Central City Brewers + Distillers Red Racer Lemon Groove – Golden Ale at 5% ABV

Central City Brewers + Distillers Red Racer Lemon Groove Golden Ale at 5% ABV (C$6.49 at Oak & Vine, 650 ml, bottle date 15-Feb-2017, acquired 27-Mar-2017, reviewed 28-Mar-2017)

Appearance: clear pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, vegetal, earth, funk. (5/10) Taste: moderate tart, moderate bitter, moderate-low sweet. (5/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mildly bitter and tart finish. (3/5)

Fairly disappointing offering from a fairly reliable brewer. I don’t know if I’ve ever had Lemondrop hops before, so I can’t comment with any authority that they’re the problem here, but something sure is. The citrus is present, sure, but it’s nearly drowned out by boiled vegetables and earth. There’s a not entirely welcome funk in the mid, until a fairly decent and balanced bitter finish shows up a day late and a dollar short. Not recommended. (11/20)

5.5/10 #ryansbooze