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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer Pumpkin AleRed Racer Pumpkin Ale

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted with pumpkin and choice spices, this ale is rich, creamy and contains a subtle pumpkin pie flavour. Enjoy this as a great pairing with any holiday feast.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 11-05-2009)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-26-2014 01:00:10 | More by Sammy
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-19-2014 23:32:41 | More by cbnz
Photo of Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2013 07:07:47 | More by Erik-P
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

Central City 'Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale' @ 5.0% , served from 'the new' 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50

A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to an amber/dark gold in the glass with a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-not sweet spice's , more cooked pumpkin , fall/harvest style

T-not as sweet as some pumpkin ale's , definately spicey

MF-mild carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , good pumpkin ale

prost LampertLand

11-11-2013 06:03:30 | More by LampertLand
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-04-2013 22:26:25 | More by Hoptron_3000
Photo of KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

10-10-2013 00:29:07 | More by KStark
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-30-2013 21:28:10 | More by bazzz
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

09-29-2013 06:25:18 | More by Caudalie
Photo of Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-28-2013 03:53:22 | More by Boozecamel
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-16-2013 00:28:57 | More by intoxabroad
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-03-2013 00:00:47 | More by bumchilly25
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-16-2013 13:04:32 | More by fizzyted
Photo of reesa0o0

British Columbia (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

This is probably the last pumpkin ale I will "test" of the season. I have tried all of them that I could get my hands on in the Victoria area with the exception of one. This is in my top 3 pumpkin ales of this season probably sitting between 2-3 place.

A- Reddish-orange with a finger and a bit of head, and light lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Slightly sweet citrusy pumpkin with typical pumpkin spices taking a backseat. The sweetness is very mild.

T- Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and hops make up the taste. Very balanced with beer and pumpkin flavour neither one overwhelming the other.

M- Medium carbonation and fairly medium mouth feel.

O- This is a great fall beer. The best pumpkin ale I have tried from BC. This has a lot of the pumpkin that I was looking for in a beer without the overpowering sweet and spicy taste of most of the other pumpkin beers available. When I intend to drink beer I don't want to drink liquefied pumpkin pie, Kudos to Central City!

10-27-2012 05:23:26 | More by reesa0o0
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-26-2012 06:52:42 | More by schopenhauerale
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

10-12-2012 09:03:07 | More by thefullpython
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

09-28-2012 21:42:42 | More by jrempel
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Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Part of a mixed pack that my uncle brought for me when visiting.

Poured from a 355ml. can, canned Oct. 25, 2011 (Lot J2511).

Appearance: An amber-orange body with 3-4 fingers worth of head. Gradually recedes but leaves lots of lacing all around.

Smell: Good pumpkin meat, spices, cloves. A bit of a metallic twang. Aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste: Some fall spices, pumpkin pie crust. Slight metal twang (same as aroma) that is slightly distracting but thankfully disappears as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and pretty full bodied.

Overall: Nothing overpowering or extravagant here. Good all around.

01-06-2012 12:54:00 | More by papat444
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3.38/5  rDev -12.4%

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for hooking me up with this one. Right upfront, I don't like pumpkin and haven't yet had a pumpkin beer I've liked.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orangeish-amber color with no head or lace. The aroma had a very good "beery" scent, lots of malt and grain, with the pumpkin and spice aspects being barely noticeable.

On the tongue, the actual beer still had the forefront, unlike most of these squash beers, and the pumpkin and spices were very well balanced and blended. They played their minor supporting roles well.

The body was good, crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish. Drinkabilty was pretty good for a beer with flavors I don't care for. Overall, a pretty decent beer. If you like pumpkin beers, you should try this one. If you like a lot of pumpkin in your brew, this may be a bit mellow for you. I wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but I'd split one can a year with someone.

11-29-2011 18:33:50 | More by beertunes
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -20.2%

thanks for DaftCaskBC for some canadian love in a can.

a - popped the can and filled my E snifter. poured a clear orange that settled into the glass as more chestnut reddish orange. had a nice finger plus of frothy ipa-like head but less milk shakey lacing. head hung out.

s - as soon as the pour started, i felt a waft of pumpkin in the air. upon closer inspection there it is...that craft store warmth. pretty malty, but beyond the malt is the cinnamon pumkin-ness. very palatable and not in your face. bit of a lager shine.

t - a bit underwhelming. pumpkin is really in the backseat on this beer and it has an american adjunct lager thing that is a bit of a turn off for me.

m/o - a bit funky in a bmc kind of way. pumpkin isn't really in the flavor in a positive way. the nose isn't bad, but if you are into a good pumpkin smell, this is no pumpking or good gourd. glad to try it, but not my bag for a pumpkin ale.

11-20-2011 03:57:42 | More by cosmicevan
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

A: 1/2" off-white head that left a nice lacing over a warm orange liquid.

S: Cinnamon and pumpkin. Very reminiscent of a pumpkin pie.

T: Cinnamon, ginger and cloves up front which transitions to yeast and pumpkin. This beer is like pumpkin pie in a glass. Very well balanced for the style.

M: Medium viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: One of the most drinkable pumpkin ales for the style I have had.

09-30-2011 04:28:00 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%

This is my fourth Red Racer beer. Apparently this one was limited edition, and is no longer being made. I've had pumpkin ales before, and while I like the idea, I've been kind of let down in the past. Let's hope this is another exceptional beer from Central City.

It pours a deep copper colour. Slightly hazy with a finger of foamy head sitting on top. A very nice looking beer!

The aroma is quite spicy. Cloves and cinnamon mix with some acidity from the pumpkin. It has a kind of sour smell that turned me off of other pumpkin ales I've had.

The flavour resolves a lot of the problems I've had with other pumpkin ales. It is very balanced. The flavour is sweet and slightly spicy to start. The pumpkin flavour is present, but not overwhelming. This is great, since it could result in some tartess that I'm not a big fan of. It slowly gives way to some nice maltyness. It is a very easy drink.

Overall, I could totally see myself drinking this during fall and winter. Unfortunately it's a limited release, and I'll probably never have it again :(

07-28-2011 02:18:05 | More by evlu1441
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +7%

355ml can. The label depicts our girl still riding her red bike, now clashing with the orange seasonal background, and clad in her stereotypical cowgirl finest...

This beer pours a clear, but dull, medium copper hue, with a multitude of puffy, creamy, foamy ecru head, which leaves a cross section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it evenly settles around the glass. It smells of spicy ginger and nutmeg, actual raw pumpkin flesh, and bready malt. The taste is doughy biscuit malt, more zippy allspice and nutmeg, pumpkin meat, and bitter earthy hops. The carbonation is average, and unobtrusive, the body on the light side, but solid in its smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a nice (I know!) vegetal pumpkin and hop character.

A different pumpkin ale than the norm, that's for sure - hops and the eponymous legume, rather than a focus on a heavy malt. It's all balanced, and quite enjoyable.

06-17-2011 01:33:58 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

From a 355 ml can. Pours out a clear amber hue, small creamy beige head.

Aroma has sweet earthy pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and a curious floral character that is a nice added touch.

Perhaps showing a little sign of age, but nothing seems off with it. Earthy character up front in the flavour, while the spice tends to quickly overlap it. Finishes on a hoppy note, although difficult to pick out what varieties through the spice presence.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, although the texture comes across fuller than it is while staying slick, with moderate carbonation.

Nice take on the style, the extra hops work with this recipe, and once again Red Racer pulls off an enjoyable and highly accessible rendition of the style. Looking forward to the Fall when they bring this out again.

04-26-2011 02:27:19 | More by IronDjinn
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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 traded her skirt, garters and Mary Janes for a cowboy hat and boots and a pair of Daisy Dukes, plus a pumpkin is lashed to the carrier above the back fender. Yeehah, let's go ridin', girlfriend!

From the CAN: "Central City Brewing Co. Red Racer Pumpkin Ale is a once a year creation crafted with the addition of pumpkin and select spices producing a premium ale of intense flavors and rich, creamy warmth. A great pairing with any holiday feast. 'Cheers!'"

The Glug netted just better than a finger of deep-tan head with good retention. I could smell the spices almost immediately. Color was a deep-coppery, orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was rich with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. It smelled like pie fresh from the oven. Mouthfeel was medium with a riot of spices on the tongue. Cinnamon and clove really stood out for me and there was some sweetness, but the spices were taking the lead. Finish was pretty daggone dry, thanks to all of the spice. I am unsure of how good it would be at the beach, but on a campout with food roasted on a open fire? Perfect! Let's do this again, Red. I was really digging this beer on a cold, chilly, rainy afternoon in the early spring that felt more like the late fall.

04-16-2011 17:07:14 | More by woodychandler
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep copper-orange with two fingers of light yellow, sticky looking head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Cloves. A little nutmeg and a hint of floral, sweet pumpkin.

Taste. Sweet cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of sour and some caramel malt in the back.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, nice smooth medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

Overall. The strong spices, especially cloves, are a little much for me. One during the season is plenty for me.

03-17-2011 01:47:45 | More by Rutager
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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing
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