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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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

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BA SCORE
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459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,008
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers 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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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,008
Photo of ggilman
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into craft beer in a can. I'm a believer!

A - After vigorously pouring into a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass, a thick foamy white head sat atop a hazy amber concoction. The head quickly settled to a thin, tight layer. Didn't leave much lacing.

S - Great pine sap & grapefruit aromas arise after a strong even pour from the can.

T - Hops come through strong, with lots of bitterness lingering. Syrupy, rich hop flavor with a strong malt presence that doesn't overwhelm.

M - Lighter feeling than you'd expect. It looks, smells and tastes like it should have a super-thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly clean, and sharply carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, I love this beer. It sits a little heavy, and the 6.5% ABV hits you immediately. I may have gulped this down a little too fast. (800 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to get my hands on a 6'er of this. Very much anticipated and definitely managed to meet and exceed my expectations.

A - Slightly foggy golden copper/orange, pouring a thin layer of head with a solid lacing ring.

S - Sweet pine needles and cedar sprigs, with a surprisingly strong citrus finish.

T - Super sweet citrus with a very bitter finish. I was quite surprised by the hop bomb that this can concealed. I had developed some expectations, and they were more than achieved. Lemon citrus, with some noticeable alcohol content, and a gin-like finish. Very delicious balance.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I would have expected, but still reasonably light.

D - Very delicious and highly recommended to any IPA fan. At $17.00 per 6-pack it's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Very glad to have this in Alberta! (852 characters)

Photo of sublimesipping
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had heard a bit of the buzz, and being a hophead and also a former Canadian expat, had to try this beer. Canada doesn't make a real IPA right- always a british bust? well now I am wrong? Wow, what can I say??
If it was possible, this would be by go to beer, but alas in Philly how available is this beer? takes a big corporate bemouth like Whole Foods to bring it in and a I snag a six at $12 and pop the top in anticipation....
Great amber color, good head on this one, great piney floral aroma and then the taste-yea, yes, as I look in love, great long finish, goes on and on and as the previous review states it morphs into so many essences, pine, grapefruit, caramel, pear, honeysuckle, what a great balanced beer, great drinkability, may be the best IPA so far of 2010...
So if you can find this, partake, the myth is dispelled, the Canuuks know hops and have put out quite the quality product, makes my top 10 all time IPAs as I finish can 3 of six
9-20-10 found a case here at the beer yard and what do you know, well it was what I thought took it down to the NJ shore and friends we have THE PERFECT BEACH BEER-if you are a hophead. mid 80s sunny at the shore and water 72f/21c-sitting with my toes in the sand my nose in an amazing book beautiful wife at my side and Red Racer and a case can you believe that- PARADISE.
-in seriousness, this is one hell of an awesome beer, hoppy for me, balanced for me, got some sort of great mineraly water taste in the complex palate and finish and my wife thinks it drinks like the English bitters she loves- how about that, great beer- will be looking for future cases to drink shine or rain, beach or snow. (1,660 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy golden orange/tangerine color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish beige head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Soapy chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet uber fresh citrus hop aroma with lots of luscious tropical fruit notes and subtle earthy pine. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange and lemon peel along with pine needle and a subtle toasty caramel and biscuit malt character in the nose.

Chewy medium body that is bursting with fresh sweet citrus and earthy bitter hops, along with a ton of tropical fruit flavor and a subtle malt backbone. The tropical fruit notes are really pronounced with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. There is also a bitter earthy dryness that keeps things in check with hints of earthy pine. Subtle toasty malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit provides decent balance without taking anything away from the delicious hoppy flavor. Although this beer is more complex than it seems, the hops are the star here and they linger throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. The ABV of this beer is very well hidden making it dangerously drinkable. I had to stop myself from chugging it down to fast. Highly recommended! (1,298 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for dropping this 12 oz. can as an extra into a recent box. Had this on tap during trips to Vancouver years ago & really enjoyed it, so very happy to have a few sips in the comfort of my own pig sty. Best by 5/2/13 stamped on the bottom, whatever that means.

The pour is non-stop orange, clear as a bell (sound-wise, not sight-wise), with a nice white cap if that's your thing. Actually reminds me a bit of champagne. Nose consists of citrus, pine, bitterness, & a bit of sweet, malt-dipped bread.

Red Racer could be used as a defibrillator. This patient has had too many barrel aged stouts, quick, grab the Red Racer....wham! Beep beep beep. Over-the-top hops start with tongue-fired bitterness before opening the trench coat to reveal drippy, thick pine sap. Faint light fruits, but their overwhelmed by the bitterness. Mid-palate come a few dry, crumbling flowers along with burnt caramel. Bitterness reasserts itself on the end, & I do believe the top of my mouth is actually a little singed & tender. Very syrupy for a good IPA, which I find unusual - usually syrupy = over malty. I could drink this until the Twins won another World Series.

Well, I do believe this doesn't suck. If you like your IPAs with balance, stay away. If you like your IPAs like they should be, drink this. Excellent with undertones of wonderful: a top-shelf IPA. (1,367 characters)

Photo of OskarL
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear golden/amber color with a massive frothy white head that settles into a one finger head which has really good retention and nice leaves lacing.

A wonderful smell of hops, almost like smelling on them before brewing! Pine, citrus and a little floral backed by little sweetness.

Pine, some citrus, mangoo and pineapple that are backed by some sweet caramelmalt, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and little carbonation. (471 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can we give extra points for the red head on the can?

Pours a mostly hazy orangy color with a bubbly soft white head. Good retention and lace through out the taste. The nose has a lot of kick. Great hop presence with noticeable citrus and centennial aromas. Hints or orange and grapefruit, but very West Coast IPA. Some hints of chalky and yeast notes but overall great nose.

The taste really showcases the hops. A great centennial grapefruit, orangy flavor. Bitterness comes out nicely and balances well with the strong hop notes. The malt is limited and leaves a dry finish with a chalky backing. Some sudsy notes and a little yeast but light. Lingering hop flavor.

The body is moderate but finishes dry. I think this really helps out with the strong hoppy aroma and taste. Very good IPA. (793 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Philadelphia and the can reads as "Red Betty."

The beer comes in a dark rich amber, almost ruby color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, a bit of caramel malt, and tons of pine, some spiciness. A very clean hoppiness. Very deep dank pine in there and a bit of alcohol in the end.

The flavor starts of some caramel malt. Then there is just lots of grapefruit, dank pine, huge flavor, lots of lasting bitterness. A hop juiciness that keeps the beer clean and not too cloying bitter. This beer is very in your face with the pine and long bitterness.

I had this next to Bell's Two Hearted and preferred this. This is just a fantastic IPA. It packs tons of flavor and also has a good balance of hops and malt. For pine bombs, like Green Flash West Coast, this is where I think it is at. Just a world class IPA.

I had this blind next to Meadowlark IPA and Ithaca Flower Power. This one out with Flower Power in second. (948 characters)

Photo of serendipity
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow!
From a can?! And from canada? Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think a can culdhouse a beast like red racer ipa. Caldera ipa is awesome. But never have I tasted such a potent ipa like this! Blame canada!
Love this beer. Long live red racer india pale ale
Citrus.. Pine
Nice glow in the glass..
Super easy drinking
Clean
Well done (340 characters)

Photo of chickenm
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy white head that leaves a little lacing. The aroma is dominated by the intense smell of citrusy hops, with a touch of sweet honey. This has got to be the best smell of any IPA I've tried so far. The taste is dominated by the hops as well. Grapefruit with a bit of pine. Leaves a bitter aftertase, although the bitterness is not too over the top. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Overall this is great stuff, one of the best Canadian beers out there! (500 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can courtesy of H1N1 with a bottled on date of 7/27/10

Enjoyed at Volo
Didn't see a brewed on date but the number stamped on the bottoms was B2310, so perhaps Feb 23rd, 2010?

A -A nice bright orange colour, slightly hazy. Half finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose if bursting with citrus and floral hops. There are hints of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. This is probably the most robust and fresh nose I have ever experienced in an IPA.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral and citrus notes. The hops are bursting with juicy grapefruit and orange flavours and taste so fresh. There is also a nice malt balance providing a sweetness that really rounds out this beer perfectly. Some bitterness lingers in the finish. A well balanced IPA.

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - This ranks right up there with the best IPAs in the world.

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Previous review from 7-31-10 from a can had at Volo in Toronto. Bottled on date of Feb 23, 2010, so this was 5 months old at the time of the review.

4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5 (1,048 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a shimmering orange copper hue with two fingers of sticky white head that retains wonderfully and leaves sheets of lace.

Holy citrus! Strong and syrupy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light mango and melon, pine resin and herbal hops with a zesty orange twist. Fantastic.

The sweet notes of melon and mango become more pronounced in the taste and mesh beautifully the clean star ruby grapfruit. Piney resin and herbal hops play as more of a backbone while all the sweet stuff goes on and is paired towards the end with a crusty bread finish.

Perfectly balanced, medium bodied, smooth, crisp, lightly creamy, and refreshing. I can't ask for anything more. Tooo easy to drink.

Overall, the best IPA I have had to date, and proud to have it be coming from Canada. Thank god for Premier Wines and Spirits down here in Halifax for carrying such a great selection. I paired this with some Italian gorgonzola and it went great. If you're into IPA's, it's not an option to pass this up. (988 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a creamy and pillowy ivory head. Head fills the glass to the rim and retention is very good. Keeps a thick and full lace and coats the sides of the glass beautifully.

The nose on this beer is just oozing with grapefruity goodness. Incredibly citrusy. It's dank, it's resiny, and smells an awful lot like pot; it's filthy and it's intoxicating.

Taste is also very citrusy, with lots of juicy orange and grapefruit rind. Big grapefruit pith flavor with a correspondingly aggressive bitterness. Very resiny and earthy; doesn't quite have the dank, weed-like quality that the nose did, but that's just fine. It's not lacking in hop flavor by any stretch. Has just a touch of malt sweetness and a bready backbone. The bitterness is aggressive in this beer but it doesn't linger very long on the palate. It's not a bitter bomb, but frankly I prefer it that way.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy and smooth mediunm body. Very slick, oily feel, with good carbonation. It dries out in the finish.

Wow, this is really excellent. Tons of hop flavor, and the nose is just superb. Probably smells more like weed than any IPA I've had, but it's citrusy as hell as well. This is awesome stuff. (1,214 characters)

Photo of Brewsky29
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep orange with an inch of fluffy head that hangs out for the weekend and lacing is excellent.

The beer is very aromatic nice piney and floral with a little bit of malty nose.

The floral and citrus flavor here is fantastic with just enough malt backbone and nice hoppy zip that stays for a little while.

Very smooth and drinkable no boozy feel just right.

Overall I think that this is one of my favorite IPA's if not my favorite. This is a great beer. (475 characters)

Photo of 604growler
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canada finally has a serious contributor to the American IPA style. Thank you Central City Brewing.

The aroma is strong citrus. As soon as you smell it you know you're in for a treat. It's fruity at the front end, and strong hops finish off the back end. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another. The growler is better suited to the beer than the can, but if all you can get is the can, it will only take away a fraction of the enjoyment. (449 characters)

Photo of TonyReaves
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store randomly got a single six-pack of this in.

Huge, huge fluffy head atop a golden body. Took me 3 pours over 2 minutes to get it all on the glass.

The foam is releasing aromatics you can smell from 3 feet away, and it's fantastic. Reminds me of opening a bag of hop cones.

Holy crap. The hoppiness lurking in this can is phenomenal. Huge citrus notes- grapefruit up front, pine in the finish. Maybe I'm just shocked to be drinking this from such a harmless looking little can, from a brewery I'd never heard of, but this is stunning.

Mouthfeel is a good carbonation with a smooth body- I'd guess flaked barley.

It's strong, but I have to give this high marks for drinkability, considering how fast I finished this. Now I just need my local store to buy more. (777 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Julio's on 02.26.2010.

A: Pours a nice copper with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Very nice tan head, leaving loads of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of citrus, grassy, and earthy hops atop a slightly-sweet caramel malt base. I had heard this described as "baby Furious" and that actually comes pretty close.

T: Some sweet malt in the background, which balances things out a little bit, but this one is almost entirely hops. Definite earthy and herbal hops with bits of citrus. Hoppy flavors, although it's not terribly bitter.

M: Medium body with a smooth creaminess. Slightly chewy. No alcohol presence.

D: Very, very drinkable. Hopefully we'll see expanded distribution on this one soon. (710 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the funky green can. Seriously looks like a juice or soda can. Pours a crystal clear orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is wonderful west coast ipa pine and citrus love! Not an overpowering scent but lovely. Taste is similar to the aromas with lots of pine and grapefruit up front, but this one does not kill you with the bitterness. A sweet light malt backbone makes it insanely drinkable. Just a wonderful beer and I am stoked it is now available here! (475 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-the pour gives hints of hop haze, mostly clear though, deep orangish amber color with hues of copper shining through. A white head is slightly thin; but nice and fluffy looking. It has decent retention and leaves a thick trail of lace that falls down right behind the head

S-this is big and juicy with tons of tropical fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are strong with a light piney backbone

T-the taste is big and hoppy just like the nose. The is present but very light. Tropical fruits are strong with pineapple, mango towards the middle giving wayto a sweet and bitter grapefruit taste. Notes of herbal hops and grassy notes come in at the back as the bitterness from the grapefruit lingers for a moment

M-extremely creamy with a big medium body, very smooth with a great crisp finish from a well carbonated brew. This is juicy and wet but somehow slightly dry at the finish

D-this goes down so easy, great beer and one of the best IPA's out there. Hop lovers dream that doesn't let up with a great body and feel. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so I've heard some grumbling about this beer and was excited to give it a try. I actually love that it comes in a can.

We are off to a good start here. Pours with a beautiful creamy off white head with excellent retention and structure. Bright orange amber in color with excellent clarity. Clumps of lacing everywhere. On the last pour from the can some dark floaters went into my glass. They slowly made their way to the bottom of the glass. More than just sediment, which usually mixes into the beer and makes it hazy. These were larger and sank.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Huge perfume like hop presence. I think I'm getting more pine resin type aromas along with some grapefruit peel. A whiff of alcohol. Almost reminds me more of a DPA vs. a standard.

Wow, excellent IPA. Living up to the comments I heard. Still feels a little more assertive for a 6.5% ABV, but quite nice. Juicy hop explosion. Lots of fruity esters and a bit of cracker malt breadiness. The hop punch is big/fresh and wonderful.

Body is light, but hops make the mouth feel large! Wonderful.

This is a great IPA and just made my regular purchase list. For a hop head this is fantastic. Great IPA! (1,183 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very nice. brunt orange with an off-white head that holds and leaves rings of lace as the beer disappears. nose hits before i get the glass to my nose. huge wafts of citrus, pineapple, mango, pine, caramel and a hint of biscuit. taste is all of the above in proper three-way bitter/sweet/biscuit harmony. simple, yet defined and three dimensional with a nice, sweet roundness and a hoppy finish that uses the soft carbonation to accentuate it. i love how this beer hits in waves. sweet, then sweet tropical fruit... and biscuit, then sweet-dry in the end when the tingle of earth and pine become evident. medium body that screams to be chewed. simply delicious and goes down way too easily. this will be a regular for me all summer long. (737 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head which fades to leave a small disc of foam. The aroma is fantastic. Smells like pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges.

This beer tastes just like it smells, which is really outstanding. Some sweetness, but bitterness rules the day, and is appreciated greatly by me.

Medium plus bodied, somewhat creamy, easy to drink. A truly outstanding IPA, which I am glad I had a chance to try, while staying in Vancouver. (466 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can into pint glass. From notes.

A- A nice golden bodied beer with some ivory head that is very sticky. Fire-extinguisher lacing. Good times.

S- Piny, powerful hops. Like walking in a pine tree forest after a rain. Great nose on this one, ladies and gents..

T- And the taste is no slouch either. Bitter pine hops. New growth pine, dank and oily, not overly sweet. Not much in the way of malt here, but that's OK. A hint of tangerine/grapefruit in this one too. My tasting notes have "AWESOME" underlined a few times.

M- Dry, not cloyingly sweet or too heavy. Perfection.

D- High. I drink this stuff a lot whenever I can find it. Great price, great packaging, but most importantly- great beer! Do not sleep on this one. One of my favorites. (750 characters)

Photo of phatmasterc
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around outstanding beer. Wonderful aroma, with just enough bitterness to get noticed. This is the IPA i judge a lot of others against. It sets the standard very high! Bravo Central City. (193 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks to silentjay who sent this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful hazy, translucent, cloudy sea of orangish-gold beer with a two-finger head that sticks around for a bit before receding down the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Very complex nose that boasts the hops, citrus, and maltiness all at once. You can pick out all the scents so distinctly. Very hoppy, yet bitter and malt-forward taste. The way the citrus fades quickly into the malt profile is very interesting and different. This has a bit of lingering staying power as the bitterness hangs out on the back of your tongue for a good long while. Takes a swallow with an empty mouth to completely expunge the taste. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Great job by the folks north of the boarder. (837 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.