Advent Beer #8: Red Racer Winter Ale from Central City

20161208_211317.jpgFrom the label:

This classic Red Racer brew has a smooth balance of winter spice with a northwest hop flavour. The hops add a bitterness to the back of the palate while the winter spices are reminiscent of your favourite winter treat.

This beer pours out a deep amber with a small beige head that leaves a little lacing.

The nose is cinammon, nutmeg, caramel malt, and a touch of grassy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body, ample carbonation, and a dry finish. The palate is akin to allspice with a touch of caramel and vanilla, followed by a hint of hop bitterness.

This is not at all what you would expect in a winter ale—I was expecting a spiced stout! I do like the idea, as I’m a total hop head and am getting a little stouted out at this point; however, there was nothing really remarkable about this beer. I feel like it could have done with more spice and more hops. As it is, it was just average.

 

Rating: 3/5