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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale - Central City Brewing

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85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | 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 djoprahwinfrey
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle

A - This pours a light copper color and appears to be well carbonated, 1 finger of white head dissipated rather quickly leaving some random chunks and a nice ring of lace

S - spice, cinnamon, cut up pumpkin, nutmeg

T - I get spice right away with bready malts, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin meat, hints of ginger, some sweeter malt into mellow hops / bitter finish

M - creamy, some chew, medium carbonation, medium body

O - My first taste of Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing and although my experience with pumpkin ale is pretty limited, this is near the top. A good balance of pumpkin and spice make this a enjoyable and true to name Pumpkin Ale

djoprahwinfrey, Thursday at 08:00 AM
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ericbeech_87, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

Tastes of the spices with a sweet malt backbone. Spices lead off with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of allspice. Sweet malts come through next and add caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Bready malts fill it out leading to a fairly balanced feel to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin beer.

ocelot2500, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of MaxWillis
1/5  rDev -73.7%

MaxWillis, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Sammy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cbnz, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Erik-P, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

LampertLand, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Hoptron_3000, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

KStark, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bazzz, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Caudalie, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Boozecamel, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

intoxabroad, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bumchilly25, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +5.3%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of reesa0o0
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

reesa0o0, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

schopenhauerale, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of thefullpython
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

thefullpython, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of jrempel
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

jrempel, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

papat444, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beertunes, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

cosmicevan, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DaftCaskBC, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 :(

evlu1441, Jul 28, 2011
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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing
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