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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
THE BROS
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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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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A surprise extra courtesy of a truly world-class BA, mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the can into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is is clear, vibrant light gold color with a massive, foamy 2 inches worth of head. The retention is pretty good, and I can see thick chunks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Lookin good.

Smell: A bit hoppier than what I expected, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Some sweet citrusy grapefruit, the result of a fairly balanced mix of the hops and a nice malt backbone.

Taste: I guess I kind of got my hopes up with the hops in the nose...there's really no hop presence here. The beer is a mix of malt and bland, not that great.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, lacking carbonation (surprising given the head after the initial pour).

Drinkability: Well the beer started off good, but it took a turn for the worse pretty quick. Gotta say I'm not that impressed with this brew. I'd pass on this one.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 00:01:45 | More by krisandajt
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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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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can courtesy of drabmuh from BA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice 1 finger head of tiny tight packed white bubbles.

Not nearly as aromatic as the IPA, the Pale Ale has some floral type notes along with malt.

The taste on this is kind of a disappointment compared to the IPA as well, I mean what happened? This beer just kind of comes out flat as in the hop flavor is somewhat lost as is the malt backbone. Slight sweetness up front followed by minimal bitterness from the hops. Has an odd off taste as well. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, not the best example of an APA. I'd go with their IPA anytime though.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 20:40:31 | More by kbutler1
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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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aerozeppl

New York

2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a six pack of this at Julios.

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A nice amount of spider like lacing. Just a touch of visible carbonation.

S: Not the best nose on this beer. A little bit earthy. You get malt but nothing clear. Quite a tight nose and what comes through is not wholly pleasant.

T: Just like the nose. A little bit of citrus gets through but that is about it. It just tastes like a day on the river tubing.

M: Fairly full bodied for the style. Carbonation is good.

D: I liked their IPA quite a bit but this really fell short. No real hop bite and no real malt taste either. This was a miss for me.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 23:41:04 | More by aerozeppl
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can, new to the LC dated J1310 (Oct. 13/2010) poured into a tulip.

Looks nice, although a touch paler than I had expected (until I read it was made from Maris Otter, and therefore likely no crystal in the grain bill). Good head, wonderful lacing. The aroma was strong of citrusy hops... This is good.

Now is the point where I am let down. I don't know what it is, but I am expecting a hop forward pale here (if you have had their IPA you would know why). Instead I get a thin and watery body that has a piney / earthiness to it without any strong citrus hop flavours. I gave it to my wife, and she thought it OK, but I drank the pour and it never really got better to me... The mouthfeel is really hindered by a thin body, when I was expecting a malty beer...

Not a beer I will go back for (unlike when the IPA was around...)

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 02:37:27 | More by kjyost
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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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twelvsies

Maine

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After being blown away by the Red Racer IPA I am definitely looking forward to trying this beer. Nice pour, smallish white head but thick, and a nice light amber hue, crystal clear like the IPA. Nice hoppy aroma, kind of reminds me of DF60 Min, wonder what hops they are using here. It might just be an odd whiff I'm getting here, but I am getting a slightly off-putting smell of canned tuna. Hm. Hope I have a fresh sample here. At first sip this beer is more malty than hinted at by the hoppy aroma. English style malt profile, only slight bittering hops present actually, more citrusy in aroma. Toasty and buttery. Nice rich texture. A tasty beer, just no defining characteristics. A little of this, a little of that... not a lot of anything special. Still, a solid beer.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 01:33:44 | More by twelvsies
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated:
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 355 ml

A: Clear golden body with one finger of white head. Head dissipated rather quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint notes of grassy hops and some citrus fruits.

T: Weak notes of grassy hops and citrus fruits. Just like the aroma, weak and thin.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Water like texture, grassy bitter finish. Feels like it's gone 'flat'.

D: Not a great fan of the brew. I expected much more.

Serving type: can

06-30-2010 19:30:20 | More by Long813
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: The APA has a head on it! The first pour generated over three fingers of craggy, mountainous foam that laces all around the glass. Underneath the wondrous foam, golden amber ale sits. Translucent the ale is. The second pour was much more restrained than the first.

S: The nose is plenty biscuity with a nice streak of herbal citrus running through it. The hops stand out more than I was expecting.

T: The biscuity bread stands out, sweet with a grainy cookie flavor. Hops linger around, but not with the force that the nose indicates. The sweet biscuity flavors run rampant, by far the dominating aspect of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel seems to miss for me, focusing on the biscuity flavors at the expense of the hops. This is my second downer; sure hope that the IPA lives up to the hype.

D: An average pale ale. Not my first choice but not my last.

Serving type: can

07-24-2010 01:52:43 | More by akorsak
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottom of can stamped I2110 - probably means canned September 21, 2010?

a clear golden color with orange hues. bone-white head.

grassy hop aroma. the taste has a hop bite, not much balance though. tastes a little stale.

higher carbonation, thinner body.

non-discript, although I think it tastes more like a pilsner than a pale ale. wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.

Serving type: can

01-03-2011 03:12:32 | More by jmdrpi
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, served in a modified pint glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, sudsy white foam which settles to a thin film rather quickly. the beer is slightly hazy, dirty golden in color.

S - some mild, biscuity malts, kissed with honey. just a touch of some citrus and pine in the hops. not bad if not slightly muddled.

T - begins fairly malty, some bread dough, honey, and caramel. hops are present, mostly grass with a touch of grapefruit...though this beer is mostly sweet. biggest letdown here is a good bit of sulfur near the end, reminding me of a homebrew experiment gone bad.

M - light body, with bright crispy carbonation. pretty dry in the finish.

O - taste just wasnt there for me, and the sulfur just took over more and more as the drink went on. this was a let down since the Red Racer IPA was on point.

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 01:45:53 | More by Stigs
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deereless

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hefty amount of sea froth foam off a hard pour, lots of lacing as the head drops, deep to medium gold in color with the slightest bit of copper - 4.25, S: Significant hop aromas, lots of citrus as well as a dry grain - 4.00, T: Noticeable bitterness - more than your average pale ale, some grapefruit pith and pine, caramel malts seem to make a showing - 3.00, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A solid pale ale, more hops than you'd normally expect, worth trying - 3.00

Serving type: can

02-05-2010 23:58:04 | More by deereless
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had meant to pick up the IPA, as we had it at a tasting and it was top shelf stuff. Grabbed the wrong 6 pack. Oh well...

Appearance: 12oz can into my new tulip, thank you Midwest Homebrew Supplies. Golden deep orange body, a bit of an amber tint. Fluffy pure white head. Very appetizing. Good lacing.

Smell: Predominant aroma of cereal grains and malts, with some touches of orange zest and floral hops. What you would expect in a basic pale.

Taste: Very basic with a small hop burst at the start, mostly floral. Quickly fades to a mix of caramel and bread.

Mouth: Carbonation is a little on the low end, and there is a bit of a watery after-feel to it.

Notes: Not much going on here, but fairly spot on for the style. If you have the choice, grab the IPA. Still a good beer and one that is easy to toss back a couple on a nice sunny afternoon. Another good beer in a can, keep 'em coming.

Serving type: can

05-25-2010 23:05:22 | More by jslot38
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sweethome

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent pour in to my Ayinger goblet. Decent white head has retention. Nose is simple - a light biscuit malt, hint of orange blossom honey. Entry is sturdy - medium mouthfeel, hops come in mid mouth to provide balance - hop flavor is not overly pleasing. The biscuity malts get shoved aside for a rather astringent and carbonic mouthfeel.

The finish improves with a long snappy bittering. You can chew on this one for a while.

Would likely work with spicy foods. I like the fact it is a decent beer in a can with enough flavor to please.

Serving type: can

04-22-2011 22:31:42 | More by sweethome
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-19-2010 17:35:26 | More by mikereaser
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this can at Julio's. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very clear light copper color with a good white head. Nice bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bread and caramel without too much in the way of balancing hops This does remind me a bit of baby Red Racer IPA, so it makes sense. Flavor adds some more hops with a bit of floral and citrus notes plus some bread crust. Feel is fairly bitter with a medium body. Drinks pretty well, but not nearly as good as the IPA.

Serving type: can

03-15-2011 02:59:58 | More by Thorpe429
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 17:41:58 | More by Slatetank
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 20:04:05 | More by xnicknj
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2009 23:21:21 | More by Sammy
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 05:31:11 | More by eat
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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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Casey10

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-27-2010 01:44:20 | More by Casey10
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2010 00:22:40 | More by Wasatch
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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.