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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

896 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 169
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of jpmclaug
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into my New Belgium globe.

A - hazy golden orange with a big ole orange tinted head. This looks about as good as any IPA I've ever seen. The head is nice and fluffy... wow... that sounds funny but hey its the truth. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Nice grapefruity hop aroma. A bit of bready malt poking through but then put aside with more grapefruit.

T - A nice grapefruit hop bite up front with a formidable bready backbone. I dunno maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be. Still it is solid. The grapefruit hop notes are nice.

M - medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Goes down easy. Could be a bit hoppier. I'm afraid this isn't as fresh as I would like but can't find the date on it. Anyhow this is certainly enjoyable and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

jpmclaug, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hop orangish brown. Small amount of carbo and head.

S- As soon as I opened it I knew it was a solid IPA. Notes of grapefruit and pine came out as well as a little bit of citrus. It's more or less what I'd like to smell in all IPA's.

T- Bittersweet the whole way through. Solid hops and solid malt, but I found the malt took the lead more than I'd like. The hops we're definitely there though, and left a great aftertaste. I think I detected some notes of pear in it as well.

M- Medium-full, moreso than I'd expect for a 6.5% IPA, and good carbonation feel on the tongue. A slight tingle of alcohol which was enjoyable.

D- What I expect from an IPA, but not too much more than that. Hit's the spot, and I would buy this frequently if it was more available.

BBP, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a very slight haze and one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to minimal lacing with extensive lacing

S: The smell is wonderful on this beer. A very nice layering of the citrusy/piney hop aroma sitting on the caramel malt backbone. Very nice!

T: This is very nicely balanced. The hop flavor is a mixture of citrus and pine (I get pineapple also) and the malt keeps it all in check. One thing I am noticing right now that I've never noticed before in this beer is that I'm definitely tasting some of the alcohol in the back end of it. I know this is only 6.5% abv but I'm definitely feeling some of the heat.

M: You don't get a lot of carbonation in this. I feel like it should have a little more. It definitely has a nice medium body for an IPA but it seems a little on the flat side.

D: The citrusy aroma and taste of the hops are what make this beer very attractive. It is a very tasty beer. The alcohol in the taste and the slight lack of some carbonation detract slightly from this. Overall I really like this and would put this in my 'second tier' of IPA's! I'm very excited that I'm able to purchase this locally.

Adamdc, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan for the chance to try this.

Served in a pint glass. Wow, you gotta love that chic on the can...Rarrr...

A: This brew pours a beautiful sunset orange, effervescent with bubbles riding on their little bubble elevators up to the head, where they frolic upon the frothy, sticky stubbornness and bask in the lamplight under which I am ogling this inviting beverage.

A: floral, citrus

T: A tasty brew. Nothing jumps out in particular. Grapefruit and flowers, typical refreshing IPA. It's nice and hoppy, with a very slight bitter astringency in the finish.

M: crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter alcohol finish

D: this would make a really solid session IPA

Huhzubendah, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of muletrane
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (J1211 code on bottom of can) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber colour. 2 fingers of frothy off white head and lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Caramel malts in the forefront with some piney hops on the back end.

T: Nice balance between malts and hops. The caramel maltiness and the piney hop flavor work well together here. Not a real hoppy IPA here. Just a nice smooth well balanced beer. Nice lingering bitterness here as well.

M: Moderate to slightly thin body. Carbonation is fairly light. Smooth feel all around.

Overall this a nice IPA. A little pricey at $15.99 a sixer but still a nice beer overall. Well balanced and very drinkable.

muletrane, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of 57md
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. The nose has hops, but it is not terribly pungent. Nice balance between the malt and hops with a touch of sweetness just before the bitter finish. This offering is both hearty and crisp at the same time (I know that's an odd combination). The finish has good hop bitterness, that appears to get more potent the more you drink this baby.

All that -- and you gotta love the classic cutie cheesecake can.

57md, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Out of the can, a foamy three finger large bubbled head is made, off white on appearance. Body color is clear pale amber and some solid rising carbonation, clear but slightly cloudy.

Nose is a good mix of citrus mild grapefruit, slightly mushy. Sense of wetness and clean.

A mix of English and American feel for hop potential. Mild grapefrut and light malt with a juicy booming texture. It is a little resin feel on the palate and teeth after the swallow. Tolerable and tight in feel almost, with a lingering hop bitter with mild astringency.

This is a real solid ipa while not looking that spectacular. I could have this often and wish I could find it where I live. Well done Canada well frikkin DONE!

smakawhat, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

even more thanks for DaftCaskBC for another canadian ipa!

a - cracked the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. brew poured a transparent soft orange with a generouse frothy ipa head. slow carbonation swam to the surface. as the head faded, chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

s - soft and subtle, but a sweet fruity citric kick. not sweaty. more candy. more orange peel than piny. nice, but i'm more of a sticky sweaty piny hop smell fan.

t - rather interesting and unique. on the sweet and candy side of the ipa universe. not piny or sweaty at all. finishes a bit bitter.

m - heavy carbonation. bitter tingles. coats the mouth.

o - overall a nice ipa, but on the sweeter side of the spectrum which for me is enjoyable, but not the top of the heap. good solid beer, worth seeking out...if it was local, i'd definitely have this in the rotation, but not something i'll be actively seeking out regularly in the trade market. glad i tried it.

cosmicevan, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Medium orange in color and very clear. One finger of pure white head with large sized bubbles.

Lots of citrus on the nose. Orange and grapefruit.

Lots of grassy type hops and orange citrus are in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light, and refreshingly crisp.

Overall, a very approachable canned IPA. Not as good as the Caldera i had just recently but decent.

BigMike, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can canned on 6/28/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/17/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit in particular with some pine notes and a touch of malt that comes through all the hops.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with citrus, pine and grass hop flavors and some sweet pale malt.

M: Crisp light-moderate body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Good drinkability and balance, not overly bitter like many IPAs out there.

Azurescens, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of RicePatchAbbot
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark copper bronze colour, very little head is present, on top of that lacing is very thick.
S: The aroma of this beer, gives off a very citrusy orange scent, a very sweet scent I must say.
T: A very sensational hop piney taste with every sip. Carbonation is perfect for this beer, as it enhances the citrusy after taste.
M: As mentioned before the carbonation, which is mild, does add a sweet citrusy mouthful experience. Medium to heavy body, not as smooth as I would have liked.

Overall: I have drank many quality IPAs, surprisingly this IPA is quite decent, and I would recommend this to many IPA drinkers.

Shout out to fellow advocate, abbbp!

RicePatchAbbot, May 17, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's in Wells just started carrying this and the Pale Ale. I liked this IPA a lot, so will definitely be getting the Pale Ale. In a pint glass it was a golden color with a thick wghite head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It had a citrus arom, and just a hint of flowers. Grapefruit taste, little bit of resiny pine, with a nice malt background. Not a hop bomb, still on the assertive side. Good Beer.

lordofthewiens, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%

SunDevilBeer, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -6.1%

77apm, May 19, 2014
Photo of flowbee
4/5  rDev -6.1%

flowbee, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev -6.1%

LDuke, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -6.1%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of MJ63
4/5  rDev -6.1%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can ~ packaged 6/11/11

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a finger of creamy head that fades pretty fast - nice lacing though. Nose is hoppy, mostly citrus and pine. Taste follows right in line, a bitter pithy citrus flavor up front with a nice malty balance. Not overly aggressive at all. Medium body and a nice level of carbonation. An overall nice IPA.

prdstmnky, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of KevinCraft
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KevinCraft, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can shared by largadeer on BA at a tasting - thanks, Chris! So this is from Canada, eh? This Can-adian beer came in a can, and for some reason people on this site love overrating canned beers (see Blues, Oskar). This is no exception. It's good but not great.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is very citrusy and hoppy with some malty sweetness poking through.

Flavor is mainly rough citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit. There is also a decent malty backbone of mostly pale malt with a touch of caramel.

Medium-bodied and fairly lively on the palate, leaving some hop resins in your mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this is a solid but not great IPA.

nickd717, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of OddNotion
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking for a while but never reviewed before. I figured I should start somewhere so here we go!

Appearance: Possibly one of the best looking IPAs I have ever seen. Perfect bright orange with about a 3/4 inch white head. (I tend to pour gently)

Smell: The smell is nice and sweet, though it does not blow me away like many other IPAs. I catch some tropical fruit undertones.

Taste: I can make a comparison to something like Sierra Nevada Torpedo in terms of the bitterness alone. The other tastes are provided mostly by the hops and taste nothing like the aforementioned beer. It follows the nose with its sweetness, reminding me of some tropical fruits but the nice pine bitterness does not let the fruitiness take over.

Mouthfeel: Very nice to drink. It is not watery, and in my opinion it tends to be on the thicker side for an IPA which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: I enjoy this beer and if it were available around me I would surely make it a regular in my rotation.

OddNotion, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of kyrlos
4/5  rDev -6.1%

kyrlos, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of cletetron
4/5  rDev -6.1%

cletetron, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of elricorico
4/5  rDev -6.1%

elricorico, Feb 03, 2012
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.