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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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85
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 11-05-2009

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.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 29
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bomber poured into a mug. A hazy orange-red color with a finger or so of frothy, uneven beige head like dish suds. Aroma is the expected pumpkin pie, cinnamon heart candy, black tea, and sweet boiled grains. Notably malty, this one, with some hearty brown crust and burnt caramel working to balance the milky pie filling, raisin pudding, and cinnamon/nutmeg elements. Interestingly enough a given sip seems to lead with the toasty malts and finish with the sweeter spicy notes. I want to say I taste seeds as well but that could be the power of suggestion at work. Reasonably heavy-bodied and the carbonation isn't shy either. Finishes with a semi-dry seed spice bitterness. Certainly a "pie style" pumpkin brew but not a sugar bomb either, with a malty robustness and legit raw pumpkin flavor adding some depth of character.

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a copper orange with two fingers of frothy beige head.

Smell - pumpkin spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger), subtle pumpkin, hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Starts with the blend of traditional pumpkin pie spices (predominantly clove, cinnamon and perhaps allspice), then a bit more of the actual pumpkin flavour towards the finish. Earthy hops round out the flavour profile.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A pleasant pumpkin ale that showcases the pumpkin pie spices along with the pumpkin itself. Definitely a stand out in the pumpkin ale category.

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

It's pumpkin time! I'm so glad the liquor stores are now full of pumpkin ales. That said, it wasn't so bad that the only one available for a while was Elysian. After drinking a few of those these past few weeks, well, the standards are higher for what's to come.

This one's a pretty red brown colour, with plenty of light tan head. Aroma: a little bit of spice. Not the best pumpkin ale of had, but it's nice.

Photo of djoprahwinfrey
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 & sampled on tap @ GCBF'14

A-pour is dark gold from the tap/bottle to an orange/amber in the glass with a big frothey off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint/sampler glass

S-spicey pumpkin pie , nutmeg , ginger & cinnamon stand out

T-sweet as pumpkin pie in a glass , definately spicey , has a certain bitterness on the swallow

MF-ok/decent carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , good pumpkin ale , deserve's more love butt the bottled version can't come close to tap @ GBBF'14

prost LampertLand

Photo of reesa0o0
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 :(

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

This beer pours a clear, and slightly bright medium copper amber hue, with a multitude of puffy, densely creamy, and foamy ecru head, which leaves a cross section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of spicy ginger and nutmeg, actual raw vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, brown sugar, metallic cinnamon, and a hint of earthy, leafy hops. The taste is doughy, biscuity caramel malt, more zippy allspice, cinnamon hearts, dried ginger, and nutmeg spice, lightly roasted pumpkin meat, and mildly bitter earthy, and appropriately dead leafy hops.

The carbonation is average in its lilting frothiness, and thus generally unobtrusive, the body just on the light side of medium weight, but solid enough in its gourd-enhanced smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a nice (I know!) vegetal pumpkin pie crust and somewhat bewildered hop character.

A somewhat different pumpkin ale than the norm, that's for sure - the hops and the eponymous vegetable sticking out, instead of the focus being on a heavy malt. It's all deftly balanced, as well, and quite enjoyable in its reflection of what I expect to be happening around here in a few months' time.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers, again, to joemcgrath27 for the hook up.

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thin layer of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Earthy pumpkin masked by nutmeg and cinnamon scents, some caramel and banana bread.

T - Less spice than is implied by the scent, with the earthy gourd coming through complemented by bitter leafy hops, caramel notes, and a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - A bit on the watery side, lacking a carbonation 'lift', but goes down smooth and doesn't finish overly dry.

D - Overall a tasty brew that would be recommended to any pumpkin ale fan. Glad I was able to get my hands on this one. The spices don't overpower the beer, which makes it easily sessionable. A bit bitter on the finish, but not overly offensive.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper orange, decent off white head left solid lacing
S - sweet & savoury pumpkin with nuttmeg and a herbal note
T - pumpkin and spices are more subdued that the smell, a bready malt and a herbal aftertaste
M - light and bready smooth, finishing with a subtle dry spiciness
D - pumpkin flavour is more true than many pumpkin seasonal, but the herbal aftertaste takes is somewhat out of place, a nice fall seasonal none the less

Photo of IllNate
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fantastic orange color. About as close to pumpkin as you can get I think. Good amound of white head. Decent retention. I took a tour of the brewery while they were filtering a pumpkin, they said it was a bugger to filter, haha. Final product is nice and bright and clear.

S - Pumpkin spice (nutmeg mostly and cinnamon. Really excellent.

T - Clean finish. Some pumpkin spice is noticeable but NOT overwhelming (most common mistake in pumpkin beer). This is still a beer, for sure. After the spice you notice a nice malty flavor (octoberfestish), slight bitterness.

M - Good body in this. Nice and creamy. Balancing bitterness.

D - High

Might be my imagination, but I think this beer has improved since last year quite a bit.

Photo of psiweaver
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hair of the Dog Tulip from the can.

Pours an orangish copper color with a soft off white head.

Has a good smell with lots of pumpkin and spice, not as aggressive as something like Pumking but very good.

Taste was good, i think that it would be better a bit fresher as I noticed that the pumpkin was somewhat faded from what I would normally expect. I'll be excited to try it fresh next year. good amount of spice though

easy smooth mouthfeel very easy drinking and tasty.

Photo of oregonskibum
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. Picked this up in February in Vancouver in a sampler pack.

A: Pours a clear orange with some amber tints. Solid two inch, compact off-white head that disippated fairly slowly.

S: Surprisingly nice. Smells like a very mellow, low-spice pumpkin pie. Typical pumpkin pie smells, like pumpkin (duh), cloves, cinnamon, all-spice, etc. But the spices aren't overwhelming.

T: Obviously, pumpkin continues from the smell. Spices play a more dominant role, although still not overwhelming. Base beer tastes solid, with limited bitterness and a light biscuity malt backbone.

M: Light body and higher than average carbonation. While maybe a touch light, I think it worked. So many pumpkin ales are big to the point of being syrupy. After tasting this, I would rather have a pumpkin ale on the light side than heavy side.

D: Pleasantly surprised by this. Not generally a pumpkin or spiced beer fan, but this one was quite good. The pumpkin and spices are not over-powering. This is a sessionable beer that could easily be enjoyed beyond just the holiday season.

Photo of EskimoDave
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer Pumpkin Ale pours, an unsurprisingly, orange-copper. A tan head leaves some lacing. The aroma is of a cold pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. When you taste it the spices found in a pumpkin pie pick up. This beer does taste somewhat like a pumpkin pie with hints of caramel. It's smooth drinking and quite enjoyable. I'd had a sample of a pumpkin beer that tasted exactly like a liquidized pumpkin pie. It was no good. Oddly Red Racer Pumpkin Ale didn't go well with a pumpkin pie that my sister had made.

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Light spicing, cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger or mace?

T: Cinnamon, a little nutmeg, vanilla, biscuity malt, balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body is almost creamy.

D: A great drinker.

Photo of OskarL
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear red/orange color with a disspates fast and leaves little lacing.

Smells almost like a pumpkin pie with the spices. Pumpkin, nutmeg and clove with some sweetness

Tastes pumpkin with spices, a little sweet malt and a little hops.

Creamy mouthfeel with a light/medium body and some carbonation.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can as an extra from EskimoDave - cheers man!

Pours a beautifully clear pumpkin orange/red with a finger of head that races (Red Racer, get it...) to dissolve, leaving not even a collar of bubbles. Subsequent swirls get a few bubbles but they also have no staying power.

Nose reveals a lightly sweet, meaty pumpkin that smells inviting, coupled with a nice balance of cinnamon and cloves. Right off the bat you can tell this is not a super-spicy pumpkin ale but it's fresh, clean and inviting.

Nice balance of spicing and pumpkin, a hint of a graham, caramel malt to back it up, light sweetness running through with just a hint of hop drying and bite in the back. Spicing is minimal but with a nice balance creates a very drinkable pumpkin ale. This is one you can imagine yourself drinking on just about any occasion and enjoying, not just at Thanksgiving. Potential is held back by a too thin mouthfeel and slightly too gassy carb (which is odd given the lack of bubbles on top).

Pretty neat beer, not over the top on the spicing or pumpkin, yet just enough to remind you this is special. Would gladly drink again, thanks Dave!

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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.