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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
95
world-class

799 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%


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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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review adapted from notes taken 2/22/2010
Slightly updated 4/5/13, now "Red Betty"

Appearance: Nice amber/orange color with a quality head, keeps some wisps of lacing, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Citrus and herbal hops - grapefruit flesh, and some grassy/herbal notes - some nice caramel malts in the background - nicely balanced overall

Taste: Above average, but certainly not mind-blowing - some grapefruit, some orange - herbal and grassy notes - the hop profile is great, very bitter with a nice bite - also some herbal, spicy, earthy dryness to the taste - malts are caramel and bready - nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body, nicely crisp, surprisingly creamy and chewy

Overall: Very drinkable - not exactly a palate-buster

I think it is possible that my can was past the peak of its freshness. I don't exactly see this beer around too often, so I don't know. I may have to just go to Canada. Regardless, this is good stuff.

Update: 4/5/13
I still don't see why people rave about this beer. It's definitely better than average, and it has a very uniquely nice hop profile, but mind mind remains unblown. I did actually bump up the overall to a 3.75, which is probably what I would have put originally.

Serving type: can

02-27-2011 19:36:31 | More by angrybabboon
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, hint of floral

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, light herbal and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, but not as much forward hop flavor as I prefer

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 20:33:58 | More by MDDMD
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jsh420

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong like a dipa - salty grapefruit pine hop resin

taste is much lighter then you would think from the nose - good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt but with plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel - i do not know if was the can but the beer is almost flat

drinkability - great nose good flavors outweighs the beer being flat

Serving type: can

12-05-2010 03:29:17 | More by jsh420
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, nice 2-finger rocky off-white head. Retains very well and leaves great lacing. Smell is great as well, huge citrus/tangerine + grapefruit scents, and maybe some apple etc. Taste is unexpected, doesn't match the smell at all. There is a strange unidentifiable taste right off the bat, I can't quite put a finger on it. Someone in another review said tea leaves, maybe that's it. The strange taste along with some grassy notes mask any other potential flavors, leaving a bready caramel aftertaste. From the smell I expected a fruity crisp IPA but that's not what I'm getting here. Not bad but I prefer usual IPA flavors over this. Mouthfeel is good, a little more creamy than average for the style with a smooth malty finish. Good, but definitely hindered I think from that strange taste.

Serving type: can

03-03-2010 20:15:09 | More by Chico1985
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 4-pack of cans received from masterhomebrewer recently. Thanks, Dave! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a creamy off-white head resting on top. Pretty fair retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and sip rings on the glass. The nose is a little underwhelming. Some faint citrus, mild floral tones, and some grassy notes.

Great body on this one. Plenty of carbonation, but smooths out on the finish. Crisp hoppy bitterness right away. Starts out a bit spicy and peppery, but as I continue to sip, the harshness mellows to a semi-sweet citrus. Aftertaste is a bit bready and warm. Alcohol presence not really felt.

This was a splendid IPA. Spot on for my liking. Great job, CC! Recommend.

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 19:03:10 | More by Onenote81
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slentz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can to tulip at about 50 degrees. No can date on this one but this is from a fresh batch as it just hit shelves.

Woah I cracked the can and the beer came billowing out the top all over my table...wtf!

A: Finally after it subsided was able to get a nice easy pour down the center of the glass that created a finger and half of very nice head. Looks like this will have some really nice lacing. This beer is a nice apricot color, very murky when held to light. 4.0

S: Smell is of really nice fresh hops tons of citrus and a bit of pine with a touch of alcohol. A nice nose on this beer. 4.0

T: Taste is somewhat muted and not what I had expected from the wonderful nose. Hops are definitely there but something is lacking. Getting somewhat of an underlying green tea flavor. This is definitely enjoyable but doesn't keep up with the best of the best IPA's 4.0

M: Mouthfeel is ok, definitely lacking a bit, somewhat under carbonated which is surprising considering it pretty much exploded upon opening. I suppose the carbonation left the beer at that point. Missing that oily hop presence as well. 3.0

O: Overall this is not a bad IPA however the mouthfeel and light carbonation could be improved. Still a 4.0 overall.

Serving type: can

11-18-2011 01:15:10 | More by slentz
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz can. sampled june 21/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. pine. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. orange and grapefruit. tangerine. pine. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a solid ipa.

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 23:17:57 | More by grub
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel very lucky that I can get this one locally. Easily one of my favorites. Poured this one in a tulip. Pours a copper orange color with a rocky head about an inch high. Big bubbles and sticky lacing with this white head. Not much retention, but still good looking. Smells citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit and other tartness to the nose. Really dig the juicy smell. Hoppy! This is hard on the tongue. Immediately a big piney hop flavor with big bitterness to the finish. Not a juicy as the nose leads me to believe but still very good. The carbonation and big hop flavor make this a little aggressive in the mouth but the body is balanced well and this is an easy one to kick back regularly. Which is what I do.

Serving type: can

08-13-2010 03:43:51 | More by Bendurgin
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 dollars for a can of this at the House of 1,000 beers. Was told this is the best IPA Canada has to offer.

A - Well appearance is good a nice clear amber color with an impressive explosion of over two inches of head out of the can into my pint glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - Smells sweet and balanced with crystal and bread malts and an attractive mango or pineapple like hop bitterness.

T - Taste is a touch more English at first with an herbal minty like hop character but it's quickly covered with sweet pineapple hops and a bready finish. Hops do linger on the palate after each sip but it never really gets too bitter. Not bad.

M - Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall not sure I would agree with the scores it is quite good but not near world class status. Not sure how old it is either and can only find it at one shop so that limits my score a tad.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 00:21:06 | More by DrDemento456
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 07/05/12. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch white that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, grass, pine, carmel, and apricot. Taste is lots of citrus up front and bitter pine and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, a dry finish, and very drinkable. This is a nice IPA.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 18:21:05 | More by SawDog505
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber colored body leaving a nice spider web ringy lacing appears over top of a foamy white two finger head. The head lasts the entire time. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and hops in front with some light breadiness in the background.

T: bittersweet - basically the same. The aftertaste and finish are dry.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this is a decent beer that I would come back to.

Serving type: can

09-10-2012 13:47:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this one many times, excited to finally try it.

A- Dark orange-amber with a creamy, slightly fizzy head that builds up to a few fingers in size. Good retention and random patterns of spotty lace.

S- Reminds me of the Pale Ale I just had by them. Hops up front, a lot of floral and peach notes. Some sweet light caramel malt in the background. Strength fades.

T- The hops lend a lot more pine than I expected and just a bit of floral, citrus and fruit notes, surprising considering the aroma. Biscuit, caramel and bready notes behind the hops.

DB- A very nice bitterness here, probably my favorite part of the beer. It is bitter but it doesn't feel offensive. Moderate creamy body with high carbonation and a bit of warmth.

MF- A solid IPA with a nice pine-forward hop profile. Nothing out of this world but a solid, balanced pickup for any craft lover, nice mouthfeel. Would probably be even better in the winter.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 02:48:08 | More by cbutova
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21!

Appearance - Clear amber/orange colour with an above average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, pine, cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin on the palette. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and cookies. There are also notes of grapefruit, hops, and pine. The beer is a little bit more on the malty side than the fruity side however. It finishes with a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this one.. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it's in a can, but it reminded me a little bit of a Dale's Pale Ale, which I also really enjoy. It also reminded me a bit of a DFH 60min. It's well worth seeking out and it I wish it would make its way to the retail shelves of Ontario.

Serving type: can

03-16-2011 13:59:08 | More by spinrsx
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QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a one finger soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks pretty good.

In the nose I get some bready malts, grapefruit, other citrus, as well as some tropical fruit. While the citrus notes are prominent, there is a definite sweeter malt note and a strong tropical fruit note that brings to mind mango. I also get a slight piney/resiny note.

As far as taste goes I get less citrus than in the smell and more pine notes followed by a nice bready caramel malt. Of course, there is some citrus and tropical fruit present, but they play more of a supportive role. The supportive role is played by citrus in the bitterness, and tropical fruit backing up the caramel malt sweetness. There is also definitely an orange sweetness in this beer. Very well balanced beer, although not perhaps the most mindblowing.

Mouthfeel is very medium bodied and a touch sticky. I would prefer if this were just a bit drier, but the mouthfeel is still good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:52:40 | More by QuestionableScum
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head that settles into a low profile coating. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel malts and biscuits in the backbone, with a resiny and subtle floral hops profile. Smells like a well balanced IPA. Flavors are floral and resiny bitter forward, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone keeping the balance. Roasted throughout, with piny highlights. The end of the palate is dominated by bitter, green, hops resin, leading to a bitter, rich aftertaste, with citrus tart notes showing up, as well. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, but bold overall. Great lacing left along the glass. Bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Solid brew.

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 20:44:37 | More by GarthDanielson
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Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle, no dating. Clear dark orange body with two fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of lacing.

Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange peel and citrus notes on the aroma. Some sort of "dank" hoppy note too.

Citrus and grapefruit flavor on the tongue and forwards into big hop bitterness with some lemon and orange peel notes. Juicy hop flavor. Leaves a dry, very bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth and quaffable. Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the body and flavor.

Nice IPA from Central City.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 20:45:02 | More by Scrylol
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red racer pours a medium amber that is pretty textbook for an IPA. It has a wonderful, tightly packed head with great staying power and leaves good lace. The aroma is very piney and citrusy with the usual grapefruit, pine and zest aromas, as well as a good amount of caramel malt character. The taste reveals a nice, fairly balanced flavor that is all you could ask for in an IPA. Citrus and piney hops, firm bitterness and a nice malt backbone combine to make a very nice and very enjoyable IPA. The body is medium and mostly pleasant, if not a bit sticky at the end. Very drinkable and while not a must have IPA, certainly one of the better ones I have had. Another very good canned craft beer.

Serving type: can

06-02-2010 21:26:40 | More by zoso1967
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a huge billowy cream colored head. Tons of lacing. Nice chill haze. Real pretty.

Nice citric/pine aroma, with some toasted malt.

Nice citric hop flavor up front. Some toasted malt, some light fruit sweetness, nice malt and grain finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Great.

A bit watery, but not so much that it effects the overall quality of the brew.

Good drinkable beer. Terrific balance and flavor. A six pack is in my future.

Serving type: can

11-13-2010 21:44:20 | More by OtherShoe2
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can, sweet! Pours into my glass a golden orange with great clarity and a quarter inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas start off with a good deal of piney resinous hops along with an earthy, caramel malt backbone. Spice and a touch of citrus work in as well.

First sip brings a solid mix of caramel malts along with resinous pine hops. Mellow sweetness throughout along with an earthy citrus-spice as it flows down. Good bitterness on the finish that balances out the malt sweetness. Solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good carbonation this is a brew that goes down easy. Glad we are able to get this in Chicagoland now as it's always nice to have a solid IPA in cans for beach going and anywhere bottles aren't welcome!

Serving type: can

11-25-2010 02:55:32 | More by orbitalr0x
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brownish-orange, nothing particularly notable here

S: Has a nice flowery hops aroma with hints of sweetness, but I'd like a more intense smell than what I'm getting; there's also a bit of mustiness here - maybe this one is old?

T: Very hoppy and somewhat bitter without a whole lot of sweetness here; it's got a pretty decent malt backbone, but it's all hops and malt (I know that's generic, but I'd like a little more out of my IPA than just those two flavors)

M: This one's got a pretty hefty body with a very dry finish, I'm a fan

O: This is a nice IPA, but I wouldn't say that it's an outstanding one - I wish there was a little more going on in the flavor; still, in a pinch for an IPA you can do a whole lot worse than this

Serving type: can

04-01-2011 02:29:01 | More by starrdogg
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy caramel/tan hue with a thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice with a little orange. Some caramel/crystal malt in the background to fill it out a little more. Like a Midwest IPA.

Taste: Lots of flavorful bitterness throughout and it lingers quite nicely. Pine/grapefruit/citrus hop profiles, in that order. Not too heavy on the malt which is good. The intense bitterness tends to override the actual flavor at times but that's not exactly uncalled in this one. The finish is dry and the lingering bitterness attaches itself to your palate. There are moments when I taste more depth that lead me to believe a fresh can would really show off how good this beer could be. Pretty robust for 6.5% ABV but not a huge surprise with the amount of hops that must be in this.

Mouthfeel: Near tongue splitting bitterness at first but the palate is quick to adjust. Medium bodied with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As an appetizer this beer would be a wise choice. Lots of bitterness and good flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 05:18:19 | More by JamesMN
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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
amber,orange, not entirely clear.
pours with some gravity, lands into one finger of solid foam
poured it a couple min ago , to let it settle in, and its head is still foamy and not dissipating, this is one of the longest staying heads ive seen..
lacing is thick and leaves rings for each drink.

smell:
immediate note of cascade hops, followed by some sweet grapefruit, and a bright
yeasty note like home made bread with citrus jelly. very sweet nose. amazing
brightness , the smell is strong and immediate, citrus cascades.

taste:
other reviews Ive read have said the bitterness was the most forward
part of this beer's taste, for me , its bright resinous hops, a burst of sharp dank hops
followed by the citrus flavour so obvious from the nose, then it levels down to
the bitter flavour, but its sweet into the aftertaste, complex, but not overdone.
it has a heavy almost orange peel flavour from the resins in the fresh hops.
the cascade hops are very present throughout. but balanced well by some other hops,
which they didnt mention on the can.

mouth:
surprisingly flat and easy drinking for the level of hops used,
and the slightly higher ABv, it starts off a bit foamy and levels down to a bitter
almost dry sort of aftertaste which lingers for a long time, fives of minutes even.

overall:
I generally avoid the whole range of IPA, as its not a style I've enjoyed often.
but hearing such high reviews of this ale I picked one up, and I had decided that
even if it isnt my preferred style, something scoring so highly must be worth trying,
I am still not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I am glad to have bought this one.
as its sort of redefining how I thought this style could be presented.
I've tried numerous IPA from various local craft brewers and other shelf stock,
and always found them to be overstated, and just disgustingly bitter or sour.
as I review more I have been finding exceptions to every style,
rarely do I find one so drinkable as this beer, mind you it isnt something I will
be drinking often, but if I find myself in the mood for something citrus and complex
but still very drinkable , this beer will be a go to.
the higher ABv isnt something i normally look for, as it often heats up the beers taste.
but this has been balanced perfectly in this beer, and it compliments to the style.
an enjoyable complex beer with a higher ABv , I will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 19:56:21 | More by ghisty
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

Serving type: can

07-03-2009 19:33:47 | More by Viggo
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hops is pretty intense with bitter and citrus notes clearly identified. Taste is a great mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation. Well done and would stand well within some of the staple of the style.

Serving type: can

11-25-2009 14:16:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 13:44:21 | More by lordofthewiens
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.