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Red Racer Pumpkin Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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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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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 71
Reviews by IllNate:
Photo of IllNate
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fantastic orange color. About as close to pumpkin as you can get I think. Good amound of white head. Decent retention. I took a tour of the brewery while they were filtering a pumpkin, they said it was a bugger to filter, haha. Final product is nice and bright and clear.

S - Pumpkin spice (nutmeg mostly and cinnamon. Really excellent.

T - Clean finish. Some pumpkin spice is noticeable but NOT overwhelming (most common mistake in pumpkin beer). This is still a beer, for sure. After the spice you notice a nice malty flavor (octoberfestish), slight bitterness.

M - Good body in this. Nice and creamy. Balancing bitterness.

D - High

Might be my imagination, but I think this beer has improved since last year quite a bit.

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Photo of BCborn
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can from Winter 2010 Medley pack purchased from the Central City brewpub. Pours a clear copper color. There is an aroma of pumpkin and spices. Great pumpkin pie taste, although it is a bit too watery. A pretty good pumpkin ale, I would try this again.

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Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. The label depicts our girl still riding her red bike, now clashing with the orange seasonal background, and clad in her stereotypical hipster cowgirl finest.

This beer pours a clear, and slightly bright medium copper amber hue, with a multitude of puffy, densely creamy, and foamy ecru head, which leaves a cross section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of spicy ginger and nutmeg, actual raw vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, brown sugar, metallic cinnamon, and a hint of earthy, leafy hops. The taste is doughy, biscuity caramel malt, more zippy allspice, cinnamon hearts, dried ginger, and nutmeg spice, lightly roasted pumpkin meat, and mildly bitter earthy, and appropriately dead leafy hops.

The carbonation is average in its lilting frothiness, and thus generally unobtrusive, the body just on the light side of medium weight, but solid enough in its gourd-enhanced smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a nice (I know!) vegetal pumpkin pie crust and somewhat bewildered hop character.

A somewhat different pumpkin ale than the norm, that's for sure - the hops and the eponymous vegetable sticking out, instead of the focus being on a heavy malt. It's all deftly balanced, as well, and quite enjoyable in its reflection of what I expect to be happening around here in a few months' time.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Powers30
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper orange, decent off white head left solid lacing
S - sweet & savoury pumpkin with nuttmeg and a herbal note
T - pumpkin and spices are more subdued that the smell, a bready malt and a herbal aftertaste
M - light and bready smooth, finishing with a subtle dry spiciness
D - pumpkin flavour is more true than many pumpkin seasonal, but the herbal aftertaste takes is somewhat out of place, a nice fall seasonal none the less

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Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

It's pumpkin time! I'm so glad the liquor stores are now full of pumpkin ales. That said, it wasn't so bad that the only one available for a while was Elysian. After drinking a few of those these past few weeks, well, the standards are higher for what's to come.

This one's a pretty red brown colour, with plenty of light tan head. Aroma: a little bit of spice. Not the best pumpkin ale of had, but it's nice.

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Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep copper-orange with two fingers of light yellow, sticky looking head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Cloves. A little nutmeg and a hint of floral, sweet pumpkin.

Taste. Sweet cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of sour and some caramel malt in the back.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, nice smooth medium carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

Overall. The strong spices, especially cloves, are a little much for me. One during the season is plenty for me.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a clear amber color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

Tastes of the spices with a sweet malt backbone. Spices lead off with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a touch of allspice. Sweet malts come through next and add caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Bready malts fill it out leading to a fairly balanced feel to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good pumpkin beer.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my fourth Red Racer beer. Apparently this one was limited edition, and is no longer being made. I've had pumpkin ales before, and while I like the idea, I've been kind of let down in the past. Let's hope this is another exceptional beer from Central City.

It pours a deep copper colour. Slightly hazy with a finger of foamy head sitting on top. A very nice looking beer!

The aroma is quite spicy. Cloves and cinnamon mix with some acidity from the pumpkin. It has a kind of sour smell that turned me off of other pumpkin ales I've had.

The flavour resolves a lot of the problems I've had with other pumpkin ales. It is very balanced. The flavour is sweet and slightly spicy to start. The pumpkin flavour is present, but not overwhelming. This is great, since it could result in some tartess that I'm not a big fan of. It slowly gives way to some nice maltyness. It is a very easy drink.

Overall, I could totally see myself drinking this during fall and winter. Unfortunately it's a limited release, and I'll probably never have it again :(

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml can. Pours out a clear amber hue, small creamy beige head.

Aroma has sweet earthy pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and a curious floral character that is a nice added touch.

Perhaps showing a little sign of age, but nothing seems off with it. Earthy character up front in the flavour, while the spice tends to quickly overlap it. Finishes on a hoppy note, although difficult to pick out what varieties through the spice presence.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, although the texture comes across fuller than it is while staying slick, with moderate carbonation.

Nice take on the style, the extra hops work with this recipe, and once again Red Racer pulls off an enjoyable and highly accessible rendition of the style. Looking forward to the Fall when they bring this out again.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can as an extra from EskimoDave - cheers man!

Pours a beautifully clear pumpkin orange/red with a finger of head that races (Red Racer, get it...) to dissolve, leaving not even a collar of bubbles. Subsequent swirls get a few bubbles but they also have no staying power.

Nose reveals a lightly sweet, meaty pumpkin that smells inviting, coupled with a nice balance of cinnamon and cloves. Right off the bat you can tell this is not a super-spicy pumpkin ale but it's fresh, clean and inviting.

Nice balance of spicing and pumpkin, a hint of a graham, caramel malt to back it up, light sweetness running through with just a hint of hop drying and bite in the back. Spicing is minimal but with a nice balance creates a very drinkable pumpkin ale. This is one you can imagine yourself drinking on just about any occasion and enjoying, not just at Thanksgiving. Potential is held back by a too thin mouthfeel and slightly too gassy carb (which is odd given the lack of bubbles on top).

Pretty neat beer, not over the top on the spicing or pumpkin, yet just enough to remind you this is special. Would gladly drink again, thanks Dave!

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Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 355ml. can, canned Oct. 25, 2011 (Lot J2511).

Appearance: An amber-orange body with 3-4 fingers worth of head. Gradually recedes but leaves lots of lacing all around.

Smell: Good pumpkin meat, spices, cloves. A bit of a metallic twang. Aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste: Some fall spices, pumpkin pie crust. Slight metal twang (same as aroma) that is slightly distracting but thankfully disappears as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and pretty full bodied.

Overall: Nothing overpowering or extravagant here. Good all around.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Caudalie
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reesa0o0
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the last pumpkin ale I will "test" of the season. I have tried all of them that I could get my hands on in the Victoria area with the exception of one. This is in my top 3 pumpkin ales of this season probably sitting between 2-3 place.

A- Reddish-orange with a finger and a bit of head, and light lacing. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Slightly sweet citrusy pumpkin with typical pumpkin spices taking a backseat. The sweetness is very mild.

T- Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and hops make up the taste. Very balanced with beer and pumpkin flavour neither one overwhelming the other.

M- Medium carbonation and fairly medium mouth feel.

O- This is a great fall beer. The best pumpkin ale I have tried from BC. This has a lot of the pumpkin that I was looking for in a beer without the overpowering sweet and spicy taste of most of the other pumpkin beers available. When I intend to drink beer I don't want to drink liquefied pumpkin pie, Kudos to Central City!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central City 'Red Racer Spiced Pumpkin Ale' @ 5.0% , served from 'the new' 650 ml bottle purchased for $5.50 & sampled on tap @ GCBF'14

A-pour is dark gold from the tap/bottle to an orange/amber in the glass with a big frothey off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint/sampler glass

S-spicey pumpkin pie , nutmeg , ginger & cinnamon stand out

T-sweet as pumpkin pie in a glass , definately spicey , has a certain bitterness on the swallow

MF-ok/decent carbonation , medium body

Ov-ok beer , good pumpkin ale , deserve's more love butt the bottled version can't come close to tap @ GBBF'14

prost LampertLand

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