Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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4.51/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
355 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Wow, even just cracking open the can gives me a solid whiff of what to expect... and considering how dulled my sense of smell is from smoking, that's an impressive achievement.
Pours a light orange-amber colour, topped with more than two fingers of fluffy, uneven off-white head that takes its sweet time before fading away to a soapy cap. Webs of lacing stick to the side of the glass. As I noted above, this stuff has an amazing aroma - juicy grapefruit, orange rind and mango are dominant, along with some floral notes. Very hard to detect much malt character underneath the wallop of hops, but what is there is vaguely sweet/caramel-like.
The flavour follows the nose for the most part - tons of juicy fruit notes... grapefruit is the most prominent but I am also reminded of oranges, pineapple, mango and pine sap. A backbone of doughy, biscuity caramel malts buried underneath the hops provides good balance, but rest assured this is still a hoppy, bitter brew. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and pine resin lingers in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied (leaning toward the light side), with middling carbonation levels to provide a good bite. High drinkability - I'm sure you could throw this back quickly, but why would you want to waste all that flavour?
The best Canadian-made American-style IPA I have ever had - this one has definitely earned its reputation. If it were easier to find in these parts, I would likely choose this over Mad Tom - and that is not meant as a knock against Mad Tom (which I consider very good) - Red Racer is just that awesome. This one is definitely worth a try.
[Updated Jan. 5 2014]
Another single can picked up at the LCBO, this time compared side-by-side with Boneshaker, Mad Tom and Baldwin Fisheye PA. This one has seen increasingly wide distribution over the past year or so, but I must admit I haven't returned to it as often as I'd like to. It's still the best Canadian-made IPA I've tried so far (comfortably beating out the three aforementioned IPAs), with more citrus and pine resin flavour than you can shake a stick at. If you don't like this, then either IPAs are not your thing or your tastebuds are not working properly.
Final Grade: 4.51, an excellent A grade.
Serving type: can
11-04-2011 02:39:06 | More by thehyperduck
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3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 650ml bottle, no dating. Clear dark orange body with two fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of lacing.
Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange peel and citrus notes on the aroma. Some sort of "dank" hoppy note too.
Citrus and grapefruit flavor on the tongue and forwards into big hop bitterness with some lemon and orange peel notes. Juicy hop flavor. Leaves a dry, very bitter, hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, smooth and quaffable. Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the body and flavor.
Nice IPA from Central City.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 20:45:02 | More by Scrylol
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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