Red Racer Pumpkin Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

Red Racer Pumpkin AleRed Racer Pumpkin Ale
77 Ratings
Red Racer Pumpkin AleRed Racer Pumpkin Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crafted with pumpkin and choice spices, this ale is rich, creamy and contains a subtle pumpkin pie flavour. Enjoy this as a great pairing with any holiday feast.

Added by wordemupg on 11-05-2009

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the lcbo for around $6.

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Photo of DaPan
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Red Racer Pumpkin Ale has a classy, glossy auburn colour that is perfectly suited to the fall. Cliche though it is to say, the beer's soft, sometimes twinkling amber highlights really are reminiscent of autumn foliage. Preventing a better score for this gorgeous pin-up, however, is the fact that it's utterly flat and without even a wisp of foam.

Ancient merchants would cross mountains and oceans, dangerous journeys sometimes for years at a time, because spices are such spectacular things. In particular, their aromas are sensational. I always expect a wonderful, distinct, even intense fragrance from any beer that uses them; despite the addition of "choice" spices, this bouquet is none of those things.

That it's spiced is evident - specific spices are not. That general chai-like profile is indistinct and watered-down. Anyone who's made a curry from scratch knows there's a huge difference between using fresh ingredients, heated in the pan and simmered over a low heat, as opposed to adding a dried powder mix bought from the store. I don't need to tell you which one this is.

In fairness, they get little help from the malt. Pumpkin Ales often lean heavily on crystal and specialty malts to provide supporting flavours of caramel, toffee, toasty pie crust or even hints of chocolate. This grain bill, however, is thin and plain, at times even a little syrupy. The beer is figuratively flat, but literally as well; there's virtually no carbonation.

A lot of pumpkin ales are made without any pumpkin at all - on this label it's listed ahead of the spices. Unless they're heavily roasted and/or caramelized, however, pumpkins aren't likely to contribute much of any flavour at all. And when they do - like the hint of raw squash in this example - it's not always pleasant. The need for bolder spicing and bigger bubbles is felt again.

A combination of watery, seemingly superficial spice flavour and a thin, cloyingly sweet maltiness leaves Red Racer's Pumpkin Ale tasting less like a cup of artisan chai tea and more like a powdered pumpkin latte mix, less like mom's pumpkin pie cooling on the windowsill and more like the canned pumpkin puree that stays buried at the back of the cupboard. Pass.

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Photo of Simon212
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaisell
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated July 27 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful, sparkling-clear orange-amber colour, with one finger of frothy, short-lived, off white-coloured head. It dissipates within the next 60 seconds or so, depositing a curtain of lace as it devolves into a bubbly, soapy collar and filmy cap. Looks like a typical pumpkin ale, and the autumn spices on the nose do little to convince me otherwise - cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are all discernible, distributed amongst notes of gourdy pumpkin flesh, molasses, ginger snap and pie crust. Nothing especially unique here, but definitely an enticing bouquet.

It took a few sips before I could make up my mind on this one. Caramel malts, molasses sweetness and pie crust flavours soon give way to notes of pumpkin and spice. Ginger and nutmeg are probably the most prominent spices, although I am also getting hints of clove, allspice, cinnamon and vanilla. Almost a dessert beer, except not really rich-flavoured enough... the spices really dry out the palate on the back end, like gnawing on cassia bark - or it would be, if it weren't for the lingering pie crust malt sweetness. Light-medium in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that has a brisk, crisp and prickly feel on the palate. Easy to drink for a spiced ale, thanks to the low abv, but one bomber is enough for me.

Final Grade: 3.73, a respectable B grade. Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale doesn't break any new ground, but at the same time it doesn't have any particularly unappealing features, either. I have to consider this a fairly prototypical pumpkin spice ale - the gourdiness is there, but downplayed, while the autumn spices are arguably the centrepiece of this otherwise malt-forward seasonal ale. It's good, but it's definitely not great - worth at least one try if you've never had it and appreciate a pumpkin beer now and then, but I wouldn't expect your socks to be knocked off.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm betwixt about this one. It doesn't taste like pumpkin pie, which may be a good thing. It tastes more like raw pumpkin. Not too sweet but perhaps not sweet enough. There are better pumpkin beers and there are far worse ones. Average.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange, carbonated heavily, and crystal clear. A half finger of light beige head. Looks like a soda.

Smells of pumpkin spices, and toasted malts.

Tastes of pumpkin spices, malt beverage, a hint of toasted pumpkin and a light sweetness.

Light, watery body, lots of soda like carbonation.

Got in Brockville, ON, today. Drinking in New Hamburg. Really a disappointment after having their IPA. Still, it does have some pumpkin qualities. Drank Oct 9th, 2016.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BCborn
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StomachUlcers
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark amber color with a decent amount of activity. Weak beige half a finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, but producing a strong amount of lacing. Flavors of ginger bread, pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon, herbal spices, and sweet grains. Syrupy yet highly sharp and fresh. Slick smooth full body with extra prickly carbonation. Light finish that lingers a moment with an aftertaste of ginger and herbal spices. Overall very good quality craft, nice intensity, delicious, smooth, and pleasant. Balanced and not overly sugary. Incredible body and very fresh. Soft and accessible, drinkable all day long.

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Photo of imfinished
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Asianadian
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jfreeze
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tpop1005
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BcCraft710
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%

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