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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

459 Reviews
THE BROS
94
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,008
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
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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Photo of Converge
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a vibrant amber glow with moderate haze in the body, and a frothy, cream head that clings to the glass as it dissipates after the initial pour. The lacing isn't quite what I expected, but there's certainly some sticky foam coating the glass as this one goes down.

S - A salvo of tropical fruit hops upfront. Pineapple, mango, sweet oranges, passion fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of cucumber. Sweet caramel malt backbone that compliments the hop profile beautifully. This is everything I want to smell in an IPA. So good.

T - Fruity hops abound in this one. All the fruits from the aroma are here in spades, with juicy pineapple and mango notes upfront, bittering grapefruit and pine, and subtle passion fruit. Malty undertones are just right, giving just the right balance but still showcasing the hop profile perfectly. As much as I know cucumber isn't really a traditional Pacific NW flavor in an IPA, it's undeniably here and works flawlessly with the other flavors. Aftertaste leaves moderate bitterness, with just the right amount of bite. Overall, this is stupidly easy to drink, and I can't picture it being any better.

M - The 6.5% ABV shows up here in the body, helping thicken it up just enough. Medium bodied feel with low carbonation that just prickles the tongue. I will admit, it's slightly oily and could use a touch more carbonation; and I do also get some subtle heat from the aforementioned alcohol content. Really, this is the only weak point of this beer, and even then it's way above average.

D - I really can't ask for a better beer here. This IPA packs everything I want in the style into readily available 6-packs for a more than reasonable price tag. Crafted remarkably in all departments, resulting in an IPA so drinkable that I finished drinking it before I finished the review. I was slightly skeptical this brew would live up to the hype, but it blew my expectations out of the water. It's easy to see now why this is such a revered beer here in Canada. (2,044 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a warm orange-amber hue with a finger width of white bubbly head. Slightly cloudy and bubbly.

Smell - Citrus/grapefruit, robust hops, passion fruit - overall, a light, crisp, and fruity scent.

Taste - Starts with a light citrus flavour, then hits you with a gentle kick of hops. Leaves a nice bitter and citrusy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of fluffiness to the feel. Very refreshing on the palate.

Overall - A great, well-crafted IPA by Central City Brewing. There are some wonderful aromas and the taste remains true to the IPA style. Definitely a must try. (635 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.

Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.

Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.

Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.

Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me. (1,550 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Called "Red Betty", guess Bear Republic got mad. 1 month old, should be good, cool can design.

A: Pours a clear, golden/pale amber, thin head. Quickly dissipates. A bit of lacing but not much.

S: Boom, a rich citrus based hop flavor, red grapefruit, blood orange, also some caramel/molasses sweetness. smell delicous.

T: Big hop flavors, pineapple/mango? citrus hops up front, a smooth but subdued maple/oak malt flavor, punch, piney after that. Lingers with a "wet" bitterness that is mainly piney and floral. Not overly complex, but whatever hop bill is I dig it. Seem to be butter flavors too as it warms.

M: High carbonation (maybe cuz head was small), pretty creamy, with a lightish oil viscosity, medium bodied. Abv isnt surprising.

O: Definitely a solid IPA, at one month old it smells fantastic, could look better but can pours are unreliable. Price point was high so I was expecting something unique, its good, but rather simple straightforward. For ABV big flavors. A notch below the the Union Jack/Racer 5/Hop Devil, but quite tasty. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (433 characters)

Photo of Brewsky29
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (475 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (957 characters)

Photo of B33R501
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (794 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (723 characters)

Photo of jmerloni
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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) (1,413 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
4.42/5  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. (472 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, golden-yellow with shades of copper. Huge, pillowy, foamy head that settles into small piles of thick foam. Very sticky lace. With a quick swirl, the head shoots back up into a few inches of fluffy bubbles. Good head retention. One if the finest looks for a beer I've ever seen.

S - Very piney with hints of mango as well as grapefruit and other citrus. Everything an IPA should smell like.

T - Tons of delicious fruit up front. Refreshing. Mango comes to mind as does grapefruit. All finished with pine and cedar flavors. Perfect bitterness and the right amount of complementary malt in the finish to keep the hops as the star.

M - Extremely enjoyable to drink. Not overly bitter with the right amount of dryness and carbonation. Actually, thirst quenching.

A fantastic West Coast IPA! (800 characters)

Photo of LtCracker20
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy and hazy golden yellowish-orange with a 2-finger white head that last a little while. Nice sticky lace.

S- Lemon and orange zest up front, grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe some mango.

T- Lemon and orange zest again, more grapefruit and pineapple.

MF- Medium body on this one. Lighter on the carbonation then it originally looked. (350 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber brown appearance with lots of brownish head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell has a strong hint of hops along with citrus, fruit and caramel.

Taste is mainly powerful hops, with a strong hint of citrus and various fruit such as mango's and grapefruit, kind of tropical. It has a hint of bread as well.

Although the taste is heavily shifted towards hops, it is clean and the other tastes blend well together, barely taste the alcohol. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a very bitter hop taste.

If you like hops, this is the beer for you. One of the best IPA's I've tried despite and worth the large price tag (cost $18 in Calgary). (684 characters)

Photo of muletrane
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (J1211 code on bottom of can) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber colour. 2 fingers of frothy off white head and lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Caramel malts in the forefront with some piney hops on the back end.

T: Nice balance between malts and hops. The caramel maltiness and the piney hop flavor work well together here. Not a real hoppy IPA here. Just a nice smooth well balanced beer. Nice lingering bitterness here as well.

M: Moderate to slightly thin body. Carbonation is fairly light. Smooth feel all around.

Overall this a nice IPA. A little pricey at $15.99 a sixer but still a nice beer overall. Well balanced and very drinkable. (694 characters)

Photo of fostachild
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear, yellow/orange amber colour. almost an inch of foamy head. nice lacing as well.

smell was super hoppy - tons of grapefruit/citrus up front. also fruity, bitter - really nice and interesting.

taste was citrusy/hoppy with bready malts, and nice bitter aftertaste. good balance and drinkability. overall was pretty tasty - definitely met my expectations of a good ipa. (388 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

even more thanks for DaftCaskBC for another canadian ipa!

a - cracked the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. brew poured a transparent soft orange with a generouse frothy ipa head. slow carbonation swam to the surface. as the head faded, chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

s - soft and subtle, but a sweet fruity citric kick. not sweaty. more candy. more orange peel than piny. nice, but i'm more of a sticky sweaty piny hop smell fan.

t - rather interesting and unique. on the sweet and candy side of the ipa universe. not piny or sweaty at all. finishes a bit bitter.

m - heavy carbonation. bitter tingles. coats the mouth.

o - overall a nice ipa, but on the sweeter side of the spectrum which for me is enjoyable, but not the top of the heap. good solid beer, worth seeking out...if it was local, i'd definitely have this in the rotation, but not something i'll be actively seeking out regularly in the trade market. glad i tried it. (979 characters)

Photo of dc55110
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received courtesy of slentz!
Can with a date code of F0711, which I think is June 7th, 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden with slight orange-ish hue to it. A vigorous pour yields a solid inch plus of pillowy white head, a small amount lacing is left behind.

I'm greeted by a the familiar aromas of pine and citrus... but there is something else there behind the hops but in front of the hint of sweet malty-ness is an off smell... I cannot place it, somewhere between medicinal and cleaning supplies. I still enjoy the aroma, but this unknown element has thrown me for a loop.

A burst of piney resin! Somehow it is full of piney hops but isn't all that bitter. After the deluge of pine, a bit of citrus makes a brief cameo followed by a uncredited role by a slightly sweet malty-ness.

Surprisingly the hops don't destroy your tongue, it is very smooth for a such a hop forward IPA. The carbonation is good, slightly low, but not enough to be detracting.

A very good IPA. Nothing amazing, just a well balanced "west coast" style IPA from the Canuck land. (1,054 characters)

Photo of slentz
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on June 23, 2011. Brought back from visit to Boston (purchased at Boston Wine Exchange) in August.

A: Cloudy amber, expansive off-white head that drops very slowly and leaves very sparse lacing.

S: Sharp, clean, distinct grapefruit/tangerine; other lime-like citrus.

T: Fresh grapefruit, followed by pine and gradually growing bitterness; very balanced, w/o perceptible alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; very rich & creamy; neutral, though bitter finish.

O: This is a terrific IPA, even at 5 months old. Delicious. (585 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.