Red Racer Winter Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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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
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
46
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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Photo of evlu1441
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Hornet2003
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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 OskarL
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red/amber color with some cloudyness and a white head that has some ligth brown color to it. The head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is spicy bread, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon with some vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Spicy malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, nutmeg and some alcohol with little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, with a medium body/full.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
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
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