Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth

  • My Rating: [C]

TL:DR – “Messy flavours, a bit of a gag reflex. Just average.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 3 – Red Racer Fireside Warmth (Spiced Apple Honey Saison), 6% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“Inspired by a fireside spiced apple cider, warming winter spice with apple juice and a touch of heny make this a smooth and spicy take on a classic winter bevvy.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley , oats, apple juice, honey, hops, spices, vanilla, yeast.


  • Style: (spices, apple juice, honey, vanilla) Flavoured Saison
  • Taste: messy spiced rough palate slightly sour barley malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: prominent spices

Visual: Pours clear light copper orange with no head, slow steady micro streams.

Nose: mulled spices, honey malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dull tingly crisp

Mid-palate: clove/cinnamon, honey, background mild sour, rough spiced barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: rough palate, browned apple

Summary: Spices are definitely there but there is no cohesion among all the ingredients. Quite messy, experimental for sure. No way does this taste like a classic spiced apple cider. At least the nose is good.

Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout

  • My Rating: [B]

TL:DR – “tastes delicious but flat mouthfeel. Good.”


Central City / Parallel 49 – 2018 Calendar Alpine Adventure Pack Day 1 – Red Racer No Friends (on a powder day) Vanilla Stout, 5% ABV, 355 ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)


on the back of the can:

“When fresh powder lines the slopes, no friend is worth waiting for. Same goes with this smooth, vanilla infused stout. Get rolling on this year’s 24 beers in style with the No Friends on a Powder Day.”

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, oats, hops, lactosevanilla, yeast.

also here’s a look at the 24-pack. Love the box.


  • Style: (vanilla, lactose) Flavoured Stout
  • Taste: sweet roast chocolate nutty vanilla roasted barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $75 CAD – 24×341~355 ml., November 2018
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: yes
  • What made an impression: enticing nose, easy drinking

Visual: plastic wrapped label on a can. Pours dark brown with a smallish dissipating head, no retention, a few micro bubbles on the surface, no activity. Uneventful.

Nose: caramel, vanilla, nutty roast barley. Very inviting. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: sweet roast

Mid-palate: chocolate malt, light milky, (lvl-5-sweetness), soft vanilla

Finish: roasted caramelized barley malt, nutty, subtle lingering roast bitterness.

Summary: Super easy vanilla roasty barley malt stout with some chocolaty notes. All that’s missing is a thick velvety creamy mouthfeel. This one is rather flat but at least it drinks good. A good start and hopefully the rest of the 23 days of brews will only get better.

Red Racer Smore Stout – Central City Brewers (Surrey, BC, Canada) 

Red Racer Smore Stout – Central City Brewers & Distillers, 6.0% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-left label:

Like a delicious smore, this craft beer creation is infused with marshmallow flavour, chocolate, fall spice flavour and has a smooth, creamy centre.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, chocolate, vanilla, lactose, hops, spices, natural flavours.

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  • Style: (flavoured – chocolate, vanilla, lactose) Sweet Stout
  • Taste: Sweet nutmeg chocolate barley malt vanilla extract bittersweet dull profile
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 CAD – 650 ml., December 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: big spices, dull flavour

Visual: Pours dark brown without much of a head, thin ringed retention w/ half island, several slow micro streams.

Nose: chocolate, vanilla sweet malt (lvl-8)-intensity

Attack: crisp-tingly, nutmeg

Mid-palate: toasted liquid barley malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), mild milky, chocolate malt

Finish: soft roasted bitter, vanilla extract, lingering bittersweet malt

Summary: A prominent but dull spice presence; The vanilla flavour is rather basic and tastes of the inexpensive extract variety. The malt backbone lacks length and carry but the overall spice + malt combo is at least drinkable, although not the least bit memorable. It has a bit of lingering and compounding astringency – this beer doesn’t taste at all like a s’more.

Central City / Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #16 – Red Racer IPA

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #16

Red Racer IPA – Central City Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 80 IBU – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“A style of ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. This award-winning IPA is about hops, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur. This is the brewmaster’s choice.”

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  • Style: IPA
  • Taste: Balanced creamy tangerine toffee malt controlled hoppy bitterness
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear copper brown with a large lasting very creamy head, thick sticky lacing, lots of fast clusters of streams.

Nose: super fragrant tangerine hops, background malts. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) fruity orange tangerine, toffee malts, barley w/ alcohol detection

Finish: smooth balanced bitter hops, tangerine exhale, lingering bitter hopped finish.

Summary: A very smooth and balanced IPA from start to finish, all with a superb mouthfeel. What’s amazing is this is usually sold in 6pack cans.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #14 – Red Racer Super Sonic IPA

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #14

Red Racer Super Sonic IPA – Central City Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Supersonic IPA gets its juice from a proprietary blend of hops. Spicy, citrus notes and an intense aroma defeat gravity itself. And while the hops used were grown on planet Earth, we think this beer is ‘out of this world’. Boom!”

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  • Style: IPA
  • Taste: Rounded grapefruity hop oil toasted toffee malt grapefruit-apricot
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear copper brown without any sizable head, very thin ringed retention, no activity.

Nose: toasted toffee/caramel malts, grapefruity hop oils. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, grapefruity hop oil coating

Mid-palate: micro-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-4)-sweetness mixed with sharp hoppy bitter, (MAIN) toasted toffee malts, pink grapefruit, apricot

Finish: stealth bitter hops, fruity exhale.

Summary: Quite delicious and balanced blend of toasted toffee malt and fruity yet bitter hops. Went down very easy.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #10 – Red Racer Copper Ale (skipped)

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #10

Copper Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

-another skipper, and thank goodness because I didn’t really like this one last time I had it in November 2015. Check it out here.

Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #6 – Red Racer Northwest Pale Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2015 Craft Crossing Calendar Day #6

Red Racer Northwest Pale Ale – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 330ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the front-left label:

“Handcrafted using Maris Otter barley from England and hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley. This big and bold pale 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 Pale Ale
  • Taste: Rounded creamy grapefruit tangerine barley malt bitter peel hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, dig the fullness

Visual: Pours clear pale golden orange with a massive dissipating creamy head, sticky lacing, foamy retention, several steady slow streams.

Nose: grapefruity orange citrusy hops. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming bitter

Mid-palate: sustained-creamy mouthfeel, citrus burst, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) tangerine, sweet barley malt -> smooth hoppy transition

Finish: pink grapefruit pulp tangy, bitter peel hoppy finish.

Summary: A very nice burst of citrus in a very rounded and creamy textured APA. On the drier side.