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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-24-2008

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.
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Reviews: 117 | Hads: 199
Photo of Casey10
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of deereless
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of billybob
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the IPA and it was great. Now on to the pale to see how it compares. Pales are very hit or miss with me usually, either they made a great pale ale, or it just doesn't do it for me. Well, here's hoping. And the can really makes things great.

A: Pours a nice 1 finger perfectly white frothy big-bubbled head that fades quickly. Brilliantly clear amber pale orange color that lets you see all the little bubbles rising to the top.

N: A nice but light malt aroma dominates due to the lack of much else. A light crisp ale like aroma quenches my thirst before I even tasted it. A light hop aroma with some citrus and possibly lemongrass comes through as well.

T: Its got a pale malt (mariss otter) taste to start, then followed with some light hops that bring some citrus, juicy fruits, slight pine, and a little floral tastes. Pretty light tasting overall. Some light refreshing qualities and some fruit, I think some apricot.

M: Pretty light, crisp and refreshing, a medium body overall, pretty high on the carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and bitter. The bitterness really shines through at the end and accompanies some sticky malt tastes. Some more citrus and earthy hop flavors linger on the tongue. It keeps me burping with its copious carbonation, reminding me that there really were some hops in there.

Final thoughts: Its OK, not close to as good as the IPA. Somewhat light to start, but the hop flavor, bitterness, and stickiness really overpower at the end. It tries to be two different beers, starting with a light mild crisp tasting semi floral and citrus hoppy pale, then it turns into a much stronger sticky hoppy, bitter, and slightly earthy pale. I almost feel it should have found it's niche and gone with it, but crosses too many thresholds and doesn't hold either one really well. It started as a great spring or summer drinker and finished with a fall beer. With that said, its still a beer I would love to pile up for a trip and drink lots of it, especially with the can, and might even pass for a session beer.

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Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can complements of nonstick...thanks again Chris! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear yellow with hints of orange. A low, 1/2 finger of white head comes and goes quickly and leaves a thin layer of bubbles and a nice collar and some residual lacing.

S - Fruity and spicy hops with a full complement of bready, sweet malt. Smells more like a European continental pilsner than a pale ale. If I hadn't poured this myself, I would have guessed this was German or Dutch in origin.

T - Big, strong malt backbone gives some body and a firm base. Decent amount of hop bitterness, and not much hop flavor. Full complement of malty notes - fruity, bready, sweet, grainy characters.

M - Pretty full bodied for the style. Lots of carbonation, maybe a little too high. Lingering bitterness that fills the entire mouth. Grainy flavors stick around after the swallow too.

D - Very easy drinking. Has the smoothness and lots of the flavors of a European lager. Good summer beer or session beer. At 5.0% this one won't hurt you if you have a few. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected for a pale ale.

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Photo of astout
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What can I say I just love this brewery I am yet to be disappointed and this is proving to be one of my favourite session beers.

Pours a rich burnt orange colour with moderate head and relatively high carbonation.

Aromas of caramel roasted malt but with a lot of hops slowly taking over.

Good amount of caramel sweet malt but gets dried out by the generous amount of hopping and finishes quite dry. I get a lot more of a grapefruity hop profile than I do from their IPA and I really like it.

Possibly a little over carbonated for my taste but definitely not to the point of distraction, if I had it on tap I imagine this would be even better, looks like I need to plan a trip to Surrey :(.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this at the liquor store, 355 ml can.

Pours a clear golden amber, very thick rocky head forms, slightly off white, lots of lace chunks on the glass, solid ring. Smell is nice, citrusy, mango, grapefruit, light fruitiness, caramel and biscuity malts, bread, sourdough almost, nice. Taste is good, quite malty although a bit undefined, dry toast and biscuit, lightly floral, decent bitterness but not a lot going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, nice drinkable beer. Aroma is nice but the flavour let me down a bit, still good stuff.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can brought back from Vancouver.
Blue-green background, with a cute redhead flying downhill on her red racer bicycle. The wind is blowing up her red skirt exposing white nylons and garter, but enough about the picture...
Pours clear golden color, tight white head, good retention and nice lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma, citru, pine, grass. Some fruity flavors, but lots of hoppy bite, grapefruit, pine resin, nice amount of bitterness. Lots of malt to balance and hold everything together. Medium body, good carbonation. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. Good hop flavor.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big Pacific Northwest aroma (Nectarine, tangerine, pine, grass); tropical fruit & toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, floral (almost soapy), grapefruit rind, pine, grass, candied pineapple, slight toffee sweetness, decent bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation is a little high, light hop acidity.

D: Good for a hop fix! (definitely a 4.5; a session ale for the hop head)

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden body with a fluffy white head, which leaves decent lacing as it slowly recedes. A surprising amount of citrus in the aroma get me thinking about IPA, but the taste tells a different story. The citrus is far less prominent, and a nice bready malt body comes to the fore. There is a pleasant bitterness also, but its not as dominant as it would be in an IPA. Medium-light body, with prickly carbonation accentuating the bittering.

This is a very solid pale ale, with great balance. Nice and drinkable - I could imagine sessioning this in warmer weather.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very yellow, almost lemon-skin colour. A little less amber than I'm used to. I guess it looks like a lager, really. Nice fluffy head, but it doesn't hang around long.

Smell: Quite the hoppy nose on this one. Grassy and citrus are the predominant aromas, but there's some roastiness and a bit of a sweet sugary smell as well.

Taste: Great! Way hoppier than your average CDN pale ale. The hops are pleasant, bitter, and definitely at the forefront. There is, however, a lot of malt to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Not too over the top with the oily hoppiness, but with bitterness that hits where it should. The maltiness nicely tempers the bitterness with a solid sweetness.

Drinkability: Off the charts. Low-ish alcohol content and the bold, strong flavours make this a great relaxation session beer.

Overall: I'm glad we can get this in cans now all over the lower mainland. No skunk to be found. Also of note is the cool artwork on the can. Kind of a retro feel. This is definitely the best bang for the buck APA in BC.

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

Well balanced PA from Central City. Good gold-coppe colour with a fluffy white head. The head settles quite quickly and leaves nice rings around my glass.

Nice malt smell, good balance on the hops. Bready taste, a little bit more towards the hops but there are enough hops to keep it interesting.

Little bit tangy on the mouth, maybe a bit high on the carbonation. Regardless, this is a nice session ale.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool to see this beer in cans and in private stores in Vancouver. Came as part of mixed six pack with the wheat and the lager as well.

Nice dark gold colour with good head. Hop nose with some cereal. The beer is a solid APA with a decent amount of hops ( not as hoppy as Blue Buck from Phillips but hoppier than Whistler). the beer has a slight sweetness to it but the finish is good with a nice balance. This is one my go to session beers for this summer.

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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
85 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.