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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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very good

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

Poured from 6 pack can to pint glass.

A: Clear, orange with decent white head. Visible carbonation.

S: Pine. Mild orange. Slight maple syrup.

T: Nice mix of peppery and citrus (orange and grapefruit). Mild breadiness. Slight caramel.

M: Dry, sharp up front.

O: Very good pale ale and easy to drink.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this several times but somehow never reviewed it
A - clear rich golden, two fingers of head dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - grapefruit juice, orange zest, biscuity and spicy, very inviting
T - punget grapefruit and orange hop flavours with some light perfumes, biscuity grainy malt with light peppery nots
M - light body, initially juicy moving to a pleasant balanced bitter
O - super flavourful and sessionable, Central City has yet to dissapoint

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a bright orange amber with a massive medium white head, constantly renewed by active carbonation. Fun to watch. Nice aroma of citrus hops, light citrus fruit, sweet malt. Muted flavor of citrus, hops, light malt, light fruit; finishes with a moderate dry hop kick. Light bodied. Pleasant and great aroma, but somewhat lightly flavored. Decent hop kick. Not too bad for a fall back low ABV ale.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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