Red Racer Winter Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

Red Racer Winter AleRed Racer Winter Ale
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 46 ratings
Red Racer Winter AleRed Racer Winter Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,374
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
46
Liked:
36
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
8.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - red copper clear, average head dissipated leaving respectable lacing
S - herbal and spicy, toasted grains with a citrus and slightly astringent odor
T - gingerbread savoury, herbal and citrus hoppiness, toasty, very light cinnamon
M - generous carbonation, bready moving to spicy and slightly bitter
D - they aren't hiding behind a spice mask like many winters, the flavours are subtle but warm and balanced, the more I have the more I like it

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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 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 IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml can. Pours out a gorgeous clear russet copper hue, with a thick creamy off-white head that remains short but retains long.

Rich toffee juxtaposed with sweet grapefruit on the nose. This could easily be mistaken for a DIPA.

Bright grapefruit and tangerine hops burst through up front in the flavour, while the rich toffee pops up in the middle, finishing along with some spicy, pithy hops that linger on into the aftertaste. Quite balanced when all is said and done.

Medium-full mouthfeel, Smooth texture with some brisk carbonation.

One of my new favourite Winter Warmers, not only is it well balanced but the hops add an enjoyable extra dimension without being overwhelming, and the malt delivers a solid performance. Central City is a brewery that delivers the goods.

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a fan of spiced beer, so I hesitant to buy a 6-pack, thinking it'd be in the fridge most of the winter. Well, it's not even Christmas and it's gone...

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, good retention, leaves a little lace.

S: Brown sugar, caramel, roasted nut, candied fruit and a light spicing.

T: There's a light residual sweetness, but it has the bitterness to back it up. Very malty, caramel, biscuit, brown sugar, roasted nut, hints of candied fruit, alcohol is subtle. The spicing is done really well. It's apparent, but I can't really tell what it is. On it's own, the spicing is very well integrated. Having a 'plain' brew first makes the spicing a little more apparent.

M: Moderately full body has a light residual sweetness

D: Very drinkable for it's strength.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a clear copper with a 1 1/2 inch slightly off white head.

S: Smell is very spicy, cinnamon, clove, alspice. Not overpowering, but definitely there. Some faint hoppy bitterness.

T: Spices continue from the smell with a solid malt backbone. A little bready, but it works well with the spices. Very well balanced. Some sweet notes, a little vanilla. Nice. Reminds me of drinking holiday cinnamon bread.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

D: Suprisingly nice for a spiced winter ale. Not overpower with a nice clean finish. I thought this was very enjoyable, even six months after release. Another solid brew from Central City.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I managed to snag a can of this from the singles bin at a local liquor store. Hopefully it's as good as the other Red Racer beers I've tried!

It pours a deep reddish amber colour and completely clear, with a foamy head that settles down at about a centimeter. There are lots of bubbles floating up to the top.

The hop aroma is prominent right from the start. Though it is balanced out by some spicy notes of ginger and maybe cloves.

The flavour of this beer is surprisingly complex. It is incredibly smooth, and the slight hop bitterness is quickly followed by some light sweetness. This slowly gives way to some rich malt flavours that are accented by the spicy cloves aroma. This slowly becomes a nice hop flavour.

This is a highly drinkable winter beer! It is dangerously smooth and manages to pack a punch of flavour without being overly intense.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. There's our girl, in 'all' her minimal winter finery, still astride that red hipster ride.

This beer pours a clear, medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of dense, foamy off-white head, which leaves some random coffee ring stain imprints of frilly lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of grapefruit and orange citrus hop bitters, caramel toffee malt, and an overarching stewed raisin, fruitcake-like essence, which keeps it barely out of straight-up, knockin' on DIPA territory - still, I am breathless with anticipation! The taste is bready, biscuity, and crackery - sweet, all - malt, a more moderated earthy citrus character, and some piney, musty, and somewhat leafy and vegetal hops.

The carbonation subscribes to the don't ask, don't tell model in going about its generally frothy business, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, no complaints here. It finishes clean and very well balanced - the bitter citrus hops still doing enough to cut through a lake of complex malt.

Wow, West Coast Winter Warmer represent! Nothing like a bit of sensory obfuscation, before arriving at the real thing. Big IPA up front, pizza crust (yeah, homemade, herbal pizza dough at this point, at least), and then a still stunned, warming maltster emerges. Quirky, kind of sultry, and quite drinkable - glad I've got 5 more to relive this experience at least a few times over.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BigBry gets big ups from The CANQuest (TM) for not only more CANadian beer in a CAN, but my dear Red Racy to to go with it. In this iteration, she has donned thigh-high white boots, white mittens and white earmuffs as snowflakes fall around her. She is dedicated to that bike of hers, I'll tell you!

From the CAN: "Red Racer Limited Edition Winter Ale. A big and malty amber ale brewed to keep you warm through the long, dark days of west coast winter. This complex ale has vanilla and treacle undertones, with a warm and spicy finish. This beer is best enjoyed when only partially chilled. 'Cheers!'"

I have to cop to being impressed by the effervescence that was immediately noticeable following the Crack 'n' Glug. The pour created over two fingers' worth of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! I do not know what treacle should or does smell like, but it certainly had a very malty/bready nose along with a mild spiciness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a taste of cinnamon and clove spices on the tongue. Finish was more spicy than anything, causing me to wonder if I missed out on the vanilla and treacle mentioned earlier. Great Goshadarn, but it was friggin' smoooth! I had run through half the glass like it was nothing! Yum yum! I have nothing going in the winter that involves a cooler, except for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb), but this deserves a place in the cooler. It was especially welcome on this cold, rainy day in early spring that feels like late fall.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber colour with a creamy white head.

Smell: Spicy nose with cloves, vanilla and cinnamon being the dominant aromas.

Taste: This beer has a great malty sweetness, some alcohol presence as well as a distinct nuttiness. Great spicy character just warms you right up. Cinnamon and clove are the dominant flavours. The alcohol provides a candy sweetness that makes this beer a treat to savour.

Mouthfeel: I gave it a 3.5 because the carbonation was a little too low but there was a great creaminess that I come to really enjoy in a winter warmer. There is a slight alcohol burn as well but very subtle.

Drinkability: As with most of Central City's beers, this is very drinkable. I could polish off a few pints and be happy...Very happy. This stuff is pretty strong at 7% alc/vol.

Overall: A great treat of a winter warmer. This beer reminds me somewhat of Howe Sound's Father John's Winter Ale. Except this one has a much fuller flavour and mouthfeel. Very nice!

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

Central City's Red Racer Winter Ale pours a mahogany with an off-white head that leaves thing rings of lacing as you drink this surprisingly complex ale. On the nose you get moist bread, spices, some kind of fruit - dried berries? and vanilla undertones. There is a lot going here and all these aromas continue on to the taste of the beer with the addition of a barely noticable alcohol presence. It's very complex with a clean finish. Not something you'd expect from a can. I've had quite a few can of this over the winter. Next year I can see the same thing.

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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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Photo of jrempel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 lumikuuro
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Central City Brewpub, Surrey, BC. They still have this on tap even though it is May and they have plenty of 6 packs left in the adjacent liquor store at reduced price.

Appearance: Deep amberish mahogany, clear, with one finger creamy beige head receding moderately quickly to a ring and leaving heavy lacing.

Aroma: Classic malty spiced winter warmer aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon, honey, treacle, alcohol. Possibly other spices.

Taste: Malty with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove, with some vanilla and distant coffee. Honey and treacle give it a balanced winter warmer sweetness, and the taste is quite vinous, showing how well brewed this beer is. The alcohol is appropriately noticeable and helps carry this true winter warmer. The finish is long and rich, as the spices and balanced sweetness linger.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied. Manages to be crisp, dry, and silky.

Drinkability: The only thing holding back the drinkability of this beer is just how rich it is. It is a delightfully delicious beer, but after a couple of them, some people may prefer to move on to something less rich. However, if you don't mind the rich flavour of this beer, you won't be worried.

The best winter ale in BC after Howe Sound, and it's not far behind.

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Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 46 ratings
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