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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

804 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 804
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009)
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hops1337

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from lunch on a recent trade.
Poured from a can into my SA perfect pint glass. Nice copper color with medium white head that dissipates into a decent sticky lace. Nice grapefruit aroma. Taste is slightly metallic im sure due to the can but is still quite good. I got a faint tea flavor in the background that was real unusual. Weird that i live 30 minutes from B.C. but i have never seen this beer in my town. Thanks again lunch!

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 06:05:32 | More by hops1337
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange hue with the slightest sudsy white head. Halfway through the pour I feared that the can was still.

Smell -- Things are getting better. Pine resin wafts from the glass along with tangerine, split grapefruit and a bit of green onion.

Taste -- Definitely the highpoint of this offering. Citrus zest, grapefruit pith, sticky tropical fruit, peach and apricot, and a hearty dose of resinous hop bitterness. Caramel malt backbone is gently sweet, giving those juicy/zesty hop notes a nudge closer to the forefront. Lingering flavors of peach nectar and resin. All in all, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light with mild carbonation. Canning issues?

Drinkability -- Man, I was really hoping to love this one. I really needed a top-notch IPA tonight and this one left me wanting slightly. The flavor was on the money, but the carbonation was woeful: no head and a very still mouthfeel. If the carbonation were bumped up I'd say this would be a top-tier American IPA, but it is what it is.

Serving type: can

12-22-2010 02:10:16 | More by yeahnatenelson
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can a hazy burnt orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full finger nearly white long lasting head that leaves just a bit of lace to the rim.

strong grapefruit aroma with a hint of other citrus behind.

crisp, bitter grapefruit forward fading to sweeter citrus. very enjoyable.

medium to strong carbonation, not particularly smooth, fairly bitter bite.

low abv, very crisp, very good cold. quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-24-2010 00:31:59 | More by robwestcott
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nkersten

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into new belgium snifter. Pour is a reddish orange, similar to the color of dying leaves. Small white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is bitter C hops, very piney, with a slight pale malt sweetness. Taste follows smell, a bitter pine hop flavor up front with some fruity hops following. A grassy hop finish with a weak malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation, slightly sticky. Drinkability is decent but mouthfeel could be cleaner. This is the best Canadian IPA I have had so far - I lived an hour and a half from the brewery for years and had to go to Chicago to get it. If you are in Canada this is a must, but in the states it is a so so IPA.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 02:48:40 | More by nkersten
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WeisGuy

New York

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Glad to see this now being distributed to Chicago. Thanks for picking up this sixer, Derek!

Pours a clear, deep, golden orange color with a one-finger head. Head retention is very light, as is lacing. Pine, orange citrus and floral hop notes lead the aroma with a mild bready malt backing. Orange citrus hoppy bitterness leads on the palette with a substantial caramel malt and bread component (for an IPA) on the midpalette and finish. The finish is fairly dry and bitter with lingering earthy and floral hop flavors and light boozy heat. Medium-light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish. Not overly drinkable because the flavors are not that interesting and it's a bit hot, but it's pretty easy on the palette for an IPA with its mild maltiness. This is the best hoppy beer I've had from Canada, but that's not saying much. Well worth trying and a decent IPA, but nothing worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: can

11-11-2010 00:12:40 | More by WeisGuy
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from an attractive green can painted to reflect 1950's Americana. An interesting choice of design for a Canadian brewery.

Liquid is calm and lightly carbonated with thin head and almost no lacing. Color is a bright, nearly neon, red with hints of a straw gold.

Scent is of warm hops and tart citrus. Aroma is well balanced between sweeter smells & dryer scents and manages to be quite appealing.

Taste is malty with an almost biscuit-like quality. An amber sweetness is in the forefront and it ends up being a bit sweeter than expected. Unfortunately, the hop strength fades as it warms, which throws off the delicate balance.

This brew is smooth on the tongue and low on the hop scratch meter. It's more of a display of balance than power, most of the time, before it gives way to grapefruit sweetness.

I could see this being the go-to beer for IPA fans who prefer something a hint maltier, and, as a nice alternative to the traditional American IPA, it succeeds.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:11:53 | More by deapokid
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Bubba83

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to barnesy148927 for hooking this one up in a recent trade.

Poured in the low 40 degree range into a tumbler. A normal pour gave me a good two finger width offwhite head with good retention and excellent lacing. The body is colored fairly dark compared to most IPAs, sort of a dusty dark orange, lots of haze.

Huge piney resins in the nose. I also get grapefruit zest, tangerine, and some butterscotch. Kind of a mish-mash, but pretty nice smelling.

This IPA reminds of a lot of east coast style IPAs that I've had. It actually tastes a lot heavier than a 6.5% IPA, seems almost more like a double IPA. There's a big butterscotch component up front. I don't really like butterscotchy IPAs in general. The hop profile comes in quick though and rescues the flavor. Juniper, spruce, pine, and slight grapefruit are the main components. Not getting much citrus here at all. I'm guessing they used a bunch of Simcoe.

Mouthfeel seems a bit heavy for a regular IPA. It also seems a bit wet and chewy. I'm thinking the Final Gravity is not very low. Nice oilyness here makes it feel silky in my mouth.

Overall this felt like a solid IPA, and I understand the high scores. With that said, I love the west coast style which showcases brighter, cleaner flavors and less sugary malt on the backend. Still, really happy I was finally able to try this one and definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 05:57:32 | More by Bubba83
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ChristianBlack

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits. One of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into caramel malts. Finish is okay, with bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 12:32:25 | More by ChristianBlack
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tbart428

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

copper in color with thick white head that fades quickly. The initial smell is strong of citrus hops but fades quickly as well. The taste is like biting into a centennial and cascade battered orange rind. The flavor is good but kind of weak and watered down. The beer is extremely drinkable and is what I consider a upscale sierra Nevada. Overall decent beer.

Serving type: can

05-21-2010 22:41:18 | More by tbart428
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/18/11

A: A clean and clear ambery orange. Not much in the way of head, a mere one finger or so. Retention and lacing are meager.

S: Fresh cut cedar. The heavy hop oil also strikes a bitter chord here too, but it's faint. Without question this is the highlight of the beer.

T: Red Racer initally comes off slightly citrusy and sweet. By the time the brew reaches the mid-palate, the hoppy bitterness catches up like a dog on a leash. As it goes down, the malt bites my tonsils. It's really quite unique how all of these different and equally enjoyable aspects come together.

M: Not what I was expecting. It's lighter then I would've liked, and had they left this one unfiltered and pulled back on the prickly forced carbonation, this could be (and I stress "could") an outstanding American IPA. As it stands, this is the beer's weakest link.

O: This is one I've been hunting for, and I'm glad to tick it off of my list. The nose on this one is simply marvelous, and if Central City ever gets into the air freshener business, I'll be first in line.

As I mentioned above, the mouthfeel really doesn't do this one any favors. If they would cut back on the intense level of carbonation, it would really allow the subtle nuances of the hops to shine through.

Regardless, this is a good beer. Here's to hoping that Central City's Red Racer find it's way to the DC market on a consistant basis.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 16:51:13 | More by Rhettroactive
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass it exhibits a nice white head that fades after a few minutes leaving patches of floating foam, clear light amber beneath. Fresh and flowery nose filled with hoppy aromas then light malt is noticed. Light bodied but with assertive spicy hop bitters right off the bat then light yeasty fruitiness then the malt is tasted. It's a long and bitter finish, delicious and easy drinking thanks to the lightness of body. One of the better IPA's I've had in some time.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 02:42:30 | More by beerluvr
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review from notes

Pours a lighter copper orange with a foamy white head, leaving some filmy lacing on the glass.

Juicy, piny hops with a bit of tropical fruit and sweeter malt in the nose.

Biting hops right up front, coupled with lighter caramel malt. Continues with some juicier hoppiness and more citrusy fruit notes, although the malty backbone stays present throughout the profile. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Medium body, lingering dryness and sticky feel. Easy to drink and abv is masked well, although I'd like some more complexity in the flavor.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 19:59:00 | More by xnicknj
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a mason jar

Pours a beautiful orange color with a huge off-white cap. Slow to recede, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass. The aroma is balance. Earthy, pine and spruce, and some grapefruit rind over top a strong bed of light caramel malt. The flavor profile matches the nose. Earth, pine, and spruce up front, light caramel malt through the middle and some grapefruit and pine in the finish. Medium body with a mild lingering bitterness of pine, spruce, and grapefruit rind.

If your looking for a balanced ipa with some good bitterness, this is your guy. I wouldn't exactly call this world class.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 15:51:24 | More by ColForbinBC
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mjl21

California

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Rob. 12 ounce can poured into a SA perfect pint glass. C1910 is stamped on the bottom. Comes in at 6.5%.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber and has a thin layer of head that covers the top. Leaves a nice ring of lace around the top of the glass.

S-It smells of musty citrus hops. It smells like a 3 month old IPA.

T-It is a mix of grapefruit and earthy hops. It has a touch of metallic bite to it. Has a good amount of bitterness that lingers between sips.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-Not bad, but it is hard to gauge this beer being as it is getting towards the end of its lifespan.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 00:15:18 | More by mjl21
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams glass, canned in September 10, 2010

Pours a beautiful pale amber color with a half inch head. Head fades to a collar leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells like caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange), with a slight pine scent.

Taste is a let down for me. It follows the smell with a caramel citrus taste all over the tongue. It is just too light of a flavor with a slight astringent taste.

Mouthfeel is moderate with low carbonation.

Drinkability is good, very easy to drink and nothing lingers on the palate.

Serving type: can

02-11-2011 22:46:21 | More by bs870621345
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is an amber-orange, smallish head. Serious lacing. Nice citrus hops, but also a big seaving of malts. Taste is malts, pineapple and mango with bitter orange rind. Finish is very crisp and clean, mouthfeel is a bit malty and heavy though. Very drinkable, although a bit too much malt and not enough hops.

Serving type: can

09-03-2010 03:17:08 | More by craytonic
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Pours orange with a creamy white head that leaves bits of residual lacing.

S. Smells of orange and lemon peels.

T. Tropical flavors with lemon peel and caramel malt.

M. Medium body with medium carbonation - not nearly as carbonated as the other IPAs in the round (Sculpin, Stone).

D. Not carbonated enough nor hoppy enough for an IPA.

Serving type: can

10-28-2010 03:07:42 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Seanibus

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I am totally swimming against the stream here. This is far from the consensus "A" my fellow BAs have awarded it, in my view. This is a perfectly adequate IPA, but no better.

Pours a mildly hazy golden with a medium head. The aroma is fruity, a little spicy hop, but mostly smells of syrupy malt. The flavor is malty and a little earthy. The hops are flowery but overripe. There is a little sunny quality - lemony, some golden raisin. But the malt is syrupy, like a high-end homebrew. The mouthfeel is a syrupy.

Serving type: can

09-18-2010 23:42:50 | More by Seanibus
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SHODriver

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden orange with an ample fluffy white head. this one started to make a break for the outside of the container as soon as I cracked it open(maybe infected?) hazy as hell as well
S: Very floral with a bit of pine and spicy character to it. A faint hint of caramel attempts to make its presence known
T: taste is bittersweet floral hops with a tinge of bisciut, a tinge of grapefruit with a resinous oily aftertaste with some grapefruit rind. the taste and aftertaste is a bit funky at points and tastes a bit off
M: slightly prickly carbonation, slick and a bit syrupy
O: Very flavorful, there's a bit of funk with this one so I'm a bit concerned it might be infected but that won't stop me from drinking it.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 05:48:19 | More by SHODriver
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this off my wants list.

Can to a perfect pint. I think I can make out the numbers "10510" printed on the bottom of the can. Perhaps its canned on 10/5/10. I kinda hope not.
A- The beer is somewhere between clear and hazy. It has a slight foggy appearance to the rich orange coloration. The head is on the small side with average retention of chunky pads of floating foam. 'Here and there' lacing.

S- Fairly malty with a sturdy doughy, crackery base. Hops are piney and very dense smelling. It smells like its going to be oily and resinously bitter.

T- There is a good balance kicked off by the doughy malt base. Pine comes in ushering some orange rind along with it.

M- Insanely dry. I mean very, very dry. This is the driest finishing IPA, hands down. It makes for an easy drinking beer. It keeps the beer tasting clean and quenching.

This doesnt have me convinced. Perhaps this can was from October, or perhaps this IPA isnt my style. Its good, not great. Certainly just above average.
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Second consideration of a can given to me by AleWatcher.

S- Lots of pine with an undercurrent of tropical citrus. Crackery malt is strong.

T- Juicy up front with plenty of orange candy and light malts. Then comes the pine. Lots and lots of pine give this beer a healthy bitterness that can get quite formidable. The finish has a really nice floral and citrus explosion to it. The aftertaste is very bitter and long lasting, but thankfully it avoids most of the medicinal stuff, its very much loaded with pine resin though.

The first can I had had to have been a bit too old. This one caused me to alter my score slightly. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

03-06-2011 20:11:42 | More by MbpBugeye
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO while at home last summer.

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades slowly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Same as their ESB really.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon, with nice notes of grapefruit. Very nice citrus aromas and bold enough as well.

TASE: Pale malts, caramel malts, with lots of bitter floral hops and pine notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of bitter floral hops and pine flavors, then just a hint of caramel sweetness as balance. Nice stuff, though the flavor is a little more one dimensional than the nose. Caramel and floral, piney hops.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style. Same as their ESB, though a touch oilier perhaps.

OVERALL: The palate is a little too weak in my book and the hop profile is not exactly my style, but I can see how this one gets so much praise, as it is definitely a well-made beer. For my tastes, I'll take Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA while at home, but it doesn't surprise me that this one is so popular. Worth checking out for sure. Recommended.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 07:22:53 | More by Jeffo
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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?

Serving type: can

01-30-2013 14:59:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.

Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.

Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.

Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.

Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 00:13:51 | More by TheHammer
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Canslammer

California

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA tasted really FLAT! The date on the can said "10/02/2012" I think all of the positive reviews must have come from Canadians, because this is not a good IPA! The warmer it gets, the worse it tastes. I spent $14 Canadian for a 6 pack and it was not worth it!

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 22:30:58 | More by Canslammer
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a 2-3F foamy off-white head over a cloudy golden-to-amber colored body. Some carbonation present. Little bit of lacing.

Aromas are really hard to discern - but mostly a sweet citrus, like orange juice.

Great on the palate. Flavors are full of citric hops... lots of naval oranges, and a little bit of pink grapefruit pull. Fairly creamy, overall for an IPA.

Drinkability is good, but not great for the style. Was expecting more in both the aroma and flavor, given the A rating - smoothness makes up for it, though.

Serving type: can

02-17-2011 02:16:00 | More by BeerImmediately
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.