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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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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Massbmx


2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-26-2012 23:42:00 | More by Massbmx
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

02-18-2012 03:12:30 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of latackbeer


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-25-2012 02:12:35 | More by latackbeer
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-19-2012 06:16:10 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of IdrinkGas


3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-10-2012 22:48:47 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of timtwoface

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

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

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

01-05-2012 13:11:52 | More by papat444
Photo of duff247


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-18-2011 05:38:35 | More by duff247
Photo of DeutschesBier


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-13-2011 19:59:36 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of barnzy78


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 04:22:01 | More by barnzy78
Photo of PEIhop


5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-24-2011 02:20:36 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Rempo


3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-20-2011 17:40:55 | More by Rempo
Photo of jlordi12


3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-17-2011 20:03:26 | More by jlordi12
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-15-2011 22:20:12 | More by nmann08
Photo of Lawnboy33


3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-14-2011 15:31:16 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of crossovert


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-13-2011 03:33:48 | More by crossovert
Photo of DrewShal9


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

09-23-2011 06:40:21 | More by DrewShal9
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

09-06-2011 00:44:38 | More by flagmantho
Photo of distantmantra


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

08-27-2011 16:40:07 | More by distantmantra
Photo of Chico1985


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

07-23-2011 01:45:55 | More by Chico1985
Photo of horshack7


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Appearance: Out of a can is a clear copper beer. On top is a crown of rocky yet still frothy head about two inches in height.

Aroma: Out of the gate a good wave of citrus hop grapefruit notes. Sweet watermelon in the middle. In the end is a little bit of sweet malts that round it out very well.

Taste: For an American Pale Ale there is quite a rush of grapefruit notes and other citrus fruits. As for the malts those simply round it out rather well and sweeten it up a bit. The mouthfeel does have a good crispness to it as well.

Notes: Quite a solid beer all around of which can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

07-10-2011 02:00:56 | More by horshack7
Photo of Another6Pack


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

07-03-2011 17:16:54 | More by Another6Pack
Photo of Tucquan


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Had this on 2011-06-28 in Joliet, IL

A - Dark gold with a 1-finger offshore head.

S - Pretty fragrant. Fruity, sweet caramel and mild yeast.

T - Biscuit, mild caramel, light citrus, mild spice. Dries out nicely and leaves a light orange zest and malt flavor. Well-balanced.

M - Light body and med-high carbonation. Effervescent.

O - I like this brew. Not as flavorful as a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or a 21A Bitter American, but better than a Victory Headwaters. Very good for a low ABV brew; a style I am appreciating more lately.

06-29-2011 04:56:21 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Bierguy5


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz can, 5% abv. Golden color, with a fluffy white head. Some tiny bubbles rising to the top. Head trickles to a thin layer after a minute or two, leaving a few patches of lace.

Soft citrusy hop notes, with an English malt feel. Not overly hoppy in the nose, but a nice balance. Some fruity notes as well.

Nice lighter caramel malt feel. Not a great deal of sweetness. Citrusy and slightly earthy bitterness. Nice balance. Dries out at the finish.

Body is nice, with a nice amount of carbonation. Nothing outrageous, but very quaffable. Well done.

05-29-2011 18:37:56 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of scruffwhor


4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-29-2011 03:33:25 | More by scruffwhor
Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.