Red Racer I.S.A. - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

15 Reviews
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Reviews: 15
Hads: 77
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
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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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 77
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3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Softer version of their classic IPA. very nice. (47 characters)

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3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a light golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of fresh floral hops notes of citrus with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by fresh citrus hops notes with some cereal notes and a light finale. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very enjoyable beer with nice hops presence though finale was a bit short. (411 characters)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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. (172 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A puck of rocky, foamy white head falls fairly quickly. Thin legs of lace are left whipped along the sides of the glass. Its crystal clear golden amber body looks like an IPA that sits on the lighter side of the spectrum.

The scent of fruity pebbles strikes me first. Odell's Myrcenary comes to mind, just in the form of a lesser version. A melange of tropical goodness; mango skin, juicy peaches and grapefruit mix with a light grassy and leafy hop character. Biscuit and caramel come through as well. It has an enjoyable level of complexity relative to its ABV.

The mango skins are greener and its grassiness is more pronounced. Peachy in the middle. The finish is composed of a rounded leafy bitterness and fresh biscuit. The bitterness transforms into a more raw, earthy, piney character as it lingers.

Very clean and crisp from beginning to end with a refreshingly dry bitterness. Balance is key for the style and Central City nailed it with this one.

This for me is neck and neck with Muskoka's Detour for my favorite ISA I've had to date. I'd have to have them side by side to decide which one I enjoy more. As a style, this isn't my favorite off-shoot of an IPA but as a beer, it hits every enjoyable quality of the style; refreshing, clean, and fruity without a strongly stated bitterness. (1,306 characters)

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3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central City 'Red Racer ISA' @ 4.0% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml cans purchased for $12
A-pour is a pale gold from the can to clear light gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-floral & citrus
T-crisp & clean tasting session IPA
MF-lots of carbonation , light medium body
Ov-ok beer & session ale
prost LampertLand (367 characters)

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4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (1,928 characters)

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Red Racer I.S.A. from Central City Brewers + Distillers
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.