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Red Racer India Style Red Ale (DUPLICATE)Red Racer India Style Red Ale (DUPLICATE)

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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by canucklehead on 07-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rebranded Red Racer ESB , this is now being called a red ale and is available in 500ml cans sold individually at both private and gov stores. I really like being able to buy this beer in single cans as it offers up a hoppy red ale with British sensibilities. Not really a true ESB due to the high hopping this is more at home being listed and branded as a red ale. Lots of mouthfeel and a solid malt backbone anchor the hops making it a great example of the American red ale style. The British notes are in the type of hops and malt but this is still very much a PNW beer.( Here is a quote from Gary Lohin about the beer)

Hi, it’s Gary from Central City. This decision was a tough one for me, but the truth is the beer wasn’t selling that much, no matter how many awards we won. After talking to Dick Cantwell from Elysian Brewing about his ESB, another multiple award winning beer, he said “we hardly sell any of it anymore”. So I ask everyone in Blogland, “How do we get a great beer into the consumers hands?” Well a tough decision is to re-brand it. Does anyone remember the great Shaftbury ESB? Well it got re-branded to Paul and Tim’s original recipe. WTF? Our beer isn’t a true ESB in the English sense anyways, and the awards it’s won in the World Beer Cup came under the North American ESB style category. So what’s worse. re-branding a great beer, or not having the public drink that great beer? I’ll leave it up to you to decide, but this decision to re-brand was not taken lightly, and was one that was debated for a very long time. I encourage replies an thoughts. no matter which side you’re on, but the committment to quality will never decline as long as I run the brewery.

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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rempeba
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.08/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DaveBar
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that is gone within a minute or two. Nice medium brown/red colour and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here. Some malt

T- Malty. Very malty. Kind of single ended. Not a lot of body or depth. Different though

M- Dry and tart.

O- Not a great brew. I like it but it's not something I will buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with...... BBQ chicken with just a sprinkle of seasonings


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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with solid citrus hops notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes offset by some dominated citrus oriented hops notes. Boyd is light with good carbonation. Not really close to an Irish ale or and ESB considering the amount of hops in this beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry bitterness with mild tobacco and mixed with caramel malt. A very nice red ale.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from the lcbo for $3

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mousel
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 2 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a vibrant, deep ruby red-copper colour, topped off with a finger of frothy, off white-coloured head. It dissipates slowly over the next five-plus minutes, depositing an uninterrupted curtain of lacing as it recedes. A messy, foamy cap and collar remain. Grainy, bready malts and caramel sweetness on the nose, with added notes of pine resin, muddled grapefruit and some leafy, floral hops.

Taste follows the nose fairly closely; reminiscent of their regular IPA, albeit much more malt-forward. Bready malts, caramel and biscuit sweetness come through at first, but as one might expect the hops take over the back end. Grapefruit, clementine, pine resin and a hint of pineapple, developing into a more floral, dank bitterness at the finish. Fruity, bittersweet aftertaste that lingers briefly. Light-medium in body, with middling carbonation levels and a smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. Red Racer's India Style Red Ale doesn't quite match up to their flagship IPA, but it's still a very well-made amber ale. It's my understanding that they used to call this an ESB, and I for one am glad that they re-branded it, because it has very little in common with other examples of that style - this is an American-style beer, through and through, and there's no point trying to pass it off as anything else. Worth a try if you're presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of Brody1714
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RStansel
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big whack of grapefruit zest and candied mango on the nose, with a hint of sweet basil. The malts peek out on the mid-palate with a little sweet, toasty character that finishes resinous and dry. An IPA-lover's red ale.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of D_Min
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seangrdn
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of portwood
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell: caramel, grassy hops, tangerine.
Taste: good carbonation, caramelized sugars, grapefruit.
Finish: bittersweet, orange rind, resiny/dry finish.
(canned 03/02/16)

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into a nonic pint.

Bright amber colour. Not much head. Plenty of lacing.

Piny hop aroma. Some sweet malt too.

Slightly more bitter than I expected. Lots of pine up front. Backed with some fruity Centennial/Cascade hop complexity. A bit more malt sweetness than the standard IPA, but it's not a malt-forward beer.

Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

This is another excellent beer from Red Racer. I can see myself picking this up a lot when I'm looking to drink something a bit lighter than my beloved Red Racer IPA -- the ISA in the summer, this in the winter. I'm a little surprised to learn that they once called this an ESB, as it's so clearly a West Coast-style North American beer.

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