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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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Reviews: 116 | Hads: 197
Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Beer Run, enjoyed on site and from a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a radiant golden sunset orange, bright and slightly hazed, but only slightly. A gentle pour yields one finger of dull tawny white head with average retention that - while not sticking around for long - does leave plenty of other stickage, with glittery, delicate stalactites dripping down the sides of the glass and hardening in to crusty snowflaked patterns. Slow and intermittent carbonation rises gently.

Aroma: Unabashed caramel and light toffee mingle with crackery and bready malts amidst a swarm of herbal, leafy, mildly astringent hop notes.

Taste: A sweet, crackery malt backbone - showcasing caramel and some honey sweetness - is dried out considerably by a good deal of herbal, tobacco-y, and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is mild, and mingles with the astringencies of the profile itself to mitigate a lot of the unattenuated sugars.

Mouthfeel: This beer's best aspect - a soft, creamy, almost pillowy mouth, with a body of moderate thickness and a nice subtle amount of carbonation. Works really well to mitigate the astringencies in the flavor profile and augment the lightly caramelized, whipped sugar aspects too.

Drinkability: A solid if not world class APA with a good flavor profile and spot-on procedural points. The hop profile could use a little variety, but its nonetheless a very drinkable, low-abv% brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is golden with a small white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

The scent is dominated by lemon. Quite unusual, but a nice clean smell. Hoppy but with a malty backbone.

Nice hoppy flavour. Light citrus fruit, lemon mainly. Some caramel malt behind. A bit grassy.

Medium bodied, overly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, quite tasty. A fairly unique and tasty APA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this at the liquor store, 355 ml can.

Pours a clear golden amber, very thick rocky head forms, slightly off white, lots of lace chunks on the glass, solid ring. Smell is nice, citrusy, mango, grapefruit, light fruitiness, caramel and biscuity malts, bread, sourdough almost, nice. Taste is good, quite malty although a bit undefined, dry toast and biscuit, lightly floral, decent bitterness but not a lot going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, nice drinkable beer. Aroma is nice but the flavour let me down a bit, still good stuff.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can opens with foam ready to pour right out, quickly caught it all in my glass, pours a golden color with a large foamy white head, fades fast at first but slows down, some patchy lacing.

Smell is a mix between sweet malt and some nice citrusy hops, hops more evident right after pouring but becomes more balanced in the aroma as time goes on.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation dances on the tongue, decent hop presence with accompanying bitterness, the bitterness lingers for a good long while, not picking up the citrus as much in the taste which is a shame.

Awesome label on the can, I wonder if I can get a poster of it (for the bicycle of course)...

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Photo of Otterburn
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Camping site, on Vancouver Island, right in front of the ocean.

Poured this cool labeled can into my camping plastic pint.. nice white head, the color of the beer is amber,orangish. medium carbonation

smell like sweet grapefruit.

Taste like sweet grapefruit. Kind of candy taste. It is bitter and sweet at the same time, smooth bitter after-taste.

mouthfeel was like a normal ipa, a bit sticky.

drinkability: I would like to drink more of theses, but i live 2000 miles away.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml can. Pours a clear vibrant copper colour, topped by a creamy loose-bubbled off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Earthy, dry malt on the nose, mild herbal hops with a more assertive presence of citrus.

The flavour is very balanced until well into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry toasty and earthy malt holds its own until leafy, herbal hops gain momentum on the finish, while grapefruit citrus waits to rise up in the aftertaste.

Smooth medium-light mouthfeel, carbonation is present but doesn't overwhelm.

All this adds up to a tasty session beer that isn't going to overwhelm your palate over the course of time. I still prefer the IPA from Central City, but this Pale Ale from them holds its own too.

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Photo of OskarL
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little hazy golden with a bit of copper color. A big white head that has quite good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Citrus, pines with some sweet maltiness.

The taste is very much like the weaker nose but here you can really taste it! With some bitterness in the finish.

Medium, smooth, a bit dry with good carbonation.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a fairly clear pale amber color with a small white head that's quite sticky with some light lacing. Nose is really solid, hoppy, fresh, floral and fruity a bit sweet as well

Taste is really well balanced and nice, it's got a light sweetness but it's quite hoppy and vegetal as well. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit dry but overall quite nice. A solid pale ale, but I'd skip this and go right for the IPA in the future.

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Photo of craytonic
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade. Not much head or lacing, pretty peach-amber pour. Aroma is light citrus / lemon grass / sweet grass with more hops than I expected. Taste is more sweet grass, less hops than I expected given the aroma, also a nice citrus element. Very refreshing. Some brewers would call it an IPA (hell bud might call it a DIPA knowing them). Good standard offering, if they had it at a beer this would be a solid session choice.

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Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red Racer Pale Ale is exactly halfway between gold and amber and can side with either depending on the intensity of the light behind it. The highlights are healthy and bright and drawn attention to the beer's spotless clarity. Its head lasted hardly a minute.

The aroma smells like a fresh-squeezed blend of orange and grapefruit juices, pulp and all. It is brazenly citric and laced with sticky pine resin notes as well. While it doesn't flex the muscle of an IPA it has similar qualities. Deep breathes manage to detect flowers and mint.

Like the aroma, the taste also contains intense flavours that are presented with a soft touch. Bubblegum-y fruit notes and oodles of citrus are again noted, shadowed still by resinous pine notes. They are lighter than anticipated though the bitterness they deliver is almost minty-herbal and sharp as shark teeth. Mind you, it's nothing a mainstream palate couldn't handle.

It's not all pure, fresh fruit mind you. A well toasted and toffee-sweet maltiness provides a biscuity crunch and soft caramel notes in the finish. It offers nice balance and impeccable structure. My only complaint, however, is that things wrap up quicker than I'd like them to; a premature curtain falls over the aftertaste. Hey! No encore?

Red Racer Pale Ale is designed with balance and commercial appeal in mind but also offers plenty to engage the hopheads that drool over the brewery's celebrated IPA (of which this is essentially a stunted version of). It would be delightful as a casual sipping ale at the pub or on a warm patio. Another solid offering from a former Canadian Brewery of the Year winner.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish banana like hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee along with a pleasant earthy and sweet citrus hop presence. I'm picking up pine needle as well as some pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel. The hop notes are there but the English barley/malt notes dominate here.

Medium bodied and much more hop forward than the aroma suggest. There is a good amount of bitterness with hints of earthy pine needle but this is balanced by slight sweet citrus and the malt backbone. Dry throughout and only slightly sweet with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone provides balance but is a tad too strong for my liking. Dry finish. Overall this beer is very well balanced, flavorful and pretty quaffable. One of the better examples of an APA(if you like them hoppy).

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice bright yellow color.

S- smell of fruity notes.Refreshing.

T- taste of hops not much malt as stated on the can. Fruity notes in the background. Very settle not over powering.

M- very creamy and smooth like Genny cream ale.

D- This is a nice beer from Canada very good to see other brewery beside the labatt's and Molsons in Canada hey.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a bright orange amber with a massive medium white head, constantly renewed by active carbonation. Fun to watch. Nice aroma of citrus hops, light citrus fruit, sweet malt. Muted flavor of citrus, hops, light malt, light fruit; finishes with a moderate dry hop kick. Light bodied. Pleasant and great aroma, but somewhat lightly flavored. Decent hop kick. Not too bad for a fall back low ABV ale.

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this can.

Pours a slightly hazed pale amber color, with about a finger of off white head. Keeps just a thin lace with moderate stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell has some citrus hops and a bready, lightly sweet malt base. Pretty straightforward.

Tastes basically like it smells, with a bready malt base, a light sweetness and subtle toasted flavor, plus some citrus and herbal hops. Straightforward fits the bill again, but the flavor is good.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slickness to it.

This is a solid and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a good beer for sure.

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a can is a clear copper beer. On top is a crown of rocky yet still frothy head about two inches in height.

Aroma: Out of the gate a good wave of citrus hop grapefruit notes. Sweet watermelon in the middle. In the end is a little bit of sweet malts that round it out very well.

Taste: For an American Pale Ale there is quite a rush of grapefruit notes and other citrus fruits. As for the malts those simply round it out rather well and sweeten it up a bit. The mouthfeel does have a good crispness to it as well.

Notes: Quite a solid beer all around of which can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can sample- pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Frothy head, minor soapy lacing. Nose- grapefruit pith, some malt sweetness. Taste- citrus (candied oranges), grapefruit, marmalade with a bready malt backbone. Crisp carbonation and nice body. Very drinkable

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well balanced PA from Central City. Good gold-coppe colour with a fluffy white head. The head settles quite quickly and leaves nice rings around my glass.

Nice malt smell, good balance on the hops. Bready taste, a little bit more towards the hops but there are enough hops to keep it interesting.

Little bit tangy on the mouth, maybe a bit high on the carbonation. Regardless, this is a nice session ale.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 6 pack can to pint glass.

A: Clear, orange with decent white head. Visible carbonation.

S: Pine. Mild orange. Slight maple syrup.

T: Nice mix of peppery and citrus (orange and grapefruit). Mild breadiness. Slight caramel.

M: Dry, sharp up front.

O: Very good pale ale and easy to drink.

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Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very well done classic pale ale with a good American hop presence and a balancing English malt body. Got this at the village idiot in Toronto in the original glass but a bit too cold.

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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper with large bubbles furiously scampering towards the great chunky, pillowy three inches of just off white head. Sticky lace and great retention.

Really like the nose on this one. Bready, biscuity malts, floral hops, with a tangy citrus note in the finish. A bit mineraly with hints of limestone.

A good pale ale. Nicely balanced with chewy malts in the middle. Toffee, biscuit, with a hint of cereal flavors. Hops are more towards earth and flower as citrus shows a twinge just at the very finish.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Prickly on the tongue and dry on the finish.

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Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, bright, golden-yellow body...a two finger, white head formed from the pour...it retained nicely and left some decent lacing

S - The hops stand out more than anything...the citrus presence makes this pale ale inviting...there is also a slight sweet malt aroma

T - The flavors came up kind of short for me...the flavors were good but just nothing special...the hops were sweet up front with the grapefruit and some lemon...the caramel malts rounded out the middle and there was a touch of grain to it as well...the hops provided a bitterness at the end that was pretty short

M - Medium bodied...on the lighter side...creamy with some hop residue...dry

D - I could drink more than one of these...it was very easy to drink...I just didn't find the flavor to blow me away

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-06-28 in Joliet, IL

A - Dark gold with a 1-finger offshore head.

S - Pretty fragrant. Fruity, sweet caramel and mild yeast.

T - Biscuit, mild caramel, light citrus, mild spice. Dries out nicely and leaves a light orange zest and malt flavor. Well-balanced.

M - Light body and med-high carbonation. Effervescent.

O - I like this brew. Not as flavorful as a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or a 21A Bitter American, but better than a Victory Headwaters. Very good for a low ABV brew; a style I am appreciating more lately.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, 5% abv. Golden color, with a fluffy white head. Some tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head trickles to a thin layer after a minute or two, leaving a few patches of lace.

Soft citrusy hop notes, with an English malt feel. Not overly hoppy in the nose, but a nice balance. Some fruity notes as well.

Nice lighter caramel malt feel. Not a great deal of sweetness. Citrusy and slightly earthy bitterness. Nice balance. Dries out at the finish.

Body is nice, with a nice amount of carbonation. Nothing outrageous, but very quaffable. Well done.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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