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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 117 | Hads: 199
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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Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before August 2nd 2013.

A - Pours light copper and bright. One finger white soapy head. Strong carbonation. Good spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus. 'C' hops. Some grass. Nice citrussy aroma. Pineapple and grapefruit with some toffee or bread.

T - Citrus again. Less complex than the aroma. More bready/malty than aroma would lead you to believe. Possible diacetyl. Milder hop character than expected.

M - Decent bitterness. with a really drying feel. Good carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Not a bad pale. Does the job it intends to. I don't think this is too special, but it's a good one. Too malty in the flavour for my tastes in the style.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of fluffy sporadic head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Light scent of hops, pine and malt.

Nice light hop taste. Subtle caramel malts playing at the back. Very smooth and balanced. Wet finish. No real aftertaste.

Not an amazing beer, but a very solid one. Easily drinkable, straightforward and refreshing. Nice gateway beer for introducing people to, before introducing them to more hopped beverages. Given out a few of these and most recipients have been fairly receptive and appreciative.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rock solid APA that dances on the edges of its ISA and IPA cousins. I found this in a "Reign of Hops" mixer pack that disappeared quite agreeably over a weekend. The caramalt, citrus and pine set this apart from its brethren and make for a very pleasant drinking experience. If you are a fan of Pale Ales that lean to the citrusy evergreen spectrum of hoppiness, you will enjoy this beer.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale copper. Two fingers of head dissipating to about half a centimetre. Smell is fruity - grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit. I can also pick up the sweetness of the pale malts.

I don't usually like pale ales, but I'm enjoying this one. It's on the hoppier side - like their IPA turned down a few notches. Body on the lighter side.

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Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with a big, foamy white head. The retention is good and big pieces of lace cling to the glass at random. A Belgian-esque cloud stays atop the ale.

S- Hops come to mind first but not as much as an IPA. They lend a ton of floral notes and some citrus. With the hops comes a good caramel and biscuity malt backbone.

T- A pale ale for sure. Noticeable but not overbearing hop profile. Floral, earthy and citrus notes mostly. Light caramel malt provides a good backdrop and is slightly bready.

MF- Light body with moderate carbonation. Creamy enough to support the pale ale flavors. Slight bitterness.

DB/Conclusion- A solid beer for sure but nothing amazing. This would be a nice session brew and probably a good one to introduce to craft newbies. Good balance and well-rounded, worth a shot.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the IPA and it was great. Now on to the pale to see how it compares. Pales are very hit or miss with me usually, either they made a great pale ale, or it just doesn't do it for me. Well, here's hoping. And the can really makes things great.

A: Pours a nice 1 finger perfectly white frothy big-bubbled head that fades quickly. Brilliantly clear amber pale orange color that lets you see all the little bubbles rising to the top.

N: A nice but light malt aroma dominates due to the lack of much else. A light crisp ale like aroma quenches my thirst before I even tasted it. A light hop aroma with some citrus and possibly lemongrass comes through as well.

T: Its got a pale malt (mariss otter) taste to start, then followed with some light hops that bring some citrus, juicy fruits, slight pine, and a little floral tastes. Pretty light tasting overall. Some light refreshing qualities and some fruit, I think some apricot.

M: Pretty light, crisp and refreshing, a medium body overall, pretty high on the carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and bitter. The bitterness really shines through at the end and accompanies some sticky malt tastes. Some more citrus and earthy hop flavors linger on the tongue. It keeps me burping with its copious carbonation, reminding me that there really were some hops in there.

Final thoughts: Its OK, not close to as good as the IPA. Somewhat light to start, but the hop flavor, bitterness, and stickiness really overpower at the end. It tries to be two different beers, starting with a light mild crisp tasting semi floral and citrus hoppy pale, then it turns into a much stronger sticky hoppy, bitter, and slightly earthy pale. I almost feel it should have found it's niche and gone with it, but crosses too many thresholds and doesn't hold either one really well. It started as a great spring or summer drinker and finished with a fall beer. With that said, its still a beer I would love to pile up for a trip and drink lots of it, especially with the can, and might even pass for a session beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus notes with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is a mix of citrus malt with some biscuit malt with dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy drinking with well balanced sweetness thought hops punch is missing.

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Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed sixer from Julio's. Poured into a goblet, pours an orange amber. Citrussy aroma, mild hop profile, no real bite. Thin lacing, minimal head. Decent, but not great, would probably be good for the beach or a backyard BBQ, but not worth $12 a six pack.

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Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can complements of nonstick...thanks again Chris! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear yellow with hints of orange. A low, 1/2 finger of white head comes and goes quickly and leaves a thin layer of bubbles and a nice collar and some residual lacing.

S - Fruity and spicy hops with a full complement of bready, sweet malt. Smells more like a European continental pilsner than a pale ale. If I hadn't poured this myself, I would have guessed this was German or Dutch in origin.

T - Big, strong malt backbone gives some body and a firm base. Decent amount of hop bitterness, and not much hop flavor. Full complement of malty notes - fruity, bready, sweet, grainy characters.

M - Pretty full bodied for the style. Lots of carbonation, maybe a little too high. Lingering bitterness that fills the entire mouth. Grainy flavors stick around after the swallow too.

D - Very easy drinking. Has the smoothness and lots of the flavors of a European lager. Good summer beer or session beer. At 5.0% this one won't hurt you if you have a few. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected for a pale ale.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with 2+ big fingers of foamy bright-white head. Retains with a rich layer of froth, which leaves a hugely creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind that just coats the sides of the glass. Wow, this has a really robust look to it. The aroma is floral, peppery, and even a touch piney in the nose, with some earthy smelling citrus and the sweetness of the malts giving this a bit of tang in the back. This is overall very floral though, with that aspect of it helping carry the flavors up in the nose.

Hops are fairly aggressive here in the taste, with some biting spice and resins being present, along with a splash of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. There's just a tinge of outlying malt sweetness to this but the profile is really coming off as mostly bitter with a steady drying finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation yet the oiliness from the hops still gives this a certain amount of slickness in the mouth and helps keep the drinkibility of this decent.

A solid Pale Ale for the most part but I though that this was actually a bit too earthy and hoppy at times. I like my APAs like the next guy but a touch more sweetness would have been welcomed. Worth a look.

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Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed pack that my uncle brought for me when visiting.

Poured from a 355ml can, canned Nov. 8, 2011 (Lot K0811).

Appearance: Excellent white head, glued to the sides and a light amber body to support it.

Smell: Citrusy, hop sugar and some pine.

Taste: Bready malt, a bit of mineral-like hops, some brown sugar and fleshy orange as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Rather clean, moderate bitterness. Strong malt (that's good) to start but peters out after.

Overall: Liked it but didn't completely win me over. The body could have been more fuller. Expected better especially considering their IPA and i have had better pale ales. Still, it was enjoyable.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head of white foam. Medium lacing clung to the sides of the glass and remained throughout.

S: There's a very nice and fragrant aroma to Red Racer Pale. Some fruity notes along with caramel and a little touch of yeast.

T: There isn't really one singular flavor that stands out, there's a nice balance of caramel, citrus spice and bready malt. There's a bit orange peel oiliness in there as well.

M: The beer has a nice light body with fizzy carbonation and a oily mouth feel that dries out at the end.

O: Although there are glimmers of an American pale Here, it also has flourishes of a British pale. It's not jam packed with flavor like some other North American pales, but it's still quite tasty and refreshing with a low ABV.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent golden orange with a loose, half inch bright white head. Head quickly disperses into a thin cap with some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the session. Light nose - a faint hops presence as well as some citrus. Taste consistent with nose with addition of some bready/caramel notes and a light, lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonated at a level just shy of being overly assertive. A pleasant and drinkable APA, but does not merit a $12 per 6-pack price tab. Still worth trying if you have the opportunity to do so.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a golden color with high carbonation and 2-3 inches of white head.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus, and smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of orange, bready malts, wheat, and faded citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An ok pale ale but a little bland in the smell and taste. Very easy to drink but not sure I'd really want to buy again. I prefer their IPA much better.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the nose backed by a dry woody smell that reminds me of cedar and dry malt. Warming didn't really help either way. It's nice, although it have me worried that it might be IPA hoppy.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting, as it starts off pretty tame as pale malt and a slight grapefruit note meanders about, until everything else comes flooding down. Grapefruit hops, straw malt and woodsy notes.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning leaves something to be desired and the beer is in need of some pacing. The carbonation does contribute a bit to the start of the beer, but it's really focuses on that main kick. The aftertaste is bitter grapefruit hops, but despite being potent, it's not bad as it doesn't leave that oily texture behind.

Drinkability: It's a little rough, I wouldn't call it an easy drinker but it is fairly light. It sits down very well, but it starts to go dry in the back of your throat after a while.

Final Thoughts: Far better then their Pilsner that is for sure, but I can't help but feel that they basically took their IPA and reduced the hops on this one. I for one found it to be quite good. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a short, white head. Smell is citrus (mango? watermelon?) with some grassy notes.

Taste is fruity as well - a litte bit sweet; a little watermelon rind in there; but nice and crisp throughout. Good carb, refreshing, and in the right ABV range for a summer chugger.

Overall a decent APA when you're looking for something on the lighter side of the taste and body range.

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Photo of Casey10
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so average and a big difference between this and the IPA is a lot. I know different styles. I guess the one thing that connects is that they both come in a can which is so cool at least for me and I am sure others as well.

A - Nice clean yellow small head.

S - Non discript nothing to stand out here faint grains.

T - Smooth again nothing that stands out just kind of a smooth taste but nothing of note.

M - cleen feel not much of a feel after drinking okay.

D - Actually not bad if looking for this style a SNPA is much better but is a nice representation of the style I am stuck on the IPA though.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop note, very slight citrus. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA at all, worth a shot.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My can says "Red Betty". I'm assuming this is the same beer.

Decent, I guess. Not really blowing me away here. It's hoppy. Almost kind of amber ale a bit. Smooth feel. Overall the whole thing seems a little clogged. No sharp defining character. Probably isn't a fresh sample. Which keeps happening with this brewery, for me.

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Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and light golden in colour with a decent blanket of off-white head. Looks like your standard pale ale.

Lots of citrus and pine with light candy malt. Smells like a watered-down Red Racer IPA, though still pretty nice.

The hopping is similar to their IPA, only toned down a bit. Unfortunately the balance is a little off here, having the malt dropped too low in relation to the hops. Kind of seems like the hops of a good Canadian IPA with the malt of a pale ale; it just doesn't match. Good piney, grapefruit hops with too little watery malt. Citrus rind lingers on the finish.

Decent medium body with medium carbonation.

I don't know about this one; it's not different enough from the IPA to warrant its existence. If you can get the IPA, why drink the pale ale? It's not really a separate beer, only a slight, lesser variation on its bigger brother. If I wasn't familiar with the IPA I would think this is a decent pale ale, though the balance isn't all there. It's drinkable but don't bother unless the IPA is nowhere to be seen.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can at Volo, fresh batch. Lightcolour with some white head. Carbonation is right there.Very drinkable, an understated but enjoyable bitterness. Drying. Some citrus. Hits the style, but is not up to the best American pales.Neutal aroma. I want less caramel and carbonation, more hop taste.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this one chilled from the can w/ Octopus87 -poured into a small duvel tulip and a tulip pint.

A - A golden pale color with amber hues and bone white cream of about an inch. The clarity is translucent and lace clings in a webbing and sticks well. The retention is also good for the head hangs in the whole time.

S - The nose is strong pine hop scents w/ earthy herbal accent and mild malt aroma - pretty good aroma if only one real aroma

M- The feel has moderate carbonation and moderate bitterness w/ light astringent and slight spice with a dry finish

T - The taste is slightly bitter up front with less hop flavor than bitterness and mild pine in the taste. The spice quality carries over from the feel with gentle grassy character and very mild malt flavor which is only noticeable in the finish slightly

D - Not a bad Pale, but I consider it middling for the style - it lacks the malt presence and balance you might expect from an american pale ale - just ok drinkability for me

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Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

review from notes.

Pours a paler amber color with a decent sized white head. Leaves spotty lacing and some filmy rings.

Crisp toasted grains, grassyness, and a hint of lurking hops and citrus in the nose.

Clean malt tones with a bit of breadiness up front. Hops eventually kick in but are rather subdued towards the middle of the beer. Thicker, almost sweet malt base carries through towards the finish, which is fairly clean despite some lingering piny hops.

Lighter medium body, dry, somewhat chewy. Decent drinking pale ale although the super long dryness during the finish was a little much for me.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can on 4-7-10.
Came in a BIF box from gn0sis, part of the worst thought out box full of old stale beers, so chances are, this one sat around for awhile before he sent it. I'll be sure to grab another one and give it another try.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with very little foam.

S - light citrus hops and light malts

T - light malts, some citrus hops and some cloves

M - light bodied, crisp with good carbonation

D - good flavor, easy to drink, interesting flavor keeps me coming back for more.

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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.