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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 173
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 SebD
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-Review of a fresher can

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and sweet bready/caramelly malts .

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus and grapefruit along with resiny pine hops and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Solid IPA, definitely one of the best in Canada.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to indiapaleale for sending this my way via his Nice Cans BIF. 12oz can into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint.

Red Rocket...errr...Racer 5....uhhh, I mean RED RACER (yeah, that's it!) pours a crisp peach body with a copper core. Evenly distributed carbonation throughout fuels a well-retained manila head that sticks a few splotchy swaths of lacing along the inside of the glass. Exceptional aroma makes my head spin with all the hoppiness: foresty pine (Simcoe?), grapefruit zest, sugared pineapple chunks, fresh grass--it's all in there, and it's all insanely enticing.

Tea leaves hit the palate first, throwing me into more of an English IPA mindset. Definitely sweet tea with a hint of lemongrass and peach. Maybe some cotton candy, too. The hops come in bold and bitter mid-palate, and linger long into the finish with a burst of resinous pine and citrus. A spritzy carbonation level seals the deal, while the medium-light body is crisp, juicy, and dry at the end. Overall, Red Racer is an immensely enjoyable, drinkable brew. More of an English-American hybrid of an IPA, but I'll take it.

Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber that almost looks like a peach colour because of the haze, 1/4" white head. Smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit is the most front and center, bit hop presence in the nose. Tastes of citrusy hops, nice dry bitterness that finished long and left a slight taste of white grape...very, very nice. Nice slick medium mouthful, very drinkable and overall outstanding IPA.

Photo of glazeman
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Glad to get to try this now that it is distributed to Chicago.

A: The beer pours an amberish orange in color and has a one finger white head. The liquid is 100% translucent and the head has moderate retention and excellent lacing

S: There's some citrus on the nose, but not as much as in many IPAs. Particularly there's a little bit of orange. Another interesting aspect of the smell that's equally as strong as the citrus is a dry wheat with some acidity added.

T: The start of this beer has the citrusy flavors of pineapple and tangerine. There's a good level of bitterness in the middle of this, which is a nice contrast to most IPAs that have the bitterness localized to the finish. The finish of this beer isn't really bitter at all, rather it is fairly metallic and earthy. Very Nice!

M: Excellent mouthfeel. This beer finishes crisp and clean. It has a nice level or carbonation and sits well on the palate, particularly at the finish.

D: Wow, so glad this is readily available here. I will be seeking it out again, and often. The beer goes down easy, tastes great, and has a relatively low ABV, making it a very, very drinkable beer.

Photo of Schreibeers
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a can into snifter

A: Nice golden color, beautiful head, and absolutely unbelievable lacing. (an additional .5 for the can)

S: very nice, fruity, sweet hop aroma, grapefruit, citrus

T: Hoppiness hits you first, but never overwhelming, fades into a very nice sweetness with the hops never really leaving the picture, very well balanced here, malty sweetness used just right with the hoppy bitterness

M: Medium to light

D: very drinkable, and a great example of the style

Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of microwavabledish
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of fostachild
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear, yellow/orange amber colour. almost an inch of foamy head. nice lacing as well.

smell was super hoppy - tons of grapefruit/citrus up front. also fruity, bitter - really nice and interesting.

taste was citrusy/hoppy with bready malts, and nice bitter aftertaste. good balance and drinkability. overall was pretty tasty - definitely met my expectations of a good ipa.

Photo of mtomlins
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tapman
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AMCimpi
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biboergosum
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. Weird that this one appeared on the US East coast before here in Alberta, when it's made one province over in the Lower Mainland...and a bit pricey at 17 bucks a six-pack.

This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, ecru head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a wall of cheesecloth lace around the glass.

It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange pith, pineapple, a healthy dose of pine resin, some mellow, lightly bready caramel malt, and a further grassy/floral hoppiness. Very, very enticing. The taste is more acerbic grapefruit rind, bready, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, some pithy tropical fruit, and more than a bit of green piney, floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate, quite lost under the intense and varied hoppiness, the body a hefty middleweight, and smooth as it could possibly be under these conditions. It finishes mostly dry, the hops still ceding no quarter to my taste buds.

A properly rendered West Coast IPA (still rare north of the 49th), in a can (points for novelty and convenience all around), adorned with a red-skirted redhead babe on a red bike (consistency in theme), and well, just freakin' yum! Can intense craft beer and six-pack occasions coincide? Yes, yes they can.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can to Glass

Can is about two weeks old!

Appearance - Clear copper/orange colour with a big white head

Smell - Strong smelling, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine

Taste - Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine, hops

Overall - An excellent West Coast IPA

Photo of Archy
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first had this in Van on draft. I decided to give it a go as it was a special of the night. I had one and drank it all night. It is aggressive but has an addictive hop quality. If you are in the mood for an IPA where the hop barrels over the malt this is for you.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of edchicma
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a strong initial head with great lacing. Great aroma! Pinee, herbs..hops over the top...extremely inviting. Taste is pure hops with just enough backbone to keep it in check. Mouthfeel is puckery but not to distraction...great dry finish. For an IPA this is very drinkable..but beware...this is a sipper!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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