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Red Racer Winter Ale - Central City Brewing

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89
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big, malty, and brewed to keep you warm through the long dark days of a west coast winter. This complex amber ale has vanilla and maple syrup undertones, with a warm, spicy finish. Best enjoyed when only partially chilled.

(Beer added by: Hornet2003 on 12-13-2008)
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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to find a six pack of this in May as it didn't show up at many stores. This is a cross between a Scotch Ale and a winter warmer. Nice and full flavoured with a malt forward taste. There are some spices on the finish but mostly this is a slightly sweet winter beer with a nice balance ( after it warms up up you can taste and smell the hops). Like all the other Central beers this is really well made and very drinkable.

canucklehead, May 08, 2009
Photo of OskarL
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red/amber color with some cloudyness and a white head that has some ligth brown color to it. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is spicy bread, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon with some vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Spicy malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, nutmeg and some alcohol with little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, with a medium body/full.

OskarL, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head which quickly dissipates leaving no real lacing.

S - Sweet cherries with some roasted almonds, caramel malts and some sweet spices (nutmeg, ginger & cinnamon).

T - The sweet fruitiness comes through, followed by caramel, some leafy hops and touch of vanilla that lingers. The spices are also present, but are more subtle.

M - Medium bodied ale, a bit prickly going down, and finishes a tad dry.

D - Overall, a tasty winter ale with some unique flavours, and a nice hop / malt balance. The ABV is reasonably well hidden, and the flavours are subtle enough to make it quite drinkable.

andrenaline, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

liamt07, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of ritzkiss
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ritzkiss, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of koopa
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can received in a trade with EskimoDave thanks!

Appearance: Pours amber with a hint of red. The 1 finger white crown shows little retention and hints moderate lace.

Smell: Stone fruits, bready malt, and a whisper of alcohol.

Taste: Same as the nose but much more bitter than anticipated.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Not something I'd want more than one of but it wouldn't be hard to have more.

koopa, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Tmappin
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Tmappin, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jdavolos88
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

jdavolos88, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

cbnz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of markaberrant
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

markaberrant, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Rutager
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rutager, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 16, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

chickenm, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can from liquor store.

Pours a clear amber, some dark amber hues, very bright, a touch of red, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, looks good.

Smell is nice, big and malty, some maple syrup and caramel, biscuit, light grapefruit, golden raisins, dry and toasty, lightly fruity and sweet, but a neat spicy component, touch of vanilla, light alcohol, treacle, nice.

Taste is nice too, sweet and malty, big caramel and treacle with an almost tropical fruit kind of sweetness, vanilla, biscuit, raisin, alcohol, a bit of an off almost burnt flavour in the finish, lightly buttery, but the rest is neat.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, light warmth going down. Nice aroma but a couple flaws in the taste.

Viggo, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -25.2%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
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Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.