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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: 872
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 165
Gots: 65 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-30-2012 03:47:27 | More by avaldivia
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-20-2012 13:41:02 | More by GeoffreyM
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

BC sure has some great IPAs, and this is one of their best. The hop character of this beer is extraordinary, very citrusy and some nice complex piney notes mixing with other fruity characters. The body is great, and unlike many American IPAs, the malt bill plays a significant role in the character of this ale. To top this all off, it is served in a can, so I can bring it to a park when I go camping with my buddies. One great IPA.

03-20-2012 03:51:37 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of Brewsky29


4.6/5  rDev +8%

This beer pours a deep orange with an inch of fluffy head that hangs out for the weekend and lacing is excellent.

The beer is very aromatic nice piney and floral with a little bit of malty nose.

The floral and citrus flavor here is fantastic with just enough malt backbone and nice hoppy zip that stays for a little while.

Very smooth and drinkable no boozy feel just right.

Overall I think that this is one of my favorite IPA's if not my favorite. This is a great beer.

03-19-2012 19:02:50 | More by Brewsky29


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-18-2012 08:19:17 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery. Delicate lacy trim around the glass.

S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

03-11-2012 07:31:36 | More by FondueVoodoo
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

pretty damn good ipa, had several this year that remind me of my favorite celebration, including this one. picked up 3 singles for $6 whole foods devon pa, good call.

pours nice brassy amber, good head, retension, lace. smells just ok, little citrus, some piney hops. tastes better, big citrus, piney, earthy herbal hop blast on a nice malt background. said this alot lately, balanced and very drinkable. then again, with the exception of port high tide, this is exactly how i like my ipas, balanced.

just for kicks ill list (by preference) this years ipas similar to celebration (but not quite as good) ...

central city red racer 4.28
thomas hooker hop meadow 4.13
sierra nevada torpedo 3.90
sly fox route 113 ipa 3.90

if you enjoy celebration, you cant go wrong with any of these 4 ipas.

03-09-2012 17:02:14 | More by B33R501
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-09-2012 00:50:48 | More by bottlerocket24
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-06-2012 00:42:43 | More by hilgart1
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-05-2012 21:26:26 | More by ShadyJay
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

03-05-2012 00:21:06 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured into a shaker pint: Medium golden-orange body, hazy, with straw highlights under mega-head: 4 fingers below the rim of the glass, 2 fingers above the rim with lumps like a souffle. Crazy.

Strong, fresh grapefruit & pith smell with a fruity, leafy quality like walking through a strawberry patch. Mild fruit candy like chewable vitamins.

Sweeter, lemon custard at first in the taste, followed quickly by a pithy bitterness & rounding off with a mild sweetness like ginger ale that picks up after each sip.

Active, medium-bodied that goes from a little sharp to smooth & creamy with a balancing dryness.

Good overall, delivers in the hoppiness but with a sweetness that's not overdone. Really like the ginger note.

03-04-2012 18:06:14 | More by OneDropSoup
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-01-2012 16:00:18 | More by durrrr
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

02-25-2012 03:33:03 | More by jmerloni
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

02-21-2012 06:19:30 | More by bullywee
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-18-2012 23:49:14 | More by OleLouIPA
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from can into Philadelphia Brewing Company tumbler pint glass...

A - Hazy orange - Creamy thick offwhite head that hangs around- nice sticky lacing

S - Like a Pine forest hit with a Orange-citrus Nuke!! An explosion of sappy pine resin, evergreen pine needles, and fresh orange juice and zest; also a nicely complementing caramel-biscuit backbone (just enough to keep things closer to balanced)

T - All of the above notes...tastes like putting pine needles and cones in a blender with fresh oranges, dried biscuits, and sweet caramel, and hitting puree! Delicious!

Mouthfeel - Nice creamy carbonation, medium bodied, not overly syrupy...great stuff!

Overall - I love this beer, and when you get it fresh (1 month old or less) it is superb. I would love to have this on draft! IMO it should be higher up on the list of Top American IPAs - - probably the best example of a Pine-focused IPA I've ever had! Great Stuff! Definitely try it! Especially you hopheads!


Note: After pouring the beer...hang onto the can...it will smell of pine for a while after the beer is gone...fun to sniff...smells awesome!

Caution - - When purchasing Pale Ales of any strength...especially "Americans" be sure to find out how fresh it is...if you want that exceptional hop nose you want it fresh...b/w 1-3 months from package date (otherwise you will end up with cloying near-undrinkable malt-bombs...not tasty)

02-18-2012 20:16:28 | More by HopHeadRyan
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-18-2012 05:39:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-17-2012 03:21:51 | More by Xanadude
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-16-2012 03:05:43 | More by cletetron
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-15-2012 21:19:35 | More by Sneevel
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

02-15-2012 21:04:50 | More by sharpski
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

12oz can poured into a mason jar

Pours a beautiful orange color with a huge off-white cap. Slow to recede, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass. The aroma is balance. Earthy, pine and spruce, and some grapefruit rind over top a strong bed of light caramel malt. The flavor profile matches the nose. Earth, pine, and spruce up front, light caramel malt through the middle and some grapefruit and pine in the finish. Medium body with a mild lingering bitterness of pine, spruce, and grapefruit rind.

If your looking for a balanced ipa with some good bitterness, this is your guy. I wouldn't exactly call this world class.

02-12-2012 15:51:24 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-11-2012 20:39:02 | More by sansho
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-09-2012 05:29:53 | More by mcpwn
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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