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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

07-16-2013 13:03:18 | More by fizzyted
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djfuze919

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-12-2013 23:36:22 | More by djfuze919
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McBastard

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-30-2013 19:27:41 | More by McBastard
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-18-2013 23:54:13 | More by Molson2000
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +8.5%
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 +1.9%
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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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-03-2013 03:40:12 | More by kelvarnsen
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14%

06-02-2013 22:20:40 | More by TheFightfan1
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-02-2013 14:46:07 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-28-2013 10:37:31 | More by bigox420
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-27-2013 00:20:51 | More by peensteen
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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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VonDooom

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

05-16-2013 18:34:05 | More by VonDooom
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-11-2013 22:55:01 | More by durlta
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NicoleL

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14%

04-16-2013 04:54:51 | More by NicoleL
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-28-2012 01:28:30 | More by ssimpson89
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-29-2012 02:04:55 | More by KalanM
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

1/5  rDev -73.5%

11-18-2012 04:55:39 | More by djcreepshow
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-06-2012 16:34:14 | More by cfalovo97
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illini4x4


4/5  rDev +5.8%

10-26-2012 02:13:12 | More by illini4x4
Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.