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Red Racer Classic Pale Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Classic Pale AleRed Racer Classic Pale Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by canucklehead on 04-24-2008

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Reviews: 120 | Ratings: 213
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can complements of nonstick...thanks again Chris! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a crystal clear yellow with hints of orange. A low, 1/2 finger of white head comes and goes quickly and leaves a thin layer of bubbles and a nice collar and some residual lacing.

S - Fruity and spicy hops with a full complement of bready, sweet malt. Smells more like a European continental pilsner than a pale ale. If I hadn't poured this myself, I would have guessed this was German or Dutch in origin.

T - Big, strong malt backbone gives some body and a firm base. Decent amount of hop bitterness, and not much hop flavor. Full complement of malty notes - fruity, bready, sweet, grainy characters.

M - Pretty full bodied for the style. Lots of carbonation, maybe a little too high. Lingering bitterness that fills the entire mouth. Grainy flavors stick around after the swallow too.

D - Very easy drinking. Has the smoothness and lots of the flavors of a European lager. Good summer beer or session beer. At 5.0% this one won't hurt you if you have a few. Not a bad beer, but not what I expected for a pale ale.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a fairly clear pale amber color with a small white head that's quite sticky with some light lacing. Nose is really solid, hoppy, fresh, floral and fruity a bit sweet as well

Taste is really well balanced and nice, it's got a light sweetness but it's quite hoppy and vegetal as well. Mouthfeel is light and it's a bit dry but overall quite nice. A solid pale ale, but I'd skip this and go right for the IPA in the future.

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Photo of BCborn
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head with decent retention. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Pleasant aroma of hops and caramel malt. Balanced taste with some sweet malt and citrusy, earthy hops. Medium-light bodied with an average mouthfeel; this is a tad overcarbonated. This beer didn't amaze me or anything like Central City's IPA did, but this is a still a very solid, drinkable Pale Ale.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can, another from the 2010 Central City summer mixed pack, courtesy of the Merrit, BC guv'ment store.

This beer pours a mildly hazy copper amber hue, with three fingers of rather puffy, foamy, and rocky white head, which leaves some layered, patchy, and streaky lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of gritty grapefruit and orange rind, pine resin, biscuity, bready caramel malt, lightly tannic tea, and a further suggestion of muddled tropical fruit. The taste is more malty up front, the biscuity, grainy caramel malt holding sway, until the mildly acerbic pine needle, leafy, and blended domestic (for BC, that is) citrus hops come smugly crashing back through the door. There does still seem to be a bit of that musty tea essence from the aroma, as well.

The carbonation is moderate, bobbing up and down in its playful frothiness, the body on the light side of medium weight, and low-grade smooth, the tanginess of the hops kind of spoiling the party here. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the malt and hops aiding and abetting the cause, crisp, and surprisingly peppery, almost evoking a conflict of ideals, for some reason.

A nicely rendered, hoppy, but not overly so, American pale ale, the old world malt doing well to provide at least the semblance of balance. Despite a few minor hiccups to the contrary, no one will mistake this for an IPA, at least if they are familiar with its more (in)famous big brother. Worthy of a try for its own merits, however.

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Photo of distantmantra
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a dark golden color with a one-finger head of white foam. Medium lacing clung to the sides of the glass and remained throughout.

S: There's a very nice and fragrant aroma to Red Racer Pale. Some fruity notes along with caramel and a little touch of yeast.

T: There isn't really one singular flavor that stands out, there's a nice balance of caramel, citrus spice and bready malt. There's a bit orange peel oiliness in there as well.

M: The beer has a nice light body with fizzy carbonation and a oily mouth feel that dries out at the end.

O: Although there are glimmers of an American pale Here, it also has flourishes of a British pale. It's not jam packed with flavor like some other North American pales, but it's still quite tasty and refreshing with a low ABV.

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Photo of Stigs
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can at Volo, fresh batch. Lightcolour with some white head. Carbonation is right there.Very drinkable, an understated but enjoyable bitterness. Drying. Some citrus. Hits the style, but is not up to the best American pales.Neutal aroma. I want less caramel and carbonation, more hop taste.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden amber with a 2 finger white head and tiny bubbles constantly fizzing to the top
S: smells slightly metallic with a tropical fruit note
T: slight grapefruitburst finishing with peach, pineapple, lemon, and a hint of bready malt
M: tiny bubbles constantly punching the tastebuds with flavor. Very light.
O: a decent brew. Should've waited for the can to get colder but I could see this as a staple in my fridge. At 5%, very sessionable and would be a perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with 2+ big fingers of foamy bright-white head. Retains with a rich layer of froth, which leaves a hugely creamy cascade of sticky lacing behind that just coats the sides of the glass. Wow, this has a really robust look to it. The aroma is floral, peppery, and even a touch piney in the nose, with some earthy smelling citrus and the sweetness of the malts giving this a bit of tang in the back. This is overall very floral though, with that aspect of it helping carry the flavors up in the nose.

Hops are fairly aggressive here in the taste, with some biting spice and resins being present, along with a splash of bitter grapefruit and citrus rind. There's just a tinge of outlying malt sweetness to this but the profile is really coming off as mostly bitter with a steady drying finish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to the carbonation yet the oiliness from the hops still gives this a certain amount of slickness in the mouth and helps keep the drinkibility of this decent.

A solid Pale Ale for the most part but I though that this was actually a bit too earthy and hoppy at times. I like my APAs like the next guy but a touch more sweetness would have been welcomed. Worth a look.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this several times but somehow never reviewed it
A - clear rich golden, two fingers of head dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - grapefruit juice, orange zest, biscuity and spicy, very inviting
T - punget grapefruit and orange hop flavours with some light perfumes, biscuity grainy malt with light peppery nots
M - light body, initially juicy moving to a pleasant balanced bitter
O - super flavourful and sessionable, Central City has yet to dissapoint

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Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean and light golden in colour with a decent blanket of off-white head. Looks like your standard pale ale.

Lots of citrus and pine with light candy malt. Smells like a watered-down Red Racer IPA, though still pretty nice.

The hopping is similar to their IPA, only toned down a bit. Unfortunately the balance is a little off here, having the malt dropped too low in relation to the hops. Kind of seems like the hops of a good Canadian IPA with the malt of a pale ale; it just doesn't match. Good piney, grapefruit hops with too little watery malt. Citrus rind lingers on the finish.

Decent medium body with medium carbonation.

I don't know about this one; it's not different enough from the IPA to warrant its existence. If you can get the IPA, why drink the pale ale? It's not really a separate beer, only a slight, lesser variation on its bigger brother. If I wasn't familiar with the IPA I would think this is a decent pale ale, though the balance isn't all there. It's drinkable but don't bother unless the IPA is nowhere to be seen.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale copper. Two fingers of head dissipating to about half a centimetre. Smell is fruity - grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit. I can also pick up the sweetness of the pale malts.

I don't usually like pale ales, but I'm enjoying this one. It's on the hoppier side - like their IPA turned down a few notches. Body on the lighter side.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice bright yellow color.

S- smell of fruity notes.Refreshing.

T- taste of hops not much malt as stated on the can. Fruity notes in the background. Very settle not over powering.

M- very creamy and smooth like Genny cream ale.

D- This is a nice beer from Canada very good to see other brewery beside the labatt's and Molsons in Canada hey.


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Photo of akorsak
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: The APA has a head on it! The first pour generated over three fingers of craggy, mountainous foam that laces all around the glass. Underneath the wondrous foam, golden amber ale sits. Translucent the ale is. The second pour was much more restrained than the first.

S: The nose is plenty biscuity with a nice streak of herbal citrus running through it. The hops stand out more than I was expecting.

T: The biscuity bread stands out, sweet with a grainy cookie flavor. Hops linger around, but not with the force that the nose indicates. The sweet biscuity flavors run rampant, by far the dominating aspect of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel seems to miss for me, focusing on the biscuity flavors at the expense of the hops. This is my second downer; sure hope that the IPA lives up to the hype.

D: An average pale ale. Not my first choice but not my last.

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Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never get tired of these red racer cans.

Appearance. Deep golden straw with a hint of red and a finger of off-white, bubbly head that lasts a while.

Taste. Bitter pink grapefruit rind and a little grass. Nice roasty caramel malt. Quite dry with a little tangy citrus and some lasting bitterness. Really well balanced while showcasing the citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel. Good strong but smooth carbonation. Perfect lighter body that is exemplary for the style.

Drinkability. A fantastic drinker. Could burn through a few of these with no trouble.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus notes with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is a mix of citrus malt with some biscuit malt with dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easy drinking with well balanced sweetness thought hops punch is missing.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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