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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Red Racer Sampler Pack Review

Aaaah, Red Racer....the makers of my favourite IPA. Well, they finally brought a new whack of beers to the LCBO in the form of a cool looking sampler pack. I say cool looking because it is the only 355 mL sampler pack you can get at the LCBO at the moment.

Red Racer Pilsner

Just a touch hazy, light golden in color and pours with almost no head. The aroma is mostly of sweet malt with just a subtle hint of citrus. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a light toasted malt flavour and just a little bit of hops at the end. In addition to the hops, the finish has a subtle citrus note that lingers alongside the malt.

Refreshing, crisp with no adjuncts...very drinkable, I like.

Taste - 8/10
ABV - 5%

Red Racer Craft White Ale

Straw colored, hazy and pours with a very thick and creamy head. Immediately you get a noseful of tropical fruits and spice...heavy on the banana and citrus. The mouthfeel is creamy, the flavour is of a very smooth wheat beer with a lot of fruits and spice. Banana, papaya and citrus are predominant with a little bit of spice coming in towards the end.

Pretty damn good wheat ale. I wish these were sold on their own so I can get more.

Taste - 8.5/10
ABV - 5%

Red Racer Pale Ale

Copper/golden color, pours with a short to medium head. As expected hops are dominants in the aroma and are the source of the inviting tropical fruits notes. The taste is a a toss between a British and American style pale ale since it is not as heavy on the hops as I thought it would be, but there are plenty of malty notes. Sure, some tropical fruits are present here and there and there is a bit of hops near the finish, but I was expecting the flavour to be as hop heavy as the aroma. Oh well, this is still a very good pale ale, just the aroma is a bit misleading.

Taste - 8.2/10
ABV - 5%

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