Red Racer Classic Pale Ale
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Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,028
ABV:
5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,785
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
216
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Central City Brewers + Distillers
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Year-round
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale
Notes: Hand-crafted using Mariss Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima valley. This big bold pale ale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can, served in a modified pint glass

A - pours with about a quarter inch of loose, sudsy white foam which settles to a thin film rather quickly. the beer is slightly hazy, dirty golden in color.

S - some mild, biscuity malts, kissed with honey. just a touch of some citrus and pine in the hops. not bad if not slightly muddled.

T - begins fairly malty, some bread dough, honey, and caramel. hops are present, mostly grass with a touch of grapefruit...though this beer is mostly sweet. biggest letdown here is a good bit of sulfur near the end, reminding me of a homebrew experiment gone bad.

M - light body, with bright crispy carbonation. pretty dry in the finish.

O - taste just wasnt there for me, and the sulfur just took over more and more as the drink went on. this was a let down since the Red Racer IPA was on point.

Mar 22, 2011
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DrJay from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber with a rocky, bright white cap. Clumpy lace, good head retention. Nice combination of malt and hops in the nose. Fruity aroma, mild grapefruit, citrus, biscuit, bit of caramel. Comparable flavour with a solid bitterness carrying through the finish. Lingering hops. Medium to light bodied and a bit dry, plenty of carbonation but it stayed fairly soft. Solid pale ale, nice balance of malt and hops that doesn't stray into IPA territory and makes for an enjoyable beer.

May 08, 2010
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oakbluff from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can sample- pours a cloudy pale straw yellow. Frothy head, minor soapy lacing. Nose- grapefruit pith, some malt sweetness. Taste- citrus (candied oranges), grapefruit, marmalade with a bready malt backbone. Crisp carbonation and nice body. Very drinkable

Mar 13, 2011
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Viggo from Canada

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this at the liquor store, 355 ml can.

Pours a clear golden amber, very thick rocky head forms, slightly off white, lots of lace chunks on the glass, solid ring. Smell is nice, citrusy, mango, grapefruit, light fruitiness, caramel and biscuity malts, bread, sourdough almost, nice. Taste is good, quite malty although a bit undefined, dry toast and biscuit, lightly floral, decent bitterness but not a lot going on. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, nice drinkable beer. Aroma is nice but the flavour let me down a bit, still good stuff.

Aug 25, 2009
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sweethome from Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent pour in to my Ayinger goblet. Decent white head has retention. Nose is simple - a light biscuit malt, hint of orange blossom honey. Entry is sturdy - medium mouthfeel, hops come in mid mouth to provide balance - hop flavor is not overly pleasing. The biscuity malts get shoved aside for a rather astringent and carbonic mouthfeel.

The finish improves with a long snappy bittering. You can chew on this one for a while.

Would likely work with spicy foods. I like the fact it is a decent beer in a can with enough flavor to please.

Apr 22, 2011
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BigBry from Canada

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml can brought back from Vancouver.
Blue-green background, with a cute redhead flying downhill on her red racer bicycle. The wind is blowing up her red skirt exposing white nylons and garter, but enough about the picture...
Pours clear golden color, tight white head, good retention and nice lacing. Lots of hops in the aroma, citru, pine, grass. Some fruity flavors, but lots of hoppy bite, grapefruit, pine resin, nice amount of bitterness. Lots of malt to balance and hold everything together. Medium body, good carbonation. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised. Good hop flavor.

Mar 28, 2009
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InsolublePancake from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold with an orange tinge. The head seemed pretty decent at first but I blinked and it was gone, having dissipated into a splotchy ring of lace in a matter of seconds.

S- Nice mingling of crisp, citrusy hops and rich cereal grains with a touch of caramel.

T- The hops come through stronger in the taste with a good dose of tart grapefruit. The malt provides a substantial backing but the hops are front and center, more so than I expected in a regular pale ale. The malt character is dry and bready and the beer never gets too sweet, finishing dry with a moderate bitterness.

M- On the light side of medium-bodied and rather crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Quite good. The alcohol is reasonable and the mouthfeel and taste make this a good candidate for quaffing on a warm day. I could have several of these.

I got this by mistake, thinking it was the IPA. I was a bit disappointed at first, but then I tasted it and was pleasantly surprised. I don't usually go for pale ales (too pedestrian for my prejudiced tastes, I suppose) but this one was quite good, especially on a hot summer day. I could see getting this again. Recommended.

Jul 19, 2010
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BDTyre from Canada

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well balanced PA from Central City. Good gold-coppe colour with a fluffy white head. The head settles quite quickly and leaves nice rings around my glass.

Nice malt smell, good balance on the hops. Bready taste, a little bit more towards the hops but there are enough hops to keep it interesting.

Little bit tangy on the mouth, maybe a bit high on the carbonation. Regardless, this is a nice session ale.

Jul 15, 2008
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CrazyMike from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber appearance with lots of foamy head that slowly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of hops, various fruit, caramel and grass.

Taste consists of mainly of hops; Also consists of grapefruit and other various fruit, grass, caramel, bread and citrus. Pretty flavorful combination and well balanced. Light bodied with high carbonation. Finish is a bitter, hop taste.

This is a decent APA; it's light but manages to be very flavorful and refreshing. Hopefully this is sold in Calgary come summertime. Worth a try.

Feb 18, 2012
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Derek from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow, fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big Pacific Northwest aroma (Nectarine, tangerine, pine, grass); tropical fruit & toffee.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, floral (almost soapy), grapefruit rind, pine, grass, candied pineapple, slight toffee sweetness, decent bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation is a little high, light hop acidity.

D: Good for a hop fix! (definitely a 4.5; a session ale for the hop head)

Dec 20, 2008
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scruffwhor from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good golden copper color with nice bubbling and an off-white head of two fingers. The head retains to a nice layer of foam and leaves some lacing too.

The aroma has a sweet orange and lime aroma with just a little cereal grain. Bitter and a little sweet, very enticing aroma.

The taste is also sweet citric from the start to the middle, and fades a little on the finish. The finish has more hop bitterness and some delicate toasty characteristics.

Great session beer with a bubbly, resiny palate.

May 29, 2011
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jslot38 from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had meant to pick up the IPA, as we had it at a tasting and it was top shelf stuff. Grabbed the wrong 6 pack. Oh well...

Appearance: 12oz can into my new tulip, thank you Midwest Homebrew Supplies. Golden deep orange body, a bit of an amber tint. Fluffy pure white head. Very appetizing. Good lacing.

Smell: Predominant aroma of cereal grains and malts, with some touches of orange zest and floral hops. What you would expect in a basic pale.

Taste: Very basic with a small hop burst at the start, mostly floral. Quickly fades to a mix of caramel and bread.

Mouth: Carbonation is a little on the low end, and there is a bit of a watery after-feel to it.

Notes: Not much going on here, but fairly spot on for the style. If you have the choice, grab the IPA. Still a good beer and one that is easy to toss back a couple on a nice sunny afternoon. Another good beer in a can, keep 'em coming.

May 26, 2010
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of those borderline IPA American pale ales, full of citrus and pine and dankness. Lots of grapefruit zest and grapefruit pith. Pine needles, faint cat pee. Colour is clear orange-gold; not a lot of head, but fairly persistent. A bit more cracker malt on the taste, but this is really about showcasing the hops. Again, lots of citrus and piney resin. Carbonation is a touch aggressive, but this is very drinkable while still being nice and hoppy.

Nov 06, 2015
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Noxious26 from Canada

4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml can poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Willow Park in Regina.

Light copper to dark orange in colour. Off white head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a few islands and a thin ring around the edge. Moderate streams of carbonation and delicate lacing down the sides.

Aroma is a big punch of citrus accented by sweet caramel. Yummy juicy fruit gum with hints of grapefruit.

Citrus throughout. Sweet and mellow with hints of caramel at the start. Drier and a hoppier citrus finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

One of the best APAs that I've ever had. This is only the second Central City brew that I've had but colour me impressed. Wish I had more access to these terrific beers!

Jul 05, 2012
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop note, very slight citrus. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, and some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA at all, worth a shot.

Sep 03, 2010
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mcallister from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper with large bubbles furiously scampering towards the great chunky, pillowy three inches of just off white head. Sticky lace and great retention.

Really like the nose on this one. Bready, biscuity malts, floral hops, with a tangy citrus note in the finish. A bit mineraly with hints of limestone.

A good pale ale. Nicely balanced with chewy malts in the middle. Toffee, biscuit, with a hint of cereal flavors. Hops are more towards earth and flower as citrus shows a twinge just at the very finish.

Nicely carbonated and refreshing. Prickly on the tongue and dry on the finish.

May 01, 2011
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biegaman from Canada

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red Racer Pale Ale is exactly halfway between gold and amber and can side with either depending on the intensity of the light behind it. The highlights are healthy and bright and drawn attention to the beer's spotless clarity. Its head lasted hardly a minute.

The aroma smells like a fresh-squeezed blend of orange and grapefruit juices, pulp and all. It is brazenly citric and laced with sticky pine resin notes as well. While it doesn't flex the muscle of an IPA it has similar qualities. Deep breathes manage to detect flowers and mint.

Like the aroma, the taste also contains intense flavours that are presented with a soft touch. Bubblegum-y fruit notes and oodles of citrus are again noted, shadowed still by resinous pine notes. They are lighter than anticipated though the bitterness they deliver is almost minty-herbal and sharp as shark teeth. Mind you, it's nothing a mainstream palate couldn't handle.

It's not all pure, fresh fruit mind you. A well toasted and toffee-sweet maltiness provides a biscuity crunch and soft caramel notes in the finish. It offers nice balance and impeccable structure. My only complaint, however, is that things wrap up quicker than I'd like them to; a premature curtain falls over the aftertaste. Hey! No encore?

Red Racer Pale Ale is designed with balance and commercial appeal in mind but also offers plenty to engage the hopheads that drool over the brewery's celebrated IPA (of which this is essentially a stunted version of). It would be delightful as a casual sipping ale at the pub or on a warm patio. Another solid offering from a former Canadian Brewery of the Year winner.

Jun 12, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel that are followed by a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in to provide a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer worth drinking for a whole evening.

Mar 22, 2011
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wagenvolks from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo-hoo! 3 new cans in one night thanks to xnicknj & the Nice Cans II BIF!

Excited to try the little cousin of Red Racer IPA, and the Pale pours like it should: sticky, albeit thin cap of spittle-white foam atop a translucent body the color of tangerine flesh. Speaking of citrus, the aroma exudes fresh grapefruit juice. BIG notes of orange peel and more grapefruit--all else 'Pale Ales' in comparison. Puns aside, there's a hint of pale malts and some spicy Band-Aid phenolics that keep this beer from a perfect rating in the aroma department.

The flavor switches from grapefruit to mandarin orange--but it's a welcome change for sure. Big, flavorful hop notes literally ooze citrus juices. A bit soapy, though, as the phenolics become more present as RRPA warms. Very nice palate presentation, as the finish packs in some herbal bitterness that clashes with traces of caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is snazzy and biting with carbonation ripping through the medium body. Makes the tongue wake up and take notice! Me gusta. Great beer, get at this if you 'can'.

Oct 16, 2010
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deereless from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hefty amount of sea froth foam off a hard pour, lots of lacing as the head drops, deep to medium gold in color with the slightest bit of copper - 4.25, S: Significant hop aromas, lots of citrus as well as a dry grain - 4.00, T: Noticeable bitterness - more than your average pale ale, some grapefruit pith and pine, caramel malts seem to make a showing - 3.00, M: Medium bodied - 3.00, D: A solid pale ale, more hops than you'd normally expect, worth trying - 3.00

Feb 05, 2010
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Doomcifer from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%

Aug 15, 2014
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Hornet2003 from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very yellow, almost lemon-skin colour. A little less amber than I'm used to. I guess it looks like a lager, really. Nice fluffy head, but it doesn't hang around long.

Smell: Quite the hoppy nose on this one. Grassy and citrus are the predominant aromas, but there's some roastiness and a bit of a sweet sugary smell as well.

Taste: Great! Way hoppier than your average CDN pale ale. The hops are pleasant, bitter, and definitely at the forefront. There is, however, a lot of malt to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Not too over the top with the oily hoppiness, but with bitterness that hits where it should. The maltiness nicely tempers the bitterness with a solid sweetness.

Drinkability: Off the charts. Low-ish alcohol content and the bold, strong flavours make this a great relaxation session beer.

Overall: I'm glad we can get this in cans now all over the lower mainland. No skunk to be found. Also of note is the cool artwork on the can. Kind of a retro feel. This is definitely the best bang for the buck APA in BC.

Jul 22, 2008
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number1bum from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this can.

Pours a slightly hazed pale amber color, with about a finger of off white head. Keeps just a thin lace with moderate stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell has some citrus hops and a bready, lightly sweet malt base. Pretty straightforward.

Tastes basically like it smells, with a bready malt base, a light sweetness and subtle toasted flavor, plus some citrus and herbal hops. Straightforward fits the bill again, but the flavor is good.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body, with a good amount of carbonation and a nice slickness to it.

This is a solid and easy drinking pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary but a good beer for sure.

Oct 10, 2010
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My can says "Red Betty". I'm assuming this is the same beer.

Decent, I guess. Not really blowing me away here. It's hoppy. Almost kind of amber ale a bit. Smooth feel. Overall the whole thing seems a little clogged. No sharp defining character. Probably isn't a fresh sample. Which keeps happening with this brewery, for me.

Jun 25, 2013
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billybob from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a one finger head and fair lace. aroma is nice with fresh pine and floral notes. fruity, citrus, and pine in that order hits your taste buds. tint of grape fruit but not bitter tasting. medium mouthfeel and carbonation holds fairly well. would buy it agian.

Dec 26, 2009
Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 216 ratings