Red Racer I.S.A. - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer I.S.A.Red Racer I.S.A.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: papat444 on 04-16-2014

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Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of BCborn
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Softer version of their classic IPA. very nice.

Photo of Ghrymm
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

A great well rounded Session IPA, on a hot summer day i can down a few with eaze.
Pours a nice yellow amber a nice pine citrus nose.
Nice hops there well worth picking up.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Mar 13 2015 and served well-chilled. As a big fan of their regular IPA, this pickup was a total no-brainer.

Pours a clear, sunny golden-amber hue, supporting one finger of loose, soapy white froth at the surface, which then proceeds to wilt away over the next couple of minutes. A decent-sized collar remains in place, along with several patches of delicate, messy lacing. There's lots of juicy, fruity Mosaic hop goodness in the bouquet, which includes citrusy notes of mandarin orange and pink grapefruit, as well as hints of peach, pineapple, canteloupe, and perhaps just a touch of cedar with wet grass.

This is a very nicely-made hoppy session ale. The malt bill is extremely light, offering up only a mild bit of grainy pale malt and honeyed sweetness off in the background somewhere, while an array of tasty hop flavours bombard the tongue. Citrusy grapefruit rind, orangepeel, peach and tropical fruit are all detectable, with hints of melon and unsweetened iced tea. The profile becomes more piney/resiny as you approach the finish, with an herbal, spicy astringency fading quickly in the aftertaste. Light-bodied - but not TOO light - with appropriate carbonation levels that provide an appropriately crisp bite, with a smooth, somewhat slick mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.34, an excellent A. A quality session IPA if there ever was one - Red Racer ISA may not be able to offer up an experience as intense or memorable as that of its big sister, but despite being lighter, it's every bit as well-made and fulfilling. It's also better than most of the Ontario-made session IPAs that I've had the opportunity to try (better price point, too). I've picked up multiple cans of this over the past few weeks and have been enjoying it immensely - so assuming it remains available locally, it's safe to say that this will become a go-to pale ale for me. Great stuff; absolutely worth a try.

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml can poured into tulip 23/6/14

A clear golden yellow with fine tiny particles upon closer inspection, slow tiny bubbles feeding a large loose head that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings

S tangerine, grapefruit, peaches, some lemon and passion fruit, lots of tropical fruit, a little pine ans sweet grains, smells solid

T more grains and less tropical notes, more rind then fresh flesh, still tastes great, lots of flavor for 4% but the nose smelled much bigger

M light bodied, a little foamy, mild bitter bite, a little grit, rind on the finish

O I'll be drinking a fair amount of this stuff this summer, lot going on in something I can drink in the sun, smells great and not lacking elsewhere

Red Racer IPA's little brother is going to get some summer love from this guy, well priced and a great way to get my hop fix without falling over

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just like the colour of its packaging, Red Racer ISA ("India Session Ale") is substantially lighter than the standard IPA. This one is much more clear and golden instead of dense and amber. It has an overall more cheerful demeanor. Head retention, however, is similarly excellent. Lacing likewise.

I'm happy to report the hops have hardly been toned down in this 'miniature' version of an IPA. I don't have the regular Red Racer on hand for comparison but I'd wager this would fair well head-to-head, even if it doesn't have the same intensity. The same qualities are there, and that's what really counts.

What qualities are those, you ask? Mostly gooey pine resin and dry, pithy citrus flavours, though floral and grass clippings, tropical fruit nectar, and caramelly maltiness are also accurate, if a little less notable answers. Despite maintaining a comparable flavour profile, bitterness is nowhere near so vigorous.

Indeed, the stinging citrus and punchy alcohol often felt in the standard Red Racer IPA are nowhere to be found here. This is much less 'edgy' and features a softer, more doughy maltiness and has an approachability that matches its strength (4%) and reasonable IBU count (40). This one has appeal, and I say that as someone who's generally not a fan of so-called "India Session Ales"...

Does no one else think it odd that the craft beer movement was founded on the principle of "quality not quantity" and microbrewers are now putting such emphasis on ales made for easy, repetitive consumption? While I'm sure much of it is simply a logical reaction to the trend of "extreme beers", ask yourself, what are they really saying: that bitter, hoppy, stronger beers aren't easily drinkable?

Sure they are! "Sessionability", for me, has always been less about alcohol strength and more do with flavour intensity (granted, the two are often correlated). I've always found the most sessionable beers are those that offer subtle and complex flavours and aromas, the kinds that keep you engaged. I bore quickly of plain beers but characterful ones can continuously entertain me for hours.

Considering Central City makes among (if not the) best IPA and Double IPA in the country, I'm not surprised they got the "India Session Ale" just right. They understood that a beer can retain its bitter and hoppy characteristics and still be easily, joyfully drinkable - even for multiple servings.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Criminally under-rated. Blows the Stone Go-To IPA out of the water.

Love the toasty munich malt and the mosaic hops. This is my go-to beer not just because it is low in alcohol, but because it tastes good.

Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

IPA Lite. This is a tasty beer, no doubt about it. I don't get the whole "session" thing. If I'm going to drink a six or more beer, I don't really care about the alcohol content. Rant over. I bought this in a mixer pack because the price was right, but I would buy it again. It is very fruity and reminds me of Ocean Spray grapefruit juice. Overall, this ISA is quite drinkable and would be well suited to quenching your thirst on a warm day.

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Red Racer I.S.A. from Central City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.