Red Racer Pumpkin Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

Red Racer Pumpkin AleRed Racer Pumpkin Ale
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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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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 33
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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 cosmicevan
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks for DaftCaskBC for some canadian love in a can.

a - popped the can and filled my E snifter. poured a clear orange that settled into the glass as more chestnut reddish orange. had a nice finger plus of frothy ipa-like head but less milk shakey lacing. head hung out.

s - as soon as the pour started, i felt a waft of pumpkin in the air. upon closer inspection there it is...that craft store warmth. pretty malty, but beyond the malt is the cinnamon pumkin-ness. very palatable and not in your face. bit of a lager shine.

t - a bit underwhelming. pumpkin is really in the backseat on this beer and it has an american adjunct lager thing that is a bit of a turn off for me.

m/o - a bit funky in a bmc kind of way. pumpkin isn't really in the flavor in a positive way. the nose isn't bad, but if you are into a good pumpkin smell, this is no pumpking or good gourd. glad to try it, but not my bag for a pumpkin ale.

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

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

Photo of KStark
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DaftCaskBC for hooking me up with this one. Right upfront, I don't like pumpkin and haven't yet had a pumpkin beer I've liked.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured an attractive orangeish-amber color with no head or lace. The aroma had a very good "beery" scent, lots of malt and grain, with the pumpkin and spice aspects being barely noticeable.

On the tongue, the actual beer still had the forefront, unlike most of these squash beers, and the pumpkin and spices were very well balanced and blended. They played their minor supporting roles well.

The body was good, crisp and clean, with a nice dry finish. Drinkabilty was pretty good for a beer with flavors I don't care for. Overall, a pretty decent beer. If you like pumpkin beers, you should try this one. If you like a lot of pumpkin in your brew, this may be a bit mellow for you. I wouldn't buy a sixer of this, but I'd split one can a year with someone.

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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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3.44/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of souvenirs
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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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