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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: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 8
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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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

03-15-2011 01:29:08 | More by Swedes21
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 04:37:21 | More by joemcgrath27
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 23:10:33 | More by andrenaline
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2010 19:34:10 | More by Derek
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2010 00:01:41 | More by Viggo
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koopa

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 03:51:05 | More by koopa
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

06-19-2010 04:48:20 | More by oregonskibum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2010 02:28:59 | More by Sammy
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Central City's Red Racer Winter Ale pours a mahogany with an off-white head that leaves thing rings of lacing as you drink this surprisingly complex ale. On the nose you get moist bread, spices, some kind of fruit - dried berries? and vanilla undertones. There is a lot going here and all these aromas continue on to the taste of the beer with the addition of a barely noticable alcohol presence. It's very complex with a clean finish. Not something you'd expect from a can. I've had quite a few can of this over the winter. Next year I can see the same thing.

Serving type: can

04-20-2010 22:54:33 | More by EskimoDave
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OskarL

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 04:43:14 | More by OskarL
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-31-2010 03:36:50 | More by ritzkiss
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-06-2009 21:44:50 | More by markaberrant
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Central City Brewpub, Surrey, BC. They still have this on tap even though it is May and they have plenty of 6 packs left in the adjacent liquor store at reduced price.

Appearance: Deep amberish mahogany, clear, with one finger creamy beige head receding moderately quickly to a ring and leaving heavy lacing.

Aroma: Classic malty spiced winter warmer aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, treacle, alcohol. Possibly other spices.

Taste: Malty with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove, with some vanilla and distant coffee. Honey and treacle give it a balanced winter warmer sweetness, and the taste is quite vinous, showing how well brewed this beer is. The alcohol is appropriately noticeable and helps carry this true winter warmer. The finish is long and rich, as the spices and balanced sweetness linger.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied. Manages to be crisp, dry, and silky.

Drinkability: The only thing holding back the drinkability of this beer is just how rich it is. It is a delightfully delicious beer, but after a couple of them, some people may prefer to move on to something less rich. However, if you don't mind the rich flavour of this beer, you won't be worried.

The best winter ale in BC after Howe Sound, and it's not far behind.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 17:11:01 | More by lumikuuro
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-08-2009 03:14:48 | More by canucklehead
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber colour with a creamy white head.

Smell: Spicy nose with cloves, vanilla and cinnamon being the dominant aromas.

Taste: This beer has a great malty sweetness, some alcohol presence as well as a distinct nuttiness. Great spicy character just warms you right up. Cinnamon and clove are the dominant flavours. The alcohol provides a candy sweetness that makes this beer a treat to savour.

Mouthfeel: I gave it a 3.5 because the carbonation was a little too low but there was a great creaminess that I come to really enjoy in a winter warmer. There is a slight alcohol burn as well but very subtle.

Drinkability: As with most of Central City's beers, this is very drinkable. I could polish off a few pints and be happy...Very happy. This stuff is pretty strong at 7% alc/vol.

Overall: A great treat of a winter warmer. This beer reminds me somewhat of Howe Sound's Father John's Winter Ale. Except this one has a much fuller flavour and mouthfeel. Very nice!

Serving type: can

12-13-2008 02:53:46 | More by Hornet2003
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Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.