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BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
212
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
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8
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16
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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Consumed 11/30/09

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles to a sticky, foamy lacing at the edge of the glass. Transparent body. Mellow upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Light floral notes. Earthy. Subtle caramel sweetness.
T) From the beginning a great balance of malt and hops. The hops have a cannabis taste. Subtle grain taste. A nice lingering hop bite.
M) Fizzy. Fairly smooth. Medium body.
D) A delicious pale ale. Well done! Pour me another!

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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 Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rock solid APA that dances on the edges of its ISA and IPA cousins. I found this in a "Reign of Hops" mixer pack that disappeared quite agreeably over a weekend. The caramalt, citrus and pine set this apart from its brethren and make for a very pleasant drinking experience. If you are a fan of Pale Ales that lean to the citrusy evergreen spectrum of hoppiness, you will enjoy this beer.

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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 billybob
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Long813
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated:
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 355 ml

A: Clear golden body with one finger of white head. Head dissipated rather quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint notes of grassy hops and some citrus fruits.

T: Weak notes of grassy hops and citrus fruits. Just like the aroma, weak and thin.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Water like texture, grassy bitter finish. Feels like it's gone 'flat'.

D: Not a great fan of the brew. I expected much more.

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Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Out of a can is a clear copper beer. On top is a crown of rocky yet still frothy head about two inches in height.

Aroma: Out of the gate a good wave of citrus hop grapefruit notes. Sweet watermelon in the middle. In the end is a little bit of sweet malts that round it out very well.

Taste: For an American Pale Ale there is quite a rush of grapefruit notes and other citrus fruits. As for the malts those simply round it out rather well and sweeten it up a bit. The mouthfeel does have a good crispness to it as well.

Notes: Quite a solid beer all around of which can be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It's been so long since I had a beer that produced this much lace. It's like the rings of Saturn here, as the finger and a quarter of head stayed around. The body is a clear light amber that has a bit of gold in it. I was going to say a finger and a quarter of head is a bit low, but given it was a small can and not a tallboy, I'm going to let it slid on this one.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate the nose backed by a dry woody smell that reminds me of cedar and dry malt. Warming didn't really help either way. It's nice, although it have me worried that it might be IPA hoppy.

Taste: Not quite what I was expecting, as it starts off pretty tame as pale malt and a slight grapefruit note meanders about, until everything else comes flooding down. Grapefruit hops, straw malt and woodsy notes.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning leaves something to be desired and the beer is in need of some pacing. The carbonation does contribute a bit to the start of the beer, but it's really focuses on that main kick. The aftertaste is bitter grapefruit hops, but despite being potent, it's not bad as it doesn't leave that oily texture behind.

Drinkability: It's a little rough, I wouldn't call it an easy drinker but it is fairly light. It sits down very well, but it starts to go dry in the back of your throat after a while.

Final Thoughts: Far better then their Pilsner that is for sure, but I can't help but feel that they basically took their IPA and reduced the hops on this one. I for one found it to be quite good. Give it a shot.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, white foamy head that had pretty good lasting power. Body is dark copper and clear.

S: Nice aroma with a moderate, ctirusy hop presence that fits perfectly for the style... enough malt to help balance.

T: Again, while the malt presence is sufficient for the style, it's obviously the hops that come out ahead... but don't be mistaken, this beer is not an IPA, and it knows it. The bitterness is firm but not overpowering, and the citrusy hop flavor is perfectly balanced.

M: Moderate-light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D: One of the best American Pale Ales I've had... some APAs are too light on the hops, while others seem to want to be IPAs. CC's APA is right on the money.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz draft pour at bier markt mississauga

a: slightly hazy amber-copper. one and a half fingers of off-white head that leaves ridiculous lacing

s: peach, grapefruit, pine, malt. great aroma

t: peachy pine up front, then some grapefruit notes. leads into a really nice caramel malt backbone. simple but incredibly flavourful

m: medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation

o: an excellent pale ale. showcases vibrant hop flavours while also being really balanced

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Photo of twelvsies
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After being blown away by the Red Racer IPA I am definitely looking forward to trying this beer. Nice pour, smallish white head but thick, and a nice light amber hue, crystal clear like the IPA. Nice hoppy aroma, kind of reminds me of DF60 Min, wonder what hops they are using here. It might just be an odd whiff I'm getting here, but I am getting a slightly off-putting smell of canned tuna. Hm. Hope I have a fresh sample here. At first sip this beer is more malty than hinted at by the hoppy aroma. English style malt profile, only slight bittering hops present actually, more citrusy in aroma. Toasty and buttery. Nice rich texture. A tasty beer, just no defining characteristics. A little of this, a little of that... not a lot of anything special. Still, a solid beer.

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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 ludachris
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber hue with one finger of paper white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a good amount of spider leg lace.

Somewhat reminiscent of their IPA, the nose is very citrus-forward. The notes of grapefruit seem to branch off into two directions; one being candied and sweet, and the other being more raw and rhiney, with the former being slightly prominent. Lemon zest and bready malts can also be detected in the mix, making for a great smelling APA.

A bitter kick from the grapefruit hits the back of the palate with an added lemony twist as it progresses. Sour peach candy and the sweeter side of the grapefruit assert themselves in the end, over a bready malt backbone with the latter proving to be the lasting note in the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and quite refreshing, partly due to the flavourful citrus presence.

I'd place this in the top three APA's I've had thus far. I'm infatuated with the citrus character that is quite pronounced in both their IPA and APA. If only they had this stuff readily available in Ontario. Buy it if you see it.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

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Photo of Casey10
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so average and a big difference between this and the IPA is a lot. I know different styles. I guess the one thing that connects is that they both come in a can which is so cool at least for me and I am sure others as well.

A - Nice clean yellow small head.

S - Non discript nothing to stand out here faint grains.

T - Smooth again nothing that stands out just kind of a smooth taste but nothing of note.

M - cleen feel not much of a feel after drinking okay.

D - Actually not bad if looking for this style a SNPA is much better but is a nice representation of the style I am stuck on the IPA though.

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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 oakbluff
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of EskimoDave
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper with rocky white head which leaves all kinds of lacing.
Light sweet malt dominated with pine and a little bit of citrus poking through.
Smooth caramel with pine dancing in the back of your mouth.
Very smooth, a fuller body than most pale ales. A small bitter, clean, and fairly dry finish.
A quality Pale Ale, very drinkable. Good price too.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a short, white head. Smell is citrus (mango? watermelon?) with some grassy notes.

Taste is fruity as well - a litte bit sweet; a little watermelon rind in there; but nice and crisp throughout. Good carb, refreshing, and in the right ABV range for a summer chugger.

Overall a decent APA when you're looking for something on the lighter side of the taste and body range.

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Photo of sweethome
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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 mirish72
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a mixed sixer from Julio's. Poured into a goblet, pours an orange amber. Citrussy aroma, mild hop profile, no real bite. Thin lacing, minimal head. Decent, but not great, would probably be good for the beach or a backyard BBQ, but not worth $12 a six pack.

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Photo of krisandajt
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A surprise extra courtesy of a truly world-class BA, mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the can into my Shorts pint glass, the beer is is clear, vibrant light gold color with a massive, foamy 2 inches worth of head. The retention is pretty good, and I can see thick chunks of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Lookin good.

Smell: A bit hoppier than what I expected, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. Some sweet citrusy grapefruit, the result of a fairly balanced mix of the hops and a nice malt backbone.

Taste: I guess I kind of got my hopes up with the hops in the nose...there's really no hop presence here. The beer is a mix of malt and bland, not that great.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, lacking carbonation (surprising given the head after the initial pour).

Drinkability: Well the beer started off good, but it took a turn for the worse pretty quick. Gotta say I'm not that impressed with this brew. I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a bit of fluffy sporadic head. Decent lacing left on the glass.

Light scent of hops, pine and malt.

Nice light hop taste. Subtle caramel malts playing at the back. Very smooth and balanced. Wet finish. No real aftertaste.

Not an amazing beer, but a very solid one. Easily drinkable, straightforward and refreshing. Nice gateway beer for introducing people to, before introducing them to more hopped beverages. Given out a few of these and most recipients have been fairly receptive and appreciative.

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