Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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Reviews by monkjuice:
4.9/5 rDev +15%
355mL can, poured into my Bell's pint glass. I usually smoke down copious amounts of Two Hearted from this pint glass. I love Two Hearted.
A: Really nice coppery-amber colour that pours with a 1cm head. The head dissipates to a white film on top, but light lacing persists the whole way down.
S: Smell is the most powerful sense attached to memory, and I'm definitely in two of my favourite places here. Back at my Grandpa's "winter" trailer in Central Florida, somewhere near a citrus grove. And about 50 yards left of the 11th fairway at some random golf course in the Carolinas, hitting a chip-out 7-iron off of the pine needles. I fuckin' love beer.
T: Exactly what I want in an IPA. The hops are the star of the show, with great bittering, flavour, and aroma characteristics coming through. Citrus zest and coniferous sap abound. The malt backbone is there, but only in the BACKground, as it should be.
M: Just the right amount of carbonation to wake up my tastebuds for the flavour "knee to the nuts" they're about to receive. Smooth.
D: Most good IPA's have me waking up in the morning feeling as though someone tried to asphyxiate me with a rag soaked in turpentine, especially if I have more than one. I smoked down five of these bad boys during a spirited game of euchre. Woke up at 7am, with no trace of Red Racer left behind. Bravo.
Note. I just had a Two Hearted after finishing a Red Racer, and I can honestly say that Red Racer is AT LEAST as good. At this level, we're comparing a Mercedes to a BMW. They're both great, both deserving of any praise they receive. If I had a gun to my head, and I had to choose a favourite, it'd be Red Racer, by a nose.
10-31-2010 23:05:54 | More by monkjuice
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4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
07-28-2011 14:24:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
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!
11-25-2010 02:55:32 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
12-24-2009 13:44:21 | More by lordofthewiens
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
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
01-09-2011 15:36:43 | More by bishopdc0
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
06-19-2010 04:53:31 | More by Mora2000
4.45/5 rDev +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!
10-19-2011 20:28:29 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-30-2010 00:34:29 | More by SkinnyElvis
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
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!
03-13-2011 18:06:38 | More by Swedes21
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
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!
06-26-2010 01:53:20 | More by kingcrowing
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-13-2010 22:14:48 | More by boatshoes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +8%
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!
12-11-2009 03:29:54 | More by chickenm
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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