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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85
very good

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 195
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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: 195
Photo of wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass may5 2010

A clear light golden with a decent amount of carbonation floating up to a two finger head that has pretty good retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S like the can says a fair bit of citrus with a little sweet malt

T again citrus with a good amount of malt to balance things out a bit, it's a little earthy rather enjoyable

M good carbonation and it's thick enough to please

D not lacking in any area and I could drink a large number of them in a sitting so that says something

another thank you to Moniker for this one, a solid beer good all around. I found out today that this will be in Alberta next week along with the IPA that I loved so let the good times roll (728 characters)

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. (502 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from the summer mixed 6 pack at the Ottawa LCBO for $12.55

Appearance - Clear amber with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and honey dew melon sweetness. It ends with a fairly hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A superb highly flavourful yet highly drinkable brew. It has most the flavour found in their IPA but scaled down booze. A great every day beer and extra convenient in the small can. (735 characters)

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. (610 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before August 2nd 2013.

A - Pours light copper and bright. One finger white soapy head. Strong carbonation. Good spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus. 'C' hops. Some grass. Nice citrussy aroma. Pineapple and grapefruit with some toffee or bread.

T - Citrus again. Less complex than the aroma. More bready/malty than aroma would lead you to believe. Possible diacetyl. Milder hop character than expected.

M - Decent bitterness. with a really drying feel. Good carbonation, light to medium body.

O/D - Not a bad pale. Does the job it intends to. I don't think this is too special, but it's a good one. Too malty in the flavour for my tastes in the style. (692 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent golden orange with a loose, half inch bright white head. Head quickly disperses into a thin cap with some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the session. Light nose - a faint hops presence as well as some citrus. Taste consistent with nose with addition of some bready/caramel notes and a light, lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonated at a level just shy of being overly assertive. A pleasant and drinkable APA, but does not merit a $12 per 6-pack price tab. Still worth trying if you have the opportunity to do so. (617 characters)

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. (809 characters)

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. (378 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (543 characters)

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. (460 characters)

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

Picked this one up at the Canada Day beer swap thinking it was the IPA, needless to say I was pleased for the opportunity to try out a new Central City bevy!

A - Pours a crystal clear golden copper colour, a finger of white bubbly head which slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of head which holds strong. No real lacing left behind.

S - Leafy greens, pine and cedar sprigs and a bit of bready malt on the finish. I also noticed a slight 'weed' scent to this one.

T - There's some nice pine citrus hops right off the top and the bready malt comes through nicely on the finish. A bit of a deep fried batter flavour lingers on the tongue. Delicious balance, and the noticeable hop presence makes this a wonderful full bodied pale ale.

M - Light and bubbly and goes down incredibly smooth. Given the hop presence I was expecting something a little more dry, but this one finished really nicely leaving your palette craving more and more!

D - I could toss back a dozen of these no problem. A delicious sessionable bevy which packs the perfect amount of flavour allowing you to enjoy several without overloading your tastebuds. (1,130 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (375 characters)

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. (536 characters)

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. (564 characters)

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

From a 355 ml can. Pours a clear vibrant copper colour, topped by a creamy loose-bubbled off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Earthy, dry malt on the nose, mild herbal hops with a more assertive presence of citrus.

The flavour is very balanced until well into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry toasty and earthy malt holds its own until leafy, herbal hops gain momentum on the finish, while grapefruit citrus waits to rise up in the aftertaste.

Smooth medium-light mouthfeel, carbonation is present but doesn't overwhelm.

All this adds up to a tasty session beer that isn't going to overwhelm your palate over the course of time. I still prefer the IPA from Central City, but this Pale Ale from them holds its own too. (722 characters)

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. (593 characters)

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'. (1,062 characters)

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. (605 characters)

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. (657 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth and refreshing.

Overall
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. (629 characters)

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 (472 characters)

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. (1,117 characters)

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. (555 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a six pack of this at Julios.

A: Hazy golden color with a finger of white head. A nice amount of spider like lacing. Just a touch of visible carbonation.

S: Not the best nose on this beer. A little bit earthy. You get malt but nothing clear. Quite a tight nose and what comes through is not wholly pleasant.

T: Just like the nose. A little bit of citrus gets through but that is about it. It just tastes like a day on the river tubing.

M: Fairly full bodied for the style. Carbonation is good.

D: I liked their IPA quite a bit but this really fell short. No real hop bite and no real malt taste either. This was a miss for me. (639 characters)

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. (1,417 characters)

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