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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by BasementBer:
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%
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
More User Reviews:
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kevinlater

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2014 02:22:06 | More by kevinlater
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Ericbeech_87

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-26-2014 14:56:24 | More by Ericbeech_87
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-12-2014 04:44:50 | More by IanSpindler
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-07-2014 16:17:53 | More by YamagamiTravis
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 04:59:44 | More by leaddog
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-21-2014 02:21:05 | More by Beervana
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Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-11-2014 00:33:37 | More by Tivlavrie
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-17-2014 19:01:50 | More by beerhunter13
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peacefrog70

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-05-2014 22:37:51 | More by peacefrog70
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-22-2014 02:51:26 | More by FadetoBock
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:16:31 | More by CalgaryFMC
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-11-2014 15:05:23 | More by DamageCase76
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-08-2014 04:30:01 | More by 604growler
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crooksb2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-04-2014 19:49:34 | More by crooksb2
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-18-2013 04:53:14 | More by OKCNittany
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-14-2013 09:07:56 | More by Exeter
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

12-10-2013 15:48:25 | More by rogerdandy
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 08:41:22 | More by Olek4374
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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-13-2013 05:47:08 | More by deNevers
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2013 02:31:37 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

09-21-2013 22:54:38 | More by KStark
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New recipe, now hopped with Citra.

A: Honey amber liquid with a 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly but left a nice lacing.

S: Tea, flowers and lemon.

T: Lemon, tea, blueberries, lime, apricot over a nicely balanced malt backbone that balances sweetness and dryness just perfectly.

M: Medium viscosity and somewhat drying in the finish with a medium level of carbonation.

O: World class pale ale. This new recipe is a great little brother to the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:07:30 | More by DaftCaskBC
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-16-2013 04:15:26 | More by gloryhole
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can into a pint glass.

A: two to three finger head. Amber gold in color.

S: citrus hops, and some coriander.

T: grapefruit hops and malt. Definite bitterness present but a nice finish.

M: medium carbonation and dry finish. Nice.

O: a nice pale ale. Good summer drinking. Milder than their IPA and I quite like this. I'd have it again.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 18:39:59 | More by polloenfuego
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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
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