Red Racer Copper Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Copper AleRed Racer Copper Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KStark on 06-16-2014

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Red Racer pint glass that wound up coming home (mysteriously of course) from a pub a while back. I don't know, looks pretty copper to me, copper penny in hue (maybe just grading into orange territory) with a finger or so of off-white short-lived foamy head. Aroma is lightly toasted malts that evoke breakfast cereal but not as sweet as expected, with grape and peach fruity notes, maybe a whiff of chamomile or something else floral. Not a hop-forward red ale by any stretch of the imagination but rather a Munich malt showcase, toasted flavors but not aggressive (think a "session" take on toasted malts), very light molasses, more subdued ethereal fruitiness that defies description, peach I suppose, rather fizzy and thin-bodied. Dry malt finish that leaves a vague cardboard impression (not good, this). Respectable enough yet a tad disappointing. These guys could have done a truly hoppy red based on their considerable IPA expertise but perhaps that's mere pandering. If you look for them there are some ever so slightly resinous elements lurking in there, like the sort of black tea tannic effect one gets in many session IPAs, but one has to look hard.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG.

This beer appears a clear, glassy medium, well, copper (right?) amber hue, with one finger of thinly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random windblown palm tree lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, sugary white grapes, a flinty stoniness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is biscuity, crackery, and still pretty sweet caramel malt, more musky white wine must, wet earth, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly light and innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in a dulled edge sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt and vinous fruit still large and in charge, but coolly wielding their power.

Simply being drinkable and off-flavour-free puts Central City's version of the much-maligned copper ale well ahead of the pack, even if it's not particularly earth-moving. They can thank any number of their other offerings for said expectation, but that's hardly the worst problem to have.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Mlkluther
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably the weakest of the Red Racer beers (that I've tried, at least), but given the quality of Red Racer, that isn't necessarily a knock. Colour of copper (duh), with a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Something . . . sharp in the nose that I can't quite place (almost like actual copper, faintly metallic?). But taste-wise, it's pretty nice. Good balance of malt with light hop balance. Good, not great.

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Photo of BigBry
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mousel
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.04/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rukeli76
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Red Racer Copper Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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