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Race Rocks Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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 atigerlife:
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3.63/5  rDev -5%

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.

05-27-2012 21:26:57 | More by atigerlife
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

01-02-2014 22:27:32 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

03-12-2013 19:52:52 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Griffith


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-23-2014 14:50:01 | More by Griffith
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-19-2009 22:16:23 | More by Metalmonk
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-11-2013 04:10:38 | More by CWVegas
Photo of pugdogbeer

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

05-06-2010 18:27:15 | More by pugdogbeer
Photo of MacBrew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

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!

03-12-2014 03:10:01 | More by MacBrew
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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

06-09-2012 02:44:55 | More by joemcgrath27
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-13-2013 23:40:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-08-2013 01:41:15 | More by adhallick
Photo of DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-15-2013 05:06:10 | More by DamageCase76
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-25-2012 03:15:41 | More by ChuckGnarly
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-06-2013 06:04:30 | More by LampertLand
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

02-17-2012 21:55:46 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-27-2013 05:22:10 | More by Idrankthat
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-09-2012 02:13:54 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

10-21-2009 18:52:27 | More by berley31
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2011 21:55:18 | More by papawu76
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-25-2012 18:03:26 | More by likeemdark
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

12-24-2005 18:24:32 | More by Derek
Photo of Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

01-17-2011 05:23:13 | More by Kakaraht
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-25-2013 14:29:57 | More by Kmat10
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-27-2014 10:07:10 | More by Mack
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2014 03:08:49 | More by smekermann
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Race Rocks Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.