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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
94
outstanding

860 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 55 | 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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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-01-2012 16:00:18 | More by durrrr
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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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bullywee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-21-2012 06:19:30 | More by bullywee
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OleLouIPA

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-18-2012 23:49:14 | More by OleLouIPA
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HopHeadRyan

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Cheers!

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)

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 20:16:28 | More by HopHeadRyan
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-18-2012 05:39:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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Xanadude

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-17-2012 03:21:51 | More by Xanadude
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cletetron

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-16-2012 03:05:43 | More by cletetron
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Sneevel

Norway

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-15-2012 21:19:35 | More by Sneevel
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sharpski

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 15:51:24 | More by ColForbinBC
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sansho

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-11-2012 20:39:02 | More by sansho
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mcpwn

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-09-2012 05:29:53 | More by mcpwn
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2012 23:41:21 | More by tonyf55
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-05-2012 19:47:05 | More by injuredreserve
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ale207

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-04-2012 00:50:47 | More by ale207
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readbaron

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-03-2012 21:09:40 | More by readbaron
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-03-2012 18:14:29 | More by elricorico
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-02-2012 02:17:04 | More by ssimpson89
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-02-2012 01:21:29 | More by ThinkAgain
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CrumpledFish

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-25-2012 21:56:16 | More by CrumpledFish
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mdevonshire

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-24-2012 15:25:25 | More by mdevonshire
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SHODriver

Louisiana

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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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal IPA from top to bottom, Red Racer IPA pours a hazy gold with a nice foamy head. It knocks you over with citrus hoppiness, and every sip is filled with ruby red grapefruit juice and a faint hint of spruce. There is an excellent balance between sweet and bitter, and despite the massive numbers of hops clearly used in this beer, there is never a puckering bitterness.

Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

Thank you to HuskyinPDX for the trade.

Serving type: can

01-23-2012 14:30:38 | More by rinhaak
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

01-21-2012 18:16:11 | More by seeswo
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.