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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

886 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 886
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 169
Gots: 66 | 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 MbpBugeye
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

MbpBugeye, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Justindouglas7
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

beerhunter13, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

st9647v3, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

SHODriver, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

hansgruber, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

DarthKostrizer, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

ChrisPro, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

TheBigBoy, Jun 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

duimie, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

thetomb, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

fiver29, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

DonFrap, May 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

UNCCTDawg, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Exeter, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Seanibus, Sep 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

BeerThursdays, Jan 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

vincechan, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

morningthief, Nov 18, 2013
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.