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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

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

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94
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942 Ratings
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 172
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing 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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Photo of Dawkfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured this into a tulip glass. Color is a clear light amber orange. Small white head with some spotted lace. Nice looking color and clarity for an IPA. Extra 0.5 for the lacing on the glass after I was finished drinking it.

S- Smell is loaded with citrus which is my preference in an IPA. Tangerines, orange, and grapefruit. Mild aroma of pineapple as well. The hops are held up with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Sharp grapefruit & citrus rind up front, turns slightly sweet and ends with a piney bite, but it doesn't linger much.

M- I think the body could use a little help with the weight, but decent overall.

D- By far the best IPA from Canada that I can get my hands on in my neck of the woods at a decent price. The low level of bitterness and hidden abv makes this dangerously drinkable.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and left incredible lacing throughout. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with moderate pine, resin and faint pineapple. The flavor was tangy pine, resin, malty, and sour caramel. There were faint undertones of grapefruit and pineapple. The finish was long and tangy with lingering caramel and pine. Moderate mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. A very nice IPA!

Photo of WantonFaun
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have tried some great IPA's, and this one is among them. The problem: many Canadian liquor stores have ordered these in bulk, not realizing that IPA's tend to have a best before date. A swift look beneath the can will reveal the bottling (canning) date.

I presume that some of those who've recently posted reviews were likely tasting releases bottled well over 90 days ago. I've tasted some of these, and the difference between that and a fresh batch is astounding.

Let it be known that Red Racer, when consumed within the 90 day period, ranks among the best of them.

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of white head that has great retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and carmamel and bready malts. A nice combination.

t - Tastes of citrus and herbal hops, as well as smooth caramel malts. Almost feel like it has a bit of tea taste to it thanks to the herbal hops. Again, a nice combination.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This was a very enojoyable IPA that is very easy to drink. A nice citrus hop and malt combination and would love to have again.

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack received in a trade with EskimoDave thanks!

Appearance: The can itself is a work of art! Pours a bright orange yellow with a massive slightly off white crown that shows great retention and tons of lace. Neon is Nice!

Smell: Really nice pineapple grapefruit combo with pine, a hint of alcohol and a touch of grass.

Taste: Same as nose. The malt is fairly toasty which I think takes away from the tropical notes a bit. Still fantastic though, don't get me wrong.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky and fairly full bodied. A hefty brew for the style indeed!

Drinkability: The flavor profile and nose are great and the mouthfeel and abv make it a good drinker.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger. Can poured into my Stone IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden caramel color with a 2 finger frothy head that lasts quite awhile. Contrary to what most reviews picked up on the nose I smelled mostly floral,grass and pine hops with a follow of citrus. The tast pretty much follows suite but reverses roles, tart grapefruit, floral notes, and pine. The mouthfeel is there its got a medium body to it with good carbonation and a hope bite that lasts. This is a very good IPA and I believe my first Canada brewed craft beer, I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of Otterburn
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color, quite dark, active medium bubble carbonation activity, offwhite foamhead

smell: strong hop smell, citrus, some herbs

taste: strong hop taste, bitter but very mild and almost fruity,sweet. very good taste well balanced

mouthfeel: full body,round

drinkability is excellent, nice ipa moderate bitterness with attitude and punch

good stuff

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with orange hues and lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the thin, off-white head that pretty quickly dissolves leaving only faint hints of lacing behind.

Very nice citrus hop aroma floating from the glass with other notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and a sweet malty finish as well.

The palate is fantastic with a nice bity citrus hop punch with other notes of cedar, pine, grass, and perhaps apricot. The sweet malt is a bit subdued at first, but shows up a bit more as the beer warms.

This IPA is medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice hoppy bite to finish that leaves a nice oily coating behind.

A great IPA all around, tons of character, perfect for the style and delicious all the way through.

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - very pale orange, little bit of white head, with quite a bit of head lacing.

Smell - citrus hops, heavy in the grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - very floral hops, just enough malt, very tasty. Absolutely no alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - light to medium feel.

Overall - big fan of a lot of the ipa's from B.C and this is one of my faavorites.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can (canned 4/8/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours a golden light-copper/bronze, mostly clear. Nearly two fingers of eggshell colored head, foamy. Good lacing.

S: Huge tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot with plenty of pine, caramel. This nose rivals any IPA and most DIPA.

T: All that tropical fruit is present right on the tip of the tongue with a very clean and balanced pine right behind it. Middle is fairly light base of lightly toasted malt with just a little caramel sweetness, just enough to balance out the bitterness. Finish is citrus and bitter resins. Definitely a hop-forward beer, the malt body is fairly thin and isn't very sweet, allowing the hops to shine.

M: Fairly light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation for the style. Despite the light body, this is extremely resinous, almost to the point of drinking pine sap. It's very crisp and seemingly refreshing, despite all the bitter resins.

O: While I probably prefer a little more body and sweetness, this is one of the most refreshing, yet extremely resinous IPAs I've had, with plenty of tropical fruit to boot. While a little on the pricey side ($11.99 for a 6-pack I believe), it's one of the best IPAs on the market.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - slightly cloudy golden, fluffy white head retained at a solid finger with consistent lacing
S - piney and citrus zest, grainy and a light fruity note
T - herbal and spicy hops of front, moving to piney hops with a toasty grain malt, finish of light caramel and grapefruit
M - medium lighter feel, pleasantly bitter
D - very flavourful and goes down extremely easy, this is very sessionable

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can. Got in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazing retention! Nice thick collar of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus grapefruit hops in the front, middle, and end of this. Nothing over the top as the caramel bready malts do a nice job of balancing out the aroma.

T- Citrusy hops in the front burst with a big part of grapefruit. This gets blended with a light piney bitter hop bite. Middle of the beer balances out with a nice bready caramel note that lingers all the way through the background. Ending of the beer is mostly citrus hops that balance out the ending malt. Light alcohol flavor comes out as well in the ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light grapefruit and piney hops left on the palate. Citrus hops, light alcohol, and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Flavors were very well balanced as far as IPA goes. Clean flavors with nothing out of the normal.

D- This IPA had a ton of drinkability to it. Nothing over the top as far as hop explosion wise which makes it a sixer easy. ABV is low enough to handle the six pack easy as well. Just a nice well balanced IPA that delivers.

Photo of SamJory
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into a Leffe Tulip.

Pours a hazy amber with a rocky off-white head which recedes to some small lacing.

Big hit of earthy, piney hops on the nose and a hint of pineapple.

Taste matches the smell, although the pine and hop bitterness dominates, leaving only a trace of tropical fruit aromas. Really earthy.

Smooth mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish. One of the better IPAs from BC.

Photo of JCDenver
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this fine beer courtesy of Rutager. Thanks again! Poured from the can into a tulip. Beer has a very nice light orange color and a thick, creamy off white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving lots of bubbly lacing. Smells of pine with some citrus flavors (predominantly orange and tangerine). Medium bodied and crisp with good carbonation. Taste starts with notes of pine and transitions to a rich, mid-palate sweetness (honey) and a touch of malt. Very well-balanced. Finish is amazingly long and pleasantly bitter. If I had regular access to this beer, it would always be in my fridge. The best canned IPA I've had the pleasure of trying, with the exception of Surly Abrasive. Good stuff.

Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear light amber color with lots of bubble action with a goodly off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a stiff shot of citrus hops, a bit sharp with nice yeasty bread/sweet roll balance. The flavor that follows is definitely more of the same. Bright glorious citrus bite, mid-bodied and frisky carbonation. Very easy drinking but lots of hops here. I get some rice cereal graininess, a tad sweet but mostly sour dough and grapefruit. If you want a little hop blast, you'll be very happy. I liked this and see this as one of the better canned brews I've had and right up there with any of my preferred IPA's. I'm impressed.

Photo of Shadman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thought..bleh a can, 2nd thought..cool 50's chick on a bike....

Has the IPA look down pat. Deep copper orange, cloudy, nice rich off white head, great retention, tons of lacing. Did I mention from a can of all things?

Aroma sweet floral sugars, nice citrus pine.

Toasty sweet malts manage to hold their own vs the pine-like hops, but alas, the Hops prevail in the end. Grapefruit blends seamlessly with the pine and remaining malt sweetness.

Smooth, slight slick, slightly oily feel. Maybe a touch sticky sweet on the finish.

First rate IPA..if ALberta doesn't have it, my Dad will be making a trip to the beer store in Victoria to pick some up for this kid.

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing and excellent adherence. Nose reveals characteristics of both grapefruit and herbal hops. Taste consistent with nose - not a lot of complexity, but perfect balance; just the merest suggestion of bittering lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oil quality across the tongue. Great IPA - drinks easy and is very satisfying. I also really dig the logo.

Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark translucent copper amber color with a bubbly and retentive off white/cream colored head with moderate lacing. Moderate aroma, dominated by piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. Thick bodied with fine, sharp carbonation producing a chewy body with a pleasant sweet and bitter finish. Flavor packs a potent caramel malt backbone balancing a thick wall of sweet grapefruit citrusy hops. Not the greatest true to style IPA, but exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent rich amber hue. Pours with a nice 2 finger or so foamy white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has really good retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Lots of juicy grapefruit, other citrus, a hint of pine, and a hint of sweet caramel malt. Nose is moderate in strength and the focus is on the hops.

T-A ton of juicy citrus-grapefruit and orange upfront-with a mild, but present caramel malt backbone. These flavors intensify for the finish with an added refreshing kick of prickly pine hops. What lingers is a moderate residual pine bitterness-crisp and refreshing.

M-Medium to high prickly carbonation and a full light to medium weight body that is slightly oily.

D- This is a great, refreshing IPA. Couldn't think of anything better on a 95 degree day here in WNW PA.

Photo of JayAre46
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shout out to RUTAGER for this 6 of red racceeaaa BIG ups to him.

first off what a can, vintage look with a slick red head just killing it on the fat tire, feet not even on the pedals son!
A - Pours an off white 1 1/2 finger head that recedes to sticky bubbles and a sheet supported by angry bubbles shooting to the top. Some rings, some spider webs, lacing of the lost bubbles. Translucent burnt orange head with some golden streamers streaming streamlessly. don't judge me.

A - fresh hops, we've got some pine here, we've got some citrus, its tangy its grapefruit, slightly sweet malt backbone to help control the hop aromas. I like the hop aromas maybe i want a little more cascade or others, i don't want control sometimes i want some anarchy driven hops that say fuck off, control this...keep em coming people.

T - very pale bready crystal malts also hints of a caramel background, hops follow the nose strong grapefruit and some pine present sweet and tangy fruits i want to say pineapple but i don't think thats it, its too subtle. Slight bitter finish and very crisp with a complimentary carbonation level, at first i felt the carbonation was too high but it creates a crisp finish that pushes this to one of the most refreshing ipa's i've had. Alcohol is not present.

M - Light to medium body, carbonation is at its peak, prickly. The hops linger, showing loyalty of a Gah Damn dragon there to the end for that awesome hop breath you want to breathe in the faces of new borns and watch them pucker. Mouth open = random flying hop dragons spreading the love, slapping faces until they sleep, then sip and reload son. AAAHHH YOU DIG IT THE MOST!!!

O - As smooth as it gets with this carbonation, well rounded ipa nothing messy or overbearing. This is my first red racer i told myself im having one, i just cracked the second one open. Whatever. Extremely refreshing very easy to drink, I could drink 6 of these and the last would be as good as the first, if i could get this on the reg. it would be a constant in my fridge. "This is such a good IPA, its the best IPA in the world" just imagine tony montana saying that, its what im doing.

Photo of ozmodium
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased in a 6 pack of 355ml cans, poured in to my favourite Vancouver Canucks Ale Glass

This is my favourite beer right now (today...lol)

Poured a slight hazy golden orange, not much head...perhaps I poured it too cold tho...what head there was, left a little bit of lacing tho.

Estery, resiny, grapefruit peel hops, sweet malty deliciousness!

Nearly perfectly sweet roasted malts, warming alcohol and complex bitter, grapefruity, piney hop characters show an attention to detail during brewing not seen in most if any other local micros.

Near perfect carbonation and body. Nice slippery beer. Goes down smooth.

If youre a hopster like I am, then this stuff is divine nectar. Really the only thing that is hindering this beer is the lack of head and the fact it's sold in cans...They should sell this stuff in larger glass bottle singles...or something. To me beer always pours and (almost always) tastes better out of a bottle.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery. Delicate lacy trim around the glass.

S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a very clear gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a big pine needle aroma right from the start. Reminding me of a spruce tree, the aroma reminds of Christmas and the well of the Christmas tree.

The taste is a bit of a mouthful of hops. The bitterness mixes here with that pine flavor and some slight citrus flavor that is trying to announce itself but is beat down by a fresh hop flavor all over this beer.

The feel is a bit lighter then expected but still has a good feel to it.This beer goes down smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste that does hang for a short while. A refreshing IPA, this is a good summertime beer.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this one last week on a business trip to Maine and what a find this one was!

A - Pours a deep golden amber with mild carbonation and a massive three finger head.

S - The aroma of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It's saturated with pungent amounts of grapefruit, oily hops, and pine. Has some traces of pepper inthe aroma but the sweet oily hops dominate.

T - Taste is not as agressive as the aroma may suggest. Has a mild malt bisquit character that lies quiet in the background. The citrus flavoring is pretty even throughout the sip. Starts out with sweet citrus and evolves into a bitter, peppery grapefruit finish that is very dry.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied, and leaves a citrus grapefruitaftertaste in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

D - I think I just found my most favorite IPA in a can. Incredibly drinkable with a lower ABV and I could drink several of these. It tastes good, but I really enjoy the hoppy aroma.

Photo of ericj551
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing better than a good IPA in a can! Red Racer IPA pours a hazy copper red with a foamy head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma is citrusy grapefruit and some resiny pine, with barleywine like hints of toffee. Grapefruit hits upfront in the flavor, but gives way long enough for some nice caramel maltiness to come through. The malt gives way to a nice heavy, resiny bitterness that lingers long after the beer is gone. It's funny now that I had to move back to New England (from Ontario) to get great beer from BC.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.