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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 197
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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: 116 | Hads: 197
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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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).

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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...)

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a fairly clear pale amber color with a small white head that's quite sticky with some light lacing. Nose is really solid, hoppy, fresh, floral and fruity a bit sweet as well

Taste is really well balanced and nice, it's got a light sweetness but it's quite hoppy and vegetal as well. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit dry but overall quite nice. A solid pale ale, but I'd skip this and go right for the IPA in the future.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a sunshine pale yellow with 1 1/2 fingers of head. Small spotted lacing.

S: Orange rinds and floral hops. Light and subtle, yet still noticeable juicy if that makes sense. Very crisp.

T: Strong orange flavor with a light bitterness. Slight breadiness flavor but otherwise little to no malt. Highly drinkable APA.

M: Moderate carbonation and light in body. Crisp and light.

D: Could drink several of these in a sitting. This is one of the better APAs I've had.

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Photo of IllNate
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poors a somewhat cloudy dim gold. Finger of head subsides to lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and citrus hops primarity. Similar to the IPA offering.

T - Hoppy indeed. Again dominated by citrus hop and also similar to the Red Racer IPA. More subdued though. Here the malt is allowed to come through. The fruity esters are also noticeable. I have it on good authority that they use ESB 1968 yeast for this.

M - Quite nice. Very smooth and ample body.

D - Highly drinkable.

Excellent for a PA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice bright yellow color.

S- smell of fruity notes.Refreshing.

T- taste of hops not much malt as stated on the can. Fruity notes in the background. Very settle not over powering.

M- very creamy and smooth like Genny cream ale.

D- This is a nice beer from Canada very good to see other brewery beside the labatt's and Molsons in Canada hey.


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Photo of wagenvolks
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo-hoo! 3 new cans in one night thanks to xnicknj & the Nice Cans II BIF!

Excited to try the little cousin of Red Racer IPA, and the Pale pours like it should: sticky, albeit thin cap of spittle-white foam atop a translucent body the color of tangerine flesh. Speaking of citrus, the aroma exudes fresh grapefruit juice. BIG notes of orange peel and more grapefruit--all else 'Pale Ales' in comparison. Puns aside, there's a hint of pale malts and some spicy Band-Aid phenolics that keep this beer from a perfect rating in the aroma department.

The flavor switches from grapefruit to mandarin orange--but it's a welcome change for sure. Big, flavorful hop notes literally ooze citrus juices. A bit soapy, though, as the phenolics become more present as RRPA warms. Very nice palate presentation, as the finish packs in some herbal bitterness that clashes with traces of caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is snazzy and biting with carbonation ripping through the medium body. Makes the tongue wake up and take notice! Me gusta. Great beer, get at this if you 'can'.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white foamy head that had pretty good lasting power. Body is dark copper and clear.

S: Nice aroma with a moderate, ctirusy hop presence that fits perfectly for the style... enough malt to help balance.

T: Again, while the malt presence is sufficient for the style, it's obviously the hops that come out ahead... but don't be mistaken, this beer is not an IPA, and it knows it. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering, and the citrusy hop flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Moderate-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: One of the best American Pale Ales I've had... some APAs are too light on the hops, while others seem to want to be IPAs. CC's APA is right on the money.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with two finger's worth of rocky white head that leaves some great lacing.

S: Mildly sweet citrus hops up front, mostly oranges, a light sweetness to the malt, and a fair amount of bread character. Pretty much what you expect from a pale ale.

T: Maybe leaning a bit more toward the bread side of things with a slight sweetness of caramel. The hops are again mostly orange flavored with a bit of an earthy spice note in there as well. The bitterness is fairly mild.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

D: I think the IPA is probably a bit better. I liked this one a fair amount, and it works well as your standard pale ale.

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Photo of mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed sixer from Julio's. Poured into a goblet, pours an orange amber. Citrussy aroma, mild hop profile, no real bite. Thin lacing, minimal head. Decent, but not great, would probably be good for the beach or a backyard BBQ, but not worth $12 a six pack.

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Photo of number1bum
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this can.

Pours a slightly hazed pale amber color, with about a finger of off white head. Keeps just a thin lace with moderate stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell has some citrus hops and a bready, lightly sweet malt base. Pretty straightforward.

Tastes basically like it smells, with a bready malt base, a light sweetness and subtle toasted flavor, plus some citrus and herbal hops. Straightforward fits the bill again, but the flavor is good.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slickness to it.

This is a solid and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a good beer for sure.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After being blown away by the Red Racer IPA I am definitely looking forward to trying this beer. Nice pour, smallish white head but thick, and a nice light amber hue, crystal clear like the IPA. Nice hoppy aroma, kind of reminds me of DF60 Min, wonder what hops they are using here. It might just be an odd whiff I'm getting here, but I am getting a slightly off-putting smell of canned tuna. Hm. Hope I have a fresh sample here. At first sip this beer is more malty than hinted at by the hoppy aroma. English style malt profile, only slight bittering hops present actually, more citrusy in aroma. Toasty and buttery. Nice rich texture. A tasty beer, just no defining characteristics. A little of this, a little of that... not a lot of anything special. Still, a solid beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Beer Run, enjoyed on site and from a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a radiant golden sunset orange, bright and slightly hazed, but only slightly. A gentle pour yields one finger of dull tawny white head with average retention that - while not sticking around for long - does leave plenty of other stickage, with glittery, delicate stalactites dripping down the sides of the glass and hardening in to crusty snowflaked patterns. Slow and intermittent carbonation rises gently.

Aroma: Unabashed caramel and light toffee mingle with crackery and bready malts amidst a swarm of herbal, leafy, mildly astringent hop notes.

Taste: A sweet, crackery malt backbone - showcasing caramel and some honey sweetness - is dried out considerably by a good deal of herbal, tobacco-y, and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is mild, and mingles with the astringencies of the profile itself to mitigate a lot of the unattenuated sugars.

Mouthfeel: This beer's best aspect - a soft, creamy, almost pillowy mouth, with a body of moderate thickness and a nice subtle amount of carbonation. Works really well to mitigate the astringencies in the flavor profile and augment the lightly caramelized, whipped sugar aspects too.

Drinkability: A solid if not world class APA with a good flavor profile and spot-on procedural points. The hop profile could use a little variety, but its nonetheless a very drinkable, low-abv% brew.

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Photo of krisandajt
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A surprise extra courtesy of a truly world-class BA, mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the can into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is is clear, vibrant light gold color with a massive, foamy 2 inches worth of head. The retention is pretty good, and I can see thick chunks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Lookin good.

Smell: A bit hoppier than what I expected, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Some sweet citrusy grapefruit, the result of a fairly balanced mix of the hops and a nice malt backbone.

Taste: I guess I kind of got my hopes up with the hops in the nose...there's really no hop presence here. The beer is a mix of malt and bland, not that great.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, lacking carbonation (surprising given the head after the initial pour).

Drinkability: Well the beer started off good, but it took a turn for the worse pretty quick. Gotta say I'm not that impressed with this brew. I'd pass on this one.

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

I enjoyed this one chilled from the can w/ Octopus87 -poured into a small duvel tulip and a tulip pint.

A - A golden pale color with amber hues and bone white cream of about an inch. The clarity is translucent and lace clings in a webbing and sticks well. The retention is also good for the head hangs in the whole time.

S - The nose is strong pine hop scents w/ earthy herbal accent and mild malt aroma - pretty good aroma if only one real aroma

M- The feel has moderate carbonation and moderate bitterness w/ light astringent and slight spice with a dry finish

T - The taste is slightly bitter up front with less hop flavor than bitterness and mild pine in the taste. The spice quality carries over from the feel with gentle grassy character and very mild malt flavor which is only noticeable in the finish slightly

D - Not a bad Pale, but I consider it middling for the style - it lacks the malt presence and balance you might expect from an american pale ale - just ok drinkability for me

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop note, very slight citrus. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA at all, worth a shot.

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Photo of craytonic
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade. Not much head or lacing, pretty peach-amber pour. Aroma is light citrus / lemon grass / sweet grass with more hops than I expected. Taste is more sweet grass, less hops than I expected given the aroma, also a nice citrus element. Very refreshing. Some brewers would call it an IPA (hell bud might call it a DIPA knowing them). Good standard offering, if they had it at a beer this would be a solid session choice.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can courtesy of drabmuh from BA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice 1 finger head of tiny tight packed white bubbles.

Not nearly as aromatic as the IPA, the Pale Ale has some floral type notes along with malt.

The taste on this is kind of a disappointment compared to the IPA as well, I mean what happened? This beer just kind of comes out flat as in the hop flavor is somewhat lost as is the malt backbone. Slight sweetness up front followed by minimal bitterness from the hops. Has an odd off taste as well. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, not the best example of an APA. I'd go with their IPA anytime though.

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

A- Golden orange with a big, foamy white head. The retention is good and big pieces of lace cling to the glass at random. A Belgian-esque cloud stays atop the ale.

S- Hops come to mind first but not as much as an IPA. They lend a ton of floral notes and some citrus. With the hops comes a good caramel and biscuity malt backbone.

T- A pale ale for sure. Noticeable but not overbearing hop profile. Floral, earthy and citrus notes mostly. Light caramel malt provides a good backdrop and is slightly bready.

MF- Light body with moderate carbonation. Creamy enough to support the pale ale flavors. Slight bitterness.

DB/Conclusion- A solid beer for sure but nothing amazing. This would be a nice session brew and probably a good one to introduce to craft newbies. Good balance and well-rounded, worth a shot.

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Photo of malloyca
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance; very clear and golden amber in color, minimal head when poured from the can into a pint glass. Grain and fresh bread aromas, with faint hints of citrus and hops in the background. The grain and biscuit aromas carry through in the flavor, again with a faint hop backbone. This is very well balanced and has a great mouth-feel. The restraint and balance of the flavors make this ideal session beer. It would also be great with most all types of food.

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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.