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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
94
outstanding

804 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 804
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 804 | Reviews: 438 | Show All Ratings:
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Dig

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer. Big NorWest pine/citrus hop along with some floral and tropical notes, not dissimilar to beers made with the Australian hop variety Galaxy. Solid malt underpinning that isn't too fat or sweet. Great balance and drinkability. My current favourite BC IPA.

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 22:27:19 | More by Dig
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niz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with 1/2" head that fades quickly.

smells of lemon, hops and slightly grassy

tastes of juicy citrus followed by nice hops then buscuity malt.

drinkability is high, i could easily drink a 6 pack, but would feel nice and fuzzy after.

a great IPA from a great brewery. the food here is awesome too!!

this was the #1 rated beer in BC by CAMRA vancouver.

delicious.... and nutritious!

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 23:32:25 | More by niz
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Clear, amber-bronze with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big piny nose, with grass, tangerine & rind.

T: Tangerine, pine, nectarine and citrus rind, with some underlying malty goodness (not sweet, just some quality malt protein). Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's not at all harsh with their soft water. Plenty of hop flavour here!

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A sessionable IPA for any hop lover.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 18:55:15 | More by Derek
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

A - amber, slight haze, moussy white head, leaves nice sticky lace behind.

S - piney, bitter grapefruit, very hop forward nose, very fresh/raw,

T - more pine and bitter grapefruit up front, barely balanced by the malt, tropical fruit too, lingering pine bitterness, very smooth hop flavour despite being quite agressive.

M - low carbonation, med light body, not overly creamy, light astringency from the hops, dry puckering finish really brings out the smooth bitterness

D - damn, I'm gulping this down while I review, superb stuff.

Before doing this review, I had brewed up a batch of barleywine. So when I first grabbed the glass of Red Racer IPA for an initial sniff I thought, "hmm, guess I didn't wash my hands very well, they reek of raw hops." Turns out my hands were squeaky clean, it was the Red Racer!

Ultra fresh, agressive pine notes are a tough thing to pull off properly, and Red Racer has done it flawlessly. This is about as hoppy as a single IPA can get without being an over the top mess. It's a straight up IPA, but there are lots of interesting hop flavours. I am very sad I only have the one can. More people need to know about this beer, it is easily the best IPA in Canada that has touched my lips!

Thanks to Canucklehead for the can!

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 20:51:49 | More by markaberrant
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG this is the best IPA in BC. Bigger and more fragrant than Hophead or Phillips. Incredibly balanced and hoppy as all hell. This is the one I have been waiting for since I started drinking IPAs in BC. Utterly brilliant and also in a can for bonus points

Serving type: can

04-10-2009 03:32:46 | More by canucklehead
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RedSunRising

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
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ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml (no dating)
A: transparent, copper
S: fresh pine and caramel malt balance. Nice.
T: a hard bitterness dominates and lingers. Flavours are mostly malty but generally underwhelming so bitterness clearly dominates. With food, it cuts but doesn't compliment or contrast.
M: medium bodied.
O: The bitterness is really "in your face" and IMO the flavours aren't enough to create a balanced taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 03:56:00 | More by EspressoGuy
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being told this was "City Red IPA" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan, I got it on-tap. Seeing as how this is all that comes up when I type that in, I have to assume this is the beer. And considering its high ratings... I think it's a safe assumption.

Appearance: A deep red color with no head ... no lacing to speak of either. Rather "blah" and unexciting.

Smell: Hops, but there's more to it than that... you can definitely tell it's a red, because there's plenty of malt notes in there. A lot of piney aromas dominate. My friends weren't too happy when I talked ... they thought it smelled awful. It probably did on my breath. :(

Taste/feel: Outstanding, to say the least... it truly is. There's a pretty massive bitterness, but the mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is pretty sweet. If you want some hops, this'll do it for you. A lot of the grassy and piney notes without much citrus, so go with this if you want a beer along those lines. Incredibly balanced, insanely drinkable, fantastic tasting. I absolutely love the red characteristics with the hops in this one ... a lot of times it's out of whack, but this is very nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 04:28:35 | More by Alextricity
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RicePatchAbbot

Texas

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark copper bronze colour, very little head is present, on top of that lacing is very thick.
S: The aroma of this beer, gives off a very citrusy orange scent, a very sweet scent I must say.
T: A very sensational hop piney taste with every sip. Carbonation is perfect for this beer, as it enhances the citrusy after taste.
M: As mentioned before the carbonation, which is mild, does add a sweet citrusy mouthful experience. Medium to heavy body, not as smooth as I would have liked.

Overall: I have drank many quality IPAs, surprisingly this IPA is quite decent, and I would recommend this to many IPA drinkers.

Shout out to fellow advocate, abbbp!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 21:12:34 | More by RicePatchAbbot
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:36:12 | More by Dope
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 07:31:36 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice orangy amber with a nice head.

s-Piney...citrus notes...very slight maltiness.

t-Dominated by hops...almost no malts coming through. The smell promises more sweetness than what is delivered.

m-thicker...in keeping with a 6.5 abv

o-great beer...I love it and will def go back to get more.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:22:09 | More by Mit
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dirtylou

Washington

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

on-tap, the alibi room - vancouver

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright amber body with some light beige lace

smell: ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, red apple

taste: very nice IPA - would like to stumble across some cans of this...big citrusy body - red grapefruit, blood orange, pine.

mouthfeel: oily and moderate bitterness

overall: very good

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 18:11:17 | More by dirtylou
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Sensaray

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 inch big bubbled foamy off white head with clear amber body.

Huge fresh hop aromas in this. Citrus and pine are most dominant. Slight sense of a sweetish caramel-y malt. Tropical notes hit here too, i get pineapple.

Hop spice followed by a caramel malt with the citrus finishing big with hops that linger to bitter close.

Very smooth mouthfeel light side of medium. Dry finish.

Delcious beer. Happy with the abundance of hops and the lingering bitter close, that has a hint of sweetness. Lots of taste packed in that can.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 05:15:08 | More by Sensaray
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3 pints at The Cottage! Hell yeah! Totally worth telling the wife I needed to run to the grocery store.

Seems just like I remembered-- the pint is opaque, so I cannot comment on the color, but the pacing and retention are nice.

Grapefruity hops hit the nose with some nice sweet malts as well.

Taste has some sweet malts with great grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer is very well-balanced, and has a great assertive bitterness that I love. Bitterness with lots of flavor is a perfect way to make an ipa.

Body is nicely medium with great carbonation.

Overall-- just a fantastic beer. I couldn't pass up a chance to try this on tap. This is one of my go-to canned beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 19:49:42 | More by AleWatcher
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QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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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mynie

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours... red. Ha-cha.

Smells bready, doughy, yeasty, and then floral hoppy. Big grapefruit and orange hops bounce wonderfully against the chewy malt.

Tastes fantastic, an absolutely perfect exemplar of the style! The malt is big, bready, and assertive--almost like Rogue's double IPA, the yeast complexities are actually a big, intentional part of the beer's pallet. There's neat stuff going on here that's not hop-related!!

It's been a while since I've come across an IPA like this, where the malt profile is as aggressive and adventurous as the hops. This requires that the beer be hopped expertly--not excessively--and that is apparently out of bounds for most brewers these days.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 03:09:24 | More by mynie
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ChristianBlack

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits. One of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into caramel malts. Finish is okay, with bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 12:32:25 | More by ChristianBlack
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information, but this one hasnt been sold in my area until just recently.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a mostly clear amber/copper colored body with an average sized bright white head on top. the head is fast to fall and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a whiff of this is hops. its full of them. lots of pine and grapefruit. theres some orange and pineapple in here also. some sweet caramel malt faintly comes through in a poor attempt at balance.

T- the caramel malts i could taste make an appearance and provide a sweetness against the massive backdrop of hops. tons of grapefruit and pine. theres a little bit of grass and some more tropical fruits like pineapple and orange. very nice.

M- the body is a little light, but the carbonation is about right. nice and dry. nicely bitter.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its sure to make my regular IPA rotation. i just wish that it had come with six beers instead of four. check this one out if youre a fan of the west coast styled IPAs. the can makes it perfect for camping or the beach.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:33:19 | More by jwinship83
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:42:53 | More by Soonami
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errantnight

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really nice, well balanced, east coast IPA with a superb nose. Upon further tastings I might bump this up a touch on the aroma.

Pours a strong, orange copper with solid retention and nice lacing. Aroma is earthy and a bit musty, some peach and stone fruit in front of citrus. On the palate this gets a big, resiny, grapefruity bitter finish. The malt bill provides a bit of up front toast that kills the hop flavor through the middle (which is sort of standard for the east coast style), but it's a really nice example. Right there with fresh Finest Kind.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:36:14 | More by errantnight
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.