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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.83%
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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

MaxWillis, Sep 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Caudalie, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Sammy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Hoptron_3000, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

cosmicevan, Nov 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

KStark, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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 cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cbnz, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Rutager, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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

joemcgrath27, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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, Yesterday at 02:44 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bumchilly25, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

thefullpython, Oct 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

schopenhauerale, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of psiweaver
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

psiweaver, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  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.

andrenaline, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  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

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 oregonskibum
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

oregonskibum, May 02, 2010
Photo of OskarL
3.98/5  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.

OskarL, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can from Winter 2010 Medley pack purchased from the Central City brewpub. Pours a clear copper color. There is an aroma of pumpkin and spices. Great pumpkin pie taste, although it is a bit too watery. A pretty good pumpkin ale, I would try this again.

chickenm, Nov 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Boozecamel, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this via trade from wordemupg.

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear dark orange body with one inch white head which had pour retention. Leaves very little lacing

S: The pumpkin is very strong with spices of nutmeg and cloves faintly in the background. I do enjoy the emphasis on the pumpkin over the spices as it's a nice change.

T: Strong pumpkin flavour up front with distint spices following.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Has a creamy feel that ends with a spicy finish.

D: Very well made pumpkin beer. It focus more on the pumpkin than the spices which is new for me. I feel it should have stronger spiced flavour though.

Long813, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +5.5%

fizzyted, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Erik-P, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 is the year of the Pumpkin Ale in BC this Fall. While the best one has to be the Imperial Pumpkin from Howe Sound Brewing this is a contender. Not as big as Howe Sounds offering this is more malt and dare I say Pumkin than spice. The beer is very drinkable and sits well in the finish. Close to the Winter Ale in mouthfeel and malt backbone ( not hopcentric like the PA and the IPA). Limited release but found in the Winter Mixes case which is great.

canucklehead, Nov 24, 2009
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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale from Central City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.