance: It's been so long since I had a beer that produced this much lace. It's like the rings of Saturn here, as the finger and a quarter of head stayed around. The body is a clear light amber that has a bit of gold in it. I was going to say a finger and a quarter of head is a bit low, but given it was a small can and not a tallboy, I'm going to let it slid on this one.

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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.