Race Rocks Ale - Lighthouse Brewing Company

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very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002

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.
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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by atigerlife:
Photo of atigerlife
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of drstafford
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of MacBrew
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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!
Cheers,
MacBrew

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighthouse Brewing 'Race Rocks Ale' @ 5.2% , served from 3 x 355 ml bottles

A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a thin tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-(even thou I'm plugged)bready , caramel , hint of nuts

T-again bready , caramel malt , thick

MF-low mild carbonation , light medium body

Ov- this the flagship beer from Lighthouse at times it tastes like an Brown ale , ok beer

prost LampertLand

Photo of CrazyMike
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Kakaraht
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap in a pint glass.
A: Served with little to no head into a reddish-brown color clear filtered liquid.

S: The aroma had a distinct honey and molasses to it.

T: First taste is of nut like a Nut Brown Ale. I could taste a mild malt with little to no hoppy flavor.

M: This was very smooth, easy going down.

D: I could drink quite a few more on a warm night but it would definitely fill you.

Elbows Up,
Adam

Photo of beerguy101
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color, medium head. Aroma is matly, touch of cookie dough. Nice roasted malts, sweet and not too hoppy. A medium bodied ale, very flavorful. Very smooth taste. Mouthfeel is rich and robust. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of ericj551
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Race Rocks pours a deep red amber with a nice offwhite head that lingers. The aroma is bready, nutty malt, with some nice caramel and raisiny dark fruit in the background. More of the nutty, caramely sweet malt in the flavor, with hints of dark fruit, a maybe just a touch of roasted malt. The hops are muted, with some light, earthy character that could be from the malt as easily as from hops. The sweetness lingers a bit in the finish with a mild bitterness. Overall I find the beer a bit sweet, but otherwise really solid.

Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 2/1/12

A dark amber with a short lived light tan head that leaves just a couple randoms patches of lace

S corn flakes, nutty toffee, and some bread crust, just a little leafy hops but not much

T some iced tea to go with what I smell, not that great too be honest, I preferred the smell but that's still not saying much

M medium bodied but a little foamy, I can't shake the iced tea aftertaste

O not much in the way of hops for a pale ale, perhaps a little old? mostly malt going on here

pretty average much like the other Lighthouse brews out of my mixed 12, I wouldn't go looking for this one

Photo of Graham5161986
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep copper brown with a noticeable reddish hue and a nice, frothy 2 finger tan head that sticks around for a while, then reduces to a few millimeter's of foam and leaves a decent lace. Also, tons of tiny rising carbonation bubbles.

S: nice citrusy hop aroma with a tad of raisiny, candy-pudding sweetness.

T: beautiful, crisp hops up front with a nicely pronounced nuttiness that quickly takes over and continues to linger on the palate. A nice touch of chocolatey flavour that lingers as well. Very refreshing and nicely balanced.

M: quite thick and very creamy but not too heavy at all. Nice carbonation bite and a very smooth, incredibly satisfying finish.

D: I love this beer, nice hop character, touch of sweetness (but not too sweet) and a creamy smooth finish that makes me wish it would never end - I could definitely put a few of these down. I highly recommend this beer and I look forward to buying it again.

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the fact that his now available in cans as it was so hard for a Vancouver boy to get a pint of this stuff. The beer is dark tan with a decent head and a malty nose. This is easy drinking with a solid malty midbody. Not a real big beer but almost a cross between and American amber and a British Brown. Will definetly buy this again.

Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent, but better-than-mosrt brown ale (even though the brewer calls it "amber"). Good, rich brown colour with a nice white head. Smell is typical of a brown ale: roasted malts, a buttery hint, toffee and slight chocolate aromas.

Taste is good, nutty with a good, mild malt flavour. Not outstanding, but up among the better brown ales of tasted. This does not leave a harsh after taste, and it does not have any excess bitterness or butteryness as brown ales do.

As with other Lighthouse ales, this is smooth and a pleasure to drink. Once again, Lighthouse has produced an excellent canned beer.

Photo of tpd975
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served to me as an IPA in Victoria Canada. It's not an IPA, but it is a very solid Ale.

A: Nice bright reddish brown hue with a medium head. Small spots of sticky lacing.

S: Holy malty sweetness. Tons of malt aroma. Nice molasses sweetness with hints of caramel, and nutty toffee. Not a touch of hops anywhere. Malt, malt and more malt.

T: Yep the aroma tipped me off to this one. Tons of malt used in this brew. Very sweet without being cloying. Wonderful nutty candy flavors with hints of bready yeasty goodness.

M: Thick and smooth.

D: Thick and filling. Not sessionable but pretty good.

Overall: Not my favorite style but the flavor of this beer really grabbed me. It was very tasty and very filling. Having ordered an IPA I was suprised at the taste, but I was suprised in a good way. One of the better browns I have had.

Photo of NordicIslander
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little to no head, regardless it dissipated quickly. Color is cola/caramel. Get a bit of malts and caramel nose. Malt and biscuit taste. Nice sweet finish at end. Carbonation pretty much was nowhere to be found during last third of the glass; beer was finished in roughly 10 minutes so that speaks to how quickly the head and carbonation get away on you. To be clear, the flavour of the beer is absolutely satisfying but beer becomes somewhat listless and watery toward the end.

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +5%

This is a lovely, easy to drink Amber Ale. The flavours in this beer pop out at you - hints of caramel, coffee and a slight nut undertone. The deep colour and consistent head make it a lovely, sessionable brew.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of henrysunset
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer on-tap during last summer's trip to Vancouver island with my folks. As such, my review details are a bit stale...

dark brown with a nice golden tinge, nice tan head too.
smells of malts that are fresh and fine. hpped only lightly
the taste allows the hops to show more, covering a mellow brown ale-character.

smooth with pleasent mild carbonation

all in all, very nice to sip and enjoy. Not terribly thick and meal-like, but definitely has the weight of a appetizer.

Photo of Offa
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty, very pleasant, malty toasty ale.

Red amber, it has a creamy off-white head that is not large but lasts, very slowly shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is very malty, caramelly-toasty malt with hints of chocolate and earthiness.

Taste is similar to aroma, lightly chocolatey, very malty with light toasty grain, hint of mineral, light woody-earthy hops to balance. It is very drinkable and enjoyable.

Race Rocks Ale from Lighthouse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.