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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

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212
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
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Photo of craytonic
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade. Not much head or lacing, pretty peach-amber pour. Aroma is light citrus / lemon grass / sweet grass with more hops than I expected. Taste is more sweet grass, less hops than I expected given the aroma, also a nice citrus element. Very refreshing. Some brewers would call it an IPA (hell bud might call it a DIPA knowing them). Good standard offering, if they had it at a beer this would be a solid session choice.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can courtesy of drabmuh from BA.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice 1 finger head of tiny tight packed white bubbles.

Not nearly as aromatic as the IPA, the Pale Ale has some floral type notes along with malt.

The taste on this is kind of a disappointment compared to the IPA as well, I mean what happened? This beer just kind of comes out flat as in the hop flavor is somewhat lost as is the malt backbone. Slight sweetness up front followed by minimal bitterness from the hops. Has an odd off taste as well. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, not the best example of an APA. I'd go with their IPA anytime though.

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Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with a big, foamy white head. The retention is good and big pieces of lace cling to the glass at random. A Belgian-esque cloud stays atop the ale.

S- Hops come to mind first but not as much as an IPA. They lend a ton of floral notes and some citrus. With the hops comes a good caramel and biscuity malt backbone.

T- A pale ale for sure. Noticeable but not overbearing hop profile. Floral, earthy and citrus notes mostly. Light caramel malt provides a good backdrop and is slightly bready.

MF- Light body with moderate carbonation. Creamy enough to support the pale ale flavors. Slight bitterness.

DB/Conclusion- A solid beer for sure but nothing amazing. This would be a nice session brew and probably a good one to introduce to craft newbies. Good balance and well-rounded, worth a shot.

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Photo of malloyca
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance; very clear and golden amber in color, minimal head when poured from the can into a pint glass. Grain and fresh bread aromas, with faint hints of citrus and hops in the background. The grain and biscuit aromas carry through in the flavor, again with a faint hop backbone. This is very well balanced and has a great mouth-feel. The restraint and balance of the flavors make this ideal session beer. It would also be great with most all types of food.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer served cold in my St. B goblet. Beer is dark yellow and slightly hazy. Pours nice with a thick head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks fine.

Aroma is mild and malty with some hops. Its pretty good smelling for a pale ale.

Beer is medium bodied, really nice creamy mouthfeel with decent levels of carbonation in the mouth. Mild sweetness up front clean finish in the back. Moderate bitterness, highly drinkable. A really good little pale ale.

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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 IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml can. Pours a clear vibrant copper colour, topped by a creamy loose-bubbled off-white head that settles to a thick cap.

Earthy, dry malt on the nose, mild herbal hops with a more assertive presence of citrus.

The flavour is very balanced until well into the aftertaste. Crisp, dry toasty and earthy malt holds its own until leafy, herbal hops gain momentum on the finish, while grapefruit citrus waits to rise up in the aftertaste.

Smooth medium-light mouthfeel, carbonation is present but doesn't overwhelm.

All this adds up to a tasty session beer that isn't going to overwhelm your palate over the course of time. I still prefer the IPA from Central City, but this Pale Ale from them holds its own too.

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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 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 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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Canada Day beer swap thinking it was the IPA, needless to say I was pleased for the opportunity to try out a new Central City bevy!

A - Pours a crystal clear golden copper colour, a finger of white bubbly head which slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of head which holds strong. No real lacing left behind.

S - Leafy greens, pine and cedar sprigs and a bit of bready malt on the finish. I also noticed a slight 'weed' scent to this one.

T - There's some nice pine citrus hops right off the top and the bready malt comes through nicely on the finish. A bit of a deep fried batter flavour lingers on the tongue. Delicious balance, and the noticeable hop presence makes this a wonderful full bodied pale ale.

M - Light and bubbly and goes down incredibly smooth. Given the hop presence I was expecting something a little more dry, but this one finished really nicely leaving your palette craving more and more!

D - I could toss back a dozen of these no problem. A delicious sessionable bevy which packs the perfect amount of flavour allowing you to enjoy several without overloading your tastebuds.

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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 Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost a straw to golden hue, with just a touch of haze, though it doesn't seem cool enough to be a chill-haze. It doesn't suffer much, though. The head retention is pretty great, though... it forms about a finger tall, falls to about half that, and just stays there, nice and creamy, over the brew.

S + T: The aroma and flavour of this come across a little more like an English styled pale ale to me than an American, as described on the style here, simply for the malt balance. A strong malty backbone brings out a toasty character behind an herbal and citrus hop profile. Lovely balance, with just the right hop kick. I'm definitely a fan!

M + D: Medium body, smooth drinking, almost a bit of a creamy type of finish on it. I'm shocked I didn't take the time to imbibe in this earlier, but it will certainly join the rotation of brews to return to... quality craftsmanship, and certainly recommended - especially on a great summer day after a long week of work!

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Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, bright, golden-yellow body...a two finger, white head formed from the pour...it retained nicely and left some decent lacing

S - The hops stand out more than anything...the citrus presence makes this pale ale inviting...there is also a slight sweet malt aroma

T - The flavors came up kind of short for me...the flavors were good but just nothing special...the hops were sweet up front with the grapefruit and some lemon...the caramel malts rounded out the middle and there was a touch of grain to it as well...the hops provided a bitterness at the end that was pretty short

M - Medium bodied...on the lighter side...creamy with some hop residue...dry

D - I could drink more than one of these...it was very easy to drink...I just didn't find the flavor to blow me away

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours a golden color with high carbonation and 2-3 inches of white head.

s - Smells of bready malts, citrus, and smooth caramel malts.

t - Tastes of orange, bready malts, wheat, and faded citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An ok pale ale but a little bland in the smell and taste. Very easy to drink but not sure I'd really want to buy again. I prefer their IPA much better.

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Photo of jslot38
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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

Yay, Red Racy is back and still in a CAN! The last time I was with our full-bodied lass, she and her Schwinn Flyer were bringing me a Lager. Now, she also has a Pale Ale and a few seasonals, plus she has not given up on her skirt. I have even convinced the Old Lady of the importance of stockings, a garter belt and a skirt, which she has agreed to on occasion. Love craft beer in a CAN!

From the CAN: "Red Racer Classic Pale Ale is hand-crafted in small batches using Mariss Otter barley from England and hops from Washington's Yakima valley. This big and bold pale ale has a citrusy aroma and a full, malty body, giving it a distinctive character that will inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us. A good choice paired with any favourite meal. 'Cheers!'"

I got an easy two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head from the pour. The color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The CAN got it right as far as the nose was concerned - full-on grapefruit! Mouthfeel was medium with a crisp hop bite on the tongue. Finish initially remained hoppy but gave way to a lingering malty sweetness, striking a nice balance. This definitely goes into my cooler! Welcome back, Red Racy!

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Photo of mikereaser
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can on 4-7-10.
Came in a BIF box from gn0sis, part of the worst thought out box full of old stale beers, so chances are, this one sat around for awhile before he sent it. I'll be sure to grab another one and give it another try.

A - Pours a light golden yellow with very little foam.

S - light citrus hops and light malts

T - light malts, some citrus hops and some cloves

M - light bodied, crisp with good carbonation

D - good flavor, easy to drink, interesting flavor keeps me coming back for more.

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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 wordemupg
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass may5 2010

A clear light golden with a decent amount of carbonation floating up to a two finger head that has pretty good retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S like the can says a fair bit of citrus with a little sweet malt

T again citrus with a good amount of malt to balance things out a bit, it's a little earthy rather enjoyable

M good carbonation and it's thick enough to please

D not lacking in any area and I could drink a large number of them in a sitting so that says something

another thank you to Moniker for this one, a solid beer good all around. I found out today that this will be in Alberta next week along with the IPA that I loved so let the good times roll

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent golden orange with a loose, half inch bright white head. Head quickly disperses into a thin cap with some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the session. Light nose - a faint hops presence as well as some citrus. Taste consistent with nose with addition of some bready/caramel notes and a light, lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light and carbonated at a level just shy of being overly assertive. A pleasant and drinkable APA, but does not merit a $12 per 6-pack price tab. Still worth trying if you have the opportunity to do so.

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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 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 OskarL
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little hazy golden with a bit of copper color. A big white head that has quite good retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Citrus, pines with some sweet maltiness.

The taste is very much like the weaker nose but here you can really taste it! With some bitterness in the finish.

Medium, smooth, a bit dry with good carbonation.

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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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