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Race Rocks Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of the finest specialty malts gives Race Rocks Ale it’s smooth, complex character and deep chestnut colour. Don’t let its dark colour scare you; toasted biscuit flavours with subtle notes of caramel and chocolate make Race Rocks an exceptionally mellow, well balanced ale to please any taste.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into English pub glass. A rich reddish bronze hue with a foamy beige head of moderate size and a decidedly malt-forward aroma, caramel and faint chocolate biscuit with some green floral English hops (Goldings to my nose). Palate is nutty, lightly roasted, and redolent with malt complexity, hops in a decidedly supportive role but this works superbly well here. There is hazelnut and perhaps a hint of almond initially, with these elements duly replaced by some light apricot and chocolate for the middle section, with the almond and cashew notes returning for the finish along with further earthy hops. Low to moderate carbonation and smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Wonderful English ale with a perfect degree of caramel sweetness, variegated nuttiness, and solid hop character. Also relatively easy to track down in Alberta and BC.

CalgaryFMC, May 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

beerhunter13, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml squat(ish) bottle, a nice find at that south side, open-late after soccer, haunt of mine.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves but a few rocky streaks of islet lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of sweet biscuity, bready malt, nutty caramel, a touch of citrus flesh, ethereal dark fruits, ash, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is more biscuity, grainy malt, with a certain caramel/toffee stripe, soft citrus peel and pine needle notes, a bit of dry tobacco, and consistent musty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is even and just a tad spritely, the body an approachable medium-light weight, and fairy smooth, though a strange watery nature seems to seep in (sorry) as things progress. It finishes off-dry, as that refreshing biscuity essence persists, dragging the caramel malt and lingering, softly bitter hops with it.

There are so many pretenders in this style category, especially in Canada, so it is always somewhat of a surprise to come across an example possessing anything resembling a personality. Here, this is achieved by apparently stealing more that few pages from the ESB handbook - yet the crossover is a natural one, rendering a rather pleasant, peppy, and quite drinkable amber ale. I'd order another.

biboergosum, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank and reviewed this while taking notes and entered it a day later. Although it says "amber" on the can, my notes kept going back to "brown ale," and sure enough, that's what it's classified as on this site.

Poured a glassy sienna red/brown with a big crackling head. Leaves a fair amount of lace, patchy and webby stuff.

Light caramel/toffee notes dominate the nose. Nutty. Some darker fruit and a little hops in the background. Nice, just not the kind of beer that's going to knock you on your back with an amazing aroma.

Tastes remarkably nutty, with light caramel/toffee accents. A fruit element sneaks in, not in a sweet way, but in the earthy, tart flavor of some darker cherries or plums--this could be the yeast or hops talking. A flavor that very much grew on me.

Medium-bodied, lightly sticky with ample carbonation. Creaminess emerges with warming.

Race Rocks is definitely a good marriage of the brown and amber styles, and one to check out if you ever have access to it. I thank my pal Derek for the chance to try this and many other B.C. beers.

Metalmonk, May 19, 2009
Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev +4.7%

CWVegas, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of pugdogbeer
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish / brown colour with a small head that dissipates quickly.

A step up from the likes of red ale like Rickards Red and other more commercial amber ales.

Race Rocks is a nice well-round amber ale with a good semi-sweet taste of malt that is balanced with hops.

Good for one or two pints before the alchohol taste comes forward too much and ruins the typical amber ale.

pugdogbeer, May 06, 2010
Photo of drstafford
4/5  rDev +4.7%

one of my new standard 'go-to' beers now, starting to see this in calgary now!

drstafford, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of MacBrew
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

S- I've enjoyed this beer about a decade now and I'll pick it if I find it on tap a a local and they usually have it on tap. But I do enjoy it after most soccer matches and it's a favorite amongst the team after a win. In fancy, the squad will fight for the last one.
A- amber in colour and clear with a nice snowy head, (but harder to see if it's in a can!
S- some malty nose and sweetness but not too overwhelming.
T- creamy and a nice sweet roasted Carmel, with a slight touch of bitterness.
M- easy drinking and a great session beer. Goes down smooth.
O- Race Rocks has been a staple for many years and though the recipe has altered over the years, it's still a beer I'll ask for.
Nice work Lighthouse!

MacBrew, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear deep dark amber, thumb of tan head retained respectably
S - some molasses and dark fruits, with a hint of adjunct
T - biscuity and light toffee malt, adjunct and leafiness, with a lingering lingering sweetness
M - lightish body, somewhat watery and low on carbonation, finishes with a teeth coating sweetness
O - pretty average, nothing noteworthy about it

joemcgrath27, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

adhallick, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of atigerlife
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with a fluffy, off-white creamy head. No carbonation rising. Clear. Decent lacing.

Aroma of light hops, slightly sweet, light malts. Not too much going on here.

Taste is of light hops, malts, caramel, nuts and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and lightly cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Sessionable. Quite nice for just hanging around and having a beer with some food.

atigerlife, May 27, 2012
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DamageCase76, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ChuckGnarly, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of LampertLand
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

LampertLand, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with a small amount of head that quickly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of brown sugar, nuts, malt, toffee and raisins. Good blend of aromas.

Taste consists of various dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and raisins. Excellent blend of dark tastes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and almost smokey.

Overall, very flavorful amber ale. Lots of good sweet features and fairly well rounded. Would recommend.

CrazyMike, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Idrankthat, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of berley31
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished to a thin film very quickly. Dark amber color, with a clear body.

S: Aroma is a little weak... some sweetness in the malt is coming through, which is nice, but I'm not getting much else.

T: Starts sweet, ends sweet. No real bitterness in there at all. Roasted-malt flavor in the finish. Nice.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: May not be anything overly special, but it's quite enjoyable, and it would be very easy to put a few back.

berley31, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +4.7%

papawu76, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of likeemdark
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

likeemdark, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Snug Pub in Victoria, BC.

A: Amber, off-white head, some nice lace.

S: Bready, caramel malt.

T: Bready, caramel malt, a little hop flavour, good bittersweet balance.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: Good. Should appeal to the general public.

Derek, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Kakaraht
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice amber color with a decent head and good lacing.

S: Very sweet aroma, caramel and brown sugar, faint maltiness.

T: Sweet on the tongue can taste brown sugar and amber malts. No hoppiness at all. A faint vanilla flavor as it warms.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation, and a good lingering quality.

D: This is a slightly above average beer, but nothing special.

Kakaraht, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Kmat10, May 25, 2013
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Race Rocks Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.