Red Racer Pumpkin Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Pumpkin AleRed Racer Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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10
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Fader
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of intoxabroad
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of bazzz
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" off-white head that left a nice lacing over a warm orange liquid.

S: Cinnamon and pumpkin. Very reminiscent of a pumpkin pie.

T: Cinnamon, ginger and cloves up front which transitions to yeast and pumpkin. This beer is like pumpkin pie in a glass. Very well balanced for the style.

M: Medium viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: One of the most drinkable pumpkin ales for the style I have had.

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Photo of reesa0o0
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 evlu1441
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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 IronDjinn
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into 400ml dab glass nov4 2009

A clear orange amber that has a two finger head after a hard pour and quickly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves decent lace

S unlike most pumpkin ales I smell more pumpkin then spice. having said that there still is a fair bit of you typical pumpkin pie spice, but a nice balance

T this is a pretty good beer perhaps the best pumpkin ale I've tried (I think that's the fourth time I've written that this year) the flavor mimics the smell and that's not a bad thing

M has a nice creamy feel from the carbonation

D several small things add up for a high grade in this department, a well rounded pumpkin ale

my only major complaint is not finding this east of BC and it's not easy to find there either. If you do see it by chance pick it up it's a wonderful pumpkin ale

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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 IllNate
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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 woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 traded her skirt, garters and Mary Janes for a cowboy hat and boots and a pair of Daisy Dukes, plus a pumpkin is lashed to the carrier above the back fender. Yeehah, let's go ridin', girlfriend!

From the CAN: "Central City Brewing Co. Red Racer Pumpkin Ale is a once a year creation crafted with the addition of pumpkin and select spices producing a premium ale of intense flavors and rich, creamy warmth. A great pairing with any holiday feast. 'Cheers!'"

The Glug netted just better than a finger of deep-tan head with good retention. I could smell the spices almost immediately. Color was a deep-coppery, orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was rich with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove. It smelled like pie fresh from the oven. Mouthfeel was medium with a riot of spices on the tongue. Cinnamon and clove really stood out for me and there was some sweetness, but the spices were taking the lead. Finish was pretty daggone dry, thanks to all of the spice. I am unsure of how good it would be at the beach, but on a campout with food roasted on a open fire? Perfect! Let's do this again, Red. I was really digging this beer on a cold, chilly, rainy afternoon in the early spring that felt more like the late fall.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EskimoDave
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer Pumpkin Ale pours, an unsurprisingly, orange-copper. A tan head leaves some lacing. The aroma is of a cold pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin pie. When you taste it the spices found in a pumpkin pie pick up. This beer does taste somewhat like a pumpkin pie with hints of caramel. It's smooth drinking and quite enjoyable. I'd had a sample of a pumpkin beer that tasted exactly like a liquidized pumpkin pie. It was no good. Oddly Red Racer Pumpkin Ale didn't go well with a pumpkin pie that my sister had made.

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Photo of Powers30
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Derek
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber with a light tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Light spicing, cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger or mace?

T: Cinnamon, a little nutmeg, vanilla, biscuity malt, balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth moderate body is almost creamy.

D: A great drinker.

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Photo of chickenm
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 is the year of the Pumpkin Ale in BC this Fall. While the best one has to be the Imperial Pumpkin from Howe Sound Brewing this is a contender. Not as big as Howe Sounds offering this is more malt and dare I say Pumkin than spice. The beer is very drinkable and sits well in the finish. Close to the Winter Ale in mouthfeel and malt backbone ( not hopcentric like the PA and the IPA). Limited release but found in the Winter Mixes case which is great.

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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