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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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harrymel

Washington

1.55/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned: unk

Pours copper with a good two fingers of light taupe foam that falls to a sizable quilt. Lots of lace - good looker. Smells of weed, plastic, harsh chemicals and some grass; reminds me of beer made with untreated Spokane water. Not appealing nose. Flavor is bitter with a metallic character and some herbal and almost lemon tea flavors. Again, not impressive, not good. Medium bodied with moderate leaning toward hi carb and an off dry finish. I'm really surprised at the ratings on this beer. It's nothing as I had anticipated. Then again, I can't tell when this was canned.

Serving type: can

08-02-2012 06:26:45 | More by harrymel
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA has a gingantic head on first pour, exceeding 4 fingers in my tumbler glass. As it recedes, it settles on a steady two finger height that hangs around for a while. The remnants of the first pour are evident in lacing around the glass. The ale itself is an amber orange color, radiant at times and translucent.

S: Piney hops, albeit with a little age under their collective belts, jump out. Caramel malts are equally abundant. The intensity of the nose is average, nothing memorable on either end of the spectrum.

T: Piney flavors, a decent hop profile, lend a pleasing bitterness to the ale. That hoppiness sits atop ample caramel and pale malts. Aged is evident, the hops have lost a step or two. The malt body stands in, substituting its caramel bready sweetness for the hoppiness that has been lost. Too bad, this is the third Central City beer that I've had and I haven't been impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is, despite the huge head, still, allowing the hoppiness that remains to pool together. Those hops have, though, taken on a syrupy taste.

D: One and done. I was hoping this would break the Central City Curse but it didn't. In fact, I didn't finish the can - no need to choke down a beer I don't like. Hey BC, send us from fresh cans!

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 14:31:28 | More by akorsak
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CaptainTripps

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First can review! Yay!

Can poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Has a nice amber appeal to it with golden hues on the edges. Poured a nice off white finger and a half's worth of head, fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Decent looking beer.

S: This beer def resides on the grapefruity - piney side of the ipa spectrum. Pretty aromatic beer. Floral hop character dominating the nose.

T: Following the nose, big piney taste hitting up front then a grapefruit bitterness within the finish. Bready malt character is there but is really hidden behind the floral hop arrangement.

M: Semi-balanced beer, decent amount of carbonation, medium mouth feel.

D: Fairly drinkable beer, little bit to piney for me, could use a tiny bit of more malt to back up the pretty full on hop arrangement. Good beer, but average on scale.

Serving type: can

02-02-2011 16:02:47 | More by CaptainTripps
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml (no dating)
A: transparent, copper
S: fresh pine and caramel malt balance. Nice.
T: a hard bitterness dominates and lingers. Flavours are mostly malty but generally underwhelming so bitterness clearly dominates. With food, it cuts but doesn't compliment or contrast.
M: medium bodied.
O: The bitterness is really "in your face" and IMO the flavours aren't enough to create a balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:56:00 | More by EspressoGuy
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

IPA, cant turn ya down. EVER.

A: Got a great color. Could be darker, but rocky heads and plenty of lacing as is expected from the bitter resins from the style.

S: Could have more pine than noted, but has a firm Warrior hop smell.

T: Still getting a metallic flavor. And I feel im justified here by bitching about the can in all other Red Racer reviews. The palisade hop flavor or whatever they are using could be the reason, and most likely is. But when you can your beer and it tastes metallic, it gives me cause for concern of the obvious.

M: Doesnt linger, could have more of an impact at both the nose and back of the tongue.

D: I prefer it to keiths, ill say that every-time.

Serving type: can

03-20-2011 02:37:07 | More by BasementBer
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Birchgrove77

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Glarus nonic glass.

A- Pours a beautiful, clear amber/orange color with a very thin white head. Very few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Upon drinking some very nice lacing is present.

S- Initially, a very resinous fresh pine aroma that gives way to some citrus pithiness.

T- Hop forward bitterness gives way to a nice maltiness. Bitterness starts out a bit piney, but gives way to some tangerine and grapefruit notes. Actually, a touch of clementine pithiness exists as well. Malt is apparent and provides a nice sweetness. Hoppiness isn't as dominant as I had expected, possibly low turnover at my local store.

M- Lack of carbonation leaves a little to much sweetness on the palate. Thinking the acidity of carbonation would improve this beer.

D- A nice IPA, but neither the hoppiness doesn't make this memorable. Very well could be a pour package with the noticeable lack of carbonation. Will definitely revisit and see if there is a better example.

Serving type: can

12-12-2010 03:45:02 | More by Birchgrove77
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear copper, kinda minimal diminishing offf white head.
S: toffeeish malts...not my preference for the style. Also spicy, piney/resiny hops with a touch of grapefruit.
T: lightly sweet toffeeish malts are quickly and fully washed out by a sharp and rather astringent aspirin-like hop bitterness. Finishes dry.
M: the tannic quality lingers. Light to medium body seems a touch thin. Soft carbonation.
O: I was expecting to like this more...I can see how others do, it just doesn't hit my preferences for the style.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 02:57:53 | More by MrMcGibblets
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange, translucent, big white bubbly head that laces like a mofo.

S - Beery, citrus, hops. Yeasty. Smells a lot like a Belgian Pale.

T - Has a weird undertone of really cheap beer on one side and has a really nice Belgian hop profile on the other. I don't know what to make of this, honestly. It tastes like two beers were mixed together. The aftertaste is that of the former. A very disheveled taste.

M - Light, watery'ish at places during each full sip. Eh.

D - Drinkable but not necessarily all that pleasant. It kind of tastes like pennies had fermented in carbonated water for 10 years. Wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 03:33:03 | More by jmerloni
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a sluggish, clear amber color with good carbonation and a moderate dirty white cap

S: Mainly pine and bread with some residual sweetness and light booze

T: Immediate bittering hops with chewy malt bckboine of toasted malt and oerhaos some caramel. Pine resin and orange peel poretty much dominate the flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied, sticky, not so refreshing and it felt a bit heavy and sweet on the palate for a 6.5er

O: Glad I was able to try this but not so sure I wuld be going back to this one.

Serving type: can

07-08-2012 16:23:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head. Aroma is a nice balanced mix of sweet maltiness and floral/citrus hops.

The flavor is bitter pine hops up front with a musty malt backbone. Not really as clean as a top IPA should be, that mustiness really lingers after each sip. I like the balance, there is just that one major flaw.

The body is medium and carbonation is at good levels. Drinkability is slightly above average...this would be a great go-to beer for me to have with a burger and fries, but on its own I wouldn't really seek out another.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 04:22:03 | More by alcstradamus
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan, this was one I was really interested in trying, after hearing so many good things. Pours from the can a clear red-amber color, with a little white head on top. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Smooth, medium-bodied, with grapefruit, earth and caramel. A little disappointing, but not bad.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 02:23:00 | More by emmasdad
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a generous 3 finger frothy head that lingered for a bit, and left off white lacings on the glass. Beer was a slightly darker golden amber with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell started off slightly herby and then shifted to an orangey citrus aroma. Small hints of sweet and flowers rounded it out. Flavor started off with plenty of hops, but then shifted to a slightly offputting acidic flavor before changing back to a bit more of bitterness from the hops. Felt strange in the mouth, almost dried out the inside which was a unique feeling to have immediately after consuming a liquid. Overall not a bad IPA, but the strange taste in the middle coupled with the funny mouthfeel took it down a bit.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 22:05:11 | More by mountdew1
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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
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy orange colour with a silky one finger head that leaves a creamy blanket and nice modest side lacing.

S - Very light hop aromas, very subtle. The pine and grapefruit are there, but very light.

T - This is a bit rough. The can was clearly past its prime. The hops are there (pine and citrus) but its clearly older and drasticly faded.

M - Mouthfeel was still nice, its a creamier mouthfeel. Not too sharp, but bitter.

O - Overall, this clearly at one point was a good beer, unfortunately it just wasnt by the time it got to my lips. Would give it another try though.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 03:10:21 | More by rudzud
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.