Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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New Brunswick (Canada)
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I have tried some great IPA's, and this one is among them. The problem: many Canadian liquor stores have ordered these in bulk, not realizing that IPA's tend to have a best before date. A swift look beneath the can will reveal the bottling (canning) date.
I presume that some of those who've recently posted reviews were likely tasting releases bottled well over 90 days ago. I've tasted some of these, and the difference between that and a fresh batch is astounding.
Let it be known that Red Racer, when consumed within the 90 day period, ranks among the best of them.
Serving type: can
04-30-2014 23:52:00 | More by WantonFaun
British Columbia (Canada)
4.06/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Two-week-old bottle from their new brewery poured into an IPA glass. Purchased for $7 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC.
Appearance - Pours an almost-clear orange-yellow with a nice finger of white head. Bubbly.
Smell - Big pine/citrus hop flavors, lemon-lime undertones and a mild malt graininess
Taste - Just like the nose, the big pine/citrus come across up front, bitterness throughout and lingering on the palate at the end.
Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy. Wonderful hop oily-ness is present and I'll attribute that to the freshness of the bottle, as I haven't noticed that in the other bottles I've had.
Overall - A fantastic IPA. Well balanced and stands out amongst the many other IPAs out there. One of the best BC has to offer.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 21:46:20 | More by RedSunRising
3.79/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Highly touted beers don't often live up to their hype, so Bucky was a little wary when he bought a can of Red Racer India Pale Ale ("RRIPA") at his local LCBO. RRIPA came in a 355 ml can, with a beautiful 1950's style cartoon of a pretty redhead riding a bike. I'll have to add a bit to this beer's rating just for the visuals on the can...probably the coolest I've seen to date! The bottom of the can was stamped with an April 27, 2012 production date and an August 25, 2012 "best before" date...a nice touch in providing both pieces of information, and the first time I can recall being given both. RRIPA was 6.5% alcohol by volume.
RRIPA is produced by Central City Brewing Company, which was named the Best Brewery in Canada at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. The brewery is located at 13450 - 102nd Avenue in Surrey, BC, with RRIPA being by far its best seller. Central City began its life as a brewpub, but subsequently added a canning and bottling line.
The beer poured a slightly hazy, orange/gold colour, with the orange hues becoming more noticeable when backlit. An aggressive pour produced about 1/2" of off-white, lightly orange tinged head which dissipated to a thin collar after 3 minutes, leaving a surprising amount of lacing down the glass given the collar's small size. The aroma from the can was an intensive combination of tropical fruits, dominated by grapefruit, but with discernable notes of pine, pineapple and tangerine. A wonderful aroma, but it left me with the distinct impression that I was about to consume a serious hop bomb. The beer's flavour began with bitter grapefruit, giving way to a slightly sweet combination of pine with hints of pineapple and tangerine. RRIPA finished with a distinct bitterness, which seemed to become more noticeable as the beer warmed. The bitterness continued as a long lasting aftertaste...too long lasting given my dislike of lingering aftertastes generally, and bitter ones specifically. Ideally, RRIPA could use a bit more caramel malt to better balance its bitterness...but otherwise, a solid IPA. I would describe RRIPA as medium bodied, with its 6.5% alcohol contenting helping to heft it up a bit. The level of carbonation is modest, but well suited to the brew.
At $2.55 per 355 ml can, I'd consider RRIPA to be a bit on the pricey side, but worth the occasional splurge.
Serving type: can
04-17-2014 23:01:39 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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