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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

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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this can.

Pours a slightly hazed pale amber color, with about a finger of off white head. Keeps just a thin lace with moderate stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell has some citrus hops and a bready, lightly sweet malt base. Pretty straightforward.

Tastes basically like it smells, with a bready malt base, a light sweetness and subtle toasted flavor, plus some citrus and herbal hops. Straightforward fits the bill again, but the flavor is good.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slickness to it.

This is a solid and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a good beer for sure.

10-10-2010 01:16:35 | More by number1bum
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head with decent retention. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma of hops and caramel malt. Balanced taste with some sweet malt and citrusy, earthy hops. Medium-light bodied with an average mouthfeel; this is a tad overcarbonated. This beer didn't amaze me or anything like Central City's IPA did, but this is a still a very solid, drinkable Pale Ale.

03-26-2010 03:00:43 | More by chickenm
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-04-2012 20:20:06 | More by polishkaz
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

A - A clear, bright, golden-yellow body...a two finger, white head formed from the pour...it retained nicely and left some decent lacing

S - The hops stand out more than anything...the citrus presence makes this pale ale inviting...there is also a slight sweet malt aroma

T - The flavors came up kind of short for me...the flavors were good but just nothing special...the hops were sweet up front with the grapefruit and some lemon...the caramel malts rounded out the middle and there was a touch of grain to it as well...the hops provided a bitterness at the end that was pretty short

M - Medium bodied...on the lighter side...creamy with some hop residue...dry

D - I could drink more than one of these...it was very easy to drink...I just didn't find the flavor to blow me away

06-16-2010 14:04:16 | More by thain709
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

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
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-14-2011 15:31:16 | More by Lawnboy33
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

12-05-2009 05:17:54 | More by indiapaleale
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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...)

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

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Extra in a trade. Not much head or lacing, pretty peach-amber pour. Aroma is light citrus / lemon grass / sweet grass with more hops than I expected. Taste is more sweet grass, less hops than I expected given the aroma, also a nice citrus element. Very refreshing. Some brewers would call it an IPA (hell bud might call it a DIPA knowing them). Good standard offering, if they had it at a beer this would be a solid session choice.

08-31-2010 03:51:53 | More by craytonic
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

09-20-2013 06:07:30 | More by DaftCaskBC
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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!

12-26-2009 15:06:52 | More by u2carew
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

02-26-2012 23:42:00 | More by Massbmx
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-18-2013 04:53:14 | More by OKCNittany
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-16-2012 20:55:18 | More by Archemedies
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

03-22-2011 01:45:53 | More by Stigs
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

03-17-2014 19:01:50 | More by beerhunter13
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-21-2013 22:54:38 | More by KStark
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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

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

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-20-2011 17:40:55 | More by Rempo
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of grapefruit rind.

Taste - Nice hit from the citrus hops followed by the tropical fruits and caramalts. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness and the hint of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A spot on APA from Central City with a great citrus hop profile and a supporting caramalt backbone. This is definitely a winner amongst hopheads like myself.

05-25-2014 04:59:44 | More by leaddog
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sukwonee

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

05-04-2012 06:29:55 | More by sukwonee
Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.