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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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85
very good

116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 196
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 5
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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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. (460 characters)

Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very well done classic pale ale with a good American hop presence and a balancing English malt body. Got this at the village idiot in Toronto in the original glass but a bit too cold. (183 characters)

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. (901 characters)

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

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head with decent retention. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma of hops and caramel malt. Balanced taste with some sweet malt and citrusy, earthy hops. Medium-light bodied with an average mouthfeel; this is a tad overcarbonated. This beer didn't amaze me or anything like Central City's IPA did, but this is a still a very solid, drinkable Pale Ale. (411 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can opens with foam ready to pour right out, quickly caught it all in my glass, pours a golden color with a large foamy white head, fades fast at first but slows down, some patchy lacing.

Smell is a mix between sweet malt and some nice citrusy hops, hops more evident right after pouring but becomes more balanced in the aroma as time goes on.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation dances on the tongue, decent hop presence with accompanying bitterness, the bitterness lingers for a good long while, not picking up the citrus as much in the taste which is a shame.

Awesome label on the can, I wonder if I can get a poster of it (for the bicycle of course)... (661 characters)

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. (596 characters)

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. (626 characters)

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. (464 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost a straw to golden hue, with just a touch of haze, though it doesn't seem cool enough to be a chill-haze. It doesn't suffer much, though. The head retention is pretty great, though... it forms about a finger tall, falls to about half that, and just stays there, nice and creamy, over the brew.

S + T: The aroma and flavour of this come across a little more like an English styled pale ale to me than an American, as described on the style here, simply for the malt balance. A strong malty backbone brings out a toasty character behind an herbal and citrus hop profile. Lovely balance, with just the right hop kick. I'm definitely a fan!

M + D: Medium body, smooth drinking, almost a bit of a creamy type of finish on it. I'm shocked I didn't take the time to imbibe in this earlier, but it will certainly join the rotation of brews to return to... quality craftsmanship, and certainly recommended - especially on a great summer day after a long week of work! (970 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold with a frothy white head. Patches of foam coat the glass on the way down. The aroma is lemon, orange and tropical fruit hops and a light biscuit malt character. Some light citrus, lemon drop candy and guava mixes with a cookie dough, somewhat anemic maltiness. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a sparse, prickly carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with a light metallic, soapy flavor (definitely not my freshly washed and dried Sam Adams glass) that doesn't ruin the beer, but distracts a bit.

Overall a decent Pale Ale, just a bit stayed and with a distinct astringency, possibly from yeast or temperature. Still worth trying. (660 characters)

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. (673 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a London Pride pint glass. A nice mellow honey amber color, just grading into red territory, with aggressive carbonation ... Huge white head that maintains shape well. Aroma is potent, with massive pine, grapefruit, guava and marijuana hop notes along with another spicy green character that recalls mustard greens. Reminds me of this brewery's pilsener albeit with more sweet malts to provide balance. Palate is similarly bold, tons of grapefruit, lemon, orange, and mandarin citrus rind, fresh pine and weed resin ... The hops trump the malts here. The latter do provide a semi-sweet grainy backdrop that reminds me of brick oven pizza crust along with a touch of caramel and marmalade. There is a tinge of diacetyl and the finish becomes more mellow and fruity after such an aggressive start. Dank, weedy, and piney for a pale ale, hopped like a full-on IPA but less floral than Red Racer IPA proper. Does translate into a pretty balanced experience as the malts gain traction. One of those beers that evolves in real time as you drink. This almost reaches the lofty heights of its IPA stablemate and the relative absence of floral and tropical flavors actually renders the pine more noticeable. Its official, Central City is tied with Phillips as my favorite Western Canadian beer peddler. Keep up the good work guys. (1,347 characters)

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...) (828 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, bright, golden-yellow body...a two finger, white head formed from the pour...it retained nicely and left some decent lacing

S - The hops stand out more than anything...the citrus presence makes this pale ale inviting...there is also a slight sweet malt aroma

T - The flavors came up kind of short for me...the flavors were good but just nothing special...the hops were sweet up front with the grapefruit and some lemon...the caramel malts rounded out the middle and there was a touch of grain to it as well...the hops provided a bitterness at the end that was pretty short

M - Medium bodied...on the lighter side...creamy with some hop residue...dry

D - I could drink more than one of these...it was very easy to drink...I just didn't find the flavor to blow me away (783 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can on 4-7-10.
Came in a BIF box from gn0sis, part of the worst thought out box full of old stale beers, so chances are, this one sat around for awhile before he sent it. I'll be sure to grab another one and give it another try.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with very little foam.

S - light citrus hops and light malts

T - light malts, some citrus hops and some cloves

M - light bodied, crisp with good carbonation

D - good flavor, easy to drink, interesting flavor keeps me coming back for more. (518 characters)

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! (928 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New recipe, now hopped with Citra.

A: Honey amber liquid with a 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly but left a nice lacing.

S: Tea, flowers and lemon.

T: Lemon, tea, blueberries, lime, apricot over a nicely balanced malt backbone that balances sweetness and dryness just perfectly.

M: Medium viscosity and somewhat drying in the finish with a medium level of carbonation.

O: World class pale ale. This new recipe is a great little brother to the IPA. (459 characters)

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 (467 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a clear copper/amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, caramalts, tropical fruits, hint of grapefruit rind.

Taste - Nice hit from the citrus hops followed by the tropical fruits and caramalts. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness and the hint of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A spot on APA from Central City with a great citrus hop profile and a supporting caramalt backbone. This is definitely a winner amongst hopheads like myself. (531 characters)

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. (431 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint served on tap at the Bier Markt in Toronto. Served cold into a Red Racer pint glass.

Appearance - Bright orange and amber color, clear with plenty of lively bubbles. Topped by a bout two fingers of dense frothy white head with great retentions and sheets of lacing around the side of the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit, Pine and other citrus dominate, not nearly to the effect of their IPA, but nevertheless a substantially citrus based aromatic pale ale.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose; citrusy with grapefruit and some orange shining through more than others. Some pine mixed in for good measure and a faint sweet caramel base to keep everything balanced.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, keeps the tastebuds prickling. Smooth feel and fairly light body give the intensity of the beer.

Overall - A great pale ale enhanced by the fact it was on tap. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely worth a try. (913 characters)

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! (470 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can into a pint glass.

A: two to three finger head. Amber gold in color.

S: citrus hops, and some coriander.

T: grapefruit hops and malt. Definite bitterness present but a nice finish.

M: medium carbonation and dry finish. Nice.

O: a nice pale ale. Good summer drinking. Milder than their IPA and I quite like this. I'd have it again. (350 characters)

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. (834 characters)

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