Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #8 – Red Racer Pale Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #8

Red Racer Pale Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Handcrafted using Maris Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. This big, bold pale ale has a citrus aroma and a full malt body, giving it a distinctive character designed to inspire the beer connoisseur in all of us.”

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  • Style: (American-style) Pale Ale
  • Taste: Creamy sour yellow grapefruit caramel malt bitter peel hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear copper orange with a decent small creamy head, a small layer of retention, only a few streams, several loose and one tight-fast, sticky lacing.

Nose: grapefruit tangerine hops (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: incoming hopped bitterness, orange oil

Mid-palate: tart, (lvl-3)-sweetness, fizzy-creamy mouthfeel, (MAIN) yellow grapefruit, toffee malts, bitter peel hops

Finish: light sour, grapefruit peel bitter hops, fruity citrus malt.

Summary: Bitter peel hops throughout, not a whole lot of carry or length.