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Central City Red Racer Winter Ale

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Brewed by Central City Brewing
Style: English Strong Ale
Surrey, Canada

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A big and malty amber ale brewed to keep you warm through the long, dark days of west coast winter. This complex ale has vanilla and treacle undertones, with a warm and spicy finish. This beer is best enjoyed when only partially chilled.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
2014-05-19. Dark amber body with a small beige head. Aroma is relatively mild, sweetish malt and light vanilla character. Flavour is sweetish, caramel accents and vanilla undertones. Smooth average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Okay. Can via trade with ferris

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1222) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves good lace. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel malts. Taste is caramel, toast, grassy earthy hops and a nice bitterness on the finish. Nice smooth medium full body beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4237) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2013
Draft - Caramel malts with some spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Amber with a thin white head. Hops, spice and alcohol with a brown sugar backbone. Very different than most winter ales, but has hit most of my buttons. Orange peel and a it of booze in the finish. Well done.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2012
355ml cam pours amber in color with a finger of white head that settles slowly to reveal a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel with some herbs and spices and a hint of vanilla. Taste is caramel malty sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness with some vanilla and spices in the finish. Medium bodied with some light carbonation. Very mild spices for a winter ale, but overall still a very nice beer that is quite tasty.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3171) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2012
(Une courtoisie de papat444) Un liquide cuivré. Un anneau de mousse. Un nez de malts sucrés avec des épices. Une touche fruitée. Un goût ordinaire, un peu métallique, avec des relents de cassonade et des épices plus ou moins savoureuses. Une bouche moyennement ronde avec un pétillement modéré et une texture à la limite huileuse. Une finale maltée et chaude.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Canette gracieuseté de Patrick. Bière cuivrée foncée avec un anneau de mousse. Encore une fois pour Central City le nez de cette bière est invitant. Il y a de la cannelle, du sucre d’orge, un peu de houblon et des pommes vertes. Une sorte de crumble aux pommes. La bouche est mince avec des épices de noël. Tout comme la Pale Ale la bouche déçoit suite à un nez qui promettait beaucoup plus pour cette bière.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Can thanks to Duffman!! Amber color with moderate lacing left. Aromas of caramel and toffee. Some spice and malts. Taste is similar with lots of caramel, some nutmeg and ginger. Sweet malty aftertaste with slight bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cirrhosis (1208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2011
Hops, hops and more hops I tell you what. English strong ale?? I really don’t think so, not even sure why the word winter is in the name. Copper-red with a very nice cap, thick very sticky lacing that was still coating my glass the next morning. Aroma is a peachy pine hop bomb with an under lying malt of toffee sweetness. I thought being a “winter Ale” (Brad says sarcastically) there would be spice and heavy roast malt but there was not. It still smells good and I want to drink it but everything about this aroma is an IPA. Taste is thick, with pine/grapefruit hops and heavy roasted malts. Still zero spice, vanilla, nut, or even coffee what is what you expect from a winter ale. Brew as a long lasting sweetness. Resin, almost a heavy bread taste but not really are showing up now. Sigh……. Good beer I could drink this any time just not what I was expecting given the label on the brew. Marks based on just a beer and no style, if i where to go by style this would be a 1.7-2.5.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
A - Caramel, toffee and ginger A - Dark amber T - Sweet with little to no bitterM - Thin to medium body O - Alright

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
2011-03-08, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 6.5% ABV 7-4-6-3-14=34
Dark amber color; creamy head. The aroma is mild, some caramel, maybe soapy, later some perfumy hops too. Correct body strength, with some malt and dark caramel flavor, hints of spices, warming alcohol; the bitterness in the end is a bit disturbing, high; it also has a very light metallic finish. Balanced, quite good.

2011-03-05, draught at Alibi Room, Vancouver, as Red Racer Winter Ale Spiced Reserve Ale, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Cloudy red-amber color; creamy head. Aroma of malt, caramel, lightly spicy. Too much carbonation; malt flavor, with biscuity tones and a touch of spice; correct bitterness, and hopping of good quality. Balanced.


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