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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-04-2010 21:01:05 | More by andrenaline
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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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Proteus93

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 04:31:33 | More by Proteus93
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

06-16-2010 14:04:16 | More by thain709
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mdfb79

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a golden color with high carbonation and 2-3 inches of white head.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus, and smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of orange, bready malts, wheat, and faded citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An ok pale ale but a little bland in the smell and taste. Very easy to drink but not sure I'd really want to buy again. I prefer their IPA much better.

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 23:14:47 | More by mdfb79
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: can

05-21-2010 02:06:39 | More by woodychandler
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a rocky, bright white cap. Clumpy lace, good head retention. Nice combination of malt and hops in the nose. Fruity aroma, mild grapefruit, citrus, biscuit, bit of caramel. Comparable flavour with a solid bitterness carrying through the finish. Lingering hops. Medium to light bodied and a bit dry, plenty of carbonation but it stayed fairly soft. Solid pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops that doesn't stray into IPA territory and makes for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

05-08-2010 21:15:06 | More by DrJay
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:54:34 | More by wordemupg
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent golden orange with a loose, half inch bright white head. Head quickly disperses into a thin cap with some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the session. Light nose - a faint hops presence as well as some citrus. Taste consistent with nose with addition of some bready/caramel notes and a light, lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonated at a level just shy of being overly assertive. A pleasant and drinkable APA, but does not merit a $12 per 6-pack price tab. Still worth trying if you have the opportunity to do so.

Serving type: can

05-02-2010 20:17:34 | More by Jwale73
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 21:14:03 | More by ludachris
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with 2+ big fingers of foamy bright-white head. Retains with a rich layer of froth, which leaves a hugely creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind that just coats the sides of the glass. Wow, this has a really robust look to it. The aroma is floral, peppery, and even a touch piney in the nose, with some earthy smelling citrus and the sweetness of the malts giving this a bit of tang in the back. This is overall very floral though, with that aspect of it helping carry the flavors up in the nose.

Hops are fairly aggressive here in the taste, with some biting spice and resins being present, along with a splash of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. There's just a tinge of outlying malt sweetness to this but the profile is really coming off as mostly bitter with a steady drying finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation yet the oiliness from the hops still gives this a certain amount of slickness in the mouth and helps keep the drinkibility of this decent.

A solid Pale Ale for the most part but I though that this was actually a bit too earthy and hoppy at times. I like my APAs like the next guy but a touch more sweetness would have been welcomed. Worth a look.

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 22:01:28 | More by Kegatron
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OskarL

Sweden

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little hazy golden with a bit of copper color. A big white head that has quite good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Citrus, pines with some sweet maltiness.

The taste is very much like the weaker nose but here you can really taste it! With some bitterness in the finish.

Medium, smooth, a bit dry with good carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-01-2010 00:44:01 | More by OskarL
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of fluffy sporadic head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Light scent of hops, pine and malt.

Nice light hop taste. Subtle caramel malts playing at the back. Very smooth and balanced. Wet finish. No real aftertaste.

Not an amazing beer, but a very solid one. Easily drinkable, straightforward and refreshing. Nice gateway beer for introducing people to, before introducing them to more hopped beverages. Given out a few of these and most recipients have been fairly receptive and appreciative.

Serving type: can

03-28-2010 15:44:34 | More by Seanstoppable
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper with rocky white head which leaves all kinds of lacing.
Light sweet malt dominated with pine and a little bit of citrus poking through.
Smooth caramel with pine dancing in the back of your mouth.
Very smooth, a fuller body than most pale ales. A small bitter, clean, and fairly dry finish.
A quality Pale Ale, very drinkable. Good price too.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 21:52:58 | More by EskimoDave
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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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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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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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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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billybob

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a one finger head and fair lace. aroma is nice with fresh pine and floral notes. fruity, citrus, and pine in that order hits your taste buds. tint of grape fruit but not bitter tasting. medium mouthfeel and carbonation holds fairly well. would buy it agian.

Serving type: can

12-26-2009 21:47:50 | More by billybob
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: can

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Serving type: can

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-15-2009 22:45:59 | More by smcolw
Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.