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.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #12 – Copper Ale

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #11

Copper Ale (can) – Central City Brewing, 5% ABV – 500ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Why did I wait half a year to resume the 2014 Christmas beer calendars??? Long story short, the day #12 beers went missing and I had to seek out and replace them. Let’s finish up 2014 and blast on ahead to 2015!”

printed on the can:

“A light bodied, easy drinking ale with a pleasantly dry finish. Toasted Munich malt gives this beer both it’s colour and malty flavour that is balanced with subtle hop aromatics.”

  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Taste: boring basic sweet liquid barley malt no body
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t bother

Visual: Pours copper brown (no surprise) with barley any head, very thin hazy retention, several singular fast streams.

Nose: sweet toasted caramel malt, liquid barley. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-flat-malty, thin body and taste

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) grainy barley malt, caramel, honey

Finish: off-dry malty short finish.

Summary: Basic malty flavour, nothing exciting but drinkable. Waste of time for me.

Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Red Racer Oatmeal Stout

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Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #6

  • My Rating: [B-],  N/A on Ratebeer.com

Red Racer Oatmeal Stout – Central City Brewing, 4.2% ABV – 341ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“This Smooth Irish-Style stout is deep, dark and full bodied. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body in this ale. Roasted barley, as well as pale, black, chocolate and crystal malts round off one of our  richest creations to date. Cheers!”

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  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Off-dry roast coffee malt chocolate
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Visual: Pours beer bottle brown with a small head, super micro bubbly thin layered retention, barely visible micro activity near the surface.

Nose: roasted brown sugar caramel malts. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) bitter roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate

Finish: burnt, dry malt finish.

Summary: Easy-drinking, smooth roast, medium bodied.