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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

872 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 165
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
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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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Many thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty treat.

Pours yellow orange with a lovely white foam head 1 finger thick. The brew is clear showing off all of its carbonation. Lacing is very good leaving thick blobs above the liquid level.

Lots of orange citrus comes through in the scent. Ample malts back the citrus smells providing a muted balanced smell.

There is plenty of orange and grapefruit up front with a large malt backbone covering up a lot of the bitterness. The balance is superb.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with a full feel. The aftertaste is clean and is not too drying. It leaves my mouth feeling very satisfied.

This is a very drinkable brew worthy of high praise in its class. Definitely worth a try!

12-28-2010 03:45:20 | More by TCgoalie
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a light orange, with about an inch of white head on top. Not a particularly good looking beer, but man, I can smell it from a ways away.

S - Wow, this is a pungent beer. Hops, hops, hops. Citrusy fruits, mainly orange. I can't imagine a better smelling IPA.

T - Slightly less exciting than the smell, but still a very good tasting beer. Pretty much everything from the smell, but slightly muted. A decent malt body at the finish to round it all out and clean the finish.

M - Fairly creamy, well carbonated. The alcohol isn't palatable, which I like. There isn't a lingering bitterness, which is awesome.

Overall, an awesome beer. I love the can-ness of it, and it's a super fruity IPA. Low ABV helps, too. Very well done.

03-24-2011 01:20:08 | More by gdrydenc
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microwavabledish

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured fairly aggressively from a can into my Perfect Pint glass. Held up, but not directly into the light, it is a golden copper with a bit of orange tinge to it. Really great looking. the head forms about one finger high and dissipates to a thin layer that remains on top for the rest of the beer. As it is consumed, there is some thin lacing left on the glass. Very nice. Clarity is almost crystal clear, with a few bubbles rising to the top.

S: This Red racer has admittedly been in the fridge for a while, but still has is trademark grapefruit-pine Citrus explosion, with some sweet bready caramels from the malts. It makes my mouth water.

T: The hop flavor has lost a little bit of edge from a fresh can, but there is still the citrus flavors coming through with a touch of the pine from the nose. The caramel comes through a bit more in this one because the hops have backed off, so there is an evident caramel and bread characteristic.

M: A little sticky, no doubt from the age on it. Medium body with mild carbonation. Medium finish in the back.

D: One of my all time favorites, its fitting to be my first review. Fresh is definitely miles better, but even aged (1.25 months) it is still pretty good. I could have a few in an evening for sure. Would go well with some buffalo wings and Bleu Cheese sauce.

12-03-2010 03:57:23 | More by microwavabledish
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tapman

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

light-moderate yellow-orange color, crystal clear, moderate carbonation and a giant, cream of wheat head.

Grassy, soapy, piney hops with a light toasty caramel underneath. Smells very clean with slight, bright vegetation.

Everything that is in the nose, with the additional of sweet bubblegum immediately as you sip and a spicier malt profile. Rye? Sticky in the finish and very resinous.

Very bright and harshly carbonated.

A very good IPA, though very piney in the finish and a little sticky, though I like the abv% where it is. 7% can be a little high if not brewed right and 5% often times results in an unbalanced IPA.

05-03-2011 22:44:27 | More by tapman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass, looking forward to this one.

Red Racer IPA boasts a kinda bright orange with some shiny bronze shades within. A clean looking beer with no haze at all. Two fingaz worth of off white foam that is quite creamy looking and condensed. A bunch of lace on the glass.

The hops take up most of the nose with a big grapefruit bite and some pale malts to back it up with a sweet scent, slight caramel. Pretty bold and smells like the makings of a great IPA. Some small pine bitterness and hops on top of hops.

Tropical fruit on top of a nice malty layer. Grapefruit, pineapple, others, some bisquit giving malt. I'm really liking the balance on this, it's pretty much even. Some grassy earth towards the end going into a bitter pine like essense. This is a stand out IPA.

The feel is lighter than medium in build and a good amount of bitterness remains in the mouth for some time, I'm lovin it. Carb is just right not very high or overly crisp, I could drink this all day. I'm going on a camping trip soon and I think I just found out what Im bringing to drink.

If Canadians can brew a west coast style IPA that mimiks the quality over there, than why cant the east coast breweries do the same? I mean they all use the same equipment and ingredients right, maybe it's something in the air, I don't know.

05-13-2010 05:50:56 | More by BARFLYB
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

355ml can.

A - Copper body, with a nice fluffy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. Nice.

S - The moment I smelled the beer, I thought "Passion fruit!" Indeed, this beer gives out a very tropical fruit like smell, with hints of citrus and caramel. Very appealing!

T - Wow, this is pretty hardcore! It kicks off with a solid citrus hop punch, which then transforms into a more tropical taste, with hints of passion fruit, mango and peach. Some bready toasted malts in the background. Fairly sweet. Lots of hop oil characteristics, some light astringency. Interestingly enough, the hoppiness is so intense that it lingers on up until the after-taste, in both flavour and bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium level of carbonation. That being sad, this is no ordinary IPA. It's super bitter, fairly dry and if you're not used to high IBU's you might even find this a bit challenging to drink. However, if you are a hop-head, I'm certain you'll enjoy it!

O - I'm really glad to finally try this beer. Another great IPA to come out of Canada. Definitely not a beer for everyone and, perhaps, not a session beer, BUT this is still amazing; the depth of its hoppiness makes up for everything else.

11-13-2011 04:40:22 | More by NightINgale
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. can poured into Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on June 23, 2011. Brought back from visit to Boston (purchased at Boston Wine Exchange) in August.

A: Cloudy amber, expansive off-white head that drops very slowly and leaves very sparse lacing.

S: Sharp, clean, distinct grapefruit/tangerine; other lime-like citrus.

T: Fresh grapefruit, followed by pine and gradually growing bitterness; very balanced, w/o perceptible alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; very rich & creamy; neutral, though bitter finish.

O: This is a terrific IPA, even at 5 months old. Delicious.

11-15-2011 02:17:44 | More by bierbrauer
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

pretty damn good ipa, had several this year that remind me of my favorite celebration, including this one. picked up 3 singles for $6 whole foods devon pa, good call.

pours nice brassy amber, good head, retension, lace. smells just ok, little citrus, some piney hops. tastes better, big citrus, piney, earthy herbal hop blast on a nice malt background. said this alot lately, balanced and very drinkable. then again, with the exception of port high tide, this is exactly how i like my ipas, balanced.

just for kicks ill list (by preference) this years ipas similar to celebration (but not quite as good) ...

central city red racer 4.28
thomas hooker hop meadow 4.13
sierra nevada torpedo 3.90
sly fox route 113 ipa 3.90

if you enjoy celebration, you cant go wrong with any of these 4 ipas.

03-09-2012 17:02:14 | More by B33R501
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 355ml can into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light, orangey copper color pouring to 2-3 fingers of thick white head settling to a thick collar and leaving some nice lacing.

S: A big, sticky PNW hop nose (big, but not huge) with some nice spicy notes and a bit of caramel and malt.

T: Right from the start, a bit wack of American bittering hops, spicy and floral balanced out by a big malty body. The finish is long, dry, hoppy and tight.

M: Medium body and carbonation (appropriate for style); Full, round, smooth.

O: A pretty beer with a big hoppy, malty nose. The hops and malt extend onto the palate making a really well balanced IPA!

07-31-2013 18:44:51 | More by mtomlins
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-27-2014 21:56:55 | More by cam477
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-05-2013 23:17:41 | More by FadetoBock
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H8B8

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-04-2013 13:23:42 | More by H8B8
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-03-2014 05:15:25 | More by megamass
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-31-2013 22:53:08 | More by alamode
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augustgarage

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Huge thanks to ShogoKawada for helping me tick this one off - it has been on my wants for a long time.

Lovely, clear, Princeton orange body with a hefty ivory froth which slowly recedes to lightly-whipped egg whites. A thin wallpaper of lacing decorates the sides in an even pattern.

Strong hop aroma, packed with seemingly the entire citrus family. Light malt, a little pink peppercorn, and a light herbal note as well. Surpassed my expectations.

More malt on the palate, a touch of caramel, pursued by a heady wave of grapefruit and orange zest - sweet, bitter, and refreshing. A little bread crust and melon into the finish which is tart and fairly dry.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated. Very mild astringency, and just enough alcohol to prevent you from guzzling too quickly.

Fresh, and on-tap, this might be exceptional - I'll have to update my review next time I'm in B.C.

04-15-2010 03:00:23 | More by augustgarage
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billmuckalt


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-19-2012 16:17:55 | More by billmuckalt
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Skwisgaar

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-05-2013 05:40:42 | More by Skwisgaar
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-23-2012 19:49:52 | More by sammo
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-10-2012 13:50:59 | More by enelson
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-30-2013 20:22:36 | More by hockeypuck
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-07-2013 16:33:10 | More by WillAndSarah
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BodyPolitic

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-01-2014 02:43:59 | More by BodyPolitic
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-11-2014 18:54:34 | More by OnryAndMean
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 22:27:22 | More by Hoptron_3000
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russwilliam

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-11-2014 05:41:22 | More by russwilliam
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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