Red Racer Winter Ale - Central City Brewing
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Reviews by markaberrant:
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
Can from Winter 08/09, thanks Canucklehead!
A - clear orange/red, thin white ring for head, no lacing
S - malt, brown sugar, vanilla, hint of nutmeg
T - clean malt flavour, not overly sweet, low esters, nutmeg spice in the finish
M - could perhaps be a little creamer and heavier to suit the style better, but not bad, med low carbonation, alcohol warmth is not huge
D - a reasonable interpretation of a spiced warmer, just missing a little something to make it really special.
I hate overly spiced beers, so I like the subdued attempt here. The biggest problem is that the beer is lacking in body, hops and malt character. If just one of these were a little more assertive, it would greatly improve this already decent beer.
My scores are rather reserved, but it is definitely worth seeking out, especially at a very reasonable $12/6-pack.
12-06-2009 21:44:50 | More by markaberrant
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -1%
Appearance - pours a gorgeous clear 'red' coper colour. the head is about 1 finger of off-white fluffy that dissipates fairly quickly. leaves behind some nice island head. not much along the lines of carbonation.
Smell - found there to be a very strong citrus smell, very dominant. there is some nice malts and spices as well. the beer offers a lot to the nose.
taste - unlike the smell, little more malty in the taste along with a slight metallic base. there is a good lasting taste and a slight bitterness near the end.
mouthfeel - not a lot of added carbonation, but very well balanced. Again, there is a bit of a metallic flavour coming through.
drinkability - good beer, not as good as the IPA but happy to have tried and had.
03-15-2011 01:29:08 | More by Swedes21
4.2/5 rDev +4%
355ml can. There's our girl, in her winter minimal finery, still astride that red hipster ride...
This beer pours a clear, medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of dense, foamy off-white head, which leaves some random coffee ring stain imprints of frilly lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.
It smells of grapefruit and orange citrus hops, caramel toffee malt, and an overarching stewed raisin, fruitcake-like essence, which keeps it barely out of straight-up, knockin' on DIPA territory. Still, I am breathless with anticipation! The taste is bready, biscuity, crackery - sweet, all - malt, a more moderated earthy citrus character, and some piney, musty, somewhat leafy vegetal hops.
The carbonation subscribes to the don't ask, don't tell model in going about its business, the body a solid medium weight and generally smooth, no complaints. It finishes clean and very well balanced - the bitter citrus hops still doing well to cut through a lake of complex malt.
Wow, West Coast Winter Warmer represent! Nothing like a bit of sensory obfuscation, before arriving at the real thing. Big IPA up front, pizza crust (yeah, homemade, herbal pizza dough at this point, at least), and then a still stunned, warming maltster emerges. Quirky, kind of sultry, and quite drinkable - glad I've got 5 more to relive this experience a few times over.
05-31-2011 23:47:11 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
Very pleasant, and a good drinker, care of Presario. Pours a little mber with a huge foamy topping. The aroma is neutral at best, initially a bit of cheese coming out of the can. Easy mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. Mostly a malt job, with understated spices.
05-16-2010 02:28:59 | More by Sammy
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
A - red copper clear, average head dissipated leaving respectable lacing
S - herbal and spicy, toasted grains with a citrus and slightly astringent odor
T - gingerbread savoury, herbal and citrus hoppiness, toasty, very light cinnamon
M - generous carbonation, bready moving to spicy and slightly bitter
D - they aren't hiding behind a spice mask like many winters, the flavours are subtle but warm and balanced, the more I have the more I like it
01-30-2011 04:37:21 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance. Pours a nice clear red-brown with a finger of yellow, thick and sticky looking head.
Smell. Orange spice, caramel malts, a little herby hops.
Taste. Roasty caramel malt, some nutmeg and spices, easy hop bite.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. A little warm alcohol.
Overall. Pretty good for the style. Not too sweet or spicy and no clove overkill.
03-26-2011 20:23:52 | More by Rutager
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
huge thanks for this one, went over quite well with the group, reviewed from notes.
deep hazelnut with a bit of a rustic red tone mixed in. nice one inch or so off white head formed on the top and quickly nestled into a thin film, that glazed over the top of the glass. Very thick lace was left behind as the glass was emptied. A nice clear appearence was evident even though it was soo dark,
hops are intertwined Vanilla, and lots of it for sure. once you got past that there was a nice earthy like tone, with hints of an oakish quality with a mix of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. N Had your classic yule time smell and brought me back a little, If not for the 95 degree heat I would turned on the fireplace to set the mood. with a light hop back rounding it.
08-06-2011 02:03:22 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
I managed to snag a can of this from the singles bin at a local liquor store. Hopefully it's as good as the other Red Racer beers I've tried!
It pours a deep reddish amber colour and completely clear, with a foamy head that settles down at about a centimeter. There are lots of bubbles floating up to the top.
The hop aroma is prominent right from the start. Though it is balanced out by some spicy notes of ginger and maybe cloves.
The flavour of this beer is surprisingly complex. It is incredibly smooth, and the slight hop bitterness is quickly followed by some light sweetness. This slowly gives way to some rich malt flavours that are accented by the spicy cloves aroma. This slowly becomes a nice hop flavour.
This is a highly drinkable winter beer! It is dangerously smooth and manages to pack a punch of flavour without being overly intense.
06-21-2011 06:38:22 | More by evlu1441
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
From a 355 ml can. Pours out a gorgeous clear russet copper hue, with a thick creamy off-white head that remains short but retains long.
Rich toffee juxtaposed with sweet grapefruit on the nose. This could easily be mistaken for a DIPA.
Bright grapefruit and tangerine hops burst through up front in the flavour, while the rich toffee pops up in the middle, finishing along with some spicy, pithy hops that linger on into the aftertaste. Quite balanced when all is said and done.
Medium-full mouthfeel, Smooth texture with some brisk carbonation.
One of my new favourite Winter Warmers, not only is it well balanced but the hops add an enjoyable extra dimension without being overwhelming, and the malt delivers a solid performance. Central City is a brewery that delivers the goods.
04-30-2011 04:41:31 | More by IronDjinn
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Can as an extra from EskimoDave - cheers man! Pours a clear amber/mahogany with maybe a finger of head that quickly dies to a collar.
Nose is pretty clean, bready caramel malt, hint of dark fruits and apricot, touch of spice - kinda scotch ale-ish. Reminds me a bit of Canoe's winter warmer.
Taste mirrors with a touch more nutmeg coming through, bit boozy in the finish, some treacle, light nuttiness, brown sugar, pretty dry hop finish with a hint of Noble hop bittering and flavor, a little thin and a little too carbonated for the style.
I'm a little ambivalent about this one, take it or leave it. I enjoy the alcohol warming as it progresses, a little fire in the belly. Not bad, pretty dry, could be a little richer. Solid beer, would drink again.
01-31-2010 03:36:50 | More by ritzkiss
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Part of a mixed pack that my uncle brought for me when visiting.
Poured from a 355ml. can, canned Nov. 10, 2011 (Lot K1011).
Appearance: A beautiful red-amber body with tons of tiny bubbles peppering the body. Massive head that just sits there and takes its good old time to wind down.
Smell: Sharp spices, cinnamon with some cloves. Some cardamom maybe but not sure. Very nice.
Taste: Some cinnamon, more spices, fruit cake and gingerbread. The constant flow of different spices is really nice.
Mouthfeel: Malt rolls off the tongue, warming. Spices add a bit of herb bitterness. Some creaminess as it warms.
Overall: This has all the right ingredients for a winter warmer. Nailing the style with a balance of malt, light hops and enough spices to keep it interesting without being a mess. One if their best.
01-08-2012 02:05:21 | More by papat444
4/5 rDev -1%
355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21
Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is also some pretty good lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was completely gone.
Smell - malts, hops, allspice, caramel
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. I can taste a lots malts and caramel mixed with hops. There is also a fair amount of allspice flavour. It finishes with a spicy/hoppy bittersweet aftertaste.
Overall - I'm not sure I've had a beer quite like this one. I really enjoyed it and it is a terrific seasonal beer. There were times however, when I was sure I tasted something along the lines of soya sauce, but I'm sure it was all in my head. Bottom line; worth seeking out.
03-16-2011 19:00:51 | More by spinrsx
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Can from wordemupg, 355ml can into a tulip. Dated K1011, presumable October 10, 2011.
Reddish-irange, with some browner leanings. Loose, billowing tan head, several pours required to get this into the glass. Nose is bready, light spice and some hop character. Light brown sugar perhaps, and a bit of licorice and bruised apple. Taste again, malty, bready, some sugary and spice character gentle bitterness and some herbal hop character. Medium feel, medium low carbonation. A pretty good winter ale, needs to get to room temp. to really open up.
08-06-2012 00:23:42 | More by liamt07
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
BigBry gets big ups from The CANQuest (TM) for not only more CANadian beer in a CAN, but my dear Red Racy to to go with it. In this iteration, she has donned thigh-high white boots, white mittens and white earmuffs as snowflakes fall around her. She is dedicated to that bike of hers, I'll tell you!
From the CAN: "Red Racer Limited Edition Winter Ale. A big and malty amber ale brewed to keep you warm through the long, dark days of west coast winter. This complex ale has vanilla and treacle undertones, with a warm and spicy finish. This beer is best enjoyed when only partially chilled. 'Cheers!'"
I have to cop to being impressed by the effervescence that was immediately noticeable following the Crack 'n' Glug. The pour created over two fingers' worth of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! I do not know what treacle should or does smell like, but it certainly had a very malty/bready nose along with a mild spiciness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a taste of cinnamon and clove spices on the tongue. Finish was more spicy than anything, causing me to wonder if I missed out on the vanilla and treacle mentioned earlier. Great Goshadarn, but it was friggin' smoooth! I had run through half the glass like it was nothing! Yum yum! I have nothing going in the winter that involves a cooler, except for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb), but this deserves a place in the cooler. It was especially welcome on this cold, rainy day in early spring that feels like late fall.
04-16-2011 18:29:10 | More by woodychandler
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.
A: Color is a clear copper with a 1 1/2 inch slightly off white head.
S: Smell is very spicy, cinnamon, clove, alspice. Not overpowering, but definitely there. Some faint hoppy bitterness.
T: Spices continue from the smell with a solid malt backbone. A little bready, but it works well with the spices. Very well balanced. Some sweet notes, a little vanilla. Nice. Reminds me of drinking holiday cinnamon bread.
M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.
D: Suprisingly nice for a spiced winter ale. Not overpower with a nice clean finish. I thought this was very enjoyable, even six months after release. Another solid brew from Central City.
06-19-2010 04:48:20 | More by oregonskibum
British Columbia (Canada)
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
I'm not generally a fan of spiced beer, so I hesitant to buy a 6-pack, thinking it'd be in the fridge most of the winter. Well, it's not even Christmas and it's gone...
A: Deep amber with a light tan head, good retention, leaves a little lace.
S: Brown sugar, caramel, roasted nut, candied fruit and a light spicing.
T: There's a light residual sweetness, but it has the bitterness to back it up. Very malty, caramel, biscuit, brown sugar, roasted nut, hints of candied fruit, alcohol is subtle. The spicing is done really well. It's apparent, but I can't really tell what it is. On it's own, the spicing is very well integrated. Having a 'plain' brew first makes the spicing a little more apparent.
M: Moderately full body has a light residual sweetness
D: Very drinkable for it's strength.
12-19-2010 19:34:10 | More by Derek
Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.