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Central City Red Racer India Style Red Ale (ESB)

Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Irish Ale
Surrey, Canada
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Previously called Red Racer ESB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3628) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2016
473 ml can from LCBO, served quite cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear copper with a fair reddish-tan head. Aroma: Earthy and lightly fruity (berries) malt, a bit of toffee/caramel, fairly bright citrus hops, a bit peppery and resinous, kinda floral, dark bread crust veering on rye bread crust, faint booze. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-ish bitterness. Flav.: Fairly pungent citrus hops with lighter peppery/resinous notes, crunch yet dry malt with big bread crust and a hint of berries/toffee, lightly earthy; dry with fairly big bitterness and a citrusy, peppery, bread crust malt finish.

Nice stuff. An “Irish Ale”? C’mon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tmalaher (55) - Calgary, CANADA - APR 4, 2016
Transparent Amber color, not much foam. Nice bitterness, some hoppiness. Hard to beat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (275) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Can 0.5L bought in BC liquor store. Pours a hazy dark amber. Aroma is hoppy, flowers, grassy, caramel. Taste is hoppy bitterness (piney, grass). Hoppy bitterness, roasted malt, notes of bread and tropical fruits in aftertaste. Very good, especially taking into account the cheap price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (991) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Aroma - medley of citrus hops, floral, and resin hops. Lemon and pineapple close to the outer skin. Appearance - body is mahogany in color, slight haze. The head is off-white, 2". Very foamy, and settles slowly. Some lacing. Taste - rich caramel malt, with Pacific Northwest hops of the citrus, floral, and resin variety. Citrus quality has a mix of lemon, less grapefruit, and just a dash of pineapple. Palate - medium body, not oily, average carbonation, and medium length bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1681) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Rating #1375 11.12.2014 341mL Bottle from the CC/P49 Mystery Box. Bottle says Red Racer ESB. Pours a dark amber with a foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly, medium-strong retention. Aroma is mild toasted malt, hints of wildflowers. Hop presence is significant, giving the bitter character, but the breadiness of the malt is what makes this beer. Creamy mouthfeel Well balanced, medium bodied ale that is easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (6837) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Light citrus and some good malt backbone. Pours red with good head and lacing. Light sweet malt finish. Good balance, and nice little beer. Tap at Barley Bros Stadium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11525) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2015
Can as ESB from Bishop’s Cellar, Halifax. It pours clear red-amber with a decent yellow-white head. The nose is juicy, piney, bitter-sweet, Victoria sponge cake, jammy and biscuit. The taste is bitter-sweet, piney, varnish, leafy, nuttiness, jammy, berry, peppery spice and cake with a dry, spiced finish. Medium body and average carbonation. Not an ESB by any measure. Decent nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5680) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with solid citrus hops notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes offset by some dominated citrus oriented hops notes. Boyd is light with good carbonation. Not really close to an Irish ale or and ESB considering the amount of hops in this beer but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2015
can: not a huge fan of this one. is it an esb or a red? not really similar in style. this comes across as a lightly hoppy red ale, but also a little dusty. not bad, but not impressed either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
Yuck. I obviously got an extremely old bottle (labeled as ESB) because it literally poured out of the bottle as foam. Gross metallic taste. Willing to try a new rebranded bottle and re rate then.

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