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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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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 176
Gots: 98 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 960 | Reviews: 463
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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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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

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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Huge massive billowing white head with absolutely insane lacing when it finally disperses. Amber hue and just absolutely gorgeous.

Smell - Alpha hops, citrus and citrus rind, one of the greatest smelling ipas ever

Taste - More fruitiness than bitterness, lots of high alpha hops, grapefruit, somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet somewhat thin in my opinion

Drinkability - Very good, I could easily drink multiple cans of this on a summers night, somewhat decent pricing as well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into NB globe. Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Pours an extremely hazy golden orange, not translucent by any means and has no sediment. Pours with a 1 finger frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell - This is definitely an IPA. Tons of citrus hops, huge grapefruit presence along with some honey and pine. A tiny bit of earthy smells combine with some sweet caramel sweetness and a little bit of bready malts.

Taste - In the taste it seems some of the citrus is lost but there is still a great citrus rind flavor followed by some pine and a good amount of earthy hops and spicy hops combined. This is a great tasting beer, albeit a bit different. The malt is great, the sweetness isn't really there but you can find some bready and rye malt on the end. Great bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - This one is very smooth with a great bitter bite. A nice weight, great body and near perfect carbonation, this one almost hits it out of the park in terms of mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A few cans could be drank easily, I would attempt a 6. It seems like it could get a bit overbearing, but I would try anyway. Great beer.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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