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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: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Previously called Red Racer ESB

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Mar 2, 2016 can. Pours a clear copper ruby with a finger of off white head that thins to a thick, bubbly film and sticks to the glass. Aroma has notes of bread, caramel, resin, pine, citrus, faint floral, and hints of tropical fruits like pineapple. Taste is balanced but on the bitter side. I think the hops have fallen a touch. Resin, pine, citrus, bread, caramel, faint floral, and a drawn out, bready, resiny, bitter ending. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Mildly resiny in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall not bad. I should have tried it sooner. Resin, citrus, pine, caramel, bread, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Randy4Beer (502) - - AUG 14, 2016
Pours the colour of an old penny, with a perfect two finger head. It’s a beautiful blend of hops, malts, red fruits, and caramel. Definitely getting ESB characteristics, which I see now this used to be marketed as. Pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
googleimage83 (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
Can from LCBO. Very sweet caramel aroma, with noticeable orange juice and slight hops. Appearance is clear red, almost brown; frothy head that mostly dissipates; some lacing . Potent toffee off the start that almost immediately cedes to grassy and citrusy hops. Slight mineral bitterness kicks in about half way and lingers, otherwise excellent. Really tasty and drinkable, fits solidly between the IPA and ISA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
portwood (143) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: caramel, grassy hops, tangerine. Taste: good carbonation, caramelized sugars, grapefruit. Finish: bittersweet, orange rind, resiny/dry finish. (canned 03/02/16, tasted 04/23/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brettsky06 (146) - Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 20, 2016
Amber to dark red color. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is the same but has a very nice creamy mouthfeel, very good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleRider78 (623) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2016
Pours a large frothy beige head and has an amber coppery appearance. Thick dirty lacing. Aromas earthy hops, hints of caramel and sweet malts. Flavours are also quite sweet and malty with lots of caramel malta and earthy resin hop notes. Has a bit of bitterness to it, not too much but just enough. Some sweetness on the palate to even things out. Quite flavourful and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2016
Can. Pours a deep copper almost red, off white head, small layers of lace. Nose is sweet and malty. Tastes bitter, a little caramel. A lot more hop presence than I’m used to for an ESB. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (1031) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
Confusion abounds with this poorly defined & marketed beer. Formerly an ESB; now they call an Irish red (its neither). Assume they will reformat the style again next year. Decent ipa style hop bitterness, with a malt forward edge. Hints of pepper, grain seems like rye, the hops are leafy & somewhat sticky. Strong mineral presence. Enjoyable, if not a bit too thick in the finish. It’s ok but may as well just have their regular ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (601) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2016
Pour is a beautiful copper colour with a persistent tan cap that leaves some nice lace. Fruity/toasty malt with some grassy hops. Toastiness really comes through in the taste, and helps put this a small notch about a standard amber. Light mineral taste, like bitterness on the finish. Simple and easy-drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3698) - 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.

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