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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
86
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of distantmantra
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Another6Pack
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of mcallister
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper with large bubbles furiously scampering towards the great chunky, pillowy three inches of just off white head. Sticky lace and great retention.

Really like the nose on this one. Bready, biscuity malts, floral hops, with a tangy citrus note in the finish. A bit mineraly with hints of limestone.

A good pale ale. Nicely balanced with chewy malts in the middle. Toffee, biscuit, with a hint of cereal flavors. Hops are more towards earth and flower as citrus shows a twinge just at the very finish.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Prickly on the tongue and dry on the finish.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of sweethome
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent pour in to my Ayinger goblet. Decent white head has retention. Nose is simple - a light biscuit malt, hint of orange blossom honey. Entry is sturdy - medium mouthfeel, hops come in mid mouth to provide balance - hop flavor is not overly pleasing. The biscuity malts get shoved aside for a rather astringent and carbonic mouthfeel.

The finish improves with a long snappy bittering. You can chew on this one for a while.

Would likely work with spicy foods. I like the fact it is a decent beer in a can with enough flavor to please.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer worth drinking for a whole evening.

Photo of Stigs
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BasementBer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, I cant say I'm not impressed or sold by the token pin-up redhead with stockings, garter, and cleavage riding a hipster bike. If this beer sucks I'm gonna hate it even more so. And just for the record: can...wtf.

A: Quite light in color and a particularly large white head of foam. Lacing all over. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Smells great for a pale ale, smells like hops and hoping the taste measures up.

T: Stale. Dont know what hops they are referring to from Yakima Valley but im guessing palisade and that has never been a favorite of mine in this style or from that region. The bitter finishes late and short which is fine for a pale ale, but the flavoring hops doesnt really grab me.

M: Carbonation is heavy here, possibly cause its a can and it gets shook up in ones bag on the walk home, BUT it has a good mouthfeel that lingers long enough between quaffs.

D: I would go back to this over standard lager, as is my disposition to style. But, the hop flavoring is more metallic than I would like preventing any real pondering.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this can at Julio's. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very clear light copper color with a good white head. Nice bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bread and caramel without too much in the way of balancing hops This does remind me a bit of baby Red Racer IPA, so it makes sense. Flavor adds some more hops with a bit of floral and citrus notes plus some bread crust. Feel is fairly bitter with a medium body. Drinks pretty well, but not nearly as good as the IPA.

Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can sample- pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Frothy head, minor soapy lacing. Nose- grapefruit pith, some malt sweetness. Taste- citrus (candied oranges), grapefruit, marmalade with a bready malt backbone. Crisp carbonation and nice body. Very drinkable

Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never get tired of these red racer cans.

Appearance. Deep golden straw with a hint of red and a finger of off-white, bubbly head that lasts a while.

Taste. Bitter pink grapefruit rind and a little grass. Nice roasty caramel malt. Quite dry with a little tangy citrus and some lasting bitterness. Really well balanced while showcasing the citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel. Good strong but smooth carbonation. Perfect lighter body that is exemplary for the style.

Drinkability. A fantastic drinker. Could burn through a few of these with no trouble.

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and light golden in colour with a decent blanket of off-white head. Looks like your standard pale ale.

Lots of citrus and pine with light candy malt. Smells like a watered-down Red Racer IPA, though still pretty nice.

The hopping is similar to their IPA, only toned down a bit. Unfortunately the balance is a little off here, having the malt dropped too low in relation to the hops. Kind of seems like the hops of a good Canadian IPA with the malt of a pale ale; it just doesn't match. Good piney, grapefruit hops with too little watery malt. Citrus rind lingers on the finish.

Decent medium body with medium carbonation.

I don't know about this one; it's not different enough from the IPA to warrant its existence. If you can get the IPA, why drink the pale ale? It's not really a separate beer, only a slight, lesser variation on its bigger brother. If I wasn't familiar with the IPA I would think this is a decent pale ale, though the balance isn't all there. It's drinkable but don't bother unless the IPA is nowhere to be seen.

Photo of Otterburn
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Camping site, on Vancouver Island, right in front of the ocean.

Poured this cool labeled can into my camping plastic pint.. nice white head, the color of the beer is amber,orangish. medium carbonation

smell like sweet grapefruit.

Taste like sweet grapefruit. Kind of candy taste. It is bitter and sweet at the same time, smooth bitter after-taste.

mouthfeel was like a normal ipa, a bit sticky.

drinkability: I would like to drink more of theses, but i live 2000 miles away.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish banana like hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee along with a pleasant earthy and sweet citrus hop presence. I'm picking up pine needle as well as some pineapple, grapefruit and lemon peel. The hop notes are there but the English barley/malt notes dominate here.

Medium bodied and much more hop forward than the aroma suggest. There is a good amount of bitterness with hints of earthy pine needle but this is balanced by slight sweet citrus and the malt backbone. Dry throughout and only slightly sweet with hints of grapefruit and lemon peel. The malt backbone provides balance but is a tad too strong for my liking. Dry finish. Overall this beer is very well balanced, flavorful and pretty quaffable. One of the better examples of an APA(if you like them hoppy).

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottom of can stamped I2110 - probably means canned September 21, 2010?

a clear golden color with orange hues. bone-white head.

grassy hop aroma. the taste has a hop bite, not much balance though. tastes a little stale.

higher carbonation, thinner body.

non-discript, although I think it tastes more like a pilsner than a pale ale. wouldn't necessarily seek it out again.

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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

review from notes.

Pours a paler amber color with a decent sized white head. Leaves spotty lacing and some filmy rings.

Crisp toasted grains, grassyness, and a hint of lurking hops and citrus in the nose.

Clean malt tones with a bit of breadiness up front. Hops eventually kick in but are rather subdued towards the middle of the beer. Thicker, almost sweet malt base carries through towards the finish, which is fairly clean despite some lingering piny hops.

Lighter medium body, dry, somewhat chewy. Decent drinking pale ale although the super long dryness during the finish was a little much for me.

Photo of kjyost
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...)

Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.