Red Racer Copper Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KStark on 06-16-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12.29%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
For Trade:
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of beerseeker
1/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There is two beers that burn my stomach after 1 can. This one and lasko beer. Atleast lasko beer gave me kick. It is just that ingredient in this mess up stomach if you have acid problem. I stay away from this one.

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Photo of jfreeze
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich copper hue with no haze, minimal effervescence and a finger of frothy ivory foam. Head retention is OK but that color is just so appealing.

Smell: malty and slightly fruity, but the main aroma I get here is Darjeeling tea. Maybe it's a weird combination of apple and toasted malt, but the end effect is Darjeeling. Weird, but I like it.

Taste: that Darjeeling effect shows up at the beginning of the palate, but this quickly fades into a more standard toasted malt character. It's not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: this is an interesting and pretty good beer. The tea element draws me to it, and I feel like I could drink plenty of it in the right setting.

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never seen this before so I'm trying it. I like their other beers so why not. This one pours copper coloured (imagine that) with a little froth on top. It has an unusual sweet taste that I cannot recognize. It certainly isn't unpleasant. Just a little weird. I would buy this again.

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Photo of ILOVEHAM
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Albertahab31
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukeli76
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Red Racer IPA. I love the fact that Central City produces great beer at incredibly reasonable prices. Unlike my lyrical hero Gordon Downie, I cannot "get behind anything". This beer is on par with Kokanee Gold. Nothing more, nothing less. Shitty caramel flavored ale. You are better off buying "craft knock off" brands for a cheaper price.

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Photo of Long813
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kenmac19
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Erik-P
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light copper with a flash in the pan head. Wet grains, caramel, mineral aromas in the nose. The taste is malt forward with toffee notes and light toastyness. Some fruity esters with warmth. Very restrained hop aroma and light bitterness in the finish.

Light flavored and approachable, a good gateway craft beer but a bit pedestrian. Worth a try if you like malty ales or are just getting into better beer.

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Photo of 4ster
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sathanas
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of peensteen
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper colour as advertised, ring of white head with little to no lace. Smell is malty, strong apple juice, fruity-floral hop, sweet and doughy. Taste is malty but otherwise rather bland, a touch metallic, light bitter finish and aftertaste. Light-medium carbonation, medium body. This while not terrible and undrinkable is not very good either, won't be coming back to this anytime soon.

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Photo of imfinished
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL can picked up at TBS; packaged Mar 27 2015 and served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear copper-amber colour, capped off with one finger of creamy off-white head. It lasts for the better part of five minutes, steadily wilting down; the eventual remnants are a thin collar of froth and some foamy film on the surface. Minimal lace. Looks like a pretty typical amber ale, and the aroma does nothing to dissuade me of this preconception - lightly-toasted malts provide some bready/biscuity notes, with an accompanying caramel sweetness. Hints of marmalade and overripe orchard fruit also figure in, with a subtle, leafy bitterness loitering in the background.

Nothing here to get excited about, but it's fine for what it is - a clean-tasting, no-frills amber ale. Munich malts provide a bready, biscuity backbone for the flavour profile; lightly toasted, with a restrained caramelized sugar sweetness. There is a hint of orchard fruitiness mid-sip, but it is a lot less pronounced than on the nose. Finishes with some tea-leafy hop dryness that lingers on into the aftertaste, fading gradually. Light in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that prickles the palate. It feels crisp on the palate and goes down quite smoothly; this is the sort of beer I'd probably buy in multiples of two, because the first can will be empty sooner than expected.

Final Grade: 3.73, a B grade. Of the Central City beers I've tried so far, Red Racer Copper Ale is probably my least-favourite - but as an amber ale, it still gets the job done. I could see this making an excellent gateway craft beer for consumers who are just starting to dip their feet, e.g. the recent Rickard's and Sleeman converts. It's better than those beers, of course - much cleaner and balanced, with an actual noticeable hop presence - but there's nothing here likely to shock the palates of the uninitiated. Seasoned BAs may find it to be a bit of a bore, but there's plenty of room in the marketplace for beers of this nature. I'd buy it again, but not regularly.

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