Red Racer Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 20, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Central City Brewing

  • Origin: Surrey, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 20, 2014

  • Best Before: Bottled Sept 2, 2014

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Central City Brewing, they of the famous Red Racer IPA, also apply the brand to a number of other brews, including this, their fall seasonal – a spiced (in exactly the way one might expect) ale, with added pumpkin.  The label depicts our girl still riding her red bike, now clashing with the orange seasonal background, and clad in her stereotypical hipster cowgirl finest.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, slightly bright medium copper amber hue, with a multitude of puffy, densely creamy, and foamy ecru head, which leaves a cross section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it evenly settles.

It smells of spicy ginger and nutmeg, actual raw vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, brown sugar, metallic cinnamon, and a hint of earthy, leafy hops. The taste is doughy, biscuity caramel malt, more zippy allspice, cinnamon hearts, dried ginger, and nutmeg spice, lightly roasted pumpkin meat, and mildly bitter earthy, and appropriately dead leafy hops.  The carbonation is average in its lilting frothiness, and thus generally unobtrusive, the body just on the light side of medium weight, but solid enough in its gourd-enhanced smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a nice (I know!) vegetal pumpkin pie crust and somewhat bewildered hop character.

A somewhat different pumpkin ale than the norm, that’s for sure – the hops and the eponymous vegetable sticking out, instead of the focus being on a heavy caramel malt. It’s all deftly balanced, as well, and quite enjoyable as it takes its place among the better examples of the style that I have yet tried.

Brady White

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