Red Racer Classic Pale Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
120
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Dark golden body with a fluffy white head, which leaves decent lacing as it slowly recedes. A surprising amount of citrus in the aroma get me thinking about IPA, but the taste tells a different story. The citrus is far less prominent, and a nice bready malt body comes to the fore. There is a pleasant bitterness also, but its not as dominant as it would be in an IPA. Medium-light body, with prickly carbonation accentuating the bittering.

This is a very solid pale ale, with great balance. Nice and drinkable - I could imagine sessioning this in warmer weather.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mousel
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IllNate
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poors a somewhat cloudy dim gold. Finger of head subsides to lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose. Grapefruit and citrus hops primarity. Similar to the IPA offering.

T - Hoppy indeed. Again dominated by citrus hop and also similar to the Red Racer IPA. More subdued though. Here the malt is allowed to come through. The fruity esters are also noticeable. I have it on good authority that they use ESB 1968 yeast for this.

M - Quite nice. Very smooth and ample body.

D - Highly drinkable.

Excellent for a PA, very enjoyable.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool to see this beer in cans and in private stores in Vancouver. Came as part of mixed six pack with the wheat and the lager as well.

Nice dark gold colour with good head. Hop nose with some cereal. The beer is a solid APA with a decent amount of hops ( not as hoppy as Blue Buck from Phillips but hoppier than Whistler). the beer has a slight sweetness to it but the finish is good with a nice balance. This is one my go to session beers for this summer.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright-ish orange, lots of carbonation bubbles. White head becomes a slight cap and ring, not much lacing left.

Smell is not extremely potent, but it's all about the hops. Grassy, herbal, citrus.

Taste is also big on the hops but has more of a malt balance than the nose. A good mix of grassy, earthy, citrus and maybe a bit of floral. Warm bready malt is most present in the finish. Mouthfeel is light but good body for 5%, kinda high bitterness would effect sessioning it though.

A nice beer to have in a can, price is a bummer but I wouldn't mind picking this up now and then.

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Photo of timtwoface
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times over the years and I always enjoyed it. A very crisp and clean, easy-to-drink pale ale but with more than the standard amount of hops that gives it a real kick. I truly think it's delicious and you oughta check it out!

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 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 spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can from the summer mixed 6 pack at the Ottawa LCBO for $12.55

Appearance - Clear amber with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some grapefruit, lemons, and honey dew melon sweetness. It ends with a fairly hoppy and fruity aftertaste.

Overall – A superb highly flavourful yet highly drinkable brew. It has most the flavour found in their IPA but scaled down booze. A great every day beer and extra convenient in the small can.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint served on tap at the Bier Markt in Toronto. Served cold into a Red Racer pint glass.

Appearance - Bright orange and amber color, clear with plenty of lively bubbles. Topped by about two fingers of dense frothy white head with great retention and sheets of lacing around the side of the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit, Pine and other citrus dominate, not nearly to the effect of their IPA, but nevertheless a substantially citrus based aromatic pale ale.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose; citrusy with grapefruit and some orange shining through more than others. Some pine mixed in for good measure and a faint sweet caramel base to keep everything balanced.

Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation, keeps the tastebuds prickling. Smooth feel and fairly light body give the intensity of the beer.

Overall - A great pale ale enhanced by the fact it was on tap. Very refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

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

What can I say I just love this brewery I am yet to be disappointed and this is proving to be one of my favourite session beers.

Pours a rich burnt orange colour with moderate head and relatively high carbonation.

Aromas of caramel roasted malt but with a lot of hops slowly taking over.

Good amount of caramel sweet malt but gets dried out by the generous amount of hopping and finishes quite dry. I get a lot more of a grapefruity hop profile than I do from their IPA and I really like it.

Possibly a little over carbonated for my taste but definitely not to the point of distraction, if I had it on tap I imagine this would be even better, looks like I need to plan a trip to Surrey :(.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of RBryn
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with two finger's worth of rocky white head that leaves some great lacing.

S: Mildly sweet citrus hops up front, mostly oranges, a light sweetness to the malt, and a fair amount of bread character. Pretty much what you expect from a pale ale.

T: Maybe leaning a bit more toward the bread side of things with a slight sweetness of caramel. The hops are again mostly orange flavored with a bit of an earthy spice note in there as well. The bitterness is fairly mild.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

D: I think the IPA is probably a bit better. I liked this one a fair amount, and it works well as your standard pale ale.

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Photo of alew_os
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrellMoset
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Beer Run, enjoyed on site and from a shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a radiant golden sunset orange, bright and slightly hazed, but only slightly. A gentle pour yields one finger of dull tawny white head with average retention that - while not sticking around for long - does leave plenty of other stickage, with glittery, delicate stalactites dripping down the sides of the glass and hardening in to crusty snowflaked patterns. Slow and intermittent carbonation rises gently.

Aroma: Unabashed caramel and light toffee mingle with crackery and bready malts amidst a swarm of herbal, leafy, mildly astringent hop notes.

Taste: A sweet, crackery malt backbone - showcasing caramel and some honey sweetness - is dried out considerably by a good deal of herbal, tobacco-y, and grassy hop notes. Bitterness is mild, and mingles with the astringencies of the profile itself to mitigate a lot of the unattenuated sugars.

Mouthfeel: This beer's best aspect - a soft, creamy, almost pillowy mouth, with a body of moderate thickness and a nice subtle amount of carbonation. Works really well to mitigate the astringencies in the flavor profile and augment the lightly caramelized, whipped sugar aspects too.

Drinkability: A solid if not world class APA with a good flavor profile and spot-on procedural points. The hop profile could use a little variety, but its nonetheless a very drinkable, low-abv% brew.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is golden with a small white head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

The scent is dominated by lemon. Quite unusual, but a nice clean smell. Hoppy but with a malty backbone.

Nice hoppy flavour. Light citrus fruit, lemon mainly. Some caramel malt behind. A bit grassy.

Medium bodied, overly carbonated. Irritating.

Overall, quite tasty. A fairly unique and tasty APA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can opens with foam ready to pour right out, quickly caught it all in my glass, pours a golden color with a large foamy white head, fades fast at first but slows down, some patchy lacing.

Smell is a mix between sweet malt and some nice citrusy hops, hops more evident right after pouring but becomes more balanced in the aroma as time goes on.

Taste is light and crisp, carbonation dances on the tongue, decent hop presence with accompanying bitterness, the bitterness lingers for a good long while, not picking up the citrus as much in the taste which is a shame.

Awesome label on the can, I wonder if I can get a poster of it (for the bicycle of course)...

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Photo of ZachT
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer Classic Pale Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
3.8 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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