Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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984 Ratings
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Ratings: 984
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 178
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Ratings: 984 | Reviews: 468
Reviews by ghisty:
Photo of ghisty
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
amber,orange, not entirely clear.
pours with some gravity, lands into one finger of solid foam
poured it a couple min ago , to let it settle in, and its head is still foamy and not dissipating, this is one of the longest staying heads ive seen..
lacing is thick and leaves rings for each drink.

smell:
immediate note of cascade hops, followed by some sweet grapefruit, and a bright
yeasty note like home made bread with citrus jelly. very sweet nose. amazing
brightness , the smell is strong and immediate, citrus cascades.

taste:
other reviews Ive read have said the bitterness was the most forward
part of this beer's taste, for me , its bright resinous hops, a burst of sharp dank hops
followed by the citrus flavour so obvious from the nose, then it levels down to
the bitter flavour, but its sweet into the aftertaste, complex, but not overdone.
it has a heavy almost orange peel flavour from the resins in the fresh hops.
the cascade hops are very present throughout. but balanced well by some other hops,
which they didnt mention on the can.

mouth:
surprisingly flat and easy drinking for the level of hops used,
and the slightly higher ABv, it starts off a bit foamy and levels down to a bitter
almost dry sort of aftertaste which lingers for a long time, fives of minutes even.

overall:
I generally avoid the whole range of IPA, as its not a style I've enjoyed often.
but hearing such high reviews of this ale I picked one up, and I had decided that
even if it isnt my preferred style, something scoring so highly must be worth trying,
I am still not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I am glad to have bought this one.
as its sort of redefining how I thought this style could be presented.
I've tried numerous IPA from various local craft brewers and other shelf stock,
and always found them to be overstated, and just disgustingly bitter or sour.
as I review more I have been finding exceptions to every style,
rarely do I find one so drinkable as this beer, mind you it isnt something I will
be drinking often, but if I find myself in the mood for something citrus and complex
but still very drinkable , this beer will be a go to.
the higher ABv isnt something i normally look for, as it often heats up the beers taste.
but this has been balanced perfectly in this beer, and it compliments to the style.
an enjoyable complex beer with a higher ABv , I will be buying this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bokino
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

473ml can poured into a standard craft beer glass(Not a shaker pint)

A: Light amber almost gold in color. A fine thick head adorns the crown of this IPA, leaving beautiful lacing that stays with a tenacity which I previously reserved only for 3rd world street vendors.

S: Upon dipping my nose near the glass I immediately recoiled back in shock and looked around me. The notes of Pine so strong I was convinced utterly I had suddenly awoken In a grove of towering evergreens. Finally convinced I was still in my house I tried to delve deeper into the aroma. Gentle notes of citrus showed them selves the more I looked, lingering into a delightful floral finish.

T: Not Bad

M: Just thick enough to linger upon your tongue as you sip yet not so thick that it becomes an unpleasant experience. It dances and swirls about leaving a fine, crisp and refreshing feeling finish in your mouth begging for the next tantalizing taste. So much so that I am actually on my 7th one as I write this review.

Summary: Would buy again.

Photo of Archy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this in Van on draft. I decided to give it a go as it was a special of the night. I had one and drank it all night. It is aggressive but has an addictive hop quality. If you are in the mood for an IPA where the hop barrels over the malt this is for you.

Photo of timtimmy
1.76/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was easily one of the top IPA in the entire world. It was bold, aromatic and had a beautiful colour. It was also my favourite. Easily a 5 in every category.

They updated the can artwork, started filtering it and who knows what else. The bold citrussy hops are gone, it's bitter, and it's unbelievably average.

The original was a work of love, this new stuff is a work of profit.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned craft from Canada. With the crack of the can, the hops permeate the nose with grapefruit rind, cedar, orange zest, musk, sweet pipe tobacco and some evergreen sap. Clear brassy look going on. Creamy, fluffy medium body pops with a bit of crispness. Hops jump on the taste buds like white on rice, and they are quite aggressive as well, with a high-reaching bitterness and citric rind flavor that gets right to the point. Peach and passionfruit ripeness with some dry toasted maltiness. Bitterness and hop flavor keeps on raking the palate far into the aftertaste. This no-nonsense IPA is hardcore, clean and drinkable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can, sweet! Pours into my glass a golden orange with great clarity and a quarter inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas start off with a good deal of piney resinous hops along with an earthy, caramel malt backbone. Spice and a touch of citrus work in as well.

First sip brings a solid mix of caramel malts along with resinous pine hops. Mellow sweetness throughout along with an earthy citrus-spice as it flows down. Good bitterness on the finish that balances out the malt sweetness. Solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good carbonation this is a brew that goes down easy. Glad we are able to get this in Chicagoland now as it's always nice to have a solid IPA in cans for beach going and anywhere bottles aren't welcome!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's in Wells just started carrying this and the Pale Ale. I liked this IPA a lot, so will definitely be getting the Pale Ale. In a pint glass it was a golden color with a thick wghite head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It had a citrus arom, and just a hint of flowers. Grapefruit taste, little bit of resiny pine, with a nice malt background. Not a hop bomb, still on the assertive side. Good Beer.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer is golden very transparent head forms and resides the edge

The aroma is sweet piny and citrus hops loaded. There is a slight earthiness in the finish

This beer starts smooth with a building carbonation the taste starts dry and moves to a citrus grapefruit the body is light all hops not a hint of malt until just before an earthy hops finishes with a lingering bitter. Very nice

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of catty hops and orange citrus. The flavor is a little bit different. I get some resiny hops as well as some orange citrus and pine notes. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review! Thanks to all on BA for being such a great community in which to explore beer. Reviewing and learning about brewing has turned it from a personal interest into a life long passion. Cheers!

Definitely a brew I've been meaning to try - Volo has had it in cans for a while now, but it's coming to LCBO shelves soon. Top 3 in Canada - worth cracking open for number 500!

Poured into a tulip. Bright marmalade orange in colour, with a big fluffy head possessing spectacular retention. Great circlets of lace cover the sides of the glass. Terrific looking stuff.

Nose is sweet, malty, and with a delightful citrus and tropical hop kick. Peach, orange, grapefruit, mango.

Opens with caramel and tropical fruit, with mango, orange and peach, before the hops clean things up with a crisp bitterness accentuated with notes of tobacco and smoke. Hop bitterness lingers for a touch after each sip. While not a true hop bomb, Central City has opted for balance and diversity of flavor, and the result has paid off nicely.

Medum bodied, touch of creaminess, assertive carbonation bite.

Definitely a top class IPA, and well-worth the hype. This is exactly the kind of IPA I like - though it most definitely provides that essential stiff hoppy jolt, it paints the rest of its picture with many different colours, making for a diverse and enjoyable sipper. Or I could slam several of them in a row straight out the can. Both options are there, which is something I really prize in a brew. Great stuff, and I couldn't be happier with the choice for a milestone review!

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to indiapaleale for this beer that I won in a NCAA pool.

Poured from the can to a pint glass. Has a nice head which settles quick. Good lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are a mix of pine & citrus hops. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable hop bomb. A very, very good IPA which is worth seeking out. I would love to try this on draft.

Photo of Swedes21
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear gorgeous coper colour, good carbonation in the middle of the glass, nice foamy off-white head, some good retention and nice lacing.

Smell - smell explosion! hops, caramel, earthy tones and the signature piney! Very good smelling beer, really well balanced.

taste - i can pick up some citrus, hops and malts. very defined and well tasting beer. there is some bitterness near the end as well.

mouthfeel - lots of bitterness added here from the citrus and hops. good lasting tasting beer, was very impressed with the dynamics behind this beer.

drinkability - what a great tasting beer, from tasting to bitterness, wish i had more!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a small very sticky light white head thats almost a bit yellow, very nice. Nose is very nice and floral, citrusy and hoppy, sweet and sharp with hints of grapefruit and onion.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a good amount of carbonation makes it very smooth. Taste is a bit sharp at first, then a light bitterness but lots of citrus dominates, very solid IPA, and I love that it's in a can!

Photo of boatshoes
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these bad boys sent to me as extras in a recent trade with Lunch. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent dark-golden with a really nice looking two and a half fingers or so of puffy head rising off of the body. Lots of beading and great head retention. Takes a long time before the head dies back to about a quarter finger sheet that sticks around for the rest of the drink. Moderate amounts of lacing as well.

Smell- Big on tropical fruits here. Lots of aromatic hops smelling of pineapple and orange with a little bit of bitter grapefruit. Very rich and fruity, I like this one.

Taste- Very hop forward but not quite as fruity as I was expecting. Starts out with bitter grapefruit and pineapple citrus flavors but is rounded out with a healthly amount of resiny bite on the finish. Very solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good here on both accounts. Slick and substantial with very good carbonation and goes down easy with the nice flavor profile.

Overall, a very good IPA. Big on west coast smells but with some east coast piney IPA flavors coming through as well. Though not my favorite IPA ever, this is a very good offering and I recommend it.

Photo of chickenm
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the intense smell of citrusy hops, with a touch of sweet honey. This has got to be the best smell of any IPA I've tried so far. The taste is dominated by the hops as well. Grapefruit with a bit of pine. Leaves a bitter aftertase, although the bitterness is not too over the top. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is great stuff, one of the best Canadian beers out there!

Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good ipa color here, amber, orange and yellow. Nice 3/4" head on it, doesn't stick around too long, its somewhere between white and off white.

Aroma was hoppy, not proprietary hoppy, but just run of the mill C hop hoppy, and enjoyable. Maybe there was Simcoe, it was a little bit piney.

Taste, solid, not a heavy malt bill, but neither too light, minimal caramel, the hopping was solid, again, not too exotic, pretty straight up enjoyable. Peppery at times, but far from overly. Considerable bitterness that isn't a chore, because of the other flavors going on.

Grassy mouthfeel to the hops. Good stuff. Good, not great. Check it out if reasonably priced. But there's hundreds of 'em out there.

Photo of rudylaw
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my New Glarus pint glass a crystal clear copper with a fluffy head that evaporated shortly.

Smells of floral, pine and ample grapefruit. Picking up some bready malt as well.

Grapefruit at the forefront with notes of passion fruit and teal leaves. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. The hops shine though but that biscuity, sweet malt is always present. Nice balance.

Dry finish, light body and perfect carbonation makes this hella-drinkable!

Not sure this stands up with many of the IPAs I hold dear. In fact, this is much more akin to it's close cousin the APA. Regardless... it's more than worth the $8/4-pack price tag.

Photo of niz
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with 1/2" head that fades quickly.

smells of lemon, hops and slightly grassy

tastes of juicy citrus followed by nice hops then buscuity malt.

drinkability is high, i could easily drink a 6 pack, but would feel nice and fuzzy after.

a great IPA from a great brewery. the food here is awesome too!!

this was the #1 rated beer in BC by CAMRA vancouver.

delicious.... and nutritious!

Photo of dc55110
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received courtesy of slentz!
Can with a date code of F0711, which I think is June 7th, 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden with slight orange-ish hue to it. A vigorous pour yields a solid inch plus of pillowy white head, a small amount lacing is left behind.

I'm greeted by a the familiar aromas of pine and citrus... but there is something else there behind the hops but in front of the hint of sweet malty-ness is an off smell... I cannot place it, somewhere between medicinal and cleaning supplies. I still enjoy the aroma, but this unknown element has thrown me for a loop.

A burst of piney resin! Somehow it is full of piney hops but isn't all that bitter. After the deluge of pine, a bit of citrus makes a brief cameo followed by a uncredited role by a slightly sweet malty-ness.

Surprisingly the hops don't destroy your tongue, it is very smooth for a such a hop forward IPA. The carbonation is good, slightly low, but not enough to be detracting.

A very good IPA. Nothing amazing, just a well balanced "west coast" style IPA from the Canuck land.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a very murky deep copper orange body with a thin beige foam that is supported by strands of microbubbles that appear close to the glass.

S- The green hop hint finishes with a strong pecan nut aroma. There is some green woody aromas to the hops that turn into endive as it opens but they stay soft.

T- The full taste of butter pecans leads to a watery taste and a faint pungent woody bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no astringency or alcohol heat noticed

O- This beer is very odd but not bad. I was hoping for and IPA but there was really no hops noted at all. The butter pecan flavor was one of the best nut flavors I have tasted in a beer. I which this was dated cause I have no idea if this was the intended flavor or the aged flavor?

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for thinking of me and grabbing me this while picking me up an entirely different beer.

This one is a real beauty in the glass. A very nice bright opaque beer shifts from gold to amber to nearly copper depending on the light. A big head stands and, when settled, remains 3 fingers tall, rocky and dense, and when at the end it's fully and finally settled, and island of head I could set a pebble on remains. This beauty of a head leaves lots of lacing behind. If there were smaller grading increments, this would be more like a 4.6, but a 4.5 will suffice.
Lots of pungent hops in the nose with a touch of caramel malts. Given the flavor of this fantastic brew, I was surprised I didn't get a bit more out of the aroma.
This is where it's at. Hops are beautiful, with lots of bright bittersweet citrus blending with raw, earthy grassy and herbal notes and further mixing with a pure, raw pine. There's also a fantastic malty balance that finds the very difficult place between failing to properly balance and detracting from the hops dominance. Very well done with the caramel malts here and the delicious blend of hops. Where this really pulls through is in a very nice lingering semi-dry finish in which all the flavors come together very nicely. Let this one warm just a touch and you'll get a very nice caramel sweetness pulling up front before giving way to the hops.
As stated, this is a semi-dry beer in the feel. It's medium-bodied and smooth with active carbonation but not spritzed.
This beer is absolutely as delicious as I'd hoped it would be and at 6.5% what could detract from the drinkability?

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. Weird that this one appeared on the US East coast before here in Alberta, when it's made one province over in the Lower Mainland...and a bit pricey at 17 bucks a six-pack.

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, ecru head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a wall of cheesecloth lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange pith, pineapple, a healthy dose of pine resin, some mellow, lightly bready caramel malt, and a further grassy/floral hoppiness. Very, very enticing. The taste is more acerbic grapefruit rind, bready, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, some pithy tropical fruit, and more than a bit of green piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, quite lost under the intense and varied hoppiness, the body a hefty middleweight, and smooth as it could possibly be under these conditions. It finishes mostly dry, the hops still ceding no quarter to my taste buds.

A properly rendered West Coast IPA (still rare north of the 49th), in a can (points for novelty and convenience all around), adorned with a red-skirted redhead babe on a red bike (consistency in theme), and well, just freakin' yum! Can intense craft beer and six-pack occasions coincide? Yes, yes they can.

Photo of mintjellie
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange colour. Thick off-white head shows decent retention but little lace. Big aromatic notes of mango, ripe juicy peaches, and flowers. The aroma is just outrageous. If this were a perfume, I'd give it to my girlfriend on her birthday. Bold juicy mango and toasted grain flavours to start, transitioning to white grapefruit before finishing with firm pithy bitterness. Just malty enough for you to notice something other than the hops. Lingering evergreen aftertaste. Just short of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and light. Oily, resinous sensation left on the palate between mouthfuls. A very, very tasty IPA. Bold flavours and a simple flavour profile that puts tropical and citrus fruit at center stage make this a real winner for my palate. Good linger to the bitterness as well.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white, one finger head. Head dissipated to a nice layer of bubbles on the top and down the sides as I drank.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple, really nice hop aroma.

T: Very refreshing, more hops here with the grapefruit and pineapple dominating. Slightly bitter finish, leaves a sticky feeling.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Extremely easy drinking, this was a great beer. I wish I had bought a few more cans.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 984 ratings.