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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-24-2008

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.
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Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Always looking for good canned craft offerings... I like red racer ipa, so this was an easy decision when I saw a 6 pack for $9.99!!!

Poured into pint glass.
Dark yellow color-- almost like a dull gold. Almost white head hits about 1.5 fingers and has average retention and lacing.
Smells nice. Not blowing my mind, but certainly not offensive in any way! The beer has some malty sweetness up front with an earthy hop note kicking in the back end and dragging along some citrus as well.

The taste is right in line with the nose. The beer is relatively mild in terms of flavor, but that only helps make it insanely drinkable. This is a beer I will buy to bring out golfing or on the water. I could drink this all day-- due in part to a medium-light body and plenty of carbonation.

The bitterness is perfect, the beer is well balanced, and that results in a solid beer that I plan on buying again.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber with a 2 finger white head and tiny bubbles constantly fizzing to the top
S: smells slightly metallic with a tropical fruit note
T: slight grapefruitburst finishing with peach, pineapple, lemon, and a hint of bready malt
M: tiny bubbles constantly punching the tastebuds with flavor. Very light.
O: a decent brew. Should've waited for the can to get colder but I could see this as a staple in my fridge. At 5%, very sessionable and would be a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Consumed 11/30/09

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a sticky, foamy lacing at the edge of the glass. Transparent body. Mellow upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Light floral notes. Earthy. Subtle caramel sweetness.
T) From the beginning a great balance of malt and hops. The hops have a cannabis taste. Subtle grain taste. A nice lingering hop bite.
M) Fizzy. Fairly smooth. Medium body.
D) A delicious pale ale. Well done! Pour me another!

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost a straw to golden hue, with just a touch of haze, though it doesn't seem cool enough to be a chill-haze. It doesn't suffer much, though. The head retention is pretty great, though... it forms about a finger tall, falls to about half that, and just stays there, nice and creamy, over the brew.

S + T: The aroma and flavour of this come across a little more like an English styled pale ale to me than an American, as described on the style here, simply for the malt balance. A strong malty backbone brings out a toasty character behind an herbal and citrus hop profile. Lovely balance, with just the right hop kick. I'm definitely a fan!

M + D: Medium body, smooth drinking, almost a bit of a creamy type of finish on it. I'm shocked I didn't take the time to imbibe in this earlier, but it will certainly join the rotation of brews to return to... quality craftsmanship, and certainly recommended - especially on a great summer day after a long week of work!

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can brought back from Vancouver.
Blue-green background, with a cute redhead flying downhill on her red racer bicycle. The wind is blowing up her red skirt exposing white nylons and garter, but enough about the picture...
Pours clear golden color, tight white head, good retention and nice lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma, citru, pine, grass. Some fruity flavors, but lots of hoppy bite, grapefruit, pine resin, nice amount of bitterness. Lots of malt to balance and hold everything together. Medium body, good carbonation. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. Good hop flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay, Red Racy is back and still in a CAN! The last time I was with our full-bodied lass, she and her Schwinn Flyer were bringing me a Lager. Now, she also has a Pale Ale and a few seasonals, plus she has not given up on her skirt. I have even convinced the Old Lady of the importance of stockings, a garter belt and a skirt, which she has agreed to on occasion. Love craft beer in a CAN!

From the CAN: "Red Racer Classic Pale Ale is hand-crafted in small batches using Mariss Otter barley from England and hops from Washington's Yakima valley. This big and bold pale ale has a citrusy aroma and a full, malty body, giving it a distinctive character that will inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us. A good choice paired with any favourite meal. 'Cheers!'"

I got an easy two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head from the pour. The color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The CAN got it right as far as the nose was concerned - full-on grapefruit! Mouthfeel was medium with a crisp hop bite on the tongue. Finish initially remained hoppy but gave way to a lingering malty sweetness, striking a nice balance. This definitely goes into my cooler! Welcome back, Red Racy!

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Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a strapping young redhead on a bike. Newer can than pictured.

It pours a clear orange with a nice white head.

The smell is great. Pure citrus lemony goodness. There is a hint of what may be simcoe in there as well.

The flavor is light but interesting. Nice citrus and light fruits with a nice hint of piney bitterness on the back end. The ale equivalent of a "helles" lager.

This brewery has 2 gems in its lineup, hopefully the US sees more.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Good two-finger head. Leaves an initial ring of lace. Light amber color and crystal clear.

Slightly toasted malt aroma. Good balancing hop that makes for an overall attractive smell.

The only detraction I can fin is the below average body. Otherwise, this is a solid pale ale offering. Good pale malt flavors without any raw grain flavors. The hop is judicious, not overwhelming. The aftertaste is lasts without being a bitter bomb. A good day-by-day pale ale.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Canada Day beer swap thinking it was the IPA, needless to say I was pleased for the opportunity to try out a new Central City bevy!

A - Pours a crystal clear golden copper colour, a finger of white bubbly head which slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of head which holds strong. No real lacing left behind.

S - Leafy greens, pine and cedar sprigs and a bit of bready malt on the finish. I also noticed a slight 'weed' scent to this one.

T - There's some nice pine citrus hops right off the top and the bready malt comes through nicely on the finish. A bit of a deep fried batter flavour lingers on the tongue. Delicious balance, and the noticeable hop presence makes this a wonderful full bodied pale ale.

M - Light and bubbly and goes down incredibly smooth. Given the hop presence I was expecting something a little more dry, but this one finished really nicely leaving your palette craving more and more!

D - I could toss back a dozen of these no problem. A delicious sessionable bevy which packs the perfect amount of flavour allowing you to enjoy several without overloading your tastebuds.

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Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass may5 2010

A clear light golden with a decent amount of carbonation floating up to a two finger head that has pretty good retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S like the can says a fair bit of citrus with a little sweet malt

T again citrus with a good amount of malt to balance things out a bit, it's a little earthy rather enjoyable

M good carbonation and it's thick enough to please

D not lacking in any area and I could drink a large number of them in a sitting so that says something

another thank you to Moniker for this one, a solid beer good all around. I found out today that this will be in Alberta next week along with the IPA that I loved so let the good times roll

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Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good golden copper color with nice bubbling and an off-white head of two fingers. The head retains to a nice layer of foam and leaves some lacing too.

The aroma has a sweet orange and lime aroma with just a little cereal grain. Bitter and a little sweet, very enticing aroma.

The taste is also sweet citric from the start to the middle, and fades a little on the finish. The finish has more hop bitterness and some delicate toasty characteristics.

Great session beer with a bubbly, resiny palate.

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Photo of marty21
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear very deep golden almost orange. Has a creamy white one-finger head that settles to a thin cap. Leaves pretty good lacing throughout.

S: Lots of citrus and hops. Smells great. I almost thought it was an IPA from the aroma.

T: Up front I get the citrus and hops and then it moves to a caramel malt taste. It finishes pretty dry and bitter.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This is the first time I've had any Red Racer beers and I'll for sure be looking for a lot more of them. This would make a great session beer. I enjoyed everything about the beer from the can's design to the taste. I'll be picking up some more of this for sure.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with a fluffy white head, which leaves decent lacing as it slowly recedes. A surprising amount of citrus in the aroma get me thinking about IPA, but the taste tells a different story. The citrus is far less prominent, and a nice bready malt body comes to the fore. There is a pleasant bitterness also, but its not as dominant as it would be in an IPA. Medium-light body, with prickly carbonation accentuating the bittering.

This is a very solid pale ale, with great balance. Nice and drinkable - I could imagine sessioning this in warmer weather.

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Photo of IllNate
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poors a somewhat cloudy dim gold. Finger of head subsides to lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and citrus hops primarity. Similar to the IPA offering.

T - Hoppy indeed. Again dominated by citrus hop and also similar to the Red Racer IPA. More subdued though. Here the malt is allowed to come through. The fruity esters are also noticeable. I have it on good authority that they use ESB 1968 yeast for this.

M - Quite nice. Very smooth and ample body.

D - Highly drinkable.

Excellent for a PA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool to see this beer in cans and in private stores in Vancouver. Came as part of mixed six pack with the wheat and the lager as well.

Nice dark gold colour with good head. Hop nose with some cereal. The beer is a solid APA with a decent amount of hops ( not as hoppy as Blue Buck from Phillips but hoppier than Whistler). the beer has a slight sweetness to it but the finish is good with a nice balance. This is one my go to session beers for this summer.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with lots of foamy head that slowly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of hops, various fruit, caramel and grass.

Taste consists of mainly of hops; Also consists of grapefruit and other various fruit, grass, caramel, bread and citrus. Pretty flavorful combination and well balanced. Light bodied with high carbonation. Finish is a bitter, hop taste.

This is a decent APA; it's light but manages to be very flavorful and refreshing. Hopefully this is sold in Calgary come summertime. Worth a try.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright-ish orange, lots of carbonation bubbles. White head becomes a slight cap and ring, not much lacing left.

Smell is not extremely potent, but it's all about the hops. Grassy, herbal, citrus.

Taste is also big on the hops but has more of a malt balance than the nose. A good mix of grassy, earthy, citrus and maybe a bit of floral. Warm bready malt is most present in the finish. Mouthfeel is light but good body for 5%, kinda high bitterness would effect sessioning it though.

A nice beer to have in a can, price is a bummer but I wouldn't mind picking this up now and then.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times over the years and I always enjoyed it. A very crisp and clean, easy-to-drink pale ale but with more than the standard amount of hops that gives it a real kick. I truly think it's delicious and you oughta check it out!

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Photo of chickenm
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head with decent retention. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma of hops and caramel malt. Balanced taste with some sweet malt and citrusy, earthy hops. Medium-light bodied with an average mouthfeel; this is a tad overcarbonated. This beer didn't amaze me or anything like Central City's IPA did, but this is a still a very solid, drinkable Pale Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can, another from the 2010 Central City summer mixed pack, courtesy of the Merrit, BC guv'ment store.

This beer pours a mildly hazy copper amber hue, with three fingers of rather puffy, foamy, and rocky white head, which leaves some layered, patchy, and streaky lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of gritty grapefruit and orange rind, pine resin, biscuity, bready caramel malt, lightly tannic tea, and a further suggestion of muddled tropical fruit. The taste is more malty up front, the biscuity, grainy caramel malt holding sway, until the mildly acerbic pine needle, leafy, and blended domestic (for BC, that is) citrus hops come smugly crashing back through the door. There does still seem to be a bit of that musty tea essence from the aroma, as well.

The carbonation is moderate, bobbing up and down in its playful frothiness, the body on the light side of medium weight, and low-grade smooth, the tanginess of the hops kind of spoiling the party here. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the malt and hops aiding and abetting the cause, crisp, and surprisingly peppery, almost evoking a conflict of ideals, for some reason.

A nicely rendered, hoppy, but not overly so, American pale ale, the old world malt doing well to provide at least the semblance of balance. Despite a few minor hiccups to the contrary, no one will mistake this for an IPA, at least if they are familiar with its more (in)famous big brother. Worthy of a try for its own merits, however.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from the summer mixed 6 pack at the Ottawa LCBO for $12.55

Appearance - Clear amber with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and honey dew melon sweetness. It ends with a fairly hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A superb highly flavourful yet highly drinkable brew. It has most the flavour found in their IPA but scaled down booze. A great every day beer and extra convenient in the small can.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint served on tap at the Bier Markt in Toronto. Served cold into a Red Racer pint glass.

Appearance - Bright orange and amber color, clear with plenty of lively bubbles. Topped by a bout two fingers of dense frothy white head with great retentions and sheets of lacing around the side of the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit, Pine and other citrus dominate, not nearly to the effect of their IPA, but nevertheless a substantially citrus based aromatic pale ale.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose; citrusy with grapefruit and some orange shining through more than others. Some pine mixed in for good measure and a faint sweet caramel base to keep everything balanced.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, keeps the tastebuds prickling. Smooth feel and fairly light body give the intensity of the beer.

Overall - A great pale ale enhanced by the fact it was on tap. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of astout
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say I just love this brewery I am yet to be disappointed and this is proving to be one of my favourite session beers.

Pours a rich burnt orange colour with moderate head and relatively high carbonation.

Aromas of caramel roasted malt but with a lot of hops slowly taking over.

Good amount of caramel sweet malt but gets dried out by the generous amount of hopping and finishes quite dry. I get a lot more of a grapefruity hop profile than I do from their IPA and I really like it.

Possibly a little over carbonated for my taste but definitely not to the point of distraction, if I had it on tap I imagine this would be even better, looks like I need to plan a trip to Surrey :(.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a rocky, bright white cap. Clumpy lace, good head retention. Nice combination of malt and hops in the nose. Fruity aroma, mild grapefruit, citrus, biscuit, bit of caramel. Comparable flavour with a solid bitterness carrying through the finish. Lingering hops. Medium to light bodied and a bit dry, plenty of carbonation but it stayed fairly soft. Solid pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops that doesn't stray into IPA territory and makes for an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with two finger's worth of rocky white head that leaves some great lacing.

S: Mildly sweet citrus hops up front, mostly oranges, a light sweetness to the malt, and a fair amount of bread character. Pretty much what you expect from a pale ale.

T: Maybe leaning a bit more toward the bread side of things with a slight sweetness of caramel. The hops are again mostly orange flavored with a bit of an earthy spice note in there as well. The bitterness is fairly mild.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

D: I think the IPA is probably a bit better. I liked this one a fair amount, and it works well as your standard pale ale.

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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.