Red Racer India Style Red Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer India Style Red AleRed Racer India Style Red Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Red Racer ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

The use of crystal malt lends to this beer’s flavour and colour profile. Packed with hops from the North West and United Kingdom this is our original take on the classic English bitter.

Added by canucklehead on 10-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
155
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
27
For Trade:
0
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Photo of CurtisD
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into an MGD glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $3 CDN. Let's see if this red ale lives up to some of the other beers in Central City's portfolio.

Appearance - Very clear amber / red in color. Impressive finger and change of ivory head, loads of sticky lacing left behind. Plenty of carbonation and impressive retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Some graininess initially with a wallop of hops backing. Astringent, piney and intense. Basically smells like a Red Racer beer.

Taste - Starts initially bitter and as you prepare for the hop wallop, the beer lets its foot of the gas, and everything just kind of fades away. Hops return with some grainy flavors, and a briefly metallic flavor makes itself present. Still very good, just a bit of a let down.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a little bit oily (you can feel the hop oils in this one), expressive carbonation. Keeps the tongue singing. Body is fairly light.

Overall - Central City has created another delicious beer with generous hops, just enough graininess to keep things balanced and a wonderful aroma and feel to alongside this. Definitely worth a shot for Ontario shoppers seeing as this doesn't come along too often (can't recall seeing this in LCBO's anytime in the last 3 years).

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yimpy
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, faint hazy, copper color with goods amount of activity. Slightly creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of pineapples, orange, lemon, grass, brown sugar, ginger, sweet grains, nutmeg, and herbal spices. Biscuits and bread feel, quite sugary and a little syrupy, with a dash of bitter earthy hops. Smooth and slick full body with soft crispy carbonation. Slightly dry moderate to strong finish, very hoppy with not enough malt and zest, lingering toffee, red ale spices, and tropical fruits, with grassy and leafy hops. A cross between an IPA and ESB, but feels more like a hoppy Irish ale. Very tasty flavors and good freshness. Nicely balanced and well intensified. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of Seangrdn
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alew_os
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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

Enjoy

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Photo of byronic
3.44/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep reddish bronze with a bubbly wispy head that leaves behind big ridges and chunks of lace. Caramel, crystal malt, grapefruit and rye bread in the nose. The taste is malty with a toffee sweetness and some toastyness. Citrusy hops shine through the sturdy malt profile to provide some balance. The mouthfeel is quite full bodied , with a textured, subtle carbonation. The finish is medium bitter with lingering malt flavors.

This is a nice red ale. Complex malt profile with good hop balance. Could be a bit more bitter and less sweet though. This worth a try.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukeli76
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Bf_89
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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 portwood
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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 boszormeny
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Powers30
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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