Race Rocks Ale | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of the finest specialty malts gives Race Rocks Ale it’s smooth, complex character and deep chestnut colour. Don’t let its dark colour scare you; toasted biscuit flavours with subtle notes of caramel and chocolate make Race Rocks an exceptionally mellow, well balanced ale to please any taste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2002

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into English pub glass. A rich reddish bronze hue with a foamy beige head of moderate size and a decidedly malt-forward aroma, caramel and faint chocolate biscuit with some green floral English hops (Goldings to my nose). Palate is nutty, lightly roasted, and redolent with malt complexity, hops in a decidedly supportive role but this works superbly well here. There is hazelnut and perhaps a hint of almond initially, with these elements duly replaced by some light apricot and chocolate for the middle section, with the almond and cashew notes returning for the finish along with further earthy hops. Low to moderate carbonation and smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel. Wonderful English ale with a perfect degree of caramel sweetness, variegated nuttiness, and solid hop character. Also relatively easy to track down in Alberta and BC.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml squat(ish) bottle, a nice find at that south side, open-late after soccer, haunt of mine.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves but a few rocky streaks of islet lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of sweet biscuity, bready malt, nutty caramel, a touch of citrus flesh, ethereal dark fruits, ash, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is more biscuity, grainy malt, with a certain caramel/toffee stripe, soft citrus peel and pine needle notes, a bit of dry tobacco, and consistent musty, leafy hops.

The carbonation is even and just a tad spritely, the body an approachable medium-light weight, and fairy smooth, though a strange watery nature seems to seep in (sorry) as things progress. It finishes off-dry, as that refreshing biscuity essence persists, dragging the caramel malt and lingering, softly bitter hops with it.

There are so many pretenders in this style category, especially in Canada, so it is always somewhat of a surprise to come across an example possessing anything resembling a personality. Here, this is achieved by apparently stealing more that few pages from the ESB handbook - yet the crossover is a natural one, rendering a rather pleasant, peppy, and quite drinkable amber ale. I'd order another.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank and reviewed this while taking notes and entered it a day later. Although it says "amber" on the can, my notes kept going back to "brown ale," and sure enough, that's what it's classified as on this site.

Poured a glassy sienna red/brown with a big crackling head. Leaves a fair amount of lace, patchy and webby stuff.

Light caramel/toffee notes dominate the nose. Nutty. Some darker fruit and a little hops in the background. Nice, just not the kind of beer that's going to knock you on your back with an amazing aroma.

Tastes remarkably nutty, with light caramel/toffee accents. A fruit element sneaks in, not in a sweet way, but in the earthy, tart flavor of some darker cherries or plums--this could be the yeast or hops talking. A flavor that very much grew on me.

Medium-bodied, lightly sticky with ample carbonation. Creaminess emerges with warming.

Race Rocks is definitely a good marriage of the brown and amber styles, and one to check out if you ever have access to it. I thank my pal Derek for the chance to try this and many other B.C. beers.

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Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of pugdogbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish / brown colour with a small head that dissipates quickly.

A step up from the likes of red ale like Rickards Red and other more commercial amber ales.

Race Rocks is a nice well-round amber ale with a good semi-sweet taste of malt that is balanced with hops.

Good for one or two pints before the alchohol taste comes forward too much and ruins the typical amber ale.

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Photo of drstafford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

one of my new standard 'go-to' beers now, starting to see this in calgary now!

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Photo of MacBrew
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

S- I've enjoyed this beer about a decade now and I'll pick it if I find it on tap a a local and they usually have it on tap. But I do enjoy it after most soccer matches and it's a favorite amongst the team after a win. In fancy, the squad will fight for the last one.
A- amber in colour and clear with a nice snowy head, (but harder to see if it's in a can!
S- some malty nose and sweetness but not too overwhelming.
T- creamy and a nice sweet roasted Carmel, with a slight touch of bitterness.
M- easy drinking and a great session beer. Goes down smooth.
O- Race Rocks has been a staple for many years and though the recipe has altered over the years, it's still a beer I'll ask for.
Nice work Lighthouse!

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Photo of Copix
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - clear deep dark amber, thumb of tan head retained respectably
S - some molasses and dark fruits, with a hint of adjunct
T - biscuity and light toffee malt, adjunct and leafiness, with a lingering lingering sweetness
M - lightish body, somewhat watery and low on carbonation, finishes with a teeth coating sweetness
O - pretty average, nothing noteworthy about it

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adhallick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of atigerlife
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/red with a fluffy, off-white creamy head. No carbonation rising. Clear. Decent lacing.

Aroma of light hops, slightly sweet, light malts. Not too much going on here.

Taste is of light hops, malts, caramel, nuts and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium/light and lightly cleansing.

Overall, very drinkable. Sessionable. Quite nice for just hanging around and having a beer with some food.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lighthouse Brewing 'Race Rocks Ale' @ 5.2% , served from 3 x 355 ml bottles

A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dark amber in the glass with a thin tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-(even thou I'm plugged)bready , caramel , hint of nuts

T-again bready , caramel malt , thick

MF-low mild carbonation , light medium body

Ov- this the flagship beer from Lighthouse at times it tastes like an Brown ale , ok beer

prost LampertLand

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with a small amount of head that quickly settles down leaving little lacing. Smell consists of brown sugar, nuts, malt, toffee and raisins. Good blend of aromas.

Taste consists of various dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, and raisins. Excellent blend of dark tastes. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and almost smokey.

Overall, very flavorful amber ale. Lots of good sweet features and fairly well rounded. Would recommend.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Idrankthat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that diminished to a thin film very quickly. Dark amber color, with a clear body.

S: Aroma is a little weak... some sweetness in the malt is coming through, which is nice, but I'm not getting much else.

T: Starts sweet, ends sweet. No real bitterness in there at all. Roasted-malt flavor in the finish. Nice.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: May not be anything overly special, but it's quite enjoyable, and it would be very easy to put a few back.

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Photo of papawu76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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