Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
4.49/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
So I will qualify this review by saying that I have searched for this one for a while, as it has a stirling reputation but is not always easy to find in Alberta. I found a six-pack at a Superstore liquor outlet of all places. Maybe a holy grail type mindset will bias this review, but regardless here goes. Pours a really nice burnished orange-amber color, with the copper liquid giving way to epic quantities of pale foam if you are patient and avoid a sissy pour down the sides, and I recommend this as the aroma is something to behold. Strong grapefruit and mango meld with brown sugar and pepper, and a taste echoes these elements and then some. I get these aromas on the palate, along with a musky tropical note like guava, a bittersweet component that recalls licorice, orange breakfast crystals, and a dank weediness like so-called BC bud. An amazing amount of flower shop perfume. Add some camphor and pine elements (catty?) and a bit of a musty currant vibe and you get a pretty amazing complexity that renders this beer's accolades just. The finish is classic bitterness but not hop bomb rank ... I enjoy the latter approach in imperial IPAs but here see the refined finish as a positive. The bitter builds a bit as you go but does plateau and the sweetness of the malts remains firmly by its side. A nigh perfectly balanced treat that strikes English malt and American hop notes simultaneously, without causing the Revolutionary War. They brew this in Surrey? I suppose the holy grail is going to be found in the remote inhospitable jungle, not on an idyllic beach.
Edit: I am happy with this review but figured I'd mention that this one is getting easier to find. Rejoice!
Serving type: can
10-08-2013 02:35:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Clear, medium amber, not a lot of head but it sticks around & laces the glass.
Big, hoppy aroma, with piney American "C" hops, tropical fruit, melon rind, and a lot of sweetness. Great IPA smell.
Bracingly bitter up front, with a piney bite only slightly softened by light citrus & tropical fruit notes that develop a little slower. After your taste buds acclimatize and the beer warms up a bit you notice that there's also a very substantial candylike sweetness, though with no burnt or toffee notes. Opponents of crystal malt in IPAs will not be pleased - this one is more in the East Coast style despite its geographic origin.
Mouthfeel substantial and somewhat sticky, with fairly low carbonation.
Outstanding. By far my favourite Canadian IPA thus far.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 06:47:48 | More by EvanHarper
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.