Red Racer Winter Ale - Central City Brewing
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-20-2010 22:54:33 | More by EskimoDave
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
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
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
4.22/5 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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
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!
12-13-2008 02:53:46 | More by Hornet2003
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
04-04-2010 04:43:14 | More by OskarL
British Columbia (Canada)
4.9/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
05-20-2009 17:11:01 | More by lumikuuro
Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.