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.

Steamworks Pale Ale (Canada)

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Pale Ale – Steamworks Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 355ml – 35 IBUs – Zythos/Cascade Hops, (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Pale Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sharp hoppy bitterness -> grapefruit/sour/half-watery -> dry/malty/hoppy bitter finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.75/6pack, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, unless you want the cool glass like I did

Tasting notes: pours clear copper brown with a small head, thin layer of retention, sticky lacing, lots of active streams. Faint malts, sourness and hops on the nose. Drinks with a sharp hoppy bitterness up front, 4/10-sweetness, malts, grapefruit hoppiness, light creamy/half-watery mouthfeel, finishing dry, malty, and hoppy bitter. Low-medium complexity, low-med depth, okay transitions, okay carry, okay drinkability. Sub-par excitement. BUY IT FOR THE FREE COLLECTIBLE GLASS!! NOT THE BEER.

Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale – Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton, BC, Canada)

Penticton Harvest Honey Pale Ale – The Tin Whistle Brewing Company, 5% ABV, (Penticton, BC)

On the back label:

“Cascade hopes were harvested in the middle of the night and rushed to the brewery where under a full moon and the smiling countenance of the beer gods a little brewing magic took place. The incredibly fresh hops provide an intense citrus aroma and flavour. The addition of wildflower honey brings even more flavour and bright crisp finish. Only able to be made once a year with the hop harvest, get it while you can. Don’t miss out! -Jeff Todd, Brewmaster”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I might like it: sweet, smooth and bitter
  • Who I recommend it to: Pale ale lovers who want a twist
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: <$7, Summer 2011

Tasting Notes: amber, smallish head, dissipating head, sticky lacing. Very apparent honey on the nose with a little bit of citrus sweetness. Medium fresh bitter hops up front mixed with some honey sweetness, and then a mild citrus crisp bitter finish. Medium length, medium complexity, med-high depth. Great smoothness and complexity of bitter, sweet, and slightly creamy.