Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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Reviews by sparroa:
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic.
Thanks to my boss for bringing this back from BC for me - I haven't had it since Mondial earlier this year. I love this beer enough to use it for my first review...
A beautiful frothy head sits atop the clear coppery liquid. Everlasting lace runs down the glass as I delve into the pint. Fine beads of carbonation escape rapidly as I admire its presentation.
The aroma is racy, alright - quite strong and seductive to a hophead. Grapefruit is predominant but tropical fruit notes consistently waft from the glass. There is plenty of pineapple and mango here, sweet aromas with a trace of pungency and a light pine element. It's hard not to enjoy this...
Grapefruit carries the day from a tasting perspective. Juicy hop fruitiness is the primary flavour and a clean yet pithy bitterness follows in the finish. Exceptionally balanced for the style. Hops are the focus but there is so much more to savour. There is a very slight hint of sweet caramel malt , but it is well integrated and plays second fiddle to a dry breadiness. This is incredibly full flavoured and it's very hard for me to not drain the glass immediately; it tastes that pleasant.
Weighing in at 6.5% ABV and laced with hops, there's no doubt that this may be full bodied for some. As an individual who enjoys strong ales, however, I found this to be quite sessionable. The mouthfeel was right up my alley - not too slick, not too watery, and the alcohol is completely imperceptible. Its certainly luscious, though.
Hands down, this is the best Canadian IPA I've ever had. I've tried Stone, DFH 60 Minute, Sculpin et cetera and it is certainly in the same league as those venerable beers. My inclination is to give it a perfect score, but since I have no access to American micros to calibrate my tastebuds for this style I'll be slightly more restrained and conservative in my grading.
Congratulations to Central City for crafting such a fine beer - Red Racer IPA would be my everyday choice if it was ever available in Newfoundland.
Serving type: can
11-11-2011 17:22:02 | More by sparroa
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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
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