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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 kirkpjr
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a sunshine pale yellow with 1 1/2 fingers of head. Small spotted lacing.

S: Orange rinds and floral hops. Light and subtle, yet still noticeable juicy if that makes sense. Very crisp.

T: Strong orange flavor with a light bitterness. Slight breadiness flavor but otherwise little to no malt. Highly drinkable APA.

M: Moderate carbonation and light in body. Crisp and light.

D: Could drink several of these in a sitting. This is one of the better APAs I've had.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of vtfan77
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold with an orange tinge. The head seemed pretty decent at first but I blinked and it was gone, having dissipated into a splotchy ring of lace in a matter of seconds.

S- Nice mingling of crisp, citrusy hops and rich cereal grains with a touch of caramel.

T- The hops come through stronger in the taste with a good dose of tart grapefruit. The malt provides a substantial backing but the hops are front and center, more so than I expected in a regular pale ale. The malt character is dry and bready and the beer never gets too sweet, finishing dry with a moderate bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied and rather crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Quite good. The alcohol is reasonable and the mouthfeel and taste make this a good candidate for quaffing on a warm day. I could have several of these.

I got this by mistake, thinking it was the IPA. I was a bit disappointed at first, but then I tasted it and was pleasantly surprised. I don't usually go for pale ales (too pedestrian for my prejudiced tastes, I suppose) but this one was quite good, especially on a hot summer day. I could see getting this again. Recommended.

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Photo of ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber hue with one finger of paper white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a good amount of spider leg lace.

Somewhat reminiscent of their IPA, the nose is very citrus-forward. The notes of grapefruit seem to branch off into two directions; one being candied and sweet, and the other being more raw and rhiney, with the former being slightly prominent. Lemon zest and bready malts can also be detected in the mix, making for a great smelling APA.

A bitter kick from the grapefruit hits the back of the palate with an added lemony twist as it progresses. Sour peach candy and the sweeter side of the grapefruit assert themselves in the end, over a bready malt backbone with the latter proving to be the lasting note in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and quite refreshing, partly due to the flavourful citrus presence.

I'd place this in the top three APA's I've had thus far. I'm infatuated with the citrus character that is quite pronounced in both their IPA and APA. If only they had this stuff readily available in Ontario. Buy it if you see it.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can into a clear mug.

Appearance: clear golden hue with a little touch of haze. Pours a thick finger of frothy ivory foam head which is nicely attractive.

Smell: lightly fruity hop aroma with notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Nicely tropical and refreshing; I like it a lot.

Taste: bright hops throughout but not terribly strong, which is true to style. Hop flavors remain fruity and citrusy; malt is a little biscuity and bready; an interesting combo that seems to be working well.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Quite good for the style.

Overall: this is a well-composed beer with a good theme. The fruitiness of the hops and the light dryness of the malt play together well to make this a very refreshing thirst quencher. I'd definitely go for this beer again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - medium golden in color, bubbly goodness with a very thick, fluffy head that leaves tons of lacing on the inside of the glass. Good stuff!

Aroma - good amount of hoppy goodness in the nose. Citrus combines nicely with the malt back to this pale ale. All is as it should be. Spot on for an American, or Canadian as it may be, Pale Ale (APA).

Taste - lemon and orange citrus flavors, floral hoppiness and a good deal of malt sweetness to even things out quite well. Nothing fancy as far as taste goes but this is one very drinkable pale ale in a can. Plenty of fresh hop flavor packed into this one.

Overall - I'd have to say it win's out over Dale's Pale Ale in my opinion. It's more balanced and just has a certain quality to it that really does it for me. Easy drinking and portable. Perfect for any outdoor adventure.

Would I buy more of it? - yes, for sure. Although, I might be supplementing with their IPA!

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big Pacific Northwest aroma (Nectarine, tangerine, pine, grass); tropical fruit & toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, floral (almost soapy), grapefruit rind, pine, grass, candied pineapple, slight toffee sweetness, decent bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation is a little high, light hop acidity.

D: Good for a hop fix! (definitely a 4.5; a session ale for the hop head)

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