Central City Red Racer Winter Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on February 4, 2014 in Winter Guide
- Brewery: Central City Brewing
- Origin: Surrey, BC, Canada
- Rated On: March 4, 2013
- Best Before: April 26, 2013
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature
- Style: Winter Warmer
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 355ml can pours a clear, medium brassy amber hue, with two fingers of dense, foamy off-white head, which leaves some random coffee ring stain imprints of frilly lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.
It smells of grapefruit and orange citrus hops, caramel toffee malt, and an overarching stewed raisin, fruitcake-like essence, which keeps it barely out of straight-up, knockin’ on DIPA territory. Still, I am breathless with anticipation! The taste is bready, biscuity, crackery – sweet, all – malt, a touch of molasses, a more moderated earthy citrus character, and some piney, musty, somewhat leafy vegetal hops.
The carbonation subscribes to the don’t ask, don’t tell model in going about its business, the body a solid medium weight and generally smooth, no complaints. It finishes clean and very well balanced – the bitter citrus hops still doing well to cut through a lake of complex malt.
Wow, West Coast Winter Warmer represent! Nothing like a bit of sensory misdirection, before arriving at the new real thing. Big IPA up front, pizza crust (yeah, homemade, herbal pizza dough at this point, at least), and then a still stunned, warming gooey maltster emerges. Quirky, kind of sultry, and quite drinkable – well worthy of stocking this six-pack in the fridge all winter long.