Red Racer Winter Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Winter AleRed Racer Winter Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big, malty, and brewed to keep you warm through the long dark days of a west coast winter. This complex amber ale has vanilla and maple syrup undertones, with a warm, spicy finish. Best enjoyed when only partially chilled.

Added by Hornet2003 on 12-13-2008

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Central City Brewers 'RR Winter Ale' @ 6.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle Day 8 Seasons Greetings
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small off-white/beige head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-hints of winter spices
T-caramel winter warmer , slight hop bite
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-possible good beer
prost LampertLand

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3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Niceroad77
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 2016 Central City/Parallel 49 Advent calendar. Must be a variation of the original as the label says 6.0%. Great look but the smell and taste are not really up my alley. This smells and tastes like bloody caesar, interesting. The hop might have had better days, this was bottled on August 29 2016.

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Photo of BCborn
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of talbotjf99
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jrempel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jdavolos88
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from wordemupg, 355ml can into a tulip. Dated K1011, presumable October 10, 2011.

Reddish-irange, with some browner leanings. Loose, billowing tan head, several pours required to get this into the glass. Nose is bready, light spice and some hop character. Light brown sugar perhaps, and a bit of licorice and bruised apple. Taste again, malty, bready, some sugary and spice character gentle bitterness and some herbal hop character. Medium feel, medium low carbonation. A pretty good winter ale, needs to get to room temp. to really open up.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of beerhaver
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cletetron
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into pint glass 24/1/12

A clear amber with a few bubbles feeding a light tan head that hangs around for a few leaving just some tiny dots of lace

S leafy hops with some licorice and fennel, vannilla, faint booze and a little spice

T a little citric hops peeks through all the malt adding to what I smell, spcie is mild and the booze I smell is gone, well done

M could use a few more bubbles but still far from flat, a little bitter and sticky

O soild winter warmer with a nice balance with all the hops keeping the malt in check, or maybe its the other way around

this one could hurt you if you let it, easy too drink and very tasty

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Photo of papat444
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed pack that my uncle brought for me when visiting.

Poured from a 355ml. can, canned Nov. 10, 2011 (Lot K1011).

Appearance: A beautiful red-amber body with tons of tiny bubbles peppering the body. Massive head that just sits there and takes its good old time to wind down.

Smell: Sharp spices, cinnamon with some cloves. Some cardamom maybe but not sure. Very nice.

Taste: Some cinnamon, more spices, fruit cake and gingerbread. The constant flow of different spices is really nice.

Mouthfeel: Malt rolls off the tongue, warming. Spices add a bit of herb bitterness. Some creaminess as it warms.

Overall: This has all the right ingredients for a winter warmer. Nailing the style with a balance of malt, light hops and enough spices to keep it interesting without being a mess. One if their best.

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Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Tmappin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Central City.

A: 1/2" off white head that left a nice lacing over deep amber.

S: Citrus and earthy hops with vanilla and nutmeg.

T: Vanilla and nutmeg up front with citrus and earthy hops and a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium viscosity and too much carbonation.

O: A nice winter ale that seems to have less vanilla and sweetness than I remember.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks for this one, went over quite well with the group, reviewed from notes.

deep hazelnut with a bit of a rustic red tone mixed in. nice one inch or so off white head formed on the top and quickly nestled into a thin film, that glazed over the top of the glass. Very thick lace was left behind as the glass was emptied. A nice clear appearence was evident even though it was soo dark,

hops are intertwined Vanilla, and lots of it for sure. once you got past that there was a nice earthy like tone, with hints of an oakish quality with a mix of cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. N Had your classic yule time smell and brought me back a little, If not for the 95 degree heat I would turned on the fireplace to set the mood. with a light hop back rounding it.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from biboergosum. Thanks! It's not Winter, but it's raining so close enough.

A - Light amber with light to medium carbonation. Bright. One finger khaki head fades to a film pretty quick. A thin ring of lacing remains with the film.

S - First off, I could smell the hops as soon as I poured this. Fruity hops combined with a rich malty base. This could easily come off as an IPA. Toffee is there with some possible caramel as well. Mild alcohol and some licorice with grapefruit and pineapple Very interesting.

T - Grapefruit, pineapple, caramel and toffee. Toffee is quite strong with something I can't pinpoint that combines candy and hops which is quite interesting. Hops are stronger in the aroma but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

M - Medium to full body with a touch of sweet toffee in the back to finish with some fruity hops.. Mild carbonation.

O/D - This beer gets some extra points for originality. A pleasant suprise for a style that I often find over-spiced and un-creative. Very imaginative. It seems to cross so many style boundaries that it really makes them irrelevant. A good combination of rich malts, subtle yet strong hops, and an ABV low enough to not knock me off my feet. I like it.

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