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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
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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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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-26-2013 02:27:23 | More by TheHammer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 05:05:45 | More by RblWthACoz
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 01:49:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 355ml can poured into a small pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-hazel colour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head which fades slowly leaving behind some quality lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops and coriander strike me immediately. There's also a heavy presence of wet grass. There is a light malt character as well, but it's comparably subdued.

Taste - Grassy and citrus hops right away, which linger until towards the middle. Citrus seems to be predominantly grapefruit. A decent amount of bitterness is present from mid drink and lingers for a while after the finish. Like the nose, there is a small amount of roasted malts in there somewhere.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and low carbonation make for a dry finish. Nothing noteworthy.

Overall - 4/5

Serving type: can

06-17-2013 02:40:17 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 02:24:19 | More by biegaman
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 00:54:13 | More by tbeckett
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 23:58:15 | More by spinrsx
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer labeled as "Red Betty Pale Ale"
Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity and good retention.

Nose
Toffee, butterscotch, honey, grapefruit, lemon and pineapple.

Taste
Very malt forward with caramel and biscuit as well as touches of toffee and honey. Grapefruit pith, lemon and touches of pine round out the hop bill.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

Overall
The hops are really restrained in this APA. Very malty and heading into ESB territory. I'm not terribly into this one, however it is very easy drinking.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 18:21:36 | More by justintcoons
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

No date info on the bottom of the can...though there normally is...odd... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale-ish brass topped by plenty of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry pine needles, dusty toffee, and mild biscuit. Separately, those wouldn't be all that great, but, somehow, together, everything works out decently enough. The taste holds notes of depressed pine needles, light mint, light menthol, and a touch of watered-down tea. Man, this just doesn't taste all that good to me... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, I hope this is just an old can (impossible for me to tell...), but, if it's not, this stuff just ain't very good at all.

Serving type: can

10-10-2012 04:44:12 | More by TMoney2591
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. UPDATE can reading of M2509 is WAY OLD! I will re-review this in the future for sure when I can.

A pale and muddy orange light amber body, with a good thick white head, three fingers deep, with a good cap and retention. Some sticky qualities in the head but a rather hazy and muddy appearance.

Nose is full of movie theater diacetyl popcorn. I smell nothing else going on here. I kind of want to get some salt and spread this, but still not feeling it. I would like something else, but sorry as much as this isn't really off putting you should deliver something else for my senses.

Taste is much improved, but hardly anything to brag about. Orange fruit somewhat, with a light body palate with some wet like juice quality. However, the body is quite thin with hardly a malt backbone to carry anything forward. Hop angle, non existent.

Overall, really loved the IPA Central City, but this is not getting it done at all. In short a wet buttery forgetful mess.

Serving type: can

08-14-2012 02:47:59 | More by smakawhat
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AaronS


4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I created an account here just so I could rate this beer. It is amazing. It's very hard to find in Chicago but I seek it out regularly.

I found a regular pint glass doesn't do anything for it. I prefer to use a Guinness glass. Huge firm, sticky head like a marshmallow.

This is hands down my favorite IPA. Smooth hops with a fresh, tangy, yet soft bite.

The can design is a thing of beauty as well.

Seek this out and try it.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

07-26-2012 15:30:02 | More by AaronS
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-11-2012 05:53:28 | More by jrenihan
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml can poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Willow Park in Regina.

Light copper to dark orange in colour. Off white head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a few islands and a thin ring around the edge. Moderate streams of carbonation and delicate lacing down the sides.

Aroma is a big punch of citrus accented by sweet caramel. Yummy juicy fruit gum with hints of grapefruit.

Citrus throughout. Sweet and mellow with hints of caramel at the start. Drier and a hoppier citrus finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

One of the best APAs that I've ever had. This is only the second Central City brew that I've had but colour me impressed. Wish I had more access to these terrific beers!

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 03:01:44 | More by Noxious26
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EtOHMD

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 23:51:59 | More by EtOHMD
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sukwonee

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger head, not much lacing, light-to-medium orange body, some bubbles

S: Citrus, lemon

T: Refreshing! (and hoppy). I get lots and lots of citrus and lemon and hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a bit of malt and more bitterness.

M: Good amount of carbonation, light to medium body.

O: I liked this brew quite a bit. I would have given a 4.5 overall if it had a bit more, but I don't seem to get other fruits other than lemon and some bitter citrus. Different for sure.

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 06:29:55 | More by sukwonee
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this several times but somehow never reviewed it
A - clear rich golden, two fingers of head dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - grapefruit juice, orange zest, biscuity and spicy, very inviting
T - punget grapefruit and orange hop flavours with some light perfumes, biscuity grainy malt with light peppery nots
M - light body, initially juicy moving to a pleasant balanced bitter
O - super flavourful and sessionable, Central City has yet to dissapoint

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 06:23:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-28-2012 04:56:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 03:12:30 | More by CrazyMike
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timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

Serving type: can

01-07-2012 19:48:12 | More by timtwoface
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-05-2012 13:11:52 | More by papat444
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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.