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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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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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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

Beer labeled as "Red Betty Pale Ale"
Poured from a 12oz can into a shaker pint.

Gold with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Moderate carbonation with good clarity and good retention.

Toffee, butterscotch, honey, grapefruit, lemon and pineapple.

Very malt forward with caramel and biscuit as well as touches of toffee and honey. Grapefruit pith, lemon and touches of pine round out the hop bill.

Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

The hops are really restrained in this APA. Very malty and heading into ESB territory. I'm not terribly into this one, however it is very easy drinking.

01-06-2013 18:21:36 | More by justintcoons
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2012 01:28:30 | More by ssimpson89
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-29-2012 02:04:55 | More by KalanM
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-18-2012 04:55:39 | More by djcreepshow
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-06-2012 16:34:14 | More by cfalovo97
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-26-2012 02:13:12 | More by illini4x4
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-22-2012 00:20:45 | More by bacher468
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-18-2012 20:59:09 | More by robuncorked
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2.8/5  rDev -26.3%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

No date info on the bottom of the can...though there normally is...odd... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale-ish brass topped by plenty of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry pine needles, dusty toffee, and mild biscuit. Separately, those wouldn't be all that great, but, somehow, together, everything works out decently enough. The taste holds notes of depressed pine needles, light mint, light menthol, and a touch of watered-down tea. Man, this just doesn't taste all that good to me... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, I hope this is just an old can (impossible for me to tell...), but, if it's not, this stuff just ain't very good at all.

10-10-2012 04:44:12 | More by TMoney2591
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2.85/5  rDev -25%

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. UPDATE can reading of M2509 is WAY OLD! I will re-review this in the future for sure when I can.

A pale and muddy orange light amber body, with a good thick white head, three fingers deep, with a good cap and retention. Some sticky qualities in the head but a rather hazy and muddy appearance.

Nose is full of movie theater diacetyl popcorn. I smell nothing else going on here. I kind of want to get some salt and spread this, but still not feeling it. I would like something else, but sorry as much as this isn't really off putting you should deliver something else for my senses.

Taste is much improved, but hardly anything to brag about. Orange fruit somewhat, with a light body palate with some wet like juice quality. However, the body is quite thin with hardly a malt backbone to carry anything forward. Hop angle, non existent.

Overall, really loved the IPA Central City, but this is not getting it done at all. In short a wet buttery forgetful mess.

08-14-2012 02:47:59 | More by smakawhat
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4.85/5  rDev +27.6%

I created an account here just so I could rate this beer. It is amazing. It's very hard to find in Chicago but I seek it out regularly.

I found a regular pint glass doesn't do anything for it. I prefer to use a Guinness glass. Huge firm, sticky head like a marshmallow.

This is hands down my favorite IPA. Smooth hops with a fresh, tangy, yet soft bite.

The can design is a thing of beauty as well.

Seek this out and try it.

Serving type: can

07-26-2012 15:30:02 | More by AaronS
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

Beer is golden with a small white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

The scent is dominated by lemon. Quite unusual, but a nice clean smell. Hoppy but with a malty backbone.

Nice hoppy flavour. Light citrus fruit, lemon mainly. Some caramel malt behind. A bit grassy.

Medium bodied, overly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, quite tasty. A fairly unique and tasty APA.

07-11-2012 05:53:28 | More by jrenihan
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%

355ml can poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Willow Park in Regina.

Light copper to dark orange in colour. Off white head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a few islands and a thin ring around the edge. Moderate streams of carbonation and delicate lacing down the sides.

Aroma is a big punch of citrus accented by sweet caramel. Yummy juicy fruit gum with hints of grapefruit.

Citrus throughout. Sweet and mellow with hints of caramel at the start. Drier and a hoppier citrus finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

One of the best APAs that I've ever had. This is only the second Central City brew that I've had but colour me impressed. Wish I had more access to these terrific beers!

07-05-2012 03:01:44 | More by Noxious26
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-04-2012 20:20:06 | More by polishkaz
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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

06-15-2012 23:51:59 | More by EtOHMD
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

06-07-2012 09:59:01 | More by thefullpython
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-22-2012 02:21:23 | More by mdillon86
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-08-2012 02:56:35 | More by beerhaver
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-24-2012 19:29:53 | More by jpcool9
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-23-2012 21:37:15 | More by WMEugene
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-04-2012 22:40:56 | More by oldp0rt
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-16-2012 20:55:18 | More by Archemedies
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

03-04-2012 06:23:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-28-2012 04:56:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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